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Mayor Lightfoot announces reforms to workers compensation program

Following an independent audit, City to reform Workers’ Compensation program and improve services to injured employees

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot today announced sweeping reforms to the City of Chicago’s workers’ compensation program, designed to improve services for injured workers and to help prevent fraud, waste and abuse in the administration of claims. The reforms follow the completion of an independent audit of the program. The audit revealed that the City’s workers’ compensation program had widespread deficiencies, driven by the lack of training for administrators, fraud controls, and clear policies needed to enforce consistency in investigations and claim administration.

As recommended by the audit, Mayor Lightfoot has directed the City to partner with a third party to implement changes to improve claim handling and outcomes for claimants; introduce controls and oversight that do not currently exist; and ensure a timelier response and better service for employees.  The full, unredacted audit (attached) was released today.

“The findings of this audit revealed what we already suspected: that the City’s workers’ compensation program was undermanaged and lacked proper protocols–which poses a disservice to our injured city employees as well as taxpayers,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “Today, we are taking action to make this program more accountable and are making changes to bring the program in line with best practices, just like other municipalities across the nation have done.”

To professionalize the workers’ compensation program, the City will partner with Gallagher Bassett, a leading international public sector claims administrator as well as the Gallagher Global Brokerage Risk Program Administrators team to best serve the worker’s compensation needs of the City.  Gallagher Bassett’s team of experienced claims adjusters will work with the City to bring forward the following reforms:

  • Implement claim handling practices and procedures aligned with best practices
  • Adopt new technology systems to expedite claims review and control medical costs and improve outcomes for injured employees
  • Create a process for handling legacy claims with a goal of clearing the backlog
  • Implement a comprehensive “return to work” program to increase closure rates

Gallagher Bassett will also partner with the City to ensure proper training for City staff who remain involved in handling claims. The City estimates that these comprehensive changes will drive down claim costs, improve closure rates and generate significant annual savings. In 2018 alone, the workers’ compensation program cost the City more than $93 million. Gallagher’s Risk Program Administration (RPA) division will also assist the City with streamlining, coordinating and professionalizing the overall program administration.

The City’s Department of Law, Comptroller’s Office and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) engaged the firm of Grant Thornton in 2019 to conduct an independent audit of the City’s workers’ compensation program. In its audit, Grant Thornton conducted a comprehensive review of over 100 claims handled in 2017 and 2018, dozens of interviews, and a review of procedures and protocols in conjunction with best practices used in similar programs. The audit found that the program did not meet industry best practices, had an inadequately trained workforce, and lacked controls to identify fraud, waste and abuse.

The City will begin to transition claims management and processing later this year. The workers’ compensation program will remain at the Department of Finance for the interim, where it was transferred from the Committee on Finance in April of this year. As part of the management transition, outstanding claims will be transferred in a phased approach to ensure claims are not delayed or adversely impacted by the transition.

The changes to the workers’ compensation program follow on a series of good governance reforms led by Mayor Lightfoot to improve accountability, transparency and ethics at every level of City government.

Since entering the office, Mayor Lightfoot has expanded the City’s ethics requirements to all employees and elected officials, implemented new City Council rules to promote transparency, and eliminated Aldermanic Prerogative through Executive Order.

Mayor Lightfoot signs first executive order to limit aldermanic prerogative

In Her First Official Act as Mayor, Lightfoot Instructs Departments to Begin Process of Ending Aldermanic Prerogative as Part of Broader Ethics Reform

In her first hours after being sworn in as the 56th Mayor of the City of Chicago, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot signed her first Executive Order instructing departments to end the practice of aldermanic prerogative in department processes where it is controlled by the Mayor and city departments. The Mayor signed the order in her City Hall office surrounded by aldermen, community leaders, and members of her Good Governance Transition Committee.

“This is a historic day for the city. In my campaign for mayor, I pledged to bring an end to aldermanic prerogative and ensure our government delivers equitable services to all of Chicago’s communities, regardless of their zip code,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “Today, I have instructed City departments to begin to end the process of aldermanic prerogative as the first step in a comprehensive ethics reform package to reform the way government works in Chicago.”

The Executive Order streamlines administrative decisions made throughout City departments by eliminating the aldermanic veto while preserving aldermanic voice in departmental decisions. The process by which residents and businesses seek to obtain licensing, permitting and other areas affected by the Executive Order will not change, and Aldermen will still retain input in the delivery of key city services.

“I am honored to stand with Mayor Lightfoot as her administration works to bring a fresh perspective to city government,” said Alderman Michele Smith, 43rd Ward. “While Aldermanic input is critical in representing the interests of communities, we are working to prevent politics from influencing departmental decisions. By signing this executive order, Mayor Lightfoot will ensure that all residents receive the same level of quality service from their government.”

The Mayor’s Office will work closely with the departments and the City Council to establish fair, objective criteria guiding all department decisions. By streamlining administrative practices, the Executive Order will make it easier to open new businesses and grow the economy, particularly in the City’s south and west sides.

“In neighborhoods across our city, Aldermen are committed to ensuring that our residents receive access to high-quality services. The Executive Order will streamline service delivery so that every neighborhood receives the same high-quality services as the next,” said Alderman Gilbert Villegas.  “Working together with the Mayor’s Office, we will continue to ensure that all levels of government are held accountable to the needs of all of our residents and that Aldermen continue to play a central role in developing policies that help grow all of our communities.”

The Executive Order was crafted in consultation with former and current aldermen, city departments, legal, and community stakeholders to ensure the Executive Order would function without disrupting City services. The Mayor’s Office will work with all affected departments to ensure a smooth transition and continuity for residents and businesses.

The Executive Order is the first piece in a comprehensive package to reform the Chicago government and delivers on Mayor Lightfoot’s commitment to put in place new policies to strengthen ethics, accountability and transparency throughout City government.  In the coming months, the new administration will seek to work with the City Council to bring forward new legislation that increases transparency in City zoning processes and to strengthen ethics beyond aldermanic prerogative.

Paco Lebron: cuerpo y alma de “ProdigyTeks”

-Por Marcelina Romero

Chicago es una ciudad propia de cuentos de hadas: sus edificios y bares al borde del río, sus embarcaciones, las diversas lenguas que rumorean a través de calles, avenidas y tiendas -portugués, español, francés, alemán, etc.-. La ciudad del viento, como le dicen, te invita a instalarte para disfrutar la mixtura de culturas.

Welcome to Chicago, un maravilloso lugar donde los latinos e hispanos mueven la industria cultural, gastronómica y empresarial. Latinos e hispanos en Chicago son los que hoy activan su economía, la diversifican, desde pequeñas empresas que mantienen en movimiento la gran rueda económica.

Muchos afirman que Estados Unidos es el país de las oportunidades para quienes saben aprovecharlas; y es verdad. Un excelente ejemplo es Paco Lebron, uno de los tantos hispanos de corazón mixto: Puerto Rico/Estados Unidos,  Español/Inglés, si bien a Paco el inglés le brota con naturalidad mientras realizamos la nota, y el español tarda un poquito en florecer.

Paco Lebron vive en Chicago desde que nació -33 años – con sus padres puertorriqueños de quienes recibió el legado latino. Paco platica con naturalidad y sin rodeos, habla de sus orígenes, levanta la bandera de sus raíces puertorriqueñas, habla del idioma español, de la energía que sus padres invirtieron para educarlo como una persona de bien, ¡y lo han logrado!.

Paco se entristece cuando habla del huracán María; se le quiebra la voz cuando menciona la atención que sus padres ponen en los sucesos de la isla, y añora algún día pisar la tierra de sus ancestros.

Paco Lebron se define como una persona fuerte, persistente y solidaria. “Si veo que hay un problema o si alguien sufre alguna necesidad, intento darle solución, no puedo quedarme con los brazos cruzados”.

Orgulloso, dice que es papá de Alicia, e indica a qué hora deberá terminar la entrevista dado que su hija lo espera en el colegio. “El nacimiento de Alicia es mi piedra fundamental, el evento que me hizo click” y afirma que desde ese momento piensa “primero la familia, luego todo lo demás”.

Otro nacimiento que marcó su carrera fue precisamente, el de su empresa “ProdigyTeks”, el 9 de julio de 2011 tras una conversación con su amigo Andrés Quiroz, quien lo llevó a replantearse el camino. Para llegar a ser fundador y CEO de “ProdigyTeks”  hizo un recorrido académico y profesional extenso: estudió, trabajó en varias empresas, se dedicó full time al trabajo a fin de mantener a su familia, ayudó a sus vecinos.

“Prodigy Teks” se encarga del cuidado y mantenimiento de las computadoras de sus clientes para que estos puedan ocuparse de sus negocios: el servicio es completo y eficaz. Otorga a sus clientes tiempo y confianza, dos valores incalculables. Paco afirma que con sus clientes genera un vínculo más allá de lo comercial, el trato es familiar porque Paco prioriza el contacto humano, una buena práctica para fortalecer el  crecimiento del vecino y, por ende, de la comunidad.

Con la amabilidad como carta de presentación, Paco Lebron nos invita a ingresar a su mundo, su oficina ubicada en West Loop, un barrio que crece a pasos agigantados y tiene la singularidad que todo barrio debe tener para posicionarse y crecer.

“ProdigyTeks” comprende claramente lo que sus clientes precisan porque comparten una misma idea, un mismo horizonte. Perdurar en el tiempo, otorgar un excelente servicio y ayudar a la comunidad desde el plano tecnológico. El lema es empoderar a las empresas clientes para crecer juntos. Su negocio no se limita a reparar computadoras, también propone ideas y acompaña el crecimiento.

Al final de la plática, Paco Lebron se anima con un dirigido a los padres de las nuevas generaciones: “otorguen a sus hijos un celular inteligente, porque el futuro está en sus manos y todo estará vinculado a la tecnología”.

No dudes en acercarte a conversar con Paco sobre lo que precisa tu empresa, crear lazos es la manera de llegar a la meta.


Si deseas conocer más sobre “ProdigyTeks”, aquí te dejo todos los datos


 

HACE’s 37th National Leadership Conference in Chicago is almost here!

Interview with Patricia Mota, President & CEO of Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE)

Hispanic News Agency (HINA)

This year’s theme, “Beyond Latinidad: Identity, Intersectionality & Inclusivity,” aims to address timely issues the Latino community currently faces in the workforce. At a time where Latinos are greatly underrepresented as leaders in society, HACE’s 37th National Leadership Conference will unite top Latino leaders with over 1,000 Latino professionals to provide key insights on how these professionals can find success and become leaders in society. Furthermore, the conference will discuss the intersection of Latino identities with a mission to help foster inclusivity in all work environments.

NN: What kind of workshop can we expect?

PM: The conference will feature a variety of workshops with a focus on preparing the Latino community for professional success. Workshops will address leadership skills, talent development strategies, career management skills, effective negotiation tools and more. A full agenda of workshops offered can be found here.

NN: What will the participants be able to walk away with the event?

PM: Over the span of two days, HACE will offer a variety of developmental workshops, networking opportunities, panel discussions and more. The conference will provide attendees the tools they need to strengthen their professional network and become a leader in their industry. The first day is focused on leadership development and thought leadership engagement, while the second day focuses on connecting Latinos with recruiters from 30+ companies.  Attendees will have the opportunity to take professional headshots as well as participate in coaching and interviews with companies from over 10 industries.

NN: Why the Conference is a unique event?

