Daisy Expósito-Ulla, Chairman and CEO of The Bravo Group, received the prestigious Carvel Immigrant Entrepreneur Award from The National Immigration Forum at their Fifth Annual Keepers of The American Dream Awards Dinner on May 19, 2004 in Washington, D.C.
The Forum's annual Keepers of the American Dream Awards Dinner is a celebration of the heroes who embrace the spirit of immigrant achievement and the American Dream, who contribute significantly to the well being of immigrants in America, and who enhance the appreciation of immigrants and America's immigrant tradition.
The Carvel Immigrant Entrepreneur Award was launched to honor outstanding immigrant entrepreneurs whose success embodies the American Dream. The Carvel Foundation, funded through the generosity of the late Tom Carvel, has supported this award since its inception. Mr. Carvel, himself a Greek immigrant, started a chain of ice cream parlors that was one of the first franchises to be open to immigrant ownership, and which paved the way for hundreds of new arrivals to establish their own businesses and find
In her acceptance speech, Ms. Expósito-Ulla said "As a marketing and advertising professional I could think of America as a brand. A brand that has differentiated itself for providing opportunity, freedom and openness to immigrants...Without immigrants this nation won't be able to achieve the greatness it deserves in the future. For greatness is made of diversity. That is the essence of this country. America must be the brand that stands for hope."
Daisy Expósito-Ulla is foremost recognized as one of the major forces in the growth and evolution of Hispanic communications in America. As head of the The Bravo Group, in its new multicultural incarnation, Expósito-Ulla oversees Bravo, the leading U.S. Hispanic agency, Kang & Lee, the primary Asian-American agency, Mosaica, a New York-based agency and Hispanic agency Mendoza Dillon on the West Coast.
In 2004, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed Daisy Commissioner to the Latin Media and Entertainment Commission of the City of New York, whose list includes Willie Colon, Jennifer Lopez, Robert De Niro and Lisa Quiroz of Time Inc, among others.
In November of 2003, Hispanic Business Magazine recognized Daisy's career output and her community involvement with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In May of 2003, Ms. Expósito-Ulla was recognized with the distinction Women Who Change The World by New York Women in Communications, Inc., winning her the prestigious Matrix Award in Advertising.
In 2002, Daisy received the International Center's Award of Excellence, the Business Award by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and was named Advertising Executive of the Year by Hispanicad.com.
Daisy has been recognized twice by Crain's New York Business as one of New York's 100 Top Minority Executives and Multicultural Leaders. She has also been chosen by Hispanic Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics and as one of the 100 Outstanding Hispanic Women in Communications.
Expósito-Ulla serves on the boards of the Advertising Council, Advertising Education Foundation, American Women in Radio & Television, American Association of Advertising Agencies Foundation, Board of Trustees of the New America Alliance, National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. She is a founding board member of the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies (AHAA) where she serves as past president and parliamentarian. She is also active with organizations such as the American Advertising Federation, Hispanic Federation and the National Council of La Raza among others.