Star of the ABC family sitcom the George Lopez show, Lopez began his career in entertainment as a stand-up comedian. Today he is one of the premier comedic talents in the entertainment industry. He is a creator, executive producer, director, writer and star of George Lopez.
Lopez is one of the pioneers responsible for the incorporation of Latino culture into the mainstream. His works include books and stand-up comedy albums such as Team Leader and Why You Crying? Team Leader, one of four albums of recorded stand-up comedy shows, was nominated for a 2004 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.
In the late 60's and early 70's, actor Ray Andrade created Justicia, a Chicano protest group that challenged the lack of Chicano representation in media and the inaccurate portrayal of Chicanos in the entertainment industry as a whole. Andrade a former professional boxer and Green Beret in Vietnam led Justicia in the fight for many demands to protect the image of Chicanos in media and with that, they won and lost many battles. Although Justicia eventually disbanded, all members of this grassroot organization helped to paved the way for equal opportunities for Chicanos in the industry today.
Now the Senior Vice President and General Manager of MTVtr3s, Ballas-Traynor headed the re-launch of MTVtr3s, a bilingual music channel aimed at bicultural youth. She has drawn on her own experiences of juggling her Chilean and American identities to relate to those in similar situations. MTVtr3s is packaged in a way that encourages its young audiences to maintain a connection with their culture of origin while keeping up with new American trends.
Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Queens, New York, Julissa Bermudez achieved her broadcasting debut by becoming the first Latino host on BET. As host of BET's The Center, she serves as a vibrant Latina role model for today's youth. Other projects include co-hosting BET's 106 & Park and hosting Mun2's The Roof.
Bikales is the founder of a leading video-based consumer research company, Snippies. The company recently partnered with another leading research company, Cheskin, to create a profile of Hispanic teens as a booming marketing demographic. Nuestro Futuro: Hispanic Teens in Their Own Words is a DVD comprised of 30 hours of interviews that illuminate what attracts Hispanic youth to certain products.
Bill Dana is an American comedian famous for his controversial alter ego character, "Jose Jimenez." The character of "Jose Jimenez" first appeared on The Steve Allen Show and was later given his own stage on The Bill Dana Show. Dana has appeared in numerous other shows over the years, including The Ed Sullivan Show and The Golden Girls. He has also worked as a comedy writer.
A Professor of Anthropology at New York University, Dr. Arlene Dávila focuses her research on Puerto Ricans and Latinos in the United States. She is the author of Barrio Dreams: Puerto Ricans, Latinos and the Neoliberal City and Latinos, Inc.: The Marketing and Making of a People.
Former publisher of Hoy, a Spanish-language daily newspaper, Solomon has recently been named publisher and CEO of Daily Press Inc. As the former publisher of Hoy, Solomon was quick to respond to the needs of the country's booming Hispanic population and recognized the need to fuse Hispanic advertising with Spanish print publications.
Former CEO of The Bravo Group, a leading Hispanic ad agency, Exposito is now the Partner and President of her own marketing and communications agency, d exposito & partners. Exposito is known as a key player in the expansion of Hispanic media communications in the U.S. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies (AHAA).
Executive producer of the George Lopez show, Helford has years of experience in producing successful family-oriented comedy series. Helford served as a visionary in helping George Lopez bring his fresh and edgy sitcom to ABC. He was a co-creator of The Drew Carey Show and Executive Producer of Roseanne.
Founded on innovative and insightful principles, Faura's multicultural agency focuses on targeting Hispanic consumers with maximum effectiveness. He is the President of Cultura, a leading Hispanic advertising and marketing agency in Dallas, Texas. He is also the author of The Whole Enchilada: Hispanic Marketing 101.
Galán is the President of Galan Entertainment as well as the former President of Entertainment for the leading Spanish-language network, Telemundo. Some of her major productions include Fox's hit reality series, The Swan. Galan Entertainment and NBC Universal are presently working in collaboration to create productions of Spanish- language telenovelas for English-language networks.
Director of Digital Media and Managing Editor of www.holamun2.com, Márquez has had a hand in a plethora of projects as a digital media professional. Márquez has worked for the PBS station in San Francisco, where he specialized in creating innovative websites for the station's programs. He is a recipient of the prestigious EPPY award, which recognizes excellence in Media-Affiliated Internet Services.
President of López Negrete Communications, Inc., Negrete has been a marketing consultant and partner since 1985. An avid supporter of the Hispanic market, Negrete passionately believes in closing the gap between Hispanic consumers and national brand marketers. He is the former president of the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies (AHAA).
Alex Nogales is President and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMA). The NHMA is a non-profit organization whose theme is "Opening Doors for Latinos in Media!" Nogales is one of many media activists responsible for petitioning against media stations who "did not accurately represent their communities." Nogales and the NHMA are pushing for diversity at all levels of employment in the country's networks.
Orcí is President of La Agencia de Orcí y Asociados, a Hispanic advertising agency which he founded in 1986. His agency was a pioneer - one of the first generation of advertising agencies to work on connecting national brands with the Hispanic consumer. Hector Orcí has been recognized by Latin Business magazine for his many contributions to the Latino community.
Stephen Palacios is the Executive Vice President of Cheskin, a leading consulting and marketing agency, as well as the leader of Cheskin's Hispanic marketing group. Palacios is also a national spokesperson for affairs related to the U.S. Hispanic Market. An active blogger, he posts frequent articles on timely Hispanic marketing issues.