About PapiBloggerPosted by PapiBlogger on Sunday March 14th, 2010 at 05:57 PM
PapiBlogger (@PapiBlogger) is the brainchild of entrepreneur and founder of the annual Hispanicize Event, and Hispanic PR Wire Manny Ruiz. PapiBlogger was created as the nation’s first fully bilingual web site devoted to creative parenting tricks for parents. It is also the first bilingual parenting blog published by a father of Latino descent. The site serves as a forum for parents to share parenting insights and also features travel stories, product reviews and seasonal gift guides. PapiBlogger has partnered with leading brands including Disney Parks, General Motors, McDonald’s, Sprint and the American Latino Heritage Fund among others to create unique and engaging blogger engagement campaigns.
In addition to being father to four kids Naomi (10 months) and Briani (4), from his current marriage, and Elena (9) and Jonathan (13), both from a previous marriage, Manny is the founder and creative director of the Hispanicize Event, the annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in social media, journalism, marketing, film, music and innovation. Manny is also chairman of Hispanicize Digital, the nation’s leading news and industry platform about Latino social media trends, and a co-founder of Latina Mom Bloggers, a comprehensive Latina blogger network that connects brands with Latina bloggers and influencers.
A media trailblazer, former journalist and award-winning PR professional, Manny is also the co-founder of the Hispanic PR Blog, the leading marketing trade journal focused on Hispanic public relations. In 2011, he was named PR Professional of the Year by the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) for his on-going commitment to promoting the advancement of the industry through his multiple endeavors.
Prior to launching these properties, 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, companies he founded, Ruiz was Chairman and CEO of HispaniMark, the parent company of these three businesses.
A longtime member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Ruiz is a past co-chair of PRSA’s national diversity committee and the host/co-founder of the organization’s national monthly podcast “PRSA Diversity Today.” He has also served as a board member of the PRSA Miami Chapter. Prior to launching Hispanic PR Wire in 2000, Ruiz was a founder andmedia relations director of the National Hispanic Market Practice of PorterNovelli. While at Porter Novelli, Ruiz played a central role in the success of the Florida anti-teen smoking campaign “truth.” Ruiz spearheaded Florida media relations for the “truth” campaign that for two consecutive years swept all of the PR industry’s most coveted awards including the PRSA Silver Anvil Award of Excellence and the PR Week Health Campaign of the Year. Before entering the PR profession, Ruiz was a police beat reporter for The Miami Herald. He was part of the editorial team that in 1992 was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Community Service for their coverage of Hurricane Andrew. While he was a reporter, Ruiz also shot photographic documentaries in Cuba. His black and white photography from Cuba has earned him three exhibits, two solos and a national award.
Ruiz, a Miamian of Cuban American descent, has a bachelors of arts degree in history from Florida International University.