PM: The conference provides an unmatched experience for Latino professionals who are looking to make a career transition. Participants will have the opportunity to learn first-hand from Latino leaders on how to become leaders and owners of their own destiny in the workplace, life and for their communities. With this year’s theme, “Beyond Latinidad: Identity, Intersectionality & Inclusivity,” the conference will raise awareness of the “Latinidad” concept, which recognizes the many different identities Latino’s represent and are multidimensional, not just from our culture but individual traits too. Attendees will hear from a powerful panel of Latino leaders on what Latinidad means to them, their individual identities, the intersection and impact of these identities, and how their stories help to foster spaces that build inclusivity in the workplace. In the span of two days, the conference will unite the community to showcase the ability Latinos have to become leaders in today’s workforce and provide them with the tools needed to do so.

NN: Any tips that you want to share with participants who are planning to attend the conference?

PM: For anyone attending the career fair on Friday, April 26th, participants should dress business professional and bring resumes and business cards to the event and prepare to network!

Lori derrota a la “maquinaria” de Toni Preckwinkle

La ex abogada Lori Lightfoot entró en la historia de Chicago al ser elegida como la primera alcadesa afroamericana de la tercera ciudada tercera ciudad más poblada del país con una campaña contra lo que denominó la “maquinaria” política de su rival, Toni Preckwinkle.

 Lightfoot, quien se declara abiertamente lesbiana,  derrotó facilmente a la Jefa de la Junta del contado de Cook, quien apenas había logrado el 26 por ciento de los votos cuando se habían contado el 85 por ciento de las casillas.

“Ahora que se acabó, sé que trabajaremos juntos por la ciudad que ambos amamos”, dijo Lightfoot en la celebración de su campaña.

Como consecuencia del escándalo de Laquan McDonald, en el que un oficial de policía blanco, Jason Van Dyke, disparó al adolescente negro 16 veces mientras se alejaba de la policía, Emanuel nombró a Lightfoot para que dirigiera el recién creado grupo de trabajo de responsabilidad policial.

Preckwinkle, de 72 años, es una política de carrera, con suficiente historial para hacerse cargo de una ciudad de Chicago herida por una pesada deuda y la violencia que, si bien ha mermado, aún sigue siendo un preocupación ciudadadana.

Lori atacó a su rival por todos los ángulos posible. Incluso por posible corrupción después que un informe del Chicago Tribune en enero afirmara que Preckwinkle contrató al hijo de un poderoso concejal de la vieja escuela, Ed Burke, para un trabajo de $100,000 al año en el condado de Cook. Burke fue acusado recientemente de intento de extorsión después de que el FBI allanó sus oficinas en enero.

En las elecciones generales de febrero que tuvieron 14 candidatos, Lightfoot y Preckwinkle fueron las dos que obtuvieron más votos, lo que condujo a la segunda vuelta del martes 2 de abril.

El próximo alcalde se enfrentará a asuntos como el crimen y las relaciones policiales y comunitarias.

Los totales de delitos violentos en Chicago han sido noticia en los últimos años. En 2016, la ciudad reportó el mayor número de homicidios en dos décadas: 762. Pero los asesinatos han disminuido desde entonces: 650 en 2017 y 550 en 2018.

A Night To Remember: 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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A night to remember! We gathered with friends, colleagues, and family to celebrate Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 this past Thursday, March 7 at Latinicity.

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Chicago Department of Aviation announces 2019 Citywide Career Fair

 Quarterly Career Fairs to Feature Job Readiness Workshops and Airport Hiring Opportunities

CHICAGO – The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) today released a schedule of career fairs it will host throughout the City of Chicago in 2019.

A series of citywide career fairs will help connect residents with job and career opportunities powered by O’Hare and Midway International Airports.

The 2019 career fairs will feature dozens of airport partners and vendors seeking to hire employees to fill hundreds of full- and part-time jobs available across both airports, with many more jobs anticipated as part of the ongoing O’Hare and Midway modernization programs.

The career fairs will also feature an emphasis on job readiness with new free workshops. “For every Chicagoan who wants one, there is an opportunity to join our team and to work at Chicago’s airports,” said CDA Commissioner Jamie L. Rhee.

“Working with our airport partners and Aldermen throughout the City, we have career fairs across the city to engage residents from all of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods with information and employment opportunities created by the modernization of O’Hare and Midway.”

This year’s career fairs will be held quarterly; with all fairs open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents will have an opportunity to connect directly with hiring companies, and to interview on site.

The dates and locations are

? March 6th (North) at Kelvyn Park – Park District Gymnasium, 4438 W. Wrightwood Ave.

? May 22nd (West) at the JLM Abundant Life Center, 2622 W. Jackson Blvd.

? August 28th (South) at Kennedy-King College, 740 W. 63rd St., Building U

? October 22nd (Central) at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd.

CDA staff will provide assistance with applications, and the fair will also feature three workshops at each fair. New this year, a workshop hosted by SAFER Foundation is aimed at helping Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) residents and Housing Choice Voucher recipients prepare to re-enter the mainstream job market.

Additionally, ResCare – Northside American Job Center at Truman College will offer a Resume Writing workshop to help residents start a resume from scratch or tweak an existing one to perfection.

Returning from last year’s fairs, CISCO will facilitate a workshop on how to obtain a union apprenticeship. Regional Job Fairs/page 2 In 2019, the CDA has committed to hosting more career fairs throughout the neighborhoods to help every interested resident gain access to opportunities powered by the airports.

The 2019 career fairs have been scheduled in partnership with Aldermen at locations throughout the city, making it easier for residents in every community to attend and connect directly with hiring airport organizations.

Last year’s airport career fairs saw a strong turnout with dozens of airport vendors connecting with job seekers, with several on-site hires made. Overall, the CDA citywide outreach fairs drew in over 1,300 residents from all 50 wards in 2018.

More than 80 vendors—ranging from airlines and cargo companies; to concessions and construction companies—participated in these citywide efforts. Career fairs are just one facet of the CDA’s workforce development initiatives.

In addition to career fairs, the CDA also sponsors an annual internship program engaging youths from Chicago Public Schools (CPS), City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) One Summer Chicago, and local universities.

These internships allow young Chicagoans to gain real-world experience and to learn about a variety of aviation careers first-hand. Over the next decade, it is estimated that tens of thousands of new construction jobs will be created by airport capital programs, with many new permanent jobs fueled by the growth of both O’Hare and Midway.

To bring its workforce and community efforts to scale, the CDA will this spring issue an RFP to broaden partnerships with community-based agencies and expanding training for airport and construction work to more residents.

For updates and information on career fairs and opportunities with O’Hare and Midway, please visit flychicago.com. #

Latinos 40 Under 40 Microsoft Executive to receive Rising Star Award

Teresa Gonzalez-Swinton was selected by Negocios Now to receive the 2018 Latinos 40 under 40  Rising Star Award during the award ceremony at Laticinity, on March 7, 2019.

Gonzalez-Swinton is a Senior Sales Director at Bing Advertising Sales at Microsoft, where she leads a team that manages some of the largest customers in the Central Region. As a dedicated sales leader, with a proven track record of guiding her teams to business success, she leads with a passion for diversity and inclusion, as she is committed to breaking stereotypes and supporting women.

“Teresa has an amazing, impressive profile. We would like to extend our sincerest congratulations, once again, and we hope she will continue to have professional success,” said Clemente Nicado, Publisher of Negocios Now.

Negocios Now has also chosen Alejandro Benitez, who is a financial educator and owner of AB Financial to receive the Youngest Latino Under 40 Award. “At 25, not only is Alejandro the youngest of this amazing group of 40 under 40, but he is also a leader in the community, empowering and educating regarding finances, and above all, he is a ‘Dreamer’, said Nicado.

Lastly, Lizzette Medina is to receive The Leader of the Pack Award. Medina is a business owner of a landscaping company, who breaks all paradigms, leading business in an industry traditionally run by men.

The award-winning publication, Negocios Now will host its fourth annual “Latinos 40 Under 40” event to recognize the leadership of young Latinos in the Chicago area. The award celebration and networking event will be held on Thursday, March 7, from 6 to 10 pm. at Latinicity, 108 N. Street, Chicago (Block 37).

The 40 Under 40 recipients were selected after a four-month process, with over 120 nominations: these are some of Chicago’s finest professional in their respective fields: they represent business, corporate, government, nonprofits, education sectors, and other industries. Tickets are available on EventBrite at this link: CLICK HERE.

New Board to Lead Illinois Tollway

Springfield, Ill. — Governor JB Pritzker signed SB 1298 and appointed a new board of highly talented and experienced professionals to lead the Illinois Toll Highway Authority into the future.

“It is a new day for the Illinois Tollway,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Our new leadership will uphold the highest ethical standards, deliver the value to taxpayers and serve Illinoisans in every corner of our state. I’m proud to usher in a new wave of transparency and accountability at this critical agency.”

   The nine new members include a Latino, Cesar Santoy, who is the principal of Studio ARQ, LLC and ARQ Design Build, Inc., architecture and construction firms that serve both the public and private sector clients as well as individual home and business owners.  Santoy has over 20 years of progressively responsible experience in architectural design, construction management and civic engagement. Santoy also serves as 5th Ward Alderman for the City of Berwyn and is active in a variety of professional and community organizations. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology and is a registered Architect in several states.

Below the other members:

Will Evans will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Toll Highway Authority.* Evans has nearly 40 years of experience in strategic planning, operations, engineering, construction, large infrastructure projects, and major IT system implementations and has been in senior leadership for over 20 years. He is the former President of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, regulated natural gas utilities now owned by WEC Energy Group. Since retirement from Peoples Gas, Evans has been an energy and engineering consultant, serves as president of the Northwestern University Black Alumni Association and chairs the Chicago Commons board of directors and Skokie Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. He received his Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Northwestern University.

Jim Connolly will serve on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Toll Highway Authority.* Connolly has been a proud member of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (“LiUNA”) for over 48 years. He currently serves as the business manager of the Chicago & Vicinity Laborers’ District Council and has held that position since he was first elected in March 2000.  Connolly proudly serves and fights to improve the lives of the 20,000 men and women who comprise the membership of the District Council’s 15 affiliated LiUNA Locals. He has worked with all levels of government, including serving on an advisory panel charged with overseeing the potential privatization of Midway International Airport. Connolly strives to bring Labor and Management together to promote the industries represented by the members of the Laborers’ District Council and the signatory contractors who employ them.

Stephen L. Davis will serve on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Toll Highway Authority.* Davis is the Founder and Chairman of The Will Group, a firm overseeing several construction, manufacturing, technology,  lighting, and energy industry companies. Since 2010, The Will Group has been recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the country’s Top 100 Black businesses. Davis has a passion for economic development and has been an active member of Chicago’s business community for several decades. He currently serves as the Commissioner of Aviation (Board Chair) of the DuPage Airport Authority and on the boards of the Trust Company of Illinois, PMI Energy Solutions, and Inland Real Estate Trust, specifically on Inland’s Audit and Compensation committees. He is also a member of the Business Leadership Council’s executive committee and the Chicago Regional Growth Corporation’s board of directors. Davis is the founder of the Tuskegee Next Foundation, whose goal is to graduate 100 pilots from at-risk communities. As of August 2018, the program has successfully graduated 33 cadets and 27 licensed pilots. Stephen and his wife Tanya have raised 8 children. Davis received his bachelor’s degree in Transportation and Materials from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Alice Gallagher will serve on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Toll Highway Authority.* Gallagher has served as president of the Village of Western Springs since May 2017 after serving four years as a village trustee. Since becoming village president, she has served on the West Central Municipal Conference, as director of the executive committee, co-chair of the transportation committee and chair of the central council. Gallagher is an attorney by trade and served on the Western Springs School District 101 Board of Education. She received her Juris Doctor from the Seattle University School of Law and Bachelor of Arts from Miami University.

