Speakers & Performers
Los Adolescentes: Showcase Artists
La Orquesta Adolescent's es una agrupación conformada por jóvenes venezolanos, nace en Diciembre de 1995, gracias al apoyo del señor Luis Francisco "El Negro" Mendoza junto al sello discográfico que lo vio nacer Korta Record's. En la actualidad la Orquesta de género salsa, cuenta con un frente conformado por Nestor Rivero, Oscar Arriaga, Mark Meléndez, Jesús Alberto Ochoa, Armando Davalillo, y su director Arnaldo Quintero.
Justino Aguila/ @musicscribeLA: Billboard Associate Editor for Latin Music
Justino Águila is an award-winning journalist who joined Billboard in 2011 as associate editor for Latin music and special features . He has been a staff reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, Orange County Register and the L.A. Daily News. A music critic and arts and entertainment contributor, he has also written for Time Out New York, Entertainment Weekly and CBS covering everything from the Academy Awards to the Latin Grammys. He has been awarded Associated Press and L.A. Press Club awards for his work.
Omar Alfanno: Singer-Songwriter
El Panameño Omar Alfanno, es reconocido como el compositor mas importante de salsa romántica en las últimas dos décadas. Nombrado, tres veces, como Compositor del Año por ASCAP y galardonado con multiples Premios Billboard, Lo Nuestro, Juventud y el tan codiciado GOLDEN NOTE AWARD entre muchos otros. La lista de artistas que han interpretado sus canciones sobrepasa los 170 y algunos de ellos son: Shakira, Marc Anthony, Luis Enrique, Victor Manuelle, Gilberto Santarosa, Thalia, Olga Tañón, Jerry Rivera, Tommy Torres. Tony Vega, Son by Four, Celia Cruz, Willie Colon, Tito Nieves, Amanda Miguel, Lucero, Pedro Fernández, Cheo Feliciano, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Elvis Crespo, Rey Ruiz, Oscar de Leon y Ana Gabriel entre otros. Su mas reciente proyecto, un DVD/CD grabado en Vivo desde la Ruinas de Panama Viejo donde interpreta 20 de sus mas grandes éxitos, ya esta a la venta en Panama y estara disponible a partir del 8 de abril en el resto del mundo.
Marc Anthony: Recording Artist
Marc Anthony has sold over 12 million albums worldwide, making him one of the most influential artists of his time and a true ambassador of Latin music and culture. He has been awarded countless Standard gold and platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The list of Grammy accolades began with a 1998 Grammy for Best Latin/Tropical Performance for “Contra La Corriente,” followed with a 1999 Grammy for Song of the Year for “Dimelo.”
Driven in part by the crossover success of his smash single “I Need to Know (Dimelo),” “Marc Anthony,” his English language debut album, helped usher in 1999's Latin pop explosion, and went on to achieve triple platinum status in the U.S.
Lorena Ares: Showcase Artist
Después de 4 años de arduo trabajo, Lorena Ares nos presenta su primer sencillo “Hands Up” de su disco debut ”Dreams” bajo la producción del afamado y reconocido productor Frankie Biggz, quien ha producido a grandes artistas como Cristina Aguilera, 50 Cent, Mariah Carey entre otros. “Working with Lorena Ares was nothing short of AMAZING. She’s a very focused and professional artist that any producer would be proud to work with, which is why I’m blessed to have worked with her on this Album”, dijo el reconocido productor Frankie Biggz.
Scott Bagby: SVP, Strategic & International Partnerships, Rdio
Rdio is the groundbreaking digital music service that is reinventing the way people discover, play, and share music. Scott Bagby joined Rdio in 2010 and is Senior Vice President of Strategic & International Partnerships. Launched in 2010, Rdio is headquartered in San Francisco and was founded by Janus Friis, the co-creator of Skype, and is currently available in 31 countries. In this role, Bagby is responsible for establishing Rdio in new global territories. For each expansion, he negotiates with labels for global streaming rights, identifies strong local partners, and actually launches the local entity. Additionally, Bagby leads the Label and Artist Relations teams at Rdio, responsible for securing streaming music agreements with labels.
J Balvin: Showcase Artist
Rising Colombian emcee/singer J Balvin is one of the most promising new talents in urban music, although his music is a melting pot that transcends genres, making it the definition of a new wave of pop music. With quick-witted, empathetic rhymes, paired with his good looks and undeniable charisma, this brazenly talented artist brings new life into urban music with one of the most critically celebrated urban albums of recent memory, La Familia. Mixing hazy party anthems and conscious lyricism, La Familia, is filled with high-wattage club bangers, bracing rhymes, and a list of cameos that include Puerto Rican reggaeton newcomer Farruko, producer Vein and Motiff.
Joe Belliotti / @JoeBelliotti: Director of Global Entertainment Marketing, Coca-Cola
Joe Belliotti is the Head of Global Music Marketing for The Coca-Cola Company. His passion is to expand and evolve the relationship Coca-Cola and music have had for over a century. His role is to create global music content, platforms, partnerships and strategies for brands across the company's portfolio. Recently Joe launched the music strategy and new anthem track, “The World Is Ours” for the Coca-Cola 2014 FIFA World Cup marketing campaign, the largest global marketing campaign in the company’s history. Joe architected the multi-year, global strategic partnership between music service Spotify and The Coca-Cola Company. He brought to life the Coca-Cola 2012 Olympic campaign with an anthem, featuring producer Mark Ronson and Katy B.
Benavides / @BenavidesMusic: Showcase Artist
BENAVIDES nació el 4 de julio de 1985 en Caracas, Venezuela. Comenzó su carrera musical en el año 2007 promocionando varios temas de su primer disco “Mi Mundo” bajo el nombre artístico EDMUNDO. Cambia su nombre y estilo musical y lanza su nueva propuesta bajo el nombre BENAVIDES. En el 2012 lanza su álbum “Aquí Estoy” del cual se desprenden varios sencillos que han sido éxitos durante los últimos años. Desde su lanzamiento, BENAVIDES ha cosechado éxitos por doquier ya que muchos de sus temas han ocupado posiciones privilegiadas en las carteleras del Record Report (Cartelera radial más importante de Venezuela), tal es el caso de “Aquí Estoy” que ocupó en el 2012 el primer lugar de la cartelera. De igual manera, el video de este sencillo formó parte del Hot Ranking de Htv y estuvo en contínua rotación en E! Entertainment Television.
David Bisbal: Recording Artist
Billboard Latin Music Award winner David Bisbal has earned the respect and love of critics and fans alike thanks to his
powerful voice and smash hits “Ave Maria,” “Buleria,” and “Quien me Iba a Decir,” among many others. Since his debut
in 2002, Bisbal has sold more than five million albums, earning him 60 gold and platinum album certifications; and has
performed at over 600 concerts around the world. Bisbal’s recently released highly anticipated fifth studio album, “Tu y
Yo,” features his most recent hit “Diez Mil Maneras” and is an evolution of his personal sound.
