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Lionel Sosa was born and raised in San Antonio, graduated from Lanier High School and then served in the United States Marine Corps. His background in art led him to establish what became the largest Hispanic advertising agency in the country - Sosa, Bromley, Aguilar & Associates (now Bromley Communications). He has served as the Hispanic Media Consultant in eight Republican presidential campaigns and in 2015 was inducted into the American Association of Political Consultants Hall of Fame. In 2005, Sosa was named “One of the 25 most influential Hispanics in America” by Time magazine. He has also been presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Sosa's interest is currently focused on his non-profit group Yes! Our Kids Can (YOKC) which is trying to break the cycle of low education and career expectations among students who do not speak English as their first language.