AMERICA'S

BUSINESS FUTURE

SEPTEMBER 21-23, 2014

  • DON SALAZAR - 2014 National Convention Board Chair

    Donald J. Salazar is a lifelong resident of the Ogden Area. He is President and CEO of Creative Times, Inc. (CTI), a design-build construction company based in Ogden, Utah. Don is Responsible for the General Management and Administration of Creative Times. Oversees all management activities, including business planning, accounting, bonding, finance, marketing, resource allocation, contract negotiation, and on-site job performance. Don has successfully performed on both governmental and public sector contracts ranging from $200 thousand to $34 million dollars.

  • THE HONORABLE JULIÁN CASTRO
    Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

    Julián Castro was sworn in as the 16th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on July 28, 2014. In this role, Castro oversees 8,000 employees and a budget of $46 billion, using a performance-driven approach to achieve the Department's mission of expanding opportunity for all Americans.

  • THE HONORABLE MARIA CONTRERAS-SWEET
    Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

    Maria Contreras-Sweet is a successful entrepreneur, business executive, and state cabinet official. Throughout her career in the public and private sector, she has been a champion of diversity, access to capital and equal opportunity for all Americans.

  • THE HONORABLE NANCY PELOSI
    Democratic Leader, U.S. House of Representatives (D-CA)

    Nancy Pelosi is the Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives in the 113th Congress. From 2007 to 2011, she served as the first woman Speaker of the House. Leader Pelosi has led House Democrats for a decade and has represented San Francisco, California's 12th District, for 27 years.

KATHLEEN MARTINEZ

Sr. Director, National Strategic Relationships Communications & External Affairs, BP America Inc.

Corporate Advocate of the Year


Kathleen M. Martinez is Sr. Director of National Strategic Relationships for BP America. Martinez is based at BP America's headquarter office in Houston, Texas.

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AMERICAN AIRLINES™

Corporation of the Year


Each year, the USHCC honors a corporation that has conducted business in a manner that represents corporate best practices and the values of the USHCC.

ELIGIO CEDEÑO

CEO, V-Media Inc.

Hispanic Business Man of the Year


Mr. Eligio Cedeño is the majority owner and CEO of V-me Media Inc., the nation’s 3rd most distributed Spanish language network reaching 70 million U.S. households and 80 percent of the Hispanic households in the United States.

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MONICA LOZANO

Chairwoman,
US Hispanic Media, Inc.

Hispanic Business Woman of the Year


Monica Lozano is one of the most respected Hispanic business leaders in America with a thirty year record of accomplishment leading diversified media organizations.

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2014 CEO PANEL DISCUSSION

ABOUT THE USHCC

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is the largest Hispanic business organization in the country - representing the interests of nearly 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that combined, generate over $468 billion to the American economy every year. The USHCC also serves as the umbrella organization for over more than 200 local Hispanic chambers and business associations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

Made up of three constituents - Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBEs), local Chambers across the country and corporate partners - the USHCC's mission is to foster Hispanic economic development and to create sustainable prosperity for the benefit of American society. The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and brings value to its members by providing networking and procurement opportunities, advocacy and professional education.

The USHCC seeks to facilitate the growth of Hispanic small business in America, advance opportunities in corporate and federal procurement, place more Hispanics incorporate board rooms, and ensure decision makers at all levels in Washington consider the Hispanic business community in their deliberations. For over 30 years, the USHCC has advocated in Washington on behalf of our business community for public policies such as Access to Capital, Federal Procurement, Energy and the Environment, Health Care Reform and Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

USHCC CONVENTION

The USHCC Annual National Convention is the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in America. Held from September 21-23 in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Grand America Hotel, the 35th Annual National Convention is the country's largest networking venue for Hispanic business and Fortune 1000 corporations interested in the Hispanic market. Over two-days, the National Convention affords Hispanic vendors and corporate buyers the opportunity to establish partnerships where business opportunities can flourish.

2014 CORPORATE & HBE CONVENTION CHAIRS

2014 NATIONAL CONVENTION AIRLINE

SPONSORS

ELIGIO CEDEÑO

CEO, V-Media Inc.

Hispanic Business Man of the Year


Mr. Eligio Cedeño is the majority owner and CEO of V-me Media Inc., the nation's 3rd most distributed Spanish language network reaching 70 million U.S. households and 80 percent of the Hispanic households in the United States. Today, V-me Media, which incorporates the PBS affiliated V-me TV network and the V-me Kids cable channel, is the largest Hispanic-owned and operated Spanish language network in the United States.

Prior to arriving in the United States in December 2009, Eligio was a very successful banker in Venezuela, rising from the ranks as an unpaid intern at Citibank Venezuela to owner of two successful Venezuelan banks and a brokerage house. Mr. Cedeño had to flee Venezuela on account of being politically persecuted by the Chavez Regime. In May 2011, the United States granted him political asylum and Eligio had a new home country.

Mr. Cedeño's roots and interest in media come from his long-held belief that a Democratic society required an independent press and freedom of speech. Utilizing his banking success, Mr. Cedeño was a significant supporter and financier of opposition television networks and journalists in Venezuela – a role that was perceived by the Chavez Regime as a threat to its government control. As a consequence, he was falsely accused of financial improprieties and he turned himself in to Venezuela’s intelligence police. Under direct orders from President Chavez, Mr. Cedeño was unjustly detained for nearly three years without a public trial or any judicial decision on his innocence. In addition, the government compelled him to sell his banks to government supporters. Eligio's case became one of the most prominent political prisoner cases in Venezuela.

