It was an eventful evening as Hispanic Net held their 2010 Annual Dinner. Once again at the Stanford University Faculty Club, the evening started with an informal reception followed by the dinner and featured program.
The highlights of the evening included:
- Keynote Speaker, California State Controller John Chiang
- Honoree-Hispanic Net Corporate Executive of the Year, Antonio Lucio, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Visa Inc.
- Honoree-Hispanic Net Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Phillip Rodriguez, the award-winning film/television producer and documentarian whose recent program, “Brown is the New Green” aired on PBS.
State Controller Chiang delivered a thoughtful and insightful speech on his roots as an immigrant and the struggles he faced in pursuit of his goals. He segued from these comments to share the enormous tasks on budget deficits facing the current and future California State government. This provided an opportunity for him to share the restrictions and constraints created by mandated and voter-sanctioned revenue measures. The clarity of his comments was appreciated and noted by many following the program. His solution-based work ethic and high level of transparency set the framework for future ideas and cooperation between the State Controllers office and Hispanic Net.
In a final gesture of government transparency, State Controller Chiang touched on funds held by the State for payment to California Residents. These are funds that accrue from private and public sources and, for many reasons, do not find their designated individual. With a list of attendees names (and no other information) provided prior to the event, Chiang had his office check the list against funds payable. After calling out nearly 40 names, some with actual amounts, it underscored the scope of his duties which include all cash management for the State. He cautioned that actual identity and match would need to be confirmed on his office’s website.
Antonio Lucio addressed the attendees with his personal career story. Starting with a family expectation of limited professional option, he found his way into the field of marketing. Much to the early chagrin of his father, he stayed on this professional path and continued to develop to where he interacts at the highest levels of marketing for one of the most ubiquitous brands in the world. His warm and engaging style accentuated his remarks.
Lucio was introduced by James Gutierrez, last year’s honoree as Entrepreneur of the Year. James noted his first meeting with Antonio Lucio at the recent Winter Olympics at Vancouver, British Columbia. Gutierrez cited Lucio’s vision and receptivity as an engaging attribute for greater cooperation.
Finally, Phillip Rodriguez took the podium to receive his award as Social Entrepreneur of the Year. He commented on his evolution as a social commentator. Citing his home city of Los Angeles, he detailed his observations as the city turned for primarily white, and Anglo to predominantly brown and Latino. In a prior project, Latinos ‘08, he addressed the impact of the Latino vote on the 2008 Elections, not only in numbers, but also the effect on issues and changes in the political landscape. He commented the effects in American society would be pervasive and poignantly stated that “ Brown will be beautiful in Los Angeles before it is in Mexico City”.
Complete Speeches of all three will be on the Hispanic Net Website (www.hispanic-net.org) shortly.
The Sponsors for the 2010 Hispanic Net Dinner included Heritage Bank, Exar, Visa Inc., Hewlett Packard, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Symantec, TechBA, Progreso Financiero, Blue Ocean Systems, Solid Ground US and The Montoya Family.
Notable attendees included Maria Echeveste, Lecturer at Boalt Hall (UC Berkeley) and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Mark Perriello, Former White House Director of Presidential Appointments, State Assemblyman Paul Fong, 22nd District, Aida Alvarez, Former Federal Administrator-Small Business Administrator and current Director of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Arabella Martinez, CEO of the Unity Council and former Assistant Secretary of Health Education and Welfare and Ron Gonzales, CEO of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley and former Mayor of both San Jose and Sunnyvale.
The next year’s Hispanic Net Annual Dinner is scheduled for April 9, 2011.