Karen McConnaughay will serve on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Toll Highway Authority.* McConnaughay served two terms as state senator of the 33rd District, where she was the Republican Minority Whip and the minority spokesperson for the Senate Transportation Committee. She also served on the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Executive Board and International Relations Task Force. Prior to her election to the state senate, McConnaughay served as the County Board Chairman of Kane County from 2004 to 2012 where she achieved remarkable fiscal success  by lowering spending and reducing the size of government while bolstering accountability, efficiency and transparency, resulting in significant bond rating increases. Under her leadership, Kane County invested in major expansion and upgrades of county bridge and road systems, public transportation, 911 public safety and criminal justice facilities.

Scott Paddock will serve on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Toll Highway Authority.* Paddock has more than 20 years of industry experience in sales, marketing and general management. Since 2011, he has served as the president of the Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway, the largest sports facility in the state of Illinois. In that role, he revamped their organizational structure, authoring strategic plan and cultural transformation to reposition enterprise for long-term success and year round relevance in the Chicago sports and entertainment landscape. Prior to joining Chicagoland Speedway, Paddock spent 12 years in marketing leadership positions at PepsiCo, including serving as the Director of Sports Marketing for Gatorade.  He also currently serves on the board of the Illinois Special Olympics, Silver Cross Health Systems, Will County Center for Economic Development and Chicago Sports Commission.  He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame.

Gary Perinar will serve on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Toll Highway Authority.* Perinar currently serves as executive secretary-treasurer for the over 30,000 members of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters. Perinar is a third-generation business representative of the union and a 40-year member of Carpenters Local 174 where he served his apprenticeship. At age 32, he became a full-time business representative and later an assistant to the president/EST. Perinar was twice elected as the second vice president of the Regional Council and has served under four ESTs. He has also served as a delegate for 25 years and held the position of trustee on various committees and boards including health and welfare and pension funds during this period. Perinar was the 2018 recipient of the esteemed George Meany Award which is a National Recognition by the Boy Scouts of America Pathway to Adventure Council. The award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the youth of the community.

Jim Sweeney will serve on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Toll Highway Authority.* Sweeney is the president-business manager of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150. He joined the union in 1978 and worked for contractors on sewer, slag, paving and deep tunnel projects. Since Sweeney joined Local 150 in 1987, the union’s membership doubled from less than 10,000 to more than 23,000. He has been president-business manager since 2008 and steered Local 150 through the recession while maintaining wage and benefit levels and implementing temporary healthcare subsidies and the Local 150 Food Bank to offer assistance to members in need. Sweeney served on the tollway board under Gov. Quinn from 2011 to 2015 where he advocated for the efficient modernization of the nation’s most advanced network of toll roads.

Meet Barbara R. Barreno-Paschall – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

#4- Barbara R. Barreno-Paschall

Targeting advocacy policies

Age: 34

Title: Senior Staff Attorney

Name of Organization:  Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

Attorney, Barbara Barreno-Paschall is a policy advocate on behalf of civil rights and racial equity in Chicago. She is also a Senior Staff Attorney with Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.

As a former associate at Sidley Austin LLP, Barbara worked in the Labor and Employment Group. In 2012 and 2014, she received Sidley’s Thomas H. Morsch Award for pro bono achievement in connection with asylum representation. She has also served as a representative on the firm’s Associate Diversity Council and as a member of the Associate Board of the Chicago Committee. Barbara was also an at large member of the Public Interest Law Initiative Alumni Network Leadership Council.

Currently, Barbara serves on the Board of Directors for PODER. She also serves as Secretary for Harvard Alumni for Global Women’s Empowerment Board and a board member for the Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference. In 2018, Barbara was elected to the Kenwood Academy Local School Council as a Community Representative. She was also named one of Chicago Scholars’ 35 Under 35 Making an Impact and was a Chicago Scholars mentor to Latino high school seniors in 2014-2017. Barbara was a 2016 Fellow with New Leaders Council and was selected to participate in competitive leadership training programs with the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership, the Latino Center for Leadership Development, and New American Leaders.

Barbara, daughter of an Ecuadorian immigrant, grew up in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of both Harvard College, Vanderbilt Law School, where she was the Executive Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and Chair of the National Latina/o Law Student Association. She has also attended the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, where she where she received a full scholarship and received a Masters of Public Policy. Barbara resides in Hyde Park with her husband and daughter.


Words of Wisdom:

“Do not take anything for granted and always show gratitude toward those who help you achieve your dreams. Take the time to mentor and support those who come after you.”

Meet Lizette Williams – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

#40 – Lizette Williams

Being culturally relevant

Age: 39

Title: Head of Cultural Engagement & Experiences

Name of Organization: McDonald’s USA, LLC

 

As the Head of Cultural Engagement & Experiences for McDonald’s Corporation, Lizette Williams is responsible for developing the vision and plan for the organization to be culturally-relevant by connecting with consumers through their passion points.  She manages the team that leads music, sports and entertainment strategies, national events and promotional strategy, and multicultural advertising.

Prior to her role at McDonald’s, Lizette served as Multicultural Marketing Leader, North America for Kimberly-Clark Corporation where she was responsible for driving the Company’s business objectives to win diverse audiences across the brands that encompass the $6 billion North America business, including Scott®, U by Kotex®, and Huggies®.

An industry pioneer, Lizette has provided expertise as a speaker at several conferences, including SXSW, Advertising Week and multiple Association of National Advertisers conferences. She is one of the foremost-awarded marketing executives in the field and was recently inducted into the American Advertising Federation Advertising Hall of Achievement.  She has been listed in Crain’s Chicago Business “40 under 40,” Advertising Age’s “Women to Watch,” and Black Enterprise “Top Women Executives in Advertising and Marketing.”

Lizette’s love of all things “culture” comes from being a born-and-raised New Yorker (and proud “Afro-Latina”,) though currently based in Chicago. She has recently served as the President of the Chicago Advertising Federation and also serves on the iHeartMedia Local Advisory Board.  Lizette has a passion for serving young people and women and as a result, has a countless number of mentees across the country. She spends her free time inspiring college students and has keynoted events at Northwestern University and Lincoln University as well as guest lectured classes at several other universities.

Lizette received her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She received her BA in Economics/ Political Science through a joint program with Columbia University in New York City and the London School of Economics.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“True courage is not the absence of fear; it is acting in spite of it.” – Mark Twain

Meet Jaclyn Vasquez – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

 

#39 – Jaclyn Vasquez

Child advocate connects communities to resources

Age: 39

Title: Associate Director

Name of Organization: Erikson Institute

Jaclyn is a passionate advocate for solutions that ensure young children and their families thrive.  

As a veteran early childhood educator in rural and urban Illinois communities including Streator, Oak Park, and Brighton Park in Chicago, Jaclyn witnessed first hand the critical importance of how a strong start in the early years sets children up for success in school and in life.  

Jaclyn is credited with expanding the scope of the highly regarded Child Parent Center model while she was the manager of the program at Chicago Public Schools. Her attention to facilitating connections between community resources and inclusion of families into the fabric of the centers led her to Erikson Institute where she is the current Associate Director of the Early Development Instrument (EDI).  Jaclyn works with community stakeholders across Illinois to use data on child well being to identify strengths and needs of communities, promote equitable distribution and alignment of resources, and foster better coordination across child and family-serving systems.

She is committed to supporting Illinois leaders by deepening their knowledge around early childhood policy development using a racial equity lens through serving as a coach for the Early Childhood Leadership Academy of Erikson Institute.  Jaclyn also lends her expertise to Christopher House’s Education Council in Chicago. She holds a master’s of science in literacy education and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education with a concentration in special education and dual endorsements in English as a Second Language (ESL) and bilingual education from Northern Illinois University. She is currently completing her doctoral degree in educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“In order to make real change in our communities we must bring the “grass roots” and “grass tops” around the table to develop a shared vision and use precise data to align systems and develop policies that work for children and families.”

Meet Amanda Trinidad – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#38 – Amanda Trinidad

Executing change in engagement and development

Age: 36

Title: HR Project Manager

Name of Organization: BMO Harris Bank

 

Amanda is part of BMO’s Strategic Initiatives team, responsible for executing the people strategy in alignment with the business goals for Commercial, Personal & Business Banking. In this role she has built a strong reputation as a champion for employee engagement and developing talent.

In her more than 10-year tenure at BMO, Amanda has held roles in Asset Management, Commercial Banking and Human Resource. She has led the charge on creating and launching an Onboarding Tool which streamlined our onboarding processes and improved the candidate experience for BMO’s retail business. She was the force behind BMO’s HR “Giving Back Raffle/Auction”, which resulted in over $3,000 contributed to the Cara Program & Hunger Task Force.

Amanda leads the charge to give back, at work and her community, through her leadership and coordination of annual school supply drives, toy drives to provide holiday gifts to children or assisting with fundraising and soliciting in-kind donations for the annual Faces of Hope Gala in support of the Association House of Chicago where Amanda has been an Auxiliary Board member for the past 4 years.

In recognition of her commitment to fostering inclusivity at the bank, Amanda was appointed to Chair BMO’s Latino Alliance Chicago Chapter. Prior to this appointment, Amanda led Member Engagement & Events for 5 years coordinating the ERG’s Hispanic Heritage Month signature events and fundraising for the BMO Latino Alliance Scholarship Fund that sponsors two students’ full scholarships each year.

Amanda has also organized and executed seven annual fundraisers for Junior Achievement of Chicago, an organization that inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy, raising $150,000.

Amanda holds an MBA from Purdue University and a BS in Technical Management from DeVry University. In her free time, she can be found watching her 5 & 7-year-old nephews’ soccer games, or mentoring undergraduate students at Purdue University.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Figure out what your purpose in this life is, and go confidently in the direction of fulfilling that purpose every single day. For me, it’s always been to lend a helping hand for our community and the next generation.”

Meet Jose A. Suarez – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#37 – Jose A. Suarez

Lending a hand for disadvantaged clients

Age: 37

Title: Risk Management Consultant

Name of Organization: Assurance Agency

 

Jose specializes in property and casualty insurance with a focus on construction, real estate and manufacturing companies. Prior to Assurance, he worked at one of the largest insurance companies in North America where he helped develop insurance programs companies with international exposures.

Jose’s career originally began in immigration law as a paralegal. He worked primarily with the Latino community to help undocumented immigrants obtain legal status in the US. Through these efforts, he developed the language, skills and mindset to interact with a vast array of personalities and excelled in interpreting and translating legal and policy documents.

With over 14 years of experience in insurance, he continues to work closely with clients to fully understand their specific needs. Jose’s specialty works with Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) certified companies.

Born in the Humboldt Park area, he would be the first in his family to graduate from college and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell College majoring in Political Science and Ethnic Studies with a minor in Religion.

Jose strongly believes in giving back to the community and serves on the board of the Norwegian American Hospital Foundation, Ensemble Español, is the Vice-Chair of the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement and is actively involved with the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA) and the Residential Home Builders Alliance (RHBA). Jose is also designated as a construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS), Associate in General Insurance (AINS) and Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS).

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Being a great leader means being fearless in the face of adversity, ridicule, oppression and sometimes going against the consensus so that justice, equality and fairness can prevail.”

Meet LeShonne W. Segura – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

 

#36 – LeShonne W. Segura

Investing in Chicago’s principals to lead great schools.

