The BRAVO AWARD is presented to individuals who have shown exemplary dedication to the community by their work for the betterment of El Paso.
2015 BRAVO AWARD Recipient
Channel 13 KCOS TV
For bringing new energy to and saving El Paso’s PBS TV Station.
year old Emily Martin Loya is the youngest General Manager of a network
in the country.
Oh! And she's also one of the few - if any - General Managers in the PBS
Network who has brought a PBS television network back into the black when
it was on a 2 year skid toward going under in 2013 and 2014.
Good news. That station, KCOS-TV, El Paso’s PBS Station IS now
financially back in the black after some painful but well-calculated budget cuts
and some innovative community outreach programming by the inimitable Emily Loya.
After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill with a BA in environmental studies and a minor in Spanish (3.84 GPA, Deans
List, Phi Beta Kappa), she received a MA at Northeastern University in Boston
with a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management.
Emily's work history is impressive and heavily non-profit oriented
prior to 2009.
In 2009-2013, she became the Senior Management Associate-Hispanic Market
Unit, for New York Life Insurance Company in El Paso.
Despite a high salary at New York Life, she felt something was missing.
So she took a big pay cut for the marketing job at KCOS in 2013.
A year later a friend urged her to apply for the open GM position.
Emily said “I don’t have any TV experience” and her friend said
“We need a non-profit person because we need to raise money. “
Emily said "Ok. Let's talk about that."
And Emily Loya became the General Manager of KCOS-TV.
On her aspirations for KCOS, "My big vision for KCOS is to truly
make it a station that serves and reflects our community. We're working in that
direction. Emily and her husband Aldo live on El Paso’s eastside with their 3
year old son Santiago.
2015 Lifetime Achievement BRAVO Award
The Mother, the
Face, the Symbol of Ballet Folklorico
her longtime service as El Paso’s cultural icon, advocate for the arts and
education, and humanitarian.
By her own account, Rosa Guerrero started dancing in her mother’s womb, then in her father’s arms and at 2 and 3 years old, on his feet. At 4, she started dancing on her own and at 6, she started her real dance lessons “Every weekend we would go to Juarez. We would go to the bullfights, eat at the great restaurants and go to the terrific family night clubs.” The night clubs had 12 – 16 piece orchestras and everyone danced a variety of dances; flamenco, tango, paso dobles. She learned as she watched and by dancing with her father. That’s how she became a dancer. Rosa Guerrero is a native El Pasoan who wears many hats. She’s a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, consultant, motivational speaker, dancer, choreographer, film maker and, yes, an El Paso icon She is first in her family of seven to graduate from college and the first Latina Woman to be named Distinguished Alumna at UTEP in 1997. She has BA and MA degrees from the University of Texas - El Paso. She taught many years for EPISD, El Paso Community College and at UTEP. She was a consultant for over 40 years all over the USA. She’s the founder of the first Folkloricos In El Paso. From the multitude of accolades that have been bestowed upon Rosa Guerrero, her most memorable are: the induction into the Texas Hall of Fame by Governor Ann Richards, having a newly built elementary school, Rosa Guerrero Elementary, named after her, having her international Folklorico dancers performing at the Kennedy Center in 1991, being the first El Pasoan to win the national Golden Cine Award for her film, entitled TAPESTRY, produced in 1974 and. showing how we can all become a Tapestry of Understanding through music and dance, her 80th birthday party at El Paso High last December with her former students, and last but not least, “my wonderful family: my husband of 61 years, Sergio, my 3 children and 5 grandchildren.” Rosa is fond of saying “Parents are not perfect but grandparents are”.
Previous BRAVO AWARD Recipients
Judge Sam Callan
Mayor Suzanne Azar
Representative Jack C. Vowell
Senator Peggy Rosson
Representative Nancy McDonald
David G. Marcus
Myrna J. Deckert
General Dennis D. Cavin
Adair & Dee Margo
Cecilia Ochoa Levine
Judy and J Kirk Robison
Colonel Heidi V. Brown
Sheriff Leo Samaniego
Judge Max Higgs
Mayor John Cook
Kathleen Staudt, PhD
Ann Crawford McClure
Previous Life Achievement BRAVO Award Recipients
Coach Don Haskins
Janice Woods Windle
Hon Eliot Shapleigh
Major General Dana J.H. Pittard
L Bowling, III
Last Updated 01/22/16