On December 9, 2009, Venezuelan Judge Lourdes Afiuni, citing a United Nation's decision finding Eligio's detention arbitrary and illegal under Venezuela's Constitution, granted him conditional release. Within hours the Judge was arrested by intelligence police and Eligio had to go into hiding. The following day, President Chavez condemned Judge Afiuni on national television to 30 years of imprisonment and ordered the apprehension Eligio. After several weeks in hiding, Eligio was able to flee Venezuela on a fisherman's boat. In December 2009, Mr. Cedeno arrived in Miami, Florida, and for the first time in almost 3 years, was able to hug his children and wife in complete freedom.

Eligio began establishing himself socially and professionally in his new home country. With a firm love and commitment to the United States, the country that protected him and ended his years of political persecution, Mr. Cedeno was determined to support a strong and free press and invested in Spanish television networks here in the United States and in Canada. When evaluating whether to invest in the V-Me TV Network, the idea of "repaying" the United States by financing and maintaining free PBS-style educational Spanish language programming for Latinos and Hispanic children across the country was a strong motivating factor. Recognizing that the new Hispanic society in the United States, to include himself, craved V-me's sophisticated, inspirational, and smart Spanish language programming, Eligio dived fully into supporting the V-me network. A year later as V-me's CEO, Eligio continues working on the strengthening and expansion of V-me in order to ensure that the future generations of U.S. Hispanics, in particular our children, have access to quality Spanish language educational and family programming.

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MONICA LOZANO

Chairwoman,
US Hispanic Media, Inc.

Hispanic Business Woman of the Year


Monica Lozano is one of the most respected Hispanic business leaders in America with a thirty year record of accomplishment leading diversified media organizations. She is currently Chair of the Board of US Hispanic Media, Inc. the parent company of ImpreMedia LLC.

Lozano recently retired after five years as Chief Executive Officer of ImpreMedia, one of the largest media companies serving Hispanic communities in the United States. As CEO she led the transformation of the business into a fully-integrated multi-media content company leveraging their strong brands and audience engagement across print, digital, video, mobile, social and local platforms. Prior to this, Lozano led the publications division for the company and was Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of La Opinión, the largest and most influential Hispanic newspaper in the country.

ImpreMedia publishes newspapers and websites in the cities with a large Latino population including Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Chicago, San Francisco and Orlando and has a market reach of 23% of all Hispanic adults. Known for its award winning editorial content, ImpreMedia is well established as a leader in coverage of issues important to the Latino community and is regularly recognized by civic, business and non-profit organizations for its journalistic excellence. Under her leadership, the company expanded into new markets, products and lines of business including lifestyle publications targeting Hispanic families; entertainment and sports magazines and websites; and a Commercial Publishing division which currently produces Que Rica Vida, a bi-monthly magazine for General Mills Inc.

A deep commitment to inform, educate and empower the Hispanic community is at the core of the company's mission and ImpreMedia has spearhead highly successful public information campaigns in the areas of health, economic advancement, immigration and education. Today, ImpreMedia is a national media partners to the “Ya es hora” campaign targeting Latino civic participation and Asegúrate, a comprehensive health initiative.

Lozano has committed much of her time to non-profit organizations including the National Council of La Raza where she served as board chair. In 2013 she completed a 12 year term as Regent of the University of California but was asked to return by Governor Jerry Brown who re-appointed Lozano in 2014. She served as a member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness as well as the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board prior to that. Today, she is widely regarded as one of the most influential Latinas in the country and is a member of the board of directors of Bank of America, the Walt Disney Company, the University of Southern California, the Weingart Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

She is a regular speaker at conferences and has won numerous awards including the Poder Business Leader Award, "Media Executive of the Year" from AHAA, US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's "CEO of the Year", National Immigration Forum “Keeper of the American Dream” Award, NCLR "Raul Yzaguirre President's Award", National Conference on Civil Rights "Hubert H. Humphrey Award", and the National Society of Hispanic MBA's Brillante Award among others. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Inter-American Dialogue.

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KATHLEEN MARTINEZ

Sr. Director, National Strategic Relationships Communications and External Affairs, BP America Inc.

Corporate Advocate of the Year


Kathleen M. Martinez is Senior Director of National Strategic Relationships for BP America. Martinez is based at BP America’s headquarter office in Houston, Texas.

In her current role, Martinez plays a central role in the development, management and implementation of BP America's national external affairs efforts. Her responsibilities include oversight of the company’s U.S. community investment policy and leading the national strategic relationships and initiatives platform.

Martinez joined BP America in 2012 as Manager of Houston Community Affairs. Martinez's background includes more than 15 years of experience in public relations, corporate social responsibility, marketing and philanthropy where she has demonstrated continued success in leadership, strategy development, community engagement and program execution.

Prior to joining BP, Martinez held a variety of leadership roles including VP Charitable Giving for BBVA Compass, VP of Community Affairs for the Wachovia-Wells Fargo Foundation, National Multicultural Marketing Manager for Southwest Airlines, and Press Secretary to former U.S. Representative Silvestre Reyes in Washington, DC.

Martinez holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration & Marketing from the University of Texas, San Antonio and is a certified corporate citizenship professional with training at Boston College's Carroll School of Management.

Martinez is a member of the Board of Directors for the Houston Independent School District Foundation and serves as BP's trustee liaison for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME).

Active in the community, Martinez volunteers her time at her son's school in addition to helping community partners with strategic fundraising plans and leveraging opportunities. Kathleen is involved with many organizations including Teach for America, Communities in Schools, St. Michael’s Catholic School, Cristo Rey Jesuit, the Greater Houston Partnership, the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the National Urban League, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the National Council of La Raza. Past board affiliations include YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas and the state advisory board for Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID).

The youngest of 14 children, Martinez is a first generation high school and college graduate. She and her son Kameron reside in Houston, TX.

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