Katherine Johnson Gunn ( @Katjohn)
Founder, Hispanic PR Blog, Hispanicize & Influenserx
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.
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
Angela Sustaita-Ruiz (www.linkedin.com/in/angela-sustaita-ruiz)
Founder, Hispanic PR Blog, Hispanicize & Brilla Media
Angela is an award-winning, public relations professional with more than 20 years of experience in public relations, influencer and experiential 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 a founder of Hispanicize, which she launched in 2009 and sold in 2019 to John Leguizamo’s Urbano TV.
While at Hispanicize she also co-founded the first Latino influencer network, DiMe Media (formerly Latina Mom Bloggers) where she led hundreds of influencer marketing campaigns for brands including: The Walt Disney Company, Disney Parks, Unilever, P&G, Kroger, Mazda, Netflix, HBO, Universal Studios, The California Milk Processor Board, Dunkin’, among many others.
Before launching into her journey as an entrepreneur, Angela was the regional director of the multicultural practice of global PR firm Edelman where she began her career in the New York healthcare practice. During her combined 11 years at the firm’s New York, Austin and Miami offices, she directed national multicultural marketing initiatives for Fortune 500 companies including Unilever, Kraft Foods, Hershey, Starbucks, Burger King, and AstraZeneca.
Manny Ruiz (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mannyruiz/)
Creator and Founder, Hispanic PR Blog, Hispanicize & Brilla Media
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.
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.
Prior to Hispanicize, Manny created the first U.S. Hispanic press release wire service, Hispanic PR Wire, which in 2008 he sold with two other sister companies to the publicly traded events and media company UBM (now Informa).
Before launching Hispanic PR Wire, Manny was an award-winning public relations professional with Porter Novelli, where he served as the agency’s national Hispanic media relations director and co-founded the agency’s U.S. Hispanic PR practice.
During his career, Manny has been awarded the keys to the City of Miami and has won every major award in the public relations industry, including the PRWeek Campaign of the Year (“truth”), the Silver Anvil, and the Hispanic Public Relations Association Professional of the Year Award. In 1992, during his career as a print reporter, Manny was a co-recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Community Journalism.