Robert Mendoza Managing Director Goldman Sachs New York A former J.P. Morgan vice chairman, Mr. Mendoza is the new managing director for Goldman Sachs. His primary focus will be to enhance relationships with chief executives and business leaders, particularly in Europe and Latin America. Mr. Mendoza, who was born in Cuba and graduated from Yale, helped transform J.P. Morgan from a traditional lending institution to an investment bank.
Ray Mota CEO Imenso.com, SearchHispanic.com, Easy-Track.com Arizona Mr. Mota’s new company is an Internet service provider for Hispanic businesses and it provides procurement services. He also is CEO for Searchhispanic.com and Easy-Track.com. Through SearchHispanic.com, he has established an affiliation with the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, representing 700,000 businesses through 300 local Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. Mr. Mota is the former managing director with the Aberdeen Group, where he trained Hewlett-Packard middle management in Europe, Asia, and U.S.
George Muñoz CEO Overseas Private Investment Corp. Washington, DC Mr. Munoz heads a government agency that provides seed money to American companies for global projects. In the past year, the agency has reported a growing number of Hispanic businesses expanding beyond the U.S. market through partnerships with OPIC. Mr. Munoz helped fuel this effort by organizing the annual “Hispanics in Globalization” meeting in Washington, D.C., as well as a conference in May on the emergence of Central American and Caribbean markets.
Rick Muñoz Producer & Director Action Talent Management Hollywood, CA Mr. Muñoz’s vision for music video production has earned him Billboard Magazine's nomination for “Music Video of the Year,” as well as production contracts from such labels as: Arista, Capitol, EMI, Scotti Brothers, BMG, Polygram, and Thump Records. He has produced and directed live concerts for Natalie Cole, Carlos Vives, Marcos Llunas and Los Temerarios Live in Las Vegas. In his 20-year career, he has amassed a credit list of more than 300 commercials, music videos, and live shows.
Gregory Nava Director/Screenwriter/Cinematographer/ Producer San Diego, CA Mr. Nava, whose films include El Norte, Mi Familia, and Selena, has an unprecedented deal with New Line Cinema, to produce and direct Hispanic-themed movies. His latest project, “An American Family,” was not picked up by CBS for its fall television lineup, but the network is allowing him to shop the “dramedy” to other networks. He is credited with opening opportunities for other Latino filmmakers like Carlos Avila, who recently released “Price of Glory” for New Line Cinema.
Frances Nevarez Owner and President PowerUP Scotts Valley, CA Ms. Nevarez is one of the few female Hispanic senior executives in the Silicon Valley. Her company provides computer software and technical training. She also is president of the California Chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners, which provides mentoring to entrepreneurs. The growth in women-owned businesses will generate significant increases in employment and revenues in California, according to a 1999 analysis of census data released by NFWBO and Wells Fargo Bank.
Ben Ocasio Vice President, Diversity Development & Manager, Policy and Planning United States Postal Service
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