“Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan, Star of Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo Mundo, to be Named Recipient of Latinovator Award at Hispanicize 201

Best-selling author and pet industry entrepreneur Cesar Millan, star of hit programs on both Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo Mundo, has been named the second recipient of the Hispanicize 2012 Latinovator Awards for entrepreneurship. Hispanicize 2012 (http://www.HispanicizeEvent.com), the annual Latino trends event, will take place in Miami, April 10-13. (more…)

HPRA Takes Decisive Step with New Leadership, Expanding Plans for Growth

 With new leadership comes new energy and ambition, making this a year for continued growth for the Hispanic Public Relations Association, Los Angeles chapter (HPRA-LA) as it announces the new incoming board and welcomes new members.  With the new board, HPRA-LA will build upon strategic partnerships and strengthen its commitment to provide PR professionals and students the resources to thrive in this evolving Hispanic public relations industry.

“Our commitment to fostering key strategic partnerships and increasing our membership continue to be significant goals (more…)

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LISTA & the National Latino Alliance on Health Information Technology Announce Congressman Charles A. Gonzalez as their “Lifetime Achiever Award” Recipient

Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association and the National Latino Alliance on Health Information Technology announced today that the recipient of their 2011 Government Beacon Lifetime Achievement Award is the Honorable Congressman Charles Gonzalez

The Government Beacon Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a government official who has gone above and beyond to represent his community. Congressman Gonzales will be honored at a special awards ceremony luncheon at the Office of Mayor Vincent Gray in Washington, DC on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012, at 12 noon. This event will also serve as the official kick-off to the National Latino Alliance in Health Information Technology 2012 EHRInsight 2015 Seminar Series, featuring a keynote address by Dr. Geeta Nayyar, AT&T’s Chief Medical Information Officer. It is sponsored by Aetna, Capitalwirepr.com, Salesforce.com, MicroTech, AT&T, HTTP:, ImplementHIT, NCTA, Coca Cola and Comcast.

Congressman Charles A. Gonzalez is currently in his seventh term in the United States Congress as the Representative from the 20th Congressional District of Texas, which includes the City of San Antonio. Congressman Gonzales currently serves on the House Committees on Energy and Commerce and House Administration and is the Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Actively engaged in his community, he has served on the boards of the Arthritis Foundation, Literacy Council, YMCA Metroboard, Camp Fire Girls, March of Dimes, and Easter Seals. He also assumed leadership roles in local, state, and national organizations that promote professionalism and adherence to high ethical standards.

“We are honored to have Representative Gonzalez as a keynote speaker at our luncheon, he is a manifestation of dedication, integrity and intellect and a role model in the best possible sense of the term for our current and future young Hispanics professionals,” said Jose Marquez, LISTA CEO and President. “Representative Gonzalez is a champion for our community, Latino technology professionals and Hispanic-owned small businesses, who throughout his career has made sure opportunities that benefit our community were made available. He understands that Latino growth in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math sectors are important to our community and country and is working with the White House to ensure that Latinos benefit from the next economic swell”.

The LISTA lifetime achievement award winners were selected by LISTA’s National Board of Directors in an online vote. Selection of these awardees was based on individual contributions made to the Latino community in 2011.

“With the help of our sponsors: Aetna, Capital Wire PR. Salesforce.com MicroTech, AT&T, HTTP:, ImplementHIT, Coca Cola, NCTA and Comcast, LISTA will be able to realize the EHRInsights2015 for the 2012 Season”, said Karla Gonzalez,, LISTA’s Washington DC Technology Council President . “It is through the commitment of corporations like these that LISTA and the National Latino Alliance in Health Information Technology is able to continue its mission to create awareness to the primary care physician and make sure no community gets left behind. I can think of no better place to kick off LISTA and LatinoHIT’s 2012 season than in Washington, DC.”

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Finalists Announced for 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards

Telemundo announced the finalists for the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm® during a special live telecast of its morning show “Levantate.”  Don Omar, Pitbull, Prince Royce, Mana, Romeo Santos, Shakira and Wisin & Yandel, are among the top finalists competing in multiple categories. Daddy Yankee, Juanes and Jenni Rivera make up the initial line-up of leading musical acts confirmed to perform.  The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 26 at BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Florida and will be produced and broadcast live in HD by Telemundo.  The complete list of finalists, in addition to unlimited and exclusive access to this year’s event, can be found below, as well at www.telemundo.com, the official website of the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm.

Leading all artists as a 16-time finalist in 14 categories is Don Omar who is up for awards in major categories including Songs Artist of the Year, Male; Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Solo; Tropical Songs Artist of the Year, Solo; Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Solo; Latin Rhythm Albums Artist of the Year, Solo and Social Artist of the Year. The album “Don Omar Presents: Meet The Orphans: The King Is Back” is up for Latin Rhythm Album of the Year and his hit song “Taboo” competes against his own collaboration with Lucenzo “Danza Kuduro” in the coveted Song of the Year and Latin Rhythm Song of the Year categories. “Taboo” also competes for Airplay Song of the Year and Latin Pop Song of the Year; while “Danza Kuduro” is also up for Song of the Year, Vocal Event; Digital Song of the Year and Tropical Song of the Year.

Transcending cultures and languages, and known for successful collaborations with other artists; Pitbull, the self-proclaimed “Mr. 305” for his Miami roots is a 14-time finalist in twelve categories including Songs Artist of the Year, Male; Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Solo; Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Solo; Latin Rhythm Albums Artist of the Year, Solo and Social Artist of the Year. The song “Give Me Everything”, his collaboration with Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer, is up for Song of the Year; Song of the Year, Vocal Event; Airplay Song of the Year and Latin Pop Song of the Year. His song “Bon Bon” vies for Digital Song of the Year and Latin Rhythm Song of the Year. The album ‘Armando” competes for Latin Rhythm Album of the Year and Jenifer Lopez’ song featuring Pitbull “Ven A Bailar” is finalist for Song of the Year, Vocal Event and Latin Pop Song of the Year.

Prince Royce, a recipient of the 2011 Billboard Latin Music Award for Latin Artist of the Year, New, continued his success in 2012 with his album “Prince Royce” and the single “Corazon Sin Cara,” and is now a finalist in 12 categories including: Artist of the Year; Song of the Year; Songs Artist of the Year, Male; Airplay Song of the Year; Album of the Year; Albums Artist of the Year, Male; Digital Album of the Year; Tropical Song of the Year; Tropical Songs Artist of the Year, Solo; Tropical Album of the Year; Tropical Albums Artist of the Year, Solo and Songwriter of the Year.

After the release of their single “Lluvia y corazón” during the 2011 Billboard Latin Music Awards, Mexican rock band Maná enjoyed great success, and they are 11-time finalists this year. The group competes for the following awards: Artist of the Year; Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group; Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group; Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group; Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group; Tropical Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group and Touring Artist of the Year.  Mana’s album “Drama y Luz” vies for Album of the Year; Digital Album of the Year and Latin Pop Album of the Year. The album’s first single “Lluvia Al Corazon” is up for Latin Pop Song of the Year.  In addition, Fher Olvera, Mana’s lead singer, is a finalist for Songwriter of the Year.

Bachata superstar singer and songwriter Romeo Santos, also the lead vocalist of Aventura, had a successful year as a solo artist. He is a 10-time finalist including Artist of the Year; Albums Artist of the Year, Male; Tropical Songs Artist of the Year, Solo and Tropical Albums Artist of the Year, Solo. His debut solo album “Formula: Vol. 1” contends for Album of the Year; Digital Album of the Year and Tropical Album of the Year. Romeo Santos’ song “Promise,” featuring Usher, vies for Song of the Year, Vocal Event and Tropical Song of the Year; also the single “You” is finalist for Tropical Song of the Year.

International leading female singer Shakira is up for 10 awards in nine categories including, Artist of the Year; Songs Artist of the Year, Female; Albums Artist of the Year, Female; Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Solo; Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Solo; Tropical Songs Artist of the Year, Solo and Social Artist of the Year. Her album “Sale El Sol” competes for Digital Album of the Year. In the songs categories, “Loca” featuring El Cata and “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)” featuring Freshlyground vies for Digital Song of the Year.

Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel is competing for eight awards including Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group; Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group; Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group; Tropical Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group; Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group and Latin Rhythm Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group. Their album, “Los Vaqueros: El Regreso” is competing for Latin Rhythm Album of the Year, and their song, “Estoy Enamorado,” is a finalist for Latin Rhythm Song of the Year.

Internationally renowned Enrique Iglesias is up for six awards including Songs Artist of the Year, Male; Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Solo; Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Solo; Touring Artist of the Year and Social Artist of the Year.  His album “Euphoria” competes for Latin Pop Album of the Year.

Finalists up for five awards include, La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas and Lucenzo.  La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas competes in the categories of Artist of the Year, New; Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group and Regional Mexican Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group; and their song “Te Amo y Te Amo” is up for Airplay Song of the Year and Regional Mexican Song of the Year. Lucenzo, with the song “Danza Kuduro,” a collaboration with Don Omar, vies for Song of the Year; Song of the Year, Vocal Event; Digital Song of the Year; Tropical Song of the Year and Latin Rhythm Song of the Year.

Finalists up for four awards include Afrojack, Cristian Castro, Gerardo Ortiz, Julion Alvarez y Su Norteño Banda, Nayer and Ne-Yo. Among those up for three awards are Aventura, Camila, Chino & Nacho, Jenni Rivera, Jennifer Lopez, Los Bukis, Ricky Martin and Tito “El Bambino.” Meanwhile, Alexis & Fido, Daddy Yankee, Espinoza Paz, Fidel Rueda, Hector Acosta, Il Volo, La Original Banda el Limon de Salvador Lizarraga, Larry Hernandez, Los Tigres Del Norte, Reik, RKM & Ken-Y and Usher are finalists for two awards each.

Billboard will also present its prestigious discretionary awards including the Billboard Spirit of Hope award, the Billboard Hall of Fame award, and the Billboard Lifetime Achievement award.  Past winners of Billboard’s discretionary awards include: Soraya, Banda El Recodo, Willy Chirino, Gloria Estefan, Vicente Fernandez, Shakira, Mongo Santamaria, Jose Feliciano, Los Tigres Del Norte, Mana, Ricky Martin, Tito Puente, Olga Tañon, Ricardo Montaner, Miguel Bose, Conjunto Primavera, Juanes, Daddy Yankee, Carlos Santana, Los Temerarios, Marc Anthony and Emmanuel.

The awards show caps off the 23rd annual Billboard Latin Music Conference presented by State Farm.  This conference, taking place on April 23 – 26 at the JW Marriot Marquis in Miami, Florida, unites today’s top Latin music artists and key Latin music industry influencers for informative panel discussions, live music showcases, networking opportunities, a Latin music marketing awards reception, and The Billboard Bash – a pre-Billboard Latin Music Awards party featuring performances by some of this year’s finalists.  For details on The Billboard Latin Music Conference, visit: www.BillboardLatinConference.com.

Artist of the Year

  • Mana (Warner Latina)
  • Prince Royce (TopStop)
  • Romeo Santos (Sony Music Latin)
  • Shakira (Sony Music Latin)

Artist of the Year, New

  • Calibre 50 (Disa)
  • Il Volo (Opera Blues/Gatica/Rentor/Geffen/Universal Music Latino/UMLE)
  • La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas (Sony Music Latin)
  • Violento (Entourage/Disa/ASL)

Song of the Year

  • Don Omar & Lucenzo “Danza Kuduro” (Orfanato/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
  • Don Omar “Taboo”  (Orfanato/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
  • Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer “Give Me Everything” (Mr. 305/Pologrounds/J/RCA)
  • Prince Royce “Corazon Sin Cara” (TopStop)

Song of the Year, Vocal Event

  • Jennifer Lopez  Featuring Pitbull “Ven A Bailar” (Island/IDJMG)
  • Don Omar & Lucenzo “Danza Kuduro”  (Orfanato/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
  • Pitbull Featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer “Give Me Everything” (Mr. 305/Pologrounds/J/RCA)
  • Romeo Santos Featuring Usher “Promise” (Sony Music Latin)

Songs Artist of the Year, Male

  • Enrique Iglesias (Universal Music Latino)
  • Don Omar (Orfanato/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
  • Pitbull (Mr. 305/Pologrounds/J/RCA)
  • Prince Royce (Top Stop)

Songs Artist of the Year, Female

  • Alejandra Guzman (Capitol Latin)
  • Jennifer Lopez (Island/IDJMG)
  • Jenni Rivera (Fonovisa)
  • Shakira (Sony Music Latin)

Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group

  • Julion Alvarez y Su Norteño Banda (Fonovisa)
  • La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas (Sony Music Latin)
  • Mana (Warner Latina)
  • Wisin & Yandel (WY/Machete/Universal Music Latina)

Airplay Song of the Year

  • La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas “Te Amo y Te Amo” (Sony Music Latin)
  • Don Omar “Taboo”  (Orfanato/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
  • Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer “Give Me Everything” (Mr. 305/Pologrounds/J/RCA)
  • Prince Royce “Corazon Sin Cara” (TopStop)

Digital Song of the Year

  • Don Omar & Lucenzo “Danza Kuduro”  (Orfanato/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
  •  Pitbull “Bon Bon” (Mr. 305/Famous Artist/Sony Music Latin)
  • Shakira Feat. El Cata “Rabiosa” (Sony Music Latin)
  • Shakira Featuring Freshleyground “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)” (Epic/Sony Music Latin)

Hot Latin Songs Airplay Label of the Year

  • Disa
  • Fonovisa
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latino

Hot Latin Songs Airplay Imprint of the Year

  • Disa
  • Fonovisa
  • Machete
  • Sony Music Latin

Crossover Artist of the Year

  • LMFAO (Party Rock/will.i.am/Cherrytree/Interscope)
  • Katy Perry (Capitol)
  • Rihanna (SRP/Def Jam/IDJMG)
  • Alexandra Stan (Ultra)

Album of the Year

  • Cristian Castro “Viva El Principe” (Universal Music Latino/UMLE)
  • Mana “Drama y Luz” (Warner Latina)
  • Prince Royce “Prince Royce” (Top Stop/Atlantic/AG)
  • Romeo Santos “Formula: Vol. 1” (Sony Music Latin)

Albums Artist of the Year, Male

  • Cristian Castro (Universal Music Latino/UMLE)
  • Gerardo Ortiz (Del/Sony Music Latin)
  • Prince Royce (Top Stop/Atlantic/AG)
  • Romeo Santos  (Sony Music Latin)

