Jorge Escobar recognized at HITEC 100 Awards Ceremony


Silicon Valley Latino is delighted to announce, SVL Cultura Ambassador and education champion Jorge Escobar, Vice President for San Jose City College, was recently recognized as one of the HITEC 100 Corporate Award Honorees.

For many years now, Silicon Valley Latino has enjoyed covering this special annual awards presentation where many of our Cultura Ambassadors are regularly recognized. Current and past recipients include Guillermo Diaz Jr. -CIO at Cisco, Jorge Titinger – Founder & CEO of Titinger Consulting, Diana Albarran-Chicas – GEO Product Line Manager at Spac Systems Loral to name a few.

Jorge Escobar currently serves as Vice President of Administrative Services at San Jose City College (SJCC). As a member of the Presidential cabinet, his portfolio includes the following strategic areas: bond program for facilities development and operations; campus buildings and grounds management; financial services; business services; technology; campus police and safety; and operational performance of the 55-acre campus.

Before SJCC, he served as Vice President of Campus Operations and as Executive Director of Operations at Laureate International Universities (LIU), at the National Hispanic University (NHU) in San Jose, CA, and St. Augustine Universities, respectively.   At different times during his trajectory, he was responsible for multiple teams at the campus and functional expert in areas of Bursar, Financial Aid, Operations, AP, Facilities, Real Estate, Risk Management, and Information Technology. As a Sr. Leader in the organization, he supported the attainment of University goals and objectives in accordance with the institutional mission and strategic vision.

Prior to joining LIU, Jorge worked for Princeton University, where he served as senior associate director of planning and operations for the Office of Development creating a resource request to launch the Aspire capital campaign. The $1.75 billion campaign required the development of strategies relating to the allocation of resources in support of strategic plans (short and long-term).

Throughout his career, Escobar, a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, has applied his broad expertise in operations and technology at large institutions worldwide. For almost 10 years at Merrill Lynch, he performed global business reviews in Toronto, Tokyo, and London and became Vice President of Global Business Strategies and Solutions managing initiatives in data strategy, systems integration, performance metrics, and cost savings.

Escobar is an advisor to the International Commission of Science and Technology in the Dominican Republic and works with SENACYT (Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación) evaluating research and development projects funded by the Panama government and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Escobar has led the National Hispanic Employee Network at Merrill Lynch and volunteered for AARP, Habitat for Humanity, and other community-focused organizations. In addition, he is a board member for HISPA (Hispanics Inspiring Student’s Performance Achievement) a non-profit organization providing role models to students in middle school. Finally, Jorge spearheaded Latino Princetonians, an employee resource group at Princeton University.

Educationally, Jorge has achieved a Master of Education with a concentration in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University; Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Thomas Edison State College; Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Rider University, New Jersey.

Additionally, Escobar is bilingual in Spanish-English, he is highly trained and proficient in multiple technology applications and has completed relevant professional seminars and conferences including the Looking Glass Experience, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Enterprise Architecture Modeling, Financial Reporting, Conflict Resolution, Advancement Services, Leadership Through People Skills, Results-Oriented Communication, and Market Data Management.

Jorge has also received numerous awards and commendations including a Special Recognition Award from Princeton University (2011), the Donald Griffin ’23 Management Award, Princeton University (2010), and the Special Achievement Award, Merrill Lynch (1997).

We would like to congratulate Jorge once again for being recognized as one of the HITEC 100.



Juan Carlos Gutierrez – SVL Cultura Ambassador


Mr. Gutierrez is a global information technology and business consulting executive with more than two decades in top leadership roles in Global 500 organizations and national non-profits.

Juan Carlos Gutierrez - SVL Cultura AmbassadorMr. Gutierrez is Group Vice President for Oracle Corporation, where he is responsible of the Consulting business for the Latin American and Caribbean regions. Mr. Gutierrez also serves as Board Member and Chairman of Advisory Board at HITEC (Hispanic IT Executive Council); a Board Member of CHLI (The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute), and also a Member of Enova Thinking Board, a network of top business leaders with the goal of speeding up sustainable business growth in the Americas.

Mr. Gutierrez expertise in business and technology consulting has been constantly recognized in the Americas. He has been awarded as one of the HITEC 100 executives by HITEC (Hispanic IT Executive Council) during 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. These awards are given to the top Hispanic executives in the US in recognition for outstanding accomplishments and contributions in the IT Industry.

He was also recognized in 2014 by Great Minds in STEM in the Information Technology category, and was named one of the Most Influential Hispanics in Technology by the Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine in 2011.

Mr. Gutierrez has been invited to address technology issues in prominent forums including the United States Congress, CHLI Leadership Forum, HITEC Summits and Oracle Open World, among others.


Mr. Gutierrez is a Computer Engineer graduated from the University Simon Bolivar of Venezuela, with graduate degrees in Management in Telecommunications from the University Simon Bolivar and the “Institut National des Télécommunications” of France.

Mr. Gutierrez volunteers as a runner and cyclist for charitable organizations as the ADA (American Diabetes Association) and Life Runners. He is married with three children and lives in Davie, Florida.


Guillermo Diaz Jr. – SVL Cultura Ambassador


Guillermo Diaz, Jr. (“G” or Memo) is the Senior Vice President of Information Technology accountable for Cisco Systems’ Enterprise IT architecture, technology strategy, and IT services/operating model. Also, the IT executive responsible for Sales/Channels – 85% of Cisco’s business, Cisco Services $12B business unit, Cisco’s “Software as a Service” (SaaS) IT platform architecture and operations, and regional IT services.  He and his team also drive “Cisco on Cisco” – a key company process that showcases the use of Cisco’s technology solutions and processes inside its own $50B business helping customers understand how Cisco uses what it offers. G is the IT leader for Cisco’s major transformation program known as Accelerated Cisco transformation, a top Cisco priority. This focus is to align all company priorities, investments and business models to drive optimal return on investments. He is also the executive sponsor of Conexión, Cisco’s Hispanic/Latino employee resource network, and a key leader on Cisco’s Diversity Council. Through his leadership and commitment since 2001, Conexión has grown to be one of the largest, most relevant and active Latino employee resource networks in the country.

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Prior to joining Cisco, he held senior IT leadership positions with some of Silicon Valley’s most respected companies including Director of Global Network Services for Silicon Graphics, Senior Director of IT for Intelligent Electronics (Ingram Micro), and Manager, Telecommunications for Alza Corporation (Johnson & Johnson). 

He began his career in telecommunications with the United States Navy where a military scholarship led to his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Regis University, Colorado.

GuillermoInTuxHe was recognized by the Silicon Business Journal – 2014 “Best CIO” Community Champion.  Also the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) as one of the “Top Hispanics in IT” from 2009-2014. Other awards include the “National Eagle Leadership Award in 2010, CIO Magazine’s “Ones To Watch Award” in 2007 and Silicon Valley Latino’s Latino Trailblazer in Tech Honoree in 2013 to name a few.

Guillermo&students[2]G is also very involved in his community through various groups and is always ready to speak and engage with Latino youth through his “Inspire Higher” approach. He is also a member of the Hispanic in IT Executive Council Advisory Board and Sacred Heart Nativity Schools Board of Directors.

Guillermo’s family, including his wife Gema, four children and the beloved grand-dog Stitch are based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. He is proud to be from the “Eastside” of Pueblo, Colorado and is die hard Denver Broncos fan.  When he is not solving IT problems, inspiring others and cheering on his Broncos you’ll find him on the greens perfecting his other passion, golf.


We are also proud to have him as Silicon Valley Latino Cultura Ambassador and an SVL Champion!