Katherine Johnson Gunn ( @Katjohn)
Editorial Director/ Publisher
Katherine is an award-winning Public relations professional with over 9 years experience in Hispanic PR, marketing and journalism. She is partner of Hispanic PR Blog and Director of Operations/ Co-Founder of Hispanicize Event.
Prior to joining Hispanicize, Katherine held positions in the pubic relations field with Fleishman-Hillard, Hispanic PR Wire and Newlink Group working with U.S. Hispanic and LATAM clients, beauty and lifestyle brands, and managing crisis communications. She was previously a producer for the PBS show, Nightly Business Report and a journalist having worked at Sun Sentinel, Seventeen magazine, and was publisher of the Hispanic PR Monitor. In her spare time, Katherine is also the founder of the lifestyle blog “Tres Chicas” which focuses on fashion, beauty, entertainment and family from the point of view of three bilingual sisters.
Katherine’s passion for community building, music and and the Latino culture drives her innovative approach to social networking both on and offline. Katherine is Peruvian-American and has a bachelors in journalism. For story leads, pitches, please contact Katherine directly : Katherine@Hispancize.com
Co-Founder, Hispanic PR Blog
Angela is an award-winning, public relations professional with more than 15 years of experience in Hispanic PR and marketing. In 2011, she was named PR Professional of the Year by the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA), for her work in advancing the industry as co-publisher of the Hispanic PR Blog and as an co-founder/organizer and partner of Hispanicize, the annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in social media, marketing, entertainment and innovation.
She is also a co-founder and partner of Latina Mom Bloggers, a social media-marketing network and services platform that connects Latina bloggers and social media influencers with brands. Angela leverages her expertise in Hispanic public relations and marketing to provide strategic counsel and develop comprehensive communications programs that tap into the power of blogger engagement and social media. Angela and her team work with a variety of leading brands including: The California Milk Processor Board, United Soybean Board, Procter & Gamble, Kraft Foods, Unilever, S. C. Johnson, Georgia-Pacific, Clorox, Mazola, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Hasbro, Nissan, Universal Studios Orlando, Disney Parks, Best Buy, Dollar General, NET 10 Wireless, Verizon FiOS and Transitions Lenses.
A longtime Hispanic public relations and marketing consultant, Angela has directed national marketing initiatives for: The American Heart Association’s Go Red Por Tu Corazón, Unilever, Burger King and AstraZeneca. Prior to launching her own businesses, Angela worked in Edelman Multicultural’s New York and Austin offices, where she played an integral role in directing national Hispanic campaigns for Fortune 500 companies including Unilever, Kraft Foods, Hershey’s, and Starbuck’s.
Angela leverages her expertise to provide strategic counsel and develop comprehensive communications programs that tap into the power of blogger engagement and social media. A native Texan of Mexican descent, she holds a B.A. in Latina American Studies from Baylor University. Angela resides in Miami with her husband and four children.
Publisher + Founder, Hispanic PR Blog
Manny is an accomplished entrepreneur and award-winning, public relations professional with extensive experience in Hispanic public relations. In 2011, he was named PR Professional of the Year by the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) for his on-going commitment to promoting the advancement of the industry as co-publisher of the Hispanic PR Blog and as the founder and creative director of Hispanicize, the annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in social media, marketing, entertainment and innovation.
He is also the daddy-in-chief of the bilingual daddy parenting web site PapiBlogger.com the nation’s first fully bilingual web site devoted to creative parenting tricks published by a Latino father. The site serves as a forum for parents to share parenting insights and also features travel stories, product reviews and seasonal gift guides. PapiBlogger has partnered with leading brands and organizations including Disney Parks, General Motors, McDonald’s, Sprint, The National Parks Foundation and Verizon among others to create unique and engaging blogger engagement campaigns.
Prior to launching these on-line platforms and the annual Hispanicize Event, Manny was President of Multicultural Markets and Hispanic PR Wire for PR Newswire. Prior to PR Newswire’s acquisition of Hispanic PR Wire, Hispanic Digital Network and LatinClips in 2008, companies he founded, Ruiz was Chairman and CEO of HispaniMark, the parent company of these three businesses.
A media trailblazer, former journalist, award-winning PR professional and dynamic keynote speaker on media trends, Ruiz is often sought after for his expertise on media, PR and public affairs. A longtime member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Ruiz is the immediate past co-chair of PRSA’s national diversity committee and the host/co-founder of the organization’s national monthly podcast “PRSA Diversity Today.” He has also served as a board member of the PRSA Miami Chapter.
Prior to launching Hispanic PR Wire in 2000, Ruiz was a founder and media relations director of the National Hispanic Market Practice of Porter Novelli. While at Porter Novelli, Ruiz played a central role in the success of the Florida anti-teen smoking campaign “truth.” Ruiz spearheaded Florida media relations for the “truth” campaign which for two consecutive years swept all of the PR industry’s most coveted awards including the PRSA Silver Anvil Award of Excellence and the PR Week Health Campaign of the Year.
Before entering the PR profession, Ruiz was a police beat reporter for The Miami Herald. He was part of the editorial team that in 1992 was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Community Service for their coverage of Hurricane Andrew. While he was a reporter, Ruiz also shot photographic documentaries in Cuba. His black and white photography from Cuba has earned him three exhibits, two solos and a national award.
Ruiz, a Miamian of Cuban American descent, has a bachelors of arts degree in history from Florida International University.