Alberto R. Alfonso
Visionary marketing/advertising, sales and operations executive that drives bottom line profits through innovative and effective strategies. Proven success in US (general and Hispanic), Latin American, Caribbean, Canadian, and Iberian markets building brand identities, developing and launching profit-driving products, managing and establishing media department, marketing departments and call centers operations, establishing effective sales programs, and expanding market reach. Extensive experience growing start-up companies, restructuring businesses, managing Fortune 100 and 500 accounts, and directing multi-national operations. Fluent in English, Spanish and proficient in Portuguese.
A seasoned Marketing and Advertising executive, Rochelle Newman-Carrasco serves as Walton Isaacson’s (W|I) Chief Hispanic Marketing Strategist. As such, she leads a team of Hispanic marketing specialists across the agency’s East and West coast offices with a focus on driving business building results through the use of relevant and actionable cultural insights. W|I’s forward thinking approach to the ever-changing and evolving US Hispanic market has been instrumental in connecting bilingual, bicultural consumers with brands that include Lexus, Unilever’s Axe and Degree, White Memorial Medical Center and others.
She began her Hispanic marketing career at FoVa, a division of Grey Advertising, where she rose to President of FoVa West, handling accounts that included multiple P&G brands, Warner Bros., and Bank of America. In 1993, she co-founded Enlace Communications, Inc. and forged an alliance with TBWA/Chiat Day, providing Hispanic marketing expertise to Nissan, Home Savings of America and others. During its 15 years, Enlace grew to a leading industry position, handling accounts such as Macy’s, GMAC Mortgage and Jack in the Box.
Mrs. Newman-Carrasco has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies and the Los Angeles Ad Club. She is a frequent contributor to Advertising Age on the subject of US Hispanic marketing and has been a source for leading trade and consumer publications including the New York Times, Newsweek and The Atlantic.
Javier M. Delgado-Granados
Javier Delgado-Granados, Director of Marketing at Walmart Stores Inc. has 18 years of experience in marketing retail and packaged goods targeted at multicultural audiences. He has a track record of successfully developing marketing, advertising and promotional strategies that not only connect with the consumer in a culturally relevant manner, but also deliver quantifiable business results.
Prior to joining Walmart in 2010, Javier held the role of Multicultural Marketing Manager at Dr Pepper Snapple Group, driving consumer programs focused on Hispanic consumers for brands such as Dr Pepper, 7UP, Clamato and Squirt, among others. He is a veteran of the Hispanic advertising and communications industry having held various key roles at agencies including DRAFTFCB, The Vidal Partnership, Casanova Pendrill and Dieste, Harmel, & Partners.
Javier moved to the United States after graduating from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia with a B.A. in Communications and Advertising in 1996. He later attended the University of Chicago and the SMU Cox School Business. In 2012 Javier was selected as a HACR Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever. Javier’s hallmarks are strong leadership, sound judgment, and always showing respect for others, especially the customer he is entrusted to connect with and represent.
Geoff Godwin is the brand officer for Emerson Climate Technologies, and the marketing leader for White-Rodgers, a business of Emerson, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Emerson, a $20 billion company, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. White-Rodgers manufactures thermostats, valves, and control solutions for air conditioning and heating equipment. As marketing leader for White-Rodgers, he is responsible for all communications, advertising, product development and market planning for the division. Mr. Godwin served as an officer of the United States Air Force for five years until 1991. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Dayton.
Dr. Betty Ann Korzenny
Betty Ann Korzenny, Ph.D. is the Co-Founder and Senior Advisor of the Center for Hispanic Marketing Communication at Florida State University. She is co-author with her husband, Dr. Felipe Korzenny, of the book, Hispanic Marketing: A Cultural Perspective, published by Elsevier, 2005, and Hispanic Marketing, 2nd Edition: Connecting with the New Latino Consumer, published by Routledge, 2011.
Her professional responsibilities prior to FSU, were as COO of Hispanic & Asian Marketing Communication Research and Cheskin. She also has held management positions in aerospace, technology and banking institutions with responsibilities for strategic planning and organizational development.
Korzenny received a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Administration and Higher Education, an M.A. from Michigan State University's Program of Graduate Education Overseas in Education, and a B.A.from Vassar College in Child Study/Education. Her multicultural interests have predominated in both her academic and business experience.
