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2013 Brillante Awards for Excellence
We are proud to announced the recipients
of the annual Brillante awards, NSHMBA's highest recognition, and The
Founders Circle Award winners.
|#BRILLANTE AWARD FOR CORPORATE EXCELLENCE|
|BRILLANTE AWARD FOR EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE|
of Texas at San Antonio
Educational Excellence Award Recipient
|BRILLANTE AWARD FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE EXCELLENCE|
Mr. carlos orta
Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR)
Carlos F. Orta is the president
and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Hispanic Association on Corporate
Responsibility (HACR), a national 501(c)(3) organization established in 1986
and based in Washington, D.C. |
Founded in May, 1986, HACR's
mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at a
level commensurate with their economic contributions.
Since joining HACR in April
2006, Orta has developed programs and initiatives that are instrumental in
helping HACR accomplish its mission, including:
- HACR CEO Roundtable
- HACR Corporate Achievers Summit
- HACR Corporate Directors Summit™
- HACR Corporate Executives Forum™
- HACR Young Hispanic
Corporate Achievers™ Program
In 2011, Orta served as the
executive producer of the award winning, short documentary film, Insider
Game, which highlights the lack of Hispanic inclusion on corporate boards. Insider
Game 2 will be released on September 18, 2013.
Prior to joining HACR, Orta
served in a variety of staff positions – external affairs, corporate foundation
and government affair roles – at three Fortune 500 companies:
Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Ford Motor Company and Waste Management, Inc.
A graduate of Barry University
(Miami, FL) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies, Orta was born in
Havana, Cuba and currently resides in Falls Church, Virginia.
former mayor henry cisneros
Founders circle Award Recipient
|Henry Cisneros is Chairman of the CityView companies, which work with
urban homebuilders to create homes priced within the range of average
families. CityView is a partner in building more than 60 communities in
13 states, incorporating more than 7,000 homes with a home value of over
$2 billion. |
Mr. Cisneros’ community-building career began at
the local level. After serving three terms as a City Councilmember, in
1981, Mr. Cisneros became the first Hispanic-American mayor of a major
U.S. city, San Antonio, Texas. During his four terms as Mayor, he helped
rebuild the city’s economic base and spurred the creation of jobs
through massive infrastructure and downtown improvements. In 1984, Mr.
Cisneros was interviewed by the Democratic Presidential nominee as a
possible candidate for Vice President of the United States and in 1986
was selected as the "Outstanding Mayor” in the nation by City and State Magazine. Read More
Ms. monica lozano
Chief Executive Officer
Founders Award Recipient
|Monica Lozano is Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of
impreMedia, the leading Hispanic News and Information Company in the United
States. She has served as the Company’s
CEO since May 24, 2010 and prior to that she was the Senior Vice President overseeing
its publishing group. She has over 25
years of experience in Hispanic media having started with La Opinión in
1985 working her way up to the position of Publisher and CEO of La Opinión, a title which she continues to hold.
Lozano is leading the transformation of impreMedia to a
fully-integrated multi-media Hispanic content company leveraging the distinct
brands, audience engagement and influence of their products. impreMedia publishes the most highly
respected and influential Spanish language newspapers and websites including La
Opinión in Los Angeles and El Diario
La Prensa in New York. impreMedia products reach over 11million Hispanic
Lozano is widely regarded as one of the
most influential Latinas in the country serving on the boards of corporate and
non-profit boards Bank of America, the Walt Disney Company, the University
of Southern California, the Weingart Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
She recently served
on President Obama’s President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
Mr. bill valle
of Human Resources
Founders Award Recipient
Head of Human Resources, Bill and his team are responsible for all
employee-related matters for one of Samsung Electronics most strategic operations
in the Device Solutions business around the world.
Electronics is ranked 14th in Fortune Global 500, and ranked #9
Global Brand by Interbrand. Samsung recently announced a major investment in
the Silicon Valley to create an iconic headquarters complex designed to attract
talent and stimulate further innovation.
to Samsung, Bill held many Human Resource leadership positions at AT&T
Wireless/Cingular Wireless, and at AT&T landline business.
has Bachelors degree with a double major in Psychology and Biology from Whittier
College. Bill was also selected to
participate in Executive Development programs at both the University of
Southern California and Harvard University.
Mr. DAN VERCHES
post humus brillante and
in memoriam tribute
|Dan was born on May 7, 1956 in
Los Angeles, California. He attended
Belmont High School where he excelled as both a student and athlete. It was here that he began to take an interest
in both politics and Latino issues.
In 1974, he entered the University
of Southern California and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public
administration in 1977. Continuing with
his studies at USC, he graduated with his Master’s in Public Administration a
year later. While studying for his
Masters, Dan served as a White House Fellow working for a year with the Immigration
and Naturalization Service in Washington D.C.
Dan had a special relationship with USC and was a founding member of the
USC Mexican American Alumni Association.
Today, the USCLAA is one of the largest Latino alumni organizations in
Following college, Dan began a
distinguished career in both the public and private sector. For six years he served as legislative
director for former California State Senator Art Torres. During that time period, he worked hard to
understand the political system and discovered that in many ways it did not
favor the poor or underserved. He became involved with various Latino
organizations and in 1988 help found the National Society of Hispanic
After leaving the office of Senator
Torres, Dan worked for a time with the United Way of Los Angeles as director of
public policy. He led its effort to reach out to many of the new immigrants
coming to the Los Angeles area from Mexico and Central America before he moved
Over the course of the next few
years, Dan served in a leadership or executive capacity with a number of firms
including Cerrell Associates, the NutraSweet Company, Ameritech (now AT&T),
and Anheuser-Busch (AB) to name a few.
But it was his work at AB that brought Dan the most satisfaction.
As AB’s community relations manager
in the West, and later the Mid-West, Dan was able to direct significant
corporate funds to social and educational programs in many under-served communities,
and to the Latino organizations he admired and thought vital to the community including
the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), the National Council of La Raza (NCLR),
and the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF). Through Dan’s efforts and with the support of
AB, MALDEF was able to purchase the building in Los Angeles which currently
serves as MALDEF’s headquarters.
Dan was the consummate
There wasn’t anything Dan
didn’t believe he could accomplish if he set his mind to it. He served on a number of national and local
boards and worked tirelessly to ensure their success. Dan never "minced his words” or "beat around
the bush”. He told you what he thought
and was ready to acknowledge your accomplishments as quickly as he was your
Dan loved life and enjoyed every
minute he spent with friends, family, and giving back to the community. Unfortunately, his life ended far too soon
when he succumbed to liver failure on April 13, 2000. Dan’s bravado was second to none. He will be remembered
and respected for what he brought to those that needed it most and for the
smile and laugh that was contagious to everyone who knew him.