The National Society of Hispanic MBAs Announces 2012 Brillante Awards of Excellence Recipients

Companies and individuals recognized for their work to enhance the Hispanic community

Sep 26, 2012, 08:11 ET from National Society of Hispanic MBAs

DALLAS, Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- - Each year the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) recognizes outstanding individuals, businesses, non-profits, educational institutions and companies through their Brillante Awards of Excellence, the most prestigious honor awarded by the organization.


The organization proudly recognizes its 2012 Brillante award recipients:

  • Brillante Award for Corporate Excellence: IBM
  • Brillante Award for Member Excellence: Cosette Gutierrez
  • Brillante Award for Community Service Excellence: Su Casa Hispanic Center
  • Brillante Award for Educational Excellence: Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
  • Brillante Award for Volunteer Excellence: Julio Rocha

"This year's award recipients truly exemplify the spirit of the Brillante awards. Our winners in each category were selected for their outstanding contribution to the Hispanic community," said Manny Gonzalez, NSHMBA CEO. "I would like to personally congratulate each winner and thank them for their efforts."

Award recipients will be recognized at the Brillante Awards Fundraising Gala, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. The gala will take place during the 23rd Annual NSHMBA Conference and Career Expo, which will kick off on October 4, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

Tickets to the Brillante Gala are $50 each, with proceeds from each ticket sale going toward the NSHMBA Foundation. The Foundation serves as the organizations' philanthropic partner responsible for fundraising, investing and disbursing funds in support of its shared mission to increase the number of Hispanics graduating from master's business degree programs through scholarships, professional and leadership development and mentorship.

For frequently asked questions about the Brillante Awards, visit:

About the National Society of Hispanic MBAs
The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) was created in 1988 as a non-profit organization. Widely known as the "Premier Hispanic Organization," NSHMBA serves 37 chapters and over 17,000 members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. NSHMBA is dedicated to building and advancing Hispanic leadership, advocating the pursuit of higher education and providing our members with world class career management programs. For more information, visit

IBM, headquartered in Armonk, N.Y., is one of the world's largest information technology services (IT) companies. It is the diversity and breadth of IBM´s portfolio — spanning hardware, software, services, research, financing and technology — that uniquely separates IBM from other companies in the IT industry. IBM has approximately 433,000 employees worldwide and conducts business in 170 countries.

Cosette Gutierrez
Cosette Gutierrez works in Community Relations at Target, managing charitable giving in several key markets across the U.S. with an emphasis on education and childhood literacy. Gutierrez was Chairman of the NSHMBA Board of Directors from 2008–2009, and has been a volunteer leader in the organization since 1998. Gutierrez has been named in Hispanic Business 100 Most Influential Hispanics, Hispanic Business 80 Elite Hispanic Women and Hispanic Top 100 Influential Latinas. She has also volunteered for United Way and the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. Gutierrez has a Bachelor of Science in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University.

Su Casa Hispanic Center
Su Casa Hispanic Center serves the Latino and Hispanic immigrant community of Greater Cincinnati.  Su Casa works with these families to help them access education, employment, health care and social services with the ultimate goal of assisting them in becoming fully integrated members of the greater Cincinnati community.

Su Casa was founded in 1997 as a ministry of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and was transferred to the leadership of Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio in 2005.  Catholic Charities is a faith-based agency serving people of all faiths and dedicated to carrying out the teachings of Catholic Social Doctrine, which is founded upon the principles of helping the vulnerable, supporting the poor and welcoming the stranger. 

Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
The Full-time MBA Program at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business centers on student success, and educates a diverse and accomplished student population to be principled leaders with a global mindset who are ready to serve business and society. Their new integrative core curriculum prepares students for internships, jobs and entrepreneurial endeavors. Students learn the analytical and persuasive skills needed to succeed in business, understanding when to use them and how to evaluate decisions ethically. Through their signature Global Business Experience, students gain hands-on experience and a global mindset that will last a lifetime.

Julio Rocha
Julio Rocha's passion for entrepreneurship and volunteerism is evidenced by 12 years of experience as a financial advisor and community leader.

Founder of Rocha Financial Group, LLC, in Orlando, Fla., Rocha uses his business development, sales and investment know-how through leadership positions at several community organizations, including the Hispanic Business Council, Rotary International's Lake Nona Club and the YMCA's Teen Achievers.

Named a 2012 NSHMBA Rising Star for boosting membership and community partnerships, Rocha is president emeritus of the Orlando chapter and serves as advisor to NSHMBA CEO Manny Gonzalez.

SOURCE National Society of Hispanic MBAs