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Black Tie

Posted: April 7, 2013 in Life Stories
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Last night my wife and I attended the Partners in Education Gala in Austin TX. It’s the organizations largest fundraising event of the year; they raise around $200K for Education. The Black Tie affair brings in top Educators, large Corporate Sponsors, Local Business Professionals & Elected Officials.

In preparation for the event, I went out looking for a new tie. After looking at a couple of stores I finally found two ties that i couldn’t decide between, so I got both! One was a blue striped tie the other a Black on Black modern design. The cashier said, “ooh, I like this black one!” I was pretty happy with my choices. When i got home, I asked my wife’s opinion about the ties and she said she absolutely hated the Black one, which is the one I was leaning towards. I went ahead and wore the Black one anyway.

All night I wondered if I’d made the right choice until we walked up to a bar for a drink. The bartender greeted us with a smile and took our drink order, then he noticed my tie! He said, “that’s a great tie sir”, my wife and I looked at each other and she told him that he just made my night. He told her that those ties are “In” right now, that actors and athletes are wearing that style of tie. I was as excited as he was and thanked him for the confirmation. He even kidded with me and said he’d trade me for his tie. I felt great & so satisfied at that moment that i just pulled my tie off and gave it to the young man. Instead of a tip he got my new tie, he said i made his night too!!

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It’s been a couple of weeks since the #LATISM12 Conference took place in Houston Texas.  I can now take a moment and reflect on what parts of the 4 day event were the most impactful for me.  There were so many interesting and influential people that shared so much; I felt like a sponge absorbing all of the great information and energy. Being a Sales Rep for a Fortune 50 company I focused primarily on the Business Panels. Although there were some Great Panels overall the one that really hit me was one Mediated by Elianne Ramos, “Social Media is about Relationships”.

Early in the conference I met Ted Rubin.  A friend of mine asked if i’d met him yet and since i hadn’t he promptly introduced me.  I wondered, “what’s special about this guy, other than his socks?”.  I soon found out, he is definitely one of the most influential people that I’ve met, in and out of social media. In the short time that I spent getting to know him in the hotel lobby, i knew that I wanted to learn more.  I found out that he would be part of the panel “Social Media is about Relationships” and i penciled it into my agenda.  All of the Panelists and the Moderator were fantastic.  What I learned in that One Hour Discussion is something that I’ve thought about every day since the conference.

The term “Return on Relationship” is very powerful, it’s a term that Mr. Rubin has trademarked and is releasing a book about next month.  It doesn’t matter what business you are in whether you are a Marketing Rep, work in PR, you blog or are in Sales like myself  #RonR is something that we should all live by.  A few of the most memorable Ted Rubin quotes that I jotted down during the discussion that directly support the #RonR point of view were, “Social Media is not Media, it’s communication”,  “Let’s take the word Friend back and let’s look people in the eye digitally”.  Although this was a topic focused specifically for “Social Media” it’s the communication piece that really makes the difference when you’re building your brand.  #RonR is now a part of my daily life, i can’t wait for the book!

 

With Barack Obama winning a second term as President of the United States, there are many comments buzzing around the web and social media sites.  People want to share their opinions with the world and they seek approval from their friends.  During this time you can really learn a lot about your “friends”.

Growing up in a small town in West Texas and Playing Tennis, most of my friends were Non-Hispanic.  Although I never really felt out of place, I was always conscious about it.  Most of the Hispanic people I knew were 3rd and 4th Generation Mexican Americans and many had lost touch with their roots and culture.  Our environment really didn’t encourage us to be proud of our heritage,  instead it made some of us ashamed of being Latino.  There were jokes and rude comments about Mexicans all of the time.  When you’re young and growing up in that environment you think it’s normal.  Some people that never leave those small towns go their whole life thinking that it’s normal.

It wasn’t until I moved to Austin Texas and started working at a Fortune 50 Company that I started to meet Highly Educated Latinos from Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, Argentina and countless other Latin American Countries.  People that came from wealthy families and people that came from nothing.  It was amazing to see these Prominent Latino Leaders within my company and within my community.  The environment I grew up in had you believe that this was impossible.  Most of the Immigrants that come to the US to work in these small towns are not highly educated.  They come here to give their families a better life.  Many of these Immigrants teach their children the values of hard work and they push them to go to School so that they don’t have to work as hard as them.

Many of my “friends” that I grew up with still have this mentality.  They feel like they are better than us because that’s how they grew up and that’s what they learned from their parents and grandparents.  I see comments that are hurtful and racist from people that i used to call friends.  I know it’s Ignorance but it does sting sometimes, especially when you don’t expect it.  All I can do is pray for these people and hope that they aren’t bitter for the rest of their lives.  I on the other hand am now even more Confident and Proud of being a Latino, I want to shout it from the Roof Tops!!! Say it with me, YO SOY LATINO!!!!

Get Out & Vote

Posted: November 8, 2012 in Life Stories
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Voting is not about being a Republican or Democrat, Black or White, or voting for who your Daddy votes for. It’s about electing the candidate that supports the issues, topics & morals that you believe in. A President that will Unify our Country and make us Stonger.
Get out & Vote!!! #Latism

Whether you want to buy, sell or trade something you can always make a deal at La Pulga!  La Pulga is simply a Flea Market but in Texas it feels like a little Mercado in Mexico!  Other than the great bargains, you can always find some great food! I remember eating some great Fruta con Limon y Chile, Churritos con salsa, Raspas and some awesome Coctel de Camaron!  It’s a place where you can buy an Agua Fresca, some produce, an outfit, a new pet and get your Windshield replaced at the same time?  It’s definitely a cultural thing and we love it!  If you’ve ever wondered how people can afford Louis Vuitton Bags, Gucci Sunglasses and Crocodile Shoes wonder no more, Pulga’s make it possible. Also if you’ve ever left a piece of furniture on the curb, chances are it was sold at La Pulga!  So if you ever want to get a little taste of Mexico, we’ll see you there!!