Ronald Borjas : Showcase Artist
Ronald Borjas durante años cautivó con su voz a millones de fans liderando las listas de los rankings nacionales. En la actualidad el Ex-vocalista de Guaco arriesga todo en su nueva faceta como solista. “Te doy mi voz” es el nombre que escogió el vocalista para dedicar este tema a sus fans, acompañado de un grupo de profesionales como el compositor Johann morales y El zuliano Jesús Adrianza quien con su grupo fue el encargado de la filmación del tema y de la producción. Borjas como él lo denomina trae consigo una mezcla de ritmos frescos y tropicales que cautivarán a sus miles de seguidores en Venezuela Latinoamérica y Estados Unidos
Cabas / @CabasMusica: Showcase Artist
In June 2013 Cabas released the single and music video ‘Que Prenda La Mota’ (‘The Engine Starts’), which quickly became a top 10 hit in Colombia. He was also featured on a duet with up and coming singer Duina del Mar, ‘Besarte La Boquita’ (‘Kissing Your Little Mouth’ – Universal Music Latino). Cabas moved to Miami in December 2012, where he – in his words – lives alone with his piano. His music has been featured in commercials around the world and his videos have collectively amassed in excess of 10 million hits on YouTube. He is currently working on his next album which will be released worldwide in 2014.
Jencarlos Canela : Recording Artist
A true example that demonstrates the meaning of talent and professionalism is the ascending artistic career of the young singer and actor Jencarlos Canela. Jencarlos began his professional music career at age 12 as the lead singer of the group "Boom Boom Pop" and is a 2006 honors graduate of The New World School of the Arts where singing and music performance were his main focus. Jencarlos’ debut album BUSCAME with Bullseye Music entered the Latin album charts at #1 and was certified Gold within weeks of its release. The first single “Amor Quedate” quickly climbed the singles chart and the video entered the iTunes Latin Video chart at #1 on its first day. In 2010 Jencarlos was nominated as Best New Artist for the Latin Music Billboard Awards, where he performed his hit “Amor Quedate”
Judy Cantor-Navas: Billboard Correspondent and Billboard en Español Managing Editor
Judy Cantor-Navas writes about Latin music for Billboard and is the Managing Editor of Billboard en Español. She was previously on staff at MTV, the Associated Press, the Miami New Times and the Miami Herald among other media outlets, and has written for numerous print and online publications. Awards for Judy's work have included a National Music Journalism Awards first prize for feature writing, the Society of Professional Journalists' Green Eyeshade award for criticism, and an Inter American Press Association fellowship. Judy has reported from Madrid, Buenos Aires, Miami, Havana and New York, and is currently based in Los Angeles. http://www.judycantor.com/
Rio Caraeff / @riozilla: President/CEO, VEVO
Rio has led Vevo, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform, since the company’s inception in 2009. Rio has been named to Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business 1000, Billboard’s The Power 100 (2014, 2013, 2012), International Power Players (2014) and 40 Under 40 (2013, 2012), Vanity Fair's The Next Establishment (2012, 2010), The Hollywood Reporter's Digital Power 50 (2012), Fortune’s 40 under 40 (2011, 2010, 2009), Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business (2011) and Evening Standard's London's Most Influential (2011). In 2010, he was also named one of the top digital executives to watch by both the LA Times and Digital Media Wire.
J.J. Cheng: VP, Writer/Publisher Relations, SESAC Latina
J. J. Cheng, Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, SESAC Latina, oversees the SESAC Latina staff including identifying, signing and working with songwriters and publishers in the Latin genre. Cheng works closely with other SESAC departments directing all marketing/advertising/promotion endeavors for SESAC Latina and its affiliates.Before joining SESAC in 2002, Cheng served as International Marketing Manager and A&R with EMI Latin and has worked with some of Latin music’s top talents, including Intocable, Thalia and Selena among many others.
Erol Cichowski : VP of International, The Orchard
As the VP, International of the largest independent digital distribution company, Erol Cichowski manages multi-territorial accounts, partnerships and strategies across the globe, including Turkey, South Africa, South East Asia and South America. Erol is instrumental in expanding The Orchard’s international client base while ensuring local support for existing clients.
Erol is no stranger to travel and multi-territorial industry practices. Erol lived in South America for 8 years and also in Mexico for a number of years. During this time he worked with distribution company, IODA to develop their digital business and overall digital presence. He says that his favorite place he’s ever visited is Cape Verde and plans to return some time soon.
After calling many places home over the years, Erol is now residing in New York City.
Leila Cobo / @leilacobo: Executive Director of Latin Content & Programming, Billboard
A Fulbright scholar from Cali, Colombia, Leila Cobo is the executive Editor for Latin Content and Programming for Billboard. Ms. Cobo is considered one of the country’s leading experts in Latin music. Under her tenure, Billboard has expanded its coverage of Latin Music in all its platforms, including Spanish-language website Billboardenespanol.com. Ms.Cobo works closely Telemundo on the Billboard Latin Music Awards and the Billboard Mexican Music Awards in addition to programming the yearly Billboard Latin Music Conference, the largest gathering of the Latin music industry in the U.S. Ms. Cobo is also host and executive producer of “Estudio Billboard,” the TV show that features in-depth interviews with top Latin acts.A classical pianist and novelist, Ms. Cobo has degrees in piano performance and a MA in communications. She has published two novels with Grand Central Publishing/Hatchette and her biography on Jenni Rivera will be published by Penguin in March.
Chantell Collado: Showcase Artist
Chantel Collado was born on December 15, 1997, in Toronto, Canada, to a Dominican father and Uruguayan mother. Chantel took her first steps in show business at age 9 through singing anddemonstrating her exceptional artistic disposition. Her father, Leo Collado has been of great influence on her career as an artist. At a young age she began preparing to achieve what she slowly has, through great effort, perseverance and discipline. Despite her 16 years of age, she is aware that choosing the genre Bachata marks the difference since many believe that women in the Bachata genre do not work. She wants to take that as a challenge in her life and demonstrate that when quality, great musical arrangements and good voice plus add a good team and teamwork, anything is possible with God’sfavor.
Iris Corral / @icorral: Founder, Iris Corral Consulting Firm
Iris Corral is a veteran publicist and marketing expert in the Latin Music Industry. With over 20 years of experience, Iris Corral has worked with Top Latino artists and record companies such as: Universal Music, DEL Records, Fonovisa, Disa, Warner Music Latina and Univision Music Group. Iris Corral has been a key asset in the careers of over one hundred artists like: AKWID, Kinto Sol, Larry Hernandez, Jenni Rivera, Banda el Recodo, Pepe Aguilar, Gloria Trevi, Roberto Tapia, Regulo Caro, Noel Torres, and recently Luis Coronel and Chiquis. Three years ago Iris left Universal Music and started her own company; Iris Corral Consulting Firm (ICCF) a Los Angeles based company that specializes in providing professional Public Relations, Consulting and Marketing services, targeting the Latino Community in The United States and Mexico.
David Correy: Recording Artist
Alternative-soul singer David Correy is the voice behind “The World is Ours”, the global anthem for Coca-Cola’s 2014 FIFA World Cup™ campaign. The song is a collaboration between Correy, acclaimed songwriting duo Rock Mafia, and Brazilian-born producer Mario Caldato, Jr. Correy finally got a break in 2012 when he became a contestant on The X-Factor. Although he was eliminated during the final round, Correy won the hearts of judges and viewers alike when discussing hopes of being reunited with his birth mother. In January, Correy performed anti-bullying song “I Am” on The Today Show in support of the USA Network/NFL Characters Unite campaign.
