I have just reached the 100-day mark in my role leading the 4A’s, and one thing has been made exceedingly clear to me over the past few months: Before we can make true progress, we must address a critical issue. That issue is trust.  By Marla Kaplowitz - 4A’s President and CEO

The Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) is proud to recognize the industry’s leading pioneer and journalist of the year at the 2017 HPRA National ¡BRAVO! Awards dinner at The Lotte New York Palace Hotel in NYC on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF), presented by HBO, will make its triumphant return October 11-15 with the support of a stellar roster of new and returning sponsors.

With Hispanics now spending at a higher rate on groceries and shopping perishables more frequently than other consumer groups, the Latino Food Industry Association (LFIA) announced its official launch to serve its members, and educate the public and policymakers on the contributions and significant impact being made by Latino-owned food businesses and purveyors on the national economy.

The agency holding companies continue to find themselves the pariahs of the industry, implicated in dubious media-buying practices, non-transparent digital media processes — and now by murky advertising production practices as well.

ANA, ever-faithful and aggressive on behalf of its advertiser members, struck a second blow to 4As this week -- a right uppercut to the chin -- with a new ANA study of advertising production practices.  The report detailed "a range of improper behavior, including allegations that some agencies have steered production contracts to their in-house production and post-production outfits by urging other companies to inflate their prices during the bidding process," as reported in WSJ.  ANA's first blow -- a left to the head -- was its 2016 media transparency report, which outlined improper media owner rebates and kickbacks to media agencies.  The combination 1-2 punch is sure to further undermine trust and lead to contract reviews and reductions in agency remuneration. 4As is taking it on the chin.  What can they do?  The fight is a mismatch.  ANA has the weight advantage -- or does it?  By Michael Farmer - Madison Avenue Manslaughter Archives

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) announced that Craig Coleman has been named Vice President of Marketing, charged with harnessing data and analytics to drive the organization’s marketing efforts and to elevate its brand messaging across the industry.

The 4A's announced that Keesha Jean-Baptiste is joining the organization as senior vice president leading its Talent and Inclusion practice.

Go-to-market is a business-critical, highly complex and carefully sequenced process for global brands today. With companies spending some $1.5 trillion annually to promote their products, effectively managing the marketing supply chain ecosystem has become essential to brand performance and market success.

According to AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing, having the right marketing specialists is the key to navigate big data, digital engagement and insights for successful marketing plans, but it’s how you weave culture and relevance into storytelling that makes brands matter to Hispanic consumers.

AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing announced the winners of the Rising Stars Recognition, the Hispanic marketing industry’s first-ever award for outstanding marketing professionals ages 35 and under, at an awards ceremony at the 2017 AHAA Annual Conference in Chicago. Four young executives, Beatríz Torres Marín, Associate Creative Director, Alma; Alfredo Piña, Brand Management, Richards/Lerma; Ana Rosella Ibarra, Public Relations Managing Supervisor, d expósito & Partners; and Sonny Villarreal III, Account Director, Lopez Negrete Communications, were inducted as Rising Stars Class of 2017.

Since 1999, AHAA has honored those that have made significant contributions to the U.S. Hispanic advertising and marketing industry. Expanding on this program, AHAA has established the AHAA Hall Fame, which recognizes a select group of visionaries, leaders and luminaries who have made significant contributions to the development and advancement of the Hispanic advertising and marketing field.

Círculo Creativo announced that Ciro Sarmiento, Chief Creative Officer at Dieste, has joined the nonprofit organization as President to work hand in hand with Gustavo Lauría and the Círculo Creativo Board of former presidents.

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)announced that interim leader Sylvia Acevedo has been named permanent CEO of the 105-year-old organization, effective immediately.

AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing announced today that Ford Motor Company is the winner of the 2017 AHAA Marketer of the Year Award. Ford joins a prestigious short list of elite brands that have received the award, including McDonald’s, State Farm, Toyota, and Walmart. David Rodriguez, multicultural marketing director for Ford will accept the award and discuss the automaker’s commitment to the Hispanic and multicultural market at AHAA’s 2017 Annual Conference.

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