Alex Rodriguez Shortstop Seattle Mariners, Major League Baseball Seattle, WA Mr. Rodriguez holds the American League record for most single-season home runs by a shortstop for 1998 and 1999, with 42. He also is one of three Major League players to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases. Fans voted for him to play in the 2000 All-Star Game. Mr. Rodriguez also contributes to his community through his educational program, Grand Slam for Kids. He visits schools encouraging children to work hard in class, be physically fit, and be a good citizen.
Arturo S. Rodriguez President United Farm Workers Keene, CA In the past year, Mr. Rodriguez has served on the National AFL-CIO Executive Council and the California State AFL-CIO Executive Board. He has conducted hearings on a new Amnesty Program for undocumented immigrants, negotiated contracts with national employers, sponsored legislation to improve the quality of life of Hispanics, and worked on numerous political campaigns.
Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez Catcher Texas Rangers Colleyville, Texas Mr. Rodriguez received the most votes in fan balloting for the 2000 All-Star Game. On July 10, he made his eighth consecutive start behind the plate for the American League. In 1999, he won the American League MVP and his eighth Gold Glove Award. His season ended abruptly this year when he broke his thumb. Through his organization, the Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez Foundation, he offers support to children suffering from cancer.
Hector de J. Ruiz President & COO Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA In addition to joining a new company this year, Mr. Ruiz was appointed by Gov. George W. Bush to the Texas Higher Education Board. And he was honored as the Hispanic Engineer of the Year in 1999. Mr. Ruiz currently serves on the board of directors of Darden Inc. and AMD. He was featured in a cover story of the July/August issue of HISPANIC BUSINESS b >.
Rita Saenz Director, California Dept. of Public Social Services State of California Sacramento, CA Ms. Saenz oversees more than 4,000 employees and an annual budget of $16 billion. Department programs include: Welfare-to-Work, food stamps, foster care, adoptions, child abuse prevention, refugee support services, special services to blind and deaf, and emergency assistance. The agency also licenses child-care centers, group homes, and adult residential care facilities. Her immediate plans are to improve services for foster-care children and streamline the welfare-work program.
Ana Maria Salazar Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Drug Enforcement Policy and Support Secretary of Defense Washington, DC Ms. Salazar is the highest ranking Hispanic woman in the Defense Department. She oversees a $1 billion dollar budget for 120 anti-drug programs in the U.S. and more than 20 countries. In October 1999, she sponsored the Pentagon’s “Red Ribbon Celebration”, an event that encourages children to say no to drugs. She played a key role in developing counter-drug surveillance flights to the Central American region after the U.S. departed Panama.
Hector Saldana Member, Board of Directors Hispanic Television Network Inc. Fort Worth, TX Mr. Saldana, former general manager of the Latin American division for Apple Computers, was elected in May to the HTVN board. With his background in technology, he is expected to help the company develop its new media strategy. HTVN currently is taking steps to meet the demand of entertainment and Internet usage by the fast-growing Hispanic market.
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