MillerCoors Lideres Program Recognizes and Supports U.S. Latino Leaders

Online Voting Begins for MillerCoors 2011 Lider of the Year - Winner to Receive $25,000 Grand Prize

Sep 12, 2011, 10:09 ET from MillerCoors

CHICAGO, Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, MillerCoors launched its 2011 MillerCoors Lideres campaign that highlights twelve outstanding individuals who are making a difference through leadership in their communities. The 2011 MillerCoors Lideres include motivational speakers, environmentalists, community organizers, mentors, and volunteers of legal drinking age who were nominated by national and local nonprofits for their exceptional contributions to the Latino community.

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The 2011 MillerCoors Lideres are:

  • Beatriz Alvizo | San Antonio
    Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund
  • Diana Angulo | Chicago
    Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE)
  • Juan Banda | Dallas
    League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 4782
  • Andrea Delgado | Washington, DC
    Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)
  • Jason Ferreira | New York
    Foundation Fighting Blindness
  • Ricardo Garcia-Acosta | San Francisco
    Arriba Juntos
  • Andrew Gonzalez | Central Valley, California
    Hispanic College Fund's Hispanic Youth Institute
  • Ruben Gonzales | Washington, DC
    National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
  • Jose Miguel Munoz | Chicago
    Association House of Chicago
  • Elianne Ramos | Baltimore
    Latinos in Social Media (LATISM)
  • Sandy Rozario | New York
    Southside United Housing Development Fund Corporation (Los Sures)
  • Gabe Salazar | Los Angeles
    Magdaleno Leadership Institute

"This year marks the 5th anniversary of the MillerCoors Lideres program, and we couldn't be more excited about having such an incredible group representing true Latino leadership. Each one of them deserves to win the MillerCoors 2011 Lider of the Year award – it's going to be a tough competition," says Joedis Avila, multicultural relations manager for MillerCoors. "We are proud to continue highlighting those who contribute to their communities, while excelling in their careers and serving as role models for future generations."

The general public can vote from September 12 through October 31 on The leader with the most votes will be named the MillerCoors 2011 Lider of the Year and will receive a $25,000 grant to develop and implement a community leadership program with his/her sponsoring nonprofit organization and MillerCoors.

National and community-based organizations nominated individuals who were deeply involved in their community. After receiving numerous nominations for candidates from across the country, MillerCoors used the Nomination Criteria for MillerCoors Lideres and consulted Dr. Robert Rodriguez, the author of the book Latino Talent, to narrow the list down to these twelve leaders.

"Thanks to the $25,000 given to my sponsoring nonprofit, Parents Step Ahead, after being chosen as the MillerCoors 2010 Lider of the Year, I was able to develop a leadership workshop for parents in my hometown of Dallas," said Raul Magdaleno, volunteer for Parents Step Ahead. "Most important, I realized there is a great need for programs like MillerCoors Lideres that foster leadership development. With this in mind, I decided to start my own nonprofit to help Latinos in my community realize their potential and become leaders in their own right."

Since 2006, the MillerCoors Lideres program has raised awareness and highlighted the achievements of national and local leaders within the Hispanic community through an online public voting competition and a national advertising campaign. The program offers up-and-coming Latino professionals leadership tools, counsel and the opportunity to network through, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About MillerCoors

MillerCoors brews, markets and sells the MillerCoors portfolio of brands in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.  Built on a foundation of great beer brands and nearly 300 years of brewing heritage, MillerCoors continues the commitment of its founders to brew the highest quality beers.  MillerCoors is the second-largest beer company in America, capturing nearly 30 percent of U.S. beer sales.  Led by two of the best-selling beers in the industry, MillerCoors has a broad portfolio of highly complementary brands across every major industry segment.  Miller Lite is the great-tasting beer that established the American light beer category in 1975, and Coors Light is the brand that introduced consumers to Rocky Mountain cold refreshment.  MillerCoors brews premium beers Coors Banquet and Miller Genuine Draft, and economy brands Miller High Life and Keystone Light. The company also offers innovative products such as MGD 64, Miller Chill and Sparks.  Tenth and Blake Beer Company, MillerCoors new craft and import company, imports Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Pilsner Urquell and Grolsch and features craft brews from the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Blue Moon Brewing Company and the Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company.  MillerCoors operates eight major breweries in the U.S., as well as the Leinenkugel's craft brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and two microbreweries, the 10th Street Brewery in Milwaukee and the Blue Moon Brewing Company at Coors Field in Denver.  MillerCoors vision is to create the best beer company in America by driving profitable industry growth.  MillerCoors insists on building its brands the right way through brewing quality, responsible marketing and environmental and community impact.  MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company.

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