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CONMEMORANDO A SUS PADRES, HERMANOS DOMINICANOS COLABORAN PARA ENTREGAR UN MODERNO CAMION DE BOMBEROS A PROVINCIA DE REPUBLICA DOMINICANA

CONMEMORANDO A SUS PADRES, HERMANOS DOMINICANOS COLABORAN PARA ENTREGAR UN MODERNO CAMION DE BOMBEROS A PROVINCIA DE REPUBLICA DOMINICANA

  • El camión escalera, valorizado en más de $150,000 USD es el único en la Zona Sur del país.
  • El vehículo cuenta con un sistema eléctrico con la capacidad para darle luz al hospital local, brindando la posibilidad de salvar vidas durante emergencias.

 

Maryland, 22 de enero. Con el objetivo de mantener el legado de Juan A Namnún Yilbe, la familia Namnun cumplió un compromiso a su Padre y a la vez fortalecieron el puente creado por la familia entre Estados Unidos y República Dominicana.

Sin dudarlo, los hijos de Juan Namnún buscaron el apoyo de sus amistades y organizaciones estadounidenses a través de contribuciones personales y una colecta GoFundMe que les permitiera juntar el dinero necesario para adquirir un moderno camión escalera de bomberos, el cual donarían al Cuerpo de Bomberos de San Juan de la Maguana, dónde Don Juan Namnún ocupó el cargo de Coronel Fundador del Cuerpo de Bomberos en dicha localidad.

 

¨Como familia de inmigrantes dominicanos, siempre buscamos fortalecer los lazos entre República Dominicana y Estados Unidos. Para mí, como empresaria dominicana en estados unidos, quería honrar a mi Padre y al mismo tiempo enseñarles a mis hijos el valor de sus raíces. Estamos agradecidos con todas las organizaciones locales que nos han apoyado a llevar esta ayuda necesaria a San Juan de la Maguana, sin su apoyo no hubiese sido posible¨, destacó Verónica Namnun Cool, hija de Namnun y fundadora de Cool & Associates LLC.

 

“Durante conversaciones con mi padre, yo conocí el tremendo amor y dedicación que le tenía a su familia, comunidad y su pueblo. Aunque emigramos a Estados Unidos, el siguió amando a su querido San Juan. Yo quise conmemorar ese patriotismo con este camión. Viviendo en New Jersey, yo seguiré fortaleciendo estas relaciones que hemos creados con cuerpos de bomberos americanos para llevar más equipo y coordinar entrenamiento entre los dominicanos y americanos. Espero que mi Padre se sienta orgulloso de nuestros esfuerzos¨, exclamó Juan A Namnún, hijo del Coronel Fundador.

 

La donación del camión de bomberos ayuda en crear conciencia dentro de las organizaciones estadounidenses de las necesidades que existen en otros países, destacando su don de colaboración. Es por ello que aparte del camión de bomberos, la familia también colectó herramientas y equipo que llenaron un contenedor de 20 pies con chalecos, botas, guantes, máscaras para incendios, camillas, entre otros; también se donaron servicios como pruebas de seguridad, servicios logísticos, mercadeo y transportación, valoradas en más de $25,000 dólares.

 

¨Ni siquiera en el distrito nacional se tiene un camión de bomberos tan moderno como el que hemos recibido. Gracias a este esfuerzo de la familia Namnún, es que ahora podemos atender emergencias en toda la comunidad. Incluso el camión de bomberos cuenta con un sistema eléctrico que tiene capacidad para darle luz al hospital local, brindándonos la posibilidad de salvar vidas durante emergencias¨, detalló Víctor Michelen Rodríguez, jefe del Cuerpo de Bomberos de San Juan de la Maguana.

Esta acción no hubiese sido posible sin la ayuda y colaboración de: West Cape May Fire Dept, Ayuntamiento de San Juan, Familia Namnún, Familia Cool, Familia Miranda, Moorestown UES, Cinnaminson Fire Co, Palmyra Fire Co, Atlantic City Fire Co, Cherry Hill Motor Maintenance Dept, Cherry Hill Fire Dept Station #6, Butler Tech Fire Academy, Warren County Career Center, State of Ohio Fire Academy, Howell Rescue Unit, Erlanger Kentucky Fire Station, Middletown Ohio Fire Co, St. Clair Fire Co, Bombero Walter Cook, Apoyo logístico de Bruce Steiner, Gino Abrams, Pat Bernat, Kelly Montana, y más de 100 personas que contribuyeron a través de GoFundMe.

