2022 Speakers


Angelica BalderasAngelica Balderas (Angie) is the senior vice president of integrated marketing solutions for Entravision Communications. She currently oversees all operations and sales for the Sacramento market, including top-rated KXSE (Jose 104.3FM) and Tricolor 99.9FM, as well as 101.9FM Wolf and Hot 103.5FM. Previously she was director of sales for Adelante Media Group, overseeing all local, national, network, and digital sales; before that she was national sales manager and worked with national advertisers (clients) and their agencies to execute advertising and promotional programs over Adelante’s nine markets. She has also served as president/principal of Aztec Media and launched KTTA (Kebuena 97.9FM), KLNA (Power 105.5FM), and KBBU (Ke Buena 93.9FM) until the stations were sold in 2004 to Bustos Media. Her experience includes over 20 years of local direct and agency transactional business, retail activation, and event marketing.


Andriena ColemanA proud double HBCU grad from Jackson State University and North Carolina A&T State University, Andriena Coleman is the head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Hearts & Science. Coleman has a robust background in local media investment and has worked on every major category in her 16-year agency career. Before assuming the Hearts DE&I role, she was a supervisor of multicultural investment within the local investment team at Hearts. Coleman is an active member of several cultural and community business resource broups at Omnicom Media Group while serving as co-chair of OMG’s Black Leadership Network. She is a member of the executive leadership team of Black Together, Omnicom’s Global ERG. She is passionate about media as it is very nuanced and rapidly evolving. Coleman is based in the booming metropolis of Atlanta, where she resides with her husband and daughter.

 


Ana Crandell

Ana Crandell is VP/Multicultural at Zenith Media.  She has previously held positions including director/ multicultural at Hearts & Science and group account director/multicultural at OMD USA. Crandell started her advertising career at Lopez Negrete Communications in Houston, where she led the creation of its media department. While there, she played an integral role in winning the Walmart U.S. Hispanic business, marking the company’s official entry into the U.S. Hispanic space nationwide. To further develop her career in this space, she moved to Miami to join the media department of Alma DDB, where she managed the U.S. Hispanic efforts for a broad roster of clients including McDonald’s, State Farm, TJX Companies, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. She also played an integral role in the creation of OMD Multicultural. She is an active member of AIMM (Alliance for Inclusive and Multicultural Marketing) and co-authored Going for Growth:  Targeting Today’s Diverse Consumers.


David CriscitelliDavid Criscitelli is vice president of audio at Meruelo Media Los Angeles. Criscitelli began his career at in national radio at Interep Radio, and started at then-Emmis-owned Power 106 in 2008 as local sales manager. Following Meruelo Media’s acquisition of KPWR and KLOS, Criscitelli was promoted to his current role and given oversight of all Meruelo’s English-language properties.

 


Joe D'AngeloJoseph D’Angelo is senior vice president of global radio for Xperi, Inc., responsible for worldwide broadcast radio business, digital audio, and product development. As one of the founders of iBiquity Digital, the company behind HD Radio technology, D’Angelo has over 20 years of experience in the radio technology industry. He has led commercial licensing, product development, and technology innovation efforts during his tenure and currently leads Xperi’s global radio services with a focus on HD Radio, DAB+, hybrid, and streaming audio services. He manages resources around the world committed to ensuring broadcast radio has a rich and vibrant offering in today’s digital broadcast and connected world. Before joining Xperi, D’Angelo was a principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers in its information, communication, and entertainment consulting practice. During his tenure he worked closely with telecommunications and entertainment companies, assisting with strategic planning, corporate restructurings, global expansion, and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, he spent five years as a technology manager for Andersen Consulting.


