Mario Rodriguez is the President and founding member of Compendium Strategies. He has been an entrepreneur and community leader throughout his career. In 1986, he founded Jonathan Grey & Associates, and built it into a leading Latino-owned consulting and ad specialty company. His clients include Fortune 500 companies, sports agencies, political firms, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. In 2006, he created his consulting business where he specializes in advising his clients on a wide range of political, business, and social issues.
Mr. Rodriguez serves in many social organizations. He served as board Director for the Tiger Woods Learning Center and is the Chairman of the Hispanic 100. He served on the President’s Advisory Council of Concordia University, as well as the New Majority of Orange County. He formerly served as a member of President George W. Bush’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security, Chairman of the California Athletic Commission, President of the Hispanic Business Roundtable, Chairman of the Latino Coalition Foundation, Board of Directors of the Efren Herrera Foundation, and as member of the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club in the South County area.
Mr. Rodriguez has received multiple awards including the Hispanic Business Roundtable’s “Circle of Excellence” and League of United Latin American Citizens “Businessman of the Year”. He has been featured in television, newspapers, magazines, and radio including “Making It: Minority Success Stories”, and a KTLA Channel special, “The Top Forty Companies with Owners under the age of Forty” by Entrepreneur Magazine. Mr. Rodriguez received the 2005 O.C. Hispanic Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2005 O.C. United Way’s Hispanic Influential Lifetime Achievement award.
Manuel Ramirez is President and Chief Executive Officer of RJI Ramirez Jimenez International CPAs. Manuel is a founding member of the firm and has served as President and CEO since 1993. Manuel was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as a member of the California Board of Accountancy in 2007. In January, 2010, Manuel Ramirez was elected President of the California Board of Accountancy.
Manuel began his career in public accounting in 1981 in Orange County, California. He has experience in auditing and consulting with financial agencies, governmental institutions, healthcare providers, publicly traded companies, real estate developers, nonprofit organizations, and privately held enterprises. In addition to his extensive financial, accounting and auditing experience, he has specialized experience in taxation and business consulting.
EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Manuel holds a Masters of Science in Tax Law from Golden Gate University. He has also achieved Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Accountants status. Manuel received his Bachelor’s degree in accounting from California State University, Fullerton. Manuel is a co-founder of Hispanic 100, an organization working to help further the development of local, national and international Hispanic business and political leaders and to be a conduit to facilitate and implement the strategic resolution of issues critical to the Hispanic Community.
He also served as the last elected President and first Chairman of the Board for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Orange County. His business activism also includes participating in the area action council of Orange County for the NFIB, co-founder of NegNext PAC, co-founder of the Orange County Catholic Foundation, board member of Legatus, audit committee chairman of the Santa Ana Business Bank, finance and investment committee chairman of Make-A-Wish Foundation, finance chair for the Boy Scouts of America, along with serving on the board of two dozen other philanthropic and business organizations.
Rosario Marin is a compassionate mother, dedicated public official and consummate advocate for the disadvantaged and people with disabilities. She has served for 22 years at the local, state, and national levels. In addition, she is the author of “Leading Between Two Worlds.” Currently she is a principal at Compendium Strategies.
Most recently she worked for Old Republic Title in the Default Management Services company as Vice President for Business Relations. She oversaw the effort to expand into new markets and government contracts.
Previously, she served in Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cabinet as Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency from 2006 through March, 2009 where she oversaw the state’s civil rights enforcement, consumer protection, and the licensing of 2.4 million Californians in more than 255 different professions. The agency oversees the procurement of more than nearly $9 billion worth of goods and services, the management and development of the state’s real estate, oversight of two state employee pension funds, the collection of state taxes, and programs managing the hiring of state employees – in addition to the administration of two state museums and a state park.
Secretary Marin chaired the Building Standards Commission, the Victim’s Compensation and Government Claims Board, the Governor’s Green Action Team and the Mexican-American Veterans Memorial Committee. During her tenure the state buildings codes were updated in record time and published the first in the nation Green Building Standards. The Governor’s mandate to have 25% of the states procurement go to small business were attained and surpassed and she led the development and implementation of the plan to “green” the 1600 state’s buildings by the year 2015.
She hosted 18 foreclosure prevention workshops throughout the state bringing together financial institutions, consumer, advocates, government officials and the media to reduce the number of foreclosures in the state of California. The model was replicated by other governmental and non-profit entities.
