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Financier Ricky Guzman engages in one-on-one in person conversations with one of the most underlooked, yet most impactful and rapidly growing segments of the US economy: the Latino Entrepreneur and the businesses they create. These conversations intend to go beyond all the statistical figures and data; and actually reveal the nuanced human side of the Latino entrepreneurial story.

Latest Episodes

Episode 5 - Hector Barreto

Like his visionary father, today’s guest, has been a stalwart and a leading voice for small businesses and Latinos across the country for many, many years now. Hector Barreto, is currently Chairman of The Latino Coalition, one of the largest and most effective latino advocacy groups in the nation. Since Hector took the helm of the organization in 2006, it’s stature in the business community and the political community has grown steadily. Hector is also recognized for successfully launching multiple business ventures, his community leadership and government service. He is also a frequent public speaker, a media guest, panelist and commentator on, not just Latino business topics, but multiple others, including policy, legislation, economics and politics. In addition, as Hector says, he “earned a very practical PhD” serving five years as the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, after being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2001. During his tenure, he l...

60 MIN2018 JAN 13
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Episode 5 - Hector Barreto

Episode 4 - Liliana Monge & Gregorio Rojas

Lack of diversity - plus the fact that by the year 2020, there will be 1 million more jobs than workers in the Software Development industry - is what drove today’s guest, Liliana Monge and Gregorio Rojas, to bootstrap their way into co-founding Sabio: one of the premier Software Engineering teaching programs in the nation, led by some of the best coding bootcamp instructors in the industry.It was both Liliana’s commitment to diversity as a social entrepreneur and Gregorio’s tiredness of being the only Latino in his tech team - after 15 plus years laboring for such companies as PC Mall, Fox Media and SFW - that crystalized Sabio’s mission; which is to increase the number of women and people of color in the tech workforce.Based in Los Angeles but available online to anyone, Sabio’s 12 week training program has proven to be so successful, that it carries a 95% job placement rate for its graduates, of which 80 to 85% find employment within 6 weeks, at an average starting salary in...

51 MIN2018 JAN 6
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Episode 4 - Liliana Monge & Gregorio Rojas

Episode 3 - Dr. Betty Uribe

Today’s guest is actually one of those who has a stake in supporting the growth of Latino businesses. Dr. Betty Uribe (@drbettyuribe1) arrived in the US from Colombia at the age of twelve, not speaking any English.Her first job: cleaning houses to help support her family. Fast forward to today, and now she is a nationally and internationally renowned senior banking executive, entrepreneur, speaker and author.Her recently launched international best-selling book titled: #Values: The Secret to Top-Level Performance in Business & Life.The book has been named one of Inc. Magazine’s “Top 60 Business and Leadership Books Written by Women”. Dr. Uribe has been named a Fortune Magazine “Top 50 Most Powerful Latina”, which is a testament to her unyielding commitment to knowing her values and following them without exception. She's had great success effecting business turnarounds as an executive for Fortune 500, national and regional, financial institutions. Dr. Uribe is currently an Exe...

60 MIN2017 DEC 9
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Episode 3 - Dr. Betty Uribe

Episode 2 (Part 2) - Fernando Niebla

Enjoy part 2 of my conversation with Fernando Niebla covering lessons from his board of director experience at multiple publicly traded companies, and the importance of diversity within them; investing criteria, the entrepreneurial character, capital access and much more.

35 MIN2017 OCT 20
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Episode 2 (Part 2) - Fernando Niebla

Episode 2 (Part 1) - Fernando Niebla

It was July 16th, 1969 at exactly 9:32 a.m. when Apollo 11’s engines fired and cleared the tower, headed for the Moon, and Fernando Niebla, today's guest, was an instrumental part of this historic mission. He even went on to start his own high tech company after 18 years with Rockwell International.Fernando’s professional and entrepreneurial track record, his accomplishments and experience are vast, but most importantly it is ultimately his humanity, his humbleness, his selfless disposition to give back... what makes him a remarkable person.Having said that, enjoy the first part of my conversation with Fernando Niebla in which we discussed: his experience growing up just a short walk from, and on both sides of, the US/Mexico border; the forward thinking element of opting for an Electrical Engineering degree back in 1957 and the still prevalent need to increase Latino representation in the STEM fields; been an instrumental part of Apollo 11 firing its engines and changing the cours...

