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Juan Sanchez Named To Hispanic Business Magazine's Top 50 Influentials List


Jan 26, 2015

Below is a reprint of an article from Hispanic Business Magazine listing Southwest Key CEO/el Presidente Dr. Juan Sánchez as one of the country's Top 50 Latino Influentials. NCLR President Janet Murguía had this to say about Dr. Sanchez being named to the list:

"Dr. Sanchez exemplifies the Latino influential for his contributions and principled leadership in Austin, as well as throughout the great state of Texas," says Janet Murguia, President of National Council of La Raza (NCLR). "As a trusted and valued community partner, we know firsthand how his work at Southwest Key Programs is transforming and providing a brighter future to Latino families."

Read on to see what Hispanic Business has to say about the list of accomplished Hispanics.

Author: Michael Caplinger

Source: Hispanic Business Magazine

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Hispanic Business Top 50 Latino Influentials‏

High-ranking members of the Cabinet for President Obama. A NASCAR driver who won a race in Richard Petty’s famed No. 43 stock car. The president and CEO of one of the nation’s largest communications companies. A hockey player who scored game-winning goals in both the NHL’s Western Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Final.

These are just a few of the inspiring and accomplished Hispanics that you will find on our 2014 HispanicBusiness Influentials list.

There is certainly no shortage of people to showcase in our feature every year. The difficult part is narrowing down the list to just 50 people who will make the final cut, but we feel that we have come up with a group of individuals who would stand out on any list of successful people.

Hispanic Achievers From All Fields

Scan through the names and you will find Hispanics succeeding in all sorts of places. Some will be familiar to you, while others may not be. Regardless, these are people who have worked hard to be where they are, and deserve the recognition that goes with their positions.

You’ll find Kathleen Martinez, assistant secretary for disability employment policy at the U.S. Department of Labor. Under her leadership, the Office of Disability Employment Policy played a critical role in President Obama’s July 2010 executive order directing all federal agencies to increase the representation of people with disabilities in their workforces.

There’s Zoe Saldana, the actress who just recently was awarded the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Vision Award for her contributions to the Latino community. Saldana, best known for her roles in James Cameron’s Avatar and the recently released Guardians of the Galaxy, will reprise her role of Neytiri in Avatar 2 in 2015.

Ralph Terrazas became the Los Angeles Fire Department’s first Hispanic chief since its founding in 1886 when he was confirmed by the L.A. City Council in August. Mr. Terrazas, a 31-year veteran of the department, leads more than 3,200 men and women in the LAFD.

Edmundo Hidalgo has served as president and CEO of Chicanos Por La Causa Inc. since 2008. CPLC, which ranked No. 3 on our Top 25 Hispanic Nonprofits directory in 2014, is a regional community development corporation with more than 40 years of experience serving communities in the areas of education, economic development, housing, and health and human services. Under Mr. Hidalgo’s leadership, CPLC has seen double-digit growth each of the past five years.

Inspiring Future Influentials

Obviously, there is much work to be done for Hispanics to be represented at the same levels as their ever-increasing population here in the U.S. For example, at Fortune 500 companies there are only 10 Hispanic CEOs, many of whom have been featured in past Influential lists. That works out to just 2 percent compared to the 17 percent of the population that Hispanics represent, which is unacceptable.

However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any success stories, individuals who have achieved great status and influence despite the percentages. Perhaps showcasing some of those stories here will inspire our future Influential candidates to continue to pursue their dreams.

2014 Methodology for HispanicBusiness Influentials

HispanTelligence, the research arm of HispanicBusiness Inc., chose the 2014 HispanicBusiness Influentials finalists based on the following criteria:

Influentials must be Hispanics of U.S. citizenship who have recently had a national impact, and whose achievements inspire other Hispanics to similar endeavors.

Candidates were selected from a variety of fields, including but not limited to happy wheels demo Entertainment, Performing Arts, Media and Journalism, Literature, Sports, Science and Academia, Entrepreneurship, Government, and Corporate.