Albums Artist of the Year, Female

  • Natalia Jimenez (Sony Music Latin)
  • Jenni Rivera (Fonovisa/UMLE)
  • Shakira (Sony Music Latin)
  • Gloria Trevi (Universal Music Latino/UMLE)

 Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group

  • Camila (Sony Music Latin)
  • Los Bukis (Fonovisa/UMLE)
  • Mana(Warner Latina)
  • Wisin & Yandel (WY/Machete/Universal Music Latino)

Digital Album of the Year

  • Mana “Drama y Luz” (Warner Latina)
  • Prince Royce “Prince Royce” (Top Stop/Atlantic/AG)
  • Romeo Santos “Formula: Vol. 1” (Sony Music Latin)
  • Shakira “Sale El Sol” (Epic/Sony Music Latin)

Top Latin Albums Label of the Year

  • Dasmi
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment
  • Warner Latina

Top Latin Albums Imprint of the Year

  • Disa
  • Fonovisa
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latino

Latin Pop Song of the Year

  • Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull “Ven A Bailar” (Island/IDJMG)
  • Mana “Lluvia Al Corazon” (Warner Latina)
  • Don Omar “Taboo”  (Orfanato/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
  • Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer “Give Me Everything” (Mr. 305/Pologrounds/J/RCA)

Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Solo

  • Enrique Iglesias (Universal Music Latino)
  • Don Omar (Orfanato/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
  • Pitbull (Mr. 305/Pologrounds/J/RCA)
  • Shakira (Sony Music Latin)

Latin Pop Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group

  • Camila (Sony Music Latin)
  • Mana (Warner Latina)
  • Reik   (Sony Music Latin)
  • Wisin & Yandel (WY/Machete/Universal Music Latino)

Latin Pop Airplay Label of the Year

  • Interscope
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latino
  • Warner Latina

Latin Pop Airplay Imprint of the Year

  • Machete
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latino
  • Warner Latina

Latin Pop Album of the Year

  • Mana “Drama y Luz” (Warner Latina)
  • Enrique Iglesias “Euphoria” (Universal Music Latino)
  • Ricky Martin “Musica + Alma + Sexo” (Sony Music Latin)
  • Cristian Castro “Viva El Principe” (Universal Music Latino)

Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Solo

  • Cristian Castro (Universal Music Latino)
  • Enrique Iglesias (Universal Music Latino)
  • Ricky Martin (Sony Music Latin)
  • Shakira (Sony Music Latin)

Latin Pop Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group

  • Camila (Sony Music Latin)
  • Il Volo  (Universal Music Latino/UMLE)
  • Mana (Warner Latino)
  • Reik (Sony Music Latin)

Latin Pop Albums Label of the Year

  • Bullseye
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment
  • Warner Latina

 Latin Pop Albums Imprint of the Year

  • Epic
  • Universal Music Latino
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Warner Latina

Tropical Song of the Year

  • Don Omar & Lucenzo “Danza Kuduro” (Orfanato/Universal Music Latina)
  • Prince Royce “Corazon Sin Cara”  (Top Stop)
  • Romeo Santos featuring Usher “Promise” (Sony Music Latin)
  • Romeo Santos “You” (Sony Music Latin)

 ropical Songs Artist of the Year, Solo

  • Don Omar (Orfanato/Universal Music Latina)
  • Prince Royce (Top Stop)
  • Romeo Santos (Sony Music Latin)
  • Shakira (Sony Music Latin)

Tropical Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group

  • Aventura (Premium Latin)
  • Chino & Nacho (Machete/Universal Music Latino)
  • Mana (Warner Latina)
  • Wisin & Yandel (WY/Machete/Universal Music Latino)

 Tropical Songs Airplay Label of the Year

  • Sony Music Latin
  • Top Stop
  • Universal Music Latino
  • Venemusic

 Tropical Songs Airplay Imprint of the Year

  • Machete
  • Siente
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Top Stop

 Tropical Album of the Year

  • Aventura  “14 + 14” (Premium Latin/Sony Music Latin)
  • Romeo Santos “Formula: Vol. 1” (Sony Music Latin)
  • Hector Acosta “Obligame” (D.A.M./Venemusic/Universal Music Latino/UMLE)
  • Prince Royce “Prince Royce”(Top Stop/Atlantic)

Tropical Albums Artist of the Year, Solo

  • Hector Acosta (D.A.M./Venemusic/Universal Music Latino/UMLE)
  • Prince Royce (Top Stop/Atlantic)
  • Romeo Santos (Sony Music Latin)
  • Charlie Zaa (The Entity)

 Tropical Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group

  • Aventura (Premium Latin/Sony Music Latin)
  • El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico (Popular)
  • N’Klabe (NuLife/Sony Music Latin)
  • Nuevo Voces (Sonoma)

 Tropical Albums Label of the Year

  • The Entity
  • Popular
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Latin Entertainment

Tropical Albums Imprint of the Year

  • Premium Latin
  • Popular
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Top Stop

