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Danny Ramos
Chairman, NHCA

Daniel Ramos is a corporate marketing and public relations consultant specializing in serving firms that wish to market their products and or services to the Hispanic market. In 1978 he was selected by a special presidential commission to be one of 12 U.S. representatives to counsel system leaders behind the iron curtain on the marketing system of the free world. Mr. Ramos has served as the Hispanic market consultant to various political campaigns including U.S. Presidential, Congressional and Senatorial races and has developed Hispanic marketing programs for numerous major corporations.

In 1979 he founded the Hispanic World's Fair held annually at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, the first and premier marketing Hispanic event in the Northeast. He also founded The Annual Minority Career Convention, The Annual Merengon-Dominican Festival, The Annual Raices Festival of Central Florida, and The Carnaval 27 de Febrero, founded and served as President of the New York State Minority Business Convention for 12 years.

He has received 44 Gubernatorial, Mayoral Citations and Proclamations and named Minority Business Person of the Year by the New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry for his work in the minority community. He also received the "Director's" Award presented by the Governor of New York for Outstanding Contributions to the Minority Community of New York. He was awarded the responsibility of organizing the New York City's first ad campaign in mass media to stimulate minority-owned business owners, to participate in state and city contracts

Philip Berry
Philip Berry, President
NHCA North

Philip Berry is the President of Philip Berry Associates LLC which is a global management consulting, executive coaching and training practice. They will specialize in the areas of leadership training, global talent management, global diversity, innovation, team building, corporate social responsibility, employee relations effectiveness and affirmative actions compliance.

Philip Berry was previously Vice President, Global Workplace Initiatives for Colgate-Palmolive. In this role, Philip focused on enhancing Colgates efforts to attract and retain the best people from a diverse and broad base of global talent, and to create an inclusive work environment that furthers Colgates commitment to Becoming the Best Place to Work.

Philip joined Colgate in 1990 as Associate Director of Human Resources in the U.S. Company. He has subsequently held senior Human Resources positions serving the Central Europe/Russia, Africa/Middle East, Latin America and European Divisions. In each of these areas Philip has made outstanding contributions in focusing the Human Resources function on key business issues, particularly goal alignment, training, plant site rationalization, and acquisition integration.

In 2001, Philip became Vice President, Global Employee Relations - Best Place to Work. and was elected a Corporate Officer in 2003.

Prior to joining Colgate, Philip acquired broad Human Resources expertise at Procter & Gamble, where he worked for eight years in labor relations, organizational development and compensation. He also worked at Digital Equipment as Personnel Director and the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority as VP, Human Resources.

Philip holds an AA degree from Borough of Manhattan Community College, BA degree from Queens College in New York, a Masters in Science from Columbia University School of Social Work, and an MBA from Xavier University. He is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for City University of New York, appointed by the Governor, which has responsibility for the 23 colleges within the New York City area and is Acting Chairman of the CUNY Construction Fund. Further, Philip was appointed to the Business Leadership Council of CUNY (City University of New York), and is on the Panel for Education Policy appointed by the Mayor of New York. He is also on the Advisory Board of New York City Center, an arts and cultural institution. In addition, he is Co-Chair of the Corporate Diversity Council for the Asia Society.

Philip has received numerous awards, most recently the Crossing Borders awards from Feminist Press; and other awards from National Hispanic Corporate Achievers, the National Association of Asian American Professionals; the Quality of Work Life award from Work Life Matters magazine; the 100 Most Powerful Blacks in New York award from Crain Magazine, the Communicator of the Year award from Global HR News and the Governors award for Distinction in Community Service.

Venus Perez
Author/ CEO of Venus Publications

Venus Perez, is a woman writer living with HIV/AIDS for over 20 years. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Relocated to Longwood, Fl., in 2003. She is a best selling author with numerous reviews on her web site of the book: “I'm Still Here” aiming to empower others and share the experiences - the history, education, struggles, trials and outcomes - of those who live with this disease. Other works include: "Miracles Still Happen" and "Comfort Foods Cookbook". She attended FDR High School and Kingsborough Community College.

