Meet the Board of Managers

  • Carlos Medina – Chairman

    CEO Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    President- Robinson Aerial President Corporate
    Board Member- Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

     

    Carlos Medina is the President of New Jersey based Robinson Aerial, a mapping and engineering company. In 2012, he was elected Chairman, and in 2019 assumed the position of President / CEO of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (SHCCNJ). Mr. Medina also serves as Board Member of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ.

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    The Hispanic Chamber is the voice of the 120,000 Hispanicowned businesses in New Jersey that contribute over $20 billion annually to the State’s economy. Appearing on various TV Networks including ABC 7, WWOR 9, FOX Business and NJTV, Mr. Medina has discussed issues important to the Diverse Business Community.

    With sales in excess 13 billion dollars annually, Horizon is one of the country’s premiere health insurance companies. Mr. Medina serves as a member on the following subcommittees: Governance, Audit, Personnel and Compensation.

    He has received many awards for his company’s achievements, community service and leadership with the Chamber. Mr. Medina is a Graduate of Rutgers Newark and Rutgers Law School Newark.

  • Doug Naidus – Vice Chairman

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer of World Business Lenders

     

    Doug founded World Business Lenders in 2011. He has over 28 years of business-building and risk management experience in the financial services industry, during which he has focused on the development, structuring, trading, hedging and distribution of financial products on the retail and secondary markets.

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    As Managing Director and Global Head of Residential Lending and Trading with Deutsche Bank, Doug successfully executed and managed business activities on five continents, including high-profile transactions in the United States, Colombia and Saudi Arabia. Prior to this role, Doug served as the Chairman and CEO of MortgageIT, which he founded in 1999, led through a successful IPO on the NYSE, placing it among the 10 largest mortgage banks in the United States, and sold to Deutsche Bank in 2007. Doug also founded and served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IPI Skyscraper, which became the largest mortgage broker in the Northeastern U.S. before its private sale.

  • Luis O. De La Hoz – Board Member

    VP of Business Community Development – BCB Community Bank

     

    Luis is the VP of Business Community Development for BCB Community Bank, a 2.5 Billion asset financial institution with deep roots in the communities that they serve. As of January 2019, Luis serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey SHCCNJ.org. The Chamber is the voice of the 120,000 Latino small business owners that call New Jersey home, the largest Chamber of Commerce in the state based on the membership by NJBIZ.

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    De La Hoz was the Senior Vice President lending team at the Intersect Fund, a non-profit micro-lender and certified CDFI based in New Brunswick, NJ that provides training, coaching and capital to low-income, minority and women-owned businesses throughout the state of New Jersey. After being granted a Change Maker of the Year 2011 award, he was recently promoted due to his outstanding performance as Senior Loan Officer, a position he held since 2011, and as Spanish Program Coordinator since 2010.

    His responsibility is to grow a portfolio of Latino entrepreneurs, small business owners and startups seeking capital. De la Hoz then helps them develop a business plan and follow up on their operation through training and consultation to ensure successful outcomes.

    When he is not preparing tax returns or engaging small business owners in training or funding opportunities, De La Hoz works tirelessly to help his fellow Hispanic entrepreneurs. This year, he joined the board of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (SHCCNJ) after being granted the Business Advocate of the Year Award in 2012, a distinction for corporate and government advocates, who have contributed to and demonstrated exemplary excellence and leadership in business. He has helped with the development of the new web page and the social media presence of the chamber.

  • Gerville “Gerry” Gibbs – Board Member

    Founding Principal, Capital Impact Group,
    Member, African American,
    Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey

     

    Gerry a founding principal at Capital Impact Group (CIG), a Trenton based Public Affairs and Business Development firm.  Gerry is a highly respected figure in public service with over two decades of legislative, policy and political experience at the local, state and federal level. Gerry’s areas of focus are business development and financial services where he utilizes his extensive networks and expertise on behalf of his clients.

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    Prior to founding CIG, Gerry held high-level positions at the New Jersey Department of Treasury, serving under as Assistant State Treasurer and Director of the Legislative Affairs Unit which assists and oversees the annual budget process.  Working with Republicans and Democrats alike, the legislative unit also handled legislator’s constituent requests.  While at Treasury, he helped implement the State Alternative Investment Program which invested a portion of the State’s $70 billion pension portfolio to outside money managers and oversaw the Division of Public Finance, Pensions and Investments.

    Gerry was a presidential appointee in the Clinton Administration from 1996-2000. He has also has extensive political campaign experience serving as senior adviser to many legislative and gubernatorial candidates and national advance staff member for President William J. Clinton’s re-election campaign.

  • Cristina Antelo – Board Member

    Principal and Founder, Ferox Strategies

     

    A fierce believer in Thomas Edison’s, “Everything comes to h[er] who hustles while [she] waits,” Cristina Antelo is a founding principal at Ferox Strategies. Cristina has spent more than a decade representing multinational corporations with her trademark hustle at Washington’s best‑known government relations firms. From Wall Street to K Street, Cristina has set herself apart as a trusted advisor, skilled advocate, and effective negotiator who isn’t afraid of long, hard work. She began her lobbying career in 2004, immediately representing Fortune 500 clients at top‑ranked,
    bipartisan government and public affairs firms in Washington, D.C.

