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Frank J. Gramo
J. Gramo currently serves as Vice President of Diversity
Business Services. Mr. Gramo's most recent position was
with the Avis Budget Group as Director ¨C Strategic Business
& Diversity Relations since January 2003. In his new position
he will support both major corporation with their Supplier
Diversity programs while working with certified disadvantaged,
minority and women owned businesses.
After completing a thirty year corporate procurement and business development career Mr. Gramo was the President of Creative Business Development (CBD). During his tenure at CBD and Avis Budget Mr. Gramo developed innovative processes to reduce costs, improve productivity and increase small business market share. Having established a vast network of corporate, community and entrepreneurial relationships, Mr. Gramo specializes in developing and implementing business initiatives.
Mr. Gramo¡¯s corporate experience includes management positions in administrative and procurement units for New Jersey Bell and Bell Atlantic after the AT&T divestiture. Prior to the Bell Atlantic NYNEX merger, while serving as a Contract Manager in the Purchasing Department, Mr. Gramo was given the additional responsibilities to oversee and strengthen the company¡¯s Minority and Women business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program.
Juana Ines Pacheco
Juana Pacheco currently serves as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for the Herrera-Cristina Group (HCG). Having been a team member of HCG since its inception in 2004, Ms. Pacheco¡¯s primary responsibility is creating and implementing strategic solutions for the firm¡¯s clients.
Ms. Pacheco has more that 15 years of professional experience in various facets of economic and community development, in the private and public sectors. Her proven track record includes work in strategic corporate and community partnerships, as well as program planning, development and implementation, all with an emphasis on developing and enhancing branding and recognition that will ensure maximum visibility and impact for those involved. Throughout her career, Ms. Pacheco has demonstrated her capabilities to build and manage alliances that produce positive end results, having worked most recently with organizations and entities that focus on Hispanic and women¡¯s issues.
Prior to joining the HCG team, Ms. Pacheco was the Vice President of Marketing for the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for nearly 5 years. She has worked for the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey, the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA), the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF), the Alan Guttmacher Institute, and the Puerto Rican Association for Community Affairs (PRACA) on a range of policy issues including business/economic development, community development, children and family, women¡¯s rights, education, and immigration. Ms. Pacheco is a graduate of Princeton University, with master¡¯s degree in public administration.
Linda M. Allen
Linda Allen currently serves as Vice President of Strategic Communications for the Herrera-Cristina Group (HCG). A native of Brooklyn New York, Linda Allen is a broadcast television, and communications specialist with over 15 years of experience in the industry. She launched her television career at Fox Television as Production Assistant, where she contributed to productions hosted by television personalities Bill Boggs, Matt Lauer and Jill Rappaport. Her experience at Fox Television helped her to quickly climb the corporate ladder in television production. She secured other exciting positions with WB-11, WNET-13, and WCBS¨C2. For over 6 years, she was Associate Producer WCBS -2¡¯s Fulfilling the Dream, a news public
affairs program honoring African American and Latino role models making a difference in their communities. In addition, to her broadcast television experience, she produced weekly cable news public affairs and public service programming for the U.S. Postal Service, the Yonkers Office of the Mayor, Time Warner Cable, Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN) and also field produced segments for Black Entertainment Television¡¯s (BET) premier entertainment news program, Screen Scenes. With interest in working in front of, as well as behind the camera, Linda was also on-air reporter/producer for the MSG Metro Channel, Crosswalks Television Network and Bronxnet Cable.
In 1997, Linda started Modern Media Communications, her television production company specializing in video production, media and communications support services. In 2001, Linda¡¯s career took a new and exciting turn. She moved to Washington, DC to serve the Bush Administration as a Political Appointee at the U.S, Department of Health and Human Services. Linda was named Director of Communications for the Secretary of Health, Tommy G. Thompson. In this role, she directed all communications efforts for the Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Health.
After the terrorist attacks on September 11th, Linda, a member of the Secretary¡¯s Public Affairs team and was instrumental in developing new outreach efforts to address health disparities in our nation. To further support the Secretary¡¯s Prevention agenda, Linda joined the HHS Office on Women¡¯s Health as Director of the Division of Communications. In this capacity, she helped to ensure that public affairs initiatives of the Secretary were properly implemented throughout the department of Health and Human Services. Linda and her team of 9 created and lead new health initiatives for moving the
Secretary¡¯s Preventative Health agenda forward.
In March of 2005, Linda joined the Herrera-Cristina Group, where she currently leads broadcast communications and production efforts for the firm.
Linda holds a B.S. in Broadcast Telecommunications from California State University, Fullerton. She currently resides in Manassas, Virginia with her husband and
6 year old daughter Cristina.
