Meet the Team


Founder & Creative Director

As Chief Executive Officer of Hispanicize Media Group, Manny Ruiz is responsible for leading the development and execution of the Company’s long-term strategy by maximizing revenues, achieving profitability and creating shareholder value.

Manny is the visionary and founder of the Hispanicize platforms that include the annual Hispanicize Event, DiMe Media, Hispanic Kitchen, Hispanicize Wire, and the Hispanic PR Blog. Under his direction, the yearly Hispanicize Event has become the nation’s leading event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in social media, marketing and entertainment.

Prior to launching Hispanicize, Manny was President of Multicultural Markets and Hispanic PR Wire for PR Newswire. Prior to PR Newswire’s acquisition of Hispanic PR Wire, Hispanic Digital Network and LatinClips in 2008 for $5.5 million, companies he founded, Ruiz was Chairman and CEO of HispaniMark, the parent company of these three businesses.

Throughout his illustrious 26-year career in the fields of communications, journalism and business, Manny has won numerous national awards and recognitions, including the PRSA Silver Anvil Award of Excellence, the PR Week Health Campaign of the Year, the Pulitzer Prize for Community Service and the Keys to the City of Miami. Manny’s alma mater, Miami-Dade College has also inducted him to its Hall of Fame.

A proud Cuban-American, Manny was born and raised in Miami where he resides with his wife and four children. He has a bachelors of arts degree in history from Florida International University and is passionate about road tripping with his family and about writing film scripts for future film dreams.


Partner & Executive Producer

As Vice President and Executive Producer of Hispanicize Media Group, Katherine Johnson-Gunn is responsible for creating, communicating and implementing the company’s vision and overall marketing and digital strategies to insure the company is competitive and controls market share. In addition she oversees all production of the company’s special events.

As an award-winning Public relations professional with over 9 years experience in Hispanic PR, marketing and journalism, Katherine leverages her expertise to create successful marketing strategies that drive results. In addition, she produces events that are cutting edge and provide a strong impact to the social media community.

As proud Peruvian-American, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and new baby girl. When she is not writing on her lifestyle blog she is jamming in the indie scene playing music with several bands.


Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer of Hispanicize Media Group, Lexi Terrero is responsible for the financial planning of the company and provides leadership and vision to ensure continued growth while achieving profitability and maximizing revenue and oversees the overall business strategy, execution, operations and negotiations of all new business deal opportunities.

With over 20 years of investment, finance, Investor Relations and private equity experience, Lexi embarked on her entrepreneurial journey to being a Co-Founder of Hispanicize and Latina Moms Media, currently DiMe Media. Lexi leverages her extensive finance, operations and legal background to provide the company with expertise to make smart business decisions to position the company for financial success.

As a proud Cuban-American, she lives in New York with her husband and two children. When is not traveling, she is exploring all that New York City has to offer such as theatre, special events, marathon running and is a wannabe foodie.