2017 Awards

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For immediate release- Los Angeles, July 18, 2016

The Hispanic Motor Press Awards has selected the judges who will choose the best new cars for the Hispanic family.


The 7th annual independent awards that recognize the best automobiles for the Hispanic family are underway.

The jury panel is comprised of national Hispanic journalists and LA influencers who will evaluate the vehicles from their perspective keeping the Hispanic audience’s preferences foremost in their minds. They will select the best automobiles, one in each category, to help Latino families with their search for a new vehicle. An educated consumer is a satisfied consumer and the awards provide the Hispanic Consumer with outstanding choices.

Auto manufacturers voluntarily submit their entries and the panel evaluates the vehicles on their features including pricing, safety, comfort, and overall value. The final vehicle winners represent the most significant cars in the market, and the best in their class as they meet the needs and desires of Hispanic families.

The Hispanic Motor Press Awards 2017 panelists are:

Camilo Alfaro – Mr. Alfaro is the CEO of AUTOPROYECTO, the fastest growing bilingual content producer in the automotive sector. The company content is distributed across all platforms (social media, web, TV) and connects auto enthusiast with the latest automobiles entering the market.
German Angel – Mr. Angel has been a part of the Socal Public TV for over a decade. The charismatic Mr. Angel produces the TV show ENFOQUE SOCIAL, a multi-cultural programming that reflects the needs and pulse of the city.
Karen Blanco – Ms. Blanco is the publisher and editor EJECUTIVA Magazine and NEGOCIOS Magazine, the number one source for Hispanic business makers in the country. The Miami based magazines features editorials about the successful Hispanic entrepreneurs and how to prepare and learn to do business in the USA.
Emilio Lezcano – Mr. Lezcano has been publishing automobile reviews since 1986. A regular contributor to MIAMI HERALD, LA PRENSA NY, EL NUEVO DIA P.R., among others, he was awarded Journalist of the year. He is also an accomplished race car driver, travel journalist and member of Southern Automotive Media Assoc. (SAMA).
Davina Ferreira – Ms. Ferreira is the publisher of ALEGRIA Magazine. Covering the Latin American Arts, Fashion & Culture in California. Her mission is to give the affluent Hispanics a way to discover the bicultural experience of the state.
Luis Fernandez – Well known TV documentary producer, Mr. Fernandez also produces all TV content in the USA for the Latin America channel EL GARAGE. Member of the  Southern Automotive Media Assoc. (SAMA).
Jose “Pepe” Forte – Mr. Forte is the anchor and producer of the radio shows El ATICO DE PEPE (WAQI 710) and AUTOMANIA (WQBA 1140). A multi-talented personality, Pepe brings his favorite themes (politics, music, design, cameras, and cars) to the Hispanic audience with humor and charm. Member of the  Southern Automotive Media Assoc. (SAMA).
Jaime Florez – Mr. Florez is host and producer of the automotive radio show RUEDAS ESPN, broadcast through the ESPN DEPORTES radio network. He is also the director for PREMSA Inc., a leading marketing firm creating multicultural campaigns., and past president of Southern Automotive Media Assoc. (SAMA).
Aaron Sanchez – Mr. Sanchez talents can be heard on ABC-RadioNews KMET 1490. His shows feature social and community news for the predominantly Hispanic population of the Inland Empire in Southern California. Content creator for Hispanic Motor Press.
Jeffrey Gomez – Founder and visionary behind The Snob Magazine, Mr. Gomez is an expert on the exclusive nature of all things luxury. From LA to the world his publication is a tribute to the luxury lifestyle. Member of Motor Press Guild.
Silvia Ichar – Para Todos magazine celebrates 20 years serving the Hispanic small business community in Southern California. Ms. Ichar is the publisher and has received several accolades from the US Small Business Administration, Hispanic PR Assoc., and Latina Business Women Assoc. Content creator for Hispanic Motor Press.
Enrique Kogan – One of the pioneers of automotive journalism in Spanish in the USA. Mr. Kogan knowledge of the auto industry is vast and his car review features are found within the pages of FORBES, HUFFINGTON POST, and most Spanish newspaper’s in the country.
Roberto Carlos Lemus Social media content creator and master networker, Mr. Lemus works as Business Developer for Exquisitamente. Has served as a consultant for AltaMed Health Care Services, and has collaborated with philanthropies such as the Global Gift Foundation USA and American Heart Association. Young Hispanic entrepreneurs follow Mr. Lemus gatherings through his Empresario Meetup platform.
David Leon – Mr. Leon is the chief editor of LA PRENSA COLOMBIANA, the newspaper that connects with the large Caribbean community in the city. Additionally the company organizes cultural events throughout the city that highlights the mix of cultures under one language, Spanish.
Alejandro Maciel – Editorial director for HOY LOS ANGELES/LOS ANGELES TIMES, Mr. Maciel has achieved a broad- ranging career in Hispanic media. A graduate of UNAM (Mexico), he was previously the editor of PEOPLE en Español and La Prensa in New York.
Roger Rivero – A car enthusiast since childhood, Mr. Rivero writes and produce’s editorial content featuring the automobile. He is member of the North West Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) and National Assoc. Hispanic Journalists.
Ricardo Rodriguez-Long – Host of the radio show GARAGE LATINO, editor of GARAGE LA Magazine, and content producer for TV, Film, Radio. He has been awarded by the Motorcycle Industry Council and Truck Writers NA (TWNA) for his contributions to the Hispanic Consumer. Member of Motor Press Guild (MPG) and National Assoc. Hispanic Journalists.
German Sierra – Mr. Sierra has been a sports editor and contributor to La Prensa newspaper for a decade. His features on NHRA and NASCAR are followed by enthusiast on the paper and social media.
Al Vazquez – Mr. Vazquez is the Editor at FAMA magazine, whose journalist work in print, TV and online encompasses the world of celebrities, travel, and cars. Vazquez is one of the most versatile Hispanic journalists in the US.
Jose Xicohtencatl – One of the leading contributors on all things consumer tech in Spanish- language television. His expertise includes highlighting consumer products for those interested in the latest and greatest in tech by delivering news and information in a fun, quirky and entertaining way. He is a trusted source providing insights and expert analysis on UNIVISION, CNN en Español, TELEMUNDO and MEGA TV.