 

Más datos

  • En noviembre del 2016 el Ayuntamiento Municipal de San Juan de la Maguana reconoció a Juan Namnún como fundador del Cuerpo de Bomberos de San Juan de la Maguana.
  • Don Juan Namnún, fue también un referente del deporte en San Juan de la Maguana, logrando en 1975 llevar al equipo de béisbol de su ciudad a jugar en Colombia.

 

Acerca del Cuerpo de Bomberos de San Juan de la Maguana, República Dominicana

El Cuerpo de Bomberos de San Juan de la Maguana fue fundado en 1951 por Juan A. Namnún Yilbe, quien se desempeñó como jefe de bomberos hasta 1974. Fue durante su estancia en esta institución que arribó el primer camión de bomberos a la Estación del Cuerpo de Bomberos de San Juan de la Maguana en 1973. En 1995 se construyó el edificio de la Estación Principal del Cuerpo de Bomberos de San Juan de la Maguana, como resultado del trabajo conjunto de la comunidad y el gobierno central.

Acerca de Cool & Associates LLC

Cool & Associates LLC ayuda a corporaciones, negocios, organizaciones sin fines de lucro y agencias gubernamental a aprovechar efectivamente el gran mercado hispano en Estados Unidos. La consultora brinda herramientas y servicios esenciales para clientes, como marketing y comunicaciones, campañas de difusión, capacitación y apoyo de personal de trabajo, talleres de diversidad e inclusión para atraer negocios, clientes, donantes y estudiantes hispanos. Cool & Associates es una firma certificada como Minoritaria, establecida y operada por Verónica Namnún Cool, dominicana, que trabaja orgullosamente para ayudar a los clientes a ingresar en el segmento de mayor crecimiento de la población: los hispanos.

TO COMMEMORATE THEIR FATHER, DOMINICAN-AMERICAN SIBLINGS DELIVER LADDER FIRETRUCK TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

TO COMMEMORATE THEIR FATHER, DOMINICAN-AMERICAN SIBLINGS DELIVER LADDER FIRETRUCK TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

 

·     The Pierce Aerial ladder fire truck is the only ladder truck in the southern part of Country.

·     The Firetruck has the electrical capacity to power the hospital during emergencies and outages.

Westminster, Maryland, January 22, 2019.  To further the legacy of Juan A. Namnún Yilbe, the Namnún family fulfilled a commitment to their late Father while building a bridge between the United States and the Dominican Republic.

Along with personal financial contributions, Juan Namnún’s children sought the support of their American friends and organizations through a GoFundMe campaign that would allow them to raise the money needed to acquire a modern fire ladder truck, which was donated and delivered January 19, 2019 to the Fire Department in San Juan de la Maguana, where Don Juan Namnún had been the Founder and Colonel of the Fire Department.

“As a family of Dominican immigrants, we always seek to strengthen the ties between the Dominican Republic and the United States. For me, as a Dominican entrepreneur in the United States, I wanted to honor my Father and at the same time further connect my children to our cultural roots. We are grateful to all of the local organizations that have supported us to bring this much-needed help to San Juan de la Maguana, without their support it would not have been possible,” said Verónica Namnún Cool, Namnun’s daughter and founder of Cool & Associates LLC.

“During conversations with my father, I sensed the tremendous love and dedication he had for his family, his community, and his people. Although we emigrated to the United States, his commitment to his beloved San Juan never wavered. I wanted to commemorate that patriotism with this truck. Living in New Jersey, I will continue to strengthen these relationships that we have created with the American Fire Departments to deliver more equipment and coordinate training between Dominicans and Americans. I hope that my Father feels proud of our efforts,” exclaimed Juan A. Namnún, son of the Founding Colonel.

 

The donation of the fire truck raises awareness within American organizations of the basic needs in other countries. An opportunity for international collaboration surfaces when equipment is replaced or upgraded within American fire companies.  In this vein, the Namnun family was able to also collect donated tools and equipment that filled a 20-foot container with vests, boots, gloves, fire masks, stretchers, and much more from over 40 fire companies across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.   Additionally, services such as security, logistics services, marketing, and transportation were donated, valued at more than $25,000.