With the achievement of a successful financial services industry career spanning two decades, Donald was named President of Pinnacle Consulting Group in 2001.
During his tenure at Pinnacle, Donald has developed unique processes and designs to implement financial strategies for various clients which include affluent business owners, highly-compensated executives, retirees, and those who have inherited wealth. Working with a team of tax professional, legal advisors and investment analysts, Donald and his associates provide comprehensive, innovative solutions to fit the financial needs of Pinnacle’s clients.
It is Donald’s strong belief that community leadership is essential to community growth and strength. He has held numerous executive positions in a variety of non-profit organizations which led him to be inducted into the Orange County Foundation, honoring the most accomplished leaders of the community.
Professionally, Donald has consistently achieved the honors of Million Dollar Roundtable, Top of the Table. Previously he was president of the National Association of Professional Insurance and Financial Advisors of Orange County, and a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
On a State level he accepted a Governor’s appointment to serve on the board of the California State Compensation Insurance Fund where he serves on the investment committee. It over sees the positioning of 20 billion dollars in assets. Nationally, Donald was a United State Presidential appointee where he chaired the Finance and Audit committee of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Donald Garcia and his wife, Wendy, reside in Newport Beach, California and enjoy volunteering for various philanthropic organizations. They have been blessed with their daughter, Brooke, and son, Sho (Donald).
R. Julio Gudiño III, is an exclusive agent and personal financial representative for Allstate Corporation, based in California since 1999. As such, he serves as an insurance agent and personal financial representative for over 4,500 business and individual clients in the Southern California Region.
Mr. Gudiño is a top Allstate agent nationwide in auto, property, business and life insurance. He has a full service agency that sells all types of insurance, from personal auto and business insurance, to kidnap and ransom coverage. He was recently awarded the prestigious Allstate Chairman’s Inner Circle award for customer satisfaction, retention and profitability. He is in the top one percent of Allstate agents throughout the country, and one of only twelve agents in the state of California, to attain this level of achievement. Along with the Chairman’s Inner Circle Award, he was awarded the Allstate Insurance Co. Ray Lynch Community Service Award in 2002. This award is given to only ONE Agent out of approximately 15,000 agents nationwide per year for their dedication to their communities.
During this time, Mr. Gudiño Founded and served as CEO and Publisher of bello Magazine, the largest national English language magazine targeting the acculturated and affluent Latino. bello Magazine was recognized by industry experts as one of the most influential Hispanic magazines of its time.
He also manages the WBC Boxings #1 mandatory challenger middleweight boxer.
Mr. Gudiño is also called upon as a commentator for Univision and Telemundo as an Insurance Expert.
Prior to joining Allstate, Mr. Gudiño, at the age of 23 was the youngest salesman for BASF Corporation, where he was the number one salesman nationwide for three years in a row managing a territory of over 25 million dollars.
Before Mr. Gudiño began his corporate careers, he began working at a young age at his family’s businesses. These businesses included, auto dealerships, auto body shop, retail stores, and an ostrich and cattle ranch in Mexico.
Mr. Gudiño also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Rancho Santiago Community College District Foundation in Santa Ana, CA. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Goals for Life Foundation and is a former member of the Allstate Foundation Board, The Latino Coalition Foundation Board, Hispanic Business Roundtable Board and Children’s Protective Identification Video Foundation. Mr. Gudiño is also the Chairman and founder of the United Hispanic Foundation.
Mr. Gudiño and his wife Denise have been married for 15 years and have two beautiful children, Ariana Chanel (10) and Julio Christian (8).
John G. Cruz, Esq., served as Appointments Secretary to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger from August 2007 to December 2010. From 2005-2007, Mr. Cruz served as a Commissioner on the California Gambling Control Commission. Prior to entering government service, and having earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School in 1979, Mr. Cruz was a practicing lawyer who handled sophisticated real estate and business transactional law matters. From 2002 to 2007, he served on the Federal Service Impasses Panel (having twice been appointed by President George W. Bush), where he resolved disputes between federal agencies and unions representing federal employees.
Mr. Cruz has lived in Orange County since 1966. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration (with an emphasis in Accounting) in 1975 from California State University, Fullerton. Among other activities, he previously served as an Officer and Trustee for the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Santa Ana Education Foundation. He was also a co-founder of the Hispanic 100.