Age: 31

Title: Manager, Program Investments

Name of Organization: The Chicago Public Education Fund

 

LeShonne currently serves as the Manager, of Program Investments at the Chicago Public Education Fund. There, she is responsible for The Fund’s in-role supports programs, which includes managing The Summer Design Program, Professional Learning Communities and other principal professional development efforts designed to improve public school performance across Chicago.

Prior to The Fund, LeShonne served as an administrator with more than 10 years of combined nonprofit, teaching, and school leadership experience. She began her teaching career with Teach For America as the Director of College Counseling in the Noble Network of Charter Schools. Most recently, she served as an Education Pioneer at New Schools for Chicago, and she was responsible for launching community engagement and advocacy work as the founding Director of Family and Community Engagement at Rowe Elementary School.

Passionate about urban education, LeShonne serves on the Noble Alumni Association Board, her alma mater. She is also a Chicago native and an alumna of Chicago Public Schools. She is a graduate of Amherst College in Massachusetts and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and has also received a Masters in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education.

In her free time, LeShonne enjoys exercising, reading, traveling, and exploring new restaurants with husband, Adrian, the Director of City Affairs at Illinois Network of Charter Schools, and their daughter, Amelie.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Too often students of color hear ‘education is your ticket out.’ I challenge us to flip it. Education is your ticket into freedom, wealth and power.”

Meet Karina Sanchez – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#35 –Karina Sanchez

Mentoring the next generation of leaders

Age: 26

Title: Diversity & Inclusion Associate

Name of Organization: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Karina is a Diversity & Inclusion Associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (FRBC) where she helps cultivate a culture of inclusivity and belonging through her leadership and oversight of the Bank’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). This past year, she served on the committee that lead the Bank’s first Future Leaders Program, a conference that raised awareness among high school/college students about the various opportunities in the Technology (IT)/Information Security (IS) space.

She holds an M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Roosevelt University and a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Women & Gender Studies from Loyola University Chicago (Go Ramblers!).

Her passion for D&I started at her Alma Mater where she was a student leader for underrepresented students under the Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Office. At Loyola, she was also involved in other leadership positions including the VP of the Latino Organization and a Residence Assistant.

As a daughter of immigrants and a first-generation college graduate, Karina understands the value of mentorship, access, and representation. She is very engaged in the community and shares her story of resilience in hopes of sparking inspiration in others. She serves as the Executive Vice President for Prospanica Chicago, sits on the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement’s Young Professionals Board as the Professional Development Co-Chair, and serves on the Illinois Diversity Council as the Secretary and Young Professional Liaison where she is developing a resource group for millennials.

Outside of work and volunteering, Karina enjoys cooking vegan food, hanging out with friends, and practicing self-care.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“There is power in being vulnerable and sharing your story with the world.”

Meet David Romero – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

#34 – David Romero

Taking the lead to effectiveness

Age: 33

Title: Manager, Diversity & Inclusion

Name of Organization: United Airlines

David Romero, a Chicago native and U.S. Army veteran, is a Diversity & Inclusion Manager for United Airlines, where he is responsible for managing many of United’s diversity-focused national sponsorships and talent strategies.

Prior to United, David spent several years in the U.S. Army as an Infantry Officer, reaching the rank of Captain. He has extensive leadership experience, having led units of up to 200 Soldiers both in the United States and in international conflict zones. While deployed overseas, he gained extensive international experience as a part of NATO and working with the United Nations during peacekeeping operations in Kosovo.

David is a graduate of the U.S. Army Basic Officer Leader Course, Infantry Officer School, Airborne School, and Air Assault School. He also has several years of experience in corporate, working for Accenture, KPMG, and W.W. Grainger, in human resources, with a focus in leadership, talent, and organizational effectiveness.

David has attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and DePaul University, where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees. He holds his Professional in Human Resources Certification from HRCI as well as his Certification in Project Management from Northwestern University. Having a strong passion for continuous learning, he is currently attending Northwestern University working towards a Certification in Communications and Business Writing.

David currently serves as the Co-Chair of Professional Development for the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement’s Young Professionals Board and is actively involved in the Hispanic Community on a local and national level.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Enjoy the moment but also be restless, with your eye always on a goal you are striving to obtain.”

Meet Luis Roman – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#33 – Luis Roman

Human and civil rights advocate

Age: 29

Title: Program Manager for the Community Health Initiative

Name of Organization:  The J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation

Luis is the Program Manager for the Community Health Initiative at the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation. There, Luis supports initiatives to reduce the health barriers and improve the quality of lives for all Illinoisans, and manages the Foundation’s commitment to human and civil rights.

In his previous role, Luis served as the Policy Director for the City of Chicago’s Office of the City Clerk where he assisted the community-driven policy initiatives to improve the lives of all Chicago residents. Luis managed some of the efforts to develop the Chicago municipal ID program, CityKey and helped launch the citywide Status of Women and Girls Working Group.

Luis’ commitment to social justice and equity stem out of his own personal experiences as an immigrant, a son of working-class parents and a member of the LGBTQ community. He was introduced to activism shortly after coming out, when he led his school’s Gay-Straight-Alliance and immediately began advocating for statewide anti-bullying legislation and an inclusive educational curriculum. He continued this path as an undergraduate student-activist at UCLA and was awarded the Ezekiel “Zeke” Webber Leadership in Activism and Education Award, and received the Chancellor’s Service Award.

An AmeriCorps program with the Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Right’s and Lambda Legal brought Luis to Chicago and he continues to be a leader in the LGBTQ and Latino community. As a Board Member for the Association of Latina/os Motivating Action (ALMA), he leads the education and advocacy efforts for the organization.

Luis has also participated in the Latino Policy Forum’s Multicultural Leadership Academy, the New Leaders Council Institute, and the Young Nonprofit Professional Network’s Launchpad Fellowship. In 2013, The Windy City Times recognized Luis as a 30 under 30 outstanding LGBTQ leaders.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“For many, this work is a passion of love and family. For me, I had to reimagine what love could be. And that is our power: the ability to disrupt and rebuild, to dream and create.”

Meet Jessica Rodriguez – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

#32 – Jessica Rodriguez

Non-profit fundraising and development master

Age: 34

Title: Associate Director of Development

Name of Organization: La Casa Norte 

 

Jessica Rodriguez, 34, is an Associate Director of Development at La Casa Norte (LCN). She brings over nine years of grass root non-profit fundraising and development to the table.

In her current role, Jessica oversees aspects of fundraising, special events, communications and grant writing. She is also responsible for managing the organization’s $5.2M budget and was a strategic partner in closing LCN’s largest capital campaign, helping raise $6M, resulting in the build of a new $20M facility to accommodate the organization’s growing service to the community.

Jessica is also passionate about addressing the complexities of homelessness, cultivating community accountability and ensuring future leaders have accessible mentorship. She is committed leader who believes serving the needs of others by building trusting relationships that lead to a healthy community. She co-launched the Next Generation Board at La Casa Norte, helping raise more than $15K in new revenue.

Her mission to make a difference in the community and help those who seek refuge goes beyond La Casa Norte as she also volunteers for the National Runaway Safeline (NRS), the national runaway and homeless crisis hotline and online service in the United States. She has served on their Associate Board since January 2018. In addition to serving a community of youth and families in crisis, Jessica also values the empowerment of young women as she serves on the Young Women’s Giving Council, an extension of the Chicago Foundation for Women.

Jessica’s dedication to her work, her community, is not simply a passion, but a way of life that depends heavily on the actions people take to make the difference in the community on the front lines. Jessica leads this mission with empathy, courage and loyalty as she explains.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“You have to show up every day, for the youth, for the families, for your team, for your colleagues…but most importantly, for yourself.”

Meet JuanPablo Prieto – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#31 – JuanPablo Prieto

Lending a hand for small business development

Age: 33

Title: Senior Manager of Diversity Programs

Name of Organization: Chicago Transit Authority

JuanPablo Prieto currently serves as the Senior Manager of Diversity Programs and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Liaison Officer for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).

He is responsible for managing the CTA’s Diversity Programs Department, which oversees the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Labor Compliance, and Workforce Initiatives Programs. He and his team are responsible for certifying DBE firms, connecting DBE firms with potential prime contractors, monitoring contracts totaling over $5 billion, and connecting job seekers with employment opportunities on CTA construction projects.

JuanPablo also has a passion for providing resources and tools to small businesses for growth and development.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University and resides on the north side of Chicago with his family.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“If this isn’t as good as it gets, what does better look like” – Dr. Russ Rogers

Meet Aaron Ortiz – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#30 – Aaron Ortiz

Legislating goals in teens

Age: 27

Title: State Representative

Name of Organization: State of Illinois

Aaron is a full-time state legislator and youngest member of the 101st Illinois General Assembly. He was born in 1991 in Chicago to immigrant parents from Durango, Mexico.

Formerly an educator at Chicago Public Schools, Aaron was a member of the Chicago Teachers Union and a member of the Local School Council.  

Aaron is a first generation college graduate. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he received a B.A. in Urban Planning in 2013. During Aaron’s time in college he began to think about how important government and community development was within his community.

Aaron is also a parishioner of St. Clare of Montefalco Church. He is a homeowner and lifelong resident of Gage Park and attended Nightingale Elementary and Brother Rice High School. Aaron is also a volunteer high school soccer coach. His experiences as a young student have guided him in his work helping students at Back of the Yards high school think about their post-graduation future.

Words of Wisdom:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Meet Laura Muller – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

#29 -Laura Muller

Influencing for a kinder space

Age: 38

Title: Founder

Name of Organization: Las Recetas de Laura

 

Radio Claret America news anchor and journalist, Laura is also a mom of two boys, two cats and a husband. Her mission is to show a real face of motherhood, while also sharing information, healthy recipes to enjoy, as a family and keeping loved ones healthy.

As an influencer Laura has opportunities to share the value of maintaining Hispanic roots by raising bilingual and bicultural families to promote family values and being united. Laura also shares her life with more than 1.7 Million people via her social media channels.

As a target of bullying for being overweight as a child, Laura launched her YouTube channel in 2011 where she talked openly about dealing with being overweight, her personal fight to stay healthy and her experiences of being bullied, in hopes to help parents whose kids were being bullied.

Laura’s healthy recipes program has taken her to Washington, D.C., with the Partnership for a Healthier America, with Michelle Obama. She has also been a speaker for a Disney Princess conference in California and realized a dream when she gave speeches and cooking classes at the Mexico City Convention Center.

Laura has worked with Walmart, Gerber, Barilla, Dole, Disney and many other brands. She works with Radio Claret America, the Claretian Missionaries of the United States and Canada, sharing sensitive information in Spanish as well as radio programs focused on self-esteem and spiritual growth.

She considers herself a citizen of the world and has had had the opportunity to live in Mexico, Brazil, the US and New Zealand. Those experiences have also allowed Laura to become multicultural and trilingual.

Laura has a degree in Communications with a postgraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Canterbury. She is a published author of, “Urban Roulette” and “Healthy Recipes”. She’s also had post-graduate studies in Right to Information, by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and in Domestic Violence and Gender Equity by UNAM.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Your worst defect could become your best ally. Remember that la familia es primero over any success, money or opportunities, at the end the most important is what waits at home.”

Meet Paul Morgan – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

#28 –Paul Morgan

Artistic expression and identity empowerment

Age: 34

Title: Executive Director

Name of Organization: Ignition Community Glass

Paul is committed to providing youth with access to a high quality and progressive education, artistic expression and identity empowerment.

Prior to his current position as Executive Director of Ignition Community Glass, Paul served as the Director of Programs and Innovation for the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund where he oversaw their core academic enrichment programing. Prior to that, Paul spent five years working as a Graduate level Instructor for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where he taught research writing and psychology courses in the Forensic Psychology Master’s program.

