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Benny Agosto Jr.
Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, et al.
Mr. Agosto was born in New York City and raised in Puerto Rico, and studied microbiology at the University of Houston. He then taught high school and college students for six years before attending South Texas College of Law. He is the co-founder of Hispanic National Bar Association's Legal Education Fund, which raises money for minority scholarships, and currently serves as its president. He works with programs to promote flexible and sustaining practices that help women attorneys balance family and career. Mr. Agosto is a member of many bar associations throughout Texas and sits on the board of directors for a handful as well. He also is the founder of the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas Foundation (MABATx), which benefits young, Hispanic, Houston-area law students through scholarships.

Fernando Aguirre
Chairman and CEO
Chiquita Brands International Inc.
Mr. Aguirre assumed his leadership role with the $3.5 billion company in January 2004. Prior to working for Chiquita, he worked for more than 23 years in brand management, general management and turnarounds at Procter & Gamble. He is a member of the International Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. A native of Mexico, Mr. Aguirre obtained a baseball scholarship at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

Jose Armario
Executive vice president of global supply chain, real estate development and franchising
McDonald's Corp.
Mr. Armario is responsible for McDonald's $23 billion procurement of food, packaging and premiums, worldwide purchasing and supplier relationships, and food safety and quality systems strategy. He also will lead the company's efforts in developing locations for McDonald's restaurants around the world. Prior to this position, he was the president of McDonald's Latin America, served as senior vice president and international relationship partner for the region, and was president of McDonald's Chile.

Adam Arroyos
ALPFA Institute at the Sam M. Walton College of Business
Mr. Arroyos has experience in senior leadership positions in private, public and nonprofit organizations, as well as through leading his own consulting practice, Adam Arroyos Consulting. During his tenures with organizations such as J.C. Penney Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., he launched practices and led teams and large-scale initiatives related to diversity and inclusion. He also launched the Northwest Arkansas ALPFA chapter.

Alex Cabanas
President, business development and finance
Benchmark Hospitality International
Mr. Cabanas joined Benchmark Hospitality International in 2006 and is responsible for the company's growth initiatives, including the expansion of its portfolio of award-winning resorts, personal luxury hotels and conference centers. He also oversees the development of Benchmark's capital investment opportunities and relationships. He earned his MBA at Harvard Business School and holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&M University.

William Candelaria
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
Mr. Candelaria's practice focuses on corporate transactions, private equity and capital markets. He is ranked among the top Latin American investment lawyers in the United States and has represented foreign private issuers, underwriters and institutional investors. He has experience in energy and infrastructure finance, and concentrates his practice on national oil companies and the oil and gas services industry.

Eduardo Conrado
Senior vice president and chief marketing officer
Motorola Solutions
Mr. Conrado leads the global team that has been the force behind Motorola Solutions' successful integrated marketing strategy. He ensures there is a single, unified voice across all communication channels—from branding and marketing strategies, to product and channel marketing, to global communications and interactive marketing. He recently led the creation and rollout of Motorola Solutions' new strategic brand framework, including the company's purpose, brand promise, values and voice.

Nelson A. Diaz
Dilworth Paxson LLP
Mr. Diaz concentrates his practice in the areas of litigation, dispute resolution, public housing issues and government relations. He has represented public entities, corporations, hospitals, banks and nonprofit organizations in both state and federal courts. He served as a judge for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas from 1981 through 1993. He also served as the city solicitor of Philadelphia and was appointed by President Clinton to be the general counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Christina Estrada
Vice president, human resources
ARAMARK Education
Ms. Estrada leads the human resources team supporting 14,000 employees who provide a range of food, nutrition, facility and other support services to more than 500 K-12 school districts in the United States. She joined ARAMARK in 2004. Previously, she worked in a variety of human-resources roles at global corporations, including Time Warner, America Online, The Walt Disney Co. and Citibank. She is a National Hispanic Corporate Council member.

Henry L. Fernandez
Vice president, government relations and outreach
USA Funds
Mr. Fernandez has worked at USA Funds since 2004. USA Funds, a nonprofit corporation based in Indianapolis, works to enhance postsecondary education preparedness, access and success. He builds and strengthens partnerships with policymakers and their associations to expand college opportunities for students, especially members of low-income and under-represented groups. He has received a doctorate in education and three master's degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Michael Fernandez
Corporate vice president, corporate affairs
Cargill Inc.
Mr. Fernandez joined Cargill in September 2010. He leads its worldwide corporate affairs activities, including government relations, media, communications, brand management, marketing services, and corporate responsibility, as well as representing Cargill's business and corporate policy interests. He had worked at State Farm Mutual Insurance as its vice president of public affairs. His early career was in various political and governmental roles in Washington, D.C., including press secretary to former U.S. Sen. Ernest F. Hollings.

