Board of Directors
Cora Oriel – Chairman
Theresa Martinez – Co-Chair
Alicia Atienza – Secretary
Alex Anderson – Secretary
Del Heintz – Treasurer
Jason Hobson – Board Member
Mina Hong – Member
Tony Risass – Member
Pablo Wong – Member
Faith Bautista – President & CEO
Lidell Page – Legal Counsel
Asian Journal Publications Inc. – Glendale, CA September 1991 – Present Asian Journal is a provider of news and information, with bureaus in California, Nevada, New York/ New Jersey and the Philippines. This national publication mirrors the phenomenal growth of the Filipino American (FilAm) community in the United States. From a small staff and humble beginnings, it has grown into a leading Asian-owned publishing firm in the U.S. President. Ensuring that the mission, the vision and values of the company are communicated throughout the business units and across offices Recruiting, developing, and maintaining a productive employee force to sustain daily operations and growth Maintaining and supervising financial structure. Developing account executives team, ensuring they achieve highest levels of excellence through training, and providing transparency and feedback Representing the organization in its relations with the local businesses, clients, governmental agencies, professional associations and similar groups.
UNITY CONNECTIONS, LLC NOVEMBER 2016 – PRESENT CEO/PRESIDENT Community Connections, LLC is a certified Woman-owned, Minority-Owned, Small Business located in downtown Los Angeles, California. Collectively, the team has over 20 years of experience in community outreach, strategic planning and a whole host of other specialties within Greater Los Angeles and Orange County. We specialize in partnering with key stakeholders to provide community outreach, government and public relations, event planning, and marketing for non-profit organizations and corporate and government projects. We are very proud to have fostered many long-term relationships with local elected officials, and to have gained their trust and that of the communities they serve. With our extensive experience, our engagement, strategic planning, and outreach strategies will by far exceed your goals. By applying our foresight and experience to raise awareness and proactively address issues, we are able to fully engage our clients and the constituencies they serve. We navigate our clients through challenging situations by creating communication plans that are meaningful and that build a foundational awareness for maximum engagement and lasting results.
Theresa Martinez served as the CEO for the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce (LALCC). She has served in this capacity for 3 years. She oversaw all fundraising and raised close to $1.5 million, procurement opportunities, policy initiatives, advocacy work, orporate sponsor relationships, program infrastructure, and staff management. She supported the vision of the Board of Directors by implementing final board decisions. Under her leadership the chamber membership tripled to over 1,300 members and the chamber database grew from 3,000 to over 8,000. Ms. Martinez helped bring together coalitions of 18+ ethnic and business organizations to collaborate on outreach and small business concerns through letter writing to the FCC, SEC, SCC, FCIC, CFPB, Department of the Treasury and various elected officials. With this collaboration Ms. Martinez was able to develop outreach to over 250,000 business owners in the greater Los Angeles area. Moreover, Ms. Martinez was an asset to the “Yes on Measure M” campaign in 2016 participating in the weekly outreach and participating in two press conferences with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti who appointed her. This effort resulted in the passage of the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan to ease freeway traffic flow/safety, repair potholes/sidewalks, repave local streets, retrofit bridges and expand rail/subway/bus systems and create half a million jobs.
The Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce provided outreach to the community to engage business owners to participate in a half-day event consisting of a VIP/Awardee breakfast with a prominent speaker, business matchmaking with one-on-one interviews for corporate and government contracts. The awards luncheon featured a guest speaker and five awards presented in the categories of Corporate Executive of the Year, Legacy Award, Innovator of the Year, Inspirational Leader of the Year and the Rising Star Award. The extensive project branding, community outreach, employer outreach and social media grew the event by 400 attendees in three short years to 900. Media relations experts’ tireless work resulted in awardee media stories and television interviews with Telemundo and Univision, El Aviso and El Clasificado, creating that extra touch to a successful event. The outreach objectives included partnering with many chambers of commerce in the greater Los Angeles Area as well as business organizations such as the National Latina Business Women’s Association (NLBWA)-LA, Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC), the Latina Golfers Association and the Hispanic Media Coalition. The yearly business matchmaking 2-hour forum resulted in over 200 interviews each year with corporate America and government agencies and as many as 25 new contracts. Over 20 Supplier Diversity managers participated yearly.
