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Frank Amadeo RIP

I woke up on Saturday to some tragic news. Frank Amadeo, the president of Estefan Enterprises, passed away after suffering a heart attack on Friday night. He was 57 and in good health. When Emilio became a partner at L’ATTITUDE LLC, I became close to the family, but my working relationship was primarily with Frank.…

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Big Companies Can Help Close America’s Wealth Gap, but it Won’t Happen Without a Strong Push

For years I have been talking to corporations about the growth and profit opportunity of the Hispanic market. Factually speaking, Hispanics are the youngest and fastest-growing demographic segment in our economy. In the housing sector, Hispanics account for about 50% of the homeownership growth in America. The numbers are big and the opportunity is clear.…

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Che Guevara and babies in cages

Somebody once told me that you get power by giving power and you get respect by giving respect. On election night, I posted a statement on Facebook that said Latino voters delivered Florida for Trump, and Arizona for Biden (I may have been premature on the latter). The post received 143 comments and included a…

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Non-partisan does not mean apolitical

There is a strong quote from the early 20th Century that illustrates how economics and politics are inseparable. It goes something like this: “The worst illiterate is the political illiterate. He (the political illiterate) doesn’t hear, speak, or participate in political events. He doesn’t know that the cost of life, the price of food, rent,…

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BTS at L’ATTITUDE

In the months prior to L’ATTITUDE 2020, I made it a point to watch a number of virtual events. Some like the Aspen Ideas Festival were well executed, but aimed relatively low in terms of program and production. The major events such as SXSW and Comic-Con offered smaller virtual versions of their massive live events…

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