Rosanna Fiske
Chairwoman and CEO
Public Relations Society of America
Ms. Fiske has more than 20 years of experience in communications. She began her career as a journalist and has held senior communications counsel, marketing and management positions in agency and corporate settings. In addition to her role with PRSA, she is director of the Global Strategic Communications master's program in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Florida International University in Miami.

Jerry M. Fuentes
AT&T Arizona/New Mexico
Mr. Fuentes leads all legislative, regulatory and external affairs activities in the two states. He also is involved with new technology deployment and infrastructure investment, and represents AT&T in civic and community organizations. He has worked for AT&T for 30 years and has progressed through a series of positions. He serves on the SER National Board of Directors and the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Business Council, among other organizations.

Elisa D. Garcia C.
Executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary
Office Depot
Ms. Garcia C. has been an attorney for more than 20 years and has been in this role at Office Depot since July 2007. Prior to joining the company, she served as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Domino's Pizza Inc. in Ann Arbor, Mich. Earlier in her career, she served as Latin American regional counsel for Philip Morris International and corporate counsel for GAF Corp. Ms. Garcia is a graduate of the St. John's University School of Law in New York.

Monica Gil
Senior vice president, public affairs and government relations
The Nielsen Company
Ms. Gil works extensively with news media, elected officials, community leaders and Nielsen businesses. She also manages Nielsen's national Hispanic/ Latino Strategic Community Outreach and the company's California government and community affairs programs. Prior to joining Nielsen, she served as a senior member of Antonio Villaraigosa's Los Angeles mayoral campaign, and as a press secretary for the speaker of the California Assembly.

James Gutierrez
Progreso Financiero
Mr. Gutierrez is an entrepreneur and innovator in financial services serving unbanked and lower-income people. His company has made more than 35,000 loans and employs more than 120 people at 25 locations in California and Texas. He serves on the boards of the Latino Community Foundation, the Property and Environment Research Center and Core Innovation Capital. He has invested in more than 15 startups. He received an MBA from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree in economics from Yale University.

Louis Gutierrez
Senior vice president of human resources
Turner Broadcasting System Inc.
Mr. Gutierrez oversees human resources staff and strategy supporting the Turner entertainment and animation, young adult and youth media networks and businesses. Earlier in his career, he was vice president of human resources at Disney/ABC Media Networks Group. He serves on the corporate board of advisors for the National Council of La Raza.

Frank R. Jimenez
Vice president and general counsel
ITT Corp.
Mr. Jimenez joined ITT in 2009 and oversees the legal and corporate secretarial functions for the $11 billion, high-technology engineering and manufacturing company. He previously served under Presidents Bush and Obama as the general counsel of the Navy. In this position, he was one of seven Senate-confirmed Pentagon civilians of four-star equivalent rank overseeing the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. He received his law degree from Yale Law School and earned MBAs from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and from the U.S. Naval War College.

Tony Jimenez
Founder, president and CEO
Mr. Jimenez has grown MicroTech into a $331.1 million technology systems integrator since opening the company in 2004. Because of his pivotal role in the government information technology community, he has advised the last two U.S. presidents on economic matters and serves as an adviser to the Obama administration on the U.S. Department of Commerce National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise.

Eduardo L. Jordan
Senior vice president of operations and CFO
Nolet Spirits U.S.A.
Mr. Jordan immigrated to the United States in 1967 from Ecuador and has worked for Nolet Spirits U.S.A. for 14 years. He reports to the president/CEO and serves as a member of the executive team, responsible for aligning and developing systems, people and processes for finance, information technology, logistics, human resources and finance. He is a member of both the Hispanic 100.

Linda A. Lang
Chairwoman, CEO and president
Jack in the Box Inc.
Ms. Lang joined Jack in the Box in 1984 and she has held various positions. She was named chairwoman and CEO in 2005 and added the title of president in February 2010. She also serves on the board of The Jack in the Box Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses the company's charitable donations. She has an MBA from San Diego State University and a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of California, Berkeley.

Derek E. Leon
Morgan Lewis' Litigation Practice
Mr. Leon's practice focuses on business litigation, including large contract and business tort disputes, intellectual property matters, and financial institution defense, as well as mass tort and product liability defense. He also devotes time to various pro bono and community activities. He serves as the general counsel of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. In 2007, he founded LegalLine of Miami-Dade, a free and anonymous legal advice community hotline sponsored by the Dade County Bar Association. Mr. Leon earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law and his bachelor's degree from Florida State University. He is admitted to practice law in Florida and Texas and before the U.S. District Courts for the southern and northern districts of Florida and the southern, northern, eastern and western districts of Texas, as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits.