 

  “Even in the Santo Domingo, the capital of the country, does not have a fire truck as modern as the one we received. Thanks to the efforts of the Namnún family, we can now handle emergencies throughout the region. The fire truck even has an electrical system that has the capacity to power the hospital during emergencies and outages,” explained Víctor Michelen Rodríguez, head of the Fire Department of San Juan de la Maguana.

This tremendous commemoration would not have been possible without the help and collaboration of: West Cape May Fire Dept, San Juan City Council, Namnún Family, Cool Family, Miranda Family, Moorestown UES, Cinnaminson Fire Co., Palmyra Fire Co., Atlantic City Fire Co., Cherry Hill Motor Maintenance Dept., Cherry Hill Fire Dept Station # 6, Butler Tech Fire Academy, Warren County Career Center, State of Ohio Fire Academy, Howell Rescue Unit, Erlanger Kentucky Fire Station, Middletown Ohio Fire Co., St. Clair Fire Co., Fireman Walter Cook, Logistics Support from Bruce Steiner, Gino Abrams, Pat Bernat, Kelly Montana, and more than 100 people who contributed through GoFundMe.

Additional Information

  • In November 2016, the Municipal Council of San Juan de la Maguana recognized Juan Namnún as founder of the Fire Department of San Juan de la Maguana.
  • Juan Namnún was also a leader in sports in San Juan de la Maguana, helping to take the baseball team to compete in Colombia in 1975.

 

About the Fire Department of San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic

The Fire Department of San Juan de la Maguana was founded in 1951 by Juan A. Namnún Yilbe, who served as fire chief until 1974. It was during his tenure that the first fire truck arrived at the Station of the Corps of Firemen of San Juan de la Maguana in 1973. In 1995, the Main Station of the Fire Department of San Juan de la Maguana was built, as a result of the joint work of the community and the central government.

 

About Cool & Associates, LLC

Cool & Associates, LLC helps corporations, businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies to effectively engage the large Hispanic market in the United States. The consultancy provides essential tools and services for clients, such as marketing and communications, outreach campaigns, training and support for work staff, and diversity and inclusion workshops to attract businesses, clients, donors and Hispanic students. Cool & Associates, LLC is a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), established and operated by Verónica Namnún Cool, Dominican, who works proudly to help clients engage with the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population: Hispanics.

 

FAMILIA DEL FUNDADOR DEL CUERPO DE BOMBEROS DE SAN JUAN DE LA MAGUANA ENTREGARA UN MODERNO CAMION DE BOMBEROS

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CONTACTO: Español: Yanina Chumpitaz yanina@CoolAssociatesLLC.com 203-570-2687

FAMILIA DEL FUNDADOR DEL CUERPO DE BOMBEROS DE SAN JUAN DE LA MAGUANA ENTREGARA UN MODERNO CAMION DE BOMBEROS

  • Evento se realizará para conmemorar el legado de Juan Namnún a partir de las 2:00 p.m, sábado 19 de enero
  • El moderno camión de bomberos será una herramienta indispensable al momento de atender emergencias en San Juan de la Maguana

San Juan de la Maguana, 15 de enero. Con el objetivo de recordar el legado de Juan A. Namnún Yilbe hacia el Departamento de Bomberos de San Juan de la Maguana, este sábado 19 de enero la familia del Coronel Fundador del Cuerpo de Bomberos de San Juan de la Maguana entregará en República Dominicana un Pierce Aerial 105 camión de bomberos de escaleras, valorado en más de $150,000 USD, el cual será una herramienta indispensable al momento de atender las emergencias de rescate en dicha ciudad. El evento contará con la presencia de la alcaldesa de la ciudad, Arq. Hanoy Sánchez Salgado, el director de CIUBEN, Nicolás Núñez y el presidente de la Sala Capitular, Ezequiel Montilla, tal como Juan A. Namnún, Verónica Namnún Cool, hijos del Coronel Namnún que viajaran de Estados Unidos a conmemorar el legado de su Padre son una placa durante la ceremonia.

La iniciativa de donar un camión de bomberos a la ciudad de San Juan nace de la familia de Don Juan luego de su muerte en agosto del 2018 para honrar su tremenda contribución al pueblo y al país. Inmediatamente los hijos y la esposa del Coronel Fundador del Cuerpo de Bomberos iniciaron una campana que motivó a diversas organizaciones y amigos de la familia a colaborar en esta noble causa. Después de solo 3 meses alcanzaron la meta necesaria para brindar a San Juan de la Maguana un moderno camión de bomberos, capaz de atender las necesidades de no solo la provincia, si no la región también. Encima del Camión, los esfuerzos resultaron en una colecta de herramientas que lleno un contén de 20 pies, incluyendo chalecos, botas, guantes, mascaras, camillas, y más. Servicios también fueron donados incluyendo pruebas de seguridad, servicios logísticos, mercadeo y trasportación.

