Cordoba Corporation Videos
Please enjoy our videos! They will provide you with background information on Cordoba Corporation and how our company and our people are Making a Difference in the communities in which we live and work. Additional videos can also be found on Cordoba Corporation’s YouTube channel.
Please be sure to also watch “Endeavour Returns Home,” a special edition of Spectrum News 1’s “The SoCal Scene” that premiered in mid-October 2022 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the return of the Space Shuttle Endeavour to Southern California and its new home at the California Science Center. Cordoba Corporation led a team of pro bono consultants contributing expertise and resources to assist the California Science Center in the planning, engineering, and execution of the historic transport of Endeavour. Our Founder & CEO George L. Pla is featured prominently in “Endeavour Returns Home” and he discusses our involvement in this memorable experience: The SoCal Scene special: The Endeavour returns home (spectrumnews1.com).
California State University, Los Angeles conferred an Honorary Doctorate on Cordoba Corporation’s Founder and CEO George L. Pla at the University’s commencement ceremony.
The California State University Honorary Degree is awarded and reserved to those who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary achievement and embody the objectives and ideals the California State University System and Cal State LA.
Cordoba Corporation’s Founder & CEO George L. Pla was honored for Achievement in Business & Philanthropy at the Latino Spirit Awards, hosted by the California Latino Legislative Caucus on May 2, 2022 at the State Capitol in Sacramento. The Latino Spirit Awards were created by the Latino Legislative Caucus in 2002 to highlight positive role models within our diverse Latino community. George and nine other Latino Spirit Award honorees attended a series of special events, including the Latino Spirit Awards Brunch at which honorees were presented with resolutions from Latino Legislative Caucus Chair Senator Maria Elena Durazo and Vice Chair Assembly Member Robert Rivas. Later, honorees were introduced and recognized on the Assembly Floor and in the Senate Gallery for their significant contributions.
“It was a humbling and memorable experience to join so many dedicated and distinguished Latino leaders in being honored by the Legislature with the Latino Spirit Award,” stated George L. Pla. “I am truly grateful to the Latino Legislative Caucus for this award and I appreciate the support of my family, friends, colleagues and fellow Cordoba team members. I am honored and privileged to be able to use my professional success to give back and make a difference to the community.”
Cordoba Corporation’s Founder & CEO George L. Pla had the honor of serving as the Alumni Speaker the University of Southern California’s 42nd Latinx Graduation on May 12, 2022. George encouraged the graduates and reminded them that they have an enormous competitive advantage and are extraordinarily and ideally prepared for success. He cited the graduates’ diverse backgrounds, bilingual abilities and resilience through the COVID-19 pandemic, and noted these attributes will provide the graduates with enormous strength as they move forward in this world. He shared about his journey as an immigrant and encouraged the graduates to celebrate their rich backgrounds and to be proud!
Cordoba Corporation – Making a Difference, Our Culture and Innovation – Cordoba Corporation’s Founder & CEO George L. Pla, Vice President of Transportation Infrastructure Conrado Ayala and Human Resources Director Ana Shannon share about Cordoba’s culture, commitment to Making a Difference where we live and work, and how we are creating innovative solutions to our clients’ infrastructure challenges.
Celebrating 35 Years of Excellence with Cordoba Corporation’s Maria Mehranian – Cordoba Corporation celebrated Managing Partner Maria Mehranian’s 35th Anniversary at our Third Quarter Employee Zoom All Hands Meeting in September 2021 by surprising Maria with this video. The video features Cordoba Corporation Founder & CEO George L. Pla and friends of Maria Mehranian, including former State Senator Dean Florez, Public Policy Advisor Billie Greer of Billie Greer Consulting, and lifelong friend Seda Yaghoubian, Principal of SEMA Associates. Congratulations to Maria for 35 years of Excellence! #MakingADifference
Welcome Video for New Employees – Cordoba Corporation’s Founder & CEO George L. Pla created this welcome video to share with our new Cordoba Team Members during New Employee Orientation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we transitioned much of our onboarding process to the virtual arena. Special touches such as a Welcome Message from George and a Welcome Package are are part of our enhanced onboarding and employee engagement efforts we have implemented to create a more personalized experience. The Welcome Package includes Cordoba “swag” such as pens, notepads, travel mugs, face coverings, hand sanitizers and snacks, along with a note from George.
We are thrilled to welcome and share our unique culture of Making a Difference with so many wonderfully talented and dedicated new Cordoba Team Members! For information on our career opportunities, please visit our Career Portal.
2020 Corporate Video – Cordoba Corporation’s annual Making a Difference video features Founder & CEO George L. Pla, Executive Vice President of Energy Infrastructure Lucy Labruzzo and Senior Vice President of Education and Facilities Michael Boomsma. The discussion includes how Cordoba responded to the pandemic, and our growth in the Energy and Education sectors in 2020. We hope you enjoy learning about Cordoba Corporation and how we Made a Difference in 2020.
