As Founder Publisher of Latino Times, Andrew Ysiano is a dynamic professional whose management expertise and innovative skills have established him as one of our country’s entrepreneurial success stories. A true visionary, Mr. Ysiano founded Latino Times in 2001 with the simple goal to provide a bilingual publication for Latinos that reflects their positive contributions in the local and national community. Under his management, the enterprise has grown into one of the largest bilingual newspaper reaching second, third and fourth generation Latinos in the Central Valley and Bay Area Marketplace with a readership of 100,000. Along with Latino Times, Mr Ysiano is a Partner with a marketing and communications firm.
Mr. Ysiano’s s professional success is matched only by his personal passion and commitment to the Hispanic community as well as other social causes. In addition to his duties as Past Chairman of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) and coalition building for state initiatives, Mr. Ysiano is a Past YMCA board member.
As a leader in the Hispanic community, Mr. Ysiano has received several distinctions for pioneering the growth and recognition of entrepreneurs throughout the region. His many accomplishments include, past president serving two terms, of the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, (CHCC), past vice-chairman, serving two terms, of the CHCC, past president of the Stockton/San Joaquin County Mexican-American Chamber of Commerce, past chairman of the Regional I, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (spanning 7 western states), past board member of the American Red Cross, member of the San Joaquin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Government Relations Committee (GRC) and active member local Hispanic Chambers and the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, attending all conventions as well as the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Currently elected in November, Mr. Ysiano serves as Vice-Chairman of the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
In his leisure time, Mr. Ysiano enjoys spending time with his son and family and playing a great round of golf.
Judy Quintana, Vice President and Co-Editor of Latino Times is a experienced individual whose marketing strategies have benefited numerous companies. Her primary focus is to increase community awareness about the publication and expand business throughout the region. Ms. Quintana works side by side with Publisher, Andrew Ysiano, on overall day to day operations. She is committed to creating new partnerships, marketing and her expertise that will be mutually benefit Latino Times and its partners.
Ms. Quintana was born and raised in Gilroy, Ca, the 2nd of seven siblings, her older sister with developmental disabilities. Growing up, Ms. Quintana worked in the fields and orchards surrounding Gilroy to help support her family. She is past President of the Gilroy Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, past Board Member Gilroy Chamber of Commerce, Tri-Coalition of Hispanic Chambers-South County, Gilroy Garlic Festival, Pacific Neighbors Inc/Sister Cities San Jose, Japanese American Chamber of Commerce, Gavilan District Special Olympics, Silicon Valley Neighborhood Housing Services, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC),past chairperson and Founding Member Gilroy Hispanic Cultural Festival.
Since her move to Stockton in 2002 to work for Latino Times, Ms. Quintana’s community affiliations include past Mentor for Latino students at San Joaquin Delta Jr. College Puente Program, Hispanic high school and Jr. College Journalism students and was Principal for a day. Present Board Member for ARC San Joaquin and the Stockton Community Council. Past board member for Central Valley Asian-American Chamber of Commerce, Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA), Stockton Symphony Amigos de Artes and Hispanic Advisory Council for Sacramento Music Festival. Member of San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce and Mexican-American Hall of Fame and volunteers in numerous community organizations.
Ms. Quintana’s many awards and distinctions include Gilroy Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year. She was honored with the highly prestigious Santa Clara County Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition and the Santa Clara County Human Relations Award of Special Merit for Outstanding Service to the Community in the Field of Human Relations and Human Rights.
Julia Barnes is an innovative marketing strategist with an extensive background in Sales, Account Management and Business Development. Her inspiring presentations and winning strategies have allowed her to continually excel in highly competitive marketplaces throughout the country driving sales and expansive growth for many companies including, American Express, Citi Group, Expedia, Cumulus Media and Entravision Communications.
As part of the Latino Times team, Ms. Barnes utilizes her expertise to expand business by designing customized solutions to meet specific advertising needs for existing and new clients. In addition to coordinating sponsorships for community events, she also develops creative promotional marketing materials for client messaging and outreach for both Print and Online Media.
