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 two HSF Alum inductees, one honorary inductee, and one corporate honoree.
6:00 p.m. Event Registration
6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception
7:30 p.m. Dinner and Awards
9:30 p.m. Nightcap Reception
Sponsorship & Ticket
Carmen is the President and Founder of Malecon Productions, a columnist for Cafe, and currently serves as Assistant Industry Professor of Finance and Risk Engineering at New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering. She is the former co-creator and host of the only national, daily personal finance television show, “On the Money,” on CNBC. Carmen was also the co-founder and former President of an all-female financial planning firm, a former editor at Money magazine, and a national advice columnist at Good Housekeeping, Glamour, Latina, Essence, and Men’s Health. Carmen writes for The New York Times and is the author of The Real Cost of Living and a novel based on her life and the lives of her first- and second-generation Latina friends to be released in 2015.
She can be seen frequently as a regular contributor to the “Melissa Harris Perry Show” on MSNBC, on CBS “This Morning,” CNN, and ABC’s “The View.” A former contributor to “The Today Show” on NBC, Carmen has appeared on dozens of other broadcast outlets and is a seasoned speaker and moderator. She has a master’s degree in psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College and serves on the board of the Council of Urban Professionals, the NY Urban League, and the advisory boards of VIVA Broadway and Dress for Success.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Fidel A. Vargas is President and CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF). After serving on HSF’s Board of Directors from January 2010 through December 2012, he assumed leadership of the organization on January 2, 2013. Mr. Vargas sets HSF’s overall direction; develops and oversees the execution of strategy; leads the senior management team; plays an active, leadership role in development and outreach activities for all constituencies, and advocates for HSF, throughout the country.
Prior to joining HSF, Mr. Vargas was a Founding Partner of Centinela Capital Partners, an alternative asset management firm that invested nearly $1 billion in and alongside leading emerging private equity and venture capital funds. Prior to joining Centinela, Mr. Vargas was a Founding Principal and Managing Director of Reliant Equity Investors, a private equity investment firm investing in lower middle market companies. At the age of twenty-three, Mr. Vargas became the country’s youngest elected Mayor of a major city: Baldwin Park, California, with a population of 85,000, twenty miles northeast of Los Angeles.
In addition to having served on HSF’s Board of Directors prior to becoming its President and CEO, Mr. Vargas has served on a number of public and private sector boards and commissions, including: the New America Alliance; Sponsors for Educational Opportunities; Operation Hope, Inc.; President Clinton’s Advisory Council on Social Security; President Bush’s Commission on Strengthening Social Security; and Presidents Bush and Obama’s Commission on Presidential Scholars. He currently serves on the boards of the California Community Foundation, the Latino Donor Collaborative, and The Los Angeles Theatre Center.
Mr. Vargas has been recognized for his accomplishments by numerous organizations and media outlets, throughout his career. Time Magazine named him as one of the Top 50 Young Leaders in the United States, Hispanic Magazine named him one of the Top 30 Young Hispanics in the United States, he was named one of the country’s 100 most influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine and one of the 101 Most Influential Latinos by Latino Leaders magazine.
Mr. Vargas graduated with honors from Harvard University with an A.B. in Social Studies. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and General Management.
Mr. Vargas is the eldest of eight children and has three adult children. His parents emigrated from Mexico. His father, Fidel B. Vargas worked as a carpenter and his mother, Margarita Vargas raised her family and began a career as a community organizer after Fidel left for college and continues to serve her community as a local elected official. Fidel’s brothers and sisters attended UC Santa Cruz, George Washington University, La Verne University, Brown University, and UC Berkeley. He has a deep commitment to HSF, having been a six-time, HSF scholarship recipient.
Chairman, Board of Directors, Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Founder and Chairman, Panamax Films LL
James M. McNamara is the Chairman of Pantelion Films a motion picture production and distribution joint venture between Televisa and Lionsgate that targets the US Latino market. McNamara is also Chairman of Cinelatino Inc., the most widely distributed Spanish language movie channel in the US Hispanic cable marketplace and Chairman of Panamax Films.
In March of 2012, McNamara was elected Chairman of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the nation’s leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education. From 1999 – 2005 McNamara was President and Chief Executive Office of Telemundo Communications Group, Inc. During his time at Telemundo, Mr. McNamara sold the Company to NBC and oversaw Telemundo’s transformation from acquirer of finished product to the most dynamic producer of Spanish language television content in the world. From 1996 – 1998 McNamara was President of Universal Television Enterprises. During his tenure at Universal he was responsible for worldwide television distribution as well as production of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, Sally Jesse Raphael and Jerry Springer.
From 1991 – 1995 Mr. McNamara was Chief Executive Officer of New World Entertainment. He started his career at the sports management company, International Management Group. He was born and raised in the Republic of Panama and resides with his wife and family in Miami, FL.