Gonzalo Del FaAs president of GroupM Multicultural, Gonzalo Del Fa plays a key role in all aspects of the multicultural media and marketing efforts initiated by all GroupM agencies: Mediacom, Wavemaker, Mindshare, and Essence. The goal of the division is to provide clients with a truly relevant and informative point of view of multicultural markets and audiences across the U.S., resulting in tailored communications strategies based on in-depth knowledge of consumers. Under Del Fa’s leadership, GroupM Multicultural handles $1 billion in billings from clients such as Nestle, Target, the U.S. Navy, Universal Pictures, Purina, and Google. Del Fa joined the GroupM family in 2003 as managing director of MEC Argentina, where he developed a reputation for creative media thinking and activation. In 2006, he moved to New York to launch MEC Bravo, and in 2010 he was instrumental in combining all the agencies under the GroupM Multicultural banner.


Juan DominguezJuan Dominguez is an 18-year automotive veteran, gaining experience with an automotive manufacturer, marketing agency, and retail. The trifecta allows him to see the industry through a different lens. Today he is president of Speed Advertising, where he manages the number one volume Lexus Dealership in the world, among other automotive groups. Dominguez’s unique talent is in the area of hyper-local and multi-cultural advertising. His biggest accomplishment was taking the South Florida Ford Tier 2 account from last to first in the area of “favorable opinion” among 18 national regions.


Ben DownsBen Downs, vice president and general manager at Bryan Broadcasting, has spent his entire working life in broadcasting. He has managed and operated local and statewide broadcast groups in Texas, been elected chairman of the Texas Association of Broadcasters twice, and served four terms as a member of the NAB Board. Downs worked on behalf of AM radio before the FCC and was the chief advocate for allowing AM stations to allocate new FM translators for AM simulcasts. He also filed the rulemaking that allowed for AM all-digital operation. Downs has emphasized the importance of community-focused broadcasting throughout his career. His stations have won multiple state and national awards for community service including three Crystal and six Marconi awards. His stations won the NAB Service to America Award in 2021.


Matt FeinbergMatt Feinberg, chief strategy officer at HRN (Gen Media), started his career at All American TV in New York City working on the legendary Casey Kasem’s Top 10 TV show and eventually producing the first syndicated radio show for the college market for All American. He spent the next 11 years with pharmaceutical giant Wyeth Healthcare as director of special projects, overseeing planning and buying of radio, out-of-home, and emerging media. Feinberg later landed at media giant Zenith Media, where his multimedia background led him to an SVP/executive group director’s position overseeing integrated media buying and planning with an emphasis on radio and digital/ emerging/traditional media integrated strategies. Since leaving Zenith in 2009, Feinberg has worked at Silicon valley startup Jelli, which was bought by iHeartMedia; CRN promotional marketing; and was media director at public relations giant Burson-Marsteller. In his current role  at HRN (Gen Media), he has grown HRN’s presence and market share.


Nio FernandezNio Fernandez serves as director of Latin formats for Beasley Media Group. He began his radio career in Tampa in 1996 at WRMD and WMGG, where he gained experience in numerous facets of the industry and was the Spanish play-by-play commentator for the Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1999-2002. He has worked in markets from Tampa to Miami and Los Angeles and alongside radio icon and Bill Tanner protege Pio Ferro over the years. Fernandez has been recognized for his excellence in broadcasting by the City of Tampa and the National Latin-American Institute of Journalism, and was awarded the Medallas de Cortez Award for Program Director of the Year in 2020.


George HerreraGeorge Herrera, general sales manager at Meruelo Media, Los Angeles, started his audio career 13 years ago as an account executive at KROQ, eventually selling all seven stations in the CBS Los Angeles cluster. As the newest AE among some of L.A.’s most tenured sellers, Herrera had to blaze his own trail, successfully landing and managing accounts across a variety of industries. In 2018, Herrera moved across town to manage local sales for Power 106 and KDAY. In 2019, following Meruelo Media’s acquisition of KLOS, he was promoted to general sales manager of KPWR, KDAY, and KLOS. Herrera helped oversee the integration of two sales staffs through the KLOS acquisition, and led his team to deliver consistently high power-ratio performance. Herrera also serves on the Los Angeles Planning and Land Use Commission.


