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Two Dallas execs at center of national Latino chamber scandal

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Two prominent Dallas executives, Javier Palomarez and Nina Vaca, are at the center of a brewing personnel dispute at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, according to court documents and published reports.

The nonprofit group that promotes Latino business interests, is reviewing allegations that its CEO Palomarez has engaged in sexual harassment and padded his salary, according to a January court filing in Dallas County District Court.

Vaca, chairman and CEO of Dallas-based Pinnacle Group, has been on the Hispanic Chamber’s board, but is no longer a member, according to the Chamber’s website. She is chairwoman of the Chamber’s Foundation, its philanthropic arm.

Palomarez has been president and CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Commerce, which represents more than 4.4 million Hispanic-owned businesses, and the business group’s Foundation since 2010.

Palomarez says that Vaca is behind the harassment charges and has led a campaign against him.  In Dallas County court filing, he said he is considering filing a lawsuit against Vaca and others associated with the chamber and foundation.

In the petition, which requests Vaca be deposed, Palomarez said that he believes she has defamed him before numerous members, directors and employees at both the chamber and its foundation.

Marcos Ronquillo, Palomarez’s attorney said he couldn’t comment on the pending legal matters. The petition asks for a court hearing.



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MiLB Expanding Hispanic Marketing Campaign Nationwide In '18

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MiLB is taking its Hispanic marketing campaign national in ’18 after a debut late last season in four pilot markets. The return of Es Divertido Ser Un Fan (“It’s Fun To Be A Fan”) as an organization-wide effort this season arrives with the creation of a trophy called the C…




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The National Hispanic Corporate Council to Host the 2018 Annual Member Summit

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The 2018 NHCC Annual Member Summit centered on the theme of “Advancing Hispanic Talent & Driving Consumer Growth: Trends Impacting a $2 Trillion Market” is an important gathering of our organization’s Fortune 1000 corporate members aims to highlight the latest corporate best practices in human resources, supplier diversity, marketing, community relations, and executive leadership within the Hispanic, diversity and inclusion space. Subject-matter experts (SMEs) and summit attendees share insights centered on why and how companies that strongly champions diversity and inclusion initiatives help to better position their respective companies to compete in the U.S. Hispanic consumer market.

Tentative agenda includes, but not limited to the following:

  • “Supporting Diversity & Inclusion in a New Political Climate” with Diversity Best Practices
  • “Building a Mentoring Culture” with LifeWork Systems and GlaxoSmithKline
  • “Corporate Executive Development Program Seminar: Latino in Corporate America” by Dr. Mickey Quinones, Department Chair & O. Paul Corley Distinguished Chair in Organizational Behavior, Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University
  • “The Hispanic Marketing Opportunity: A Look at Northwestern Mutual Hispanic Market Strategy” with Northwestern Mutual Executives
  • Employee Retention Research Project” presented by Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University
  • “What’s Next? A Look at Generation Z Marketing” featuring David Wellish, co-founder and CEO of Collage Group
  • “Changing Conversation of Diversity & Inclusion from Diversity to Inclusion and How that means more now with Current Generations” with TJX Companies, NBCUniversal, and NHCC
  • “The Effect of Today’s Social and Political Climate on the Multicultural Marketplace” presented by Cision/PR Newswire and Sensis
  • “Transforming Employee Resource Group into Business Resource Group: Aligning the Group with the Business’ Goals” presented by Association of ERG & CouncilsNorthwestern Mutual, and TBD panelists.
  • “Engaging Hispanic Markets via Sport Marketing/Sponsorships” with NBCUniversal and TBD panelists.

“We are delighted to offer these educational sessions to help our corporate members and guests better understand and maximize the Hispanic markets for their respective companies”, said Octavio Hinojosa, Executive Director, NHCC.

We invite all interested parties to learn more via our website (www.nhcchq.org) and register via bit.ly/2018NHCCAnnualSummit.

Our host sponsor, Northwestern Mutual, graciously supports this event along with Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo, Marriott International, Herman Miller, and Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

About NHCC:

Founded in 1985, NHCC is a unique membership organization comprised of Fortune 1000 corporations providing leading- edge corporate best practices, research and network opportunities for the benefit of its corporate members. NHCC is the premier resource on effectively maximizing the Hispanic market opportunity through marketing, community relations, human resources, and procurement within the foundation of corporate social responsibility. To learn more about NHCC visit us at www.nhcchq.org. Follow us on Twitter @ NHCCorg.

