About Us

Hispanic PR Blog (HPRB) is the leading online trade media journal covering the topics of U.S. Hispanic social media, public relations and marketing. HPRB’s mission is to empower PR and Marketing professionals to be more effective by providing the latest news, research, strategic and tactical insights, interviews, webinars, case studies, profiles and special reports.

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Hispanic PR Blog is a subsidiary of Noticias Newswire, the only Latino-owned and operated press release distribution service targeting the U.S. Hispanic market.

To submit story ideas, case studies or suggestions to Hispanic PR Blog, click here.

MEET OUR TEAM

Bill Gato (linkedin.com/in/billgato)
CEO, Noticias Newswire and Co-Publisher, Hispanic PR Blog
bill@noticiasnewswire.com

Bill Gato is an experienced Hispanic digital marketing and public relations expert, an online publishing entrepreneur and a former Miami Herald journalist. He is a passionate believer in the underutilized potential of public relations as a branding medium. Prior to joining Noticias Newswire, Bill was president and co-founder of Hispanic Digital Network (HDN), the nation’s largest Internet advertising and hosting network of U.S. Hispanic newspapers, magazines, radio stations and portals. He was responsible for growing HDN’s national online advertising revenues, guiding its strategic vision and establishing its digital advertising operations. PR Newswire acquired HDN and its sister companies, Hispanic PR Wire and LatinClips, in 2008. Before HDN and PR Newswire, Bill worked for eight years as a Creative Director at Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS), one of the leading national radio networks, where he won several South Florida A.I.R. (Achievement in Radio) Awards. He began his career as a writer and radio columnist for The Miami Herald.

 

Jay Cruz 
COO, Noticias Newswire and Co-Publisher, Hispanic PR Blog
jay@noticiasnewswire.com

Jay Cruz is an experienced bilingual marketing and communications professional with more than 10 years of experience in project management, planning, market research, data analysis, brand awareness, loyalty and retention, digital marketing, social media, service/product lifecycle strategies and customer engagement.

Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Jay arrived in the United States at 16. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Marketing from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor’s in Advertising from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.

Between 2013 and 2018, Jay served as a marketing coordinator and specialist for Hispanicize Media Group, the parent company of Hispanicize, the largest U.S. Hispanic marketing, social media, influencer, film, music and journalism conference in the United States. During this period, Jay was instrumental in launching Hispanicize Wire, the original namesake of Noticias Newswire.

Prior to Hispanicize Media Group and Hispanicize Wire, Jay worked as a marketing coordinator for LearningU.

Since 2018, Jay has resided with his wife, Alexandra, in Austin, Texas.

Katherine Johnson Gunn (@Katjohn)Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 4.50.29 PM

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 public 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.

36 thoughts on “About Us”
  1. Hello Manny and Angela,
    This is a GREAT idea! Excellent blog design …
    Please consider adding a health category — many Hispanics are suffering unnecesarily with diseases such as diabetes.

    Sincerely,
    Richard James
    richardjames13@gmail.com

  2. Congratulations to you both on your new venture. I look forward to staying current by reading your daily blog.

    Any chance you might consider creating a category for “Education”, “Personal Finance” and ‘Insurance”?

    That would also be helpful to your readers.

    Once again, Felicidades!

  3. Hi Manny, congratulations on your blog–it’s great. I’ll be stopping by everyday to see what’s new in the PR world.

  4. Excellent blog and about time. I have always appreciated the power of the latino voice in the business world and will definitely keep posted.

    Best of luck to both on this great venture.