Fred JacobsFred Jacobs, founder and president of Jacobs Media Strategies, started Jacobs Media when he had the notion there was a big opportunity for a radio format focusing on the greatest rock ’n’ roll from the ’60s and ’70s. Classic Rock — the format — was born in the early 1980s. In a short period, Jacobs signed on stations in Philadelphia, Kansas City, L.A., Detroit, Chicago, and scores of other markets. Fred Jacobs has led the growth of Jacobs Media as a respected company and a brand throughout the industry. The company’s annual Techsurveys have been widely quoted, providing fresh data about the “connected car,” smart speakers, podcasting, and other key challenges and opportunities facing radio. Fred and his brother, Paul, formed a mobile app development company, jācapps, 100 days after Apple opened its App Store. jācapps has been at the forefront of connecting radio with the mobile revolution, having developed more than 1,200 apps that have generated more than 25 million downloads. Fred Jacobs is a frequent speaker at industry events and conventions.


Curtis LeGeytCurtis LeGeyt is CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, involved in all aspects of NAB’s work on behalf of free, local television and radio broadcasters. He previously served as NAB’s executive vice president of government relations and COO before being named to his current position. During his time at NAB, LeGeyt has led several highly successful efforts to advocate for laws that strengthen broadcasters’ ability to innovate and serve their communities. This includes permanent reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR), inclusion of $1 billion in RAY BAUM’s Act to reimburse stations impacted by the spectrum auction repack, and successful passage of the Music Modernization Act. Before joining NAB, LeGeyt served as the senior counsel to then-Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, advising Leahy and the committee on intellectual property, antitrust, and First Amendment issues.


Chesley Maddox-DorseyChesley Maddox-Dorsey is CEO of A Wonder Media Group, LLC, which owns and operates SupeRadio and American Urban Radio Networks. SupeRadio is a national programming syndication company with 25 radio programs. The shows are broadcast in every major market throughout the U.S. AURN is the only African-American owned network radio company in the United States, broadcasting news, information, and entertainment programming to more than 3500 stations nationwide and reaching an estimated 35 million listeners weekly. Maddox-Dorsey is a graduate of Oberlin College, with a B.A. in Government. She is a frequent guest speaker at seminars and has published several articles on financing broadcast properties.


As CEO and owner of Solmart Media, Tomás Martinez is responsible for all management aspects of the three Southwest Florida stations (WZSP-FM, WZZS-FM, WTMY-AM) the company owns. Martinez has been involved in the radio industry for more than three decades. He spent three years as GM and COO of Actualidad Media Group in Miami, managing four stations; during his time there the ESPN brand was secured, WURN-AM increased power to 50,000 watts, and billing was substantially increased. Previously he was GM of Prisa Radio’s Radio Caracol Miami, securing the rights to the city’s leading sports franchise, the Miami Dolphins, and the Soccer World Cup. Martinez also ran the Miami and New York properties for the Radio Unica network and before that succeeded in the general market as GSM for the state of Florida on behalf of Shadow Broadcast Services/Westwood One. Throughout his professional life, Martinez has maintained a long-standing commitment to civic organizations and provided community leadership to highly distinguished social service agencies. A native of Cuba, Martinez arrived in Chicago in 1970. He resides in Miami with his wife and their two children.


Jay MeyersJay Meyers is president and CEO of Broadcast, Management and Technology.  BMTllc has advised many of the large media lenders and well-known PE firms in the media space, as well as broadcasters both domestically and internationally, and provides expert witness, trust, and receivership services in the broadcasting space. Meyers was also CEO of Adelante Media Group, which specialized in Spanish-language programming, and served on the board of R Communications, which owned radio stations on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border. Earlier in his career he was a senior vice president at both Jacor Communications and Clear Channel Radio and president/COO of Sherman Broadcasting Co. Under the BMTllc banner, on an outsourced basis, Meyers provided services as CEO of BCA Radio of San Diego, which owned the U.S. rights to three Mexican-licensed radio stations, and currently is CEO of Horizon Broadcasting of Florida.