Ms. Barnes has won numerous Core Excellence and President’s Club Awards, but is most proud of her work championing diversity awareness, including being an Amex National Diversity Trainer and developing the first “Children’s Fair” for Stockton’s Black Family Day Celebration, for which she received the NAACP Excellence Award. In addition, as Marketing Director of Delta Blood Bank, she designed the first Regional Diversity Donor Brochure and coordinated numerous Blood Donation Drives benefiting “at-risk” Latinos including Hemophilia patients and Latino children suffering from Leukemia.
In addition, as a Dale Carnegie Graduate, she enjoys mentoring class participants in delivering dynamic presentations. Ms. Barnes also assists in coordinating the Ebenezer Homeless Ministry’s monthly distribution of food, clothing and daily essentials to the homeless population in San Joaquin County.
Ms. Barnes is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, Magna Cum Laude in Communications and Fine Arts.
Armando Salgado, born in El Paso,Texas, came to Stockton California in 1965. He graduated from Edison High School and attended San Joaquin Delta College.
Mr. Salgado worked for Sims Metal Management in the Sacramento Division for 41 years, rising to the rank of Assistant Manager in Rancho Cordova. In 1998 he obtained the position of Operations Manager for the Stockton Division for 15 years and his tenure position as Director of Community Relations for the Central Valley and Sparks Nevada which ended in 2013.
He served on the San Joaquin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as a Board-Member for six years. He has volunteered in a variety of committees such as government relations, Golf Tournament Assistant Chair and other various positions. He later worked his business with Ambit Energy and retired in 2015. Mr. Salgado was also an active participant in the Mexican American Bowling Association here in Stockton.
Mr. Salgado has decided to come out of retirement to join the workforce with Latino Times as Director of Sales.
Bob Highfill brings a wealth of journalism and wine industry experience to the position. For 27 years, he served San Joaquin, Amador, and Calaveras counties as a reporter and editor for The Record (Stockton, CA) daily newspaper, including 11 years as the sports editor.
Andrew Ysiano, Jr. graduated from Cesar Chavez High School in 2013. He now attends Delta Jr. College to further his education in business and media. He was the lead singer for Mariachi Chavez for three years while attending High School. Since 2014 he is one of the musicians and singer with Grupo Norteño Novato Extremo.
At Latino Times, Mr. Ysiano, Jr’s primary focus to increase business opportunities through sales, networking and attending community events.
Since 2006, Martinez Communications has been a consulting company for Marketing, Public Relations, Government Relations, Public Policy and Outreach. He has planned Hispanic marketing campaigns in sports and entertainment, political campaigns & events. He consulted for Stockton Unified School District doing marketing, branding, and public relations while serving as the Community Relations Director/Public Information Officer. Currently he is a consultant to the California Strawberry Commission and represents their issues in Public Policy, Community Outreach and Engagement. He is a consultant to Community Resource Project coordinating their Marketing, Public Relations, Social Media efforts for the non-profit which specializes in Energy Efficiency/Weatherization & WIC (Women, Infants & Children). He is a sub-contractor working on the Energy Upgrade California initiative informing disadvantaged communities about the changes to the Time of Use for electricity implemented by the California Public Utilities Commission.
He has served on the board of directors for the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and served as the Chair of the Central Region for the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. His many years of community service provides opportunities to educate and inform elected officials, business groups, educators, and non-profits about the issues facing the Hispanic community and small business community throughout California.
Lorena Becerra is an educator, community leader, and dedicated mother of two beautiful children. She taught Spanish in the Modern Languages and Literature Department at University of the Pacific over a dozen years. She also founded and directed Los Danzantes de Pacific, the first Mexican folkloric dance group established at Pacific. Through the dance group, she shared her heritage and culture, as well as her passion for dancing that developed over 25 years of teaching and practicing the craft. Throughout her dancing career, Becerra had the opportunity to travel throughout Mexico and attend both local and international dance conventions.
In her community, Miss Becerra dedicates time to local youth as the organizer and sole instructor of Grupo Folklórico Mixtlán, a dance group that serves children from low-income families in and near the city of Modesto. Miss Becerra serves as a mentor to both the youth and the families she helps in her community.
She earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and her teaching credentials from the Benerd School of Education at University of the Pacific. She also obtained a bachelor’s degree from Pacific, earning a degree in business administration (with a concentration in accounting) from the Eberhardt School of Business. She graduated summa cum laude from both Pacific’s school of education and its business school.