LatinTRENDS dedicated to the concept of “redefining a star,” celebrated The 13th Annual Latino Trendsetter Awards full to capacity, and set New York City’s Symphony Space theater ablaze with a flawless parade of trendsetters, icons and inspirational leaders in the Latino community. The evening was co-hosted by fashion pioneering celebrity plus-size model and current LatinTRENDS Magazine cover person, Denise Bidot; and film and TV actor J.W. Cortes, as well as a special appearance by Melissa Mark-Viverito, speaker of the New York City Council during the evening program. NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, another elected official joined over 100 influencers, made up of CEO’s, executive managers and entrepreneurs at pre-event VIP reception, which was full to capacity. The awards program culminated with live performance by living legend and GRAMMY winner Tito Nieves, who closed the show with a spectacular live performance.
The 2015 Award recipients honored were Lorraine Cortés-Vásquez, EVP Multicultural Director for Multicultural Markets & Engagement, AARP; Seny Taveras, Executive Director, CUNY In The Heights; Frank Galarza, professional boxer and youth activist; Hector D. Ruiz, Regional Sales Manager, US Latin America, Delta; Lynda Baquero, consumer reporter, NBC4 New York; Vanessa Gonzalez-Plumhoff, Director of Latino Leadership and Engagement, Planned Parenthood Federation of America; Daisy Auger-Dominguez, Vice President, Talent Acquisition and Organization & Workforce Diversity, Disney ABC Television Group; Eric Garcia, Radio Revenue Chief, Spanish Broadcasting System, La Mega & Amor; Tony Jimenez, President & CEO, MICROTECH; M“Maria Amor, Vice President, Formulatin, Selected as a 2015 Latino Trendsetter Award Recipient”>aria Amor, Vice President of Formulatin; Anthony Lolli, Founder & CEO, Rapid Realty NYC, and special Live it Award to: Nemesio Ortiz, Vice President of Medicare Sales, Healthfirst, for his contribution to the communities well being through proper medical care and health insurance.
Elected officials in attendance: speaker of the New York City Council NYC Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer
Additionally, LatinTRENDS presented a special award to two top New York bloggers making striking contributions to the community, George Torres of Sofrito For Your Soul in English and José Zabala of Zabala al Día for his Spanish-language blog.
Scholarships were awarded to Danitsa Andaluz, sophomore at Macaulay Honors College at Lehman College and Nicole Lopez, freshman at John Jay College, who are also enrolled in a leadership program in the 100 Hispanic Women organization. The #LatinoTrendsetter Awards were produced by LatinTRENDS and sponsored in part by CUNY, Nissan, New York Presbyterian Hospital, SBS, La Mega 97.9 & Amor 93.1, Inca Kola and Hennessy.