Reigning Miss USA Nia Sanchez and Actor Luis Guzman to Host Hispanicize 2015 Positive Impact Awards Presented by 3M

MIAMI, Feb. 26, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reigning Miss USA Nia Sanchez and actor Luis Guzman will serve as masters of ceremony for the Positive Impact Awards sponsored by 3M, during Hispanicize 2015, the nation's premier Latino trends event for digital influencers, marketers, journalists, musicians, filmmakers and tech leaders. Now in its sixth year, Hispanicize 2015 ( will take place in Miami at the InterContinental Miami Hotel from March 16-20, 2015.

Nia and Luis will lead the March 19 red carpet dinner gala recognizing this year's Positive Impact Award winners and their five projects that are being honored by Hispanicize and 3M for outstanding and selfless work with the Latino community in the United States. As a tribute to the winners of the prestigious award (see the full list of winners here) Latin GRAMMY-winning artist Luis Fonsi will perform to celebrate their achievements.

"Nia and Luis are the perfect duo to emcee this program because they themselves are examples of doing good for your community," said Hispanicize Event founder and creative director Manny Ruiz. "Together they will highlight the stories of these honorees who demonstrate that individuals can be committed, positive influences in their communities across the country."

Crowned in June 2014, the reigning Miss USA became the first contestant from Nevada to win the title and in January 2015, she placed as first runner up in the Miss Universe pageant. Nia, who is of Mexican and German descent, holds a fourth degree black belt in Taekwondo, and as such has used her platform as Miss USA to teach the mental and physical health benefits of the sport and to empower women to learn self-defense in order to prevent and avoid harmful situations.

Luis Guzman, born in Puerto Rico, is an award-winning character actor who since the 1980s has appeared in countless films and television productions including "Carlito's Way," "Traffic," "The Count of Monte Cristo," "Maldeamores," "Journey to the Mysterious Island", "Magnolia," and many more. Luis is a passionate supporter of Latinos who has also served as a youth counselor. It was during his time as a social worker, that he began performing in street theatre.

The Positive Impact Awards will take place on March 19, 2015 at the Intercontinental Hotel Miami at 7 p.m.

About Hispanicize 2015

Now in its sixth year, Hispanicize 2015 Week ( (#Hispz15) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in journalism, blogging, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.

Co-chaired by Facebook's U.S. Hispanic Head of Sales Christian Martinez and award-winning actor Luis Guzmán, Hispanicize 2015 is a production of the Hispanicize companies that include the Latina Mom Bloggers network, Being Latino, Hispanicize Wire and the Hispanic PR Blog. Hispanicize 2015 is expected to gather more than 2,100 of the nation's most influential Latino professionals from the industries of blogging, journalism, music, marketing, film and business over five days. The event will take place in downtown Miami March 16-20, 2015.

The Hispanicize event is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico.

Hispanicize 2015 is a partner of the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA), Hispanicize and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $31 billion in sales, 3M employs 89,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

About Miss USA

The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) is a Donald J. Trump and NBCUniversal joint venture, which uses its global grassroots reach to empower women to be self-confident and strive to be their personal best. MUO believes that every woman should be "Confidently Beautiful." The MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA®, and MISS TEEN USA® beauty pageants provide an international platform through dedicated partnerships with charities, sponsors, and brands around the world. During their reign, our winners are given the tools to personally and professionally enrich others by providing humanitarian efforts to affect positive change, all while developing their personal career goals. For more information, and to learn more about Miss USA's official cause to raise awareness for breast and ovarian cancer education and prevention please visit:

CONTACT: Hispanicize 2015 Sonia Diaz (@SoniaVDiaz) (305) 441-1272

Source: Hispanicize Wire