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Jerry Villacres

Gerardo Villacres is presently the managing partner of the Massachusetts based international company Ultra-Linx Marketing Group LLC. He was the Executive Director of the Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce, where he created a range of community related programs including conferences, seminars, advocacy, networking, and cultural events. In addition to his work with the Chamber, he hosted and produced the weekly TV program *Vision*, on which he interviewed business people, politicians, community leaders, scholars, and interesting personalities. Gerardo moved to New England in 1998 to launch two Spanish radio stations in Boston. Before coming to the Boston area, he worked at CBS in New York for close to 20 years and was the General Manager of CBS Hispanic Radio Network. Prior to that he worked in Business Affairs Department at CBS Records (Sony/BMG now) administrating music video production. Villacres has been recognized by the Greater Boston Hispanic Lyons Club with the Humanitarian Award, and has received many other national and international awards and recognitions, including Premios Ondas in Spain and the Billboard Award for the program *Buenas Noches America*. He was featured in *Boston Magazine* as one of the emerging leaders of the minority community, in the Boston Area in 2002 and that year he won The Minority Advocate of the Year award by the SBA in Massachusetts furthermore he was the Commencement Speaker for Bunker Hill Community College.