Julio B. Aponte Jr. is the chief operations officer at Sun Broadcast Group Inc. As COO he oversees all SBGI departments and the company’s day-to-day activities and operations, as well as managing sales strategies and new accountability measurements. Prior to his promotion to COO, Aponte was the senior vice president of Hispanic initiatives. In that role his responsibilities included research, development, the launching of new programming, and establishing new exclusive partnerships with affiliates for Sun Latino Networks, Sun’s Spanish-language division. Aponte’s professional career spans television and radio station management in the United States and Argentina. He has been affiliated with influential media groups and organizations such as ABC/Citadel/Cumulus Radio Network in New York, MTV Tr3s Los Angeles, Univision TV and Radio Unica San Francisco, Emmis Communications and Boca TV in Argentina.
Eric Garcia is audio revenue chief of Spanish Broadcasting System and VP/GM of WSKQ & WPAT in New York. He manages revenue for the local, national, digital, and entertainment divisions at all SBS O&Os across six markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, and Puerto Rico. In addition, he manages the overall operations at WSKQ and WPAT. Before his current role, Garcia served in various executive positions at SBS in New York as general sales manager, national sales manager, and account manager. Before joining SBS in 2004, he worked at Interep National Radio Sales in New York as an account manager. His hands-on approach to business, open-door policy, and overall passion to continuously evolve and redefine radio as the leader inside the nontraditional revolutionary media space are the things Garcia considers to be most exciting about the industry.
Tomás Martinez is CEO and owner of Solmart Media, responsible for all management aspects of the company’s three Southwest Florida stations: WZSP-FM, WZZS-FM, and WTMY-AM. Martinez has been involved in the radio industry for more than three decades. He earlier spent three years as GM and COO of Actualidad Media Group in Miami, managing four stations, and before that he was associated for 10 years with Prisa Radio as general manager of Radio Caracol Miami. While there he executed a power upgrade from 5,000 to 50,000 watts and secured the rights to the Miami Dolphins and the Soccer World Cup. He has also run the Miami and New York properties for the Radio Unica network.
Jesus Salas, a 20-year broadcasting veteran, is EVP/programming and multi-platform coordinator for Spanish Broadcasting System. Salas began his career as an air personality and got his first programming job at age 19. In 1997 he was named PD for WSKQ-FM & WPAT-FM/New York. Salas also held a post as senior PD with XM Satellite Radio. While at XM, he spearheaded a successful national marketing campaign to grow the Hispanic subscriber base. In his current post with SBS, Salas oversees stations in the top U.S. Hispanic markets of New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, and Puerto Rico.