HSF’s Alumni Hall of Fame (AHOF) Gala event, to be held October 8, 2014, at Cipriani’s in New York City, honors distinguished Latinos whose personal journeys to success exemplify the goals and values of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Notable past inductees include Honorary Rosie Rios (Treasurer of the United States), Dr. Richard Carmona (U.S. Surgeon General), Anthony Romero (Executive Director, ACLU), Raul Yzaguirre (former United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic), Honorary Jose Huizar (Member of the Los Angeles City Council), Luis Ubinas (Former President, Ford Foundation), and Cesar Conde (Executive Vice President, NBC Universal). At each event, we recognize three HSF Alum inductees, one non-HSF Alumni honoree, and one corporate honoree.
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President & Chief Executive Officer
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Fidel A. Vargas is President and CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the nation’s leading provider of scholarships and services designed to give Latino students full access to the opportunities a college education can provide. With more than $430 million in scholarships awarded since its founding in 1975, HSF continues to provide increasing numbers of students all the tools they need to apply to college, do well in their course work, graduate, enter a profession, excel, help lead our nation going forward, and mentor the generations to come.
Prior to joining HSF, Mr. Vargas was a founding partner of Centinela Capital Partners, a private equity asset management firm that focused on investing and managing nearly $1billion in minority-owned, emerging-manager funds. Prior to joining Centinela, Mr. Vargas was a Managing Director with TMG Advisors, an investment/consulting firm specializing in business development, strategic planning, and government affairs. He was also a Founding Principal and Managing Director of Reliant Equity Investors, a private equity investment firm primarily investing in later-stage, lower middle market companies. Mr. Vargas also served as Mayor of Baldwin Park, California, a city of 75,000, twenty miles northeast of Los Angeles. At the age of twenty-three, he became the country’s youngest elected Mayor of a major city.
In addition to having served on HSF’s Board of Directors prior to taking the helm as President and CEO, Mr. Vargas has served on several public and private sector boards, including: the Latino Theater Company of Los Angeles; the New America Alliance; Sponsors for Education Opportunities; Operation Hope, Inc.; President Clinton’s Advisory Council on Social Security; President Bush’s Commission on Strengthening Social Security; and President Bush’s Commission on Presidential Scholars, on which he continued to serve through the early years of the Obama Administration.
Mr. Vargas has been recognized for his accomplishments by numerous organizations and media outlets, throughout his career. His honors include selection by Time Magazine as one of the Top 50 young leaders in the United States, being named by Hispanic Magazine as one of the Top 30 young Hispanics in the United States, and selection by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the country’s 100 most influential Hispanics.
Mr. Vargas graduated with honors from Harvard University with an A.B. in Social Studies and received his MBA from Harvard Business School, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and General Management. He has a deep commitment to HSF, having been a six-time, HSF scholarship recipient while attending Harvard University.
Senior Executive Vice President
Chief Administrative Officer
Wells Fargo & Company
Senior Executive Vice President Pat Callahan is the Chief Administrative Officer managing Corporate Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility, Enterprise Marketing, and Government Relations. She oversees the company’s brand, communications, reputation management, and stakeholder engagement efforts. In addition, Callahan successfully led the largest, most complex banking merger in U.S. history, providing oversight and strategic direction for the merger of Wells Fargo and Wachovia Corporation.
A 36-year veteran of the company, Callahan has served as head of Compliance and Enterprise Risk Management, providing regulatory compliance oversight for the company. Before that, she was head of Human Resources for Wells Fargo since the company’s merger with Norwest in 1998. Before the merger, she was head of Wells Fargo’s Wholesale Banking Systems, Finance and Operations, and head of Human Resources from 1993 to 1997.
Callahan began her banking career at Crocker National Bank and held management positions in operations, finance, and commercial real estate. In 1984, she was promoted to senior vice president and manager of Corporate Services. When Crocker merged with Wells Fargo, she became division manager of Wholesale Operations and Systems, and served on the company’s Corporate Responsibility Committee. In 1991, she assumed responsibility for systems, operations, and finance for the Real Estate Group.
Callahan is an advisor to Wells Fargo’s Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion Council. She is a member of the MIT Corporation, the University’s board of trustees. She also serves on the board of directors of The Marine Mammal Center in Marin, Calif.
Callahan graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and her master’s degree in management/finance.
Vice President, Hispanic Strategies
The Coca-Cola Company
Frank P. Ros serves as Assistant Vice President, Latin Affairs for The Coca-Cola Company where he is responsible for management of the Latin Affairs department. This includes developing and implementing the strategy for having the Company recognized as a leading corporate citizen within the Latino community. He transformed a one-market urban community relations program, Coca-Cola Presents Art of Harmony, into a nine-market, nationally recognized and award-winning property. As a result, he received the Coca-Cola Company’s Chairman’s “Exemplary Award”.
Mr. Ros has participated in a number of initiatives aimed at strengthening Georgia’s economy. Governor Roy Barnes appointed him Chairman of the Georgia Commission on Hispanic Affairs. The commission served as an advisory body to the Governor on matters relating to Georgia’s Hispanics, working with all stakeholder groups in addressing issues affecting the Latino community, and promoting the coordination of programs and services of state, federal, and local governments and private agencies which affect the Hispanic population of Georgia.
In 1998, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia selected Mr. Ros to serve on the Hispanic Task Force charged with identifying and assessing the impact of the State’s growing Hispanic population on the University System. In addition, Mr. Ros was appointed to serve on the State’s Governor’s Education Reform Study Commission. Appointees were charged with establishing a better system of public education for the State of Georgia.
Mr. Ros is active in a number of prominent national Latino-focused organizations, including the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, National Council of La Raza, League of United Latin American Citizens, National Hispanic Corporate Council, Cuban American National Council. Serves on the Boards of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (Chairman, Advisory Board) and the Latin American Association (Chairman).
He is a member of the Regional Leadership Institute, Leadership Georgia, the Society of International Business Fellows, the Regional Leadership Foundation, serves on the Boards of the Family Connections Partnership, Inc., the University System of Georgia Board of Regents Foundation, Inc., the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, The Walker School (Capital Campaign Chair) and the Georgia Force (Arena Football).
Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Mr. Ros worked at Decon Laboratories, an international supplier of laboratory decontamination products. He started as a National Sales Manager and a year later was promoted to Vice President, Sales & Marketing. With his leadership, Decon sales doubled, margins and profitability increased, and the company expanded into new markets. In 1991, 1992, and 1993, the Company was awarded “Supplier of the Year”, outperforming 1100 other companies.
Before joining Decon Laboratories, Mr. Ros worked for Curtin Matheson Scientific, an international distributor of laboratory products, where he excelled as a sales representative and was subsequently promoted to Southeast Sales Manager. He was awarded “Sales Representative of the Year” and later, “Top Sales Manager” for leading his team to the number one spot.
A graduate of the University of Georgia, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982 and in 1984 received his Masters’ degree with honors. While at the University of Georgia, Mr. Ros was selected Academic All-SEC and was Team Captain of the University of Georgia’s 1980 National Football Champions. He is a past recipient of the University of Georgia Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Award.
Interests include mountain biking, weightlifting, running and reading. Born in Barcelona Spain, Mr. Ros lives in Kennesaw, Georgia with his wife, Jan Floyd-Ros, and sons, Frank VI and Bryce.