Frank MonteroFrank Montero is a co-managing partner with the law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth. He focuses on telecommunications, broadcasting, media, and technology. Montero’s practice includes FCC regulatory counseling, corporate finance, asset and securities acquisitions, intellectual property, and real estate and commercial transactions. Montero was an appointed member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age, and he has served as the director of the FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities. While at the FCC, Montero worked extensively with industry, trade associations, financing institutions, and governmental agencies to create business opportunities for entrepreneurs, startups, and other small businesses in the telecommunications and technology sectors. Before his appointment, Montero was a partner with the Washington communications law firm of Fisher Wayland Cooper Leader & Zaragoza.


Steve NewberrySteve Newberry serves as CEO of Quu, Inc., creators of innovative technology enabling radio stations to provide an enhanced listener experience and monetize visual advertising through full control of the RDS/HD in-car visual display. Newberry brings over 40 years of broadcast experience and industry leadership to his role with Quu. Immediately before joining Quu, he was EVP/industry affairs and strategic planning for the NAB. In that capacity, he was responsible for the organization’s television, radio, membership, and education departments, had primary leadership responsibility for NAB’s technology initiatives with the automotive industry, and led the construction of the organization’s new Washington, D.C., headquarters. Before that Newberry served as the NAB’s Radio Board chair, NABPAC chair, was twice elected to lead the association’s Joint Television and Radio Board, and was a recipient of NAB’s National Radio Award, the industry’s highest leadership honor. Newberry is the founder and chairman of Commonwealth Broadcasting, a radio broadcast group with facilities throughout his home state of Kentucky. 


Otto PadronOtto Padron is president and CEO of Meruelo Media. His mass-media experience, leadership skills, and vision have been key to the transformative expansion of Meruelo Media. Before leading the Meruelo team, Padron was senior vice president of programming for Univision Television Network, the leading Spanish-language network in the U.S. Padron is the only executive to have successfully headed programming for both major U.S. Spanish-language networks, Univision and Telemundo. As a shaping member of these powerhouse brands, he skillfully blended solution-based ideas with a value-oriented management style driven by bottom-line results. During his 20-plus-year tenure programming these competitive networks, Padron developed a keen understanding of relevant entertainment formats and has established a reputation for delivering winning results through production excellence and flawless execution.


Carolina Patino is general sales manager for Spanish Broadcasting System Miami — WXDJ-FM (El Nuevo Zol 106.7FM), WRMA-FM (Ritmo 95.7FM), and WCMQ-FM (Zeta 92.3FM) — and the LaMusica app. She started her radio career in 1997 at SBS New York as an AE for WSKQ-FM and WPAT-FM. She transferred to SBS Miami in 2000, and moved to iHeartRadio Miami in 2009. In June 2015, Patino was offered the opportunity to become the national sales manager for SBS Puerto Rico. She followed that by moving on to the role of NSM for SBS Miami Radio before assuming the position of general sales manager for SBS Miami, where today she oversees both the local and national divisions.


Cary PerezCary Perez has been the General Manager of South Motors Honda since 2019. She is recognized as a leader who leads from the front possessing the skill, personality, and experience to build and motivate extremely successful sales teams. Her knowledge of the car business as well as her high-energy style have earned her a reputation as an accomplished automotive general manager.

 

 


Bob PerryBob Perry specializes in increasing ratings for radio stations that target the Hispanic audience, in both Spanish and English formats. He has programmed and consulted 60-plus top-rated radio stations in 20-plus different markets throughout the United States and Mexico. In addition to clients throughout the U.S., Perry is the programming consultant for Mexico’s largest broadcasting company, Mexico City-based Grupo Acir, which consistently has the top-rated stations in markets throughout Mexico. Perry has an extensive background in market research including market perceptual studies, online music testing, weekly callout research, and audience focus groups. His biggest enjoyment is finding and teaching the future programming and air talent superstars of the radio industry. Perry is based in Houston. He comes from a broadcasting family with family members in both radio and television.


