PODER-ABC* Business Awards Recognize Leadership Excellence in the Americas Emilio Azcarraga, Chairman and CEO of Televisa, CNN's John King and Mayor of Miami Tomas Regalado among luminaries in attendance

MIAMI, Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- PODER Magazine in partnership with The Americas Business Council Foundation (ABC*) presented the 2010 PODER-ABC* Business Awards honoring ten prominent individuals during a dinner held at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne in Miami last night. The PODER-ABC* Business Awards celebrate leadership excellence and recognize men and women who are producing systematic change in their own communities in the areas of social entrepreneurship, sustainability and peace. The awards ceremony was opened by City of Miami Mayor, Tomas Regalado. The host for the evening was John King, of CNN's John King USA, and Garry Kasparov, former world chess champion was featured as the keynote speaker.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20101112/FL00349 ) (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101112/FL00349 ) "Miami is at the crossroads of culture and communications. This is a place where innovation and creativity thrive. The ideas discussed today will reach far beyond Miami, but they will connect deeply with the spirit and energy of our host city," said Emilio Azcarraga Jean, Chairman and CEO of Televisa. "Our PODER-ABC Awards honorees are each in a class of their own. The eclectic list of individuals that we recognized point to the variety of paths available to each of us when we want to make a positive difference in our communities." The following distinguished guests were honored at the event: Luis Alberto Moreno, President of Inter-American Development Bank Oscar Naranjo, Director de la Policia Nacional de Colombia Mitchell Kaplan, Founder and CEO of Books and Books Nizan Guanaes, Chairman of Grupo ABC Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, Creator and Co-Writer of The 99 comics Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Dean of the Miller School and CEO of the University of Miami Health System Emilio Lozoya, Head of Latin America, World Economic Forum USA Antonio Celia Martinez Aparicio, President of Promigas Felipe Vergara, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lumni, Inc Prior to the awards event, PODER and ABC* hosted a slate of distinguished speakers and attendees who participated in the 2010 PODER Forum: Strategy also at the Ritz-Carlton. The one-day forum featured influential U.S. Hispanic and Latin American emerging leaders discussing the pressing issues that will impact communities throughout the Americas and around the world.

"In our role as a catalyst for social action, we see dialogue as a key avenue for peace and prosperity," said Angelica Fuentes, CEO of Grupo Omnilife and ABC Board Member. "As technology continues to increase interconnectivity, a positive message can reach more people than ever before. This means that all of us can be part of the response to the challenges of crime and violence around the region." The following is a list of the 2010 PODER-ABC* Awards recipients and their achievements: Luis Alberto Moreno assumed the presidency of the Inter-American Development Bank on October 1, 2005. He was re-elected to a five-year term during a special meeting of the Bank's Board of Governors on July 6, 2010. As President of the Bank, Moreno also serves as Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) and Chairman of the Donors' Committee of the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF).

Oscar Naranjo was appointed as the General Director of Colombian National Police on May 15th 2007 by Colombian President, Dr. Alvaro Uribe Vele. He designed and implemented his own new policy based on the humanism, through the seven guidelines that contribute to the progress of consolidation of the Democratic Security Policy.

Mitchell Kaplan is the founder and CEO of Books & Books, an independent bookstore in Coral Gables, Fla., celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2007. He is also a co-founder and guiding light of the Miami Book Fair, which he has helped to direct since its founding in 1984.

Nizan Guanaes is one of Brazil's leading communications entrepreneurs and the chairman of Grupo ABC de Comunicacao, ranked as 20th among the biggest Marketing Communications groups worldwide by Advertising Age - May 2010, and headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In addition to being a globally recognized prize-winning advertising professional, Nizan Guanaes was named "2008 Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst & Young and "2009 Communication Entrepreneur of the Year" by IstoE Magazine.

Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa is a Kuwaiti clinical psychologist and creator of THE 99, the first group of comic superheroes born of an Islamic archetype. THE 99 has received positive attention from the world's media. Recently, Forbes named THE 99 as one of the top 20 trends sweeping the globe and most recently, President Barack Obama praised Dr. Naif and THE 99 as perhaps the most innovative of the thousands of new entrepreneurs.

Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D. is an internationally renowned cardiologist and cardiovascular researcher. He serves as Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. He also serves as Chief Executive Officer of the University of Miami Health System (UHealth), which includes six hospitals and more than two dozen outpatient facilities in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Monroe and Collier counties, with more than 1,200 physicians and 8,000 staff.

Emilio Lozoya is the Co-founder and Executive Board Member of Cormus Capital, Managing Partner of Alpha One LP and Senior Advisor of the World Economic Forum.

In late 2009 he co-founded Cormus Capital, with initial Assets Under Management of USD 50 million, growing it to USD 1.3 billion of AUM to date.

Antonio Celia Martinez Aparicio has been president of Promigas since 1992.

Promigas is one of the oldest private natural gas companies in Latin America.

Under his leadership, the company has grown to the point where natural gas usage is now commonplace in Colombia. This has been a tremendous boon for the poorer citizens of the country, enhancing their quality of life significantly.

Felipe Vergara is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lumni, Inc, an innovative company that manages funds to finance students in exchange of a percentage of their future income. Besides Lumni, Vergara is the founder of three companies in the education and finance industries.

PODER As a premier business magazine, PODER is written for a global audience of influential senior business and political decision-makers. Its in depth, cutting edge editorial coverage and exclusive insider access and information on the U.S.

Hispanic market and Latin America have made it an influence in the social, economic, political and cultural arenas. As of August 2008, the magazine's circulation topped 400,000, 40% of which is sold in the United States. PODER is about Latinos in power -- influential, innovative and collaborative leaders in the global effort to create prosperity, increase job opportunities and achieve sustainable development in their own communities, across Latin America, and beyond. Besides the US and Miami editions, PODER magazine is published in Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Chile and Argentina. Under a content distribution agreement, PODER also publishes a selection of articles from The Economist. PODER is published by Page One Media in association with Televisa Publishing.

The Americas Business Council Foundation (ABC*) The Americas Business Council Foundation (ABC*) is a non-profit organization focused on creating a series of thought-provoking forums that emphasize the power of the human spirit and where leaders of the Americas can convene to listen to the stories and exchange experiences with extraordinary individuals.

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