 Regional Mexican Song of the Year

  • Julion Alvarez y Su Norteño Banda “Olvidame”  (Fonovisa)
  • La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas “Te Amo y Te Amo” (Sony Music Latin)
  • La Original Banda el Limon de Salvador Lizarraga “Di Que Regresaras” (Fonovisa)
  • Fidel Rueda “Me Encantaria” (Disa)

 Regional Mexican Songs Artist of the Year, Solo

  • Larry Hernandez (Mendieta/Fonovisa)
  • Gerardo Ortiz(DEL/Sony Music Latin)
  • Espinoza Paz (Disa/ASL)
  • Fidel Rueda (Disa)

Regional Mexican Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group

  • Julion Alvarez y Su Norteño Banda (Fonovisa)
  • La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas (Sony Music Latin)
  • La Arrolladora Banda El Limon (Disa)
  • La Original Banda el Limon de Salvador Lizarraga (Fonovisa)

Regional Mexican Airplay Label of the Year

  • ASL
  • Disa
  • Fonovisa
  • Sony Music Latin

Regional Mexican Airplay Imprint of the Year

  • Disa
  • Fonovisa
  • Mendieta
  • Sony Music Latin

 Regional Mexican Album of the Year

  • Los Bukis “35 ANIVERSARIO” (Fontana/UMLE)
  • Gerardo Ortiz “Entre Dios y el Diablo” (DEL/Sony Music Latin)
  • Los Tigres Del Norte “TR3S Presents: MTV Unplugged Los Tigres Del Norte” (Tr3s/MTV/Fonovisa/UMLE)
  • Various Artists “Las Bandas Romanticas” (Disa/UMLE)

 Regional Mexican Albums Artist of the Year, Solo

  • Larry Hernandez (Mendieta/Fonovisa/UMLE)
  • Gerardo Ortiz (DEL/Sony Music Latin)
  • Jenni Rivera (Fonovisa/UMLE)
  • Joan Sebastian (Musart/Balboa)

 Regional Mexican Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group

  • El Trono De Mexico (Skalona) or (Fonovisa/UMLE)
  • Intocable (Warner Latina)
  • Los Bukis (Fontana/UMLE)
  • Los Tigres Del Norte Tr3s/MTV/Fonovisa/UMLE)

 Regional Mexican Albums Label of the Year

  • Dasmi
  • Platino
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Regional Mexican Albums Imprint of the Year

  • Del
  • Disa
  • Fonovisa
  • Good I

 Latin Rhythm Song of the Year

  • Don Omar & Lucenzo “Danza Kuduro”  (Orfanato/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
  • Don Omar “Taboo” (Orfanato/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
  • Pitbull “Bon Bon” (Mr. 305/Fomous Artist/Sony Music Latin)
  • Wisin & Yandel “Estoy Enamorado” (WY/Machete/Universal Music Latino)

 Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Solo

  • Daddy Yankee (El Cartel)
  • Don Omar (Orfanato/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
  • Pitbull (Mr. 305/Pologrounds/J/RCA)
  • Tito “El Bambino” (Siente)

Latin Rhythm Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group

  • Alexis & Fido (Sony Music Latin)
  • Chino & Nacho (Machete/Universal Music Latino)
  • RKM & Ken-Y (Pina)
  • Wisin & Yandel (WY/Machete/Universal Music Latino)

 Latin Rhythm Airplay Label of the Year

  • El Cartel
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Siente
  • Universal Music Latino

Latin Rhythm Airplay Imprint of the Year

  • El Cartel
  • Machete
  • Orfanato
  • Siente

Latin Rhythm Album of the Year

  • Don Omar ”Don Omar Presents: Meet The Orphans: THE KING IS BACK (Orfanato/Machete/UMLE)
  • Pitbull “Armando” (Mr. 305/Famous Artist/Sony Music Latin)
  • Tito “El Bambino” “Invencible” (Siente/UMLE)
  • Wisin &  Yandel “Los Vaqueros: El Regreso” (WY/Machete/UMLE)

 Latin Rhythm Albums Artist of the Year, Solo

  • Daddy Yankee (El Cartel/Sony Music Latin)
  • Don Omar (Orfanato/Machete/UMLE)
  • Pitbull (Mr. 305/Famous Artist/Sony Music Latin)
  • Tito “El Bambino” (Siente/UMLE)

 Latin Rhythm Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group

  • Alexis & Fido (Sony Music Latin)
  • Chino & Nacho (Machete/UMLE)
  • RKM & Ken-Y (Pina/Sony Music Latin)
  • Wisin & Yandel(WY/Machete/UMLE)

 Latin Rhythm Albums Label of the Year

  • Platino
  • Sony Music Latin
  • Ultra
  • Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Latin Rhythm Albums Imprint of the Year

  • Machete
  • Pina
  • Siente
  • WY

 Touring Artist of the Year

  • Enrique Iglesias (Universal Music Latino)
  • Mana (Warner Latina)
  • Ricky Martin (Sony Music Latin)
  • Luis Miguel (Warner Latina)

