Latino Times Founder and Publisher, Andrew Ysiano is extremely honored at being inducted into the Edison High School Alumni Hall of Fame. The Alumni Hall of Fame recognizes our foremost graduates who have monumentally contributed to making our great country what it is today – a better place for all. Each inductee will serve as a living inspiration for students, that you can be as great as you choose to be.
The first Edison Hall of Fame Committee was established by Veto Ramirez (Founder and Chairman), Stan Smart (Principal), and Benjamin Reddish, Jr. (Director of Student Guidance) in 1988. The Edison High School Alumni Hall of Fame was created in 2015 to honor Edison High school graduates who have excelled in their chosen career as well as inspiring and providing role models for the current student body on their pathway to success. The following quote was taken from the first Edison Hall of Fame program: Today we will focus on outstanding graduates of Edison High School who have achieved success equal to the best in the United States of America.
Mr. Ysiano ‘s pathway to success began at an early age where he realized the value of working hard to achieve your dreams. Born and raised in Stockton, California, he attended Zachery Taylor Elementary School, John Marshall Jr. High School and Thomas Edison High School. Growing up in south Stockton, he remembers walking from his home to the high school dreaming that someday he would own his own business.
Mr. Ysiano credits his mother, Petra Contreras Repinski ‘s strong faith in God with inspiring him to succeed in overcoming life‘s challenges, achieving his goals and never giving up on your dreams. Mr. Ysiano‘s pathway to success started when he was just 10 years old delivering papers for the Stockton Record. As teenager he also lived in migrant summer camps picking peaches, pears and cherries.
Upon graduating from Edison High School, Mr. Ysiano ‘s career path included working as Salesman and Store Manager for Goodyear Tire Company to becoming an Independent Agent in the Insurance industry. As an Independent Insurance Agent, Mr. Ysiano realized the value and freedom of being self-employed and in January of 2000, he founded Latino Times and has never looked back.
Latino Times was founded with the simple goal to provide a bilingual publication for Latinos that reflects positive contributions in the local and national community. As Founder and Publisher of Latino Times, Mr. Ysiano ‘s dynamic professionalism, management expertise and innovative skills have established him as one of our country‘s entrepreneurial success stores. He contributes his success to being a great listener and being honest and consistent with his clients.
As a true visionary and under his management, the enterprise has grown into one of the largest bilingual newspapers in Northern and Central California with a readership of over 250,000. Mr. Ysiano ‘s professional success is matched only by his personal passion and commitment to the Latino community as well as other social causes.
As a leader in the Latino community, Mr. Ysiano has championed many causes and shared his visionary expertise with various organizations. His many accomplishments include, past President, California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, (2 terms), past Vice-Chairman, California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, past President, San Joaquin County Mexican-American Chamber of Commerce, (2 terms), past Regional One Chairman, US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (spanning 7 western states), San Joaquin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Government Relations Committee (GRC) Member, Past Chairman of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) and several other local boards.
In addition, Mr. Ysiano also believes in paying it forward to the next generation and has shared his encouraging message with students across the country, including UC Berkeley, UC Irving, and the University of Texas at Austin.
He is also a founding member of the Cesar Chavez Library in Stockton, California as well as an honored recipient of New York Life ‘s 2017 Community Leadership Award, the San Joaquin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce‘s 2018 Business of the Year Award, El Concilio‘s La Raza Award in 2019 and the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce‘s 50th Hispanic Chamber of Commerce‘s Legacy Award for 2022.
Mr. Ysiano considers his greatest blessing as being a father to his only son, Andrew C. Ysiano and being blessed with a loving family of true friends. In his leisure time, Mr. Ysiano enjoys spending time with his family, as well as living part time in Mexico, and playing a great round of golf.