Eduardo Martinez
Director, philanthropy and corporate relations
The UPS Foundation
Born in Havana, Mr. Martinez immigrated to the United States with his family in 1960 and joined UPS in 1976 as a package handler. He subsequently entered the management ranks within operations and the industrial engineering functions. He is responsible for the operations and management of the UPS Foundation's global philanthropic and corporate relations programs. He is on the corporate advisory board for the National Council of La Raza and a corporate liaison to the Points of Light Institutes' Service Council. He also serves as the chair of the Corporate Development Council for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, a member of the board for The Metro Atlanta YMCA and sits on the International Association for Volunteer Effort Global Corporate Volunteer Council. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Miami, Florida and a J.D. from the Nova Southeastern University Law School.

Arnaldo Perez
Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary
Carnival Corp. & PLC
Mr. Perez joined Carnival in July 1992 as assistant general counsel. He was promoted to acting general counsel and secretary of Carnival in 1995 and in 1996 he was named general counsel. In 2002, he was named to his current position and he is responsible for the legal affairs of Carnival. Prior to joining Carnival, he was a partner at Weil, Lucio, Mandler, Croland & Steele of Miami.

Paul Raines
Mr. Raines served as COO of GameStop from September 2008 to July 2010 before being promoted to CEO. Prior to GameStop he spent eight years with Home Depot in various management positions in retail. Operations, including serving as executive vice president for U.S. Stores and president of the Southern Division of the Atlanta-based company. He was responsible for more than 2,000 stores and $70 billion in sales activity. He also has extensive international expertise covering Latin America, Asia and Europe. He currently sits on the board of directors for Advance Auto Parts Inc. Prior to Home Depot, he spent four years in global sourcing for L.L. Bean and 10 years with Kurt Salmon Associates.

Kim Rivera
Chief legal officer and corporate secretary
Ms. Rivera joined DaVita in 2010. She has extensive experience in business litigation, corporate law, international law and compliance. She began her practice in the litigation group at Jones Day, and then joined Rockwell Automation where she served as vice president law and chief litigation counsel. She also served as vice president and associate general counsel-international and compliance for the Clorox Co. In that room, she was responsible for Clorox's global compliance program, the delivery of legal services to its international businesses, and oversight of litigation and employment law matters. She is a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School.

Carlos Rodriguez
President and COO
Mr. Rodriguez accepted his current role in May 2011 and oversees all sales, service, operations and product development for ADP's Employer Services group both in the U.S. and internationally. He joined ADP in 1999, most recently as president of national account services and employer services international. He came to ADP through its acquisition of Vincam, where he served initially as CFO for a short period before becoming president of ADP TotalSource. Under his leadership, TotalSource became the fastest-growing, as well as the largest, professional employer organization in the industry. He has been president of ADP's Small Business services, which includes ADP's small business payroll services, TotalSource and Retirement Services He holds an MBA and bachelor's degree from Harvard University.

Marcos G. Ronquillo
Managing shareholder, president and COO, executive committee chairman; public law section
Godwin Ronquillo PC
Mr. Ronquillo represents governmental agencies, such as the Dallas Independent School District, as well as Fortune 500 companies in high-profile litigation where politics, media and social concerns collide in the courtroom. He is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School and the University of Notre Dame. He is a past recipient of the State Bar of Texas Presidents' Special Citation Award and recipient of the Outstanding Lawyer of the Year Award from the Texas Mexican American Bar Association. He has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority, JPMorgan Chase and Children's Medical Center.

Maria Sastre
Signature Flight Support Corp.
Ms. Sastre is responsible for the daily operations of Signature's worldwide network of fixed-base operations and maintenance centers. She joined Signature from the nonprofit organization Take Stock in Children, where she served as president and CEO. Previously, she served with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., where she held the positions of vice president, international, Latin America, Caribbean and Asia and vice president of operations during her eight-year tenure. Her roles included strategic growth across emerging markets as well as managing all aspects of operations and the guest experience onboard Royal Caribbean's fleet of vessels.

Jose S. Suquet
Chairman of the board, president and CEO
Pan-American Life Insurance Group
Mr. Suquet's leadership, commitment and foundation of change have paved the way for growth and success since joining the company in November 2004. He led Pan-American Life through the devastation and survival of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, with an emergency recovery plan that would later become an industry case study in disaster recovery. His commitment to the U.S. Hispanic community, product innovation and sales force expansion has better positioned the company as one Hispanics rely on to protect their financial security and well-being. Previously, he had held senior management posts in the insurance industry for more than three decades. He is a past chairman of LIMRA International and a former member of the board of trustees of American College. He currently serves as member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He was born in Cuba. He holds a bachelor's degree from New York's Fordham University and an MBA from the University of Florida.


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