Manny Ruiz is the Co-Founder, Chief Creative Producer of Brilla Media as well as the CEO of Brilla’s exclusive production partner RetroPop Media. Ruiz spearheads all of Brilla’s digital and experiential event storytelling and is instrumental in the proprietary U.S. Hispanic digital distribution platform that the Brilla has developed to guarantee brand campaign results.
The founder of the U.S. Hispanic social media marketing industry and Hispanicize, which he sold in 2018 to John Leguizamo’s Urbano TV, Manny is one of the nation’s foremost digital and experiential marketing storytellers. Prior to Hispanicize, Manny created the first press release wire service, Hispanic PR Wire, which in 2008 he sold with two other sister companies to the publicly-traded events and media company UBM (now Informa).
Manny has been awarded the keys to the City of Miami and has won every major award in the public relations industry, including the PRWeek Campaign of the Year (“truth”), the Silver Anvil, and the Hispanic Public Relations Association Professional of the Year Award. In 1992, during his years as a print reporter, he was a co-recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Community Journalism.
During COVID-19, Manny has pivoted RetroPop Media to work exclusively with Brilla Media, produce Retro digital events, and to launch Pop Culture Newswire.