Social Artist of the Year

  • Enrique Iglesias (Universal Music Latino)
  • Don Omar (Orfanato/Machete/Universal Music Latino)
  • Pitbull (Mr. 305/Pologrounds/J/RCA)
  • Shakira (Sony Music Latin)

Songwriter of the Year

  • Horacio Palencia Cisneros
  • Isidro Chavez “Espinoza Paz” Espinoza
  • Fher Olvera
  • Geoffrey “Prince Royce” Rojas

Publisher of the Year

  • ARPA Musical, LLC, BMI
  • Marcha Musical Corporation, ASCAP
  • Songs Of Top Stop Music Publishing, BMI
  • Sony/ATV Discos Music Publishing, BMI

Publishing Corporation of the Year

  • EMI Music
  • Sony/ATV Music
  • Universal Music
  • Warner/Chappell Music

Producer of the Year

  • A&X
  • Julion Alvarez
  • Sergio George
  • Fernando Camacho Tirado
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Despegando Takes Off in Delta’s SKY Magazine

New Spanish-language section of SKY magazine, featuring Colombian actress Sofía Vergara, launches as Delta continues Latin American growth

Delta Air Lines has launched Despegando, a new Spanish-language section of SKY magazine. The first issue of the eight-page section, which will be available in the March 1 edition of SKY, features Colombian actress Sofía Vergara. It also highlights places to discover, explores style and inspiration, offers travel advice and celebrity interviews among other features tailored to Delta’s Spanish-speaking customers.

The new publication comes as Delta continues to strengthen its presence in Latin America, and will profile a celebrity in each issue.

Despegando is the latest benefit for Delta’s Spanish-speaking customers as we work to become the best U.S. carrier in Latin America,” said Nicolas Ferri, vice president — Latin America and the Caribbean. “In recent months we’ve strengthened our Latin American network, launched in-flight service improvements and we’ll have even more news in coming weeks.”

Other features in the first issue of Despegando include:

  • “1 City/5 Ways,” which offers different perspectives to explore a single city, from unique culinary offerings to the region’s history and people.
  • “Destinations With,” where travel experts highlight their top picks for food, fun and accommodations in a variety of destinations.
  • “My Favorite Street,” which takes readers to the favorite street of a travel expert, mapping out the best stops along the way.
  • “Five Minutes With,” which features a Q&A with top business leaders.
  • “Road Warrior,” where some of the world’s busiest travelers offer their tips and strategies for thriving in life on the road and in the skies.

Despegando is tailored for Latin Americans who live in or travel to and from Latin America, as well as Latin Americans living in the United States. The insert will appear monthly in the 600,000 copies of the full press run of SKY magazine, which can be found on board every Delta flight, at Sky Clubs and Delta Private Jets.

YaSabe

Javier Saralegui Joins the Board of Directors of YaSabe

YaSabe, the leading local and mobile search provider for U.S. Hispanics announced today that Javier Saralegui will join the Board of Directors of YaSabe effective immediately.  Saralegui will help to chart the strategic direction of the company and will be involved in matters related to sales and marketing and in forging relationships withstrategic partners.

“YaSabe solves an important problem in the marketplace”, said Saralegui, “Hispanics are the fastest growing demographic online yet there is little or no relevant local information available online for Latinos in the US.”

“We are excited to have such a remarkable talent join our Board of Directors”, said Zubair Talib, President of YaSabe.  “Javier’s experience and in Hispanic media will be invaluable for the company.”

Javier was previously the President and COO of Univision Online where he helped to launch and build Univision.com.  Javier also currently sits on the Board of Directors of NuvoTV, the leadingcable network reaching bi-cultural Latinos.

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Nationwide Insurance Agency Seeking Independent Agents to Serve Hispanic Market [JOB ALERT]

Background on company -  Founded in the 1980s by veteran insurance industry executives Nancy Rivera-Ellis and David Ellis, Life & Annuity Masters is a nationwide insurance marketing organization that develops specialized coverage programs from major carriers and supports a network of more than 20,000 independent agents. To learn more about Life & Annuity Masters, visit www.laaminc.com.

Requirements:

  • Substantial life and annuity sales experience
  • An ACTIVE LIFE and ANNUITY INSURANCE LICENSE
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Willingness to sign and uphold Julie Stav’s code of ethics for agents
  • Ability to support a unique national brand dedicated to the Hispanic market

Position Summary: – “Tu Seguro con Julie Stav” is a nationwide insurance agency serving the Hispanic community co-founded by radio host/author Julie Stav, the Hispanic community’s leading financial educator. We are recruiting and training independent agents, providing EXCLUSIVE LEADS and a SELECT PORTFOLIO of life and annuity insurance products from the country’s top insurance carriers.

Agents will serve the rapidly growing Hispanic market through leads from Julie Stav’s media platform. Ms. Stav’s industry partner, Life & Annuity Masters, a nationwide IMO based in Simi Valley, CA, will conduct training and oversee lead distribution and agency administration.