Rick RamosRick Ramos, a 25-year multicultural media sales specialist, is senior VP of multicultural partnerships at Katz’s Eastman Radio unit. His career includes stints as New York sales manager of Katz Hispanic Media; vice president/regional sales manager of HBC National Sales; VP of Univision National Sales; and SVP/director of sales for business development at Eastman Radio. Throughout his career, Ramos has managed, trained, and mentored many media professionals and has been nominated multiple times for Marketer of the Year awards, along with many other recognitions. He has worked with many of the top Hispanic radio companies including Univision Radio, Hispanic Broadcasting Corp., Entravision, Spanish Broadcasting System, and Tichenor Broadcasting. In his current role, Ramos is tasked with driving strategy to maximize the multicultural offerings of the rep firm’s audio partners. Ramos also manages the development of a multicultural marketing mentoring program, with a goal of showcasing the radio industry and motivating young multicultural professionals to consider careers in marketing and advertising.


Michael RocaAs managing director of DE&I investment at OMG, Michael Roca advocates for a more equitable media and marketing ecosystem by highlighting the business imperative of engaging diverse segments. He has also helped marketers such as Diageo, Google, and P&G diversify the mix of their media partnerships by shining a light on the capabilities of diverse-owned, -operated, and -targeted media. Roca has a proven track record of success in building culturally relevant and effective media strategies that drive brand growth and loyalty among diverse segments. Roca holds a BA in Communications from St. John’s University and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.  He also advances DE&I causes on the corporate front as the executive sponsor of OMG’s Hispanic/Latin BRG while also sitting on the board of Omnicom’s LatinX ERG, AcentO. Roca resides in America’s most vibrant and eclectic city, Miami, with his wife and their three children.


Albert Rodriguez

Albert Rodriguez is president and chief operating officer of Spanish Broadcasting System. He joined the company in 1999 and has been COO since 2012; he added the president title in 2021. In this expanded role, he is responsible for managing operations and overseeing the future growth and financial performance of the company’s radio, TV, digital, and experiential businesses and market-leading brands. Over the years Rodriguez has been chief revenue officer of the television segment and general manager of the Miami television market. He has also served as general sales manager for the Miami radio market.

 


Marco RubioMarco Rubio is United States Senator for Florida, elected to the Senate in 2010. Now more than three years into his second term, he continues his important work to make the American Dream achievable for all. Rubio is a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship; as former chairman of this committee, he authored the historic Paycheck Protection Program, a lifeline to millions of small businesses and American workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as ranking member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues, Rubio continues to fight for human rights and to uphold democracy around the globe. Rubio is also vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, where he provides oversight over the U.S. government’s intelligence community and national security apparatus. Additionally, he is a member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, responsible for allocating funding for the federal government.


Jesus SalasJesus Salas is the executive vice president of programming and multi-platform coordinator for Spanish Broadcasting System. In this capacity, he oversees the programming of the hugely successful Latin station WSKQ-FM (Mega 97.9) in New York, and was behind the launch of the first “Cubaton” music-formatted station in the world, WRMA-FM (Ritmo 95.7). Salas is also responsible for all the SBS stations in major Hispanic markets throughout the United States, including Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Puerto Rico. In addition to his considerable success in the professional radio community, Jesus Salas also makes a consistent and concerted effort to strengthen the local community. He is an active member of the Educational Excellence School Advisory Committee.


Alex SanchezAlex Sanchez is the marketing director at Bean Automotive Group. After starting his career in automotive media sales at the Miami Herald, Cars.com, and CBS Viacom over 25 years ago, he leapt into the marketing driver’s seat as marketing director at South Motors, Vista Motors, and now the Bean Automotive Group. Formerly at the helm of the nation’s leading BMW retailers, Sanchez now represents nationally recognized Toyota and Lexus dealerships at Bean Automotive. He has a passion for pivot tables and is known to demystify data sets into simple, sales-driven marketing plans. In a relentless quest for innovation and improvement, he brings to market digital solutions that deliver a unique customer experience.


