An award-winning filmmaker whose films have played in festivals across the globe, Juan Reinoso attended Fordham University at Lincoln Center in New York City on a performance scholarship. Studying under Obie-nominated director Larry Sacharow and Tony-nominated director Michael Mayer. Believing that artistic passion and human integrity and generosity should be combined in all works he began producing small stage works for other writers, eventually moving into the feature film and commercial world. He has worked in TV, film, stage, commercials, music videos and more.

Juan has been a major component in the Tulsa Latin American Chamber of Commerce reaching its potential and getting to the next level. 

Jessica Marisol Lozano-Alvarez

Jessica Marisol Lozano-Alvarez was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and every summer as a child was spent in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She graduated from Central High School and is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Lozano-Alvarez’s career includes over 20 years of customer service and relationship management experience. She is the Latino Outreach Specialist for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK), where she builds connections with the Latino community. She supports BCBSOK’s Mobile Assistance Center (MAC) at Latino events. She also works with BCBSOK’s Public Relations team serving as a bilingual media spokesperson.

 

She is a Leadership Tulsa Class 56 graduate and board member of Leadership Tulsa, past president of the Coalition of Hispanic Organization (COHO), board member of Pathways to Health and board member of Hispanic Young Professional Entrepreneur (HYPE) and Tulsa Latin American Chamber of Commerce and Tulsa Habitat for Humanity board member. She also serves as co-chair of the health committee for the mayor’s New Tulsans Initiative and chairs the Hispanic Leadership Initiative Advisory Council and serves on the Governors Hispanic Initiative Council. She was recognized with Mujer Trabajadora/Working Woman Award at the Celebrando la Mujer Trabajadora 2016 event for her continued support to the Latina community in the state of Oklahoma. She was recognized as 2018 Volunteer of the Year for Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Recognized in the Tulsa World as 2019 Tulsans to Watch. She received the 2018 Raymond F. McCaskey Diversity and Inclusion Individual Contributor Award.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outside with her family and friends. She plans an annual trip to Mexico to visit her family and a road trip in the United States.

Nolberto Delgadillo

Nolberto Delgadillo joined Tulsa Public Schools in the summer of 2017 as the Chief Financial Officer to strategically align district resources to support instructional outcomes. Prior to joining Tulsa Public Schools, Nolberto served as Chief Operations Officer at LA Promise Fund, a charter management organization dedicated to preparing Los Angeles students for long‐term success. There he successfully help lead the founding of two schools in South Los Angeles as beacons for an underserved community. Nolberto also worked at Green Dot Public schools where his focused was on collaborating directly with school leaders to improve their academic bandwidth as he focused on the operations and finances for their schools. This was important work for Nolberto as the students he supported were predominantly Latino and African American from low income communities. 

Before moving into public education, Nolberto spent over 12 years in the healthcare sector primarily in the fields of operations, marketing, finance and project management. Nolberto holds a BA in chemistry and Spanish from the University of Southern California and earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University. In addition, he completed a rigorous two year leadership program culminating with a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. As someone who grow up in Compton, California, with immigrant parents, Nolberto strongly feels that a zip code shouldn’t define you and it is as equally important to pay it forward. 

Outside of work, Nolberto’s focus is completely dedicated to his wife, Lily and their two sons Diego and Sergio; whether it is bike riding, playing video games or traveling, they take the lead.

Thomas Barriento

Experienced Real Estate Professional since 2005. Working in the Real Estate Bank-Owned (REO) and Broker Price Opinion (BPO) business for the last 8 years. Our company is majority owned by Hispanic American Entrepreneur. Although Mr. Barrientos has also Engineering background and Business Administration degree, his passion is Real Estate by helping Sellers and Buyers accomplish their goals. We are proud to confirm that we sell 95% of our listings including our REOs within a tight margin from our BPOs. In the past, Mr. Barrientos has managed over $30MM in International Projects in the Oil and Gas Fabrication and Delivery of Equipment worldwide as a Project Manager. Tomas also serves as a board member with the Tulsa Latin American Chamber of Commerce.

