Wednesday, October 3, 2012
CEO Reception Speaker

Eric L. Affeldt, President and Chief Executive Officer, Club Corp
Accelerating the Executive Network for Career Success

Eric is responsible for all aspects of domestic and international operations for "The World Leader in Private Clubs”.

Read More Prior to joining ClubCorp, Eric served as a principal of KSL Capital Partners, the private equity firm that purchased ClubCorp in 2006.
Affeldt also previously served as president and CEO of KSL’s former golf division, KSL Fairways; vice president and general manager of Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami and the combined PGA West and La Quinta Resort and Club in California; and was a founding partner of KSL Recreation.
In addition, Eric was president of General Aviation Holdings, Inc.
He is currently an MDA Vice President and a member of the World Presidents Organization and serves on the Boards of Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE:FUN) and Fremont College.
In 2010 Eric was named the most powerful person in golf by Golf Inc. magazine and was a regional finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Eric is the former manager of the Belgian National Baseball team. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Religion from Claremont McKenna College.

Panel Power of Hispanic Market

Pedro E. Segarra
Session: Power of the Hispanic Market

Is an exciting new voice in American politics. As the mayor of Hartford, Connecticut, is the city’s second mayor of Puerto Rican ancestry and its first openly gay mayor.

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He is also a founding member of Hartford's branch of Hogar CREA, an international institution that helps drug addicts break their habits; the Hispanic Health Council (HHC), and Connecticut Latina/os Achieving Rights & Opportunities (CLARO).

Segarra graduated from Greater Hartford Community College where he was a founding member of the school's Latino Student Organization. He later earned a full scholarship to the University of Hartford where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Segarra was admitted to the University of Connecticut's Graduate School of Social Work where he received a Master of Social Work. After graduation, he got a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is a member of Connecticut's state and federal bars and the Bar of the State of Florida.

George Feldenkreis
Session: Power of the Hispanic Market

Is an award-winning entrepreneur whose ability to reach the hearts and minds of consumers has enabled him to build a $1 billion retail business.
Read More As chairman and CEO of Perry Ellis International, he has been honored by many organizations for his business achievements and civic contributions, including the Lincoln-Marti award for his role in the Cuban Refugee Program, the Man of the Year award from the American Apparel and Footwear Association, the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and induction into the South Florida Business Hall of Fame and the Nova Southeastern University Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.

Born in Havana, Cuba, to Russian immigrants, Mr. Feldenkreis moved to Miami in 1961 and founded Supreme International, a company known for importing school uniforms and guayaberas, a 4-pocket tropical-inspired shirt. Supreme International went public in 1993 and became Perry Ellis International after the acquisition of that company in 1999.

Mr. Feldenkreis currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the University of Miami, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and is a benefactor of numerous medical, educational, social and philanthropic organizations.

Mr. Feldenkreis holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Havana, an honorary Juris Doctorate from Babson College and an honorary Associate of Arts and Letters from Miami Dade Community College.

Wanda Rentas
Session: Power of the Hispanic Market

was elected as the Kissimmee City Commissioner, Seat 2 in 2010.

Read More Rentas is currently a Business Management Analyst for the South Florida Water Management District. Rentas has 17 years experience with the District. Working out of the District's St. Cloud Field Station, Rentas serves as a human resources representative, assisting with budgeting, conducting community outreach, coordinating the field station newsletter and assisting with the training of new employees. Rentas graduated from the Leadership Osceola class in 2000; and from 2004 to 2007, served as a judge for the Teacher of the Year selection committee of Osceola County School District. In 2008, Rentas was voted as Chairwoman of the Hispanic Business Council for the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce.

In 2009, Rentas helped co-create the National Hispanic and Latino Veterans of America, aiming to promote the lives of veterans and the building of a war memorial in honor of the 65th Infantry regiment. Rentas was recently honored with the Quality Floridian Award by Congressman Bill Posey.

Franco Ordoñez
Session: Power of the Hispanic Market

is the one of the nation’s leading journalists for Hispanics issues.

Read More Franco Ordoñez is one of the nation’s leading journalists for Hispanic issues. As the national correspondent for Hispanic issues for McClatchy Newspapers, Ordoñez covers immigration and the U.S. Department of Labor, and is the lead journalist for the chain of 31 newspapers for the Presidential election.