Tom Corson / @RCA : President, RCA Records
Tom Corson serves as the President and COO for RCA Records and is responsible for overseeing the iconic record label in conjunction with CEO, Peter Edge. Prior to being named RCA’s President and COO by Doug Morris, Chairman and CEO for Sony Music Entertainment who took the helm in 2011 and by Peter Edge, CEO, RCA Records, Corson held the role of Executive Vice President/General Manager, RCA Music Group where he oversaw operations for RCA, J and Arista Records and has been with the company since J’s inception in 2000. Corson has played a leading role in the successes of P!nk, Justin Timberlake, Kings of Leon, Miley Cyrus, Ke$ha, Foo Fighters, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Pitbull, Shakira, among others for RCA Records.
Elvis Crespo: Recording Artist
Elvis Crespo is the only Latin artist whose music has been literally played even on the moon, and has positioned a tropical genre song in the charts longer than any other. The Spanish National Football (Soccer) team celebrated the 2010 World Championship chanting one of his songs, and even President Barack Obama got into his groove at the Hispanic Congressional Caucus Awards in Washington D.C. These are some of the few landmarks for this artist who has broken every norm throughout his thunderous career.At least 3 of his songs (Tu Sonrisa, Pintame, Suavemente) have become true anthems for celebration, regardless of the language, they have broken every frontier.
Erick Cuesta: Showcase Host
El periodista y experto en entretenimiento Erick Cuesta será el presentador oficial del showcase “Más y Más Música” durante los Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards, labor que ha llevado a cabo por los últimos 5 años. Por siete años consecutivos, Erick Cuesta se ha dedicado a la revista VENUE como editor de entretenimiento y ha participado en programas televisivos tales como Desayuno Alegre (Venevision/Univision) y Despierta América respectivamente. Actualmente participa como comentarista de espectáculos para el reconocido programa de Showbiz de CNN en Español. Apoyar el talento Hispano ha sido siempre su prioridad.
Kat Dahlia / @KatDahlia: Artist
Without a doubt one of the hottest new artists to watch in 2013, there’s no one quite like Kat Dahlia. Her electrifying sound is a sultry mix of pop, Latin, hip-hop and reggae influences, and she deftly alternates between unleashing pure, infectious lyrical fire in party jams like “Money Party” and poetically pondering heartbreak and relationships in ballads such as “Walk on Water.” She is an artist of her own making. “There’s no other way to stand out than just being myself,” says the rising Latin pop star. “I write my own music. People say my voice is very unique and I do this rappy thing that’s kind of different, but if you really want to break it down, I’m just being myself.”
Jayma & Dalex: Showcase Artists
Juan Rodriguez y Pedro Daleccio conocidos artisticamente como el duo Jayma y Dalex (The Akademy), nacidos en Puerto Rico y criados en los Estados Unidos. Este duo Puertorriqueño debuta en el mundo artistico lazando su primer sencillo titulado Aquellos Tiempos. El mismo fue lanzado en las redes ciberneticas y su canal de youtube donde soprendentemente recibieron mas de 100mil view y mas de 80mil downloads en tan solo 3 semanas. Jayma y Dalex se encuentran trabajando su primera produccion musical que sera lanzada para Junio 2014 con una presentacion en Mas y Mas musica de Billdoard Latin Music Conference. La cual contara con la colaboracion de grandes artistas invitados, bajo el sello discografico Anakin Music Entertainment.
Aaron Loring Davis : CEO/CO-Founder, Exploration.io
Aaron Loring Davis is the CEO and Co-Founder of Exploration.io, a comprehensive digital media management software company, servicing YouTube and SoundCloud.
Béco Dranoff / @becod: Music & Film Producer
With over 25 years of experience inside the Brazilian music and entertainment industry, New York based Béco Dranoff is a Brazilian-American award winning music and cultural producer and curator. Dranoff’s multi-faceted career includes credits as A&R, record producer, festival curator, documentary & TV producer, music supervisor, radio host & programmer and more. This ample range of experiences positions him as a culturally relevant bridge for Brazilian international content projects. Dranoff has been involved in the production of artists Bebel Gilberto’s Grammy® nominated albums as well as the Oscar® nominated feature documentary How To Survive a Plague directed by David France. Additional projects include: Beyond Ipanema: Brazilian Waves in Global Music, Red Hot + Rio, Ziriguiboom Discos, Brasil Summerfest, Sonoridade Online, Next Stop Wonderland, Os Mutantes, Be Brasil, Brazilian Music Collection of NY, Sambismo and more. www.becodranoff.com
Yvonne Drazan: A&R Director, peermusic
Yvonne joined peermusic in 2003 as Latin Creative Manager and currently serves as Latin Director of A&R, West Coast and Mexico. Yvonne seeks and signs new talent, oversees catalog acquisitions, and maintains a roster of Latin, Pop, and Urban writers for the US and Mexico. Throughout her tenure at peermusic, Yvonne has signed worldwide deals with artists including Gloria Trevi, Anahi, Horoscopos de Durango, and Plastilina Mosh and was instrumental in the creation of a joint-venture publishing company and music label with The Sixth House. Under the banner of peerT6H Music, they have signed and released Ninel Conde, Christopher Von Uckermann, and Cristian Chavez’s single and music video “Libertad”. Yvonne also oversees the work of Micky Huidobro (Molotov), ChocQuibTown, and developing writers Niña Dioz, LaLa Romero as well as writer/producer Luigie Gonzalez.
Victor Drija: Showcase Artist
Singer, songwriter, dancer and entertainer. Born in Venezuela. He made his debut in the music scene with "Pasado, Presente, Futuro", Double Platinum album that includes songs like “Un, Dos, Tres”, “Dime qué pasa” and “Este Amor”.With a pop sound, Drija conquest the first place of the charts and video channels. “Amanecer” and “De tí no me voy a olvidar”, on his second upcoming CD “Romance Dance”, opens a new stage in his career, that he was inclined to an electronic popHe has been recognized in Venezuela with the Pepsi Music Award as "Pop video of the year" and “La orquídea”. He is a success in Twitter grouping 904K followers and is about one million views on Youtube with "De tí no me voy a olvidar" video clip and almost 4 million with "Amanecer".
Juanjo Durán : Head of Hispanic Content, Youtube
Juanjo Durán leads the content strategy on the partnerships team for YouTube in the US Hispanic market. Duraán is responsible for developing attracting and consolidating Spanish and English content appealing to the Latino segment for Google’s video platform. Prior to his current position Durán spent eight years developing new areas of revenues in the US for the Mexican multimedia conglomerate Televisa, part of his last responsibilities there included leading the New Business development team and later overseeing the company’s Digital team in the US and Latam, before that, Duraán managed the US Commercial Initiatives for Satmex the Mexican Satellite operator.
Luis Enrique / @LuisEnrique: ASCAP Showcase Performer
Y así es como dejó que la vida se encargara de mostrarle los pasos a seguir y todos los caminos lo llevaron a la salsa. Se presenta en la ciudad de Miami en una audición para ser la voz líder de un grupo salsero y el demo que grabó esa tarde en que descubre su conexión con la música tropical, se convierte en su primera producción discográfica en Estados Unidos: “Amor de medianoche”, editado en 1987 por Sony Discos. De allí, lo demás, es historia conocida por millones de personas que a través de Iberoamérica han admirado su arte. Su imagen, alejada de los estereotipos de la salsa, se ganó la atención de nuevas audiencias, enriqueciendo el género y ganándose el apodo de “El príncipe de la salsa”.