Dr. Felipe Korzenny
In the Fall of 2003, Felipe Korzenny, Ph.D., became Professor of Advertising and Integrated Marketing and Management Communication at Florida State University (FSU). He received a B.A. in Advertising from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Mexico; an M.A. in Communication Research from Michigan State University; and a Ph.D. in Communication Research from Michigan State University. Prior to joining Florida State University, Dr. Korzenny founded Hispanic & Asian Marketing Communication Research (H&AMCR) to help Fortune 1000 companies open doors to culturally diverse markets. H&AMCR was one of the first companies in the United States to explore multicultural market research. In 1999 H&AMCR merged with Cheskin to serve clients with integrated research and consulting services. He is co-author of the book written with his wife, Betty Ann, Hispanic Marketing: A Cultural Perspective, published by Elsevier, 2005, and Hispanic Marketing, 2nd Edition: Connecting with the New Latino Consumer, published by Routledge, 2011.
Adrien Lanusse is an accomplished marketing executive with 20 years of multicultural and international marketing research and strategy experience. His passion lies in understanding the cultural nuances of diverse ethnic audiences based on extensive consumer qualitative and quantitative research, and translating those insights into solid brand strategy.
Mr. Lanusse currently is Director of Consumer Insights at Netflix, where he works with marketing and product teams to understand global and domestic consumers.
He previously was the head of Cheskin Added Value’s Intercultural Strategy & Design Studio where he worked across multiple industries with clients such as Time Warner, Wells Fargo, Wrigley, and BlueCross BlueShield to build solid brand strategies targeted to ethnic consumers.
Mr. Lanusse is multilingual and multicultural of Mexican and French background, and has lived abroad. He attended the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University (Magna Cum Laude), with graduate studies at the École Supérieure de Commerce in Rouen, France. He also has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
César Melgoza is a leading innovator and thought-leader in business strategy, cultural insights and the development of marketing systems and analytics. Having worked at two Silicon Valley firms — Apple and Strategic Mapping — Mr. Melgoza founded Geoscape to deepen insights and analytics in an increasingly diverse American and international marketplace. Geoscape produces technology-fueled data products, research and analytic consulting services, the Geoscape Intelligence System (GIS), the DirecTarget® database enrichment system, American Marketscape DataStreamTM geo- demographics and a variety of other databases and technologies that have been adopted successfully by hundreds of corporations.
Mr. Melgoza’s career blends unique experiences in information technology, marketing, market research, psychology and public policy. While completing his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara he provided quality control for Information Magnetics Corp. While earning his master’s degree in at the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs, Mr. Melgoza was a research associate at one of the first Hispanic market research companies and also at the University’s Center for Mexican American Studies. His award-winning master’s professional report, published in 1986 and entitled Chicanos in the New Economy was predictive in its thesis and employed advanced statistical analytics.
Mr. Melgoza was born in Michoacán Mexico, grew up in a central California farming community and has resided in South Florida since 1995. He has developed business throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia including the formation of Geoscape affiliates in Brazil, Europe and Mexico. His passion for music is demonstrated through performance in Afro-Caribbean percussion and the production of classical, contemporary and folkloric concerts. Mr. Melgoza is the father of four children spanning 3 decades and is chairman of ShareKindness, Inc. a fund-raising resource for charity organizations. He also is Chairman of Geoscape Europe BV based in Amsterdam, an investing board member of EcoNET Ventures/Latinum Networks and a member of the prestigious New America Alliance.
Juan José Nuñez
Juan José Núñez is the President and CEO of Vertical3 Media, a consulting company focused on Digital Media for the US Hispanic and Latin American markets. He was COO at starMedia.com, one of the major Internet Portals of the US Hispanic and Latin American markets, a branch of France Telecom, with offices in the U.S. (Miami, Los Angeles and New York), Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Chile and Spain.
As an economist, Mr. Núñez possesses a broad experience in financial markets, having worked in companies such as Banco Santander, Ahorro Corporación Financiera, Credit Lyonnais and Banif Bank. Following his successful career in the financial market, Núñez changed his path and entered the Internet industry in the year 2000 as Content Manager at Eresmas.com, a leading Internet company in Spain.
