Publisher El Mundo – Washington State
Martha Montoya is at the forefront of the dialogue regarding diversity contracting with Corporate America, particularly in the media and agricultural industries among others, Ms. Montoya is the owner of Los Kitos Entertainment and El Mundo Communications.
She leads several national initiatives to advance the position of Minority owned businesses. Through her work, Martha has forged relationships with Corporate, State and Federal leaders in United States and countries overseas to understand and bring to the table candid conversations to find solutions for the small and minority business advancement.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela. Mrs. Angulo believes her vocation to serve the community was born in her family environment and that vocation has grown with the support of various mentors in her workplace and also from local community leaders. Mrs. Angulo has served as a volunteer for various social causes including her involvement with different community events organized by El Mundo Newspaper. Her main goals are to keep growing spiritually and professionally and to be able to mentor children in the Hispanic community.
Editor in Chief, Abasto Magazine
Iván has worked for several important media companies in Colombia and the United States, gaining more than 15 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. Since 2011, Iván has worked as Editor in Chief of the award-winning Abasto Magazine and oversees the editorial operations of Abasto media. He is a frequent contributor to The Associated Press in Miami and Qué Pasa Media Network in North Carolina. Iván holds a degree in Journalism from the University of La Sabana in Bogota, Colombia. He has a wide range of experience reporting on issues that relate to economy, immigration, politics, sports and entertainment.
Region II Director
Alvaro J. Gurdian
Vice President of Operations - La Noticia Spanish-Language Newspaper in North Carolina
Besides his busy business schedule, Alvaro finds time to volunteer in the Charlotte community. He taught computer classes at The Latin American Coalition, served on the Board of Directors of McColl Center for Visual Arts and he is a former member of the Board of Directors of Loaves & Fishes. He is a recent graduate of the program, Leaders Under 40 of Community Building Initiative and Leadership North Carolina. As well as the recipient of the Hispanic Contractors Association of the Carolinas “Outstanding Community Service” in 2014. A member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church for the last 23 years, Alvaro was born in Venezuela and came to the US when he was 11.
Region III Director
Publisher, Reflejos – Chicago, Illinois
Born in Texas and raised on the East coast, Linda migrated to Chicago in 1975. Work life started with a family owned business, which exposed her to sales, marketing and a totally diversified environment. Arrival in Chicago introduced her to the retail industry working at Saks Fifth Avenue, Joseph Spiess, Skyr and then Sears…first in sales, then as a buyer and then into promotions and advertising. Her promotion and marketing background also took her into working county political campaigns, which led Linda to Reflejos 14 years ago. It was Linda’s understanding and appreciation for cultural differences and what they bring to communities and companies, that has made her role as general manager of Reflejos a perfect fit.
Region III Vice Director
Publisher, Negocios Now
Clemente Nicado is a Cuban Journalist with a tremendous passion for journalism that has awarded him and his publication, Negocios Now, with many recognitions over the past five years. He was hired by the Chicago Tribune in 2003 to launch HOY, Chicago’s first daily Hispanic newspaper. Four years later, he founded Nicado Publishing Co. and launched Negocios Now, a national award-winning publication, focused on Hispanic entrepreneurs. Nicado is a former international correspondent with 25 years of experience in journalism. He has covered a wide range of issues including economy, trade, public safety, elections, Olympic Games summits, finance and immigration. He has been a tireless seeker of style to make his articles more appealing to readers.
Publisher, Latino Lubbock Magazine – Lubbock, Texas
Christy, a Lubbock native, developed her professional skills working in city government, private business, and the nonprofit industry. She worked for the National Council of La Raza in Washington, D.C. as Assistant Director of Public Information overseeing national media activities. She created Latino Lubbock Magazine in 2006 to centralize bilingual information, and as a tool for dialogue and understanding. For her commitment to the business community, she was selected as the Women in Small Business Champion from the SBA northwest. In 2013 she and her husband of 28 years were selected at the 2013 Texas Tech Parents of the Year. Her most significant achievement is being the mother of Amaris Garcia, who graduated from Texas Tech University May 2014.
Region V Vice Director
Mary A. Flores
Publisher, La Prensa de Colorado – Denver, Colorado
Mary was born in Aguascalientes Mexico and initially attended school in Zacatecas. In 1997 Mary immigrated to Denver. In 1998 Mary began her career in the News Media field working for a local Denver Spanish newspaper. In 2010 Mary, her husband Joel and their son Emilio started La Prensa de Colorado, LLC. Identifying many needs in the Latino community,
Mary co-founded The Flores Foundation (aka Latino Legacy Colorado) with her husband Joel in 2014. The specific purpose of the Latino Legacy Colorado is to empower Latinos across Colorado with education, resource information, recreation, and small business ownership programs and services to achieve economic self-sufficiency and social and physical well-being.
Region VII Director
Jose Zepeda, Jr.
IT Director, El Aviso – Los Angeles, California
Jose Zepeda Jr. was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and grew up in Southern California. He attended and graduated from Orange Coast College completing a Digital Media Arts program. Jose joined his family business, El Aviso Magazine, in 2001 and has had different positions in the company during his tenure. Currently he is the IT director and has produced and developed El Aviso Magazine’s Website, blog and Social Media presence as well as creating content for El Aviso Magazine’s YouTube channel.
Region VII Vice Director
Jonathan M. Sanchez
Associate Publisher, Eastern Group Publications, Inc.
Jose Zepeda, Jr.
IT Director, El Aviso – Los Angeles, California
Jose Luis Bgarza
Editor and Director - El Periódico U.S.A.,
Spanish newspaper in McAllen, Texas
Collaborates with Mexico and U. S. radio stations and television channels with comments and analysis. He has been Vice President (2 terms), Regional Director and President of NAHP. He is NAHP Chairman of International Relations Committee and McAllen Chamber of Commerce International Relations Committee Chairman.
Publisher, La Voz – Colorado
In 2004 Ms. Rivera joined La Voz on a contract basis, then as a columnist (Mis Recuerdos), eventually becoming the Lifestyles editor. In 2007 she became the General Manager at La Voz. In 2008 Ms. Rivera and her husband purchased La Voz and have successfully operated the 41-year-old bilingual publication. Under Ms. Rivera’s leadership, as Publisher, La Voz has advanced editorially, has expanded statewide, and is the winner of numerous National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP) awards for the past seven years. Ms. Rivera has recently been awarded the Trailblazer Award from the Denver Latinas First Foundation for being the “first” Latina publisher of a Hispanic publication in Denver.
Gonzalo was introduced at a young age to the world of graphic arts through his family’s business. This later contributed to his decision to pursue a career in design. Gonzalo worked for the number one advertising firm in Mexico (within the healthcare sector) at that time, managing important accounts, being responsible for product launches, PR strategies, market research and small and large scale forums and advisory boards with top end figures in the field. Gonzalo moved to the States and integrated his knowledge and expertise in the newspaper business and is now leading La Conexion into becoming one of the best Spanish language newspapers in the country.
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