“Don Juan Namnún ha sido mi inspiración durante mi trabajo como bombero en San Juan de la Maguana. Fue el quién consiguió el primer camión de bomberos para la ciudad; su entusiasmo y liderazgo hizo que se incorporarán y prepararan brigadas femeninas de bomberos, además de trabajar de la mano con los jóvenes. Juan Namnún, fue un hombre que dio la oportunidad a otros integrantes del cuerpo de bomberos para seguir creciendo y aprendiendo¨, expresó Víctor Michelen Rodríguez, jefe del Cuerpo de Bomberos de San Juan de la Maguana.

Cabe destacar que Coronel Namnún se inició como bombero en San Juan en 1951, fundando el Departamento de Bomberos en dicha ciudad, y a la vez siendo el Primer Bombero en su localidad. Don Juan trabajó cómo bombero hasta 1974, llegando a ser fundador y coronel del Cuerpo de Bomberos de San Juan de la Maguana en República Dominicana.

De acuerdo con su esposa María Angelina Namnún, Don Juan era una persona que vivía ayudando a los demás. ¨Por ejemplo, si ocurría un desborde de río, el salía inmediatamente para cubrir la emergencia y llevar asistencia a las personas que estaban damnificadas. Siempre mostró amor por su comunidad, su familia, su trabajo y por sus compañeros bomberos. Fue una persona que sabía cómo ayudar a los demás¨.

Finalmente, esta acción no hubiese sido posible sin la ayuda y la colaboración de las siguientes organizaciones: West Cape May Fire Dept, Ayuntamiento de San Juan, Familia Namnún, Familia Cool, Familia Miranda, Moorestown UES, Cinnaminson Fire Co, Palmyra Fire Co, Atlantic City Fire Co, Cherry Hill Motor Maintenance Dept, Cherry Hill Fire Dept Station #6, Butler Tech Fire Academy, Warren County Career Center, State of Ohio Fire Academy, Howell Rescue Unit, Erlanger Kentucky Fire Station, Middletown Ohio Fire Co, St. Clair Fire Co, Bombero Walter Cook, Apoyo logístico de Bruce Steiner, Gino Abrams, Pat Bernat, Kelly Montana, y más de 100 personas que contribuyeron a través de GoFundMe.

Más datos

  • En noviembre del 2016 el Ayuntamiento Municipal de San Juan de la Maguana reconoció a Juan Namnún como fundador del Cuerpo de Bomberos de San Juan de la Maguana.
  • Don Juan Namnún, fue también un referente del deporte en San Juan de la Maguana, logrando en 1975 llevar al equipo de béisbol de su ciudad a jugar en Colombia.

Acerca del Cuerpo de Bomberos de San Juan de la Maguana, Republica Dominican

El Cuerpo de Bomberos de San Juan de la Maguana fue fundado en 1951 por Juan A. Namnún Yilbe, quien se desempeñó como jefe de bomberos hasta 1974. Fue durante su estancia en esta institución que arribó el primer camión de bomberos a la Estación del Cuerpo de Bomberos de San Juan de la Maguana en 1973. En 1995 se construyó el edificio de la Estación Principal del Cuerpo de Bomberos de San Juan de la Maguana, como resultado del trabajo conjunto de la comunidad y el gobierno central.

Acerca de Cool & Associates LLC

Cool & Associates LLC ayuda a corporaciones, negocios, organizaciones sin fines de lucro y agencias gubernamental a aprovechar efectivamente el gran mercado hispano en Estados Unidos. La consultora brinda herramientas y servicios esenciales para clientes, como marketing y comunicaciones, campañas de difusión, capacitación y apoyo de personal de trabajo, talleres de diversidad e inclusión para atraer negocios, clientes, donantes y estudiantes hispanos. Cool & Associates es una firma certificada como Minoritaria, establecida y operada por Verónica Namnún Cool, dominicana, que trabaja orgullosamente para ayudar a los clientes a ingresar en el segmento de mayor crecimiento de la población: los hispanos.