HispanicBusiness focused on qualified individuals who have promoted the advancement of Hispanics in the U.S. through their leadership, community involvement and/or professional achievements.

Nominations are accepted year-round by and obtained from public relations offices, contributing editors and writers, and from staff.

The increasing number of U.S. Hispanics in positions of influence inspired HispanicBusiness to compile its listing in recognition of those individuals who have had recent national impact. Therefore, many distinguished Hispanic-Americans are not included this year. However, many have appeared among the top Influentials in previous years, and we encourage readers to view our online Archives to review their bios and achievements.

The List

Jessica Alba, Actress/Entrepreneur

Aric Almirola, Race Car Driver, NASCAR

Dennis Arriola, President & CEO-Southern California Gas Company, Sempra Energy

Catalina Castillon, Associate Professor of English and Modern Languages-   Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, Lamar University

Julian Castro, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Marcelo Claure, President & CEO, SprintCesar Conde, EVP-NBCUniversal, Comcast NBCUniversal

France Cordova, Director, National Science Foundation

David Cruz, Senior Managing Director-Retail Annuities, New York Life Insurance Co.

Joe Da Rosa, President, Toyota Manufacturing-Texas, Toyota

Mariano Florentino, Supreme Court Nominee, State of California

Michael Garcia, Chief Creative Officer, Televisa USA

Sylvia Garcia, Chief Financial Officer & Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs,   U.S. Department of Transportation

Veronica Gomez, VP & Deputy General Counsel, Exelon

Javier Hernandez-Lichtl, CEO, West Kindall Baptist Hospital

Edmundo Hidalgo, President & CEO, Chicanos Por La Causa

Luis Jimenez, Counselor to the U.S. Trade Representative, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Jorge Lopez, President & CEO-ConEdison Solutions, Consolidated Edison

Rafael Lopez, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Science and Technology Policy

Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Lieutenant Governor, State of Florida

Rosemary Marquez, U.S. District Judge, District of Arizona

Alec Martinez, Professional Hockey Player, Los Angeles Kings

Ileana Martinez, Partner, Thompson Hine 

J.D. Martinez, Baseball Player, Detroit Tigers

Kathleen Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor

Louis Martin-Vega, Dean of Engineering, North Carolina State University

Victor Mendez, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, U.S. Department of Transportation

Carmen Nava, SVP-Customer Experience & Business Planning, AT&T

Elizabeth Nieto, Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, MetLife

Myrna Perez, Deputy Director & Nominee for Member of Election Assistance   Commission, Brennan Center for Justice

Ana Gabriela Pinczuk, SVP, Global Technical Center, Cisco Services

Jose Luis Prado, President, Quaker Foods & Snacks, PepsiCo Inc.

Albert Pujols, Baseball Player, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Marlene Quintana, Shareholder, GrayRobinson PA

Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman, Federal Trade Commission

Lourdes Castro Ramirez, President & CEO, San Antonio Housing Authority

Timothy Reyes, President, Alcoa Materials Management, Alcoa

James Rodriguez, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Office of Warrior Care Policy   Department of Defense

Leon Rodriguez, Director-U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security

Sarah Saldana, United States Attorney for DOJ & Nominee to Lead Immigration and Customs Department, U.S. Department of Justice

Zoe Saldana, Actress  

Jennifer Sanchez, Headquarters Policy Analyst, NASA

Juan Sanchez, President & Founder, Southwest Key

Juan Sepulveda, SVP, Station Services, PBS

Eugenio Sevilla-Sacasa, VP of International Supply Chain Solutions, Ryder

Ralph Terrazas, Fire Chief, Los Angeles Fire Department

Zulma Toro-Ramos, Dean of Engineering, Wichita State University

Mariela Ure, SVP, Hispanic Enterprise Segment Strategy, Wells Fargo

Filemon Vela, U.S. Representative, Texas

Maria Willner, VP, PC Client Group, Intel