Corporate America sponsorships were made possible at all levels and their expectations were more than exceeded with the caliber of business owners in the audience. As a result, LALCC continues to grow the sponsorship list each year. Speakers for this event included Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, and President and CEO of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) Cid Wilson, and Sol Trujillo Businessman and ProAmerica Board Member engaged the audience with information regarding the climate of Latinos in business at the county and national level and on corporate boards across America.
The Distinguished Speaker Series provides key messages by CEO’s of government agencies to inform the Latino business owners about the procurement opportunities available for viable business contracts. It was a must to secure over 100 Latino business owners and professional attendees and the team coordinated the flow of this prestigious guest event. It was important to start on time and have questions from the audience in advance to streamline redundancy and adhere to the important schedule of the speaker. The breakfasts were held quarterly at the beautiful City Club in downtown Los Angeles and involved extensive coordination with prominent speakers and managing many schedules.
Alicia Gabriana-Atienza Broker/CEO Statewide Realty & Financial Services, Inc Alicia Gabriana-Atienza has been licensed in real estate since 1989. She became a designated Real Estate Broker in 1996 and has since specialized in seller and buyer homeownership. She provides a market expertise, and is able to communicate recommendations based on her many years of experience. She provides data and market intelligence so that her clients can make informed decisions in various transaction types from traditional sales, commercial, REO properties, multi-unit properties, short sale, off-market, loans, loan modifications, and foreclosure opportunities. Before becoming a real estate broker. Alicia earned her Bachelors of Science in Accounting at the University of the East, Philippines and became a Certified Public Accountant. She is a lifetime member of PICPA-USA and PICPA California Chapter. She is also a California Notary Public in the County of San Mateo and a Certified California Insurance Agent (#0718548). Professional Affiliations: CEO/Broker Statewide Realty & Financial Services, Inc., National Association of Realtors, San Francisco Association of Realtors MLS Member, President of Dragon Properties, Inc., CFO of Statewide Development and Community Services, Inc. (Non-Profit Organization)
Alex Anderson is the co-founder of African American Economic Justice Organization in Oakland, CA that focuses on economic opportunities for African Americans throughout California. He is also head of Andercorp Ventures LLC. He presently services on the Advisory Board of Build Org. and Ashoka’s Youth Venture San Francisco Bay Area. Build’s mission is to “use entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged, low-income students through high school to college success. Serving disadvantaged youth has been at the heart of BUILD’s efforts since our organization was founded… in 1999.”
Del J. Heintz is a highly respected visionary, strategic planner, problem solver, and team builder. His talent as a motivator and mentor has been honed over a 30-year career in the telecommunications industry. He has been the California and Wisconsin State Director for Government Affairs for Charter Communications since 2007, heading a team of directors, senior managers, consultants, and TV producers/directors covering elected officials, community based organizations, and educational leaders for Charter franchises in hundreds of communities in California, Arizona, Idaho and Washington. Well versed in the analysis of legislation and regulations, Del sets the strategic direction for his department and develops initiatives to meet and surpass goals. Del has also developed and led community outreach projects with the company’s PR and sales departments. Del is part of the Executive Committee and currently serves as the Treasurer of the California Cable Telecommunications Association. Before joining Charter Communications, Del spent 13 years at Time Warner Cable (and related entities secured through M&As). As Director of Government Affairs and General Manager of Operations in Southern California Del oversaw political, community, and public relations while forging improved relationships with elected officials to whom he effectively communicated corporate and industry issues. Prior to that, Del held positions at several networks including A&E. Del has been an influential participant in educational businesses and nonprofit organizations. Through his interaction with elected officials, community leaders, and local philanthropists, he has executed and expanded numerous fundraising events. His service has included leadership positions such as Chairman/Director of Orange Coast College Foundation, Director of Vanguard University Foundation, Chairman/Board Director of the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce, and President/Board Director of the Costa Mesa Senior Center Corporation. Del earned his degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington in Seattle, and has received an honorary degree from Orange Coast College.