Ordoñez moved to Washington in 2011 after six years in North Carolina covering immigration and criminal justice and working on investigative projects for The Charlotte Observer. He traveled on assignment to Haiti several times to cover the 2010 earthquake and recovery efforts. He has also worked as a correspondent in Mexico for McClatchy Newspapers.

Mark Hugo Lopez
Session: Power of the Hispanic Market

is the Associate Director of the Pew Hispanic Center, part of the renowned Pew Research Center in Washington D.C. that serves as a national, nonpartisan ‘fact tank’. 

Read More Mr. Lopez helps lead the Hispanic Center’s efforts to improve the understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos’ growing impact on the nation.

Additionally, Mr. Lopez currently serves as a Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and as a member of the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession (CSMGEP).

Prior to joining the Pew Hispanic Center, Mr. Lopez was the Research Director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) where he studied the civic engagement of young people. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University in 1996. He joined the Pew Hispanic Center in January of 2008.

Val Demings
Session: Power of the Hispanic Market

Is candidate for the 10th District for the U.S. House of Representatives,

Read More Val Demings is candidate for the 10th District for the U.S. House of Representatives, a seat the represents the second largest region of Puerto Rican populations in America and the third in the world.

After nearly three decades in law enforcement in a city with a 25 percent Hispanic population, she has chosen to continue her commitment to public service in another manner.

Ms. Demings decided to run for this office after a 3 ½-year successful stint as the Orlando Chief of Police – the first woman to ever hold that position. Her tenure marked a dramatic 40 percent reduction in violent crime, including robberies, shootings and murders. Under her bold and aggressive leadership, thousands of guns were removed from Orlando’s streets, and communities became safer.

Manuel Gonzalez
Session: Power of the Hispanic Market

is a global strategic leader with more than 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry, theme parks and cruise-line industry.

Read More As the chief executive officer of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, he leads the nation’s premier Hispanic business organization.

Prior to NSHMBA, Gonzalez served as CEO, Latin America for Six Flags Parks where he opened Six Flags Mexico. In addition, Gonzalez served as the CEO of the world famous Columbus Zoo where he developed the expansion of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium into a 580-acre regional entertainment complex with a water park, theme park, golf course and the future site for an indoor water park hotel. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1995 and his Masters of Business Administration from Oklahoma Christian University in 2002.

Gonzalez serves on the board of NSHMBA, The Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility, Donald Woods Winnicott School in Mexico and has served as a board member for the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau, the United Methodist Children’s Home, Park Street S.A. de C.V. and participated on the Zoo and Aquarium Committee for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.

Marco Pena Candidate, 49th DistrictHouse of Representatives
Session: Power of the Hispanic Market

has a long history of service and involvement in the Hispanic community. Most recently, he was appointed to the Health Council of East Central Florida – an advisory board of the Orange County Commission

Read More using his experience in healthcare to help solve health problems in the Hispanic community and run programs that help the uninsured and underinsured.

Marco works in healthcare development at Florida Hospital pursuing his life’s passion to save lives by advancing medical research, education, and care. His commitment to his community includes service on Mayor Glenda Hood’s Citizen Corps Council, Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, Executive Board of the Orange County Young Republicans, Fort Gatlin District Committee of the Boy Scouts, UCF College of Business Alumni Board, Downtown Orlando Rotary Club, Citrus Civitan, Florida Hospital Diabetes & Translational Research Institute Board, and American Heart Association Pulse Committee.

#Greg Warmoth
Session: Power of the Hispanic Market

arrived at WFTV in 1986, coming from KSTP in Minneapolis. For the first 11 years, Warmoth was WFTV's weekend sports anchor and covered some area-changing events

Read More including Orlando's securing of an NBA franchise and following the team's march to the NBA Finals. Even now as a news anchor, Warmoth enjoys covering sporting events from time to time.

In 1997, Warmoth made the switch to the news department and wakes every day at 2:45am to co-anchor Eyewitness News Daybreak, Eyewitness News This Morning on TV-27 and Eyewitness News at Noon.
In his spare time, he is active with youth sports and several charitable functions including the Chris DiMarco "Tee Up For Life" golf tournament.

#Joakim Wijkstrom
Session: Power of the Hispanic Market

has broad experience in launching and managing successful campaigns for iconic brands and in gauging the needs of the Hispanic market.

