CEO and Animation Artist
Phil Roman Entertainment, Studio City, CA
A six-time Emmy winner, he has produced and directed animated series, theatricals, and commercials for four decades. The IMAGEN Foundation honored him with the 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his work on such hits as "The Simpsons" and "King of the Hill." He recently resigned from Film Roman Inc., a company he formed in 1984, to start a new venture, Phil Roman Entertainment. The new company is a full-service animation boutique that will produce traditional and computer animation for TV, features, and commercials.
Raul Romero Finance Co-Chair Bush for President, Houston, TX
In this position as finance co-chair for George W. Bush's presidential campaign, he has identified and assembled a core group of key Hispanics to deliver Hispanic outreach. In the past year, the Texas governor appointed him to the University of Texas Board of Regents. He also chaired the finance sub-committee for the 1999 Texas Inaugural Committee. Mr. Romero is president of S&B Infrastructure, the nation's largest privately owned engineering and construction firm, with revenues approaching $500 million.
Ricardo Romo President University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
In May 1999, he became the fifth president of the University of Texas at San Antonio. One prime goal of his administration is to take UTSA to the cutting edge in terms of educational technology. In his former position as vice-provost of undergraduate education at UT Austin, Mr. Romo managed retention programs. As an academic, he is a respected urban historian best known for the book East Los Angeles: History of a Barrio (1985), which is currently in its eighth printing.
Lucille Roybal-Allard Congresswoman, 33rd District, Los Angeles, CA
The first Mexican-American woman elected to Congress is now the first Latina to chair the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. She also sits on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Her skill as a consensus builder has won many legislative battles, as well as making her the first member of Congress selected to chair the California Democratic Congressional Delegation through the process of election rather than seniority.
Hector De J. Ruiz Executive Vice-President Motorola, Austin, TX
As president of Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector, Mr. Ruiz manages the largest U.S.-based, broad-line supplier of semiconductors, with annual sales exceeding $7 billion. He supervises more than 40,000 employees worldwide. A former winner of the Hispanic Engineer of the Year award, he recently landed a seat on the board of directors at Darden Restaurants, owner of the Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and Bahama Breeze chains.
Dr. Nancy Ruiz Medical Director of Virology DuPont Pharmaceuticals Company, Wilmington, DE
One of the foremost investigators in HIV research. In conjunction with the DuPont Pharmaceuticals facility in Puerto Rico, Dr. Ruiz is developing a breakthrough drug called Sustiva, the first treatment that can be administered on a daily basis to both adults and children diagnosed with HIV-1. She previously served as director of the HIV research clinic at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and worked for six years as an HIV clinical physician at the National Naval Medical Center.
Carlos Saladrigas CEO ADP TotalSource, Coral Gables, FL
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