The Latin Recording Academy Announces New Officers

Conductor/composer/producer Luis Cobos to continue as Latin Recording Academy Chair
June 28, 2011 -- 4:00 am PDT

The Latin Recording Academy has elected new Officers to its Board of Trustees, it was announced today by Latin Recording Academy President/CEO Gabriel Abaroa Jr. Conductor/composer/producer Luis Cobos will continue to serve as Chair, GRAMMY- and Latin GRAMMY-winning engineer Antonio "Moogie" Canazio was elected as Vice Chair, Emmy winner and Latin GRAMMY nominee Mary Black-Suarez will serve as Secretary, and businessman Luis Villanueva was elected Treasurer. Additionally, Colombian composer/producer Kike Santander will continue to serve as Chair Emeritus.

"With each election of Officers and new Trustees we are fortunate to have such a talented group of individuals with diverse yet cohesive musical and entertainment business backgrounds represent The Latin Recording Academy, and this year is no exception," said Abaroa. "I look forward to working and collaborating with our Board, and continue our existing programs to expand on new initiatives and objectives."

Cobos will continue his duties as Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Latin Recording Academy. An acclaimed Spanish conductor, composer and producer, Cobos has successfully released albums throughout the world, many of which include hits that have reached platinum status. He has worked with artists such as José Carreras and Plácido Domingo and he has conducted prestigious orchestras such as the Los Angeles Symphony, Moscow Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic, among others.

Hailing from Brazil, GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winner Canazio is one of the most sought after engineers in the industry. A 30-year industry veteran, he has worked with a variety of artists, including Maria Bethania, Eric Clapton, Luis Miguel, Barbra Streisand, and Sara Vaughan. Canazio has been an advocate and champion for the The Latin Recording Academy since its inception and has served on numerous screening, craft and blue-ribbon committees for The Latin Recording Academy and The Recording Academy.

With more than 25 years in the television industry, Black-Suarez has produced some of the most recognized and influential television programs in the Latin world, including "Premio Lo Nuestro," "Nuestra Belleza Latina," "¿Que Dicé La Gente?" and "Calle Ocho," among others. She is a four-time regional Emmy award winner and has also received a nomination for Premios TVyNovelas and a Latin GRAMMY nomination for Best Long Form Music Video. She is the president and founder of MBS Entertainment, a production company that specializes in Hispanic programming, and she has produced a variety of events for The Latin Recording Academy such as the Special Awards Ceremony and The Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year tribute honoring Juan Gabriel in 2009.

With a strong background in finance and TV syndication, Villanueva is the current president/CEO of SomosTV. Villanueva previously served as president of Venevision International and VeneMusic and as a board member for Union de Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston SAA, Latin Forum of the Florida International University, and Universidad de la Argentina.

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