Premier Organization for Hispanic Business Professionals Elects Innovative and Passionate Leadership for National Board of Directors

DALLAS, TEXAS February 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The National Society of Hispanic MBAs recently announced the election of new leadership for its national board of directors.

Yvonne Martin, Director for Strategic Accounts of the Integrated Business Solutions team at United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), is the new board Chair. Stuart Jara, Managing Director of Inti Associates, is the new board Vice Chair.

“Yvonne and Stuart both bring diverse leadership experience and a commitment to NSHMBA’s mission to advance Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development,” said NSHMBA Chief Executive Officer Manny Gonzalez. “Their commitment will allow us to reach our goals for growth and innovation.”

In addition to this new role, career highlights for Martin include her induction into the New York City YWCA’s Academy of Women Leaders in 2007, and her co-founding the UTC Hispanic Leadership Forum in 2002. Her achievements with NSHMBA during the last 14 years include helping launch the Women’s Leadership Network at the 2010 conference, serving as president of the Connecticut Chapter, and chairing the NSHMBA Foundation Board of Directors.

Jara has been a member of NSHMBA for 18 years since first joining the organization as an MBA student. He has previously served on the NSHMBA leadership task force and on the strategy committee.

Both Martin and Jara have specific objectives in mind as they take on board leadership.
“I am energized by the recent development of a new strategic plan and want to contribute to the organization by ensuring its execution,” Martin said.

“I will work with the national office, chapter leaders, members, and my board colleagues to deliver our strategy and our mission, to make our vision a reality,” Jara said.

NSHMBA national board members are chosen for four-year terms through a formal selection process. For more information about the NSHMBA board of directors, visit www.nshmba.org/BOD

About Yvonne Martin
As Director for Strategic Accounts of the Integrated Building Solutions team at United Technologies Corp., Martin leads relationships with strategic customers and works with the UTC commercial companies to create and execute global account strategies. She joined Otis Elevator Company in 1988 and has served in global marketing and sales, product development, branch management, and finance roles in the U.S. and Spain. In 2007, Martin was inducted into the Academy of Women Leaders, YWCA New York City. She co-founded the UTC Hispanic Leadership Forum. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Bridgeport and an MBA from Northeastern University.

About Stuart Jara
Stuart R. Jara is managing director of Inti Associates, a management consulting firm focused on mergers and acquisitions, strategy development, and implementation. He is interim Chief Executive Officer of TransCryogen, a startup that distributes liquid natural gas in Latin America. Jara has extensive experience in global business both in large multinationals and in midmarket size private equity companies. Jara was president of Taylor-Wharton, a $100 million global manufacturer of cryogenic equipment. Recruited by the BOC Group in 1996 after obtaining an MBA from the University of Michigan, he rapidly reached executive management including Vice President Americas, with profit and loss responsibility of a $1.2 billion business. Jara has degrees from Lehigh University, a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BA in International Relations.

About The National Society of Hispanic MBAs
The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) was created in 1988 as a non-profit organization.

Widely known as the premier Hispanic association, NSHMBA serves 37 chapters and nearly 15,000 members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. NSHMBA is dedicated to building and advancing Hispanic leadership, increasing the number of Hispanics graduating from master’s business degree programs, and providing our members with world-class career management programs. For more information, visit www.nshmba.org.