Venus was employed as a bookkeeper for 15 years. In becoming a new leader to the HIV/AIDS awareness movement and expanding her education, she attended Willsey Institute in 2001 and is certified in Nursing, Phlebotomy and EKG. She also completed training in HIV 500/501 and is presently a certified pre & post counselor and tester. She is also the volunteer Program Director of The Place of Comfort and the Executive Director of Easy Access Resource a notfor-profit agency assisting individuals who are medically frail by providing resource needs in crisis situations. She was an appointed member to the Orlando Eligible Metropolitan areas EMA HIV Health Services Planning Council and CFAP Consortia, a representative to the Seminole County community, a sponsor to the Children's Miracle Network, International Fellowship of Christian and Jews, volunteer for the Coalition for the Homeless in Central Florida. She is a Christian. Additional productions include music CD's: I'm Still Here and Heaven in Your Heart.

In addition and in pursuing new goals for 2009 and with the help of Carlos Ayala Director and Founder of HIV-AIDS Help Desk: Email: and an official Syndication Partner of the Kaiser Family Foundation and Sponsorship, we are focusing full attention on daily email communications, questions and responses from our databases for individuals needing further information and book circulation. Venus Perez’ vision statement reads in Part*…envision an atmosphere of love, understanding and compassion while encouraging each individual and family by helping him or her understand what is available to them in their time of need.

Venus Perez offers knowledge to promote understanding,
education and solution counseling to heal the mind and
spirituality to heal the soul. Hobbies and interest includes writing, singing,
songwriting, listening to music and meditation in addition
to living as a free spirit.

Melba C. VastiArminda “Mindy” FigueroaPresident & Founder
Latin2Latin Marketing + Communications, LLC
The Marketing Connector

A true maverick of the marketing industry, Arminda “Mindy” Figueroa has emerged as a dynamic leader in the traditional, multicultural, direct and digital marketing fields. With more than 20 years of experience and a proven track record in marketing products and brands for Fortune 500 companies, Figueroa has built a successful career that focuses on generating awareness of the valuable and essential role of the multicultural market within corporate America.
In early 2007, Mindy launched her own consulting firm, fulfilling one of her dreams and garnering immediate successes, including being named by LatinVision, as one of the most active entrepreneur and fastest growing businesses of the year. As the founder and President, of Latin2Latin Marketing + Communications (L2L) the firm provides clients with creative marketing solutions that reach the exploding Hispanic consumer segment. L2L offers a wide spectrum of services including marketing plan development and implementation, event planning and promotion, entertainment sponsorships, business development, public relations and talent management. From conception through implementation, L2L differentiates itself by being the marketing connector™ helping clients achieve their business and promotional goals.

Launching with an impressive roster of clients, a staff of two full time employees and a network of collaborators, and, offices in NY and downtown Fort Lauderdale; L2L works with brands in the entertainment, consumer products and wireless industries, including: Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Scholastic, Inc.  & Scholastic Media,, TeatroStageFest,, Ping Mobile; and, celebrities, such as: Former Miss Universe Barbara Palacios and Barbara Palacios Design; author and TV chef Elsie Ramos; 5 Emmy Award Winner and TV personality Denisse Oller; among many other brands and personalities.

Previously, as Scholastic’s project director she launched the new children’s TV animated series, Maya & Miguel, which premiered in the fall of 2004 on PBS KIDS GO! becoming the # 1 new show in the block. Ms. Figueroa was responsible for all aspects of project management, from series launch and promotion to supervision of synergistic marketing, trade and consumer marketing, outreach, cause-related marketing activity, partnerships with the Latino community and others; and, she also acted as the key liaison with the Hispanic Congressional Caucus and Capitol Hill.

Under Figueroa’s leadership, the program won numerous awards since its launch, including: The 2007 Gracies—Best Children/Adolescent Program, The Hispanic Federation-- Corporate Citizenship Award; Puerto Rican Family Institute---Corporate Outreach Award; Imagen Awards Nomination for Best Children’s Animated Programming; 4 times--Parent’s Choice---Best TV Show for Children;  “Special Recognition” for positive representation of Latinos from the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts; NCLR’s Alma Awards—Outstanding Children’s Television Program, among other awards.

Figueroa is not afraid to utilize nontraditional forms of marketing, and drove Scholastic Media to use emerging technologies to reach target demographics. She executed several successful grassroots campaigns for Maya & Miguel, which have steadily grown each year.

