York’s Largest Spanish Weekly Newspaper, May 18, 2016 – The 14th Annual Latino Trendsetter Awards, presented by LatinTRENDS Magazine, was held in New York City on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016. The yearly event surrounding achievement in enterprise, arts, entertainment, health, education and community leadership saw over 400 leaders gather in The Symphony Space Theater. Guests enjoyed networking with top business and cultural influencers, while hearing and celebrating the inspirational success stories of the honorees
This year’s awards recognized twelve trailblazing men and women from medicine to music. Two exemplary students were also honored with scholarships to help support their educational preparation and needs. Hispanic owned global food franchise Pollo Campero was crowned with the Business of the Year award . Winners included industry-leading executives, philanthropists, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs and artists. Legendary soccer star, David Villa, music impresario and manager to Romeo Santos, Johnny Marines, young Latino brain surgeon, Dr. Rafael Ortiz, Salsa icon, La India, actor and director, Victor Cruz and HBO executive Lucinda Martinez, among others took home 2016 LatinoTrendsetter Awards.
Actress, speaker and author, April Hernandez Castillo and luxury real estate broker and star of Bravo’s Emmy-Nominated show Million Dollar Listing New York, Luis D. Ortiz co-hosted the presentation, igniting energy and comedic charm to the business award ceremony.
Mixing business with pleasure, the Latino Trendsetter Awards kept its tradition of providing stellar entertainment, weaving in performances by Latin GRAMMY® Award nominated salsa star, Frankie Negron, emerging Urban Tropical musician, Doñé , and violinist Lorenzo Laroc
The awards concluded with a special Flamenco performance by Espiritu Gitano, featuring Barbara Martinez and Sol la Argentina. The event was sponsored in part by New York Presbyterian Hospital, Inca Kola and CUNY. Media partners included La Mega 97.9 F.M. and Amor 93.1 F.M.
Over the past fourteen years, The Latino Trendsetter Awards and Scholarship has designed a long term legacy of celebrating and supporting visionary influencers from the Hispanic community.
“This award, made of steel and marble is heavy. It represents the struggle that many of us have or are going through. It’s weight reminds me of progress, which comes from overcoming them. Trendsetters are not focused on the struggles or challenges.
Photographer Credit: John Caballero
L-R: Ed Salas, President, Salcare Home Health Services; Kristie Gonzales, Promotion and Digital Brand Manager WABC-TV; April Hernandez, Event co-Host; Frankie Negron, Salsa Artist; Sandra Harris, Assistant VP for Gov’t & Community Affairs, Columbia University; Liz Berman, President Inca Kola; Juan Guillen CEO & Founder LatinTRENDS; Randy Berman Inca Kola COO; Pamely Gomez, Scholarship Recipient; Lucinda Martinez, SVP of Multicultural Marketing, HBO; Victor Cruz Film & TV Actor; Johnny Marines, Music executive & Manager of Romeo Santos; Dennis Calero, Comic book artist and illustrator; Julio Portalatin, President & CEO, Mercer; Sergio Alvarez, Founder & COO, Ai Media Group; Alexandria Brown-Panisse, Scholarship Recipient; Luis D. Ortiz, event co-host; Rafael Alexander Ortiz, MD, Chief, Neuro-Endovascular Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital; Tim Pullido, President & CEO Pollo Campero