RAVENS 2018 NFL HISPANIC HERITAGE LEADERSHIP AWARD

RAVENS 2018 NFL HISPANIC HERITAGE LEADERSHIP AWARD

The Baltimore Ravens have selected Veronica Cool, founder and managing director of Cool & Associates LLC, as the recipient of the 2018 NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. Cool will be recognized for her achievements at this Sunday’s (9/23) game against the Denver Broncos.

The NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) have partnered for the eighth-annual award presentation, which coincides with the 2018 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The award recognizes the contributions of local Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.

An award-winning founder, Cool spent 20 years in the corporate sector until in 2011 she started Cool & Associates LLC, which provides a multitude of services to the Maryland community. Some of the services offered include Hispanic marketing and community outreach, recruiting, staffing and financial. With the organization’s goal to integrate the Hispanic market with mainstream American culture, Cool aims to find the best ways to engage the Hispanic community and create greater access to both Hispanic and American cultures.

Cool’s innovation and leadership has led her to earn several prestigious awards, including The Baltimore Sun’s “25 Women to Watch” in 2016 and Daily Record’s “MD Top 100 Women.” She was also inducted into its Circle of Excellence and earned the U.S. Hispanic Chamber Ultimate Latina Award in the corporate sector.

Her dedication and passion have also led Cool to work opportunities in prestigious positions: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed her to serve on the statewide Governor’s Workforce Investment Board, former First Lady Michelle Obama recognized Cool for her commitment to mentoring youth at the National Mentoring Summit, and she served as co-chair on former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s Gubernatorial Transition Steering Hispanic Team.

In addition to Cool’s extensive government work and her growing business, she still finds time to volunteer countless hours to causes dear to her heart in the Baltimore community. She currently volunteers and serves on several boards, including Open Society Institute, and she is a proud member of the Hispanic Leaders Association, Latino Providers Network, Latinas Think Big and SHIFT Baltimore.

About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) – a nonprofit established by the White House in 1987 – inspires, prepares and connects minority leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities. HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions. HHF is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, with satellite workspaces in New York, Silicon Valley, San Antonio and Miami.

Cool & Associates Awards Cash Prize to Innovative Latina Entrepreneurs

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Media Contact: Mabel McGrath
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Cool & Associates Awards Cash Prize to Innovative Latina Entrepreneurs

BETHESDA, MARYLAND, SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 –  Karina and Katherine Vidal, founders of Citiskopes, won the 3rd Latino Innovators’ Pitch, a competition that gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business concept, new product or idea to a panel of judges for seed funding, mentoring support and business counsel. The Latino Innovators Pitch kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month in the region.

The Vidal sisters, of Dominican heritage, created Citiskopes, a things-to-do platform enhanced by augmented reality for audiences that want to travel like a local with experiences that provide a unique perspective only found in a destination of choice. “Citiskopes is a brilliant concept that marries augmented reality, technology, and travel,” said Veronica Cool, CEO, Cool & Associates LLC.

Cool & Associates LLC presented the winning team a $5,000 check on September 4 during the 16th annual Maryland Hispanic Business Conference, the premier annual gathering for Hispanic business owners, entrepreneurs, executive and job seekers. The innovative and entrepreneurial sister team competed against five finalists for the prize.

“We were ecstatic to be named winners of such a prestigious award,” said Karina Vidal, co-founder, Citiskopes, based in Silver Springs, Maryland. “This award underscores that Latinos are innovators, creators and leaders – not only for the Hispanic community – but for all audiences.”

Citiskopes’ founders envisioned not an experiential platform for locals and tourists but also a forum to provide exposure to entrepreneurs’ events, activities and experiences to help thrive local economies. “As a result of the award, we will now have the ability to expand our company through mentorship, networking and through the seed-funding,” said Katherine Vidal, co-founder, Citiskopes.

“It was an honor and a privilege to be a judge for this year’s wildly successful Latino Innovator’s Pitch competition, said Theresa Daytner, CEO, Daytner Construction Group.  “All of the Latino entrepreneurs had three things in common: strong storytelling, passion and measurable impact. I was thoroughly wowed by caliber of applicants this year.” Additional judges included Tracey Edwards, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission; Sean Dunphy, Wells Fargo; Karina Mendoza, Latino Economic Development Center; and Joe Morales, Morales Law Firm.

Maryland is home to more than 57,000 Hispanic businesses. With Hispanics establishing businesses at 15 times the national average, Veronica Cool, CEO, Cool & Associates LLC, established the Pitch competition in 2015 to highlight the impact, talent and diversity of Hispanic businesses in both industry and scope.