78 MIN2017 SEP 20
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Episode 2 (Part 1) - Fernando Niebla

Bonus Episode - Rafael "Ray" Rubio

On this special bonus episode, we go back three years to the original pilot episode of EMPRENDEDORES, when I had the distinguished honor of sitting down with Rubio’s Restaurant Co-Founder, Mr. Ray Rubio, in La Jolla, CA. This episode was shot back when the original idea of EMPRENDEDORES was to be strictly a video interview format, whereas now the conversations are available in both podcast AND video format; both of which can be found at EMPRENDEDORESPOD.COM. Some time has gone by since the interview but the conversation remains as relevant today as it was then.Rubio’s is an exemplary blueprint of the potential ability of a Latino owned business to scale and go through a full business life cycle.On this episode, Ray and I covered: the Rubio's Restaurants Co-Founder’s career journey; the story and evolution of Rubio’s Restaurant; expansion and growth capital lessons; the fast casual restaurant industry and much more.

51 MIN2017 AUG 23
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Bonus Episode - Rafael "Ray" Rubio

Episode 1 - Pedro Gavina

Today’s guest is synonymous with the world’s highest quality coffee: Pedro Gavina is the CEO of F. Gavina & Sons. Celebrating its 50-year anniversary in Los Angeles, F. Gavina & Sons is the largest privately held minority-owned coffee roaster in the US. Most recently, led by its fourth generation of Gavinas, the company is immersing deeper into the specialty coffee trend by - for the first time - delivering coffee to its end-consumer directly with their first Don Francisco's Coffee Casa Cubana (coffee house), which recently opened in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. In this episode, we covered lots of ground, including, the joy of Pedro’s family life as a young boy back in the Cuban coffee fields, the challenges of the family’s journey amidst political unrest, overcoming challenges during the company’s early years, as well as coffee production, coffee economics and much more.

78 MIN2017 AUG 23
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Episode 1 - Pedro Gavina

Introducing the EMPRENDEDORES Podcast with Ricky Guzman

In the EMPRENDEDORES podcast, financier Ricky Guzman engages in one-on-one in person conversations with one of the most underlooked, yet most impactful and rapidly growing segments of the US economy: the Latino Entrepreneur and the businesses they create. These conversations intend to go beyond all the statistical figures and data; and actually reveal the nuanced human side of the Latino entrepreneurial story. This introductory episode answers why these conversations matter so much to so many, as it pertains to the potential Latino Entrepreneurs - and their businesses -have in profoundly altering the economic fabric of the nation.

5 MIN2017 AUG 23
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Introducing the EMPRENDEDORES Podcast with Ricky Guzman
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Latest Episodes

Episode 5 - Hector Barreto

Like his visionary father, today’s guest, has been a stalwart and a leading voice for small businesses and Latinos across the country for many, many years now. Hector Barreto, is currently Chairman of The Latino Coalition, one of the largest and most effective latino advocacy groups in the nation. Since Hector took the helm of the organization in 2006, it’s stature in the business community and the political community has grown steadily. Hector is also recognized for successfully launching multiple business ventures, his community leadership and government service. He is also a frequent public speaker, a media guest, panelist and commentator on, not just Latino business topics, but multiple others, including policy, legislation, economics and politics. In addition, as Hector says, he “earned a very practical PhD” serving five years as the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, after being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2001. During his tenure, he l...

60 MIN2018 JAN 13
Comments
Episode 5 - Hector Barreto

Episode 4 - Liliana Monge & Gregorio Rojas

Lack of diversity - plus the fact that by the year 2020, there will be 1 million more jobs than workers in the Software Development industry - is what drove today’s guest, Liliana Monge and Gregorio Rojas, to bootstrap their way into co-founding Sabio: one of the premier Software Engineering teaching programs in the nation, led by some of the best coding bootcamp instructors in the industry.It was both Liliana’s commitment to diversity as a social entrepreneur and Gregorio’s tiredness of being the only Latino in his tech team - after 15 plus years laboring for such companies as PC Mall, Fox Media and SFW - that crystalized Sabio’s mission; which is to increase the number of women and people of color in the tech workforce.Based in Los Angeles but available online to anyone, Sabio’s 12 week training program has proven to be so successful, that it carries a 95% job placement rate for its graduates, of which 80 to 85% find employment within 6 weeks, at an average starting salary in...

