BMW and the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit
Ms. Rico, who has been described as one part Charro, one part Martha Stewart and one part Bill Gates, is President of Weber BMW which is located in Fresno, CA. Weber BMW is an exclusive BMW Full Service Center that sells New BMWs, Certified Pre-Owned BMWs and other luxury vehicles. It has been in business since 1970 and supports many local charities. Prior to this, Yrma Rico was General Manager of the Univision television station affiliate in Denver from 1992 until her recent retirement in January 2003. During her tenure as General Manager, she was instrumental in significantly increasing the station's bottom line revenue as well as developing and launching a weekly local 5 PM and 10 PM newscast. Additionally, Ms. Rico was a founding partner of Entravision Communications Corporation, a diversified Spanish language company utilizing a combination of television, radio, and outdoor advertising to reach approximately 80% of the U.S. Hispanic population as well as the border markets of Mexico. Entravision is the largest affiliate group of the top-rated Univision television network, with outlets in 18 of the nation's top-50 Hispanic markets. Ms. Rico is one of eight children from Mexican-born immigrant workers, and principally resides in Fresno. She is the author of the recently published book La Vida Rica, and sits as a director on various boards.
Robin C. Brooks is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brooks Food Group. The company processes and markets poultry, appetizers and specialty frozen foods that are sold to the foodservice industry. The company employs more than 300 people with $100 million in sales for 2006, and is an NMSDC Corporate Plus member. Ms. Brooks is a director of United Enterprise Fund (a private equity fund), and serves on its executive committee. She currently serves as a director of the Women's Foodservice Forum and was on the board of directors for the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance for six years and served as its treasurer from 2002-2004. She is also on the board of The Committee of 200. The Committee of 200 (C200) is an international not-for-profit organization whose members are pre-eminent businesswomen who collectively control over $100 billion annually in revenue worldwide. Their goal is to meet the needs of female business leaders in areas of business synergies, leadership advancement, education, mentoring, and recognition. Additionally, as an agent of change, C200 seeks to improve opportunities for women business leaders, be a source for governmental representation, and a source for research on issues relevant to women in business. BMW has enjoyed a longstanding partnership with the Committee of 200, supporting its mission and its scholarship initiatives.
Verena C. Kloos
President, BMW Group Designworks USA
Verena C. Kloos is President of DesignworksUSA. In this position, she oversees the company's day-to-day operations and strategic direction for their design studios in Los Angeles, Munich and Singapore. DesignworksUSA, is an international strategic design consultancy owned by BMW Group with expertise in Product Design, Transportation Design, Automotive Design, Communications and Brand, 3D Modeling, Color and Materials, and Engineering. With a deep understanding of future context, the DesignworksUSA studios bring the highest level of design creativity and quality to premium products including cars, sports equipment, motorcycles, lifestyle products, trains, fashion, airplanes and high-technology devices. The firm translates consumer brand attitudes into strategic design visions and products, and credits its success to a unique cross-pollination of ideas and disciplines as well as long-term immersion in specific design landscapes as individuals and as teams.