October 2000 - Hispanic influence in the business community is far-reaching and has come to encompass the high-tech sector. For proof, look no further than this year’s HISPANIC BUSINESS 100 Most Influential Hispanics, a list that includes representatives from a diverse cross section of the nation’s most vibrant technology firms.
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Raul Alarcon, Jr. CEO Spanish Broadcasting System Miami, FL Mr. Alarcon is CEO, president, and majority stockholder of SBS, the largest Hispanic-owned media entity in the United States with annual revenues of $120 million. He recently oversaw SBS’s initial public offering, raising a total of $501 million, the second-largest radio IPO ever. This year, he completed the acquisition of eight Chancellor Media radio stations serving Puerto Rico.
Rene Alegria Editorial Director Rayo New York, NY As editorial director of Rayo, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, Mr Alegria publishes titles by and for Hispanics. Mr. Alegria seeks out authors and books that reflect the Hispanic diversity, encourging HarperCollins to publish novels in Spanish by Esmeralda Santiago, Isabel Allende, and Oscar Hijuelos.
Fernando Alvarez CEO Abaco P.R., Inc. Roswell, GA Mr. Alvarez founded Abaco, which provides wireless systems consulting and enterprise software design for Fortune 500 companies. Abaco’s revenues exceeded $20 million last year and are projected to exceed $125 million by the year 2005. Mr. Alvarez has led Abaco’s global expansion, establishing offices in Australia, Germany, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Microsoft Corp. selected Abaco as the only enterprise software showcased at its launch of the Pocket PC.
Raquel M. Alvarez Associate, Intellectual Property and Technology Group Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. Philadelphia, PA Ms. Alvarez focuses on patent prosecution, as well as on licensing/agreement issues and interference law. Her firm represents clients involved in intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and unfair competition. The clients are Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations, and entertainment conglomerates, as well as small businesses, universities, and artists. She is a member of the American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar Associations. And she has served as vice president and as a member of the board of directors of the Hispanic Bar Association of Philadelphia.
Cecilia Alvear President National Association of Hispanic Journalists Washington, DC Ms. Alvear, a NBC News Burbank field producer, was elected president of the 1,600-member association during a NAHJ convention this summer in Houston. She says it’s an exciting time to be a Latino and a journalist, adding: “Just as we are changing the demographics of United States we will change the demographics of the U.S. newsrooms.” She will serve a two-year term.