Cool & Associates LLC helps corporations, nonprofits and government agencies effectively tap our nation’s robust Hispanic market. The firm provides essential tools and services for clients such as marketing and communications, outreach campaigns, training and staffing support, diversity & inclusion workshops, and other customized solutions to engage Hispanic businesses, customers, donors and students.  C&A is a certified MBE firm, woman and Hispanic owned, proudly working to help clients penetrate the fastest growing segment of the population: Hispanics!

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Hispanic Heritage Month is commemorated September 15-October 15, leverage our Hispanic Heritage Toolkit to increase engagement with your employees, customers and community!

 

Cool Honored for Connecting Organizations with Hispanic Population

BALTIMORE (June 2018)—Veronica Cool, founder and CEO of Cool & Associates, LLC, was honored this month by the Baltimore Business Journal (BBJ) as one of nine 2018 Leaders in Diversity.

With Hispanic residents making up 9.5 percent of the Maryland population, Cool helps companies and nonprofits reach out and connect in meaningful ways to this often-untapped pool of potential customers, partners, and employees.

Cool & Associates offers inclusion-centered plans at a time when the growing Hispanic population contributes an estimated $1.7 trillion to the US economy. The company operates with the understanding that authentic connections through culture and language can create enhanced engagement.

The process can be complex with much to consider. Latinos come from more than twenty countries, each one with its own political beliefs, history, and values. Cool and her team help businesses and organizations make effective decisions by arming them with facts about the Hispanic market. Maryland’s Hispanic population, for example, prioritizes economic stability, jobs, and education while diligently adapting technology and staying active on social media and mobile devices.

“The work we do is so much more than helping clients translate brochures into Spanish and hire bilingual staff,” said Cool. “It’s about empathy and value and knowing that the Latino consumer (voter, employer, or student!) is an untapped source of opportunity and is very interested in being engaged.”

The Dominican Republic native was working in financial services and business banking when she first noted the need for a comprehensive process to facilitate the connection of the American mainstream and Hispanic cultures. “I’m humbled to be recognized as an inaugural Leaders in Diversity honoree by the BBJ and for being able to build bridges between our richly interconnected cultures,” she said.

Cool is one of three BBJ honorees with connections to the Open Society Institute (OSI) of Baltimore. Also honored were fellow board member Eddie Brown, who is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Brown Capital Management; and Pamela King, who serves as the director of community fellowships and initiatives for the OSI.

About Cool & Associates: The firm offers an integrated suite of services to support organizations, including public, private, philanthropic, and small businesses, in engaging Spanish-speakers and Hispanics as customers and employees. The award-winning team, comprised of experienced bilingual folks of varied cultures, offers Hispanic engagement strategy, language services, and assistance with marketing, media, and public relations, along with support in workforce training and talent development.

The WINGS of Success Summit

Join Veronica Cool, Melinda and 50+ of the country most powerful, successful, and influential entrepreneurs, innovators and investors as we join together for the first time ever to share exactly how we climbed the ranks from one-women shops doing it all with little to no initial capital to

  • Build $1 billion unicorns
  • Run 7-8-9 figure businesses
  • Raise $350mm+ in angel and venture capital between them
  • Invest a collective $250mm+ in startups, most female-founded
  • Host top podcasts with 10m+ downloads collectively
  • Write international and New York Times Bestsellers

We peel back the curtain to unveil exactly how we built our multi-million dollar businesses and grew our influence and social impact on OUR own terms.

Bill will be speaking on the Hispanic Opportunity- because this population is your client and employee – your voter, student, patient.. This is the biggest untapped market!

For this exclusive 5-day event, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on airfare to fly out since this incredible event will take place ONLINE.

So you can tune in from the comfort of your couch, on the treadmill, over lunch, or wherever you find yourself during the work week.

The best part? It’s totally free.

Get the details and register TODAY for the WINGS of Success Summit here.

To Honor a Hero – Dancing Stars for Memory Ball

Why Am I Dancing in Front of 1,000 People?

There are so many wonderful causes to support with our talent, time, and treasures! Every one of us gets solicited to support some amazing and worthy cause- Myself included. I often get solicited to be the “token Hispanic” or “woman of color” so I’ve learned to be judicious on which activities and initiatives I champion; considering the impact, expectations around tasks and fundraising and I’ve learned to align these choices to satisfy various facets of my being.

