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Negocios Now announces its list of Latinos 40 under 40 Class of 2019

The publication celebrates the 5th anniversary of this initiative in the Chicago area.

Chicago, 12 February 2020— Negocios Now announced today its list of Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2019 recognizing the leadership of young Latinos in the Chicago Area. The celebration and award ceremony will take place at Latinicity, on March 26.

  This is Negocios Now’s fifth group of Latino leaders under 40 in Chicago since the publication launched this initiative in 2015. Last year the company celebrated a similar event for the first time in New York City.

  “We couldn’t be more excited to have another group of talented Latinos on our list and also to have received such positive feedback about the impact that Latinos 40 under 40 has had in the community”, said Clemente Nicado, Negocios Now’s publisher.

  “I cannot believe that we have recognized over 240 young Latino leaders since we launched this initiative in 2015. They are Latinos who make a difference today and are the hope of the future”, said Nicado.

  Remy Martin is the main sponsor of the event that this year will also be supported by ComEd, BMO, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and others. Negocios Now will announce other sponsors shortly.

 The 40 recipients were selected after an over four-month nomination period. This year Negocios Now had record participation. They represent businesses, corporate, government, nonprofits, design and education, among other fields.

“In 2015, when we started, we faced the challenge to find young Latino leaders in the city. Today we face the challenge of choosing 40 among over 100 nominations. Many of them deserve to be part of the list. They will be considered for next year”, said Nicado.

The Latinos 40 Under 40 celebration and networking event will be held on Thursday,  March 26, from 6 to 10 pm. at Latinicity, 108 N. Street, Chicago (Block 37).

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

1- Alma Anaya, Cook County Commissioner

2- Jessica Barrera, Founder, West Town Realty

3- Maria Bocanegra, Illinois Commerce Commission Commissioner

4- Yolanda Carrillo, Illinois Department of Labor Chief Legal Counsel

5- Emilio Carrillo, Doctor of Dental Surgery, FMR Center

6- Christian Castañeda, Project Engineer, Alar Engineering Corporation

7- Andrea Cicola,  Sr. Manager of Client Partnerships, PACO Collective

8- Ximena Cortez, Jr.QA Engineer, Kenna Security 

9- Tony Diaz, Senior Program Director, After School Matters 

10- Chris Flores, Co-Owner, Gentleman’s Cooperative Garments 

11- Gaspar Flores Jr, Owner/Broker, Su Familia Real Estate 

12-Valentina Fonseca Krug, President & Creative Director, Lola Valentina Designs 

13- Melissa Garcia,  Head of U.S Business Banking Sales, BMO Harris Bank

14- Christopher Max Gomez, CEO, Spirit Consulting

15- Kristy Herrera, Senior Attorney, McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC 

16- Grisel Maldonado, CEO & Founder, Avanza Strategies

17- Lisandra Martinez, Director,  Women’s Business Development Center 

18- Samara Mejias Hernandez, Partner, Chingona Ventures

19- Blad Moreno,  Sketch Writer, Improvisational Actor/Director, Beyond the Language.

20- Juan Francisco Ortiz, Senior Vice President-Banking Services- Wealth Management, Northern Trust Corporation

21- Irma A. Ortiz, Director, Title V Individual Development, Northeastern Illinois University

22- Jesus Ernesto Peña Gutierrez,  Market Manager, Delta/Aeromexico  

23- Ricardo Perez, Owner, The Dapper Club 

24- Manuel Perez, Managing Deputy Director, City of Chicago Managing 

25- Diamaris Quiles, Owner, Salon La Rouge

26- Jaqueline Quiñonez- Nuñez,  Director Internal Audit Health Care Service Corporation/ Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois 

27- Daniel Ramos, VP of Operations, Monterrey Security 

28- Julio N. Rausseo,  Broadcast Journalist, Chicago Windy City Bulls 

29- Nancy Razon, Founder, Youth Movement 

30- Ricardo Regalado, CEO/Founder of Route and Rozalado Services 

31- Tony Reyes,  Managing Partner, Walton Construction

32- Joel Rodarte, VP Regional Director, Wintrust Bank 

33- Ernesto Saldivar Jr, Principal, Torres Elementary- Acero Schools Chicago

34- Ana Sanchez,  Manager-People Strategy, McDonald’s Corporation 

35- Sarah Taylor, Founder & CEO, Yo Soy Ella

36- Martin Torres, State of Illinois Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Gov. Pritzker.

37- Vanessa Torres, Director/Producer, The Miracle Center 

38- Ivette Trevino,  Senior Director of Business Development, IHCC

39- Desiree Vargas, Founder & CEO, Pearachute

40- Mark Vargas, President, Licentiam

For more information about the event and sponsorship opportunities, email us at 40under40@negociosnow.com or call 630-728-9627


About Negocios Now

Negocios Now is currently the most awarded Hispanic business publication in the US.
The publication reaches out to more than 250,000 print readers in Illinois and thousands across the country. We inform Latino businesses on good business strategies. We connect companies that offer B2B services through our networking events. Negocios Now has received more than 17 national awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications, and a “Peter Lisagor Award” for General Excellence. Negocios Now’s founder Clemente Nicado was named “Latino Publisher of the Year-2018” in the US by the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP).

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.


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.