Among her industry peers, Figueroa has emerged as a leader who truly recognizes and understands the importance of diversity in children’s programming. Through her exceptional work with Maya & Miguel, she has helped children grow up to be confident in their own identities and more educated about other cultures.

Figueroa’s prior work experience includes:  The Bravo Group, a Young & Rubicam agency, leading the AT&T and New York Times accounts; a partner at Santiago & Valdes Solutions (SVS), a former national consulting firm; launching ISP; senior marketing manager at Verizon. Earlier in her career, Arminda worked at Anheuser-Busch and served in various marketing positions, becoming the first woman ever to take charge of the Metro New York sales district for the company. Later, she was invited as a team leader to join a special task, during a six-month stint in Mexico, to help evaluate a $1 billion investment in Corona Beer.

Professionally, Mindy has been recognized by El Diario/La Prensa, as one of the 50 Most Influential Latinas in NY, Vanidades magazine, Scholastic’s Gold Star Chairman’s Award among many others; and, most recently, by Latina Style/Nielsen and Bank of America, as one of the twelve, 2009 Hispanic Women of Distinction of South Florida.

 Figueroa, is frequently quoted in various publications, such as Advertising Age, The Miami Herald, Billboard Magazine, New York Daily News, Adweek’s Marketing y Medios, among others.  She is also coveted presenter at key trade conferences for her dynamic and insightful presentations. Some of the conferences include: Excl Pharma, Harvard Business School-Latin American Conference; Hispanic TV Summit, Billboard Latin Conference; NYU’s Stern School of Business and Continued Education.

Figueroa has an extensive track record in Latino philanthropy. She serves on the Executive Board of the Hispanic Federation, and chairs the Advisory Corporate Council of Comunilife. Figueroa has also served on UBAC at Stern School of Business at NYU; Casita Maria, Pro-Mujer, Thalia Spanish Theatre and Puerto Rican Family Foundation.

Mindy is also a member of various professional organizations in South Florida – which include: Le Chaine des Rotisseurs, Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, and the Riverwalk Trust Fund.

Arminda earned a BBA in Marketing from University of Puerto Rico and has an MBA in Finance from Dowling College.

Melba C. VastiAnthony Suarez
Attorney in Law, Professor at Barry University Law School

Education Background:

1974                 Fordham University B.A.
1977                St. John’s University Law School J.D.
1978                Jacksonville State University toward M.P.A.

Legal Experience:
Jan. 1991 – Present                        
President – Law Firm Suarez & Associates, P.A. Orlando, Florida 32804 
Sept. 1980 – 1991                           
Partner – Law Firm Suarez & Associates Bronx, New York 10458 
Sept. 1977- 1980                           
Assistant District Attorney New York City 1975 and 1976 Legal Aid Society Civil Division, Bronx, Office 

Education Experience:
January 2001 – Present            
Adjunct Professor of Law
– Barry University School of Law – Orlando, Florida 
1988 – 1990                                       
Adjunct Professor
- Bronx Community College, (CUNY) City University of New York 
January, 1982                                      
Lecture – Hostos Community College (CUNY) City University of New York 
January, 1979 – 1981                        
Adjunct Lecturer – In Criminal Law College of New Rochelle
 Feb 1975 - May 1975                               
Adjunct Lecturer
– Hostos Community College (CUNY) City University of New York

Commissioned CAPT., United States Army, Military Police Corp. and Military Intelligence Corp. 1974 – 1988
Commissioner:  New York State Judicial Commission on Minorities Appointed by Chief Judge Wachtler – 1987 – 1991
Commissioner: Judicial Nominating Commission, 18th Judicial District Florida – 1996 appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles 1996- 2000
Legal Advisor to New York State Assembly Puerto Rican / Hispanic Task Force - 1987 – 1991
United States Presidential Delegate to the Guatemala Peace accords – December, 1996 appointed by President Clinton
Citizen Police Academy – Seminole County Sheriff’s Office 1998
Florida House of Representatives 2000 State Representative – Elected March, 1999
Legal Advisor Orange County Soil and Water Commission – 2002
Governors Task Force on Education: Appointed by Governor Jeb Bush in 1999
Governors Task Force on Affordable Health Care: Appointed by Governor Jeb Bush in 2003