Christine Maggiore-Escribano: SVP, Integrated Marketing Solutions, Telemundo
Christine Maggiore-Escribano was named Senior Vice President, Integrated Marketing Solutions in July 2012 and previously worked as Vice President of Integrated Marketing Solutions since 2009. Escribano is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of strategic marketing initiatives for clients across Telemundo Media, which consists of the Telemundo Network, Digital and mun2. By working with cross-channel and cross-platform sales teams, she develops and executes marketing solutions to drive top-line revenue and operating income growth for Telemundo Media as a whole, which concurrently provides measurable results for Telemundo Media clients.
Alexis y Fido: Recording Artist
Raul "Alexis" Ortiz and Joel "Fido" Martinez are the Latin urban superstars, Alexis & Fido, known for the aggressive and exact delivery of their street savvy lyrics and catchy rhythms. La Esencia is their sixth and most recent album, released on March 4, 2014 through their label Wild Dogz Inc., and is #1 on the Billboard Latin Rhythm album chart.The duo recently returned to the U.S. after performing at Vina del Mar, Latin America's premier international festival, where they won the coveted gold and silver "Antorchas" and "Gaviotas" during closing night. Their current single, “Alócate” also formed part of a national television commercial campaign for RadioShack, DECK by SOL REPUBLIC x Motorola, in which Alexis y Fido participated in the commercial alongside, Michael Phelps, Steve Aoki, Lil Jon. They are currently nominated for the 2014 Billboard Latin
Music Awards in five different categories.
Mike Foley / @HBOatsLatino : Senior Brand Manager, US Hispanic & Export, Post Foods
Mike Foley leads Hispanic marketing for Post Foods in the U.S. and marketing strategy for all Post brands globally. He is responsible for managing the growing Hispanic portfolio of Post Foods cereal brands including the largest national Hispanic cereal brand, Honey Bunches of Oats, and the fourth largest kid’s national Hispanic cereal brand, Pebbles. Mike and his team have developed and executed a robust strategy that has lead Post to consistent growth over the last few years. Their efforts have established Post as a well-respected brand with consumers and a Hispanic marketing leader with our retail partners.
Luis Fonsi: Recording Artist
Singer-songwriter Luis Fonsi has been leading a new generation of Latin music for more than 15 years. Throughout his
successful career, the Billboard Latin Music Award winner has released seven studio albums and earned multiple
platinum and gold album certifications. Fonsi has performed around the world including notable singing presentations
for Pope John Paul II and the Nobel Prize ceremony for President Barack Obama. In early 2014, Fonsi released the first
single “Corazon en la Maleta” from his upcoming album due in the spring of 2014. The album was recorded live in the
renowned Kensaltown Studios and was mastered in the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London
Melissa Giles / @MizzGiles: Founder/Director, Soulfrito Festival
With over 14 years in Cultural Brand Strategy and Events, Melissa Giles is a seasoned professional with multifaceted experience. During the early stage of her young entrepreneurial career, Giles formed a promotions company when she was 16, which was the first all female street marketing team in Miami providing services for local nightclubs, events, music, apparel and entertainment clients including Def Jam Records, Loud Records, Phat Farm, Baby Pat, Fubu, Enyce, JLo, Nickelodeon among others. Soon after she founded and developed the Soulfrito brand and arts foundation from the ground up, under which she cultivated the Nation's first and largest music festival for 2nd and 3rd generations U.S. Hispanic Youth Market.
Sean Glover: Director of Industry Affairs, Soundexchange
Sean Glover likes to say he has been a part of the industry for almost 40 years – a music-lover and consumer for 30, and for the past 10 years, at the forefront of the digital music revolution as Director of Industry Affairs for Soundexchange. Born and raised in Chicago, Sean migrated to another music hotspot to attend Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Prior to working with Soundexchange, Sean was a tax consultant for a major financial service firm, and as a financial analyst promoting cancer research at Georgetown University.
Guianko Gomez: Songwriter
Hace más de 11 años que conoció a Sergio George, desde entonces trabaja con él en casi todas las cosas que hace, prácticamente de una forma u otra tiene que ver en las producciones que realiza. En la actualidad tiene su propio estudio de grabación llamado GML Studios, donde ha trabajado con casi todos los artistas, a los cuales le faltan muy pocos por trabajar. Junto a Sergio también trabajó en los álbumes de Prince Royce, así como los discos de Luis Enrique, Tito Nieves y Salsa Giants, además de ser compositor este año de varios temas número uno en la radio, entre ellos los éxitos de Royce “Y Te Me Vas”, “Te Perdiste Mi Amor” junto a Thalía y “Darte Un Beso”, el cual es número uno en los Estados Unidos y “Sexy Attitude” de la agrupación 5 Solz.
Leslie Grace / @lesliegrace: Artist
Leslie Grace launched her professional career in 2012, with her single, "Will U Still Love Me Tomorrow," a bilingual, Bachata-infused cover co-written by the iconic Carole King. This song became the biggest story of the year for an “artist in development.” “Will U Still Love Me Tomorrow” reached #1 on Billboard’s Latin Radio Airplay chart, making Leslie the youngest Latin female artist to achieve this. Currently, Leslie is touring throughout the country presenting her recently released fourth single, “Odio No Odiarte”, while promoting her first studio production entitled, “Leslie Grace.” The album contains 11 songs, six of which were co-written by Grace and well-known songwriters like Diane Warren, Anne Preven, Daniel Santacruz, Sergio George and Yoel Henriquez. “Leslie Grace,” her debut release, was produced under the direction of GRAMMY Award-winner, Sergio George.
Bruno del Granado: Agent, CAA
Bruno del Granado is an Agent in the Music department at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, London, and Beijing. He works closely with many top musicians, including Ricky Martin and Eugenio Siller, among others, while helping to create opportunities for the agency’s clients in the multicultural marketplace. Del Granado joined CAA in 2013 from RM Entertainment Group, which he formed in partnership with Ricky Martin. He was an integral part of the team that orchestrated the joint venture between RM Entertainment Group and Zodiak Entertainment to establish RM 5to Elemento. This new company helped to spring board RM Entertainment in to the television space, by allowing it to sell and produce Zodiak Entertainment’s range of products to the Latin American and U.S. Hispanic markets.
Adrian Harley / @adyharley: Head of Music Partnerships Latin America, Google Play
Adrian Harley is Head of Music Partnerships for Latin America at Google Play. In his role at Google, he is responsible for licensing and relations with the music industry across major and independent labels, publishers, collecting societies, managers and artists in the region. Previous to this role, Ady spent 15 years gaining experience working on both the digital business for record labels such as PIAS and Sony Music, as well as on digital music services at global technology companies, Nokia and Amazon. A British-French citizen, Ady spent 8 years working in Brazil, and is currently based in Mexico City.