51 MIN2018 JAN 6
Comments
Episode 4 - Liliana Monge & Gregorio Rojas

Episode 3 - Dr. Betty Uribe

Today’s guest is actually one of those who has a stake in supporting the growth of Latino businesses. Dr. Betty Uribe (@drbettyuribe1) arrived in the US from Colombia at the age of twelve, not speaking any English.Her first job: cleaning houses to help support her family. Fast forward to today, and now she is a nationally and internationally renowned senior banking executive, entrepreneur, speaker and author.Her recently launched international best-selling book titled: #Values: The Secret to Top-Level Performance in Business & Life.The book has been named one of Inc. Magazine’s “Top 60 Business and Leadership Books Written by Women”. Dr. Uribe has been named a Fortune Magazine “Top 50 Most Powerful Latina”, which is a testament to her unyielding commitment to knowing her values and following them without exception. She's had great success effecting business turnarounds as an executive for Fortune 500, national and regional, financial institutions. Dr. Uribe is currently an Exe...

60 MIN2017 DEC 9
Comments
Episode 3 - Dr. Betty Uribe

Episode 2 (Part 2) - Fernando Niebla

Enjoy part 2 of my conversation with Fernando Niebla covering lessons from his board of director experience at multiple publicly traded companies, and the importance of diversity within them; investing criteria, the entrepreneurial character, capital access and much more.

35 MIN2017 OCT 20
Comments
Episode 2 (Part 2) - Fernando Niebla

Episode 2 (Part 1) - Fernando Niebla

It was July 16th, 1969 at exactly 9:32 a.m. when Apollo 11’s engines fired and cleared the tower, headed for the Moon, and Fernando Niebla, today's guest, was an instrumental part of this historic mission. He even went on to start his own high tech company after 18 years with Rockwell International.Fernando’s professional and entrepreneurial track record, his accomplishments and experience are vast, but most importantly it is ultimately his humanity, his humbleness, his selfless disposition to give back... what makes him a remarkable person.Having said that, enjoy the first part of my conversation with Fernando Niebla in which we discussed: his experience growing up just a short walk from, and on both sides of, the US/Mexico border; the forward thinking element of opting for an Electrical Engineering degree back in 1957 and the still prevalent need to increase Latino representation in the STEM fields; been an instrumental part of Apollo 11 firing its engines and changing the cours...

78 MIN2017 SEP 20
Comments
Episode 2 (Part 1) - Fernando Niebla

Bonus Episode - Rafael "Ray" Rubio

On this special bonus episode, we go back three years to the original pilot episode of EMPRENDEDORES, when I had the distinguished honor of sitting down with Rubio’s Restaurant Co-Founder, Mr. Ray Rubio, in La Jolla, CA. This episode was shot back when the original idea of EMPRENDEDORES was to be strictly a video interview format, whereas now the conversations are available in both podcast AND video format; both of which can be found at EMPRENDEDORESPOD.COM. Some time has gone by since the interview but the conversation remains as relevant today as it was then.Rubio’s is an exemplary blueprint of the potential ability of a Latino owned business to scale and go through a full business life cycle.On this episode, Ray and I covered: the Rubio's Restaurants Co-Founder’s career journey; the story and evolution of Rubio’s Restaurant; expansion and growth capital lessons; the fast casual restaurant industry and much more.

51 MIN2017 AUG 23
Comments
Bonus Episode - Rafael "Ray" Rubio

Episode 1 - Pedro Gavina

Today’s guest is synonymous with the world’s highest quality coffee: Pedro Gavina is the CEO of F. Gavina & Sons. Celebrating its 50-year anniversary in Los Angeles, F. Gavina & Sons is the largest privately held minority-owned coffee roaster in the US. Most recently, led by its fourth generation of Gavinas, the company is immersing deeper into the specialty coffee trend by - for the first time - delivering coffee to its end-consumer directly with their first Don Francisco's Coffee Casa Cubana (coffee house), which recently opened in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. In this episode, we covered lots of ground, including, the joy of Pedro’s family life as a young boy back in the Cuban coffee fields, the challenges of the family’s journey amidst political unrest, overcoming challenges during the company’s early years, as well as coffee production, coffee economics and much more.

78 MIN2017 AUG 23
Comments
Episode 1 - Pedro Gavina

Introducing the EMPRENDEDORES Podcast with Ricky Guzman

In the EMPRENDEDORES podcast, financier Ricky Guzman engages in one-on-one in person conversations with one of the most underlooked, yet most impactful and rapidly growing segments of the US economy: the Latino Entrepreneur and the businesses they create. These conversations intend to go beyond all the statistical figures and data; and actually reveal the nuanced human side of the Latino entrepreneurial story. This introductory episode answers why these conversations matter so much to so many, as it pertains to the potential Latino Entrepreneurs - and their businesses -have in profoundly altering the economic fabric of the nation.

5 MIN2017 AUG 23
Comments
Introducing the EMPRENDEDORES Podcast with Ricky Guzman
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