Manny is the Co-Founder and CEO of NostalgiaCon, which means that starting in 2019 with NostalgiaCon’s Ultimate 80’s Reunion in Anaheim, he’s responsible for bringing generations of fans together to relive their favorite decades in their fullest glory. You knew Manny was destined to launch a major retro pop culture company by these two quirky facts: he owns an 80s diary that he started at the age of 13 and he also holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in history.
Prior to NostalgiaCon, Manny honed his event production skills by founding and leading the iconic Hispanicize event that over the course of nine years has become known as the “SXSW” of the U.S. Latino community. During his time with Hispanicize, Manny also launched the nation’s leading multicultural social media influencer network, DiMe Media, and spearheaded the acquisition of the No. 1 Latino digital food platform, Hispanic Kitchen.
In 2010 Manny launched PapiBlogger, the nation’s first fully bilingual dad blog devoted to creative parenting tricks for parents, as a social media experiment and diary-style hobby. Since its launch PapiBlogger has partnered with leading brands including Best Western, General Motors, Toyota, State Farm, Disney Parks, McDonald’s, Sprint, Visit Britain, Costa Rican Tourism Board and the American Latino Heritage Fund among others to create unique and engaging influencer engagement campaigns. As part of these campaigns, the Ruiz clan has traveled over 90,000 miles across the U.S. visiting 46 of the 50 states, Canada, England, France, and Costa Rica while documenting their trips via social media.
A two-time high school senior and Silver Knight Award winner (yep, that’s not a typo), Manny is a supreme overachiever who also once built a media company out of “his garage” and sold it to a publicly traded company seven years later (Google “PR Newswire” and “Manny Ruiz”). Manny’s skills and tenacity have helped him earn countless national and local recognitions ranging from being awarded the Key to the City of Miami, inducted into the Miami Dade College Hall of Fame, to a part of the Pulitzer Prize for community journalism to nearly every single award that exists in the public relations industry.
Manny is frequently featured in national media outlets to discuss pop culture, business, entertainment and marketing trends, along with parenting from a father’s perspective. He has been featured in a host of shows, national media and trade media outlets including Despierta America, CNN en Español, USA Today, NPR, The Miami Herald, and more. He also frequently serves as a national Spanish-language spokesperson for Fortune 500 brands, and is currently the a national spokesperson for Best Western Hotels & Resorts.