In July 2002 he was given the responsibility to create the new starMedia from the ground up at all levels (commercial, administrative, marketing, PR, financial, HR, Business Development, etc…), turning it into a profitable company with a position of leadership in the U.S. Hispanic market and Latin America, increasing its audience and advertisers year after year. Mr. Núñez was member of the IAB’s (Interactive Advertising Bureau) Hispanic Committee in the U.S. and he is a frequent speaker at conferences in the United States and Latin America. He was awarded in New York as Top Digital Media Professional of the Year 2008 according to the trade Hispanic publication "Portada" and was nominated to Digital Media Executive of the Year in 2008, according to the trade publication "Hispanicad.com". In 2010 he was awarded as one of the Top Entrepreneurs of Florida by Hispanic Target magazine, for his contribution to the development of business in the State especially in times of great economic difficulties.
Mr. Núñez has a strong commitment to the community in Miami, where he is involved in various non-profit organizations. He is a Member of the Board of the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce (business), Board Member of the Spanish Cultural Office (culture), Treasurer of the Spaniard Society of Miami (social), Board of Advisors of the Spain-Florida Foundation 500 years" (culture), General Secretary of the Spaniard Popular Party in US and Delegate in Florida (politics), among others.
He was born in Spain and has a Bachelors Degree in Economics by the Universidad San Pablo C.E.U and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), with a specialty in Marketing. He also has a Masters Degree in Financial Markets. He currently lives in Miami with his wife and two daughters.
Mr. Jorge A. Ortega is Executive Vice President and Managing Director at Burson-Marsteller, a leading global strategic communications and public relations firm. In addition to leading the agency’s Miami office, Jorge is the chair of Burson Latino, the firm’s U.S. Hispanic practice. Previously, he was founder and managing director of Newlink America, an integrated Hispanic marketing communications agency. He also served as President of The Jeffrey Group where he started the firm’s Hispanic business. He has more than 20 years of marketing and strategic communications consulting experience, working with multinational companies across the Americas. Mr. Ortega served as Managing Director of Burson-Marsteller from October 1991 to January 2005 and served as Burson’s first Chairman of the U.S. Hispanic Practice. He first joined Burson-Marsteller in 1985 in New York and spent 16 years in various management positions at the agency including General Manager of Burson-Marsteller Mexico until 1996, and later Chairman of Burson-Marsteller's Latin American Brand Communications Practice from 1996 to 2000. He was an Independent Director of National Holdings, a publicly traded brokerage firm from July 1, 2008 to March 30, 2012. He co-founded and served as Chairman of the board of the WONDERFUND/International Kid's Fund at the Jackson Memorial Foundation dedicated to raising funds for life saving medical treatment in the United States for children from Latin America and the Caribbean. He serves on the Board of Directors of Camillus House and on the Board of Managers of Prepworks, a leading education technology company. Mr. Ortega received his B.A. degree in Business Administration from The American University in 1985.
Mariela Ure is senior vice president and Hispanic segment strategy lead for Enterprise Marketing at Wells Fargo. She is responsible for leading the company’s efforts in delivering products and services that meet the needs of the rapidly growing Hispanic market. Mariela oversees segment-specific strategies, the development of business and marketing plans, and defines the company’s priorities to maximize service to Hispanic communities nationwide.
A 20 year marketing veteran, Mariela assumed her current role with Wells Fargo in 2011. Previously, she was with Bank of America’s Enterprise Marketing Group, where she led the development and implementation of marketing programs focused on the company’s corporate social responsibility efforts. She also directed financial product integrated marketing campaigns for mass markets and the Hispanic segment. Prior to that, she managed multicultural direct marketing efforts for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and Red Latino, a Hispanic direct marketing agency.
Mariela is active in her community and is a North Carolina certified Guardian Ad Litem, serving as a child advocate volunteer for abused and neglected children for more than 10 years in Florida and North Carolina. She serves on the Board of Directors of the
Wells Fargo Foundation, and has recently joined the Board of Advisors of Florida State University’s Center for Hispanic Communications. Mariela was recently listed among the “2014 50 Influentials” by Hispanic Business.