Rick SanchezRick Sanchez has been a journalist, author, correspondent, and television news anchor for more than 25 years. He’s been described as a “populist,” a “fighter for the little guy,” and a talent who “breaks through the television screen.” Sanchez has worked extensively over the years as a host and producer at networks such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Univision, and iHeartRadio. Many of Sanchez’s interviews with newsmakers have gone viral and can still be seen on YouTube. Among the most notable: Fidel Castro, Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Bill Clinton, and Manuel Noriega. He’s reported on the Contra War from the jungles of Nicaragua where he was stricken with malaria, the landing zone for Marines in the War in Grenada, and the slums of Port Au Prince, Haiti, where he almost lost his life. He has also been on the scene reporting live from major life-altering events such as 9/11 and Hurricanes Katrina and Andrew. He recently co-founded Agua Media, a podcasting network, with business executive Sol Trujillo. The podcasts will share stories that provide needed perspective and information about U.S. Latinos.


Danny SanguilyDanny Sanguily was born in Cuba. His family moved to Puerto Rico, where he lived until joining the U.S. Navy after high school; he served for four years. Upon discharge, he set his sights on becoming a stockbroker but was advised to get sales experience by selling cars, which he did for about a year before moving up the ranks. Over the years, he was promoted to sales manager, finance manager, general sales manager, and now, general manager, a position he has held for 13 years. Sanguily has run luxury, domestic, and foreign brands, taking some of them to elite levels and best in the country.

 


Gregory Scasny is the CTO of Cigent Technology, Inc., leading the strategic and technological vision for the cyber security products and services provided by Cigent, including network and endpoint cyber defense software, offensive and defensive cybersecurity services, incident response, threat hunting, expert cybersecurity consulting, and training. Scasny has over 20 years of IT and information security experience. During his career, he has researched, implemented, and designed intrusion detection and prevention systems; performed vulnerability and threat assessments; performed penetration testing, adversary emulation, and Red Team exercises; designed and implemented deceptive cyber systems; implemented security and information event management systems; designed and implemented incident response programs designed and implemented security operations center operations; and designed multiple threat and research labs. Scasny is a seasoned speaker, educator, and advisor, providing training, keynote presentations, guest lectures, and governance for organizations such as NASA, the IRS, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.


Gabor SebokGabor Sebok serves as chief product officer for Connected Travel, where he is responsible for the design, development, and operations of CT’s DriverVision™ technology, Driver Transaction Platform, and Driver & Passenger applications and services. The CT Platform has powered a broad range of infotainment and navigation applications including DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls Virtual Reality Application for Honda, Honda Dream Drive infotainment, Honda Drive voice commerce applications, Michelin’s BFGoodrich OnTrail social mapping and navigation product, BMW’s SmartRadio application, and USAA’s HyperDrive™ behavior-based insurance product. Prior to that Sebok served at Microsoft Corp. as a director of business programs and operations for Commercial Software Engineering, director of the Windows Application Compatibility Program worldwide, and as a director of Mobile Device Programs. He also spent 18 years at Nokia in a variety of leadership roles, including director of operations for Global Partnering & Application Development, head of Finance & Control Development, and head of Enterprise Application Development functions.


Monnette SewellAs head of key accounts for Norsan Media, Monnette Sewell is responsible for a team that manages the company’s high-value clients and strategic partnerships across eight markets. A multicultural media expert, she has a proven track record in account growth and strategy across multiple categories. She has personally sold and developed regional Hispanic 360 media campaigns with event activations for Coca-Cola, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Metro PCS, Ford Motor Co., and McDonald’s, just to name a few. During her past role as event manager, Sewell successfully planned and executed significant cultural festivals in North Carolina and Florida with one-day attendance ranging from 20,000 to 65,000 people. Her expertise in nontraditional revenue, events, and digital marketing enables her to successfully lead the Norsan Media sales team in selling creative multilevel marketing campaigns and going way beyond the “spots and dots.”