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 Vice President, Hispanic Strategies 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 an eleven-market, nationally recognized and award-winning property. As a result, he received The Coca-Cola Company’s Chairman’s “Exemplary Award”. Additionally, he is one of fifteen associates selected by the Chairman and CEO to serve on The Coca-Cola Company Multicultural Leadership Council.
Selected as one of the “100 Influentials in the U.S.” by Hispanic Business for 2011”, Mr. Ros has participated in a number of initiatives aimed at strengthening Georgia’s economy. Governor Roy Barnes appointed him Chairman of the first Georgia Commission on Hispanic Affairs. The commission served as an advisory body to the Governor on matters relating to Georgia’s Hispanics.
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 serves on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, WellStar Health System, Pinnacle Orthopedic Research Institute, and the Lott Trophy Committee. He serves on a number Corporate Advisory Boards 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, Cuban National Council (Past Chairman), Florida State University Center for Hispanics and the National Puerto Rican Coalition.
He is a past board member of the Board of Directors of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents Foundation, Inc. (Executive Committee), Leadership Georgia (Selections Chair), Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Family Connections Partnership, Inc., the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (Executive Committee), the Latin American Association (Past Chair), University of Georgia National Alumni Association, the Georgia Force (Arena Football), The Walker School (Capital Campaign Chair); served on the National Task Force on Early Childhood Education for Hispanics, and the University of Georgia’s Latino Council (Past Chair). He is a past member of the Regional Leadership Foundation, and the Society of International Business Fellows.
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. 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. He is the 2009 recipient of the Bill Hartman Award, one of the highest honors given to a former UGA student-athlete. This award recognizes former Georgia student-athletes who have demonstrated excellence in their profession and/or in service to others by 20 or more years of superior performance after graduation.
Interests include mountain and road biking, weightlifting, running and reading.
Born in Barcelona Spain, Mr. Ros lives in Kennesaw, Georgia with his wife, Jan Floyd-Ros, and is the proud father of two sons, Frank VI and Bryce.
President & CEO,
Latina media dynamo and women’s empowerment advocate Nely Galán, dubbed the “Tropical Tycoon” by The New York Times Magazine, is one of the entertainment industry’s savviest firebrand talents. A first generation immigrant and self-made media mogul, Galán was the first Latina president of a U.S. television network (Telemundo). She is an Emmy Award-winning producer of over 600 episodes of television in Spanish and English, including the FOX hit reality series “The Swan” and is the first Latina to appear on “Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump” on NBC. She regularly electrifies audiences with her experiences as one of the first Latina producers in Hollywood and her rise to become a successful media and real estate entrepreneur as well as an inspirational speaker and passionate advocate for the empowerment of Latinas everywhere.
The Adelante Movement (Move Forward!) founded by Nely Galán, is a grassroots movement that unites and empowers Latinas socially, economically and politically in the U.S. It encourages Latinas to play a leading role in American society, economics and politics and become an integral part of the national conversation, in order to provide their children with the future they deserve, as a rightful part of this country. The Adelante Movement: Tour is a series of national empowerment conferences, supported by a digital community, presented by the Coca Cola Company, that inform, mentor and inspire Latinas to take action!
Galán has also owned and operated her own media company since 1994. Galan Entertainment has launched 10 groundbreaking television channels in Latin America, and has also produced a staggering 600 episodes of programming that crosses all genres from reality series to sitcoms, telenovelas to talk shows, in both English and Spanish.
Executive Vice President
Wells Fargo Philanthropy Group
Tim Hanlon is President of Wells Fargo Foundation and an Executive Vice President of Wells Fargo. He is responsible for national charitable giving programs, the company’s Community Support/United Way Campaign, Volunteerism, and Financial Literacy Education. A 32-year veteran of the company, Hanlon previously served in management positions in Human Resources, including employee benefits, employee relations, and employment compensation and training. He helped form the Corporate Community Development Group in 1990.
Hanlon serves on the Board of Directors for the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and Center Theatre Group. He is a former board member of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Ballet, AIDS Project Los Angeles and Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. He is also former Commissioner on the Human Rights Commission of the City and County of San Francisco. He graduated from the University of Detroit where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
Member, Board of Directors, Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Senior Vice President, Stores - Region 100, Target Corporation
Juan Galarraga is currently the Senior Vice President of Stores, Target Corporation, overseeing the total operations of 450 plus Target stores in the Midwest, North and Northwest Region. He leads a large P&L portfolio and has full ownership of business and team results, as well as influencing company strategy. His territory consists of over 70,000 team members. Previously, Mr. Galarraga was the Vice President of Stores Supply Chain where he supported the processes and new initiatives for Target stores across the company, as well as leading the organization through various multichannel programs to meet the guests’ growing demands and expectations.
Mr. Galarraga has also held multiple senior leadership positions across operations and stores in his 15 years with Target, such as the Vice President for Healthcare and Store Compliance, supporting processes, technology, supply chain and new initiatives for more than 1,600 pharmacies and clinics across the country, as well as the Group Vice President in Florida where he was responsible for over $2 billion in annual sales and led more than 10,000 team members.