Read More As Chief Marketing Officer of Perry Ellis, he oversees the marketing, creative, and social media departments with stewardship responsibility for over 30 brands, his advertising agency work included such brands as Absolut Vodka, Apple Computer, Nextel, Patron Tequila, Volkswagen, and Jose Cuervo. He received his B.A. in Art History and English from Georgetown University before earning an MBA in Marketing from New York University. He worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice as a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and while at NYU he received the Dr. Marcus Wallenberg Foundation for International Business scholarship.

  Thursday, October 4, 2012
Opening General Session

Yvonne Martin, National Board Chair, National Society of Hispanic MBAs

As Director for Strategic Accounts at Otis Elevator Company, Yvonne Martin is responsible for supporting Otis' worldwide sales organizations and partnering in the coordination of Otis' activities to increase sales to global customers.

Read More Martin’s 24-year career at Otis has included positions in product strategy, branch management, sales, field operations and finance in the United States and Spain. Martin founded the UTC Hispanic Leadership Forum employee resource group in 2001, and in 2007 she was inducted to the Academy of Women Leaders, YWCA of the City of New York.
Martin holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Bridgeport and a Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University..

Darwin Rivera, Washington D.C. Executive Vice President

currently serves as the executive vice president for the National Society of Hispanic MBAs Washington D.C. Chapter Board of Directors.

Read More Rivera is a seasoned technology and program management executive with experience in Cybersecurity, systems engineering, data center management, and IT Service Management operations for the financial services industry, government and not-for-profit organizations. He is currently a program manager in Professional Services at HID Global where he manages strong authentication and identity assurance programs for a variety of local and international clients in government as well as enterprise. Additionally, Rivera is an associate professor of business in the Division of Business and Public Services of Northern Virginia Community College.

Professional Development Session Track #1
Mid-Level Managers’ Development

Jim Hoar, Senior Consultant, Organizational Effectiveness
Strategy Defined

Jim is the senior consultant and project champion for external partnerships. This initiative develops deeper relationships with external partners for leadership development and team member recruiting.

Read More Hoar is also a member of Target’s Executive Development Team, which focuses on leadership development for Target’s director and officer-level leaders. Hoar also works on enterprise initiatives such as well being, diversity and engagement strategies.
In his 24 years at Target Corporation, Hoar has held a variety of positions in merchandising, technology services and human resources.

Melisza Campos, Vice President of Operations, Dale Carnegie
Leading Dynamic Teams

Melisza Campos is the Vice President of Operations and Instruction for the Dale Carnegie Rochester office. She is a multi-course certified Dale Carnegie Master Trainer. 

Read More In 2009, she was ranked in the Top 10 trainers in the US and top 15 in the world. In Campos’ current position, she is focused on training, innovating solutions for organizations to engage their workforce, training and assessing potential Dale Carnegie trainers and operational management.
Campos was recently re-elected for her second term as an elected official as a Commissioner of Education in Rochester and was the top vote getter for the second time.

Reinaldo Padua, PAVP Hispanic Marketing
Coca-Cola's Approach to Marketing to a Multicultural Nation

Reinaldo and his team are responsible for connecting Coca-Cola’s portfolio of products with Hispanic consumers.

Read More He brings more than 15 years of experience in brand management, business strategy and market research in leading consumer marketing organizations including Procter & Gamble, Kraft Foods and Coca-Cola.
He has a passion to drive business results by understanding consumer "tensions” and uniquely relieving them through innovation and collaboration. He holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a double major in System Engineering and Business Administration from Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela.

Professional Development Track #2
Diversity: Fostering a Multi-Cultural, Multi-Generational Workplace

Anali Cabrera Cline, Director Sparkling Brands, Hispanic Marketing
Cola’s 2012 Olympics Program – A case study about how to win in a Multicultural Nation

Anali a well seasoned marketing professional with broad experience as VP Hispanic Marketing Initiatives at Brown-Forman, formerly Senior Brand Manager for the Coca-Cola Classic Brand Business Unit.

Read More Prior to this position, she was Brand Manager of New products and Innovation Group. Anali’s consumer product experience also includes global experience with Colgate-Palmolive and Nabisco Venezuela.

She is an Industrial Engineer, graduated from Universidad Católica Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela and pursued her M.B.A at Duke University, the Fuqua School of Business in Durham, North Carolina.

Professional Development Track #2
Diversity: Fostering a Multi-Cultural, Multi-Generational Workplace

Gustavo Viano, Director of Inclusion and Diversity, McDonald’s USA
Assimilation vs. Adaptation, Latinos’ dilemma to survive in Corporate America

Gustavo Viano is the director of inclusion and diversity for McDonald’s USA and is based at the company’s corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, IL.