Media Contact:  Octavio Hinojosa, 202-528-7229, ohinojosamier@nhcchq.org

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Hispanic Business Association hosts annual Mardi Gras

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The Hispanic Business Association of San Luis Obispo County will be sponsoring its fifth annual Mardi Gras on Tuesday, Feb. 13 to benefit the HBA Scholarship Foundation for North County schools.

The New Orleans-style event will feature Cajun fare and signature drinks. The kick-off begins at the Paso Robles Downtown Park at 5 p.m. with a stroll around the park, concluding at the Park Ballroom.

Honorees for their positive and noteworthy contributions to the Paso Robles community this year are: Dr. Maria Escobedo, Jacob Gersh and Steve Gregory.

Dr. Escobedo is responsible for the North County Cuesta Community College campus and additional sites in South County.
Jacob Gersh has been honored and recognized state-wide for his involvement with children on behalf of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County.

Steve Gregory serves on the Paso Robles City Council.

The Mardi Gras Celebration will start in the Park Ballroom, 1232 Park Street, Paso Robles, at 5 p.m. and conclude at 9 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person or $500 for a table of eight. For reservations, please call Maria Garcia at 805-835-7900.



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Minor League Baseball Expands Hispanic Fan Engagement Initiative with New National Event SeriesInaugural “Copa …

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Feb. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Minor League Baseball® (MiLB™) today announced the launch of “Copa de la Diversión,” or “Fun Cup,” a season-long event series specifically designed to embrace the culture and values that resonate most with participating teams’ local U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities.

Based on the successful launch of its national “It’s Fun to Be a Fan” (and corresponding Spanish-language “Es Divertido Ser Un Fan®”) marketing campaign in 2017, participating teams will bolster their marketing and customer service efforts this season to create a culturally-relevant gameday experience through music, concessions and promotions.

The 160-game event series begins on April 8, in Round Rock, Texas. To build awareness and create excitement for the new national series, a 3-foot tall “Copa de la Diversión” trophy will embark on a tour of the participating cities, as part of a “Gira de la Copa” (“Cup Tour”).

To distinctively launch this new initiative, and visually celebrate the diversity that defines MiLB communities nationwide, MiLB and each participating team will create culturally-relevant on-field personas that honor the local U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities. The “Copa de la Diversión” team identities will be unveiled on March 20.

Last season, three MiLB teams adopted new alternate on-field monikers to reflect their unique and diverse fan bases: Charlotte Knights (to “Caballeros,” its Spanish-language equivalent), Las Vegas 51s (to Reyes de Plata, or “Silver Kings,” a nod to the city’s mining heritage), and Visalia Rawhide (to “Toros,” in honor of the region’s dairy industry).

After the conclusion of the season, each participating team will auction its “Copa de la Diversión”-branded game-used caps and jerseys and donate the proceeds to a U.S. Hispanic/Latino-focused organization in its community.

The participating teams for the 2018 campaign, spanning 19 states from coast-to-coast include: Albuquerque Isotopes, Bowie Baysox, Brooklyn Cyclones, Charlotte Knights, Corpus Christi Hooks, Daytona Tortugas, Durham Bulls, El Paso Chihuahuas, Eugene Emeralds, Everett AquaSox, Greenville Drive, Hartford Yard Goats, Hillsboro Hops, Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino, Kane County Cougars, Kannapolis Intimidators, Lake Elsinore Storm, Las Vegas 51s, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Memphis Redbirds, Oklahoma City Dodgers, Omaha Storm Chasers, Pawtucket Red Sox, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, Round Rock Express, Sacramento River Cats, Salt Lake Bees, San Antonio Missions, San Jose Giants, Stockton Ports, Tulsa Drillers, Visalia Rawhide and Winston-Salem Dash.

“Minor League Baseball is built on the fun, memory-making experiences created by our teams each and every day,” said Kurt Hunzeker, Minor League Baseball’s Vice President of Marketing Strategy and Research. “When we introduced ‘It’s Fun to Be a Fan’ and ‘Es Divertido Ser Un Fan’ last season, the overwhelmingly positive response led us to create this season-long event series, further showcasing our teams’ commitment to their communities and MiLB’s unique brand of fun.”

About Minor League Baseball 
Minor League Baseball, headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, is the governing body for all professional baseball teams in the United States, Canada and the Dominican Republic that are affiliated with Major League Baseball® clubs through their farm systems. Fans are coming out in unprecedented numbers to this one-of-a-kind experience that can only be found at Minor League Baseball ballparks. In 2017, Minor League Baseball attracted 41.8 million fans to its ballparks to see the future stars of the sport hone their skills. From the electricity in the stands to the excitement on the field, Minor League Baseball has provided affordable family-friendly entertainment to people of all ages since its founding in 1901. For more information visit www.MiLB.com.