Paul also worked for the Office of Minority Student Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he counseled low-income, first generation college students whom, like him, wanted an opportunity to achieve an ambitious future.

Paul received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign while simultaneously serving six years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve to include a combat deployment to Fallujah, Iraq in 2006.

Paul has been presented with the Chicago Youth Center Adult Achievement Award, the Hoyman Professional Education Award from the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois, and the Outstanding Educator Award from the Network of Hispanic Administrators in Education. Paul is a recent graduate of the Chicago Surge Institute Fellowship and was a recipient of the 2018 Chicago 35 under 35 award for community and social impact.

In his spare time Paul enjoys being a mentor, community organizer, and co-founder of the Chicago Doberman Club, which he, his wife Maral Zonooz, and Doberman Skylar, run as a family.

Paul serves as the Co-Chair of Chicago Youth Centers’ Auxiliary Board, which provides high quality innovative early childhood and out-of-school programming to youth in Chicago’s most divested communities.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Root down and rise up. Ascend to the brilliance that has been bestowed upon you by your ancestors and never turn down an opportunity to uplift others.”

Meet Mike Moreno – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#27 – Mike Moreno

Education in spirits

Age: 27

Title: Co-Owner & Director of Craft Sales

Name of Organization: Moreno’s LIquors

 

Mike is the vice-president of Moreno’s Liquors in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. His lifelong pursuit has always been to manage and help grow his family business, a staple in the community for over 41yrs.

Mike graduated with a degree in business management & entrepreneurial studies from DePaul University. He began working full-time at the store in 2014. During this period, he worked on the branding and marketing of the store, helping to create the largest and niche selection of craft beer and spirits on the south side of Chicago.

Over the years Mike’s efforts has put Moreno’s Liquors on the map as one of the largest retailers of Tequila, Mezcal & Latin spirits in the nation and has been recognized in DNA Info, Chicago Sun-times, Chicago Tribune and Beverage Dynamics.

Despite all this, Mike’s entrepreneurial endeavors didn’t stop there. In 2015, he went on to start a small brokerage firm, focused on marketing and importing spirits into Illinois. During this same period, Mike also began getting heavily involved in local politics, and currently sits as Chairman of the SSA #25 (City of Chicago Special Service Area) for the Little Village Community. Over the years Mike has also devoted time to Esperanza, Junior Achievements & Global Brigades.

As his entrepreneurial endeavors move forward, Mike has begun construction on a community craft bar, Osito’s Tap. It will be attached to Moreno’s Liquors and focused on craft beer, spirits and cocktails.

He plans to use the space to not only bring educational seminars on the products that he sells, but to also raise awareness on the culture the Little Village Community has to offer.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars” -Harriet Tubman

Meet Juan Morado Jr. – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

#26 – Juan Morado Jr.

Legal & Policy Advisor to Healthcare Industry

Age: 37

Title:  Of Counsel

Name of Organization: Benesch Law

Juan Morado Jr. serves as the 23rd President of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois. He joined Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP, as Counsel in the health care practice group in 2017.

At Benesch, Juan serves as a health care regulatory and policy attorney. He advises hospitals, health systems, physician groups, consulting firms, pharmacies, and other clients to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

Prior to joining Benesch, Juan served as General Counsel and Ethics Officer to the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board (HFSRB). Juan also served in Governor Pat Quinn’s administration from 2013-2015.

Juan also served as an advisor on economic development and employment issues facing the Latino community in Illinois. Governor Quinn appointed him to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Board (CMAP) and he was the Governor’s representative on the National Governor’s Association policy academy on public-private partnerships.

Before joining the Governor’s office, Juan served as an Assistant General Counsel for the HFSRB from 2011-2013. He began his legal career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago.

Juan was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to serve as Commissioner to the Illinois Medical District Commission and he was subsequently elected by his colleagues to serve as Vice-President. He is the Region IX Deputy President for Programming for the Hispanic National Bar Association. 

Juan’s other civic engagements include serving as a Board Director for the Medical Organization of Latino Advancement, Vice-Chair of ASPIRA Inc. of Illinois, Board Director for the We CAN Achieve Foundation, and he is a member of the Teatro Vista Honorary Board and the National Mexican Fine Arts Auxiliary Board. He is also an active member of the American Health Law Attorney Association, Illinois Association of Health Law Attorneys, and the Chicago Bar Association.

Juan received a Bachelor of Arts in History with a Minor in American Political Systems from DePaul University and a Juris Doctor from Chicago Kent-College of Law. He is a lifelong Chicagoan. Juan and his wife Alice, raise their two children on the city’s north side.

Words of Wisdom:

“Value your relationships,  stay informed, and always lend a hand.”

Meet Maureen Montiel- Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

#25 – Maureen Montiel

Seattle to Chicago leader

Age: 27

Title: Project Engineer

Name of Organization: ASI Services

Project Engineer of ASI, Chicago, Maureen Montiel, originally from Seattle, Washington, moved to Chicago in 2017, when her father required emergency open-heart surgery and months of cardiovascular rehabilitation. She decided to become a resident of Chicago to provide support to her father during his long recovery phase.

Maureen holds a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from Washington State University. During her time as a student in WSU she was a STEM student mentor for the Team Mentoring Program. She helped ten student-mentees obtain science and engineering research positions at WSU through the Boeing Cybergrant Scholarship.

Maureen became a spokesperson for future funding of the Team Mentoring Program. In addition, she created a mentoring program within her major to help students connect and support each other throughout the program.

Before moving to Chicago, Maureen volunteered at an elementary school in the Seattle Public School District to engage young girls in science and engineering and educate them to build robots using LEGO pieces. She was a clinic volunteer at APROQUEN Hospital in Nicaragua where she assisted children, suffering from burn injuries, in light physical therapy and wound care to prevent long term effects and malformations.

During college, Maureen and her engineering team founded the Gauntlet Orthotics and Prosthetics Company. Her team worked specifically in re-designing the Ponseti brace, used for treating clubfoot in infants, using 3-D printing and recycled materials.

Since moving to Chicago, Maureen has helped ASI with the launch of the Remote Patient Monitoring program and the first inaugural ASI Elevating Home Care to the Next Level Conference. She has a strong passion for mentoring others and hopes to continue leading others to success.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” – Albert Einstein

Meet Monse Moreno – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#24 – Monse Moreno

Tech marketer empowering businesses and communities

Age: 32

Title: Agency Marketing Manager, Global Business Marketing

Name of Organization: Facebook, Inc.

 

Monse serves as the North America agency marketing manager for Facebook’s Global Business Marketing organization across the Facebook family of apps and services.

In her current role, Monse leads one of Facebook’s largest advocacy program, Agency Women’s Leadership Day, along with product education marketing programs in North America. In her tenure at Facebook, her remit has also included overseeing multicultural audience marketing.

Before to Facebook, Monse worked in B2B multicultural marketing and sales development at Pandora.  Prior to Pandora, she launched her career in multicultural media at Tapestry, part of Starcom, where she fast tracked to success on the Procter & Gamble account as a strategist and media buyer and also worked on the Samsung, Kellogg’s and Darden businesses.

Monse is also dedicated to giving back to the Latino community. At Facebook she launched the Latin@FBCHI Latino employee resource group in 2017, and most recently she started an initiative called ‘Latinos in Tech Chicago,’ with the objective of creating community amongst Latinos who work across the various aspects of tech in Chicago including business, technical, entrepreneurial and education.

Monse is an active youth mentor and speaker for the Fig Factor Foundation, which focuses on young Latina leaders. She has long volunteered and fundraised for various organizations; the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation, High Jump, Spark, and My Block My Hood My City and continues to share her passion for work she loves, the importance of work ethic and higher education to underrepresented minorities.

Monse lives outside of the city with her husband Gus, and dogs, Amelio Bajelio and Scully. She also loves traveling the world, talking about personal finance, and Edwardian British dramas.

Words of Wisdom:

“The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive.” –  J.K. Rowling

Meet Henry Montoya – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

#23 – Henry Montoya

From the classroom to boardroom

Age: 37

Title: Director of Operations

Name of Organization: ALPFA – Chicago Chapter

Henry is a Peruvian immigrant, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 7 years, living in Japan, Quantico, and Puerto Rico, before returning to Chicago where he grew up. He graduated from DePaul University, with a B.S. in Commerce, with a concentration in Operations Management.

Like most Veterans, Henry explored various careers before finding a personality fit in Marketing, Sales, Marketing Automation, and Salesforce Administration.  His passion, however, was volunteering, and from early in his career he joined the board of directors of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America.  Henry served as an ALPFA board member and volunteer since 2009, until he ultimately found a calling to join ALPFA as a staff member in 2018, choosing to devote his full time and attention to executing ALPFA’s mission of empowering Latino Leaders of character, in every sector of the economy.  As a national ALPFA staff member and leader, Henry is proud to every day get to help build a pipeline of Latino leaders from college classrooms to boardrooms, and in continuously finding ways in which ALPFA can help develop true leaders across its 6 pillars: Domain Competency, Social Engagement, Community Engagement, Wealth Creation, Health and Wellness, and Entrepreneurship /Intrapreneurship.  He gets the most joy in his work when he sees ALPFA’s Latino leaders excel and be recognized throughout the United States.

Henry lives in the Albany Park neighborhood, and in his spare time enjoys dancing, and reading books on entrepreneurship, personal self-development and leadership.

Words of Wisdom:

“A transformational goal requires continuous attention. Waking up to the big vision. Tracking and reflecting on the activities, pivoting where needed. Consulting from other big thinkers and injecting your enthusiasm!”

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Meet Carlos Montoya – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#22 –Carlos Montoya

Charge against discrimination in banking

Age: 38

Title: Vice President & Assistant General Counsel

Name of Organization:  JPMorgan Chase

 

Carlos Montoya is currently a Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for JPMorgan Chase & Co. where he conducts investigations of employee discrimination and harassment claims, and represents the company in employment discrimination charge and litigation matters.

Carlos is also a Supervising Clinical Attorney and an adjunct instructor at The John Marshall Law School’s Family Law & Domestic Violence Clinic, where he instructs law students and advises in the areas of employment protections and crime victim compensation for domestic violence victims.

He began his legal career in local and state government, serving as a Municipal Prosecutor and a Compliance Officer for the City of Chicago, and subsequently as an Assistant Attorney General in the Crime Victims Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.

Carlos remains an active participant in public service, and currently serves as a mayoral appointed Police and Fire Commissioner for the Village of Flossmoor, a south suburb of Chicago. He also devotes substantial time to pro bono legal representation each year, including service as a volunteer attorney for the National Immigrant Justice Center and Legal Aid Chicago (formerly LAF), where he is also an executive member of the organization’s Young Professionals Board.

Carlos is dedicated to supporting the next generation of diverse leaders, and has previously served on the University of Illinois Latina/Latino Alumni Association Board of Directors and on MALDEF’s Law School Scholarship Committee. Carlos holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a Juris Doctor from the DePaul University College of Law. He received an honorable discharge after eight years of service in the United States Navy Reserve.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Your legacy will be defined by the work you did to help those in need. I urge you to volunteer, serve, and engage. We can all do a little more.”

Meet Lorena Mesa – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#21 –Lorena Mesa

Coding to transform Latinx

Age: 31

Title: Data Engineer

Name of Organization: GitHub

Lorena Mesa is a political scientist turned coder.  She is a Data Engineer on GitHub’s software intelligence systems team, Director on the Python Software Foundation, and co-organizer for PyLadies Chicago.