Read More Viano joined the diversity and inclusion team at McDonald’s in 2005 after stints as national human resources manager in McDonald’s west division and regional human resources manager in Mexico, Central America and Dallas. He joined the company in 2000.
He holds a graduate degree in special education and psychology from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, and a master’s degree in psychotherapy form Hahnemann University in Philadelphia.

Professional Development Track #3
Branding "You” Career Development Workshop

Illeana Casiano de Vazquez, Line Manager, Center for Excellence, Vanguard
Personal Branding: Beyond the Basics

Illeana Casiano de Vazquez is currently a Line Manager in Vanguard's Center for Excellence, leading a team of process advocates serving the Retail Division.

Read More . Prior to her current position, Casiano de Vazquez was the program manager for Vanguard's MBA Development Program and MBA Internship Program, as well as multiple accelerated leadership programs. She also has served in Vanguard's Institutional Investor Group as a Communications Consultant.
Prior to joining Vanguard, Casiano de Vazquez held various positions at both La Salle University and the University of Pennsylvania. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from De Sales University and a Master of Business Administration from La Salle University.

Alba Martinez , Vanguard’s Retail Investor Group
Branding "You” Career Development Workshop: Personal Branding: Beyond the Basics

is a principal in Vanguard’s Retail Investor Group. Since May, 2010, Martinez has led Vanguard’s Core and Voyager Services, a group of 600 investment professionals that offer investment guidance and client services to five million Vanguard investors.

Read More Martinez and her leadership team are also responsible for continuously improving the client experience to meet the needs of Vanguard’s client-owners.
Martinez received her law degree in 1985 from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., and received her bachelor’s degree in Humanities from the University of Puerto Rico in 1982.

Alejandro Roman, Client Manager in Vanguard’s Retail Investor Group
Branding "You” Career Development Workshop: Personal Branding: Beyond the Basics

is a client manager in Vanguard’s Retail Investor Group where he is responsible for a team of representatives accountable for more tha $12 billion of assets for high-net worth clients.

Read More . Prior to that role, Roman was a relationship manager in Vanguard Institutional Investment Group where he was responsible for managing the relationships with several large institutional clients and was accountable for more than $3 billion in assets under management.
Roman holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Rutgers University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina Kenan Flagler Business School and holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 24 and 63 Licenses.

Carmen Rivé, Vanguard’s
Branding "You” Career Development Workshop: Personal Branding: Beyond the Basics

is a Vanguard principal and the human resources relationship manager for several internal divisions, including investment management, strategy & finance, planning and development and financial advisor services.

Read More Prior to her current position, Rivé was responsible for maintaining client relationships and managing Vanguard relationship managers within Vanguard Institutional Investor Group.
Prior to joining Vanguard, Rivé served as a certified public accountant for four years at Price Waterhouse LLP. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Saint Joseph’s University in 1991. She also holds FINRA Series 6 and 63 licenses. Additionally, she serves as a member of the Corporate Advisory Board for the National Society of Hispanic MBAs.

Hajj Flemings, Digital/Personal Brand Strategist
Branding "You” Career Development Workshop: Managing Your Personal Brand in the Era of Technology & Social Media

is a leading brand strategist, speaker and tech entrepreneur. Flemings co-Founded Gokit in 2011, a tech startup that enables people to share and capture life experiences through personas.Read More In 2008 he founded Brand Camp University, now the largest personal branding conference in the Midwest.
Flemings has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Mashable and CNN Tech Money on the subject of startups, digital technology and branding. He was recently selected as one of 18 startup founders from around the nation to speak with Congress on how government and startups can work together. Flemings is also a tech columnist for BlackEnterprise.com.

Airton J. Gimenes, Group Vice President, Global Sales & Solutions
Branding "You” Career Development Workshop: Managing Your Personal Brand in the Era of Technology & Social Media

is group vice president, global sales and solutions for Pitney Bowes Management Services, Inc. and interim president of PBMS International.

Read More Gimenes has responsibility for sales, marketing, product management, strategy and communications globally. Specifically, he is tasked with driving sales excellence and effectively aligning the division’s solutions and product specialist resources to enhance PBMS growth.
Gimenes’ previous work experience includes executive vice president for CEVA Logistics; senior vice president, global supply chain solutions for Ryder Systems, Inc.; and 29 years at Hewlett-Packard Company where he advanced to positions of increasing responsibility.

