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Hilda Gutiérrez

News Anchor and Reporter at Estrella Tv

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Hilda Gutiérrez is a homegrown news anchor and special assignment reporter for Los Angeles’ Spanish fastest growing network, Estrella TV. Her work in Noticias 62; 12pm, 5pm, and 11pm newscasts have earned the network ratings that have positioned them in the first and second top rated shows in Los Angeles, regardless of language. In 2014 she was on the cover of bilingual magazine Alegria and named one of Los Angeles’ Most Influential Latinas.

Some of her most significant works include an investigation of the Los Angeles Sheriff Department’s prison system that later led to a federal investigation, Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico, and an exclusive interview with “El Chapo” Guzman’s goddaughter, where she revealed a never before seen video of the
legendary drug lord. She has also interviewed political figures like Mexican president Vicente Fox and Senator John McCain. In 2013, Gutierrez was able to fulfill one of her greatest passions as an investigative correspondent for En la Mira, a magazine show that aired nationwide where she specialized in political and criminal stories.

Born in Morelia Michoacán, Mexico but raised in Los Angeles, California, Gutiérrez earned a double Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics and Spanish Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2009 and a Journalism Certificate from UCLA Extension in 2010. That same year she joined Estrella TV and in her early years with the company, she worked as a news producer for the national newscast, Cierre de Edición con Enrique Gratas, generating the highest ratings for the network.

Gutierrez was recently featured on a Honda Financial Services’ commercial in which she shared her career journey. She is also an avid traveler who recently launched her personal travel and lifestyle blog and when she is not on the screen you can find her exploring countries in Southeast Asia, Europe or Latin America.

Ruben Salazar

Advisory Software Engineer


Ruben Salazar currently works as an Advisory Software Engineer at IBM. As an Advisory Software Engineer, his main job responsibilities involve working as a Software Support Engineer and an Operations Lead. He has been in the Software Industry since 1997. Prior to that, he worked as a Hardware and Applications Engineer for two Semi-Conductor companies and an Electric Vehicle Manufacturer. He had the opportunity to travel to Asia and Europe related to his work.

Ruben holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering and MBA. He is a Patent holder of an Application Comparison Engine US patent number SVL8-2015-0176. He has received the IBM Manager Choice Award several times.

Currently, he serves as a board member and an officer of a non-profit organization called, “Be Inspired Now” with the mission and vision to foster and enhance the quality of life of underprivileged individuals and families by empowering their potentials through education, skills, training and the power of work.

He is passionate in networking and collaborating with other industries. Aside from technology, he loves nature, enjoys learning other cultures and spending quality time with family and friends.

Phil Pench

VP of Sales, West US Region


Phil Pench is a native Californian with over 28 years of transportation, sales management, and logistics experience. He began his career as a driver at UPS in 1987. He was quickly promoted and immediately rose in the sales ranks and into management in 1989 where he successfully led multiple sales teams to leading numbers and awards. His success within UPS led him to several jobs in sales management with his last as a region manager, working with sales managers in how to effectively motivate their employees while generating unlimited revenues and building partnered clients for life. Phil enjoyed 19 great experience rich and prosperous years at UPS.

In 2006, Phil chose to change careers and expand his logistics and sales background by becoming a Vice President of Sales with DHL eCommerce. This was a transformation from the courier owned network world to a USPS workshare lower cost environment. This change was perfect timing in the industry with many new eCommerce companies coming aboard and looking for unique solutions. Building new sales teams of former UPSers and other tenured transportation experts, Phil’s teams grew hundreds of millions in revenues over the last 11 years. Today, he is responsible for the Western US. Phil and his teams enjoy the consultative and partnership selling approach helping companies grow their revenues, while offering exclusive and unmatched eCommerce solutions to their clients. Today, DHL eCommerce continues to add new solutions directly from the needs of eCommerce businesses both new and experienced.

Fernando Lopez

Fernando was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, and lived there until  1994 when he and his family moved to the US when his family opened Guelaguetza Restaurant. By the age of 12, he was doing produce purchasing every week and eventually worked most of the positions within the restaurant. Fernando graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a focus in Business Management, Economics, and Marketing in 2009. In 2010 Fernando and his sister opened Pal Cabron, a cemitas and tlayudas restaurant with locations in Huntington Park and Korea Town and Natura, a juice and ice cream bar. He now runs Guelaguetza Restaurant with his sisters, Bricia, Paulina and Elizabeth.

In 2010 Fernando and his sister opened Pal Cabron, a cemitas and tlayudas restaurant with locations in Huntington Park and Korea Town and Natura, a juice and ice cream bar. He now runs Guelaguetza Restaurant with his sisters, Bricia, Paulina and Elizabeth.

Fernando has worked to rebrand both the restaurant and the product line to fit both the original customer base, as well as the new generations. With this new branding, Guelaguetza expanded to the online space, offering Mole nationwide and at times internationally also.

Guelaguetza has consistently made it on most of LA’s top restaurants’ lists, and on national Top Restaurants lists. Most recently, Guelaguetza was chosen as the best top 10 Mexican restaurants in the country by Travel and Leisure. In 2015, Guelaguetza Restaurant received the James Beard American   Classics Award, one of the highest honors for a restaurant for
Guelaguetza’s local character and lasting appeal.

In  2014, Fernando launched a brand of Michelada Mix, I  Love Micheladas, alongside the MicheMobil, a ’69 VW bus with built in TV, DJ booth, and beer taps that dispense micheladas throughout Los  Angeles. I Love  Micheladas is now at over  160 stores in Los Angeles and expanding with consistently increasing sales, and the   MicheMobil has been covered by Publications nationwide, including Vice, Los Angeles Magazine, La Flama, Urban Daddy, and the LA Times.

Fernando was chosen as one of  Zagat’s 30 under 30 in Los Angeles in 2014. He also sits on the Regional Leadership Board for KPCC, the NPR station with the most growth in the Latino market nationwide, where he’s been serving for 2 years now to help guide and shape the future of the station and the region. He was asked to sit on the board because of his commitment to, and vision of, Los Angeles and his community.

Latina Nerd of the Month

Founder and CEO.

Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca is the Founder and CEO of DREAMers Roadmap, a mobile app platform that helps undocumented students navigate the necessary resources to access higher education. This is Sarahi’s latest project in a longer trajectory of activism within and for the undocumented community, which has placed her in the spotlight of continued conversations centered on national immigration policy.
Sarahi was a Champion of Change at the White House in 2014, has received 2 House of Representatives Awards, and was recently named in Forbes 30 under 30. A former undocumented student who once had to drop out of school to support her family, Sarahi’s personal experience informs her unwavering vision: to help hundreds of thousands of Latino students eliminate the barriers to success and achieve their full potential.

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