Lorena’s time at Obama for America and her subsequent graduate research required her to learn how to transform messy, incomplete data into intelligible analysis on topics like predicting Latinx voter behavior. It’s this unique background in research and applied mathematics that drove Lorena to pursue a career in engineering and data science.

In Lorena’s role as International Director at the Python Software Foundation, she supports and facilitates the growth of a diverse and international community of Python programmers and travels internationally to keynote at Python conferences.

Lorena was named to the Crain’s Chicago Business list of “20 in their 20’s” and “Crains Tech 50”.

Lorena holds a Bachelors from Northwestern University and a Masters from University of Illinois-Chicago.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“If my journey has taught me anything it is to try challenge your ideas, your worldview. Explore. Fail! Failure is the next step your best, most unexpected and exciting adventure.”

Meet Lizzette Medina – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#20 – Lizzette Medina

A growing enterprise

Age: 39

Title: President & Chief Executive Officer

Name of Organization: Lizzette Medina & Co.

 

Lizzette knows landscaping.  For nearly 20 years she worked alongside her father and says his leadership, values, and principles helped shape who she is today. In 2011, Lizzette started her own company, focusing on the public sector, and has led its growth to new heights. The firm has obtained municipal, state and federal contracts and is certified as a Minority Business Enterprise, Women-Owned Business Enterprise and State of Illinois Business Enterprise.

Last spring, Lizzette contributed the firm’s time and talents to the Chicago Flower & Garden Show where her team installed the landscape and floral design for “Emerald City,” a walkable garden inspired by the Wizard of Oz. Producers of the show have expressed that it was one of the most-photographed gardens of the 2018 show.

Lizzette believes that education is key for her firm’s future as well as the ever-evolving landscape industry.  For this reason, she actively seeks educational programs that challenge her and her team to improve their skills and learn new developments. “This industry encompasses so much more than entry-level responsibilities,” she says. “It takes knowledge, skill, and expertise to build a strong foundation that will positively impact our employees, communities, and environment.”

Lizzette is a graduate of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Coaching 4 Growth, a program in partnership with the Illinois Tollway.  Lizzette describes this as an incredible experience, one that has led the firm to recently be awarded contracts with the Tollway. The experience, partnerships, and connections she gained there are helping prepare the company to tap into new markets where she will create more job opportunities and take the company to a new level.

Lizzette is a 2002 graduate of East-West University, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Management and Operations. She’s also currently an intern of the U of I Extension Master Gardener Program, where she will further develop her passion and dedication to the landscape industry.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“You’re only as good as your team.”

Meet Luchy Manjarrés Cohen – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#19 – Luchy Manjarrés Cohen

Melding fashion and art

Age: 34

Title: Creative Director & Owner

Name of Organization: Sorelle Boutique, Salon & Spa

 

Luchy Manjarres Cohen launched clothing brand, LUCHY DESIGNS, which aims to meld fashion and art through a bold line of exclusive handcrafted jackets which she combines a variety of textile materials and precious stones with paintings.

Luchy Designs has been showcased on the runway in 2018, supporting the Live Out Loud Charity and the Latino Fashion Show. Luchy’s self-made attitude keeps her colorfully engaged audience connected to empowering women’s freedom of expression.

Former Studio Art and Art Theory graduate, from her hometown in Barranquilla, Colombia, Luchy’s admiration for landscape painting has transformed itself into a palette of innovation. After receiving her BA in Psychology, Luchy’s mission progressed to serve others by helping them to discover their highest potential.

Chicago is Luchy’s stomping grounds from which she bore her dream in 2011 and opened Sorelle Boutique, Salon and Spa. The spa offers the latest beauty trends such as dipping powder manicures, seamless balayage hair color transformations, ultrasound facial peels, and microblading.  

As for her wildly talented team of professionals and her risk-taking clients, Luchy feels blessed to learn from them and continuously works with their needs and eclectic passions to ensure that her business grows into a landscape of opportunity for everyone.

Luchy has participated in Chicago Fashion Fest, Do Division, Hair Wars and hosting several fashion and beauty events where Sorelle’s successful in the Wicker Park community continues to thrive.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Being an entrepreneur is a lot like the composition of a rainbow. You need the sunlight and the storms in order to display your true colors. You will face challenges, yet also witness luminous success.”

Meet Corey Jones – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#18 – Corey Jones

Maximizing the in-person experience

Age: 28

Title: Sr. Manager of Experiences

Name of Organization: Forbes Councils

 

Corey is the Sr. Manager of Experiences at Forbes Councils, an invitation-only organization for successful executives and entrepreneurs. His role is to plan and execute curated experiences to maximize in-person connections amongst the community.

Corey grew up in New York and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, at St. Francis College in Brooklyn.  He later went to earn his MBA at Monroe College’s King Graduate School. He also interned at Moncler, a luxury Italian apparel manufacturer and lifestyle brand, as a Wholesale and Event Production Intern, which sparked his interest in events. He has planned events held during conferences, retreats, as well as professional and community events.

He previously worked as an Event Sales Manager at, Loews and Hilton Hotels, where he oversaw and managed key corporate & pharmaceutical accounts.

Corey is committed to growing an engaged and supportive community of individuals where the goal is to solve problems and grow their businesses.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and trying new restaurants.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Whether it’s in your personal or professional life, I truly believe that you should embody what it means to be apart of a community. There is always someone that can relate to your experiences and can offer a helping hand.”

Meet Anthony Hodes – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#17 – Anthony Hodes

Thriving in commercial real estate

Age: 30

Title: Managing Partner

Name of Organization: H.A.S.E.

 

Anthony Hodes grew-up on the north side of Chicago to a Jewish father and a Cuban mother. Anthony’s mother, Maria, immigrated to the US as part of Operation Pedro Pan in 1961. The impact of her refugee experience and her dedication to the Chicago Latino community played a significant role in Anthony’s appreciation for the community growing up.  

Anthony attended the University of Michigan where he majored in History and was active in various Latino student organizations. He also felt obliged to assist incoming Latino students transition and acclimate to the university settings.

After graduating from the University of Michigan, Anthony began his career in commercial real estate and worked for a private equity firm in southeastern Florida.

Anthony returned to Chicago where he continued working in commercial real estate. He worked at Related Midwest before starting his own company in October of 2017. As HASE companies began purchasing workforce housing in the Bridgeport neighborhood and has since branched out to student housing, Anthony’s goal was to become an active force in ground-up development and workforce housing acquisitions outside of Chicago.

 

Anthony continues to stay active in the Latino community through his participation as a Trustee of the National Museum of Mexican Art.    

 

Words of Wisdom:

“My experience as a board member of the National Museum of Mexican art has reinforced my belief in the power of the Latino community in Chicago.”

Meet Daniel R. Hernandez – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#16 – Daniel R. Hernandez

Fighting for the underdogs

Age: 29

Title: Managing Attorney

Name of Organization: The Attorneys at Walczak Hernandez, P.C.

 

Daniel, age 29, is the Founder and Managing Attorney at The Attorneys at Walczak Hernandez, P.C.

As an advocate and legal counsel, Daniel assists families in transition through family court proceedings. He is regularly appointed by Circuit Court judges to advocate on behalf of children as Guardian Ad Litem and Child Representative. Daniel also advocates on behalf of victims of domestic violence and assists homebuyers and sellers through real estate transactions.

In addition to his legal practice, Daniel serves as the Chair of the LGBT 6 Committee at the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois where he leads the efforts on behalf of the LGBT Latino Lawyers to participate in the Aurora Pride Parade. Daniel also serves as the Communications Chair of the LGBT Division at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Daniel received his Bachelor of Health Services Administration from Florida International University in Miami, FL and his Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School. He is a member of the American Bar Association and serves as Vice-Chair on the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee of the Young Lawyers Division. He is also a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association where he serves as the Communications Chair of the LGBT Division.

In 2018, he Co-Chaired the HNBA LGBT Division’s Annual LGBT Summit, bringing together panelist from across the nation to discuss issues affecting the LGBT Community. Daniel has appeared on panels for NBCUniversal, Comcast, and Northwestern University.

Daniel is a Board Member at Between Friends, a Chicago nonprofit agency that provides free social services to victims of Domestic Violence.

In his spare time, Daniel volunteers for Gigi’s Playhouse and Between Friends, a nonprofit committed to ending domestic violence.  He also enjoys spending time with family, boxing, and participating in intramural sports.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“We live in a world of judgment that creates fear within us. However, love crushes fear. One must love themselves, their ideas, and their passions. For when you love you, you reach the ultimate success.”

Meet Ozzie Guillen Jr. – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#15 – Ozzie Guillen Jr.

The eclectic professional

Age: 34

Title: Systems Executive

Name of Organization: TCA Ent./ Cisco

Ozzie Guillen Jr., is a cross-industry professional, having co-founded TCA Entertainment Group, a boutique sports and entertainment business consulting group. He also serves as Program Manager, for Cisco Systems CX Incubation-IOT & Smart Cities.  

His professional strengths are strategy, project management, customer engagement business development, and business consulting.

Ozzie has a Bachelor’s in Sports Entertainment and Management from Columbia College Chicago and an MBA from Roosevelt University. He is an ALPFA Chicago Board Member, Healthcare Alternative Systems Board Member, and President of the Ozzie Guillen Foundation.

Ozzie is married to Sarah Guillen and they have a daughter, Adela Margot. Ozzie loves to spend time with his family and loves anything baseball and golf.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Que a pesar de los problemas familia es familia. Y cariño es cariño.”- Ruben Blades”

Meet Teresa Gonzalez Swinton – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#14 – Teresa Gonzalez Swinton

Breaking the stereotypes

Age: 37

Title: Senior Sales Director

Name of Organization: Bing Advertising Sales at Microsoft

 

Teresa is a Senior Sales Director at Microsoft, where she leads a team that manages some of the largest customers in the Central Region.  In her role, Teresa has earned several Microsoft “Manager of the Year” awards.

Teresa is a digital marketing veteran with experience delivering integrated branding and direct response solutions across the retail, healthcare, tech, and auto industries. She is a dedicated sales leader with a proven track record of guiding her teams to business success.

With a passion for diversity and inclusion Teresa is committed to breaking stereotypes and supporting women. She is a leader in Microsoft’s Central region of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the industry. Teresa is the Executive Sponsor for the Chicago chapter of HOLA, Microsoft’s Hispanic/LatinX employee group).  She is a frequent panelist on D&I issues and has been nominated for a national ADCOLOR award, which celebrates and champions diversity in the creative industries.

Teresa holds a Bachelor degree from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“As a first-generation Mexican-American, I had to work twice as hard for acceptance.  I’ve achieved more than I ever thought I would through hard-work, perseverance, humility and gratitude”

Meet Patricia Garcia – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#13 – Patricia Garcia

Diversity, inclusion and equity

Age: 29

Title: Diversity Partnership & Strategic Recruiting Lead

Name of Organization: Abbvie

Patricia Garcia is a Human Resources professional with a focus in diversity, inclusion, and equality within the workplace. She is currently the Diversity Partnership & Strategic Recruiting Lead at AbbVie, a biopharmaceutical company. At AbbVie, she serves on the Steering Committee of AHORA, AbbVie’s Latino Employee Resource Group (ERG). Her passion for advancing women, Veterans, and diverse professionals has motivated her career choices.

Patricia received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she is currently pursuing her MBA. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR). She serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) Chicago Chapter as the Membership Committee Chair focusing on the recruitment, engagement, and retention of ALPFA members.

Patricia looks forward to continuing her career in Diversity & Inclusion while also contributing to her community. She enjoys volunteering with Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, Bernie’s Book Bank and other local organizations helping underserved youth.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“It is important, now more than ever, for Latinos to support and lift each other up. Be a resource and provide guidance to others following in your path.”