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    Her past clients include major chain retailers, spirits companies, national theme and amusement parks, pharmaceutical firms, and nutrition and wellness companies. Her policy areas of expertise
    include financial services, tax, trade, border security, transportation and infrastructure, and crisis management.
    Featured in Washingtonian magazine in “Success Stories of Washingtonians of Latino and Hispanic Descent” and identified as a “Top Lawyer,” “Power Player,” and “Most Influential 40 and Under Leader” in other regional publications, Cristina provides insider advice on how public policy is created and communicated. As a founding member and former President of the Hispanic Lobbyists Association and a long stint as the interim CEO of the non‑profit Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), Cristina has served as both a leader and an advocate, promoting communication, ethics, education, and bipartisanship.
    Before transitioning to government relations, in the early 2000s Cristina worked as a Wall Street investment banker and wealth management advisor at major Wall Street firms including Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan. She also served as a legal fellow with the Senate Democratic Steering Committee, then chaired by former Sens. Hillary Clinton (D‑NY) and Tom Daschle (D‑SD).
    Today, Cristina is active in charitable work, contributing her business acumen, political savvy, and trademark hustle on the Board of Directors of the CHCI, serving under Chairman Ruben Gallego (D‑AZ), as well as the board of the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) Action Fund supporting conservation of endangered species and habitats. Cristina further serves on the finance committee for the March of Dimes’ annual Gourmet Gala, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars boosting maternal and infant health worldwide. Finally, Cristina is also on the Board of Directors for her alma mater, the Brooks School in North Andover, MA, and volunteers with Common Threads, focusing on nutrition education for children.
    A native Spanish speaker, Cristina was born in Dallas and graduated from Georgetown University and the George Washington University Law School. She is married with two young daughters, Havana and Brooklyn, who are fiercely loyal to any client that provides toys…or snacks…or anything with glitter.

  • Bishop Joshua Rodriguez – Board Member

    Lead Pastor – Cityline Church

     

    Joshua serves as the Lead Pastor at the Cityline Church, one of the fastest growing bilingual ministries in the Northeast of the United States. The Cityline Church is a congregation comprised of more than fifty ethnic groups. His ministry philosophy entails empowering people through the restoration of their God-given identity, so that they positively impact every segment of society. After enjoying a lucrative ten-year Wall Street career in Investment Management, Pastor Joshua resigned in 1996 to enter ministry full-time. In 2006, Joshua was appointed as the first Hispanic Police Chaplain of the 177-year old Jersey City Police Department. Pastor Joshua has had the pleasure of serving on several Governors’ Transition Teams.

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    He is a Vice-President of NaLEC (The National Latino Evangelical Coalition), an advocacy group that focuses on improving the quality of life of all people by addressing key national and global issues such as poverty, immigration, and education. He is one of the co-founders of Jersey City Together, the leading and most influential community organization in Hudson County.
    He was appointed by Governor Phil Murphy to serve as the Chair of the New Jersey Puerto Rico Commission for Relief. Pastor Joshua holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Nyack College, graduated with honors from the Alliance Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree and has an earned Doctoral degree in Global Leadership from Nyack College. He is a dynamic and energetic speaker who has inspired and empowered people in many nations of the world. Joshua and his wife Paula have four children and live in New
    Jersey.

  • Lili Gil Valletta – Board Member

    Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Tech Innovator And Tv Business Commentator
    Co-Founder And Ceo, Culturintel & Cien+

     

    Lili is a recognized cultural intelligence™ expert, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and an award-winning entrepreneur. She came to the U.S. at the age of 17 without speaking English, leaving her entire family behind in Colombia, and managed to become a recognized corporate executive turned entrepreneur. After a successful corporate career including a 10-year tenure at Johnson & Johnson, where she pioneered various diversity strategies and co-founded the Hispanic business resource group “HOLA”, Lili co-founded CIEN+ and CulturIntel.

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    Her firm, based in New York City with offices throughout the U.S. and Latin America, offers big-data analytics, business consulting and marketing strategies for companies to successfully turn cultural trends into profits. Her proprietary methodologies of Cultural Intelligence™ and ability to use big data and artificial intelligence tools to discover cultural insights globally, have been presented and featured by The United Nations, The World Economic Forum, Harvard University, among others.

    She is a regular TV commentator seen on Fox News, Fox Business and CNN en Español, and has been featured by Forbes, CNN Money, The Huffington Post, The NY Daily News, MM&M, among others. She is also the recipient of many awards including the highest recognition to a Latino entrepreneur in the U.S., 2018 Hispanic Businessperson of the Year by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Top 40 Under 40 by PODER Magazine, 2018 Women of Excellence Award, Top 50 Healthcare Influencers by PRWeek, among others.

    Lili is an advocate to minority and women-owned businesses contributing to initiatives at The United Nations, The World Economic Forum, The White House and around the world. Lili serves as a board member of the Harvard Women’s Leadership Board, National Board of Directors of the YMCA USA and mentor to the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program. In 2017 she was appointed by Governor Cuomo to join the New York State Council on Women and Girls and Mayor Bill de Blasio to join the NYCx Technology Leadership Council. Lili is also the creator of the entrepreneurship platform Dreamers Ventures designed to empower minorities and women in the U.S. and Latin America.

    She holds a degree in Business Administration from Southwestern Adventist University, completed foreign studies at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado and an executive degree from the Harvard Kennedy School in Global Leadership and Public Policy. She lives in New York with her husband Chris Valletta and her two sons.

  • Axel Miranda – Board Member

    Founding Principal of Axel Miranda & Associates, LLC.

     

    Axel is a founding principal at Axel Miranda & Associates, LLC Axel is a seasoned and proven professional, versed in External Relations; a Strategic & Business Development individual in sync with the ever-changing dynamics and economics of the times. Miranda also has expertise in specialty areas such as Small Business Development, Healthcare and in Latino Affairs.

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    Miranda is also able to, by drawing on years of experience and relationships in the public and private sector to help companies expand their operations and customer base. One of Miranda’s highest achievements was serving as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor of the State of New Jersey in 2003, he was proud to be the highest ranking Latino appointment in the history of the state’s executive office. Miranda works to develop a platform that enhances his ability to apply his passion to the initiatives he is involved in.