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Mario Treto Jr. to serve as Secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

Mario Treto Jr.
Chicago- HINA Wire – Building on a strong team of diverse experts in their fields, Governor JB Pritzker named Mario Treto, Jr. to serve as Secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), pending confirmation by the Illinois Senate. Treto currently serves as the Director of the Division of Real Estate for IDFPR.
Treto will assume the role of current IDFPR Secretary Deborah Hagan, who is retiring after nearly 40 years of service at the Attorney General’s Office and IDFPR. The Governor also named Laurie A. Murphy, currently the Deputy Director of the Division of Real Estate, to replace Treto as the Director of that Division.

“Mario Treto Jr. and Laurie Murphy have proven themselves exemplary leaders, and I’m thrilled to welcome them to their new roles at IDFPR,” said Governor JB Pritzker.

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“As the head regulator for Illinois’ real estate industry, Mario has not only vastly improved the Division’s processes, but he has spearheaded critical diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. I’m grateful that Mario shares our vision of ensuring the safety of our residents and our financial institutions while increasing diverse representation across all regulated industries to help better reflect our state. I also want to wish Deborah Hagan all the best in her retirement and commend her unwavering advocacy on behalf of Illinois consumers and families.”

“I am honored to continue to work on behalf of the people of Illinois as Secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation,” said Mario Treto, Jr., Acting Secretary of IDFPR. “Together we can ensure that Illinois continues to defend the interests of consumers and provide critical services to our residents. I want to thank Governor Pritzker for the opportunity to serve and empower communities across Illinois.”

“I’m grateful to be appointed by Governor Pritzker to continue to serve the great state of Illinois as the Director of the Division of Real Estate,” said Acting Director of the Division of Real Estate of the IDFPR Laurie Murphy.  “Protecting the health and safety of consumers remains a top priority for the Department, and I look forward to continuing our mission.”

During Mario Treto, Jr.’s tenure as the Director of Real Estate at the IDFPR, he led the state’s real estate industry, overseeing professional education, licensure and discipline for nearly 100,000 licensees working in five real estate-related professions.

He was instrumental in revising the Real Estate License Act to reflect more modern and efficient regulatory practices for the next decade. As an agency diversity, equity, and inclusion leader, Treto has doubled the number of real estate scholarships for minorities and increased the Division’s staff and board diversity. Previously,

Treto served as Deputy City Attorney for the City of Evanston where he provided legal counsel to its elected officials, departments, and staff with compliance, transactional, and corporate matters. Prior to entering the public sector, he worked at a Chicago-based law firm focusing his practice on commercial and residential real estate, corporate law and commercial transactions.

Treto is a nationally recognized lawyer by various organizations, including the International Municipal Lawyers Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, and the National LGBT Bar. Treto also serves as board chair of Howard Brown Health. Treto received his Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and Juris Doctor from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.


Lisa Duarte joins elite Chicago Law firm, Croke Fairchild Morgan & Beres

Chicago (HINA Wire) – Croke Fairchild Morgan & Beres, one of Chicago’s fastest-growing new law firms, announced Lisa Duarte is joining as an attorney and equity partner leading the firm’s government affairs and public law practice.

“I have spent my career at the intersection of law and government and after two rewarding years at the Governor’s Office, I am returning to my roots as an attorney to join a firm committed to women and diversity – while working on projects benefitting the future of Chicago,” said Duarte.

Lisa most recently served as the First Assistant Deputy Governor for Budget & Economy in the JB Pritzker Administration. In this role, Lisa oversaw 15 agencies involving the budget, economy, economic development, and regulation. While working for the State, Lisa served as the primary point of contact for the business community.

“Lisa was an invaluable member of my administration from day one. With her expansive knowledge in law, business and government, I knew I could always turn to her for new and innovative ideas to get big things done. I am proud to have had her on our team and I look forward to cheering on her successes in this new chapter,” said Governor JB Pritzker.

Prior to joining the Pritzker administration, Lisa was a Partner in the Government Affairs practice group at a boutique Chicago law firm, where she served a diverse client base on a broad set of legislative and regulatory issues in Illinois, Chicago, and Cook County.

“Our philosophy is lawyers should be more than just lawyers. Our team serves as trusted advisors to our clients and Lisa’s experience and leadership in the public and private sector will continue to inform how we approach our work,” said Patrick Croke, one of the firm’s founding partners.

Lisa also worked with the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office where she served as Legislative Counsel to former Mayor Rahm Emanuel representing the City of Chicago before the Illinois General Assembly, state agencies, and executive offices. She then advanced to the dual role of Chief of Staff to former Deputy Mayor Steve Koch and Chief of Staff to the Mayor’s Economic Council.

Prior to the Emanuel administration, she practiced law at a small business services firm where she focused on employment law, commercial litigation, construction law, and zoning and land use.

On December 1, 2019, Croke Fairchild Morgan & Beres’ four founding partners launched the firm with a vision to create a structure and culture to allow the firm’s lawyers to apply their energy and talents to what matters most – the client. Its government affairs and public law practice includes public policy and regulatory advocacy, crisis management, procurement and government contracts and public-private partnerships.

The firm is rapidly growing – in staff, clients and revenue – proving talented lawyers, many of whom have roots in Big Law, can successfully operate within a model that treats clients as relationships and partnerships, not as matters and cases.  crokefairchild.com.

Negocios Now announces its list of Latinos 40 under 40 Class of 2020

Chicago, 12 February 2021 — Negocios Now, a national award-winning publication based in Chicago, announced today its list of Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2020, recognizing the leadership of young Latinos in the Chicago metropolitan area.

This is the seventh group of Latino leaders under the age of 40 that the publication has selected from Chicago and New York City since the initiative was launched in 2015.

