From The Office of President & CEO
Reviewing the fiscal year 2012-2013 (FY 2013), I have a feeling of anticipation and excitement for what lies ahead for HSF. We have just experienced a year of major transition, and there is more to come, as we expand to meet rapidly growing needs. During the first three-quarters of this year, as a continuing member of the Board of Directors, and then, throughout the final quarter, when I began my tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer, I had the unique privilege of anticipating, participating in, witnessing, and ultimately, leading, a historic turning point for our organization.
FY 2013 marked the start of a systematic project, spearheaded by the Board, to redirect the organization, in order to better meet the needs of today’s rapidly growing and increasingly diverse population of Latino college-bound students – and their parents – across the United States. The Board’s goal was to lay the groundwork for new leadership to commence a full-court press, starting in early 2013.
A big step – and testimony to the Board’s commitment – was consolidating our operations and significantly cutting costs by relocating to the Los Angeles area. Those of us involved felt we had truly entered a new era, when we moved into our new office space in Gardena, California in November.
Another major step was starting the process of attracting new talent to the organization –individuals who could lead the many initiatives we had on the drawing board. Our Chief Financial Officer, Fernando Almodovar, was the first to join the new lineup in July 2012. HSF’s Chief Information & Marketing Officer, Marcela Bailey came on board in February 2013, rounding out our year of transition.
Fernando, Marcela, and I and our Board of Directors are inspired by HSF’s proud history and amazing legacy. We take the baton from our predecessors with a deep sense of the responsibility entrusted to us and an equal amount of excitement, as we begin to put our own stamp on the future of HSF!
Fidel A. Vargas
President & CEO