A new Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations Weblog http://www.hispanicmpr.com for marketing professionals and students was launched recently. Centered on the upcoming Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations book due out later this year, the weblog includes author biographies, Hispanic marketing and public relations news and serves as a forum for authors and visitors to post comments and share insights. The new book provides more than 350 pages of information, case studies, charts, tables, graphs, market data and opinions based on the knowledge of nineteen U.S. Hispanic market experts. Proceeds will benefit the Hispanic Marketing & Communication Association, HMCA. Information on the book, including a list of authors and a pre-publication sign up sheet is available at the HMCA website www.hmca.org and on the new weblog www.hispanicmpr.com .

John U. Sepulveda, a housing industry veteran and former deputy director at the U.S.

The National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC) announced its 2005 board of directors. Jon Munoz, Director of Hispanic Marketing for the South Region at Nextel Communications, Inc., has been re-elected Chair of the board. Munoz is the first NHCC Chair to be re-elected to a second term.

Chase, the retail banking unit of JPMorgan Chase & Co., announced a $1 million grant to the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and its community development subsidiary, the Raza Development Fund (RDF), to finance land acquisition for community development projects around the country.

On February 16, 2005, ANA will partner with the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) to stage the first live branded entertainment competition – "The Battle of the Brands."

Aetna, Inc. joined the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility as a corporate partner.

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) revealed the winners of its fourth annual Multicultural Excellence Awards during a ceremony at the ANA Multicultural Marketing Conference at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, Anaheim, CA.

The American Advertising Federation (AAF) has named seven accomplished young executives from a diverse cross-section of industry segments to its esteemed Advertising Hall of Achievement. Included in that prestigious line up is Aldo Quevedo of Dieste, Harmel & Partners.

The Hispanic Marketing & Communication Association, HMCA, announced that HMCA President Elena del Valle, M.B.A., J.D. is the recipient of the 2004 D. Parke Gibson Pioneer Award of the Multicultural Communications Section of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Univision Communications Inc. announced that it was recognized with the Exemplary Practice of Corporate Governance & Board Diversity Award by the New America Alliance at the organization's 4th Wall Street Summit held on October 27th - 29th in New York City. Co-President of Univision Television Group, Thomas Arnost, accepted the award on Univision's behalf.

Zoa Martinez, President and Creative Director of Hispanic-owned ZONA Design, Inc., the New York-based, multi-disciplined design agency, will speak at a National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications.

The Latin American Association (LAA) is pleased to report that its 16th Annual Latin Fever Ball "Café y Chocolate: The Flavor of the Americas" which took place earlier this month at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Buckhead was a colossal success.

The Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA), a non-profit organization founded to advance the careers of Hispanics in the Communications industry, commemorated its 20th anniversary at the 2004 PRemio Awards & Scholarship Dinner on Wednesday, October 20th in Los Angeles.

100 Hispanic Women - 2nd Annual Mind, Body & Spirit...the road to serenity conference on Saturday, November 13, 2004.

The Association of National Advertisers today announced the finalists for the 2004 Multicultural Excellence Awards during their Annual Conference at The Ritz-Carlton Naples, in Naples, Florida.