A native of Puerto Rico, she earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Business Management from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. In her free time, Mariela enjoys practicing yoga, reading and cooking with her family from Puerto Rico and Venezuela. Mariela is married and resides in Miami, Florida.
Leif Roll is Vice President of Marketing at State Farm's corporate headquarters in Bloomington, Illinois. He is passionate about product development and innovation and committed to my team and their development. As an executive, Leif is known for his creativity, technical knowledge, and getting things done through his highly engaged and competent team.
Leif joined State Farm in 2000 as an Assistant Vice President of Marketing, where he helped launch State Farm’s foray into banking and mutual funds.
In 2004, he was promoted to Vice President of Marketing Strategy and Marketing Communications. He assumed his current position as department head for Enterprise Marketing & Sales in 2013.
Prior to coming to State Farm, Leif spent 18 years in the banking industry, working for Mellon Bank, First Union Bank, and KeyBank, where he focused on marketing and product development. In this capacity, he specialized in building credit, deposit, and investment products for the retail, small business, and private banking lines of business.
Leif received his undergraduate degree from Denison University, in Granville, Ohio, and his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina.
Leif lives with his beautiful wife, Ginia, in Bloomington. They have three wonderful children: Jensen, Giles, and Georgi, two dogs, one cat, and many fish.
Joe joined Zubi after eight years with Beber Silverstein and Partners, where he started as an entry-level Media Buyer fresh from the University of Florida. On the fast-track, Joe became the youngest Account Supervisor at Beber in less than five years.
As Chief Operating Officer, Joe oversees Zubi’s business development, strategic planning and Client relations. He leverages the expertise of Zubi’s Creative, Media and Account Service groups, and challenges them to continually deliver superior creative and successful marketing solutions.
Joe’s vision and dynamic energy brings the Agency together, getting everyone involved in every aspect of the Clients’ business – thus creating an integrated team approach that continually exceeds our Clients’ expectations.
Joe has logged 4.6 million frequent flyer miles on American Airlines and when he’s not at 30,000 ft. above sea level you might find him at 60 ft. below, hovering over a reef.
Frank Ros began his career at the Coca-Cola Company in 1995 after having served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Decon Laboratories. Governor Roy Barnes appointed Mr. Ros to serve on the State’s Governor’s Education Reform Study Commission and the newly created Georgia Commission on Hispanic Affairs. Mr. Ros is also active in the National Hispanic Corporate Council, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, National Council of La Raza, among other Latino-focused organizations. He is also a member of the Regional Leadership Institute, the Leadership Georgia, and the Society of International Business Fellows.
Born in Barcelona, Spain, Mr. Ros currently lives in Kennesaw, Georgia with his wife, Jan, and sons, Frank VI and Bryce. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982 and in 1984 received his Masters degree with honors. He was named Academic All-SEC and was selected Team Captain of the University of Georgia’s 1980 National Football Champions. He is a past recipient of the University of Georgia Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Award.
Marketer, entrepreneur and thought leader. Currently president of a full service advertising agency specialized in helping brands understand and market to U.S. Multicultural and Hispanic consumers. Frequent speaker sharing expertise in marketing and the U.S. Hispanic segment.
Specialties: Full service advertising and marketing communications; specialized in helping companies market to HISPANIC and MULTICULTURAL consumers. Strategy, creative development, broadcast production , market research, experiential marketing. Our client experience includes NAPA AUTO PARTS, Cox Communications, Starz, Encore, Discovery Channel, ING, Beazer Homes USA, Georgia Lottery, American Cancer Society, AutoTrader.com, Pollo Tropical, and Wachovia.
Lourdes Garcia has served as a marketing and advertising manager and entrepreneur executive with over 29 years of experience, specializing in the U.S. Hispanic market. She began her career at a Miami advertising agency in the media department and worked her way to public relations and eventually fulfilled the role of Account Executive, moving several years later to a nationally recognized advertising agency as Senior Account Executive. She worked with accounts such as: American Express, Republic Bank, and P&G.
