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Juan Andrade
Juan Andrade   President and Chief Operating Officer, Property & Casualty Operations

Juan Andrade is President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Property and Casualty Operations at The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., one of the nation's largest insurance-based financial services companies. He was appointed to this position in July 2009. Andrade is also a member of the company's Office of the Chairman. As President and COO, Andrade is responsible for all operations of the P&C Company. He is also a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, an Ironman Triathlete and a marathon runner.

David Campana
David Campana   Chief Architect and Chief Technology Officer, NYC Department of Finance

David Campana is a seasoned 15-year professional specializing in Technology Strategy, Application Architecture, Development and Implementation. He is responsible for the systems and technology, which collects more than $20 billion in revenue, or one-third of the New York CityíĎs fiscal budget. His responsibilities include developing and implementing enterprise architecture, policies, standards and technology.

Alberto Cardenas
Alberto Cardenas   Staff Attorney, Vinson & Elkins, LLP

With a practice focused on legislative matters at the state and federal levels, Mr. Cardenas has served as general counsel to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. He has advised her on a wide range of issues, and currently chairs the Hispanics for Kay campaign committee in her run for Governor of Texas. He is a graduate of Texas A&M, and Texas Tech University School of Law.

Roman Hernandez
Roman Hernandez   Shareholder, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

With his expertise in employment law, Mr. Hernandez focuses on the defense of employers against claims filed by employees. He is the current president of the Hispanic National Bar Association, and has volunteered time to many civic and community organizations, including serving as president of the Portland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  He is a graduate of Oregon State University and Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College.

Edward Lopez
Edward Lopez   Chief Legal Officer, Silicon Image

Overseeing the semiconductor design company's legal affairs, Mr. Lopez handles corporate governance and compliance, securities laws, matters of intellectual property, as well as strategic partnerships, litigation, licensing and mergers and acquisitions. Before joining Silicon Image, Mr. Lopez worked with the law firms of Morrison & Forester, and McCutchen Doyle Brown & Enersen. A graduate of Columbia University with a B. A. in Economics, he earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School.

Jose E. Cil
Jose E. Cil   Vice President, Company Operations, Burger King Corporation

The son of working class parents, Cil began his career in BKC as senior attorney in 2000 and later moved from the BKC legal department to operations support and ultimately to the business side. In 2003 Cil became the division vice president for the Mediterranean and NW Europe Division in BKC's Europe, Middle East and Africa region. In this position, Cil managed the franchise business in several markets, including UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, as well as Turkey, Israel and Italy.

Kenneth Macias
Kenneth Macias   Founder and Chairman of the Board, Macias Gini & O'Connell, LLP

Presiding over the largest majority Hispanic-owned CPA firm in the country, Mr. Macias has some three decades in the accounting profession. His company was founded in 1987, and has established six offices staffed with nearly 200 professionals. He has been named Businessman of the Year by the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, and has volunteered in wide-ranging areas, including the California State Athletic Commission.

Emmanuel Martinez
Emmanuel Martinez   Vice President Emerging Markets Sales and Trading, Avila Capital Markets, LLC.

A fixed and credit specialist with wide-ranging experience, Mr. Martinez joined the company in April, and is focused on Latin America – with particular emphasis on credit markets in Central America and the Caribbean. He is president of Dominicans on Wall Street, Inc., as well as a board member and secretary of the Neighborhood Trust Credit Union in New York City.

Robert Mendez
Robert Mendez   Senior Vice President, Diversity, Disney-ABC Television Group

Since he was promoted to his current position in 2005, Mr. Mendez has focused on advancing diversity strategies in the company's multiple platforms. As an accomplished television industry attorney, he has been involved with agreements on several long-running shows, including “Live with Regis and Kelly” and “Who Wants to be a Millionaire. He has served as president of the Hispanic National Bar Association, and several boards.

Regina Montoya
Regina Montoya   Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Children's Medical Center, Dallas

Returning to the medical facility where she volunteered as a college student, Ms. Montoya was named to her position in June of this year. She is responsible for several departments, including legal affairs, governance, governmental relation/advocacy and community relations. A graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School, she is currently writing a book about the importance of Latinas in multiple aspects of American life.

Ricardo Silva
Ricardo Silva   Partner, Fagen Friedman and Fulfrost, LLP

As a partner in the San Diego office of the law firm, Mr. Silva specializes in school law and represents school districts throughout the state of California in a variety of issues, including special education, personnel, collective bargaining and administrative hearings. A one-time elementary school teacher, he earned his B. A. at the University of California, Riverside, and his law degree at Rutgers University School of Law.

Tom Soto
Tom Soto   Managing Partner, Member of the Board of Directors and Senior Investment Professional, Craton Equity Partners

With a strong background as an environmental activist, Mr. Soto applies his personal interest to create collaborative solutions between environmental and policy concerns. He recently served on the Executive Office of the President's Transition Team focused on the White House Council on Environmental Quality for President Obama.  He serves as the board secretary for the Mono Lake Committee.

Stephen Zack
Stephen Zack   Partner, Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP

Complex commercial litigation – emphasizing class action, product liability and federal multi-district litigation – is the specialty of Mr. Zack, who has represented a wide range of clients, including vice president Al Gore in Bush v. Gore. He was the first Hispanic and youngest president of the Florida Bar Association, and served as president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents and on the ABA Board of Governors.

Trinidad Aguirre
Trinidad Aguirre   Area President-Southwest, Verizon Telecom

Responsible for marketing, sales and operations for California, Florida and Texas, Mr. Aguirre has risen through the ranks, and is now charged with providing exceptional customer service, driving revenue growth, increasing operational efficiency and maximizing profitability for the telecommunications giant. He graduated from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas with emphasis in computer science, and earned a Master's degree in telecommunications at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas.

Moctesuma Esparza
Moctesuma Esparza   Founder and CEO, Maya Cinemas

It took special vision to create a chain of state-of-the-art movie theatre complexes dedicated to serving Hispanic communities across the country. With his background as an entrepreneur in the movie industry, it was a natural for Mr. Esparza. The Emmy-award-winning, Academy Award nominee, he is committed to providing access and opportunities for Hispanics in Hollywood and in education. He founded a charter school for Arts and Enterprise in Los Angeles.