  5. LULAC Passes Resolution Asking Secretary Hilda Solis to Investigate and Stop its Practice established from the Previous Administration of Purging the Latino Employee Workforce from the Department of Labor

    San Francisco, CA – The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is launching a campaign to implement a resolution adopted by its recent National Executive Board meeting in Milwaukee regarding allegations of employee discrimination, retaliation, and termination of Dr. Alberto Rocha from federal service by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the manner in which his case has been managed. Dr. Rocha’s efforts to keep his position with OFCCP have been the subject of numerous local and national news releases and Congressional inquiries. Senator Diane Feinstein, Senator Barbara Boxer and Representatives Barbara Lee, Pete Stark, George Miller, Dennis Cardoza, and Henry Waxman have written letters to the Agency in support of Dr. Rocha.
    Dr. Alberto Rocha has been in EEO litigation with Agency since 2002, after successfully competing for the position of Assistant District Director of OFCCP. According to LULAC, Dr. Rocha was asked to relinquish his position as chairman of a national Hispanic advocacy organization (National Image, Inc.) by OFCCP leadership. Dr. Rocha refused, maintaining that the request violated protected personnel practices. As a result, Dr. Rocha has claimed in his litigation that he faced numerous incidents of retaliation by OFCCP over the years and was required to hire an attorney and file EEO complaints to protect his liberties as a federal employee.
    According to Dr. Rocha, Department of Labor (DOL) Solicitors initially reached a settlement with him regarding his discrimination and retaliation claims in February of 2007. DOL Solicitors agreed to the terms with the caveat that the settlement required final approval from the National Office of OFCCP. Dr. Rocha alleges that after he had bargained in good faith to try to settle the matter, nearly six weeks later the proposed settlement was cancelled by OFCCP. Dr. Rocha contends that in October of 2007, DOL Solicitors reengaged settlement talks with his attorney, with a new demand of having Dr. Rocha leave the agency. When Dr. Rocha rejected that demand, the agency ceased settlements talks.

    Since then, Dr. Rocha’s legal team contend that DOL Solicitors have proposed and submitted another settlement proposal and have requested approval by the OFCCP National Office to engage in another round of settlement talks. However, DOL Solicitors have communicated to Dr. Rocha’s attorney that the OFCCP National Office is not interested in any form of settlement.

    LULAC s charging that the Department of Labor is continuing to waste hundreds of hours of at least six (6) DOL senior trial attorneys and its support staff on this subject case. LULAC has also previously accused the prior Department of Labor administration of having been “stacked” with associates of the right-wing Heritage Foundation that were engaged in a systematic purge of minorities and employees who had been effective in combating workplace discrimination and abuse. LULAC contends that the DOL’s continued stonewalling amounts to a cover-up of the prior administration’s hidden agenda.

    LULAC is denouncing as “obstinate” the OFCCP leadership’s demand that Dr. Rocha leave the agency as a condition of a settlement and is calling on the OFCCP administration to stop ignoring the advice of DOL Solicitors. LULAC National Vice President for the Far West Angel Luevano, himself a former OFCCP administrator for whom the “Luevano Consent Decree” is named (which governs EEO hiring practices for Federal Employees) is accusing the OFCCP of being severely underrepresented in Latino employees and specifically Latino managers. In addition, LULAC is raising concerns about the waste and abuse of government resources on this case and castigates the poor judgment of OFCCP leadership as affecting the effectiveness and mission of the agency in serving the public sector.

    On January 15, 2009, Carol Larsen, Administrative Law Judge for California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board issued a Decision Letter, regarding Dr. Rocha’s right for unemployment benefits, stating that Dr. Rocha “… did not deliberately violate any employer rule or regulation or act in a manner which was in willful disregard of this employer’s interest. He was discharged for reasons other than misconduct connected with his most recent work and is therefore not disqualified under section 1256.” LULAC says that this shows an objective and unbiased finding that Dr. Rocha’s termination was nothing but the escalation of on-going efforts to retaliate against Dr. Rocha because of his opposition to unlawful race and ethnic discrimination in employment at OFCCP.