Utilizing her advertising knowledge and repertoire of the Hispanic market, Lourdes switched to the other side of the industry to work in broadcast radio. She worked for over a decade in radio becoming the National Sales Manager for Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS) overseeing the group of radio stations based out of Miami. She led a National and Regional sales department and implemented the first sponsorship opportunities in Spanish radio for the MLB Fla. Marlins & NHL Florida Panthers. Subsequent to her time in radio, Lourdes founded Himarc & Associates, an advertising consulting firm where she assisted clients on a national scale in developing media campaigns and promotional strategies for the U.S. Hispanic market. Her catalogue of clients included: Marshall's, Kraft Food, and Miller Beer to name a few.
She was an active member of the Small Business Administration (SCORE) division, where she helped business owners in the development of advertising plans. Lourdes is also an Addy Award recipient. She received her B.S. degree in Communications from Florida International University in 1985.
Emerson Climate Technologies - White-Rodgers
In Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc. a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR). Ed Blittschau, as vice president of sales and marketing for the Flow Controls business, he has responsibility for all North America, Latin America and Asia sales and marketing. Blittschau also be responsible for sales plans, forecasting & demand management, marketing, customer service, application engineering, and price plans for all Flow Controls products.
Blittschau most recently was with Emerson Motors where, for the last five years, he has served as vice president business development and international for the Motors & Appliance business group. He has a BSBA degree in Finance and an MBA both from St. Louis University.
Ismael Hernandez is a Sr. Segment Marketing Manager at T-Mobile, specifically working under the MetroPCS brand. For the last two years, Ismael has been involved with the Corporate Field Marketing organization in the areas of analytics and go to market communications. Prior to T-Mobile, Ismael held a variety of roles at Verizon Telecom in the fields of marketing planning, strategy, and analytics for both general and multi-cultural segments. Ismael’s longest tenured role within Verizon was leading Hispanic strategy/planning for the FiOS brand.
Ismael holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a minor in International Business from the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business. Ismael is a native of Laredo, Texas and lived most of his childhood in Mexico. He became bi-lingual at the age of 9. He currently lives in Carrollton, TX with his wife and two kids. He enjoys volunteering at daughter’s elementary school, classic Corvettes, running, and UT football.
“Change requires evolution” is the personal motto by which Chris operates. A recognized thought leader with a reputation for spearheading change in the advertising industry, Chris is no stranger to pushing boundaries to achieve results for clients. His innate passion for ideas big and small and his advocacy for collaboration and creativity have delivered a track record of successes for major brands like Verizon, CVS/pharmacy and Lincoln Motor Company. As president and COO, Chris oversees all aspects of global operations and growth strategies for the organization's portfolio of agency brands. Outside of work, Chris is an endurance junkie (he is an IronMan triathlete and ultramarathoner) and a health coach at payyourhealthfirst.com, and he finds time to train by keeping pace with his three kids in Kansas City.
Bateson Business Brokers, Inc.
Noel H. Calas started his professional carrier in 1975. A graduate from Florida State University, Mr. Calas has a degree in Advertising / Public Relations. In his 33+ years in the corporate world, Mr. Calas has held positions from Marketing Representative to Executive Vice President in the Banking, Construction and Information Technology Industries. Mr. Calas retired after 23 years in the Information Technology Industry as Vice President of a company he helped developed and grow from $27 million to over $350 million, before going public.Since retiring from the IT Industry in 2000, Mr. Calas has worked as a Business Broker and Consultant, with many companies doing Economic and Marketing Analysis, as well as total Business Valuation in order to determine their fair market value, prior to developing an Exit Strategy and selling their business. Since 2001 to present, Mr. Calas is a consistent yearly recipient of the BBF (Business Brokers of Florida) yearly “Multi-Million Dollar Plus Award”, “Dealmaker Award” top 5 in the State of Florida, Global Register's Executives and Professionals Who's Who, The Latino American Who's Who Top 100 and in 2013 Mr. Calas received his Board-Certified Intermediary (BCI) designation. Over the years, Mr. Calas has owned several businesses, some that he started, grew and then sold, as well as others, which he bought and grew. Mr. Calas is a family man with a wife and two children, a boy 30 and a girl 23. He also has high ethical standards and an excellent reputation for dealing honestly and fairly, always. Mr. Calas is on the “Advisory Board Council” of the SBDC (Small Business Development Center) and a Steering Committee Member of the SBRN (Small Business Resource Network) Board Member of” Christian Help”, an organization that helps those less fortunate get back on their feet!
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