Welcome to the rst issue of Jersey Bound Latino! With people of Latino and Hispanic background comprising the largest minority population in New Jersey (19.3 percent), our densely populated state has the seventh largest concentration of Latinos in the nation.
Newark Liberty International Airport provides a major gateway to the metropolitan region, drawing travelers from across the globe, including a large number from Central and South America. In 2013, Mexican and Brazilian visitors to the United States were the biggest spenders among Latin American tourists, many coming on business, to visit relatives or to sample the state’s o erings including its prox- imity to New York, excellent shopping, great restau- rants and outstanding arts and cultural o erings.
In this inaugural publication, we showcase the people, places, organizations and programs that highlight the contributions of Latinos to the Garden State.
Our cover story highlights, Latin TV journalist and host of the Univision newsmagazine First Impact, Barbara Bermudo. Named one of the most power- ful women by People en Español magazine in 2013, Bermudo is a role model for Latinas and women of all ethnic backgrounds as well as a devoted wife and mother.
Also in this issue we celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of a number of New Jerseyans from various Latin backgrounds including Plain eld developer Mario Camino, food truck impresario Carlos Ser- rano, and Senor Sangria creator Rick Martinez, who has built a huge craft industry around his special recipe for the fruity beverage. Women of Latino
background also stand out for their ingenuity, tenac- ity and commitment. Read about Maria Yglesias and Maria Lopez, owners of M&M Development, who are building a ordable housing in Newark, Elizabeth and Camden, and Hipatia López, who has invented and marketed a special “Empanada” fork that is available online and in retail shops across New Jersey.
At the center of Latinos’ success in New Jersey is the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, headed by Carlos Medina, whom we feature in this initial edition. We also take you on a guided tour of the City of Eliza- beth’s many assets and introduce you to Veronica Vasquez, who heads a program at Trinitas Hospital, which helps breast cancer patients navigate through their treatment process.
And, Jersey Bound Latino brings you up to date on Fulanito, the hot Dominican merengue rappers who are embarking on their 2016 tour..
We’ve included stories on shopping e Mills at Jersey Gardens, the state’s largest discount mall; an exciting online scholarship program for minorities at Union County College; and a teaming e ort be- tween Verizon and the Hispanics Inspiring Stu- dents’ Performance and Achievement (HISPA) that prepares minority youth for tech careers.
I invite you to read and enjoy our magazine; to learn more about the individuals, institutions and busi- nesses that are contributing to their communities and helping to build a bright future for our state and nation.