In addition, he serves as the executive sponsor for the Hispanic Business Counsel and plays an active role in helping the company define strategies to hire, retain and develop future Hispanic leaders, as well as making a positive impact in the community and business place.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Mr. Galarraga currently resides in Plymouth, Minnesota with his wife, Alejandra and two children, Daniel (9) and Viviana (7). As someone who moved from Venezuela to the United States at the age of 18, in pursuit of a dream, he realized quickly that if it had not been for the solid foundation of a good education system, the values his parents instilled in him and the many leaders/mentors that guided and pushed him along the way, he would never be where he is today.
Mr. Galarraga believes it is now his time to pay it forward. Over the past several years, he has been fortunate to do that within Target, helping other young Hispanic leaders succeed and now looking ahead, he is eager to do it on a broader scale. His goal and dream was never to be where he is at today, but most importantly, to make his family proud. Through his partnership with Hispanic Scholarship Fund, he hopes to help others do the same.
Vice President, Community Affairs
Margarita Flores is Vice President of Community Affairs for Anheuser-Busch, where she leads the company’s community outreach efforts in the United States, including management of the Anheuser-Busch Foundation. She joined the company in 1996 and previously served as Senior Director of Community Relations. Margarita is a native of Mexico, who grew up in Laredo, Texas, and graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.
Throughout her career, Margarita has built strong relationships with important company stakeholders and key constituents, reinforcing Anheuser-Busch’s corporate citizenship and leadership role in communities where it does business.
She leads the company and its employees’ proud legacy of community involvement. In 2014, more than 6,961 employees volunteered their time and talent to participate in programs that promote alcohol responsibility, protect and preserve the environment, and make a positive difference in communities.
Since 1997, Anheuser-Busch and its Foundation have invested more than $557 million in local communities through donations to charitable organizations, including the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, UNCF, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Teach for America, Saint Louis University, American Indian College Fund as well as assisting in disaster relief efforts.
Anheuser-Busch has packaged and donated more than 73 million cans of emergency drinking water for relief efforts following natural disasters since 1988. From 2012 to 2014 alone, the company donated more than 3.5 million cans of water to communities, following tornadoes, wildfires, floods and hurricanes, including Hurricane Sandy.
Margarita is active in community organizations through personal volunteering, serving as a board member or leading projects. She has been recognized for her contributions and is often invited to speak on her trajectory in corporate America. Margarita currently serves on the boards of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund and the American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri. Margarita was recently recognized by the American Red Cross with the Biomedical Partnership Award and by Who’s Who Diversity in Color.
Vice President, Corporate Controller
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Anthony Salcido is Vice President and Corporate Controller of Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., where he is responsible for TMS’s general and automotive accounting, financial reporting, and accounting shared services. He is also chairman of the audit committee of Toyota Motors Credit Corporation.
Prior to joining TMS, he was Vice President and Controller of Disney Consumer Products. He previously held senior financial management positions at PepsiCo’s international restaurant division, which included KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. A CPA, he began his career with KPMG and later held managerial positions at Price Waterhouse.
Vice President, Latin Affairs
The Coca-Cola Company
Rudy M. Beserra is Vice President for Latin Affairs at The Coca-Cola Company. He began his career 25 years ago, in 1989, after serving as special assistant to President Ronald Reagan on Latino and Small Business Affairs.
A native of Albuquerque, Rudy is a graduate of the University of New Mexico. From modest roots, he has built a long, successful career as an advocate and voice for the Latino community. With Coca-Cola, he has strengthened the company’s bridge to hundreds of Latino organizations and small businesses in the U.S.
Rudy is an active member of a number of prominent Latino-focused organizations, including the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI), of which he is a founding member; and he serves on the board of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI). In the past, Rudy has served as chairman of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF).
In 2011, Rudy received the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. That same year, he was awarded the Hector Barreto “Con Ganas” Award at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) annual convention in Miami for his advocacy promoting Latino businesses in the private sector.
In 2007, he received the Executive of the Year Award from the Association of Latin Professionals in Finance. His other citations include the 1995 Hispanic Community Commitment Award by the Latin American Management Association; a special recognition award in 2006 by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; and the 2007 Hispanic Leadership Award from the Dominican Times.
In 1987, during his tenure with President Reagan’s administration, Rudy was instrumental in creating The Hispanic Heritage Foundation's (HHF) Hispanic Heritage Awards. They were established by the White House to commemorate the creation of Hispanic Heritage month in the United States.
For the past 27 years, the Hispanic Heritage Awards have honored Latino leaders in various fields who have made a positive impact in the United States and around the globe. The awards are unique in that physicians, scientists, educators, innovators, public officials, community and business leaders, and even young leaders are presented the coveted award.
Rudy lives in Atlanta with his wife, Lois, and two daughters.
Vice President, Hispanic Strategies (ret.)
The Coca-Cola Company
Dean of the College of Education
University of South Florida - Tampa
Senior Vice President, Station Services
Accepting the Award:
Patricia R. Callahan
Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer
Wells Fargo & Company