Follow Minor League Baseball on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 



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ECISD students earn National Merit Hispanic Scholar honors

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Four Ector County Independent School District high school seniors have been selected as National Merit Hispanic Scholars.

They include David Hinojos from Odessa High School and Kristin Morton, Reana Lopez and Jacob Menhaca from Permian High School.

Approximately 1.6 million high school students enter the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT). Students take the PSAT during their junior year of high school and are recognized in their senior year, information from the district said.

Of the approximately 250,000 Hispanic/Latino high school juniors who take the PSAT only about 5,000 — the top 2 percent — are honored as National Hispanic Scholars.

All four have taken dual credit, Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate courses.

Hinojos, 17, plans to attend Texas A&M University to study mechanical engineering.

He said he was surprised about receiving the National Merit recognition.

“I feel like it was an honor. I wasn’t sure if I was going to get it or not,” Hinojos said.

Hinojos is captain of the varsity swim team, OHS band, a member of the National Honor Society, Amnesty USA. In band, he is a percussionist with an emphasis on the keyboard instruments.

He also participates in the Odessa Aquatic Center where he has worked as a life guard.

Math and physics are his favorite subjects. He said he always had an interest in how things were made.

“So when I heard mechanical engineering is where you can design and where you can innovate, I felt like that was where I wanted to be,” Hinojos said.

“… They have created everything from the design of a simple potato chip (to) robotics technology. Everyone needs a mechanical engineer,” he added.

Hinojos added that he chose Texas A&M because it is one of the best schools for engineering in Texas and one of the top ranked in the nation. “I felt like it was a fitting choice,” Hinojos said.

He said his parents are proud of him and have always supported him. Hinojos said he also wants to set a good example for his younger brothers and sisters.

His parents, he said, have always encouraged him to broaden his horizons.

Hinojos said he took International Baccalaureate courses until the end of his junior year and then he took all Advanced Placement courses. If you score high enough on an AP test, you can earn college credit.

“I can tell you it’s a great accomplishment for the young man. We’re very proud of his efforts and being able to get to that level. We’re very fortunate on our campus to have a student that has excelled at that level. And just to be part of that process he obviously has some goals and aspirations that are pretty lofty that I think he will definitely accomplish because it’s pretty amazing what he’s been able to accomplish so far. We’re certainly supporting him in his efforts to get to that level and couldn’t be any prouder of what he’s been able to accomplish so far,” Principal Mauricio Marquez said.

Lopez, 18, got into University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas of the Permian Basin, but said she will probably go to UTPB because she got a free ride. She plans to major in biology and ultimately go to medical school to become an obstetrician-gynecologist or an ear, nose and throat doctor.

Lopez earned the distinction of AP Scholar for scoring a 3 on the AP World History exam and a 4 on the AP US History and AP English Language exam. She will be inducted into the Permian Academic Hall of Fame for her outstanding score on the SAT of 1280 and ACT score of 30. She is currently ranked No. 13 in her senior class of 789.

She is a member of the National Honor Society, Texas Scholars and Students in Philanthropy.

Attending Permian has been an educational experience, Lopez said, but she notes that Permian is well known all over for “Mojo” and “Friday Night Lights.”

“I’m glad to be a part of that showing the school is more like a regular high school,” Lopez said.

Morton plans to attend Texas A&M and study international studies. She said she thinks she wants to go into politics.

She will be inducted into the Permian Academic Hall of Fame for her outstanding score on the SAT of 1390 and ACT of 32. She is currently ranked No. 1 in her senior class of 789.

Morton is a member of the National Honor Society (President), Students in Philanthropy, Texas Scholars, Business Professionals of America, Student Senate, Odessa Symphony Guild, Senior Board, Congressional Youth Advisory and Council for the 11th District of Texas.

She is a member of Crossroads Fellowship Worship Team, Crystal Ball Foundation and has 13 years of classical piano training.

Morton said it was always a goal of hers to become a National Merit scholar.

“So I’m pretty happy that I did. I took SAT prep a year early to get prepared for it. It was a class here, but … I think I was a sophomore it was all juniors and seniors and I was the youngest one, so I kind of felt weird because I didn’t know anybody in there,” Morton said.

She added that she has had “really great teachers” at Permian and has been fortunate to become involved in a lot of things so she didn’t become just a number.

