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New America Alliance's Sixth Annual Wall Street Summit Convenes National Financial and Corporate Leaders

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The New America Alliance (NAA), an organization of the most influential Latino business leaders committed to leading the process of Latino empowerment and wealth-building, today announced its sixth annual Wall Street Summit, to be held at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City, October 25-27, 2006.

This year's summit will include keynote speeches, panel discussions, executive search opportunities, and events around the theme, "Latinos: a New Path to Economic Growth." The summit will advance the NAA's goals of increasing access to markets and capital for Latino businesses, promoting the participation and influence of Latinos on our nation's corporate and pension fund boards; and expanding the participation and influence of Latinos in federal and state financial institutions. NAA also advocates for investing in higher education of Latinos in the areas of finance and business. The summit is co-chaired by Frank Sanchez, chairman and chief executive officer, Sanchez Family Corporation, and Luis F. Restrepo, chief executive officer, MultiTrade Securities.

The summit will feature such luminaries as: * New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr.; * Roel Campos, who has made history as the first Hispanic commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission; * Kerry Killinger, CEO, Washington Mutual. Both Commissioner Campos and Mr. Killinger will address the participants during the Welcome Dinner on Wednesday, October 25. * California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), CEO Fred Buenrostro and CIO Russell Reed will bring valuable insights on Thursday, October 26. * Christopher J. Ailman, CIO for the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS), the second largest pension fund in the nation will deliver a keynote address on October 26. * James D. Price, managing director, Wealth Management USA, of UBS * Alan G. Levin, senior vice president and CFO of Pfizer * The Honorable Henry Cisneros * Alvaro de Molina, CFO, Bank of America Corporation will be the Closing Luncheon speaker on Friday, October 27. * Marilou Martinez Stevens, chair of the board of NAA and president of Marilou M. Stevens, CPA & Associates, P.C. will also provide remarks during the summit.

The NAA will also celebrate the Wall Street Summit Awards Reception and Dinner on Thursday, October 26, honoring Marcos A. Rodriguez, founder and managing partner of Palladium Equity Partners with the NAA Business Achievement Award, and Christopher J. Ailman, with the Distinguished Service Award for Advancing Latinos in American Business. The NAA Achievement Award for Board Service will be presented to Jose Villarreal, a partner with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP.

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Below is a partial schedule of events, for detailed schedule information go to

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM - NASDAQ Market Closing NAA Members will ring the closing bell at the NASDAQ WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - NAA Institute Scholarship & Mentorship Reception Participants: Regina Montoya, CEO, NAA Diego Recalde, Chair of the Board, NAA Institute Marcos A. Rodriguez, Chairman, The Robert Toigo Foundation. Location: Waldorf=Astoria, Conrad Suite, 4th Floor THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM - Panel I: Cracking the Code: The Journey to Corporate Board Seats

Panelists: Louis E. Caldera, Former Secretary of the Army Tom Castro, Border Media Partners, LLC Monica Lozano, La Opinion Newspaper Vilma S. Martinez, Munger, Tolles & Ollson, LLP Moderators: Marjorie Torres, Concrete Stories and John McIntire y Salazar, Nexos Capital Partners, LLC.

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM - Panel II: Identification, Recruitment and Retention of Latino MBAs

Panelists: Thomas Caleel, Dean of Admissions, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania Dawna Clarke, Director of Admissions, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth University Nereyda Salinas, Assistant Director Admissions, Harvard Business School Edward Snyder, Dean, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Theresa Torres, Director of Diversity and Community Relations, Merrill Lynch Moderator: Monika Mantilla Garcia, Altura Capital

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM - Panel III: Pension Fund Initiative, Latino Influence in the Public Pension Fund Arena

Panelists: William Atwood, Illinois State Board Investment Arthur A. Hidalgo, Orange County (CA) Employees Retirement System Elvin Lopez, Department of the Treasury, State of New Jersey Dr. Louis F. Moret, Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension System Moderator: Martin Cabrera, Jr., Cabrera Capital Markets, Inc.

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM - Panel IV: Legislative actions in the Pension Fund Arena

Panelists: Hon. Iris Martinez, Senator, State of Illinois Juan Ramos, Councilman-at-Large, City of Philadelphia William C. Thompson, Jr. Comptroller, City of New York Moderator: Carlos E. Loumiet, Partner, Hunton & Williams, LLP FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27

9:15 AM - 10:30 PM - Panel V: Private Equity and its Impact on the Latino Community

Panelists: Guillermo Bron, Acon-Bastion Partners Moctesuma Esparza, Maya Cinemas Terry L. Jones, Syncom Management Company, Inc. Marcos A. Rodriguez, Palladium Equity Partners Moderator: The Honorable Federico Pena

10:45 AM- 12:00 PM - Panel VI: Angel Investing: An Inflection Point in the Life of Latino Business

Panelists: Maria Contreras-Sweet, Promerica Bank Terry Hicks, Ben Franklin Technology Partners John May, The Angel Capital Association Luis Villalobos, Tech Coast Angels Moderator: Carmen Ortiz-McGhee, The Marathon Club

Location of all panels: Waldorf=Astoria, Starlight Center South, 18th Floor. New America Alliance

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