Meet Mimi Garcia- Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#12 – Mimi Garcia

New visions of global consulting

Age: 32

Title: Strategy Consultant

Name of Organization: Accenture

Mimi is a Strategy Consultant for Accenture, a global consulting firm, specializing in customer experience and customer retention strategies. Her expertise has benefitted global Fortune 500 companies spanning the Retail, Consumer Goods, Communications, and Life Sciences industries helping them increase customer satisfaction, grow revenue, and reduce costs. Mimi works alongside clients to understand their needs and develop solutions that bring their vision to life.

Mimi is a proud first generation Mexican-American born to immigrant parents who always instilled the importance of education. Her passion for giving back to her community is attributed to the constant sacrifices and resilience demonstrated by her parents. As a young girl, she dreamed of one day paying it forward for future generations. She honors her roots and upbringing by dedicating time outside of work to organizations driven by a mission to encourage and support others to achieve their goals and aspirations. She is extremely passionate about inclusion and diversity and leads Accenture’s women’s recruiting for the University of Chicago promoting the firm’s efforts to achieve a gender balanced workforce by 2025.

She leads Strategic Partnerships for Accenture’s National Hispanic American Employee Resource Group. During her tenure in this role, she formalized the first partnership with a national non-profit organization –Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) – dedicated to the career development and advancement of low-income high school students. This partnership spans across 10 high schools within Chicago and Houston and impacts 200+ students. Outside of work, Mimi serves as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chicago and has dedicated time supporting refugee resettlement through World Relief, a local non-profit organization. She also serves as a mentor through Year Up Chicago, an organization that provides under-served young adults with hands-on skills development to prepare students for success in professional careers and higher education. 

Mimi holds a Bachelors of Sciences in Finance from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and is a native Spanish speaker. She grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago but is a Tejana at heart being born in Dallas, Texas. She now resides in the Gold Coast area and enjoys traveling, cycling, and spending time with her niece and nephew.

Words of Wisdom:

“If you don’t get out there and try to solve your own problems, it’s never going to change.” – Dolores Huerta

Meet Alejandra Belmonte Esqueda – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#11- Alejandra Belmonte Esqueda

Technology to impact lives

Age: 39

Title: Senior Global Manager

Name of Organization: Molex, LLC.

Alejandra Esqueda Belmonte was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. At the age of 16 she moved to the US to pursue undergraduate studies in electrical engineering at Penn State University. Upon graduation Alejandra moved to the Chicagoland area to begin a career at Motorola. Her first role was as a system engineer managing the integration and upgrades of several multi-million dollar radio communications systems.

In 2004 Alejandra was accepted to Kellogg School of Management Executive MBA Program. After four years in engineering Alejandra was nominated and chosen to be part of the first class of Motorola’s mid-career high potential two year rotational program. As part of the rotational program Alejandra fulfilled assignments in marketing, strategy and an expatriate assignment in Malaysia.

In 2006 Alejandra decided to become a procurement manager for the Original Design Manufacturing  space for the Mobile Devices Business at Motorola. The role gave Alejandra the opportunity to travel extensively throughout China and Taiwan, to negotiate deals and to develop executive relationships in the manufacturing space. In 2013, Alejandra took a new challenge as director of procurement for electrical components at Motorola.

After many years at Motorola Alejandra was selected to lead procurement for a mid-size BPO Financial Services company called Transworld Systems. In eight months, Alejandra staffed and trained a team plus she managed negotiations with providers. The opportunity to return to the technology space presented itself to Alejandra and she joined the Molex team.

During Alejandra’s professional career she has also devoted time to community service in several roles such  as tutor at the Schaumburg library for several years, co-lead the organization of the first Maker Challenge event for Motorola Mobility in 2014 to promote STEAM, and as developer and manager of a mentoring program at North Lawndale College Prep (NLCP) in 2013. She has been an active member of the Associate Board for NLCP for the past six years and a partner with Social Venture Partners Chicago. Alejandra has a passion to promote education, technology and in general having a positive impact on the lives of others.

Alejandra is the proud mother of a 4 year old boy. Her son is currently his best trainer in negotiations.

Words of Wisdom:

“Caminante, no hay camino,se hace camino al andar.”

– Antonio Machado

Meet Maria Duzon Teal – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#10- Maria Duzon Teal

Transforming culture through leadership

Age: 31

Title: Senior Relationship Manager

Name of Organization: LinkedIn

Close friends of Maria Teal know that she loves her job. Her career has jumped from social service to corporate sales, yet with each new venture, she embodies a passion for building great teams and cultures.

Maria launched her career as Head of Marketing at the nonprofit, InnVision Shelter Network (now LifeMoves), in Silicon Valley. When the company doubled in size through a merger, Maria spearheaded a “unity team” to connect employees through a shared vision of ending homelessness. She later took her passion for business leadership to Chicago, pursuing her MBA at the Kellogg School of Management. Maria stayed engaged in public service through Kellogg Board Fellows, and has since joined the board of Umoja Student Development Corporation, an education nonprofit supporting Chicago youth.

After graduate school, Maria joined LinkedIn and partnered with companies to assist them with attracting talent to showcase their employment brands to prospective candidates. As a champion of LinkedIn’s transformative culture, Maria led the Chicago Culture Committee, spearheading monthly events to invest in employee development. She also founded and sings in a company rock band, which debuted at the LinkedIn talent show in front of 3,000 peers. Maria is thrilled to find a home for her greatest passions; culture, leadership, and music, all in one place.

Maria holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She lives with her husband Solon in Chicago, where they love hosting dinner parties and traveling whenever possible.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“A great company culture is transformative. It empowers you to transform yourself, your community, and your world.”

Meet Lisa Duarte – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

#9- Lisa Duarte

City-wide policy champion

Age: 38

Title: First Assistant Deputy Governor for Budget & Economy

Name of Organization: JB Pritzker Administration

Lisa Duarte is leader in the field of government affairs.  With stints in both government and business, Lisa has combined her private and public sector experience to deliver essential insights for her clients to navigate the challenges and opportunities they face.

 

Lisa is currently a Partner in the Government Affairs practice group, at Forde Law Offices. Her focus is on cutting edge legislative and regulatory issues within Chicago and Cook County.  Guiding businesses in the fields of energy, biotechnology, gaming, software, real estate development, transportation, and hospitality is a sample of her diverse client base.

 

She has also served as Chief of Staff to Steve Koch, Deputy Mayor of the City of Chicago and Legislative Counsel to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. As Chief of Staff to the Mayor’s Economic Council, Lisa worked with leaders to implement the Mayor’s economic goals of job growth, economic development, infrastructure improvement, and fiscal stability.

 

As Legislative Counsel, Lisa served as a senior member on the Mayor’s Springfield team representing the City of Chicago. During this time Lisa’s legislative work focused on gun control, municipal pensions, gaming, rideshare, alcohol regulation, transportation, and tax increment finance work.  Lisa also practiced law at a boutique firm where she worked in the areas of employment law, commercial litigation, construction law, and zoning and land use.

 

A Logan Square native, Lisa has degree from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law.  She is also a graduate of the Edgar Fellows Program, at the University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs and has completed the Crain’s Leadership Academy Program.

 

Lisa serves on the Board of Directors for Illinois American Water and also holds leadership roles on the Jobs Committee for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and the Resource Board for the Metropolitan Planning Council.  Lisa is also a Founding Board Member of the Chicago City Council Latino Caucus Foundation Leadership Academy.

Words of Wisdom:

“Just put your hoops back on and remember who you are.”

Meet John Dillon – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

#8- John Dillon

B2B services for veterinarians

Age: 31

Title: Founder & CEO

Name of Organization: GuardianVets

John attended the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and graduated with degrees in Finance & Accountancy. He is the Founder and CEO of GuardianVets.

GuardianVets is a B2B telehealth service and platform that allows veterinary hospitals to offer 24/7 continuous client care.

Since starting in 2017, GuardianVets has expanded to over 32 states in 81 cities and serves over 600,000 pet owners through its network of veterinary hospitals. GuardianVets is the exclusive triage provider for the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), a Chicago Innovation Award Winner and a 2019 Pet Care Innovation Prize Winner.

John resides in Chicago with his boxer/bloodhound mix, Patrick.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Manage your cash and do what you say you are going to do.”

Meet Leynee Cruz – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

#7- Leynee Cruz

Leading with compassion

Age: 32

Title: Attorney at Law

Name of Organization: Chuhak & Tecson

Licensed in both Florida and Illinois, Attorney Leynee Cruz delivers top-notch client assistance and guidance along with a practical approach and unparalleled responsiveness.

Leynee advises her clients, who some have suffered great loss, with compassion and respect in all aspects of probate and guardianship administration as well as the litigation process. Some of her specialties include drafting powers of attorneys, wills, trusts, transfer on death instruments, counseling clients on the distribution of non-probate assets and presenting accountings on behalf of individual guardians and financial institutions. She is also at times appointed as Guardian Ad Litem by Cook County Probate Division judges on guardianship matters. Leynee also provides representation in trust and estate administration matters.

While practicing in South Florida, Leynee worked alongside Cuban attorneys, in Havana, Cuba, representing Cuban national beneficiaries.

Leynee received her J.D and Certificate in Elder Law from St. Thomas University School of Law, in Florida. Prior to receiving her degree she founded and served as president of the Elder Law Society, which was recognized in 2013 as the SBA Organization of the Year.

Her passion for elder law extends well beyond her practice. In 2014, she volunteered at the Center for Disability & Elder Law in Chicago where she advised, drafted and executed estate-planning documents for low-income elderly and disabled clients. Leynee is currently a member of the Young Professionals Board for the Center for Disability & Elder Law.

In addition, Leynee serves as president-elect of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and is member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and Women’s Bar Association. Super Lawyers Magazine selected Leynee as a Rising Star. An honor earned by only 2.5 percent of Illinois attorneys.

In her free time, Leynee enjoys exploring Chicago, traveling to new places and going to the beach. She stays active by practicing yoga and skiing.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Success shouldn’t be feared and failures are just lessons.”

Meet Tonantzin Carmona – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

#6- Tonantzin Carmona

City-wide policy champion

Age: 29

Title: Chief of Policy

Name of Organization: City of Chicago

Tonantzin Carmona serves as the City of Chicago’s Chief of Policy, within the office of the Clerk. In her current role, Tonantzin champions City Clerk, Anna Valencia’s citywide policies.

Under Tonantzin’s leadership, the Office of the City Clerk was able to launch the Chicago Municipal ID program, known as the CityKey, in under a year. Since starting the program, there have been more than 35,000 Chicago residents who have received their CityKey to date. Moreover, Chicago is also the first municipality within the State of Illinois to recognize a third gender option, non-binary, on an ID.

In addition to the CityKey program, Tonantzin is currently leading the efforts for Chicago Fines, Fees & Access Collaborative. This group is a combination of elected officials, government agencies, academic institutions, independent researchers, and community organizations—who evaluate the City’s fines, fees, and ticketing practices and proposing solutions to support Chicago’s working families.

Tonantzin also manages the Chicago Status of Women and Girls Working Group, which convenes 150 women from a variety of industries and backgrounds to develop recommendations that will make Chicago a more equitable place for women and girls.

Prior to her work at the Clerk’s Office, Tonantzin served as the Deputy Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. She was also the Director of the Office of New Americans and Deputy Policy Director at the Chicago Mayor’s Office.

