Luis Antonio Gonzalez Administrative Judge State Supreme Court in the Bronx, Bronx, NY
In December 1998, he became administrative judge of the Supreme Court in the Bronx, becoming the first Hispanic to occupy the position in the state of New York. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Hell's Kitchen, he began his judicial career as a Housing Court judge in the New York City Civil Court. Mr. Gonzalez is a member of the Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage, the Puerto Rican Bar Association, and the 12th Judicial District's Task Force on Reducing Litigation Cost and Delay.
Carlos Gutierrez CEO Kellogg Company, Battle Creek, MI
In June 1998 he ascended to the position of president and in April of this year made the jump to CEO. A 25-year veteran with the cereal giant, he has aggressive plans to address the company's faltering sales and stock performance. "We are instilling a sense of urgency in the company," he told reporters after his first stockholder meeting as CEO. He joined the company in Mexico City as a sales representative.
Leopoldo "Leo" E. Guzman President Guzman & Company, Miami, FL
Guzman & Company is the first and only Hispanic-owned securities firm to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The investment bank and brokerage consistently places among the top index trading firms ranked by volume. Mr. Guzman served as co-chair of the first Wall Street Project gala in 1998. This year, he accompanied President Clinton on his anti-poverty tour. He sits on advisory committees for the NYSE, the National Association of Securities Dealers, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Ralph Hauser CEO Hauser Entertainment Inc., Pico Rivera, CA
Billboard describes his company as the "biggest and most powerful Hispanic management company in the nation." As CEO of Hauser Entertainment, he represents such artists as Vicente Fernandez and his son Alejandro, Maná, Luis Miguel, and Juan Gabriel. He recently signed a partnership pact with MCA Concerts under which Mr. Hauser will co-produce all shows by Hispanic artists at MCA venues.
Jorge Hernandez-Toraño Partner Holland & Knight, Miami, FL
He chairs the Miami office's corporate and entertainment practices for Holland & Knight, the nation's fifth largest law firm. Mr. Hernandez-Toraño represents artists such as Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Edward James Olmos, and Jon Secada. He also works for major corporate clients such as BMG Entertainment, BMG U.S. Latin, Miami Herald Publishing Co., Radio Unica, and Univision. Outside of the entertainment industry, he handles Wilke-Rodriguez, Banco Popular, and Royal Caribbean Cruiselines. He also supervises Holland & Knight's Mexico City office.
He is the founder and general counsel of the American Latin Music Association and co-founder of the United Way Entertainment Partnership, where he works to address the philanthropic interests of the entertainment industry.
Aliza A. Lifshitz Doctor and Author, Los Angeles, CA
Known as "Doctora Aliza" to fans who listen to her medical commentary on Radio Unica and Univision, she received the C. Everett Koop Media award in recognition of her work in the Hispanic community. This year saw the publication of her book Healthy Mother, Healthy Baby, the first bilingual medical guide for expectant mothers. Awards she has received include Woman of the 90s by the Los Angeles Times and Physician of the Year by the Multicultural Area Health Education Center.
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