Ady Harley holds a Masters in Political Science from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Keith Hernandez: Executive Director, International Strategy, BuzzFeed
Keith Hernandez is the Executive Director, International Strategy at BuzzFeed. In this role, he leads revenue efforts and global expansion, focusing on Fortune 500 brands and top agencies. In 2013, he opened up sales operations in Canada and the United Kingdom, while also educating agencies on the BuzzFeed platform. A veteran of Microsoft, blip, Vevo and The Onion, Keith is passionate about blending creative strategy and custom content to give brands a great social voice. His sales start came at The Onion in 2005, where he sold local print advertising in NYC. Keith is a graduate of Miami University (Ohio) with a BA in creative writing. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Abbie.
Enrique Iglesias: Recording Artist
His overall sales surpass 100 million albums worldwide, making him one of the best-selling Spanish artists ever. His legacy includes five Top 5 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 with two landing at #1. He also boasts 13 number ones on the Billboard Dance Chart, which is the most for any male performer in the chart's history. In total, he's enjoyed seventy number ones across all Billboard charts. Plus, he holds the record for "Most #1 Spanish Language Singles" on the Hot Latin Tracks Chart with 23. He's not slowing down or stopping any time soon though. SEX AND LOVE is something that his audience wants—and even needs. "When people listen to the album, I hope they can forget whatever's going on and just enjoy it," concludes Enrique. "Maybe, it will bring them back to good times or memories. I want everybody to be entertained and have a good time. It's meant to be an experience and an escape."
Juanes: Recording Artist
With six solo albums to his credit and multi-platinum sales of over 15 million copies, Juanes is the world’s leading all-Spanish language rock artist - both a 2-time GRAMMY and 19-time LATIN GRAMMY winner with nine #1 singles on Billboard’s Latin Singles charts. Hailed as “the first truly international rock star to emerge from Latin America” (AP) and “a soulful poet Latin America's hottest singer-songwriter (NY Times), Juanes is also frequently recognized as one of the Spanish-speaking world’s leading social media voices with an online following of over 15 million fans. The Colombian superstar’s dedication as a global activist also extends far beyond his passionate lyrics and is seen in his wide ranging charitable work for his own Mi Sangre Foundation and as a co-founder of the "Paz sin Fronteras" (Peace Without Borders) organization.
Leticia Juárez: Partner, Marketing & Client Services, Castells & Asociados
With over 18 years of multicultural marketing experience, Leticia is an astute business mind with a keen insight into the consumer mindset. As Partner at Castells & Asociados, she leads a cross-functional team in brand-strategy development for a wide range of brands, which includes McDonald’s, Safeway/Vons, Toyota and formerly Time Warner Cable. An intuitive powerhouse leader, Leticia successfully finds the intersection of what clients need and consumers want.
The Julca Brothers: Recording Artists
Among many of their achievements, they have produced Jencarlos Canela’s recent summer hit single, “I Love It” which besides having more than a million views on YouTube, it won “Canción del Verano de Premios Juventud 2013” where they also performed at the event. They produced Christian Pagan’s album “Más De Lo Que Soy” (2012) which debuted at the top of the Latin Pop Albums Chart and it’s first single “Desde que se fue”, also written by the Julca Brothers, has reached the number one position in spins at radio stations in Puerto Rico and Top 10 on the Latin Pop Airplay Chart in the United States. The Julca Brothers have also written and produced the hit song “Amor de Película” for the Nickelodeon series “Grachi” were it has reached more than two million views on YouTube, played in over 82 countries and was also performed at Nickelodeon’s “Kid Choice Awards 2012”.
Muzik Junkies : Showcase DJ's
Being a young aspiring DJ, Jorge Quintero worked hard on being a resident DJ at Caribe night club in 2005 with DJ Martin Kache. One of many nights when Jorge was playing at Caribe, he meet Jose Martinez who was also a hard working DJ who played for many different occasions. DJ Grande also known as Jose Martinez from small town of Oceanside California and Jorge Quintero also known as DJ George from a small town of Vista California realized they had a similar interest, Music! They decided to work as a team to spread around the type of music they enjoyed in a very unique style that they had. It was 2006 that both dj’s decided to release their first mix tape called DJ George and DJ Grande presents DA 760” Much to their suspicion it ended up being a complete success.So in the summer of 2006 when the title originally belonging to DJ A-Rock, DJ Grande and DJ George became the owner to what you know now as Muzik Junkies.
Michael Lazarus: Founder & President, Latin Pulse Media/Music Inc
Originally from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, Michael practices "value-added mastering" -- audio engineering as the point source for his Latin music business -- offering audio and video albums plus full booklet downloads via a custom retail web-store and amassing a publishing catalog with placements in both film and television. After mastering two out of the four albums for Best Tropical Latin Album for the 2013 Grammy Awards(R) (with one of them also winning the Grammy(R)), this year he received his second Grammy(R) in the same category with the Pacific Mambo Orchestra's (PMO) self-titled debut album, beating out records from Marc Anthony, Sergio George and Carlos Vives. Last year he worked with Columbia Artists Management (CAMI), co-producing the first national tour of performance arts theaters for the PMO, a band he is currently managing.
Joe Levy: Editor at Large, Billboard
Joe Levy is Billboard's editor at large. A well-known commentator on popular culture, Levy is frequently seen on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, VH1 and Fuse. Previous to Billboard he worked at Rolling Stone, Maxim and Blender, and is an adjunct professor at NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, where he teaches a course on the music of Nirvana.
Juan Magan: Producer, DJ
Juan Magan is a unique and multidisciplinary artist. Throughout his career, as a producer, remixer and DJ he’s brought together the different aspects of being a composer, lyricist and singer - a breadth of abilities that’s unparalleled on the world stage. Today, Magan is one of the most successful Spanish artists internationally thanks to his recent #1 in the US Latino charts, his nomination for a Latin Grammy with Bailando Por Ahi, his #1s in countries like Chile and Costa Rica, his performances on programs and at prestigious awards ceremonies on primetime TV in US (the Premios Lo Nuestro awards, Sabado Gigante and Belleza Latina on Univision) and his collaborations with top names in pop music. It’s the result of a career that has progressed steadily, step by step, with a lot of support through social networks that have made him a focal point in world music.
La Marisoul / @lasantacecilia : Artist, La Santa Cecilia
Marisol “La Marisoul” Hernandez is the lead vocalist of Latin alternative band, La Santa Cecilia, a group that represents the epitome of the new bi-cultural generation. Hernandez is already leaving her mark thanks to her distinctive voice and strong performances in songs such as “El Hielo,” Monedita” and “Losing Game,” a duet with Elvis Costello. In 2013, the band released their major label debut album “Treinta Dias,” which became the “Hot-Shot Debut of the Week” on Billboard's Latin Pop Albums chart and won the GRAMMY award for "Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album.” The band members are in the works to release their upcoming album “Someday New,” while continuing to captivate audiences with their soulful music.
Amaya Mendizabal: Latin Charts Manager, Billboard
Amaya Mendizabal, a former Miami resident, is manager of Latin charts for Billboard in New York, in charge of analyzing and reporting on airplay, sales and streaming activity for all Spanish-language genres.
Merarí: Showcase Artist
Merarí Rivera was born on November 14, 1990 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico to parents, Merary Dávila and Adalberto Rivera. At the early age of three she expressed to her mother that she longed to be a singer and wanted to take singing lessons. By the age of nine she was already traveling the world with choir groups and standing out through her impeccable voice. In 2012 she traveled to Argentina were she represented her country in signing competitions. By the end of that year she began writing her own music and was ready to launch her solo career. In 2013 she introduced her first single titled “Besame”, an up beat, pop, love song based on the idea that what starts with a discussion can end with a great kiss. That same year she embarked on her first media tour to promote her single and shined in events like stage of the Puerto Rican Parade in Orlando, Florida.
Luis Miguel Messianu / @LMMessianu: President & Chief Creative Officer, Alma
Luis Miguel Messianu has played a respectable and influential role in the most important developments in the U.S. Hispanic market during a career that spans 25 years. Born to Romanian parents and raised in Mexico City, where his advertising career started, Luis Miguel Messianu has worked in both the Latin American and U.S. Hispanic markets. His career is defined by a conscious effort to help pioneer the melding of marketing niches into a nuanced and evolving total market. His award-winning and genre-bending work with multinationals such as McDonald’s, State Farm, Clorox, Anheuser Busch, Florida Blue, General Motors, Coca-Cola, Nestlé and L'Oreal, among others, is a testament to that effort. He is an innovator, a mentor and an example followed by many distinguished professionals in the multicultural marketing community.
Valerie Miranda / @vxmiran : Label Relations, Spotify
While working as National Culture Marketing Manager for Red Bull in Mexico, she developed Panamerika (redbull.panamerika.fm), Red Bull’s most successful Hispanic-oriented musical initiative to date, and one of Latin America’s most influential blogs/radio shows. In 2012 while working with the firm Olabuenaga Chemistri she won the Heineken Fishtank challenge with the “Casa Indio” project for Indio Beer USA, the brand’s first marketing effort targeted at the young, hip Hispanic community in the US. She is one of the founding partners of Casete, an independent music services company where she directed marketing efforts, focusing on digital film and music sales, physical CD promotion and artist management. She launched and edited Noisey, Vice’s music platform in Latin America. She is currently in charge of Label Relations for US Latin and Mexico at Spotify.
Kevin “Pills” Montano : President, Creative Media Group
A thought leader in every sense of the word, Kevin “Pills” Montano began promoting Hispanic DJs since the early 1990’. Given his focused vision of the impact that DJs hold on the music industry, Kevin teamed up with his cousin, the late Jason “DJ Threat” Campbell and began to explore the untapped marketing opportunities these musical innovators held. During this time, Kevin was taking evening classes to earn a Masters degree while teaching within a reputable school district in Long Island, New York. Kevin and his cousin became an unstoppable force to be reckoned with, forming a DJ crew known as The Turntable Assassins. Today the crew consists of over 35 DJ’s nationwide. The importance of ongoing leadership and success has and always will be important to Kevin and forming the Turntable Assassins provided the ideal conduit for guiding and educating the young and talented DJs in the industry
Manny Mora / @armysocialus: COO, ArmySocial
His career in the business began in 1992 when he joined Pas Productions. As manager, produced in 7 years major Latin shows and tours. I.E: SodaStereo, Shakira, Mana, RicardoArjona, Eros Rammazzotti, and more. In 1999, he joined CFA (now CMN), where he was project manager to National and International Tours. After he became the Dir. Mrkt. of the James Knight Center, under his tenure more than 200+ events where produced. Then he co-Founded “T8F” a Seminole organization which had exclusive rights to Latin shows for the HardRock Live (4 years). Produced Shows like: Juan Luis Guerra, Gilberto SantaRosa, MarcAnthony, etc. Next chapter was SBSE. He acted as National Mkt Dir; which in 2013 brought 4 million gross in revenues. In June of 2013, ArmySocial was founded. A Social Media Marketing company specialized in live events, and crisis management. With in a year of being established, some of ArmySocial’s clients include: SBSE, CMN, NYK, Top-Stop, FIFA, CONCACAF, LIVENATION, SunLife Stadium.
Erica Moreira : Entertainment Attorney
Erica Moreira began her bilingual law practice at Angela Martinez, P.A, where she represented some of the world's most well-known entertainers and music producers as they entered into multimillion dollar agreements, including, various endorsement and sponsorship deals. Two years ago, Erica founded AMP Law, PLLC with offices in Miami and NYC. What is copyright? What is a work for hire? What is music publishing? How do I protect my band and brand name? Come to the roundtable and get all your entertainment law questions answered.
Katie Morse: Head of Social Media, Billboard
Katie Morse has been combining her passions for music, marketing, and innovation for 10+ years at a variety of small and large brands. She grew up a musician, began moderating music forums at the age of 15, and has previously worked with companies such as PAETEC (now Windstream), Radian6, and AEI Media (Drum & Bass Arena / UKF). Katie currently leads Billboard's social media team, and on top of experiencing unprecedented social audience growth under her leadership, Billboard has also broken new ground for the company by fully integrating new media into their iconic editorial coverage of the music business, including hosting a Google+ Hangout live from The GRAMMYs red carpet and integrating live GIF's into the 2013 Billboard Music Awards broadcast on ABC.
Carlos Munoz: VP/Group Account Director, Latin Works
Carlos is responsible for overall management on the Anheuser-Busch, Mars and Humana accounts. Carlos’ team handles strategic development, client relationships and creative/promotional execution across all media, above and below the line. Formerly Group Account Director at GlobalHue. With previous assignments at TBWA, BBDO and JWT, Carlos has lived and worked in Colombia, Mexico, Germany and the U.S. Carlos holds a Journalism degree from the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia. He is an enthusiastic runner, with two marathons under his belt. Carlos lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, son and two dogs.
Alex López Negrete / @LopezNegrete : CEO, Lopez Negrete Communications
Since co-founding Lopez Negrete Communications, Inc. in 1985, Alex López Negrete has steered the firm with a passion and vision for Hispanic marketing that has led it to become one of the country’s most influential Hispanic marketing agencies. Lopez Negrete Communications is now the largest independently owned Hispanic advertising and communications firm in the country. The Lopez Negrete Communications team has won literally hundreds of awards for creative at the local, regional, national and international levels, placing it firmly among the most respected creative Hispanic agencies in the nation. Some of the companies Alex and his team have helped make successful, profitable overtures to the Hispanic consumer segment include Wal-Mart Stores, Verizon Communications Inc., Microsoft Corporation, MillerCoors, Bank of America, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Kraft Foods, Tyson Foods, NBC Universal Motion Pictures Group, and Sonic Drive-Ins, among others.
Frankie Negrón : Showcase Artist
Latin music superstar Frankie Negrón has been called "the genre's next definitive voice” by All Music Guide. Since 1997, his distinct blend of traditional salsa with progressive influences such as pop, rock, gospel, R&B, hip-hop, and reggaetón has garnered numerous plaudits. Negrón has earned many Grammy nominations, Billboard Award nods, and two Premio Lo Nuestro Awards for “Song of the Year”. He’s also had several number one singles, four gold and platinum albums, and nine Billboard Top 40 Hot Latin Tracks.
Benjamin Odell: Head of Production, Pantelion Films
Odell is currently Head of Production for Pantelion Films, the joint venture between Lionsgate and Grupo Televisa. In his role there, Odell develops and produces films aimed at the Hispanic market in the US as well as for Mexico and Latin America. He is currently in post production on the movies “La Vida Robot” starring Marissa Tomei, Jamie Lee Curtis and George Lopez and “Aztec Warrior” starring Luis Guzman. Odell has produced or EP’d films through out the US and Latin America including “Girl in Progress” starring Eva Mendes and Patricia Arquette, “Un Cuento Chino” starring Ricardo Darin and “Padre Nuestro” which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and for which Odell was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Odell is also an educator. He has taught screenwriting and production at Columbia University and The New School in New York City and has given lectures in filmmaking all over Latin America and Europe.
Delia Orjuela / @Sunflowerbmi: VP, Latin Writer Publisher Relations, BMI
Delia Orjuela, Vice President, Latin Music, BMI, Los Angeles, oversees BMI’s Latin music department and is responsible for affiliating new songwriters and publishers, assisting writers and publishers with administration needs and serving as a liaison with the Latin music community and industry at large. Some of the many writers she has signed and worked with since joining BMI include Juanes, Pitbull, Gustavo Santaolalla, Cristian Castro, Molotov, Café Tacuba, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Chino y Nacho, Ximena Sariñana, Kinky, Espinoza Paz, Jenni Rivera, Banda el Recodo, Kalimba, Tigres del Norte, Sergio Vallin of Maná, Cesar “Vampiro” Lopez of Jaguares, amongst others. She is a member of The Latin Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (LARAS), and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from California State University Long Beach.
Ingrid Otero: Executive Director of Programming, Terra Networks (USA)
Ingrid Otero is Terra’s Executive Director of Programming in the USA. As a media executive with nearly 10 years of digital industry experience, she has worked on various content production and custom projects for digital and mobile campaigns, planning and organizing the content development, communication strategy and program production. Throughout her career, she has also focused on content creation, search engine marketing and social media establishing and maintaining effective working partnerships in multi-cultural environments.
Jason Pascal: VP, Licensing & Associate General Counsel, The Orchard
Jason Pascal is currently Vice President, Licensing & Associate General Counsel at The Orchard, a pioneering independent music and video distribution company operating in more than 20 markets around the world. The Orchard provides an innovative and comprehensive sales and marketing platform for content owners. With an industry-leading technology platform, The Orchard’s creative, tailored approach streamlines its clients’ distribution operations while amplifying reach and revenue across hundreds of digital and mobile outlets, as well as physical retailers in North America and Europe.
Jason’s prior experience includes his own film/music/telecommunications law practice from 2002-2005, running the music division at the 1st ad-supported, digital distribution model, called PlayJ, from 1999-2001, and Legal and Business Affairs at BMG International from 1996-1999.
Jason attended the University of Michigan and Brooklyn Law School.
Laura Pausini / @officialpausini: Italian Singer-Songwriter
A winner of three Latin Grammy Awards, four World Music Awards, a Billboard Latin Music Award and a Grammy, Pausini is Italy’s top-selling female act. Following her debut in 1993 after winning Best new artist at the 43rd SanRemo Music Festival, Pausini became an international success, and by 2004, had already sold over 25 million albums, according to Warner Music. Pausini began recording Spanish versions of her Italian hits beginning with her debut album and is now also firmly entrenched in the Latin music landscape
Herb Payan: SVP, Digital Business Development, Sony Music Entertainment
Herb Payan oversees the development of the digital business and technology strategy for the Sony Music Corporation Latin-Iberia Region. The region includes: Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and the US-Hispanic market. Mr. Payan identifies and develops new and innovative digital products and business initiatives with both existing and new business partners. In addition, he spearheads the management of the company digital products’ positioning, pricing, and advertising strategies.
Juan Paz / @juanpaz: Senior Director, Digital Strategy Marketing, Sony Music Latin
Juan is a recognized international digital expert in the Latin music industry. Currently, he serves as Senior Director, Digital Strategy and Marketing for Sony Music Latin. In this role, he is leading the label's digital transformation including the implementation of a new data-driven Business Intelligence unit. In charge of digital strategy, digital deployment and digital marketing initiatives of the label’s roster for the Latino market in the United States, Juan has worked alongside chart topper artists such as Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, Prince Royce and Romeo Santos. Before joining Sony Music, he held the position of Regional Director of Digital Marketing and Exploitation for EMI Music Latin America, from where he co-ordinated the digital deployment in Latin America of the label’s artists highlighting Coldplay, David Guetta, Katy Perry and Marisa
Silvio Pietroluongo: Director of Charts, Billboard
HL Ray: Director - Entertainment Group, Gilt City
H.L. joined Gilt in 2012 from previous leadership positions at The Shubert Organization and Plum Benefits to define the company's role in the entertainment space. He leads direct response branded entertainment initiatives on behalf of a diverse portfolio of partners with the goal of driving awareness among Gilt’s millions of influential and diverse tastemakers.
On the music front, H.L. creates native lifestyle programming that connects the digital experience with the live experience in support of single, album and tour launches. Artist partnerships range from Gloria Estefan, Enrique Iglesias and Maroon 5 to MS MR, Okkervil River and Of Monsters & Men.
Renzo : Showcase Artist
Singer/songwriter/dancer/choreographer Renzo debuted with his composition “Mi Favorita.” The single was released in April 2013 charting at #3 on Billboard Tropical Airplay in a highly competitive field where industry veterans were vying for the top spots - and consistently charting #1 in most tropical stations in the North East. In October 2013, “Perdí El Control,” a song by Romeo Santos, commenced on US radio, peaking at #4 on Billboard Tropical Airplay in January 2014. The video for “Perdí El Control” was directed by Guillermo Mueses and filmed in Ciudad Colonial in Santo Domingo. It features the dance group Nucleo Extremo.
Horacio Rodriguez: Sr. Director Digital Marketing, UMLE US & Mexico
Horacio Rodriguez is Senior Director of Digital Marketing at Universal Music Latin Entertainment US and Mexico where he oversees the digital marketing operation for the Pop, Urban and Regional Mexican divisions of the group. He has been instrumental in the development and implementation of successful and trendsetting digital strategies for UMLE's award-winning artist roster including Enrique Iglesias, Alejandro Sanz, Juanes, Don Omar, Marco Antonio Solis, Alejandro Fernandez and Jenni Rivera among many others. In 2011, he was selected to join Billboard’s prestigious “30 under 30”; the same year UMLE took home the first Billboard Latin Marketing Award for Best Digital & Social Campaign for Don Omar’s “Danza Kuduro” campaign. Horacio was born and raised in Santiago, Chile.
Karlos Rose: Showcase Artist
Urban bachata's new star KARLOS ROSÉ is one of the most promising new artists to emerge from music's urban revolution. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the United States since the age of six, he is known for fusing musical genres such as R&B, pop, bachata and urban music. His debut single "Just The Way You Are" a cover of Bruno Mars's song, reached #1 and lasted more 20 weeks in the chart's Top 20. In 2013, his second single "Infiel", also became the first bachata song of 2013 to reach #1 on the tropical chart. In the same year, he collaborated with American pianist Arthur Hanlon to perform a cover of The Jackson 5's song "I'll Be There”.
Gabriel Saientz: Founder, Million Ducks Music
After having graduated from the University of Miami, Gabriel Saientz went on to perform and record with renowned artists like Chayanne, Cristian Castro, Natalia Jimenez, Franco DeVita, Sheila E., Lauryn Hill, Bobby Caldwell, Arturo Sandoval, Alfredo de la Fe, Chino y Nacho, Thalia and many others. Gabriel has written and produced hundreds of music scores for TV commercials some of which include Ford, Pringles, Verizon, Visa, AT&T, HSBC, HBO, Clorox, Best Buy, AOL, K-Mart, and VW. His accolades include many awards such as Cannes Lions, NY festival, ADDYS, Latin Grammys and many more. In 2009, Gabriel was chosen among 3,000 composers as the winner of the $100K Regis & Kelly Theme Song Search. Besides currently working as an independent music producer and as the pianist for La Voz Kids, Gabriel is also the founder of Million Ducks Music, a production music library which focuses on music for TV, advertising, film and other media.
Alexandre Schiavo / @SonyMusic: President, Sony Music Entertainment Brazil
Alex Schiavo, President of Sony Music Brazil since 2008, completely transformed the Brazilian team operation into a successful and dynamic talent development company, increasing the company revenue by 38% in five years against its main competitor with 4% increase on the same period. Last year SME reached 35% of market share a all time industry record and is a market leader for 4 consecutive years. Alex, Joined the company in 1992 as a Strategic Marketing intern and became a full time employee shortly thereafter. In 1997 he was promoted to International Marketing and A&R Director and was instrumental in developing the careers of Rick Martin and Chayanne, Shakira among others based two years at the New York HQ office and three in Miami at the regional office. He was also promoted to VP of Marketing and New Technologies for Latin America.
Roberto Tapia: Artist
ROBERTO TAPIA has emerged as a performer of the Norteño and banda music genre, with a special style that has made him one of the most sought-after artists not only in Mexico, but in United States. ROBERTO TAPIA is premiering a new single titled “El Juego” (The Game), a ballad with banda from his highly anticipated production recording titled “Mi Niña” under the Universal Music Latino/Fonovisa label which will undoubtedly conquer audiences.The much-anticipated album is a twist in the musical projects Roberto Tapia has presented his audience, as this is a first in his career that he records boleros banda with an international touch, full of romance and heartbreak which are personal experiences of the singer himself.
Gloria Trevi / @GloriaTrevi : Artist
Billboard Latin Music Award winner Gloria Trevi is one of the industry’s leading female pop singers and most prolific songwriters. With a solo career spanning 24 years, Trevi has edited 13 albums, has written over 400 songs and has dazzled audiences worldwide. She is currently embarked on an ambitious tour in support of her latest album “De Pelicula,” which includes her hits “No Soy un Pajaro” and “No Querias Lastimarme.” 2013 was a very important year for her as she returned to television playing the female leading role in the Mexican novela “Libre Para Amarte.” That same year, she launched her own fragrance “Rosa Blu,” and was named by Forbes magazine one of the most powerful women in Mexico.
Erika De La Vega: Showcase Host
Erika es una locutora y animadora venezolana que ha conducido reconocidos programas de televisión y radio transmitidos en toda Venezuela y en otros países de Latinoamérica. Actualmente conduce el programa "El Show de Erika. Erika Casi Late Night" que saldrá al aire a partir del 23/03 en Telemundo Internacional. El programa es un talk show que se transmitirá todos los domingos a las 10:00 pm.
Afo Verde / @afoverde: Chairman/CEO Sony Music Latin America/Iberian Penninsula
Afo Verde is Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Latin Iberia, which includes the Latin American Region, Portugal and Spain.
As CEO, Afo Verde supervises and manages Sony Music’s operations and recordings in Spain, Portugal, US Latin, Mexico, as well as South and Central America. Besides local talent, he is also responsible for overseeing artists such as : AC/DC, Adele, One Direction, Foo Fighters, Tony Bennett, Shakira, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Pitbull, Pink, Camila, Ricky Martin, Chayanne, Marc Anthony, among many others. With more than 20 years of experience in the music industry, and a background as a musician himself, Afo Verde has played a key role by becoming a leading entrepreneur in the music industry.
As a producer and artistic director within the rock/pop genres, he has worked with well-known artists such as: Serrat, Sabina, Vicentico, Diego Torres, Julieta Venegas, Cerati, Soda Estereo, Marcela Morelo, Soledad, Divididos, Bandana, and Axel, just to name a few.
Anais Vivas: Showcase Artist
Cantante Venezolana-Americana de 24 años que cautiva con su voz y pasión musical. Desde los 3 años se prepara artísticamente y en el 2011 obtiene su licenciatura en “Music Business” y Canto Lírico del Frost School of Music de la Universidad de Miami. Ese mismo año presenta su primer disco “Ser” en Venezuela donde logra calar en el corazón del público obteniendo reconocimientos como el Premio Pepsi Music a “Artista Femenina del Año” en 2013. Ha compartido escenario con la Sinfónica de Venezuela y abrió los conciertos de Il Volo y Laura Pausini en Caracas. Trabaja con organizaciones como UNICEF, Doctor Yaso y Fundación Uno Más. Su principal influencia musical ha sido Barbra Streisand, a quien admira por la calidez de su voz y su calidad de interpretación. Actualmente se encuentra trabajando en su segundo disco.
Carlos Vives: Recording Artist
Carlos Vives, composer, actor, and empresario, was named the most important artist of 2013 in Latin America. Considered one of the biggest and most influential artists in music who has transcended bounderies for over 2 decades, with more than 20 million albums sold, a Grammy and 7 Latin Grammys, 23 nominations by the Recording Academy (American & Latin), and multiple gold and platinum albums. He became the first Colombian artist to take home a Gramophone from the Recording Academy. Carlos Vives in less than 5 months charted two singles at #1 without releasing a new album that year.An artist who holds his country close to his heart, he's a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.
Jennifer Warren: CMO, RadioShack
RadioShack CMO, Jennifer Warren, has extensive experience developing brands through consumer insights and understands the touch points that drive results. She has a proven track record of engaging in disruptive marketing that not only grabs the
attention of consumers, but also makes an impact on the bottom line. This year, Warren and her team were responsible for one of the most memorable and acclaimed Super Bowl ads in recent history. Nielsen awarded RadioShack’s ad most likeable. As senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Warren’s responsibilities include all aspects of RadioShack marketing, brand strategy, advertising, corporate communications, social media and online customer experience . Warren is an integral part of RadioShack’s turnaround team and has widespread experience developing brands for Samsung, Kinko’s, Land Rover, T.J. Maxx, Dell and Zale Corporation.
Emmanuel Zunz : CEO, ONErpm
Zunz is Founder & CEO of ONErpm, a leading digital music distributor and Multi-Channel Network on YouTube. The company works with over 15,000 artists and labels worldwide, garnering over 250 million views per month on YouTube. ONErpm's distribution service combines quick and efficient deliveries with marketing support and rights management. Prior to ONErpm, Zunz founded Verge Records, a label predicated on releasing music from impoverished neighborhoods to yield profit to invest back into communities in need. As an industry trailblazer, he has been featured on CNN, NPR, Fox News, Billboard and has spoken at SXSW and CMJ