Territories are filling fast, so if you are interested in highly qualified and exclusive leads generated through our proprietary media content, please visit: www.laaminc.com for full details.

 

To apply:

 

If interested, please email cover letter and resume to rfrias@laaminc.com.

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California Agency Seeks Social Media Community Manager [JOB ALERT]

California ad agency Grupo Gallegos is seeking a community manager who might be interested in a full time position to manage social media tools (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc) for several clients.

The ideal candidate must have at least 2/ 3 years of experience in managing social media for brands and have an extensive presence in social media.  Responsibilities range from planning content calendar, writing postings/tweets, interacting with followers, monitoring analytics, identifying what’s working/ what’s not, provide ideas for continuous improvement, help build fan/ followers base among others.  The ideal candidate must be based in California.

Inquiries may be directed to stunstall@grupogallegos.com

Top Hispanic Brand Advertisers, Case Studies and Research Highlight Ambitious Hispanic Advertising Track of Hispanicize 2012

Some of the nation’s most respected leaders from Hispanic brands, research and agencies will present at Hispanicize 2012 (http://www.HispanicizeEvent.com) as part of the event’s sweeping Hispanic advertising and integrated marketing agenda unveiled today.

Now in its third year, Hispanicize 2012 (April 10-13 in Miami) is the annual event focused on Latino trends and trendsetters in social media, marketing, entertainment, and media.

“Our Hispanic advertising sessions track is completely brand, research and trends-centric because that’s what brands want,” said Manny Ruiz, Hispanicize 2012 organizer and creative director.  “With today’s announcement Hispanicize 2012 now becomes the first ever event to unite an in-depth agenda focused on every single discipline of Hispanic marketing: advertising, social media, PR, bloggers, digital and media.”

“This Hispanic advertising track offers brands the latest best practices, data and actionable insights they need to succeed in 2012 and beyond,” said Gustavo Razzetti, Chief Strategy & Engagement Officer at Grupo Gallegos and chair of the advertising committee of the Hispanicize 2012 advisory board.

To underscore the event’s focus on trends and research, Hispanicize 2012 has partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau.  The Census Bureau will showcase research and analysis in various sessions related to advertising to Latinas, youth and the Digital Divide, among others.

Hispanicize 2012’s roster of presenters currently features senior Hispanic brand marketers and non profit organization speakers from Unilever, Disney, BlackBerry, State Farm, Google, Dunkin Donuts, Suave, Clorox, General Motors, RadioShack, UnitedHealthcare, Wal-Mart, Sprint, McDonald’s, Diageo, Ford, LiveStrong, the March of Dimes and the United Farmworkers, among others.

Altogether more than 110 speakers will present more than 65 sessions at Hispanicize 2012, including social media and filmmaking, which are about to be announced.  (See most recent list of speakers here).

Among this year’s advertising-related sessions are:

The U.S. Census 2012 Update: An In-Depth Look at the Latest Numbers and Their Implications

The Power of Musica: An Inside Look at BlackBerry’s Innovative Q’Viva Platform and What We Can Learn About Effectively Marketing to Latinos through Music

CASE STUDY: State Farm Hispanic Advertising Campaign

Why Not Do It For Real?: Reality Advertising and the Latino Consumer

For the Brand’s Greater Good: Best Practices for Productive and Positive Agency Collaboration

Innovative, Digital and Influential: The New Face and Growing Pace of New Generation Latinos

Digital Éxito 3.0: Great Digital Case Studies from the Hispanic Portals

Overcoming the Mariachi Band Syndrome: How Young Creatives are Moving Boldly Beyond Latino Stereotypes

Break On Through to the Latino Side: Selling Breakthrough Latino Creative

All Shapes y Sizes: Overcoming the Challenges of Targeting Bicultural Consumers

Hispanicize 2012 Sponsors and Media Partners

Hispanicize 2012 sponsors include BlackBerry, Walmart, Univision, Sprint, RadioShack, UnitedHealthcare, Clorox, Fox News Latino, Diageo, Herbalife, Terra, Transitions, Visit Orlando, The Axis Agency, JeffreyGroup, Fleishman-Hillard, Newlink Americas, PR Newswire, Business Wire, Sensis, Critical Mention and others.  Hispanicize 2012 media partners include Getty Images Latin America/Hispanic, Latin Heat Media, Billboard Latin Music, AdWeek, Hispanic Market Weekly, LatinVision and the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP).

Sponsorship information is available by emailing sponsorship@hispanicizeevent.com or contacting tel: 203.364.4779.  The conference hashtag is #HISPZ11.  To sign up for conference-related Twitter headlines visit www.Twitter.com/Hispanicize.

Hispanicize 2012 is a partnership of Hispanicize, the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

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Hispanic NBA Twitter Page Grows by 211% (Listen like the NBA: ¡Con Emoción! Part 2)

Last time we spoke, the éne-bé-a (the NBA’s Hispanic arm) had more than 248,000 fans on Facebook and 1,800 on Twitter. Today, they have over 310,000 fans (25 percent growth) on Facebook and 5,600 on Twitter (211 percent growth).