Edgar "Showboy" SoteloEdgar “Shoboy” Sotelo is an engaging, funny, positive, and bicultural-bilingual Marconi Award-winning radio host, content creator, and motivational speaker. He began his career in 2007 in the Latin Urban/Top 40 format on La Kalle/San Francisco and later moved to Dallas’ Latin Urban/Top 40 Mega 107.5. He also hosted mornings in the Regional Mexican format on La Grande 107.5 in Dallas before crossing over to English Top 40 in 2015 on New York’s 92.3 Amp Radio. Over the years, Sotelo has enjoyed unique success in hosting morning shows in English, Spanish, and Spanglish. Currently, The Shoboy Show is in syndication across the country. In recognition of his community outreach, Sotelo was honored at the White House by former President Barack Obama and he has also received the U.S. Senate’s Most Influential Leader Award. He is also a recipient of the NAB Marconi Award for Spanish Format Personality of the Year. Sotelo hosted the Marconi Awards in 2012 and 2014, moderated the first Latino Youth Summit hosted by the United States Senate, and spoke at the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute’s Annual Conference.


Gabriel SotoGabriel Soto, director of research at Edison Research, is committed to supporting better marketing resources for the Latino demographic in the U.S. through strategic investigation in media, such as radio and podcasts. Soto is the primary architect and co-presenter of the first comprehensive report on the U.S. Latino podcast audience, The Latino Podcast Listener Report. He manages other national audio studies from Edison Research, including Share of Ear® and The Podcast Consumer Tracking Report, working closely with clients such as NPR, Audacy, ESPN, Univision, and other key players in the media and audio space. He has shared research findings on Latino radio listeners as a featured presenter at the annual St. Jude Promesa y Esperanza seminar. Before Edison Research, Soto managed political research studies at the Rutgers Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling.


Angelica ValeAngelica Vale is the host of Angelica Vale en las Mañanas on KLLI (Cali 93.9)/Los Angeles, the first and only female-led morning show in Spanish in Los Angeles. Her blend of intriguing interviews, personal stories, and commitment to authenticity helped bring the station this year’s NAB Marconi Award as Spanish Radio Station of the Year. Vale began her career in theater at the age of 2. She has performed in 31 plays of all genres, including musicals, comedies, and dramas. Among her seven films, 20 albums, 250 television shows, and 14 telenovelas was the global hit from Mexico Ugly Betty. Her work in theater will be recognized this year with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition to her professional career, Vale dedicates her time and support to World Vision and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, has partnered with medical experts on the safety of vaccines for children and the importance of boosters, and opens the phones weekly to a Town Hall as a judgment-free zone for questions about vaccines.


Paul VignauPaul Vignau is a general sales manager for Audacy in Miami. He has 25 years of experience in the media industry working for some of the largest media companies in the country, among them Viacom, NBC Universal, and Comcast. Vignau specializes in sales leadership and is responsible for building successful sales teams that exceed revenue goals. Throughout his career he has built teams and led digital sales and today specializes in directing sports sales. Vignau is a powerful force in the workplace and uses his positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed. He enjoys giving back to the community by serving on several boards and is inspired daily by his wife and their two sons. In his free time he likes to play golf, play the drums, watch his actor son perform, and coach football.


Chris WoodChris Wood is SVP/associate general counsel for TelevisaUnivision, the leading Hispanic media company in the U.S. He advises the company’s radio stations and other business units on compliance with FCC, FTC, and other government regulations and works on station transactions.  Wood also supports the company’s government relations team in Washington, D.C. Wood serves as a member of the NAB’s Executive Committee and previously served as chairman of the North American Broadcast Association’s Legal Committee, a director of the ATSC 3.0 Security Authority, a board member of the Open Mobile Video Coalition, chairman of the FCBA Foundation, a trustee of the FCBA, and co-chair of the FCBA Mass Media Practice Committee.  He has twice been a delegate to the World Intellectual Property Association’s Standing Committee on Copyrights in Geneva. Before transplanting to Los Angeles in 2005, Wood was a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm Fleischman and Walsh, where he counseled broadcasters on FCC compliance matters and transactions. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Virginia.