Tonantzin earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Northwestern University. She was born and raised in Chicago’s Little Village and currently resides in Pilsen.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Be open-minded and listen to diverse perspectives. Pass the mic so others, including the next generations, can speak and lead. Empower communities and provide space for them at decision-making tables.”

Meet Alejandro Benitez – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

#5 – Alejandro Benitez

Finance and footwork success

Age: 25

Title:  Financial Educator, Business Owner

Name of Organization: AB Financial

Like many “Dreamers” before him, twenty-five year old Alejandro Benítez arrived in Chicago, at the age of 4, from Cuernavaca Morelos.

Alejandro resides with his mother Eva, after his father was deported about 5 years ago. He didn’t see his immigration status as an obstacle when it came to completing his degree in psychology.

He also developed a passion for dancing at a young age and joined Angel Quinceañeras as a dancer.  During his time at the Academy, Alejandro earned the Gift of Hope Student Scholarship for donating time to his fundraising efforts as a dancer.  He has worked as a dancer for over ten years and is living out one of his dreams of being a being a professional dancer. He has danced professionally with Justin Quiles, Amanda Miguel, Diego Verdaguer, Niurka Marcos, Consuelo Duval, Liliana Arriaga, to name a few.

Alejandro has also earned recognition from Villita Chamber of Commerce for his dedication to the community. Because of his perseverance and effort, Alejandro became one of the most recognized dancers in Chicago’s Latino community.

Alejandro created his own business as a financial educator. His goal is to give people who had a desire to equip others with the tools they needed so they may also thrive in this country.

Alejandro personally focuses on doing his part to educate the Chicago Latino community. He wants to help them become equipped as not only good workers but he wants to share his passion so they too may find a desire to be successful. Alejandro does his best to teach his clients that there cannot be wealth is if there is no knowledge.

Alejandro has earned recognition as one of the most successful Latino youth and he credits the obstacles he’s had to overcome to achieve his goals are what framed him as the person he is today.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Don’t ask how or when, just believe, have faith and be thankful.”

Meet Claudia Badillo – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

#3 – Claudia Badillo

Raising the bar as Chicago’s best Spanish-speaking bankruptcy attorney 

Age: 38

Title: Attorney at Law

Name of Organization: Badillo Law Group, P.C.

Consumer bankruptcy attorney and owner of Badillo Law Group, Claudia Farfan Badillo, P.C., was born and raised in Chicago, to parents of Mexican and Colombian descent.

Claudia is a graduate of Chicago Kent College of Law where she clerked for the Cook County Public Defender’s office in the Felony Trial Unit. She attended Northwestern University and also hosted a Spanish rock radio show while at Northwestern, on WNUR 89.3 FM, called “Sabor Latino”.

With over 10 years of experience helping clients file for bankruptcy protection under federal laws, Claudia’s main focus is representing consumers in all aspects of bankruptcy cases.  She also offers debt negotiations and tax settlements with the IRS. More recently, Claudia served as a Hearing Officer with the City of Chicago’s Board of Elections, in preparation for this year, 2019’s city elections.

Claudia is the current president of the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois, an active member of HLAI, HNBA, NACBA, ISBA and a contributing fitness writer at the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.  In her spare time, Claudia likes to run, play volleyball and take ballet classes. She is also a proud lifelong Chicagoan and is active in her children’s PTA and LSC groups.

Words of Wisdom:

“I believe in setting yourself apart as an attorney by providing clients with compassion, professionalism and strength in their times of need.”

Meet Victor Arellano – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

#2 – Victor Arellano

Serial entrepreneur finds balance in app building

Age: 39

Title: Co-Founder

Name of Organization: Interpreter Tap

With over a decade of experience as a real estate appraiser, entrepreneur, and leader in Chicago’s small business community, Victor has assisted numerous clients with valuable services based on his business acumen and ability to provide solution-based innovation.

As a young man, Victor was employed at his family’s business. Through that experience was the desire to create a business of his own. Victor later became a certified real estate appraiser, then founded his own appraisal company, Alen Appraisals, one of the top real estate appraisal firms in the greater Chicago area.

In early 2012, Victor founded Driven Solutions, LLC and Snag Cab, app-based technology to make transportation easier for Chicagoans. Snag Cab would help with everyday challenges and improve lives. Driven Solutions collaborated with another organization to win a bid for Centralized WAV (Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle) Dispatch Service for the City of Chicago. Driven Solutions would enter as a key subcontractor providing a new way of dispatching and a valued app for people with disabilities. Victor’s mission: An app for everyone.

In 2016 a longtime friend, Victor Abundis, a certified interpreter, and Victor formed Interpreter Tap, an innovative technological solution to overcome language barriers.

Interpreter Tap is a two-sided platform via mobile application that breaks down the walls of language barriers. The app allows effective communications regardless of language to meet the need of providing instant access to an interpreter on a mobile device.

After being a significant part of business growth for Interpreter Tap, Victor has returned to the real estate industry to work on a new program. The program is in the early stages of development.

Victor attributes his parents’ continuous encouragement and support of his many business pursuits his entrepreneurial spirit, “is in my DNA.” He says if it weren’t for the entrepreneurial spirit he acquired working in his parents’ printing company, he would not have risked launching new ventures. His parents’ business provided for 11 kids at a time when many thought entrepreneurship was just too risky.

Victor currently lives with his wife, Laisa and their 5 children on the North Side of Chicago.

Words of Wisdom:

“Surround yourself with like-minded entrepreneurs, because they understand the hustle and grind. People who don’t, are just noise.”

Abre aeropuerto O’Hare nuevo centro de transporte terrestre

Tuvo un costo de $841 millones de dólares en una superfice de 2.5 millones de pies cuadrados.-
Chicago- La semana pasada la ciudad de Chicago inauguró oficialmente un nuevo centro de transporte terrestre en el Aeropuerto Internacional O’Hare que incluye servicios de alquiler de autos y estacionamiento público.
La “Instalación multimodal” tuvo un costo de $ 841 millones en una superficie de 2.5 millones de pies cuadrados. Cuenta con un punto de acceso central para alquiler de autos y estacionamiento, y el próximo año ofrecerá una conexión con autobuses regionales, de acuerdo con información del departamento de aviación de la ciudad.
El objetivo de la instalación es convertir a O’Hare en un sitio más conveniente y prepararlo para el proyecto de expansión de terminal masiva de 8.500 millones de dólares previsto para la próxima década.
La nueva instalación multimodal O’Hare, que conecta las operaciones de transporte terrestre del aeropuerto en un punto de acceso central, significa una ampliación y remodelación del centro que tenía tres años de antigüedad y estaba respaldado por tarifas aeroportuarias.
El proyecto fue financiado en parte con un préstamo de $ 272 millones de la Ley de Innovación Financiera para la Infraestructura del Transporte (TIFIA) asegurado en 2013.
La instalación atiende a 13 operadores de alquiler de autos, incluidas tres nuevas empresas en el aeropuerto que se suman a otras que estaban ubicadas fuera del sitio o alrededor de la terminal aérea. NN

El nombre de Santiago Calatrava suena en O’Hare

Los motores de la imaginación del arquitecto español Santiago Calatrava rugen con fuerza en el aeropuerto O’Hare.
Figura entre los cinco finalistas que concursan por la expansión de 8.5 mil millones dólares.
Hispanic News Agency (HINA)
 No será una sorpresa si el arquitecto valenciano sea el escogido por la Ciudad de Chicago para diseñar la esperada expansión de O’Hare.
 Además de Santiago Calatrava LLC, también compiten por  ganar el diseño de la llamada Terminal Global O’Hare, las compañías Fentress-EXP-Brook-Garza Joint Venture Partners; Foster Epstein Moreno JV Joint Venture Partners; Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM); y Studio ORD Joint Venture Partners, informó recientemente el alcalde Rahn Emanuel.
“Chicago ha pedido a algunos de los mejores diseñadores del mundo que ayuden a llevar a cabo nuestra visión de la nueva Terminal Global O’Hare, la clave para una O’Hare más grande, mejor y más moderna para el siglo XXI”, dijo Emanuel.
“Al mirar hacia el futuro de O’Hare, no olvidaremos el legado de arquitectura y transporte de Chicago. Al final de esta competencia, cambiaremos la trayectoria de O’Hare para siempre, y nos aseguraremos de que Chicago siga siendo un centro líder para los viajeros de todo el mundo “.
A Calatrava se le considera un arquitecto especializado en grandes estructuras con el estilo que combina la alta tecnología con una influencia diversa de otros íconos  de su profesión, asi como de la arquitectura gótica y romana. Ha sido reconocido con el Premio Príncipe de Asturia de las Artes, entre otros muchos pergaminos.
El nombre de Santiago Calatrava es familiar en Chicago. En 2008 el arquitecto valenciano fue escogido para diseñar Spire, un rascacielo de estilo futurista de 116 pisos a la altura de Lake Shore Drive y que fue cancelado. Actualmente trabaja en una escultura de casi 30 pies de alto y entre 20 y 30 de ancho frente a las oficinas de River Point, en el 444 W. Lake Street.
Al igual que los demás competidores, Calatrava tiene ahora que someterse a una última prueba que decidirá quién será el ganador.
Según informo Emanuel, se invitará a los equipos preseleccionados a participar en una Solicitud de Propuesta (RFP) para servicios de diseño arquitectónico principal. A través del proceso, en este invierno, cada equipo presentará un modelo de diseño que se mostrará en varios lugares de la ciudad.
En los próximos meses, prosiguió el Alcalde, la Ciudad buscará la opinión pública sobre los conceptos de diseño presentados por cada uno de los cinco equipos finalistas. Esta entrada se tendrá en cuenta como parte de la selección final.
“A través de esta oportunidad única en la vida, la Ciudad de Chicago está invitando a la comunidad de diseño global, así como a las voces de los residentes para mejorar el futuro de Chicago-O’Hare”, dijo la Comisionada de Aviación Jamie L. Rhee.
“Mientras trabajamos para elevar O’Hare para competir a nivel mundial, también hemos pedido a los equipos que se comprometan a asesorar a las pequeñas empresas locales. Al hacerlo, nuestro objetivo es involucrar a la comunidad empresarial de Chicago en una oportunidad incomparable de obtener una valiosa experiencia en un proyecto de proporciones internacionales “, agregó Rhee.
Los líderes de transporte, empresas y ciudadanos de la ciudad de Chicago conformarán el comité de selección oficial con recomendaciones técnicas adicionales de firmas de arquitectos líderes, instituciones culturales y académicas y empresas locales que también brindarán sus recomendaciones.
“Esta adquisición representa una oportunidad para que el Departamento desempeñe un papel en un momento histórico para la Ciudad. Estamos comprometidos a garantizar la integridad del proceso de adquisición y continuar nuestra asociación con Aviation y todas las partes interesadas a medida que avanzamos”, dijo a su vez la Shannon Andrews, Directora del Departamento de Servicios de Compras (Procurement)
Con el programa O’Hare 21 la ciudad quiere mejorar dramaticamente la experiencia de viajes en el aeropuerto, entre los primeros en tráfico aereo y de pasajeros en todo el país
r en un aeropuerrto más moderno, con un mejor acceso y servicios para los clientes e  impulsar la conectividad aérea internacional líder de Chicago en un futuro, para lo cual contará con 8.5 mil millones de dolares, la inversión más grande en la historia de
También se espera un significativo impacto en la economía local. O’Hare 21 creará decenas de miles de empleos en la construcción para los próximos ocho años, y de nuevos empleos permanentes en el aeropuerto, las aerolíneas, el turismo y las industrias de apoyo para apoyar un complejo de aeropuertos más grande y moderno en la próxima década.