    Angel Luevano, National Vice President states that “LULAC issued numerous letters of concern to the Honorable Elaine Chao, Secretary of Labor, United Stated Department of Labor in which the Agency failed to respond to them and has “stonewalled” requests for an investigation on the same concerns from Senator Diane Feinstein, Senator Barbara Boxer, and Congress Members Barbara Lee, Pete Stark, George Miller, Dennis Cardoza, and Henry Waxman. As the agency responsible for contractor compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws and regulations, OFCCP has a responsibility to be a workplace model for the private sector contractors it oversees and must be held accountable.”

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  6. Hi Angela and Manny,
    My name is Wesly Hernandez and I have been a reader of your blog for some time now. I realize that your publication is great at writing about Latino issues that are culturally and socially relevant. I just wanted to write to tell you that I’m helping the NFL reach out to their Hispanic and Latino fans with a contest called Tu Pasion. I know that you cover various latino worldly issues on hispanicprblog.com– would you be interested in posting about Tu Pasion to let your readers know?
    The Tu Pasion contest is really easy to enter – all you need to do is submit a picture or video in their NFL environment to the NFL Latino Tu Pasion contest webpage by November 22, 2009:
    http://tupasion.nflatino.com/los_mas_recientes.php?pagina=1
    After this date a winner will be selected by a panel of judges based on creativity, passion, energy level, and the general image itself. We’ve already had a few entries by some NFL fans– check them out!

    http://tupasion.nflatino.com/media_detail.php?id_media=136
    http://tupasion.nflatino.com/media_detail.php?id_media=229
    http://tupasion.nflatino.com/media_detail.php?id_media=173

    The top five finalists will receive a $500 gift card which can be used for any purchase at the NFL’s webstore. Plus, the first prize winner will receive an all expense paid trip to the 2010 ProBowl in South Florida!
    If you need any help with your post – or if you have any thoughts about our site – please let me know and I’ll be happy to help out. Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you soon!

    All the best,
    Wesly Hernandez
    MarketingWorks

  7. Wesley, we would be delighted to include something about this contest. Send us a short write up about it from a PR angle explaining all the contest elements, how your marketing it, etc…

  8. Great idea guys. Wish you much success. You should supply me with some business cards and/or come to our networking event that happens quaterly near Bird Road and 72nd Ave. I will deinately forward your website to my great & succesful diva of a friend and award winning wedding planner for Miami, Los Angeles & NewYork. Check out her website at http://www.affairs-remembered.com/. I really think you could do well in the wedding/event world! Dont get lost and remember to give out exhalemassage gift certificates this holiday. Call me!
    xoxo…Maribel Yartu

  9. Hello, I am a PhD student at the Ohio State University investigating the knowledge and usage of Spanish by Hispanic bilinguals in South Florida. I was born and grew up in Miami, but haven’t lived there for many years, so I am doing this at a distance. I am attempting to conduct my research entirely online through social media, and have a facebook page with a link to a short survey that I am using to collect my data:

    http://www.facebook.com/business/dashboard/#/pages/Spanish-Grammar-Survey/229750451168

    South Florida Hispanics or those with friends or family in the area are welcomed to visit the page, take the survey, become a fan, and help spread the word. There is absolutely no marketing or profit motive, nor collection of personal data, email addresses, etc. of any kind. This is purely academic research to learn more about the social factors that influence linguistic competencies. Thanks for your help!

  10. Hi,
    I’d like to send you a press release (of Latino/Cultural interest)
    Please let me know how to proceed.
    Thank you.

  11. Hello and thank you for visiting my blog. I have glanced through your blog and I am now a fan. I look forward to following your continued success.

    All the best,
    Phil Velez

  12. Thanks Phil. Likewise here. Looking forward to getting to know you. Let me know if we can be of any assistance to you.

  13. So pleased to have stumbled upon your blog! I am now following you on Twitter and have subscribed via Google. Would love to invite you to check out miblogazine.com and stay in touch…

    Best of luck!
    Johanna Torres

  14. HPR Blog —

    Congratulations on all your success.

