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Negocios Now announces 50 Most Influential Latinos in Chicagoland


Negocios Now, a national award-winning publication focused on Hispanic business, announces its list of the 50 Most Influential Latinos in Chicago for 2020.

The list includes top Hispanic executives in business, nonprofits, government, healthcare, and other areas where Latinos are making a clear difference in this country.

“We think this is one of the most powerful selections of Latino leaders in Chicago since we started Negocios Now in 2007,” said Publisher Clemente Nicado. “It’s a privilege for our publication to have them in this edition.”

Selecting Latino talent is always a challenge, he said. There are so many outstanding people, and each list draws more and more nominations. We are happy to have the support to celebrate the achievement of our community, said Nicado. We live in challenging times, but challenges are always necessary for our quest to grow as entrepreneurs and a minority, he added.

Since it’s founding 14 years ago, Negocios Now has been a unique resource for understanding Hispanic businesses in the Chicago area, and it has served as a bridge between the Latino business community and corporations, government entities, and nonprofits.

“I want to say thank you to all of the award winners, and to our sponsors, for making this edition possible. They are a beacon of hope for our community as it struggles to move forward in one of the most difficult times of our lives,” said Nicado.

Founded by Nicado, a former international correspondent and former journalist at the Chicago Tribune, Negocios Now has received more than 20 national awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications and received a Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club in 2012 for general excellence. In 2018, Nicado was selected the Latino Publisher of the Year by NAHP.

Negocios Now is the creator and host of Who’s Who in Hispanic Chicago and Latinos 40 Under 40 Special editions and events to recognize the young generations of Latinos in Chicago and New York City.

Below is the list of the 50 Most Influential Latinos in 2020

1-Joe Almeida

Chairman, President & CEO 

Baxter International

2- Arabel Alva Rosales

President and CEO

AAR Tech 

3- Juan Andrade Jr.


United States Hispanic Leadership Institute

4- Martin Cabrera Jr.  

Founder & CEO

Cabrera Capital Partners, Cabrera Capital Markets

5- Olga Camargo

Founder & CEO

FARO Associates

6- Gloria Castillo


Together We Rise

7- Rubén Castillo



8- Adela Cepeda

Finance specialist

9- Ramón “Ray” Cepeda

Senior Managing Director

The Northern Trust

10- Elizabeth Colón 

President & Founder 

Metaphrasis Language and Cultural Solutions

11- Pedro DeJesus 

Executive Vice President

Tampico Beverages Inc.

12- Marcelo De Santis

Executive advisor


13- Dr. Marina Del Rios

Director of Social Emergency Medicine, Associate Professor

University of Illinois at Chicago

14- Jaime di Paulo

President and CEO

Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

15- Joseph Dominguez



16- Omar Duque



17- Rosa Escareño


Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

18- Ricardo (Ric) Estrada 

President and CEO

Metropolitan Family Services

19- Sol Flores

Deputy Governor

State of Illinois

20- Jesus “Chuy” Garcia


U.S. Congress

21- Rodrigo Garcia

Deputy State Treasurer

State of Illinois

22- Alicia Gonzalez

Executive Director 

Cubs Charities

23- Francisco Gonzalez Pulido


FGP Atelier 

24- Rey B. Gonzalez

President and CEO

El Valor

25- Richard A. Gonzalez

Chairman & CEO 


26- Julieta LaMalfa


Stout | Wintrust board

27- Susana A. Mendoza


State of Illinois

28- Juan Gabriel Moreno 



29- Patricia Mota

President & CEO

Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement

30Oscar Munoz

Executive Chairman 

United Airlines Holdings Inc.

31- David Olivencia

Managing Director


32- Gregg Ontiveros 


Group O

33- David Ortiz

Credit Executive

BMO Financial Corp.

34- Patricio Miguel


The Kraft Heinz Co.

35- Jorge Perez

Executive Director

Hispanic American Construction Industry Association

36- Jose Luis Prado 

Executive Advisor Partner

Wind Point Partners

37- Maria de J. Prado

Partner, Co-founder, President

Prado & Renteria CPAs

38- Sylvia Puente

President and CEO

Latino Policy Forum

39- Raul I. Raymundo 


The Resurrection Project

40- Jesse G. Reyes


Illinois Appellate Court

41- Emma Rodriguez-Ayala

General Counsel

LGIM America

42- Robert Rodriguez


DRR Advisors

43- Celena Roldán


American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois

44- Hipolito (Paul) Roldan


Hispanic Housing Development Corp.

45- Jesse Ruiz 

Deputy Governor

State of Illinois

46- Juan Salgado


City Colleges of Chicago

47- José R. Sánchez  

President & CEO

Humboldt Park Health

48- Carmen Solano-De Carrier



49- Neli Vazquez Rowland  


A Safe Haven

50- Lizette Williams

Global marketing head