Suzette Recinos, Vice President, Chief Counsel Pitney Bowes Software, Latin America / DMT
Branding "You” Career Development Workshop: Managing Your Personal Brand in the Era of Technology & Social Media

vice president, chief counsel Pitney Bowes Software, Latin America & DMT, is the lead attorney for Pitney Bowes Software Inc.,

Read More the sole attorney supporting the document messaging technologies division of Pitney Bowes Inc. and is responsible for all legal affairs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining Pitney Bowes, Recinos worked at Edwards Angell Palmer and Dodge LLP. Recinos holds a Bachelor of Music and Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa.
Recinos is chair of the International Committee of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and serves on the board of the Childcare Learning Centers of Stamford. Recinos was named by the HNBA as one of the "Top Lawyers Under 40” in 2009.

Herman Velasquez, Vice President, Public Sector
Branding "You” Career Development Workshop: Managing Your Personal Brand in the Era of Technology & Social Media

is vice president, public sector for Pitney Bowes Government Solutions, where he sets strategy and is responsible for sales, business development and channel development for federal, state and local governments.
Read More Prior to joining Pitney Bowes, Velasquez was vice president, Mid-Atlantic Region at Avaya, Inc. He also spent 16 years at Nortel Networks.
Velasquez holds dual advanced degrees, a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Business Administration in International Business from the University of Miami, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Industrial Marketing from Baruch College and is a graduate of the Executive Marketing Management Program at Stanford University.

Professional Development Track #4
Emerging Technologies and Implications on Business Trends

Karl Gouverneur, VP & Chief Technology Officer, Northwestern Mutual
Emerging Technologies: Trends that will Impact your Business in 2013 and beyond

Karl Gouverneur is vice president and chief technical officer for Northwestern Mutual. Gouverneur leads the IT strategy and architecture team in the information systems department.

Read More Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, Gouverneur was the vice president and chief technology officer at Safeco Insurance. He started his career at Ernst & Young and moved through the ranks to become a senior manager.
Gouverneur is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Computer Science.

Oliver Trapp, General Manager-Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic district, Dale Carnegie
Leading through Innovation

Mr. Trapp has worked with some outstanding client organizations in order to improve customer service indicators, implement effective sales processes, and develop uniform leadership and management competencies in executive teams.

Read More He has also been dedicated to the effort of growing the Dale Carnegie business in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
Before joining Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc. full time in 2001, he served as operating vice president of the Home Shopping Network, and prior to that he owned a production house for TV commercials.
Trapp earned a Ph.D. in Management from Loughborough University, UK, a Bachelor of Science in European Management Studies from ICADE, Universidad Pontifica Comillas, Madrid and ESB Reutlingen.DESCAF from Ecole Superieure de Commerce, Lille.

Kick-off Luncheon
Inspiring Leadership: From Personal Journeys to Shaping Future Success
Sponsored by Dell

Martin Alvarez, Executive Director for MCLA Region and GM for Panama Service Center Dell

serves as executive director of Multi-Country Latin America, 38 countries that include all of Latin America and the Caribbean except Brazil and Mexico. He also serves as general manager for Panama Service Center.

Read More Alvarez joined Dell Panama in 2006 as director of sales. In the years since, he has served as general manager for Dell Panama Service Center, regional director of software and peripherals for Latin America, executive director and general manager of NoLA, additional leadership of SoLA, and most recently, full responsibility for MCLA region.
Alvarez has a Master of Business Administration from IESE in Barcelona, Spain, and a bachelor’s degree in international trade and finance from Louisiana State University.


Bobbi Dangerfield, VP Commercial Sales Operations Dell

leads commercial sales operations in Dell’s commercial business. In her role, Dangerfield is responsible for enabling sales productivity, business growth and customer experience while driving operational excellence and flawless execution.

Read More Dangerfield previously served as vice president, global relationship business operations, managing director of the Dell global business center and general manager for Dell El Salvador.
She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing/Management from Dallas Baptist University and her Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.

Mel Parker, VP and GM, North America Consumer and Small Office Dell

is vice president and general manager of the North America consumer and small office divisions. In his role, Parker is responsible for leading sales, marketing, strategy and operations. Additionally he is chairman of the Dell African American Employee Resource Group.

Read More Before joining Dell in 2009, Parker served as vice president of North America sales and marketing with Newell Rubbermaid.
Mel has a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he majored in computer science and minored in electrical engineering. He is a decorated combat veteran and graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger and Airborne School. He served with distinction in the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft Bragg N.C.

