Read biographies of discussion panelists for the 2015 Banking and Finance Networking Forum


Ruth Diaz, EYC News

Ruth Diaz is an international latina model & entertainer TV reporter that has worked in Paraguay, London, Miami, LA, Las Vegas, NY and Chicago. She was the main model for La Tan and Beaute Ultrasonic by America Beauty Elite, Vision Latina Magazine Chicago and Nescafe Paraguay. She appeared on the 5th season in Nuestra Belleza Latina 2011 in the USA and later the next year in Protagonistas, both Shows aired national in the U.S. on Univision Network. Ruth Diaz models for Latino Fashion Week in Chicago each year starting 2010. Reports for Chicago 3 Media, Vida Mujer Telemundo Chicago & Las Vegas. Currently, Ruth is an independent entertainment TV reporter for Azteca Chicago. READ MORE


Antonio Guillen, Senior Vice President of Commercial lending and diverse markets manager, Wintrust Bank

Antonio R. Guillen is Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending and Diverse Markets Manager for Wintrust Bank. Antonio has over 30 years of banking experience. He specializes in Commercial Banking for small and medium-sized business lending and commercial real estate finance and development.

Most recently with Park National Bank (now a part of U.S Bank), Antonio spent his last four years as Senior Vice President and Market Manager responsible for overseeing $60 million in small business/commercial and industrial loans in a variety of business sectors as well as commercial real estate and development loans.

Marisabel Villanueva - Hucker, Managing Director, KPMG US

Marisabel is a Managing Director in KPMG’s Economic and Valuation Services practice.  She has more than 12 years of experience in performing domestic and international valuation analyses for financial reporting and tax purposes.  Marisabel has also transfer pricing experience in particular in the area of intellectual property migration. 

Marisabel has assisted clients in several industries including consumer and industrial products, pharmaceutical, and services.  She has experience in valuing business enterprises, joint-ventures, common stocks, intangible assets, non-compete agreements, and intellectual property of privately and publicly held companies. 

Marisabel has managed multi-billion projects performed for a variety of purposes such as impairment analysis, purchase price allocation, pricing analysis, and tax planning.  In addition, Marisabel has performed hundreds of reviews under SAS 73 and SAS 101 to support KPMG audit teams throughout the country. 

A native of Lima, Peru, Marisabel holds a Masters Master in Public Finance from the University of Chicago.

Juan Carlos Avila, Managing Partner, Toroso Investments

Juan Carlos Avila is equity Managing Partner, Toroso Investments, a registered investment advisory firm where he provides investment advisory and retirement plan fiduciary services to high net worth individuals, business owners, public and private corporations, and not-for-profit organizations.

Previously Juan was a Senior Vice President with Mesirow Financial in the Investment Advisory group and a Senior Financial Advisor, Vice President, with Merrill Lynch, Private Client Group.  He serves as Trustee for the Policeman's Annuity & Benefit Fund of Chicago, providing fiduciary oversight on $3 billion in assets.

 Juan serves as Board Chair for the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE). He received his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and his Master’s in Business Administration degree from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

In 2014 Juan was named to Negocios Now Newspaper "Who's Who in Hispanic Chicago" inaugural edition and was named one of Chicago Magazine's "Five Star Wealth Managers" for 2014, 2012, 2011 and 2010.

Lizette Arias, Senior Financial Forensics Manager, Johnson Controls

Lizette specializes in financial fraud investigations, anti-corruption reviews and other compliance related matters at Johnson Controls (JCI). She manages the financial forensic program of JCI’s Building Efficiency business unit. Her work directly supports JCI’s Global Compliance function.

Prior to joining JCI, Lizette was a Forensic Audit Manager at Emerson Electric and she also held the title of Advisory Investigations Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).  She was an integral part in the development of the forensic compliance function in Latin America. While at PwC she served as a co-chair and advisor for PwC’s Network of Latino Professionals (NLP).

In her professional career she was awarded an HACE (Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement) Star Award at HACE’s 25th Anniversary Gala for successfully achieving career milestones and contributing to the growth of the organization. Lizette is also a former recipient of HACE’S student scholarship award.

Lizette received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from DePaul University. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Public Accountant. She has served as guest speaker for forensic accounting courses at DePaul University and Marquette University.

Mauricio Sanchez, President, Hispanic Bankers Association - Chicago Chapter, CEO, Sanchez & Rivera Title LLC

Mauricio Sanchez serves as Chairman and CEO of Sanchez & Rivera Title, LLC, a company based in Chicago serving clients throughout the United States and Mexico.

In 1995, Mr. Sanchez had the unique distinction of opening the first Hispanic title company in the United States. An honor he shares with Co-Founder Ron Rivera, a former Super Bowl Champion player with the Chicago Bears and currently the Head Coach of the Carolina Panthers.

As Chairman and CEO, Sanchez has led Sanchez & Rivera Title in becoming the preferred company of choice of Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies and real estate practitioners. Mr. Sanchez’s focus on diversity and advocacy for sustainable homeownership can be exemplified in his leadership and involvement with various organizations including: The Chicago Association of Realtors, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, Erie Neighborhood House, just to name a few.  

Mauricio Sanchez, a native of Toluca, Mexico attended Loyola University of Chicago where he studied International Business and Political Science.

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