PUBLISHER & CEO
As Founder Publisher of Latino Times, Andrew Ysiano is a dynamic professional whose management expertise and innovative skills have established him as one of our country’s entrepreneurial success stories. A true visionary, Mr. Ysiano founded Latino Times in 2001 with the simple goal to provide a bilingual publication for Latinos that reflects their positive contributions in the local and national community. Under his management, the enterprise has grown into one of the largest bilingual newspaper reaching second, third and fourth generation Latinos in the Central Valley and Bay Area Marketplace with a readership of 100,000. Along with Latino Times, Mr Ysiano is a Partner with a marketing and communications firm.
Mr. Ysiano’s s professional success is matched only by his personal passion and commitment to the Hispanic community as well as other social causes. In addition to his duties as Past Chairman of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) and coalition building for state initiatives, Mr. Ysiano is a Past YMCA board member.
As a leader in the Hispanic community, Mr. Ysiano has received several distinctions for pioneering the growth and recognition of entrepreneurs throughout the region. His many accomplishments include, past president serving two terms, of the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, (CHCC), past vice-chairman, serving two terms, of the CHCC, past president of the Stockton/San Joaquin County Mexican-American Chamber of Commerce, past chairman of the Regional I, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (spanning 7 western states), past board member of the American Red Cross, member of the San Joaquin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Government Relations Committee (GRC) and active member local Hispanic Chambers and the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, attending all conventions as well as the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Currently elected in November, Mr. Ysiano serves as Vice-Chairman of the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
In his leisure time, Mr. Ysiano enjoys spending time with his son and family and playing a great round of golf.
Judy Quintana, Vice President of Latino Times is a talented individual whose dynamic marketing strategies have benefited numerous companies. At Latino Times, her primary focus is to increase the community awareness about the publication and expand business throughout the region.
Ms. Quintana is committed to creating new partnerships through her marketing and sales expertise that will be mutually beneficial to Latino Times and its’ advertising partners.
Prior to Latino Times, Ms. Quintana lived in Gilroy where she was actively involved in many community organizations. She is past president of the Gilroy Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and past board member for the Tri-Coalition of Hispanic Chambers-South County, Gilroy Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, Pacific Neighbors Inc/Sister Cities San Jose, Silicon Valley Neighborhood Housing Services, chairperson for the Gilroy Hispanic Cultural Festival and member of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), to name a few.
Ms. Quintana’s current affiliations include, board member-Valley Mountain Regional Center and the Central Valley Asian-American Chamber of Commerce. She is an active member of the Latino Business Exchange, San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, San Joaquin Host Lions Club and is a volunteer in numerous community organizations in Central and Northern California.
Ms. Quintana’s many awards and distinctions include Gilroy Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year. She was honored with the highly prestigious Santa Clara County Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition and the Santa Clara County Human Relations Award of Special Merit for Outstanding Service to the Community in the Field of Human Relations and Human Rights.
Mark Apostolon has been a professional writer for 40 years, beginning his career as a newspaper reporter and columnist while also hosting a weekly public affairs radio show. He has been a producer, writer, and director of both theatrical and televised scripted and documentary productions. He has created programming for television and broadcast radio; directed for theatre; and is a produced playwright. His newspaper work, at various stages of his career, has included special reports, and theatre and film reviews; he has been visiting college professor; created a practical journalism/documentary-making class for high school students.
For his work in TV, Mr. Apostolon has received three Emmy’s as well as has the Cine Golden Eagle, multiple regional and national awards plus 22 Emmy nominations, as well as awards for his public affairs radio series Different Drum.
For the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he produced, wrote and directed the nominee and spouse profile videos for the national press feed. He also was a FEMA Public Information Officer and Confidential Reports Officer, writing reports for the President and members of Congress. Mr. Apostolon received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Tufts University.
Lorena Becerra teaches Spanish in the Modern Languages and Literature Department at University of the Pacific. She is also the founder and director of Los Danzantes de Pacific, the first Mexican folkloric dance group established at Pacific. Through the dance group, she shares her heritage and culture, as well as her passion for dancing that has developed over 25 years of teaching and practicing the craft. Throughout her dancing career, Becerra has had the opportunity to travel throughout Mexico and attend both local and international dance conventions.
In her community, Miss Becerra dedicates time to local youth as the organizer and sole instructor of Grupo Folklórico Mixtlán, a dance group that serves children from low-income families in and near the city of Modesto. Miss Becerra serves as a mentor to both the youth she helps in her community and the numerous college students that she teaches in her courses.
She earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and her teaching credentials from the Benerd School of Education at University of the Pacific. She also obtained a bachelor’s degree from Pacific, earning a degree in business administration (with a concentration in accounting) from the Eberhardt School of Business. She graduated summa cum laude from both Pacific’s school of education and its business school
Rhashad Pittman is a contributing writer to the Latino Times. He covers a range of issues for the publication, from the local foreclosure crisis to local Latino business initiatives to feature stories on Hispanic professionals.
Mr. Pittman is a former reporter at The Record, Stockton’s major daily newspaper. While based in the publication’s Manteca bureau, he covered city council meetings, crime, trials and a variety of other stories. He also has written for a number of other publications, including the Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News and the Central Valley Business Journal.
He has earned a master’s degree in journalism from University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in Communication from University of Missouri, St. Louis. Mr. Pittman currently is the media relations coordinator for University of the Pacific’s Stockton campus. As one of two media relations staff members, he helps promote the university through local and regional media coverage.
Andrew Christopher Ysiano, Jr
Andrew Ysiano, Jr. graduated from Cesar Chavez High School in 2013. He now attends Delta Jr. College to further his education in business and media. He was the lead singer for Mariachi Chavez for three years while attending High School. Since 2014 he is one of the musicians and singer with Grupo Norteño Novato Extremo.
At Latino Times, Mr. Ysiano, Jr’s primary focus to increase business opportunities through sales, networking and attending community events.