Ed Loya, VP, Human Resources for Corporate Services Dell

Ed Loya serves as Vice President of Human Resources for the Corporate Services functions. In this role he is responsible for the daily management of Global HR programs and processes.

Read More Prior to his current role, Ed held various HR leadership rolls in support of Commercial Sales – Public Business Medium Business, Dell International Services, Americas Contact Centers, Home and Small Business, Product Group and Dell Americas Operations.
Before joining Dell in 1992, Mr. Loya worked for The University of Texas at Austin and INROADS, Inc. and has more than 25 years of Human Resources management experience.
Mr. Loya graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Communications.

Professional Development Closing Keynote Success is a Decision: How to Maximize Your Professional Development Day

Rod Colon, President, Rod Colon Consulting, LLC
Success is a Decision: How to Maximize Your Professional Development Day

Rod Colon shares his 25 years of experience as a corporate human resources management insider, outside agency recruiter, professional networker and career coach through an unusual, yet common sense approach to networking and career management.

Read More Colon’s first book, Win the Race for 21st Century Jobs, discusses the need for networking and human relationships as a major part of any job search and career management strategy.
Colon is a graduate of Georgian Court University. He has been featured on ABC-TV "Tiempo,” NEWS12 New Jersey "It’s Your Money,” BRONXNET "Open,” and also in LatinTRENDS, Newark Examiner, Princeton Review and has received numerous awards and citations in both print and online media.

Women's Leadership Network Reception

Welcoming Remarks & Introduction by:

Erika Irish Brown, Enterprise Diversity Recruiting and Program Management Executive

Erika Irish Brown is the enterprise diversity recruiting and program management executive for Bank of America. In this role she is responsible for enhancing Bank of America’s employment brand in diverse communities.

Read More Brown’s background includes more than 15 years of investment banking and capital markets experience in both the public and private sectors of organizations including Morgan Stanley, the U.S. Treasury and Lehman Brothers. Prior to joining Bank of America in December 2009, Brown served as senior vice president and head of diversity lateral recruiting at Lehman Brothers.
Brown received her Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School and holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from State University of New York at Albany.

Keynote Speaker:

Nina Vaca, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Pinnacle Technical Resources, Inc.
Women in the Workplace: Career Path Challenges

Despite coming from a long line of entrepreneurs, Nina Vaca never imagined that her staffing and vendor management services business would grow to become the largest Latin-owned firm in Texas.

Read More Vaca’s greatest recent professional accomplishment is her recognition by the Texas House of Representatives. Pinnacle was honored for its 15 year history of creating jobs in Texas.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Fred Diaz, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group, LLC and President and CEO, Chrysler de Mexico

Fred M. Diaz is president and chief executive officer, Chrysler de México, where he is responsible for the company's Mexican operations. He is also the corporate representative for all business brands in Mexico. He has also been the president and CEO of the Ram Truck Brand since 2009.

Read More Previously, Diaz was the head of national sales. He also held a prior position as the regional director – Denver Business Center. Before that, Diaz worked in positions of increasing responsibility in the company’s sales and marketing, customer relations and service & parts departments.
Diaz is a member of Chrysler's Business Practice Ethics Board and Global Diversity Council, executive committees within the company dedicated to promoting the highest ethical business and diversity practices and policies throughout the enterprise. Diaz also serves as a Board Trustees of the Chrysler Foundation.Diaz earned a master's degree in business management from Central Michigan University, and a bachelor's degree in management with an emphasis in psychology from Texas Lutheran University.

Scholarship Luncheon

Rene Alegria, founder and CEO of Mamiverse

Rene Alegria is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mamiverse, a digital community devoted to Latina moms and their families, whose mission is to entertain, inform and empower Hispanics across the U.S.

Read More Named one of the top 100 most influential Latinos by Hispanic Magazine, Alegria was the founding publisher of Rayo/Hapercollins, an award-winning publishing imprint centered on giving voice to the Latino experience through books. In 2006, he brokered a revenue sharing partnership with Planeta, the world’s largest Spanish-language book publisher, and in 2008, Alegria created a strategic content sharing partnership with multi-platform Spanish-language company ImpreMedia.

David Mirelez, Vice President Merchandise Manager, Perishables & Food Services

David Mirelez joined Target in 2004 as a buyer in dry grocery. He has served as a merchandise planning director in home and a divisional merchandise manager in grocery.