Lopez advised younger students talk to their counselors and start keeping track of their GPA early. “Certain classes you have to take pass fail,” she said. “Make sure you know which ones are weighted and which ones aren’t.”

She added that students should volunteer.

“I did 50-something hours at ORMC (Odessa Regional Medical Center) and I wouldn’t be able to add up how much I did at Odessa Animal Control,” Lopez said.

Morton said students should learn what tests and applications can yield scholarship money and prepare for those things.

“Start early. Don’t wait until the second semester of your senior year,” she said.

Karen Hart, who teaches anatomy and physiology and is the National Honor Society sponsor and AP coordinator, has Morton and Lopez in class.

“They’re both real good students. Kristin is No. 1 in her class. Reana is 13, so both of them are good students and hard workers. But it’s not just the academic sides that they work on. They’re also well known in their class and have good personalities,” Hart said.

She said she doesn’t have Menchaca in her class, but knows he is a bright young man with a love of music.

Menchaca plans to go to Texas A&M and study biomedical sciences to become a veterinarian.

He has earned the distinction of AP Scholar with Honor by scoring a 3 on the AP English Language exam and the AP World History exam and a 4 on the AP U.S. History exam and the AP Biology exam.

He will be inducted into the Permian Academic Hall of Fame for his outstanding score on the SAT of 1330. He is currently ranked No. 7 in his senior class of 789. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Texas Scholars, Black Cat Jazz Band, Decathlon (Team Captain) and the Mighty MOJO Marching Band (Officer).

He said he’s wanted to be a veterinarian since he was in elementary school.

“I’ve always liked animals, so that’s really led me to what I want to do,” Menchaca said.

At home, he has three dogs and three cats and his family has a ranch in Menard where they have horses, cows and sheep.

On getting the National Merit Hispanic Scholar recognition, Menchaca said he was proud of himself and his family was, too.

“It’s really going to help me with college because of the scholarship I get from it,” he said.

Like his peers, Menchaca said he has enjoyed attending PHS.

“It’s probably been the best three years of life so far. I’ve met lots of new friends. Band has really made my three years here memorable,” Menchaca said.

He is in National Honor Society, Academic Decathlon and plays trombone in band and symphony and is in the jazz band.

Taking AP biology with former Permian teacher Mike Cashin last year got him more interested in science.

“I feel like he made the class fun,” Menchaca said. “He made me want to take more science classes. To be a veterinarian, you need to take a lot of science classes. Being able to enjoy science is kind of necessary to be a veterinarian.”

He would tell younger students to dream big and chase those dreams. Menchaca said his band director, Jeff Whitaker, told him that and it made him want to dream big and chase those dreams himself.



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Lindsay Corporation Announces Changes to Board of Directors

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OMAHA, Neb.–()–Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN), a leading provider of irrigation
systems and infrastructure products, announced today that Consuelo E.
Madere has been appointed to its board of directors. Madere is the
President of Proven Leader Advisory, LLC, a management consulting and
executive coaching firm she founded in 2014. She is a former Executive
Officer of Monsanto, a leading global provider of innovative,
sustainable agricultural solutions. She has over 30 years of domestic
and global experience at Monsanto, spanning manufacturing, strategy,
technology, business development, profit & loss responsibility and
general management. She served in a number of key leadership positions
with significant P&L responsibility across Europe, Middle East and
Africa as well as Asia and key markets within the US business. She
retired from Monsanto Company in 2013 as Vice President of the company’s
Global Vegetables and Asia commercial businesses and was a member of the
CEO’s executive leadership team.

Madere serves as a Director of Nutrien (NYSE: NTR), the world’s largest
fertilizer company which recently was formed by the merger of Potash
Corp of Saskatchewan and Agrium Inc. She also serves as a director of
S&W Seed Company (NASDAQ: SANW), a leading provider of alfalfa, sorghum,
sunflower and stevia seeds. From 2014 to January 2018 she served as a
director at PotashCorp (NYSE: POT) and was a member of the Audit
Committee and the Safety, Health and Environment Committee. Madere
serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Louisiana State University
Honors College, and is a member of the Latin Corporate Directors
Association as well as the Hispanic Association on Corporate
Responsibility. Her awards include the Vista Magazine Corporate
Achievement Award for “Hispanic Women in Business.” Her professional
degrees include an MBA from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of
Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University.

“Lindsay’s Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee, in consultation
with the full Board, developed a detailed set of skills and attributes
it sought in a new director. We are very pleased to have selected
Consuelo from this process,” said Michael C. Nahl, Lindsay’s chairman.
“Her strong background in agriculture, combined with her corporate
governance experience serving on public company boards, will allow her
to make significant contributions to Lindsay’s continued success.”

“I am very pleased to have Consuelo join the Lindsay board. Her
agriculture experiences in R&D and international markets will help
Lindsay Corporation continue to grow as an innovation-based company that
pursues opportunities in many attractive international markets,” stated
Timothy L. Hassinger, Lindsay’s CEO and President.

Madere will serve for a term which will expire at the December 2018
annual meeting, and she will be nominated in the Company’s next proxy
statement for a three-year term to expire in 2021.

William F. Welsh II, a Lindsay director since 2001, has informed the
company of his intention to retire upon the conclusion of his term at
the upcoming December 2018 annual meeting. “Bill has made very important
contributions to Lindsay’s growth over the past 17 years and we will
miss his advice and counsel,” stated Mr. Nahl.

About the Company

Lindsay manufactures and markets irrigation equipment primarily used in
agricultural markets which increase or stabilize crop production while
conserving water, energy, and labor. The Company also manufactures and
markets infrastructure and road safety products under the Lindsay
Transportation Solutions trade name. At December 18, 2017 Lindsay had
approximately 10.7 million shares outstanding, which are traded on the
New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LNN.

For more information regarding Lindsay Corporation, see the Company’s
Web site at
www.lindsay.com.



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Lindsay Corporation Announces Changes to Board of Directors

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Lindsay Corporation (NYSE: LNN), a leading provider of irrigation
systems and infrastructure products, announced today that Consuelo E.
Madere has been appointed to its board of directors. Madere is the
President of Proven Leader Advisory, LLC, a management consulting and
executive coaching firm she founded in 2014. She is a former Executive
Officer of Monsanto, a leading global provider of innovative,
sustainable agricultural solutions. She has over 30 years of domestic
and global experience at Monsanto, spanning manufacturing, strategy,
technology, business development, profit & loss responsibility and
general management. She served in a number of key leadership positions
with significant P&L responsibility across Europe, Middle East and
Africa as well as Asia and key markets within the US business. She
retired from Monsanto Company in 2013 as Vice President of the company’s
Global Vegetables and Asia commercial businesses and was a member of the
CEO’s executive leadership team.


Madere serves as a Director of Nutrien (NYSE: NTR), the world’s largest
fertilizer company which recently was formed by the merger of Potash
Corp of Saskatchewan and Agrium Inc. She also serves as a director of
S&W Seed Company (NASDAQ: SANW), a leading provider of alfalfa, sorghum,
sunflower and stevia seeds. From 2014 to January 2018 she served as a
director at PotashCorp (NYSE: POT) and was a member of the Audit
Committee and the Safety, Health and Environment Committee. Madere
serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Louisiana State University
Honors College, and is a member of the Latin Corporate Directors
Association as well as the Hispanic Association on Corporate
Responsibility. Her awards include the Vista Magazine Corporate
Achievement Award for “Hispanic Women in Business.” Her professional
degrees include an MBA from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of
Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University.


“Lindsay’s Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee, in consultation
with the full Board, developed a detailed set of skills and attributes
it sought in a new director. We are very pleased to have selected
Consuelo from this process,” said Michael C. Nahl, Lindsay’s chairman.
“Her strong background in agriculture, combined with her corporate
governance experience serving on public company boards, will allow her
to make significant contributions to Lindsay’s continued success.”


“I am very pleased to have Consuelo join the Lindsay board. Her
agriculture experiences in R&D and international markets will help
Lindsay Corporation continue to grow as an innovation-based company that
pursues opportunities in many attractive international markets,” stated
Timothy L. Hassinger, Lindsay’s CEO and President.


Madere will serve for a term which will expire at the December 2018
annual meeting, and she will be nominated in the Company’s next proxy
statement for a three-year term to expire in 2021.


William F. Welsh II, a Lindsay director since 2001, has informed the
company of his intention to retire upon the conclusion of his term at
the upcoming December 2018 annual meeting. “Bill has made very important
contributions to Lindsay’s growth over the past 17 years and we will
miss his advice and counsel,” stated Mr. Nahl.


About the Company


Lindsay manufactures and markets irrigation equipment primarily used in
agricultural markets which increase or stabilize crop production while
conserving water, energy, and labor. The Company also manufactures and
markets infrastructure and road safety products under the Lindsay
Transportation Solutions trade name. At December 18, 2017 Lindsay had
approximately 10.7 million shares outstanding, which are traded on the
New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LNN.


For more information regarding Lindsay Corporation, see the Company’s
Web site at
www.lindsay.com.



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