Jennifer Roder currently serves as Director of Corporate Communications for the Herrera-Cristina Group (HCG).
Ms. Roder joined the HCG team in late 2004, working out of the New York City and Washington, DC offices. Her primary responsibility is to coordinate and plan all client meetings, with an emphasis on new client activity. Additionally, Ms. Roder provides office and technical support to the entire HCG team.
Ms. Roder brings more than 10 years of business experience and acumen to the firm, working in various capacities of her own entrepreneurial endeavors. From marketing strategies to meeting and event planning and other client services, Ms. Roder liaises with the clients on behalf of HCG to ensure a total quality experience. Her background and skills include accounting, office management, and marketing strategies. Throughout her career, Ms. Roder has taken her skills and applied them to build success for her small business ventures.
Prior to joining the HCG team, Ms. Roder was active in the small business community of Long Island. Ms. Roder is a graduate of The State University of Old Westbury, with a bachelor¡¯s degree in business administration, and a minor in marketing.
Johanna M. Espinosa
Johanna Espinosa currently serves as Director of Media Relations for the Herrera-Cristina Group (HCG).
Johanna M. Espinosa was born and raised in Puerto Rico and migrated to the United States at the age of 16. During her years as a law student, Mrs. Espinosa worked with national organizations that lobby for new regulations affecting immigrant women. Upon graduating from Law School in 1997, she worked with the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrants Rights, where she concentrated on opportunities for new immigrants. During this time, Mrs. Espinosa was nominated to serve in the National Campaign for Human Development in Washington D.C. While developing programs for Latinos in inner city communities and serving on the National Board for the Campaign for Human Development, Mrs. Espinosa became aware of the power of the media and its impact on the community.
With years of experience in the non-profit sector and knowledge of the Latino community, Mrs. Espinosa went to work for the corporate division of the Copacabana Night Club, the number one night club for the Latino community. There she applied her grassroots experience to market to the Latino community. Mrs. Espinosa also acted as an assistant manager for renowned merengue artist, Sergio Vargas, allowing her the opportunity to produce musical tours throughout Europe, Latin America and the United States. Always in need to give back, Mrs. Espinosa participated in the Sergio Vargas Foundation and helped raise over forty thousand dollars for a water system in the town of Villa Altagracia, Dominican Republic. After two years with the Copacabana Night Club, Mrs. Espinosa was hired as Managing Director of Latino Music Inc., an independent record label licensed by SONY Discos. There she managed and supervised promoters, marketers and consultants. Mrs. Espinosa also coordinated several major concerts in Madison Square Garden, New York with acclaimed Latin artists such as Alejandro Sanz and Thalia, as well as the artists of Latino Music Inc.
After a successful year with Latino Music Inc., Mrs. Espinosa was given the opportunity by the Copacabana Night Club to produce their 2002 Grand Re-Opening, raising close to half a million dollars in sponsorship contributions for the event.
In only a couple of years, Mrs. Espinosa has been able to incorporate her knowledge of non-profit, grassroots marketing, music and production into developing innovative strategies that ultimately reaches the people.
Rodney J. Littles
Rodney J. Littles has twenty-five years of experience in business and real estate development with an emphasis on providing management and financial consulting to small and mid sized companies. He has served over 300 small and minority owned business clients over twenty years in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, Upstate New York, Long Island and New York City markets. During these engagements he has worked with CEOs of companies with as few as 5 employees to those companies with over 100 employees.
In addition, Mr. Littles has six years experience in Legislative affairs, including the New York State Legislature (Assembly Ways & Means Committee) and the Executive branch of Government. During this time he has been responsible for review and analysis of the Executive Branch budgets, research, legislative initiatives and business legislation.
Mr. Littles has successfully managed multiple business consulting company offices covering the New England States of Connecticut and Massachusetts, Long Island Counties of Nassau and Suffolk, New York City's five Boroughs and upstate New York from Albany to Syracuse. He has traveled and worked on assignments for US AID as well as private companies in Puerto Rico, West Africa and Jamaica, W.I.
Mr. Littles has been associated for over 15 years with Statewide and National MBE organizations as well as being a New York State delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business in 1986. As a member of the New York State Governor’s first Minority Business Advisory Board, under then Governor Hugh L. Carey, he contributed to New York State’s Minority Business Development policy and programs (Article 15-A).
Mr. Littles also has served in the Office of the Dean of the School of Business, Medgar Evers College, City University of New York and was responsible for Business and Community Partnerships. He is an Economic Development Associate of the Dubois Bunche Center for Public Policy and an advisor to the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at the College.
Mr. Littles earned a BS in School of Management from Syracuse University He resides in New York, NY.