Santa Monica, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–August 28, 2007–CityView Executive Chairman Henry Cisneros will be honored with the Maestro Award for Leadership on August 30 in Dallas, Texas, at the Latino Leaders Summit. The Summit, which is hosted by Latino Leaders magazine, is a national forum created to celebrate, reflect and recognize examples of leadership and success in the Latino community.
“It is a great honor to receive this national recognition as a leader advocating for the empowerment of Latinos nationwide,” said Cisneros. “With the continued growth of the Latino population, our future is brighter than ever, and we must continue working together to create opportunities for all Americans in education, housing and in the workforce. The best days arrive when you unleash everyone’s talent and tap into everyone’s potential, and I am certain those days are still to come.”
Under Cisneros’ leadership, CityView has invested more than $700 million to build homes for working families across the nation. The firm has partnered with homebuilders and developers in more than 30 communities across 14 states. The total value of the 6,000-plus homes CityView has financed is more than $2 billion and growing. CityView has offices in New York, Dallas, San Antonio and is headquartered in Santa Monica.
Together with Hispanic advertising pioneer Lionel Sosa, Cisneros has formed a national organization called “Nuestro Juramento” or “Our Pledge.” The group has developed a 15-year plan to assist immigrants by helping them find their place in society by truly finding an identity within American life including learning English, obtaining an education, owning a home and more.
“Henry Cisneros has demonstrated a life-long dedication to public service and improving the life of Latinos,” said Jorge Ferraez, publisher of Latino Leaders magazine. “At a time when the Latino community is prospering, we are pleased to honor Cisneros as a leader who has spent decades paving the way for Latino success in education, housing, and business.”
Cisneros’ 2006 book “Casa y Comunidad: Latino Home and Neighborhood Design” takes the first-ever look at the growing and increasingly prosperous U.S. Latino community and its housing needs. The groundbreaking publication aims to assist all segments of the housing industry in understanding and preparing for the emerging Latino market. “Casa y Comunidad” was named a silver medallion winner in the prestigious 2007 Benjamin Franklin Awards for book publishing.
Earlier this year, Cisneros was named the 2007 Housing Person of the Year by the National Housing Conference and was inducted into the National Association of Home Builders Housing Hall of Fame for outstanding lifetime achievements in the housing industry. Cisneros’ forthcoming book advocates a holistic approach to housing in cities. “Our Communities, Our Homes: Pathways to Housing and Homeownership in America’s Cities and States,” which will be released this fall, is an examination of successful housing programs in U.S. cities.
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