Read More Most recently, Mirelez was promoted to vice president merchandise manager in perishables & food services. Prior to joining Target, Mirelez worked in convenience store retailing at ExxonMobil and in strategy at Bain & Company. Mirelez graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and from Northwestern University with a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Business.

Entrepreneurial Success Program

Jerry Haar, Ph.D., Associate Dean & Director, Florida International University
Session: Entrepreneurship and the Competitiveness of Cities

Jerry Haar is Associate Dean, Professor and Director of the Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center in Florida International University’s College of Business Administration.

Read More . He is also a Fellow of the Vale Columbia Program on Sustainable International Investment at Columbia University. He has held visiting appointments at Wharton, Harvard, Oxford and Stanford, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Brazil. Haar also served as Director of Washington Programs for the Council of the Americas. He completed graduate study at Johns Hopkins, Columbia and Harvard. He has consulted for multinational firms, small enterprises, and governmental organizations.

Rick Weddle, President & CEO, Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission
Session: Entrepreneurship and the Competitiveness of Cities

Rick L. Weddle joined the economic development commission as president and chief executive officer in March 2011. In his role, he leads the operations of a $5 million regional organization with a 26-person staff that represents the four-county region of Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola, and the City of Orlando.

Read More Weddle holds a bachelor's degree in political science with a focus on public administration from the University of Oklahoma. He completed a five-year management program and received his economic development executive (EDE) certification from the University of Oklahoma, College of Continuing Education. Weddle has been an instructor at the Economic Development Institute since 1986.

Frank R. Nero, President & CEO, The Beacon Council
Session: Entrepreneurship and the Competitiveness of Cities

Since 1996, Frank R. Nero has been President and CEO of The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County’s official economic development partnership in charge of recruiting new-to-market businesses and helping local businesses expand.

Read More Before coming to Miami, Nero had a dual role in Jacksonville’s economic development, serving as deputy mayor for economic development, as well as executive director for the Jacksonville Downtown Development Authority.

Nero’s career began as a teacher and councilman of the borough of North Plainfield, New Jersey and subsequently mayor of that community. At the age of 23, he became one of the youngest mayors elected in the United States at that time. Nero went on to serve as a county commissioner (freeholder) in Somerset County, New Jersey and as commissioner for the New Jersey Governor’s Commission on financing post-secondary education.

During President Jimmy Carter’s administration, Nero was appointed as the regional representative of the U.S. Department of Labor for Region 10 by U.S. Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall. Later, President Carter appointed Nero as chairman of the Federal Regional Council reporting directly to the White House chief of staff.

Massey Villarreal, Chief Executive Officer, Precision Task Group, Inc
Session: Entrepreneurship and the Competitiveness of Cities

Massey Villarreal is chief executive officer and president of Precision Task Group, Inc. In 2002, Hispanic Business Magazine named Villarreal as one of the one hundred most influential Hispanics in the U.S.

Read More Villarreal currently serves on the board of the Greater Houston Partnership and is vice chair of the Economic Development Committee as well as the Immigration Task Force. In January 2011, Governor Rick Perry re-appointed Massey to the Texas Economic Development Corporation.
Prior to this recent appointment, Governor Perry named Villarreal presiding officer of the governing board of the Texas Department of Economic Development. In September 2001, Villarreal completed a six-year appointment by former President George W. Bush, then the governor of Texas, to the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System.
Villarreal was the first person to ever serve as chairman of a local, state and national Hispanic chamber. He served as chairman of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Villarreal holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Texas A&M - Corpus Christi.

Ignite Undergraduate Session:

#Kammie Kobyleski
Career Strategies Part 1: Building Your Personal Brand

Kammie Kobyleski is passionate about helping today's leaders cultivate their brand messaging for ease in conversations at networking events, interviews, to use in crafting their resumes and to establish presence in today’s crowded online marketplace.

Read More She educates clients in job search and career transition, small business owners and entrepreneurs on how to use social media to increase brand and online awareness and generate referrals..
Kobyleski holds bachelor degrees in mass communication and psychology and a Master of Arts in Corporate Communications/Training & Development from Lindenwood University and 75 hours of Life Coach Training from Coach U.