One would think growth like this is due to a heavy social media ad campaign, but to our surprise, it was not.

“The growth we’ve seen on our social media assets is mostly organic. We have TV, radio and online ads that drive viewers back to our enebea.com page, but we don’t buy ads on Facebook anymore,” explained NBA Vice President of Multicultural Marketing Saskia Sorrosa. “One strategy we’re currently focusing on is heavily cross promoting our éne-bé-a pages with our general market [English-language] pages.”

Read the rest of the NBA focus on the numbers article on Social Media Spanish.

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The enebea grew by an incredible 211% on their Twitter page since November of 2010

Alma Guajardo-Crossley with Dr. Juan Andrade

GM Diversity Initiatives Recognized by USHLI

Alma Guajardo-Crossley with Dr. Juan Andrade

Alma Guajardo-Crossley receives the Corporate Visionary Award

The U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute, one of the most powerful nationally and internationally recognized Latino organizations in the country, will present the “Corporate Visionary Award” to Alma Guajardo-Crossley, Director of Diversity Initiatives for General Motors, tonight during the Corporate and Community Leadership Awards Dinner at the 30th National Conference of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute being held in Chicago.

 

“We are pleased to present this award to General Motors for its dedication to diversity and inclusion and for its long history of commitment to investing time, energy and resources towards education and the advancement of the Latinos,” said Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr., President of USHLI. “For years, Alma has championed and expanded GM’s impressive agenda of support for the Hispanic community”.

 

The award is presented to those who have achieved success as corporate leaders and whose work influences progress and positively impacts Latinos.

 

“It is an honor to be recognized by USHLI,” said Guajardo-Crossley. “At GM we know that Latinos are critical to our success. We are proud to partner with USHLI in the effort to provide leadership empowerment opportunities to Hispanic youth,” she added.

 

Alma Guajardo-Crossley was appointed Director for Diversity Initiatives for GM in January of 2011. Since then she has ensured that GM continues to be at the forefront of diversity issues. She joined GM in 1985 as a General Motors Engineering & Management Institute (GMI) co-op student. During her time as a student, Alma gained extensive experience and knowledge in various departments including: Strategic Marketing, Product Planning, Public Relations, and Purchasing. She has 26 years of experience working in Sales and Marketing at GM.

At the National Conference, General Motors announced a partnership with USHLI, the largest cross-generational Hispanic conference in the nation, attracting high school and college students, young and mid-career professionals, and senior citizens. The partnership includes a GM vehicle donation consisting of a 2012 Buick Verano, the luxury brand’s newest sedan, to help raise funds for the institute. The general public will be invited to participate in a raffle for an opportunity to win the car.

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Tony Dieste to return to Dieste, Inc. as Chairman

Greg Knipp, CEO of leading Multicultural advertising agency Dieste Inc., today announced the return of Tony Dieste to the agency team. The co-founder of Dieste will serve as Chairman and officially starts in the Dallas-based agency on February 22nd.

In the past few years, since his departure in 2008, Tony has been active in the private equity markets, serving as both investor, operator and CEO of different companies, some focused on mobile platforms, cloud-based and spectrum technologies.

“I asked Tony to return to the agency to bring a tech perspective and as well as his creative leadership that is unique in our space. Great companies today are being built at the crossroads of creativity and technology and you need individuals with this understanding to be catalysts and change agents,” says Knipp.

A Talent-Based Business

Greg Knipp highlights that the advertising industry is a talent-based business and the addition of Tony Dieste to the agency’s leadership team builds upon a series of key senior level hires made by Knipp since his arrival at the agency in late 2010. Jim “Wegs” Wegerbauer was hired in April 2011 to lead the agency’s planning discipline. Paco Olavarrieta was brought on board in June 2011 as Chief Content Curator, leading creative responsibilities for Dieste’s full-service NY operation.

Motivation to Return

According to Tony Dieste, he never really stopped thinking about the marketing space. “When you think about change in this country, it’s all about the three “D’s”: demographics, data and digital mobile. I’m truly excited to again be a part of Dieste, expanding upon our creative and strategic firepower through emerging technology and data,” said Dieste.

Besides, “Greg is a proven marketer and strategist and is leading the evolution of Dieste. In just one year he grew the business, bringing on board more talent, which in turn translated to a more diversified and better service to our clients. This is a great time in the history of the agency ”, added Dieste.

The combination of Dieste, Knipp and Aldo Quevedo, agency president, makes a very powerful partnership. It brings preeminent category leadership, creative and technological resources with deep cultural insights for the development of commercial content. The group also has the ability to combine and access Omnicom’s resources, resulting in vast potential for new landmark creative output and technological innovation that can fuel future growth across both Dieste’s and Omnicom’s businesses.

President and Chief Creative Officer Aldo Quevedo, says “content and creativity break new ground every day thanks to technology and our ideas can only grow richer as we tap Tony’s expertise in digital and mobility.”