Chairman

James Sanchez

James Sanchez is the current director of the Hispanic Banking Division at Regent Bank in Tulsa Oklahoma.  He has also worked in Morgan Stanley as a Wealth Management - Financial Advisor, which is one of the world's leading wealth management firms.  Aside from spending time with his family he also is a part of many volunteer and leadership organizations from local all the way to state government entities such as Governor's Hispanic Council for OK, Tulsa Housing Authority, HYPE OK, and many more. James is committed to not only the success of his immediate peers but also the success of the Hispanic Community as a whole.

Erik Zoellner 

Erik Zoellner was born in Houston, Texas and was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Erik graduated from Union High School, Tulsa, OK, and after honorably serving in the United States Air Force he enrolled at Tulsa Jr. College (TJC).  He attended one semester at TJC and then accepted a soccer scholarship to Northeastern State University (NSU).  Upon graduating with his B.A. in History, he entered graduate school at Oklahoma City University.  He was later commissioned as a patrol officer with the university.  In 1985-86 he was awarded OCU’s “Police Officer of the Year” recognition for exemplary service in the line of duty.  Erik decided to return to NSU to complete his Master’s degree, and there he met his future wife, Shamron Jacobs. 
Erik served at Rogers State College for two years, and was then selected to serve at TJC’s new venture with the Ford Motor Corporation and the UAW at the Tulsa Ford Glass plant as a skills enhancement instructor.  He taught both the salaried and hourly workforce and assisted with the continual improvement recognition system (CIRS).  Erik was promoted to coordinate the program in 1995, and in 1996 the LRC was awarded Ford’s RISE award, highlighting the company’s best LRC throughout their entire global network.  In 1997 Erik was promoted to Tulsa Community College’s (TCC) Dean of Student Services of the Southeast Campus (SEC) of TCC.  While at TCC SEC’s campus, Erik served as the chair of the campus’ marketing committee and led the efforts to increase visibility of the campus offerings to the local community. Erik also started his doctorate degree in administration from Oklahoma State University.  While at OSU, Erik was recognized for his outstanding academic achievement and exemplary leadership and became a KAMM Fellow.  In 2004 he was selected to be the vice president of student services for Panola College and also graduated with his Doctorate of Administration degree from OSU. 
Erik has also served as the VP for Student Services at Navarro College, as well as the College of the Marshall Islands, Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands.   While posted in Majuro, he also worked with the U.S. State Department with Education USA.  An unexpected fire caused the Zoellners to return to Tulsa earlier than planned. 
In the fall of 2011, Jim Bridenstine asked Dr. Zoellner to lead his primary campaign as he ran for U.S. Congress.  The campaign was a success and he joined Bridenstine’s congressional staff as the Deputy District Director and Law Enforcement Coordinator (LEC) for OK’s First Congressional District.  In 2013 he was commissioned by the Rogers County Sheriff’s office as a Reserve Deputy to assist with his duties serving the congressional office. He still serves with RCSO as a reserve deputy and chaplain. 
In the summer of 2016 he was appointed as Tulsa Tech’s assistant director of business and industry services (BIS).  Tulsa Tech’s BIS division is a state leader providing industry training to meet workforce needs for the Tulsa area. 
Erik and his wife Shamron are blessed with 5 children and 4 grandchildren.  Erik also raises a team of racing homing pigeons and can be seen around Tulsa as Dr. “Pigeon” Zoellner as he uses the birds to teach students how STEM might be worth exploring. 

