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.

The new appointee will mainly be responsible for the organization's fundraising efforts and increasing awareness of the wide-range of programs offered by the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation.

Luis Miguel Messianu - Creative Chairman-CEO at Alma and Chairman of El Circulo Creativo has decided to step down as Chairman of El Circulo Creativo.  To succeed Mr. Messianu, Gustavo Lauría current President of El Circulo Creativo has been elected to replace him at the helm of the organization.

Lopez Negrete Communications, Inc. won the Advertising Research Foundation's (ARF) 2017 Silver David Ogilvy Award in the New Audiences category for its "Hispanic 'Wonder Every Day'" campaign, created for client Walmart.

AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing announced the creation of the Rising Stars Recognition, the Hispanic marketing industry’s premier award for outstanding marketing professionals ages 35 and under.

Círculo Creativo announced that Gustavo Lauría has been elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors. He succeeds Luis Miguel Messianu who, after two successful years as Chairman, announced his decision to step down from the board.

Award-winning journalist and co-anchor of “Noticiero Univsion” María Elena Salinas will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the 2017 NAB Show Television Luncheon on Monday, April 24 in Las Vegas.

Entravision Communications Corporation announced that it has become a member of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) trade association.

The Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) voted to elect Yvonne Lorie—founder ReFresh PR and 2013 HPRA PRemio PR Achievement Award recipient— president of the 2017 National Board of Directors. Lorie served as president-elect of HPRA in 2016, after joining the national board in 2014 where she served as Secretary and then VP of Programming.

This week, I was honored to be named to the board of AHAA, the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies. Having co-founded a Hispanic advertising agency over 15 years ago, I see the opportunity to serve on AHAA’s board as a huge aha moment in my Hispanic marketing career.

At its December monthly board meeting, AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing elected four members to its Board of Directors: founding board member and former AHAA president Daisy Expósito-Ulla and newcomers Lee Vann, Sandra Alfaro and Gonzalo Del Fa. 

As 2016 ends, there’s no denying that the booming Hispanic market made headlines – in the political and economic sectors as well as in digital and consumer trends. But what does 2017 mean for Hispanic marketing? At AHAA, we believe we will see an increase in multicultural media spend by just under ten percent with digital accounting for about a third of that growth. Still lagging behind the general market, digital media investment is on the brink of an explosion in the Hispanic and multicultural sectors, and we anticipate big gains in search advertising and live video formats in the next two years.  By: AHAA Chair Linda Gonzalez, president of viva partnership

An industry-wide initiative, led by the trade group AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing, is working with leading measurement data providers including Nielsen, IRI, Comscore and others to assess and recalibrate their Hispanic sampling representation and measurement methodologies. By improving these key metrics, marketers will be able to more accurately measure Hispanic audiences across screens, estimate their purchases and evaluate Hispanic ROI regardless of language or media.

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