Latinos 40 Under 40 virtual celebration to be held on July 17

Negocios Now

Chicago.- Due to the persistence of Covid-19, Negocios Now announced a virtual celebration of Latinos 40 under 40. Last year’s class will now be recognized on July 17, 2020, with Rémy Martin, as the main sponsor.

   “We can’t predicate to know when we will meet again to celebrate our Latinos 40 under 40 the way we have for the past four years, but we do know that the pandemic will not stop us on our mission to recognize the most valuable of our young Latinos”, said Clemente Nicado, Publisher of Negocios Now.

   As part of the celebration, Rémy Martin will be hosting a short demonstration so that everyone can make the perfect cocktail.

   The Latinos 40 Under 40 event was originally scheduled for March 26th, 2020, but was postponed by Nicado Publishing earlier that month due to the safety of all participants.

  “We hope that all 40 awardees can join our virtual celebration on July 17th and allow us to express how proud we are of their leadership and of being part of our fifth edition of Latinos 40 under 40 in Chicago”, said Nicado.

  The hour-long event will begin at 5:30 pm CST.  It will be hosted by Ana Belaval, a reporter for the WGN Morning News and three-time Emmy Award winner.

  Since the beginning of the 40 Under 40 event, Rémy Martin has been a dedicated sponsor for the special edition in digital format and the in-person celebration. This year it also has the support of Wintrust, ComEd, BMO, Monterrey Security, Hispanic Star, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Accenture, a Fortune Global 500 company, has also recently joined as a sponsor of the virtual celebration.

  All 40 young people will be receiving an award from Negocios Now during the live event. The ceremony will also feature the awarding of three special prizes to the Rising Star, Youngest Latino, and the Leader of the Pack.

Also, Rémy Martin will be awarding a special award to one female and one male candidate. These candidates display exemplary roles in their commitments to the community.

A toast to all 40 under 40!


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

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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).