The National Association of Hispanic Publications, Inc. (NAHP) announced the appointment of Alfred Ramirez as Interim Executive Director. During his tenure as Interim Executive Director, Mr.

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) announced its support to bring awareness of Hispanic contributions to the agricultural industry.

New York State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz will be sworn in as the new president of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL). Puerto Rico Senate President Kenneth McClintock Hernandez performed the swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol in San Juan.

The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) announced two new members to its Board of Directors; Resident Commissioner Luis Fortuño (PR) and Mr. Hector Alcalde, Founder and Chairman of Alcalde & Fay.

A new Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations Weblog for marketing professionals and students was launched recently. Centered on the upcoming Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations book due out later this year, the weblog includes author biographies, Hispanic marketing and public relations news and serves as a forum for authors and visitors to post comments and share insights. The new book provides more than 350 pages of information, case studies, charts, tables, graphs, market data and opinions based on the knowledge of nineteen U.S. Hispanic market experts. Proceeds will benefit the Hispanic Marketing & Communication Association, HMCA. Information on the book, including a list of authors and a pre-publication sign up sheet is available at the HMCA website and on the new weblog .

John U. Sepulveda, a housing industry veteran and former deputy director at the U.S.

The National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC) announced its 2005 board of directors. Jon Munoz, Director of Hispanic Marketing for the South Region at Nextel Communications, Inc., has been re-elected Chair of the board. Munoz is the first NHCC Chair to be re-elected to a second term.

Chase, the retail banking unit of JPMorgan Chase & Co., announced a $1 million grant to the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and its community development subsidiary, the Raza Development Fund (RDF), to finance land acquisition for community development projects around the country.

On February 16, 2005, ANA will partner with the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) to stage the first live branded entertainment competition – "The Battle of the Brands."

Aetna, Inc. joined the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility as a corporate partner.

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) revealed the winners of its fourth annual Multicultural Excellence Awards during a ceremony at the ANA Multicultural Marketing Conference at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, Anaheim, CA.

The American Advertising Federation (AAF) has named seven accomplished young executives from a diverse cross-section of industry segments to its esteemed Advertising Hall of Achievement. Included in that prestigious line up is Aldo Quevedo of Dieste, Harmel & Partners.

The Hispanic Marketing & Communication Association, HMCA, announced that HMCA President Elena del Valle, M.B.A., J.D. is the recipient of the 2004 D. Parke Gibson Pioneer Award of the Multicultural Communications Section of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Univision Communications Inc. announced that it was recognized with the Exemplary Practice of Corporate Governance & Board Diversity Award by the New America Alliance at the organization's 4th Wall Street Summit held on October 27th - 29th in New York City. Co-President of Univision Television Group, Thomas Arnost, accepted the award on Univision's behalf.

Zoa Martinez, President and Creative Director of Hispanic-owned ZONA Design, Inc., the New York-based, multi-disciplined design agency, will speak at a National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications.