Speakers & Performers
J Balvin: Recording Artist
28-year-old Latin GRAMMY® award nominated emcee/singer, J Balvin, burst onto the music scene with critically acclaimed debut album, La Familia, in 2013, and has become one of the most promising new talents in urban music. “La Familia” and signature summer smash hit “6AM” secured a nomination in every urban category to the 15th Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards. J Balvin also received an impressive five Premio Lo Nuestro nominations, including a nod as the only debut act in the “Artist Of The Year” category. His breakthrough single, “6AM” spent 2 weeks atop Billboard’s Latin Airplay Chart and 35 weeks within the Top 10 on the Hot Latin Songs Chart, Latin Airplay Chart and Latin Rhythm Airplay Chart. The breakout Colombian star was also been the only artist to consistently join established superstars in the Top 5 of the “Hot Latin Songs” Chart across most of 2014.
Ismael Cala: Host, CNN en Español
Ismael Cala es presentador, productor de radio y televisión, periodista, autor inspiracional y conferencista. Está a cargo del programa de entrevistas de CNN en Español, Cala, un espacio íntimo que recorre los personajes más poderosos y relevantes de la escena internacional, desde políticos, escritores, filósofos, artistas y celebridades, hasta científicos y estrellas del deporte.
Es colaborador oficial en el show "Despierta América", de la cadena Univisión, escribe una columna semanal para más de 20 publicaciones de América Latina y Estados Unidos, y dirige la revista digital "Cala 3.0" —una exitosa aplicación para iPad, iPhone, Android y PC— y es uno de los conferencistas inspiracionales más aclamados del continente.
Luis Coronel: Recording Artist
LUIS CORONEL has conquered the Billboard charts, become a fixture on top-rated television shows, tours consistently to sold-out venues and has recorded signature songs of love that have catapulted the singer/songwriter into the hearts of America, and beyond. A social media phenom with followers in the millions, a highly spirited fan base and a rapidly rising career of fever-pitch proportions, the charming teen star embodies and inspires the best of the youthful, smart and savvy millennial generation. Radio stations, concert venues, television programs and social media platforms from Facebook to Instagram have placed LUIS’ career on an upward trajectory. Since breaking out two years ago, the DEL Records/Empire Prods. star has become a strong, bold and vibrant singer with a global following.
Farruko: Recording Artist
En corto tiempo, Farruko ha convertido todas sus canciones en éxitos locales e internacionales. Sus canciones se han filtrado a través de las redes sociales y sitios de Internet frecuentados por la juventud latinoamericana, logrando alcanzar altos niveles de popularidad. Farruko nos presentó en el 2011 “El Talento del Bloque”, su primer álbum como solista el cual contiene 13 temas compuestos en su mayoría por el propio artista. Destacan las participaciones de José Feliciano en “Su Hija Me Gusta” y “Romper La Discoteca” junto a Daddy Yankee. También ofreció al público grandes éxitos internacionales como “Hola Beba”, “Hoy” y “Cositas Que Hacíamos”.
Tony Gervino : Editor in Chief, Billboard
Tony Gervino is the Editor-in-Chief of Billboard Magazine. He was previously Executive Editor of Hearst Magazines International, where he oversaw the editorial direction of Hearst’s international Home Design, Men's Enthusiast, Teen and Women's Network groups, including world-renowned publications Esquire, Seventeen, Popular Mechanics, Cosmopolitan, Car and Driver and Robb Report. Additionally, Gervino has contributed widely to The New York Times, and between 2010 and 2011, he also served as a contributing editor to The New York Times Magazine, where he worked closely with the editor-in-chief. Before that, he was the editor of two cult-favorite publications in New York publishing: Slam (basketball) and Antenna, a men’s fashion and lifestyle magazine. He was the founding executive editor of XXL. When he’s not working, Gervino enjoys gardening on his rooftop terrace and rocking out to Norwegian black metal.
Nicky Jam: Recording Artist
Nick Rivera Caminero, Nicky Jam, one of the pioneers of Reggaeton in the world. Born in Boston USA, in 1981. As a child he moved to Puerto Rico with his family, where he became interested in music. At 11 years old he recorded his first album called "Diferente a los demas" which gave him recognition among djs and artists in the streets of their country.Nicky Jam reached the height of his career to achieve several radio hit's: yo no soy tu esposo, me voy pal party, fiel a tu piel, la combi completa, among others ... which led him to travel the world Full and become one of the greatest exponents of the genre worldwide.In 2013 presents its new image and return stronger than ever again achieving more than 5 consecutive radial Hit's with songs like piensas en mi, Curiosidad, juegos proividos, boy a beber and Travesuras. Given an increase in their social networks over 3000%. Which positions it in late 2014 as one of the greatest and most beloved by the public in the urban genre artists
Enzo Mazza: President, F.I.M.I.
49 years old, a bachelor's degree in political science , he began his career as a press officer at a major bank. After working in a public relations agency, he becomes responsible for Italy BSA , Business Software Alliance , a worldwide association of software producers. In 1996 he was appointed General Secretary of FPM , the Federation against Musical Piracy , from 1998 to 2005 he held the position of General Manager and is now president of FIMI , the Federation of the Italian Music Industry. He chairs the Intellectual Property Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy and in 2010 he became President of SCF (Phonographs Consortium)
Luis Miguel Messianu: President/CEO, Alma-- Juror
Luis Miguel Messianu is the Founder, President and Chief Creative Officer of Alma, currently the sixth largest Hispanic advertising agency in the United States, and also Ad Age’s Multicultural Agency of the Year for two years consecutively. In a 35-year advertising career, Messianu has played an influential role in the most important developments in the modern U.S. Hispanic market.Messianu’s 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, 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: Label Relations, Spotify
Valerie is currently responsible Labels and artists relations in Spotify for Mexico and Latin market in the US.
She has an extensive experience in the music industry in Mexico as one of the founders of Cassette, an independent music services company, where she was responsible for directing marketing efforts to promote digital movies, music and artist management .She also launched and edited Noisey, Vice magazine.s music platform in Latin America, and she developed her career as Marketing Manager of National Culture Red Bull in Mexico, where created the concept of Panamerika (redbull.panamerika.fm), the musical initiative for hispanic public with most success of Red Bull, which is currently one of the blogs / radio shows most influential in Latin America.
Eden Muñoz: Recording Artist , Calibre 50
Calibre 50 es un grupo originario de Mazatlán Sinaloa y como su nombre lo indica, esta agrupación es una bala que avanza velozmente sin que nada lo detenga. Se ha distinguido por tener un estilo único al combinar instrumentos característicos de su estado como son la tuba, la guitarra de 12 cuerdas, el acordeón y la batería. Aunque su fama la ha adquirido por cantar corridos, la agrupación interpreta también otros ritmos como cumbias, rancheras, charangas, polkas y chicoteadasEl grupo está integrado por cuatro talentosos jóvenes: Edén Muñoz , Alejandro Gaxiola , Erick García , y Armando Ramos.CORRIDOS DE ALTO CALIBRE’, contó con temas inéditos de puros corridos, generó múltiples éxitos y se coloco dentro del gusto del público gracias a su contenido y ritmo inigualable único en CALIBRE 50.
Alex Lopez Negrete: President/CEO,Lopez Negrete Communications, Inc.- Juror
Since co-founding Lopez Negrete Communications, Inc., in 1985, Alex's passion and vision have led the company to become one of the country’s most influential Hispanic marketing agencies. Alex started the Houston-based agency with his wife and partner, Cathy, and the conviction that thoughtful, relevant, fully integrated, in-language and in-culture communications is the best way to reach the exceedingly important Hispanic market.In his role as company president and CEO, Alex is intricately involved in providing invaluable strategic counsel and creative direction to agency clients. Alex credits the agency's success to its team of multicultural, multinational communications professionals.The agency continues to grow, with 2013 capitalized billings at $215 million and over 200 employees and offices in Houston, Burbank, New York City and Mexico City.
Kevin Ortiz: Recording Artist
Nacido en Pasadena, CA., KEVIN es el cuarto de cinco hermanos, entre ellos la estrella regional mexicana, Gerardo Ortiz.
Con tan sólo dos años y medio de carrera, KEVIN se ha posicionado como uno de los principales exponentes del género regional mexicano en los Estados Unidos y México. El joven artista ha sido reconocido como “Solista con Mayor Futuro” en Premios de la Calle 2012, “Nueva Revelación Juvenil” en Premios Juventud 2013, “Artista Banda del Año” y “Favorito de la Noche” en Premios Tu Mundo 2014 y este año se encuentra nominado como “Artista del Año Debut”” en los Premios Billboard a la Música Latina.El primer álbum de KEVIN titulado “CON LA MISMA SANGRE” fue editado por Badsin Records, la compañía discográfica de su hermano, Gerardo Ortiz, y no sólo debutó en la posición #1 de iTunes Latino, sino que también lideró la lista de ventas del género Regional Mexicano de la prestigiosa revista Billboard
Jorge Plasencia: CEO, República
Jorge A. Plasencia is co-founder, chairman and CEO of República, one of America's leading independent, cross-cultural advertising, digital and communications agencies. Prior to co-founding República in 2006, Jorge served as vice president and operating manager of Univision Radio. Before Univision, Jorge was vice president of Estefan Enterprises, Inc., while there, he played a key role in the management of several international artists, including Gloria Estefan and Shakira. Earlier, Jorge was the first director of Hispanic marketing for the Florida Marlins.
Jorge co-founded Amigos For Kids in 1991, a nonprofit organization supporting underprivileged children and families. He is chairman of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and vice chairman of the Miami Dade College Foundation.
A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Jorge was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, and CEO of the Year by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
J Quiles : Recording Artist
Romeo Santos: Recording Artist
Credited by Billboard with "More #1 Chart Hits Than ANY Other Latin Music Artist This Decade," Santos-- a singer, song-writer, and producer--has been heralded for "redefining crossover" while firmly establishing himself as the leading Spanish language music artist in The United States in terms of airplay, record sales and concert tickets. Santos closed out 2014 with his 10th #1 single as a solo artist, making him one of the biggest artists of the year. With additional career #1 tracks from his time as the lead singer of Aventura, Santos now joins Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin as one of the top-three artists with the most #1 songs at Latin Radio.
Alex Sensation: Recording Artist/ DJ
Among his countless accomplishments as a prominent DJ and radio personality, Alex is the recipient of the ACE Award (the Association of Latin Entertainment Critics), the Global Spin Award, and the Latin Mix Award. In 2014, Alex was invited to attend the Latin Grammys as an honorary guest and hosted the official Latin Grammys after-party. Alex has played at over 10,000 venues across the United States and abroad in the past twenty years. He's delighted the world with his mixes, playing internationally in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Canada, Mexico, Aruba, and St. Martin. He is so loved, in fact, that it's not uncommon for fans to storm the stage for a photo. Alex has been featured on a multitude of TV shows on Mun2 and MundoFOX, as well as major reality shows on MTV. He has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Latin Trends, Billboard en Espanol, and People en Espanol.
Raquel Sofia: Recording Artist
Raquel SOfia is the indie phenomenon that has come out of the Latin market in 2015. With credentials of performing/writing for worldwide sensations like Shakira and Juanes, Raquel Sofia already has made a name for herself without putting out an album.
Singer/Songwriter Raquel Sofia was born and raised in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, she plays the guitar and sings in Spanish, English and Portuguese. After Raquel Sofia's releaseof her single "Agridulce", NPR invited her to record their prestigious "tiny Desk Concert". Raquel Sofia's single "Agridulce" has grossed over 2.9M streams on Spotify in just 6 months. Raquel Sofia was recently asked to write and perform on HBO's Game of Thrones 2015 Mix Tape. Raquel Sofia has also been chosen as Spotify's Artist to watch in 2015, recently released her first EP "Te Odio Los Sabados" featuring hit song " Te Amo Idiota" and will be performing at SXSW
Jorge Valenzuela: Recording Artist
JORGE VALENZUELA es un joven intérprete nacido en Culiacán, Sinaloa, quien desde los seis años de edad se dio cuenta que la música era su pasión, iniciando así estudios de guitarra al tiempo que cumplía con los deberes escolares. A los 13 años comenzó a estudiar acordeón y en 2012 inició su carrera profesional como cantante.Ahora, en el 2014 lanza “NADA NOS DETIENE”, álbum producido por Cástulo Valenzuela, el cual estará a la venta en formato digital y físico en Estados Unidos y México.El sencillo con el que se da a conocer de forma masiva lleva por título “EL AGÜITADO”, original de Lenin Ramírez, con el que el joven intérprete ya se escucha en la radio.El disco contiene temas románticos, que llevan un mensaje, algunos con música de banda y otros con sonido norteño.
Remmy Valenzuela: Recording Artist
REMMY VALENZUELA forma parte de la nueva generación de jóvenes que emprenden una carrera dentro del competido género del Regional Mexicano, pero con mayor aprendizaje, considerado un multi-instrumentalista, quien a sus escasos 23 años de edad se ha convertido en todo un suceso de la música bravía gracias a su talento innato y un derroche de carisma.Terco como él solo, REMMY persevera hasta lograr sus sueños, una forma de ser que comparte con su equipo de management y por la que ha llegado a donde ha llegado. Es versátil, y aunque su instrumento predilecto es la batería, también toca piano, guitarra y acordeón. Pero con todos los instrumentos, incluso su voz, toca de la misma manera: de corazón ya sea para una persona o para 100 mil.Como parte de una nueva generación de artistas, REMMY VALENZUELA aporta al género del Regional Mexicano su estilo de voz interpretativo siempre de la mano de su fiel acompañante el acordeón con canciones rancheras, románticas, corridos y hasta cumbias.