MIAMI, FL – March 5, 2015 – (HISPANICIZE WRE) – Radio and TV personality Karli Henriquez will serve as master of ceremony for the first annual TECLA Awards taking place on Monday March 16th during Hispanicize 2015 week. The first annual Tecla Awards will showcase the impressive work that Latino digital influencers, bloggers, journalists, brands and agencies are executing in the digital multicultural space.

“Karli embodies what a TECLA award winner should be—not only is she a talented and influential Latina, but she also has a brilliant knack for social media and technology and has thousands of followers on social media herself. We couldn’t think of a better person to host an award show that recognizes the best Latinos in the digital space,” said Piera Jolly, Co-CEO of Latina Mom Bloggers and Co-Chair of the Tecla Awards.

Los Angeles based Karli began her career at Clear Channel Communications’ radio station, KIIS FM. Her talent alongside her exuberant personality landed her an on-air position. Soon she began interviewing celebrities on and off the red carpet. In 2014 after ten years with Clear Channel Communications, Henriquez left to launch her own website, Sound and Social, and is now the Vice President of Pop Programming for Dash Radio. Henriquez is also the lead TV Host for NUVTO TV and “The Collective” powered by VEVO.

Karli will lead the March 16th TECLA Awards by recognizing this year’s finalists and revealing the winners. The evening will also be co-hosted by Univision communications talent who will be revealed this week. The evening will include musical performances by Venezuelan star duo Chino y Nacho and Mr. Pauer. The first annual Tecla Awards will be held at 6:30 pm on Monday, March 16, 2015 at the JW Marriott rooftop in Downtown Miami.

Sponsorship and Registration Information

As of today, announced sponsors include: 3M, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Procter & Gamble, Tabasco, Best Western, The Home Depot, Disney World Resorts, Vive Mejor, Yelp, JetBlue, Florida Blue, Sprint, WordPress.com, Martell Caractere, CNN en español, Fox News Latino, República, Transitions, Mazola, Visit Philly, BodenPR, Connexión Research, Alma, RL Public Relations, Rebtel, United Healthcare Foundation, The Sensis Agency, Miami Herald Media Company, The St. Augustine Visitor’s Bureau, Diario Las Americas, Hispanic Market Advisors and many more consumer products, food, fashion and lifestyle, toy and travel brands who will shortly be disclosed.

Sponsorship information is available by contacting [email protected] or calling 203.364.4779. To reserve a hotel room visit http://bit.ly/1v5hatt.

About Hispanicize 2015
Now in its sixth year, Hispanicize 2015 Week (www.HispanicizeEvent.com) (#Hispz15) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in journalism, blogging, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.

Co-chaired by Facebook’s U.S. Hispanic Head of Sales Christian Martinez and award-winning actor Luis Guzmán, Hispanicize 2015 is a production of the Hispanicize companies that include the Latina Mom Bloggers network, Being Latino, Hispanicize Wire and the Hispanic PR Blog. Hispanicize 2015 is expected to gather more than 2,100 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals from the industries of blogging, journalism, music, marketing, film and business over five days. The event will take place in downtown Miami March 16-20, 2015.

The Hispanicize event is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico.

Hispanicize 2015 is a partner of the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA), Hispanicize and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

About the Tecla Awards
Named after the Spanish-language word for an individual key on a keyboard, the Tecla Awards recognize excellence in Latino blogging, micro-blogging and social media marketing.

The Tecla Awards will be held annually at the Hispanicize event. The awards feature 25 categories, 20 focused on Latino bloggers and micro-blogging and five devoted to multicultural marketing agencies and brands. Univision Communications is the official media partner of the Tecla Awards.