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2013 Brillante Awards


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.


Corporate Award


University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)
 Educational Excellence Award Recipient


Mr. carlos orta
Chief Executive Officer
Hispanic 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
ImpreMedia, LLC

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 adults.

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
Head of Human Resources
Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.
Founders  Award Recipient

As 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.

Samsung 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.

Prior to Samsung, Bill held many Human Resource leadership positions at AT&T Wireless/Cingular Wireless, and at AT&T landline business.

Bill 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.

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post humus brillante and
in memoriam tribute awardee

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 the country.

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 MBA’s. 

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 on.

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 over-achiever. 

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 short-comings.

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.

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