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in the banking and financial services industry, most recently with Whitney National Bank as executive vice president and chief information officer of op- erations and technology. In this role, he was responsible for lead- ing the bank’s back office opera- tions, security/business continu- ity and technology to include architecture/strategy, delivery / development, infrastructure and

operations. De Armas received his BBA from Northwood Uni- versity and his MBA from California Coast University. He is a co-founder of the Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council (HITEC), where he currently sits on the Board of Direc- tors and is Chairman Emeritus. De Armas is a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, having served eight years.

Next Generation Inc.

Darrell Higueros President and CEO

Darrell Higueros leads technol- ogy management and consulting firm, Next Generation. Higueros has served as the co-chair of the Technology Committee of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is a currently a member of HITEC (Hispanic IT Executive Council), an executive leadership organization of senior business and IT executives who

have built outstanding careers in information technology. SGI

Jorge Titinger President and Chief Executive Officer

Before his 17-year career in the semiconductor equipment indus- try, Jorge spent 10 years in the computer industry, where he held positions of increasing responsibil- ity at Hewlett-Packard Company, MIPS Computer Systems, Inc. and Silicon Graphics, Inc. He joined Verigy Ltd., as chief operating of- ficer in June 2008, was promoted to chief executive officer in Janu- ary 2011 and led the company through a successful sale in late 2011. Jorge joined SGI as president and chief executive officer, as well as a member of its Board of Directors, on February 27, 2012, bringing with him a results-oriented approach and the ability to think strategically, which has helped to extend SGI’s track record of innovation and growth.

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Rodrigo Paranhos Velloso Head of Gaming

Rodrigo Paranhos Velloso has been at Google since early 2007 and, having recently assumed the Head of Gaming role at You- Tube, is responsible for building partnerships with major video content creators in that space. Previously, he was head of His- panic and Latin American content for YouTube for two years and head of business development at Google Latin America for four years. Before joining Google, he worked at Brazilian media con- glomerate, Grupo Abril, for eight years where, among other roles, he was editor-in-chief the Brazilian edition of Playboy magazine. Rodrigo received his Bachelor of Science in economics from the Wharton School of Business and his Bachelor of Arts in communi- cations from the Annenberg School of Communications, both at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sistemas Corporation

Deborah Aguiar-Vélez Chief Executive Officer

Deborah Aguiar-Vélez is an accomplished engineer. She made her mark in the business world in 1983, when she founded Sistemas Corporation. The company provides customized soft- ware and training for engineers, sci- entists and technical personnel. Agu- iar-Vélez has spearheaded numerous multimillion-dollar programs and established customer relationships with several highly recognizable customers, including ExxonMobil, BASF, and Xerox. Prior, she thrived as director of New Jersey’s Division of Small Businesses and Women and Minority Businesses from 1988 to

1990, during which time she managed a staff of over 30 and provided top-quality assistance to entrepreneurs while forging public and private sector partnerships. She was appointed to this position by former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean, at which time she was the highest-ranked Hispanic in Kean’s administration. In 2009, Aguiar-Vélez started Escúchame Inc., a virtual community of Latina experts and entrepreneurs. Es- cúchame provides the infrastructure where Latinas share their knowledge, gain visibility, earn paid speaking engagements, and sell their products, books and services. Notably, Aguiar- Vélez has served on the boards for The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her most accomplished board experience commenced in 1999 with SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company Inc., a 70-year-old company with nearly $1.5 billion in assets. She is a board member and is the chair of the nominating, governance and human resources com- mittee. Aguiar-Vélez earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering with honors from the University of Puerto Rico.


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