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March 24, 2009


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Jose Martinez Jr. has been promoted to executive vice president of Maya Entertainment, a company targeting the growing U.S. Latino market.

Martinez, who joined the company in 2008 as general counsel/head of acquisitions, has led its efforts to acquire several films, including "How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer" (starring "Ugly Betty" star America Ferrera) and "Maldeamores" ("Lovesickness," produced by actor Benicio del Toro).

In his new role, Martinez will oversee all company operations, including foreign and TV sales, business affairs and acquisitions. He will also work to increase efficiencies across departments and improve communication within departments, including Maya Cinemas, Maya Entertainment Home Video and Maya Productions.

"We have seen a tremendous amount of growth since we launched a year ago," Moctesuma Esparza, who founded Maya Entertainment and co-chairs with Jeff Valdez, said in a news release. "Jose brings the level of experience and expertise we need to successfully manage our budding business objectives and needs. We are thrilled to be recognizing his achievements with this promotion."

Maya Entertainment ( says it is the only Latino-owned and managed filmed-entertainment company specifically focused on the growing market of U.S. Latino film-goers.

Solis Promoted at Enterprise Community Partners

Alazne (Ali) Solis has been appointed senior vice president of development and affordable housing at Enterprise Community Partners Inc., a nationwide firm dedicated to community development and affordable housing. In addition, she has been named policy and corporate affairs executive, which adds areas of communications, marketing, online services and resource development to her role. She will divide her time between the organization's offices in Columbia, Md., and Washington, D.C.

Doris W. Koo, president and CEO of Enterprise, said Solis "brings a wealth of experience to her new position."

Solis, Koo said in a news release, "is a proven leader with vast policy and community development expertise. We know that Ms. Solis will bring her dedication and leadership to this new role to help Enterprise grow and fulfill its mission."

Solis, who joined Enterprise in early 2000, has worked on various public policy initiatives. In 2008, she led the "Save America's Neighborhoods Campaign," a task force of about 100 national groups that secured $4 billion in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act to help communities struggling in the foreclosure crisis.

She has testified before Congress on housing, banking and tax legislation issues.

She holds a dual bachelor's degree in political science and Spanish from the University of Maryland.

Enterprise Community Partners ( provides development capital and expertise to create affordable homes and rebuild communities.

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