Rebekah L. Guthrie-Frisby

Rebekah L. Guthrie-Frisby is the founder and owner of Guthrie Law Office, PLLC. Rebekah was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has lived her entire life in Oklahoma. Rebekah is a dual citizen of the United States and the Cherokee Nation. Rebekah graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She then went to law school with the goal in mind to help people and make a difference in the community. As a law student, Rebekah enrolled in the Boesche Legal Clinic’s Immigrant Rights Project. Knowing very little about immigration at the time, Rebekah was assigned to work with a young man from the nation of Eretria fleeing persecution for his Christian beliefs. At this moment, Rebekah knew that this was her calling to assist the immigrant community. During law school, Rebekah was awarded the notable Martin H. Belsky Award in Public Interest Law for her commit to public service, diversity, religious respect, and promotion of constitutional values. After graduating law school and passing the bar in 2008, Rebekah was hired as the inaugural legal fellow at the Boesche Legal Clinic and spent the next three years assisting victims of domestic violence, violent crime and immigrants fleeing persecution with their immigration matters. During her time at the Clinic, Rebekah was awarded the prestigious Fern Holland award for her dedication to human rights practices. In 2011, she opened her own practice and expanded to cover more immigration matters. Due to her time at the Clinic, Rebekah has a special appreciation for assisting victims of domestic violence and dedicates a lot of her practice to working on Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and victims of crimes (U-Visa’s). She was selected to sit on a national board for immigration attorneys dealing with domestic violence due to her extensive legal experience in dealing with immigration and domestic violence. She serves as the Parliamentarian on the executive board for the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is the Chair for the Gala/Banquet committee for 2019 and was recognized with the Impacto Award at the 2018 Gala. Rebekah is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Tulsa County Bar Association, in which she is the Chair for the Immigration Clinic held each year during Law Week. In 2019, she served as the Law Day Chair for Tulsa County. Rebekah lives in the Tulsa area with her husband, daughter and German Shepherds.

Arnie

Murillo

My name is Arnulfo Murillo. Everyone knows me as Arnie. I am 44 years old and was born in Chicago to parents of Mexican heritage. I am the oldest of four siblings--two brothers and one sister. I lived in Chicago for the first 15 years of my life. My father was my role model. He worked full time at a manufacturing plant named Edsal located in Chicago. For additional income, he would purchase vehicles at auctions, and then resell them. He taught me since a young age the ropes of selling cars. I would go to car auctions with him and watch and listen to the veterans talk about what to look for and what to buy. 

Also, I worked at an auto parts store at age 14-15 where I learned more about cars. This encouraged me to assist my father in selling cars. That is where my interest and knowledge in used car lots began. 

In 1992 my father was diagnosed with cancer. Towards the end of that year my family and I moved to California due to the deteriorating health condition he was suffering. We moved when doctors told us he had 6 months left to live. My father, however, was looking for a different answer. My family had a yard sale and sold everything in our apartment and headed to Anaheim, California. He passed away early in 1993. 

At that point my father’s lessons allowed me to help my mother in taking care of my siblings—I was 15 years old. As a family, we made the decision to move to Tulsa in an effort to provide each of us kids with a better environment and hopes for a better future. 

Upon arrival in Tulsa, I became a father myself—charged with taking care of my mother, siblings and that of my own young family. I applied at Auto Zone located at 31st and Garnett. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t hire me because I wasn’t 18 years old. 

After several failed attempts to obtain employment at Auto Zone, I finally got the job! Honestly, I think the manager was sympathetic or annoyed by my persistence. I took a pay cut but I knew the automotive industry was a better fit for me. I worked for Auto Zone for a few years. I started out as part time but then full time work arrived and finally big paychecks. In fact, I was promoted to assistant store manager in a comparatively short period of time. 

In 1998 I departed the auto parts business and opened my first car lot with an inventory of six cars. In 2002, as business grew, I moved the car business to a slightly bigger lot. I seized upon an opportunity to enter the night club business in 2003. My initial club was small with a capacity of 299. In 2004 I downsized the car business and moved to an office located at 51st and Hwy 169. There, I began to include vehicle financing and vehicle reconditioning...approximately two cars at a time. 

My successful efforts have been recognized recently. I was awarded the Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber Avance Award for 2013, which recognizes the Hispanic business of the year. 

In summary, I feel fortunate to have lived the American dream—I started with nothing—earning minimum wage and living on the bottom step of the economic ladder. But, my success has been a result of hard work, long hours, dedication, and business risk taking rather than inheritance or winning the lottery. There are millions of stories just like mine written each year and, frankly, I think that is what makes America great and standing apart from all other countries. Like Ronald Reagan, I believe that for America “there will always be a bright new dawn ahead”.

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