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Hispanic Business 25th Anniversary CEO Roundtable

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Hispanic Business 25th Anniversary CEO Roundtable List of Participants
Monika Mantilla Garcia
Principal, North America Business Development, Consultiva Internacional Inc.
Ms. Mantilla Garcia is a principal of an investment management consulting and advisory firm that manages $2.5 billion for institutional and private clients including pension plans, corporations, foundations, families and individuals. In 1996, Ms. Mantilla Garcia co-founded The Discovery Advisory Group, which advises, raises private capital, and develops alliances for small and middle-market companies. Ms. Mantilla Garcia also serves on the board of the New America Alliance, and is co-chair of the group's Capital and Advocacy Committee.
Rudy Mendez
Vice President of Diversity Initiatives, McDonald's Corp.
As vice president of Diversity Initiatives, Mr. Mendez overees workforce diversity programs and employee relations for more than 13,000 restaurants in the United States. He is a member of the board of trustees for the Erikson Institute, a leading graduate school in child development, and is on the board of trustees for City Colleges of Chicago. Mr. Mendez also is an executive board member for the McDonald's Hispanic Leadership Council.
Fabricio Morales
President and Chief Executive Officer, FM Office Express and FM Resources
Mr. Morales has more than 19 years'experience in the office products business serving Fortune 500, medium and small companies. Mr. Morales founded FM Resources in 1995 in Buffalo, New York, with first-year revenues of $250,000. Today, FM Resources is based in Rochester, New York, employs 20 people, and has estimated annual revenue of $16.5 million. Prior to going into business, he was in charge of developing the Latin America dealer-distribution network for Haworth, a global furniture manufacturer.
George Munoz
President and Chief Executive Officer, Munoz Investment Banking Group LLC
Mr. Munoz's Washington, D.C.-based investment banking firm, which he co-founded, is focused on global emerging markets and the U.S. Hispanic community. Mr. Munoz also is a partner in the Chicago law firm of Tobin, Petkus & Munoz, and is a former president of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, an independent federal agency. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Munoz also served as assistant secretary and chief financial officer of the U.S. Department of Treasury. Mr. Muñoz has been named among the top 100 influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine, and serves on the boards of several corporations including Anixter International and Marriott International.
Luis Nogales
President and Managing Partner, Nogales Partners
Mr. Nogales has extensive investment experience, including serving as senior advisor to the Deutsche Bank Private Equity Group – Latin America. Previously, he was a principal and partner in Lombard/Nogales Radio Fund. Mr. Nogales also has served as president of Univision and as chairman and CEO of United Press International in Washington, D.C. Mr. Nogales currently serves as a board member for public companies including Edison International and Arbitron Inc.
Patricia Pliego Stout
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Alamo Travel Group
Ms. Pliego Stout established the Alamo Travel Group in San Antonio, Texas, in 1982. The company is a corporate, leisure, federal, and state travel service provider, with contracts in several states. Ms. Pliego Stout serves on several organizations' boards including the National Women Business Council, The Society of Government Travel Professionals and the National Association of Women Business Owners. She also is the International Relations vice-chairwoman for the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce.
Samuel Ramirez, Sr.
President, Samuel A. Ramirez & Company
Mr. Ramirez is the founder and majority owner of Samuel A. Ramirez & Company Inc., a New York City-based financial services firm. Since its founding in 1971, the firm has gained a reputation as a nationally ranked distributor of municipal obligations. In addition to retail and institutional distribution, the firm provides investment-banking services to corporations and state and local governments. Recently, it established an equity research department focusing on Hispanic companies, represented by The Ramirez Hispanic Index.
Steven M. Risso
Chief Executive Officer, Popular Ford Sales Inc.
Mr. Risso is a Ford dealer from Brooklyn, New York, with 20 years' experience in the retail auto industry. The company was founded in 1980 by his late father, Harry Risso, and is operated today by brothers Steven and Jaime. The company is regularly listed as being among New York City's top minority-owned companies by Crain's Business magazine. Since becoming CEO in 2000, Steven has grown the company's sales by nearly 70 percent through acquisitions and new ventures. He currently serves on three automotive association boards and is chairman of one.

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