Las Vegas, NV–(HIPANIC PR WIRE)–May 2, 2007–Maria Elena Lagomasino, CEO of Asset Management Advisors LLC, was honored as the 2007 Woman of the Year at the 5th annual Hispanic Business magazine Woman of the Year Awards event on April 26, 2007 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. The exclusive event honors the accomplishments of successful U.S. Hispanic women who have made a significant impact in the realms of business, government and academia. For the second year in a row, Maria Silva from KVBC News 3 in Las Vegas presided as Mistress of Ceremonies.
Woman of the Year Maria Elena Lagomasino climbed corporate ladders at Citigroup and JP Morgan before taking the helm as CEO at Asset Management Advisors LLC, a company 70% owned by Sun Trust Banks, Inc. AMA oversees more than $10 billion in assets and 200 employees spread across 11 offices.
Ms. Lagomasino graduated from Manhattanville College in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in French literature and spent five years working in the United Nations’ library while earning a master’s degree in library science from Columbia University. After realizing she liked dealing with people more than handling documents, she interviewed in 1977 at Citigroup’s private bank and earned a spot as a management trainee, beginning her 30-year journey in financial services.
Honored alongside Ms. Lagomasino were four Woman of the Year finalists, including Maria Azua, vice-president of technology and innovation at IBM; Grace Lieblein, a chief vehicle engineer for General Motors; Carmela Castellano-Garcia, CEO of California Primary Care Association; and Maria Martinez, vice-president for Microsoft’s Worldwide Services (represented at Woman of the Year by Nilsa Guerrero Mahon).
Four Winner’s Circle Scholarships were also awarded at the gala to outstanding students who personify the next generation of accomplished Hispanic women. Each scholarship included a $1,500 award, with travel to and accommodations at the WOY Awards. The 2007 scholarship recipients are: Zeida Rojas, a Doctor of Public Health student at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Health Management and Policy; Roxanne Martinez, a junior at Stanford University majoring in Mathematical and Computational Science; Olga Abinader, a master’s student in Urban Planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design; and Carmen Garcia, a senior Finance major at the University of Miami, scheduled to begin at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in the fall.
“This was the most successful, incredible Woman of the Year event to date,” said Hispanic Business Founder and CEO Jesús Chavarría. “The daytime program was more dynamic than ever, and the evening gala awards ceremony was truly elegant and inspiring. This year’s honorees are an amazing group of women. They brought the house to their feet.”
In addition to the evening awards gala, the 2007 WOY event included a daytime symposium and panel discussion. Presenting speeches were Dr. Ruth Zambrana, professor and graduate director of women’s studies at the University of Maryland; Virginia Clarke, Chief of Global Diversity for executive recruiting firm Spencer Stuart; and author and motivational speaker Maria Marin. Anne Marie Estevez, 2006 Woman of the Year finalist and partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius Counselors at Law, moderated a panel discussion featuring the four Woman of the Year finalists and many of the 20 Elite Women from Hispanic Business magazine’s April issue.
“Hispanic Business provided a unique venue to engage successful, entrepreneurial Hispanic women in a dialogue that matters. Albeit from diverse professions, the similarities in our ‘stories’ merit articulation,” said Sofia Adrogué, P.C., Member (Partner) of Looper Reed & McGraw, P.C., an Hispanic Business magazine Woman of the Year Elite 20 honoree and panel participant.
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