Manny Velásquez

CONNEXTIONS Magazine, Editor in Chief and LGBTQ Family Travel Journalist

Manny Velásquez-Paredes (MVP) is an award-winning Travel Journalist, and an experienced marketing and personal branding manager. He is a dynamic, bicultural and trilingual (English, Spanish & French), professional. MVP is the current Publisher of Connextions Magazine, where he is the Editor In Chief and LGBTQ Family Travel Journalist.

Since taking over Connextions Magazine, in 2015, MVP has tripled the amount of readers expanding the magazine into 135 countries, with almost 500,000 impressions across the board. During his time at Connextions Magazine, he successfully rebranded the magazine positioning it as an award-winning LGBTQ travel magazine encompassing the entire rainbow community, which is sorely lacking within LGBTQ media. The magazine has been awarded several times since 2015, including the prestigious NLGJA (The National Gay & Lesbian Journalists Association) “Best Digital Edition.” MVP was the first recipient of the NLGJA Best Travel Writer in 2016.

MVP is a strategic, ethical and value-driven leader, proven in the development and execution of innovative marketing strategies in multifunctional roles within various industries; resulting in new opportunities across multiple markets, high growth rates and improved financial metrics, with a focus on multicultural marketing and management. MVP is a creative individual, who takes pride on being a strategic thinker who continues to challenge himself.

Currently, MVP serves as a mentor on the Board of Directors for the New York Chapter of Prospanica, where he also held the positions of Marketing VP, Executive Vice President and President. Soon after joining the NY Chapter of Prospanica board, MVP developed traditional and social media marketing strategies to increase brand and membership, which resulted in a “Latinos in Social Media” nomination for the chapter in 2009. MVP has also served on the MBA Advisory Board for Monroe College in New York, and was honored by Latino Leaders Magazine chosen as one of the Top 25 Latino Leaders in New York.  Most recently, MVP was awarded the Empire Star Public Service Award for his work within the Hispanic and LGBTQ Community, chosen among thousands of finalists within New York State and awarded by Governor Cuomo.

Manny lives in Long Island, with his husband, Jose, their two children Maximus and Jaslene, their dog Shiru and their fish Azul.

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