#Ruth Armendariz, Senior Recruiter, Wells Fargo
Career Strategies Part 2 Panel Discussion: How to Impress a Corporate Recruiter and Potential Employer

Ruth Armendariz is a senior recruiter supporting exempt roles for Wells Fargo Consumer Lending. She is responsible for supporting all exempt leadership hiring for their Performing Servicing division.

Read More Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Armendariz recruited for multiple large financial institutions. She has 10+ years of financial services background experience recruiting for both entry and leadership roles with an emphasis on diversity recruiting.

#Jose E. de la Barra, Operations Manager, Kaiser
Career Strategies Part 2 Panel Discussion: How to Impress a Corporate Recruiter and Potential Employer

joined Kaiser Permanente in January 2002 and served as president of the Mid-Atlantic Kaiser Permanente Latino Association.

Read More De la Barra is currently the operations manager for clinical technology for the Mid-Atlantic States region.
De la Barra earned a Master of Information Technology and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in management from American InterContinental University.

Professional Development Session:

#Allen H. Kupetz, Executive-in-Residence, Graduate School of Business, Rollins College
Entrepreneurial Success Program: Generating an Innovative Idea

Allen Kupetz is the executive-in-residence at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. Kupetz is a recognized thought leader on the present and future impact of technology on individuals and corporations.

Read More Kupetz is also the co-founder and chief operating officer of venVelo, a business accelerator providing funding and mentoring to startups. He is also president of Kpartnerz, Inc., a management consulting firm, and author of The Future of Less – What the Wireless, Paperless, and Cashless Revolutions Mean to You.

Jacques Hart, CEO of Roar Media
Session: Leveraging Social Media to Market Your Business

Jacques Hart is co-founder and CEO of Roar Media, an integrated marketing-communications and digital-communications consultancy.

Read More He specializes in helping traditional companies transform their legacy business operations and marketing programs into next-generation platforms that help increase market share, conversions and revenues.

Jacques is nationally known in digital and earned media for his focus on delivering winning results during more than 15 years of providing strategic counsel to leading Internet enterprises and Fortune 500 companies. For Jacques, the key is a bias for media-agnostic programs, focus on quality customer and user experiences, along with innovative ideas, quantitative analysis and effective communication.

As CEO of Roar Media, he integrates advanced Internet marketing strategies, including social marketing, search engine optimization and blogger relations, into clients’ traditional marketing programs.

A graduate of the University of Washington’s School of Business with a degree in marketing and advertising, Jacques served in the U.S. Peace Corps as a business-development volunteer helping establish local businesses. His hobbies include exercise, skiing, road-biking, cooking, travel, playing electric guitar, social networking and staying abreast of Internet developments. Jacques is a board member of the MIT Enterprise Forum and The South Florida Technology Alliance, and an honorary member of the Wharton Club of South Florida.

Richard Licursi, Chairman and Co-Founder, Spectrum Bridge
Session: Funding the Venture

Richard Licursi is the Chairman and co-founder of Spectrum Bridge, the world’s first real time wireless spectrum management platform for the dynamic trading of wireless spectrum assets.

Read More Additionally, Licursi is managing partner of venVelo, a recently funded venture accelerator in Central Florida. Most recently, Licursi was a co-founder, president and CEO of MeshNetworks Inc., which became recognized as the global leader in mobile broadband mesh networking technology. Upon Motorola’s acquisition of MeshNetworks in 2004, he held the position of vice president and director of operations for the Mesh Product Group at Motorola.

Keynote Speaker Saturday Luncheon

Alejandro Quiroz, Vice President, Global Advanced Manufacturing Whirlpool Corp

Alejandro Quiroz oversees manufacturing processes for the appliance giant Whirlpool Corp. Quiroz works with Whirlpool’s production facilities throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia, and leads teams across cultures and languages to deliver innovative products for a diverse global marketplace.

Read More Quiroz serves as principal executive of Whirlpool’s Hispanic Network and sponsors employees throughout the company. He also serves on diversity recruitment and outreach programs to promote hiring of minority candidates, and he assists with development initiatives at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.

Alejandro holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Universidad de las Americas-Puebla, Mexico.

Brillante Awards Gala

Carlos Anaya

Carlos Anaya has been an entertainment contributor for NBC/Telemundo and other media outlets. He offers services as a reporter, host, multimedia content producer and social media influencer.

Read More . He is managing editor of MY Lifestyle Magazine, the first boutique publication for chic bicultural Latinos in New York.
Anaya has a degree in journalism and television production from Florida International University in Miami. He is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

National Society of Hispanic MBAs