Yes, I need to “network” to grow the business.

Yes, I have a duty to “give back” to our communities.

Yes, I have to “serve” as a role model for my kids.

Yes, I have to “feed” my soul and be inspired, that my contribution does in fact matter and does impact change and improvement.

But who has time to support 7 or 8 different organizations simultaneously? Allow me to clarify: I don’t mean, participating on a quick initiative or chiming in to plan an event. But rather, actively and meaningfully participating on a board or committee, not just being the “token” gal.

In essence, I prioritize causes that satisfy multiple buckets: those that inspire me, those that drive sustainable change while serving and/or empowering the community.

Hence you will find me decked out in a flashy costume, competing as a Dancing Star during the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Ball on April 28th. Yes, I agreed to train for 3 months, learn an intricate choreographed dance routine that will be performed LIVE IN FRONT OF 1,000 of Baltimore’s who’s who… And did I mention that the event will also be streamed live online?

Why Alzheimer’s? When there’s Immigration, Breast Cancer, Social Justice or Women’s Equity? Simple, to honor my Father, Juan Namnun.

Let me tell you about this courageous firefighter who stood toe to toe against a dictator, risking his life and that of his entire family. Upon being introduced to the Dominican dictator, Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, Papi requested a fire engine for Azua, a more centrally located town south of his home town, San Juan de la Maguana. Trujillo, acting generously and on a whim, agreed to provide the engine, but for San Juan. As Trujillo turned away, my father called out “No, your Excellency.” The silence was deafening.

By the way, Trujillo’s dissenters and enemies were known to disappear in the middle of the night, their bodies found dismembered weeks later…

“Your Excellency, the town of Azua is more accessible. San Juan, as you know, lies in a valley surrounded by mountains- we could serve a larger region, faster, based out of Azua. We would be better equipped to handle a fire emergency from Azua…”

Silence.

Trujillo strolled back to my father.

He assessed this person who dared to disagree with him, especially publicly.

The soldiers had their hands on their weapons… At the ready.

My father knew he had crossed the line from bravery into lunacy.

“You, Turk (slang term used for anyone from middle-eastern descent living in the Dominican Republic; my dad’s family emigrated from Lebanon) have courage.”

Trujillo then turned to his underling and mandated “Send a fire engine to San Juan… and another engine to Azua.”

My father lived on to established the Fire Department of San Juan, hired and trained a body of volunteer fire fighters that served the region; a Department that stands today due to his commitment and dedication. In 2016, the Council of San Juan renamed and dedicated the Fire Department in my Father’s honor.

Today, my Father sits in a chair in Philadelphia, lost in his own mind.

The courageous man who wore some many influential hats, from fire chief, tango singer, Commerce Secretary, baseball umpire does not recall his legacy.

He has dementia, commonly associated with Alzheimer’s. For the longest time, we didn’t know, we thought this magnificent man was just getting old and forgetful…

So, I dance… For him. For the many families that still don’t know that this behavior is not just “old age” but a Syndrome with symptoms that affect mental cognitive tasks such as memory and reasoning. Latinos are 1.5x more likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s and 34% more likely to be undiagnosed.

So, I dance… For them. For the Latina mom who ties her aging father to his bed, because he loves to go for walks and gets lost, while she heads out to work. She doesn’t know there are available resources including care, support groups and facilities, often in Spanish to help her and her Papi.

I’m dancing to raise awareness and funds, in hopes of educating as many Latinos as possible that this is a serious issue with our aging population and it is so much more than “they’re getting old” – To raise funds to increase medical research and identify why certain populations are predisposed to suffer at higher rates… This is why I dance.

Amigos- learn more, and consider making a donation, by visiting alz and be sure to tune in April 28th, 2018 to be entertained!

This article originally appeared in The Daily Record.

ALPFA Chapter Launches in Baltimore

March 27, 2018

The future is bright in #MyBmore because we are taking care of the present!
We launched the local Baltimore chapter of last night, to ensure Latino professionals are empowered and mentored. Highly important since:
1 in 6 people today is Latino.
1 in 5 millennial is Latino.
1 in 4 kindergarten is Latino.

We hoped for 50 interested people to show. And we were at a hundred! We invite you to learn more, become a member and get involved! alpfa.org

Thanks to Baltimore Gas & Electric and Constellation for spearheading this movement!

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