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Negocios Now Announces Third Annual “Latino 40 Under 40” Recipients



List Includes Business, Government, Non-Profits, Sports and Education and Others

(Chicago, IL) January 29, 2018—Negocios Now, national award-winning publication, released today its third annual list of Latinos 40 Under 40, recognizing the leadership of young Latinos in the Chicago Area.

  The 40 recipients were selected after an over three-month nominations period, they represent business, government, nonprofits, sports and education, among other fields. Negocios Now  will launch a Special Digital Edition featuring those selected featured.

   “Once again Negocios Now recognizes the positive contributions of young Latinos in the Chicago area. We look forward to hosting them for a celebration at Latinicity,”  said Clemente Nicado, publisher of Nicado Publishing Company, founder of Negocios Now.

    Latinos 40 Under 40 celebration and networking event will be held on Thursday, March 8, from 6 to 10 pm. at Latinicity, 108 N. Street, Chicago.

   Remy Martin has been confirmed as the Millennials Sponsor of the event.

      “We are grateful to be working with a great team, contributors and many others in Chicago that work with Negocios Now to recognize our community”, added Nicado.

The Latino 40 Under 40 honorees are as follows:

  1. Guillermo Arauz

President, Arauz & Company

  1. Kathia Benitez

Director of Sustainability, Northwestern University

       3.Jeanette Chavarria-Torres

President, DCH Construction & Hauling, LLC

  1. Gerardo J. Delgado

Legal and Policy Advisor

Illinois Commerce Commission

  1. Cheryl Flores

Director of Community Schools and Youth Services, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

  1. Socorro M. Garcia

Office Manager, National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors

President, Prospanica Chicago

  1. Julio Santiago Haag

Global Video Operations Manager, Accenture

  1. Vanessa Hall

Media Relations Manager, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas

  1. Gregorio “Greco” Hernández

CEO and Co-Founder, La Dulce Vida Neveria

  1. George L. Herrera

CEO and Founder, Festival Cubano

  1. Ignacio Lopez

Interim President, Harold Washington College, City Colleges of Chicago

  1. Raymond Lopez

15th Ward Alderman, City of Chicago

  1. Anna M. Lozoya

Risk Manager, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

  1. Lourdes Martinez

CEO and Founder, Agsant Agency Corp.

  1. Sofía McDowell

President & Owner, Chicago Digital Media Marketing

  1. Sinhue Mendoza

Sports Media Consultant, Major League Baseball

  1. Melanie Muñoz

Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, The Kaleidoscope Group

  1. Elvis Ortega

At-Risk Youth Coordinator, Back of The Yards College Preparatory High School

  1. Robert Pantoja

Vice President, Customer Segments Strategy Manager, BMO Harris Bank

  1. Melissa Pillars

Vice President-Business Banking Area Manager , JPMorgan Chase

  1. Erika Quezada-Sanchez

Founder and CEO, Lotus Life & Wellness Coaching

  1. Lizbeth Ramirez

External Affairs Manager for Chicago North, Commonwealth Edison

  1. Michael J. Rodriguez
    Senior Risk and Controls Consultant, WEC Energy Group

Vice President of Universities and Student Relations, Association of Latino Professionals For America Chicago

  1. Raul Rosas
    President, Sprouting Leaders

Vice President, Rulis Trucking

25. Roman Ruiz

Branch and Community Development Manager, Second Federal a Division of Self-Help Federal

  1. Billy Russo

Manager of Spanish Communication, Chicago White Sox

  1. Juana Sánchez Graber

Associate Director for Hispanic Outreach and Enrollment Marketing Manager,  Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools

  1. Laura Sanchez


29. Maricela Sanchez  

 Director of Retail Partnerships, Health Care Service Corporation

  1. Nina D. Sánchez –

Director, Enrich Chicago

  1. Yanitzin Sanchez

Executive Chef, Bar Takito

  1. Adrian Segura

Senior Manager of City Affairs, Illinois Network of Charter Schools

33.Kristen Sonday

Co-founder and COO, Paladin

  1. Raquel Toledo

Founder, A Gift Of Value

  1. Mario Treto Jr.

Assistant,  Attorney City of Evanston

  1. Christina Urbina-Loza
    Director, Health Center Operations and Women’s Health, Erie Family Health Center
  2. Carlos Y. Vale

Head of Diversity Recruitment – Global, Groupon

  1. Berenice Vallecillos

Director of Communications, Morreale Communications

39- Desiray Villagrana Glass                                                                           

     Initiatives Manager, JLL

40- Jasmin Zamora

Manager Community Relation Programs, Combined Insurance


Tickets to attend $40 until Feb. 15. Prices will go up after Feb. 15 to $50. To learn more about the recipients and buy a ticket, visit https://negociosnow.com/40under40/. You can email us  40under40@negociosnow.com or call at 773-942-7410


About Nicado Publishing Company:


Nicado Publishing Company, owner of Negocios Now, was launched in 2006 with a strong focus on Hispanic niche markets. The company produces custom media and content through Hispanic News Agency -HINA- (www.hinaonline.com). Clemente Nicado, publisher, has served as an international correspondent in multiple countries during his career and is one of the founders of HOY, the Chicago Tribune’s Spanish language newspaper. Nicado has received more than 20 national awards since 2008 and is the author of “Así lo hicieron,” a book featuring profiles of accomplished Hispanic business people in the Chicago area. He is a board member of the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP).

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