Peltyn works with several medical charities while still serving as a marketing manager for DeSimone Consulting Engineers. Most recently, she was asked to serve on the commission for the establishment of a National Museum of the American Latino run by the Smithsonian Institute.
Felicia Ortiz, 33 -- Cluster Construction Consulting, LLC
Felicia Ortiz grew up in Las Vegas, N.M. and moved to Las Vegas, Nev., in 2001.
Ten years later, she started her own company with partner Mark Bodner. Cluster Construction Consulting assesses and revamps construction businesses' software systems.
At first, only the two partners ran the operation. Now, they have nine employees.
Ortiz said she has had to battle many stereotypes while working to gain new clients.
"I'm young and a girl, and you are not always taken seriously in the industry," she said.
Ortiz also serves as president of the local chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships and services to Latino in business, finance and related fields. She has started a scholarship through the association for college-bound Las Vegas students.
"I don't see a lot of young Latinos in our industry, in technology or construction, and I hope I'm creating a path for others," Ortiz said. "I've had a really good mentor, who is now my business partner. I also got lucky in high school and had great mentors who helped me see all that was out there, and because of that I set higher goals for myself. For me, being involved in ALPFA is my way of giving back."
Eddie Escobedo Jr. , 51 -- El Mundo
Eddie Escobedo Sr. was well known in the Las Vegas Hispanic community for his civic involvement, good nature and characteristic Homburg-style hat. For 30 years, he ran El Mundo, Las Vegas' Spanish-language newspaper.
When he died at the end of 2010, his son was left to take over the job. The transition went smoothly because Eddie Escobedo Jr. had been by his father's side almost constantly as the paper grew since its inception in 1980.
When El Mundo started, it filled the niche left by La Verdad, a Spanish-language publication that failed. For the next 16 years, El Mundo had the market to itself, Escobedo Jr. said.
The paper, which recently relaunched its website, is now a vital source of information for the Spanish-speaking community and sponsors local soccer leagues, ballet folklorico groups and other organizations.
Escobedo Jr. has served as president of the National Association of Hispanic Publications, on the Las Vegas zoning board and on the Latin Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
"It's a continuation of what my dad actually started, but it's nothing new to me because I was always with him," Escobedo Jr. said. "We'll always have the goal to be part of the community, represent the community and help the community. It's not just about participation, but getting involved and engagement."
Tony Sanchez, 48 -- NV Energy
Tony Sanchez's title at NV Energy, Senior Vice President for Government and Community Strategy, doesn't do justice to all the roles he plays for the utility.
The Las Vegas native who graduated from Valley High School oversees regulatory matters, the environmental and safety division, local and state political issues, corporate communications and all of the company's philanthropic efforts.
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