“Once again we had an amazing selection of young, talented Latinos who are making a visible difference in their respective fields, and of whom we should all be proud,” said Clemente Nicado, Publisher of Negocios Now.

Nicado said that each year selecting 40 young Latinos is a major challenge for their editorial board.

“Not only do we have more nominations but they are all extraordinary young people, with a bright future. The selection of 40 young people from among more than 100 nominations is really a bigger challenge than 6 years ago”, he said.

“Unfortunately, we must select only 40, but those who were not selected this time, will be considered for future editions,” added Nicado.

Negocios Now has recognized a total of 280 young adults since the initiative was launched in 2015, including 40 from New York in 2019, when the publication celebrated a successful event at The Copacabana Times Square with over 250 attendees.

Nicado Publishing, owner of Negocios Now and El Chicago Hispano, will announce the celebration date soon.

“Due to the pandemic, we will not be able to celebrate it and deliver the awards in person as we have done. It will be a virtual event again as we did last year, but there is no doubt that we will enjoy the celebration,” said Nicado.

Remy Martin is the presenting sponsor of the event, with additional support from major companies such as Wintrust, Peoples Gas and BMO Harris Bank.  Other sponsors will be announced later.

During the ceremony, Negocios Now presents the Youngest Latino Under 40, Rising Star and Leader of the Pack awards. One of the nominees will also receive a special award from Remy Martin.

Below is the list of Negocios Now’s Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2019:

1- Diana Alfaro, Latino Business Development Manager, DCEO.

2-Eduardo Arabu, Executive Director, The National Hispanic Corporate Council.

3- Miguel Blancarte, Director of COVID-19 Response and Community Outreach, Esperanza Health Centers.

4- Rosa Botello, Global Head of Supplier Diversity, Motorola Solutions.

5- Liana Bran, Director of Expansion Strategy, Cara Chicago.

6- Juan David Campolargo, Engineering Student & Biophysics Researcher, Author of Generation Optimism | TEDx Speaker 

7- Erik Cascio, Founder & Owner, Golden Tree Wealth Partners.

8- Luisa Castellanos, Co-Founder & COO, SCIENCE.

9- Guillermo Chavez-Angeles, / NAHREP NORTH President/ State Farm Agency Owner.

10-Dora Cornelio, Assistant State’s Attorney, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office,

11- Fernando de Leon, Co-founder and Chief Growth Officer, Innovare Social Innovation Partners

12- Vicente Del Real, Founder & Executive Director, Iskali.

13- Melissa Flores, Senior Director, Strategy+ Operations, Erie Neighborhood House.

14- Evelin Freytas, Founder/President, Mastermind Wealth Strategies Inc.

15- Jazmin Garcia, Senior Business Resource Manager, World Business Chicago.

16- Samuel Garcia, Senior Customer Success Manager, Linkedin.

17- Melisa Godinez, Talent Acquisition Manager, ECHO.

18- Digna Gomez, President, Right of Way Acquisitions, Inc.

19- Edgar Gonzalez, Jr., State Representative of IL 21st House district, Illinois General Assembly.

20- Priscilla Guasso, CEO/ Founder & HR Leader, Latinas Rising Up in HR.

21- Olga Gutierrez, Manager, Public Sector Group, Apple.

22- Patricia Hernandez, Director of CareLink, Cook County Health.

23- Stefany Jacobo, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE)

24- Carlos Jaramillo, Race Director of 5k in Pilsen, Carrera De Los Muertos.

25- Francisco Juarez, President, ALPFA Chicago and Compliance Advisory Manager at CIBC Bank USA

26- Emmanuel López, National Director Strategy & Development, BetterWorld Technology

27- Jose Marroquin, Director of Student Affairs, Loyola University Chicago

28- Sulema Medrano, Partner, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

29- Rebecca Monarrez, Product Manager, Allstate.

30- Osvaldo Montelongo, Founder, ConnectCareHero.

31- Suheily Natal-Davis, Senior Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, McDonald’s Corporation.

32- Grace Noboa-Hidalgo, Director, Innovation and Strategy Execution, Walgreens.

33- Fernando Ortiz, Regulatory Counsel and Compliance Officer, Seed CX Ltd | Zero Hash LLC.

34- Diana Rodríguez-Zaba, President, ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba.

35- Jennifer Sánchez, Founder, Women’s Institute of Self Development and Efficacy- WISE.

36- Jacqueline Soto Herrera, Director, External Affairs & Communications, Humboldt Park Health.

37- Alexandra Turcios, Management Consulting Senior Analyst, Accenture.

38- Micaela Vargas, CEO, Chicago City Council Latino Caucus Foundation.

39- Erica Vega, Chief Operations Officer, LGX logistics, La Galera Produce.

40- Nubia Willman, Director of Office of New Americans, City of Chicago.

 To see other previous editions of visit Latinos40Under40.com

About Negocios Now

Founded in 2007 by Nicado Publishing Company, Negocios Now is the most awarded  Latino business publication in the U.S., and the most dynamic news source in the midwest, for emerging Hispanic businesses. Negocios Now focuses primarily on business owners, entrepreneurs, and economic development within the Latino community. The Publication is the host of Who’s Who in Hispanic Chicago, Latinos 40 Under 40, and “Los 26 de la 26”. Negocios Now Founder, Clemente Nicado is a former international correspondent and one of the founders of HOY, the first Chicago Tribune daily newspaper. He was named “Latino Publisher of the Year” in the U.S., in October of 2018, by the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP).

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Negocios Now 2020 Latinos 40 Under 40 – Chicago

Nominations are closed

Negocios Now 2020 Latinos 40 Under 40 – Chicago

Nominations are closed

Negocios Now 2020 Latinos 40 Under 40 – Chicago