Bob’s career in politics spans a period of over 16 years. During that time he has participated in numerous campaigns both as a candidate and as an advisor to other campaigns. In 1995 Bob ran successfully for city council. Two years later, he successfully ran for the California State Assembly where he served three terms until 2004. While in the state assembly he chaired the Hispanic Republican Caucus. In 2001 he created the California Empowerment Project to elect Latinos to public office. He was successful in raising and funding over 1 million dollars in campaigns to elect Latinos to public office including to city council, school board, water board and members of the legislature.
Bob served as California Statewide Chairman for President Bush’s re-election, Chairman of the Latino Caucus campaign for Governor Schwarzenegger, Statewide Latino Chairman for Senator John McCain for President, Statewide Latino Coalition Co-Chair for Meg Whitman for Governor and Latino Coalition Chairman for Carly Fiorina for U.S. Senate. For over 16 years, Bob has participated in running and advising numerous campaigns or advising candidates for public office. Bob was frequently called upon to be the Latino spokesman for the Republican Caucus and for the Presidential and State Candidates.
Bob’s professional career spans 58 years. He is the Senior Member of Pacheco & Pacheco Law Offices for over 37 years. He was also appointed to the United States Naval Academy Board of Visitors by President Bush, as California Senior Advisor for Jobs and Workforce Development, a member of the Cal-OSHA Board of Appeals and an AVP of a California Bank. Bob and his wife Gayle currently own and successfully operate a multimillion dollar manufacturing company in Walnut, California.
In the California State Assembly Bob served as Vice Chair of the powerful Judiciary Committee, Higher Education, Health Committee and the Local Government Committee. He was a key member of the Budget, Ethics and Appropriation Committees as well. Bob has received numerous awards for his legislative and community contributions:
- The Latino Journal Excellence in Public Service award
- Legislator of the Year by The Los Angeles Sheriffs Association
- Legislator of the Year by The California Community College Administrators
- Legislator of the Year by The Community College Student Association
- Legislator of the Year by the Orange County Republican Party
- Community & Professional Service award from Western State University Law School
- Induction into Western State University Law School’s Hall of Fame
- Lincoln Clubs Outstanding Contributions Award
- Citizen of the Year Walnut Valley Chamber of Commerce
- Outstanding Partner-President’s Award Mt. San Antonio Community College
- Legislator of the Year Faculty Association of California Community Colleges
- Nettie Humanitarian Award for prevention of HIV/Aids
- Council of American Islamic Relations Legislator Award
William ‘Jerry’ Silva is the Compliance Reliability Manager for Southern California Edison, where he joined the organization in October of 1982 working his way through many positions. He is presently responsible for leading a team of Senior Project Managers to review all proposed and adopted electric reliability regulations for applicability to Power Supply operations for SCE.
Jerry in his previous position helped sucure the required licenses/permits for capital investments in Sub-stations and Transmission projects to meet the growing demand for energy in California. He had served as the Licensing and Environmental project manager for Eldorado Ivanpah project that presently serves as the largest solar development in the United States permitted at the Nevada/California border adjacent to Primm, Nevada. He worked and managed many project teams for major SCE capital projects, met with many community leaders and regulators to address the project’s purpose and need in a particular commuunity, and manages the multi million dollar budgets. Prior to this positon, Jerry was in Public Affairs from 1993-2007 where he managed government and community relations, communications, media relations, and community outreach benefit for several communities in the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire areas. Worked closely with Local, state and federal government agencies in these communities.
Mr. Silva has held past positions of Project Engineer, Area Manager, and Strategic Information Manager.
Jerry is an active member of the community and serves on a variety of boards including the Hispanic 100, Hispanic Alliance for Prosperity Institute, and International Visistor Council of Los Angeles.
Mr. Silva has also served as regional judge and Chair of the Los Angeles Regional Panel for the prestigious White House Fellows program from 2000-2010. Jerry also recently received a gubernatorial appointment in early 2015 by Governor Jerry Brown and was first appointed in 2008 to serve on the Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor’s commission.
He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, his Bachelor of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior from La Verne University receiving Magna Cum Laude honors.
Jerry is active with family activities and traveling thoughout Europe and the Carribean. His hobbies include basketball, racquetball and an occasional game of golf.