    WiredLatinos.com has posted your article regarding the Ultimate Media Guide.

    Great work!

    Saludos,

    WiredLatinos.com

  15. Hi Manny,

    A while back, we had talked about you co-publishing an article with one of my clients — and I have the piece ready now for your review, but your email address does not seem to be working and I’m wondering how I might be able to get in contact with you?

    Let me know!

    Thanks!
    Lynn

  16. Los felicito a los señores Ruiz, Manny y Angela.

    I understand you Angela, worked close to the Hispanic Entertainment.

    I was once, in charge of the Florida territory when I was an executive with Columbia Pictures Spanish department in New York. My experience in the Spanish film industry covered more that 40 years, from Distribition to Production and Exhibition. Es una tristeza que el cine mexicano haya desaparecido (yo tuve a mi cargo mas de 20 cines). Hoy escribo para una revista mensual aqui en Houston. Tambien soy mexicano como Ud. Angela y los felicito de todo corazon por toda la labor que han hecho en torno al mundo Hispano y bilingue.

    Un saludo cordial,

    Jimmy Gillette

  17. Hi! My name is Kim Kipp and I represent a new website- Hispanically Speaking News. Please take a look at us. I believe we are a good fit for your “Hispanic News” link section.

    Thank you for your consideration,
    Kim Kipp
    Hispanically Speaking News

  18. Dear Manny and Angela.
    As online PR for Concept Cafe, Alpina US’s Ad Agency, I would like to send you this very interesting information. hoping that you find it interesting too for your readers and followers.
    Congrats for your blog!

    Lara

    Sofia Vergara Creates Craze for Colombian Dulce de Leche on Jay Leno

    Famous TV host and Chef Gordon Ramsey enjoy Sofia’s charisma. Alpina offers special promotion for Dulce de Leche lovers in the US.

    Miami, FL. August 12 2010.- When Sofia Vergara came to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last Wednesday, she brought with her a unique gift for the talk show host and his other guest of the evening, Chef Gordon Ramsey: a jar of Alpina Dulce de Leche.
    “We were delighted that Sofia Vergara chose Arequipe Alpina to take to the program and we are very pleased that Jay Leno liked it,” said Carlos Ramirez, director and spokesman for the U.S. subsidiary of Alpina. He added: “We had hundreds of visits to Alpina’s website and Alpina’s fan page on Facebook, so we decided to offer a special discount on dulce de leche through our channel on Amazon.com”
    Under the concept of “Abraza la Vida, Nutre Lo Que Eres,” Alpina U.S. is meting the growing demand for Colombian products in the US, and delights those who discover the brand and its products every day.
    Alpina products are currently available in Publix, Sedano, Wynn Dixie and other stores in Miami, more than 1,000 stores in New York, and throughout the entire United States through Amazon.com.
    To learn more, take advantage of special discounts, and watch Sofia Vergara on Jay Leno’s, log on to Facebook.com/AlpinaUS

  19. Zeke Montes, RIP, thanks to Zeke, Rose and family for all the time invested in the NAHP. I would like to give the original photograph of the first international conference where AME and NAHP join forces to represent Mexico and U.S. Hispanic publications in Zeke’s honor to NAHP. Elida Chavez, 619-838-4514. elidachavez01@gmail.com

  20. Hola,

    My name is Cesar Rolon and i am the founder and co-principal of Latino Fashion Week in the US. We are the only event of its kind with a national tour featuring local, emerging and national Latino designers. LFW will be held in Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago (full week) and San Juan Puerto Rico. Latino Fashion Week is by Latinos for Everyone. Cesar Rolon – crolon@imagenmarketing.com

  21. Hi , I am a fan. I live in Santa Barbara, CA from Yakima, WA, Please give my friend Dr. Raul Garcia running for WA governor a shout out. He is a Cuban immigrant, Dr, republican. Please give a shout out. https://drgarcia4governor.com/about/

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