Cordoba Corporation’s Pathway to Success Program Featured on the Small Business Leadership Edge Show – The Pathway to Success program is a workforce development initiative Cordoba Corporation developed with the objective of Making a Difference in response to heightened concerns about social justice issues that came to the forefront during summer 2020. The mission of the Pathway to Success program is to develop employable individuals from economically neglected or disadvantaged areas into valuable and successful employees for Cordoba Corporation and other participating firms. We kicked off this program with an initial set of driven and talented participants in late August 2020 and are extremely proud of our participants’ progress. Stephan Tucker, MBA, P.E., P.M.P and Aundria Armstrong, who are the co-chairs of the program, are featured along with Cordoba Corporation’s Founder & CEO George Pla, in the video below from a recent episode of Toni Navy‘s Small Business Leadership Edge Show. George’s, Stephan’s and Aundria’s enthusiasm and pride for the Pathway to Success program is infectious. We hope you can take a moment to watch the video and learn about this innovative program and Cordoba’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
400+ Employee Milestone – In a video to Cordoba Corporation’s Team, Founder & CEO George L. Pla provides various updates including celebrating that Cordoba Corporation has exceeded the 400+ employee milestone and is well on its way to 500 employees!
Hispanic Heritage Month – Cordoba Corporation’s Founder & CEO George L. Pla was one of the featured speakers during Glendale Unified School District’s (GUSD) Adelante Latinos Hispanic Heritage Month Speaker Series. Adelante Latinos is an all-volunteer committee in GUSD to serve Hispanic/Latinx families. In his October 1, 2020, presentation, George shares about his personal and professional journey, how he started Cordoba Corporation, and his recent accomplishment of becoming a published author. He shares insights, advice and words of wisdom and responds to student questions.
Virtual Summer Socials – We decided we would not let the pandemic cancel one of our favorite traditions here at Cordoba Corporation — our Summer Socials! While we were not able to host our Summer Socials in person, we did so safely and creatively through Virtual Summer Socials! We had lots of surprises, including care packages sent to our homes in advance of the socials and creative themes for each social, including Movie Night, Luau Night, 80s Night, Camp Fire Night and Sport Night. Each evening had an engaging trivia contest and an ice breaker on the agenda. A great way to engage our team members and virtually enjoy the company of our colleagues!
Latino Leaders Magazine Maestro Awards – On Sunday, August 16, 2020, Latino Leaders Magazine aired a pre-recorded virtual Maestro Awards celebration at which Cordoba Corporation Founder & CEO George L. Pla was presented with the “Entrepreneur” Award. The video includes an interview with George about his personal journey, the founding and growth of Cordoba Corporation, George’s recently published book, Power Shift – How Latinos in California Transformed Politics in America, and plans for future Power Shift books, a documentary, and the development of an institute at Cal State Los Angeles.
Moving Forward to Achieve a More Racially Just Society – Cordoba Corporation Founder & CEO George L. Pla shared the video below with Cordoba Team Members on June 4, 2020 regarding racial and social justice issues.
Pandemic Response – The video below is from the May 12, 2020 Small Business Leadership Edge Show hosted by Business Strategy Expert Toni Navy and featuring Cordoba Corporation’s Executive Vice President & COO Randall Martinez and NAI Global’s President & CEO Jay Olshonsky as thought leader panelists discussing how their respective companies have prepared for and responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Randall shares about the driving principles that have guided Cordoba Corporation’s response to the pandemic, which are focused on keeping our business whole, protecting our employees, and being transparent as possible in our communications.
2019 Corporate Video – As Cordoba Corporation approaches our 37th year in business, we are pleased to share our 2019 Corporate Video. The video below highlights the impact we have had on our communities, our recent successes and our involvement with important infrastructure projects that are transforming California. It showcases the different facets of our organization, reiterates our company values, and sets the tone for our branding and communications strategy going into 2020. #MakingADifference
Sacramento Power Shift Book Event – On September 9, 2019, Cordoba Corporation Founder & CEO George L. Pla and his Power Shift – How Latinos in California Transformed Politics in America Co-Author David Ayon were joined by California elected and appointed leaders at a historic book event at the Secretary of State Building in Sacramento. Former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, Governor Gavin Newsom and Former State Senator Dean Florez provided remarks. Former Senator Martha Escutia moderated a panel featuring seven of the 10 Latino leaders featured in Power Shift. Photos from the event and other Power Shift Book information can be found at www.powershiftbooks.com.
UCLA Luskin Lecture Series Power Shift Book Event – Joined by his co-author David R. Ayon, Cordoba Corporation President & CEO George L. Pla shares about Power Shift – How Latinos in California Transformed Politics in America at the UCLA Luskin Lecture Series on May 14, 2019. Luskin School Dean Gary Segura provided opening remarks and the event panel, consisting of five of the 10 Latino Leaders featured in the book, was moderated by Sonja Diaz, Founding Director of the Luskin School’s Latino Policy & Politics Initiative.
Cal State Fullerton’s Titan TV’s Latino Communicators Series – In April 2019, Cal State Fullerton’s Titan TV’s Latino Communicators Series featured Cordoba Corporation Founder & CEO George L. Pla in a Spanish-language video interview. In the interview, George shares how he and his family emigrated from Mexico to East Los Angeles when he was a young child. He discusses shares about his personal and professional journey, and how he recently became a published author of the formative book about Latino politics, Power Shift – How Latinos in California Transformed Politics in America.
Long Beach Community College District Building D Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – On April 4, 2019, Cordoba Corporation joined the Long Beach Community College District in celebrating the ribbon-cutting on of Building D, which houses the Science programs at the Liberal Arts Campus. This video features District officials sharing their excitement and pride about this important project. Contracted as the District’s Bond Management Team, Cordoba Corporation provides comprehensive program and construction management services in support of the capital bond program (Measure E and LB) to modernize and renovate two Long Beach City College campuses.
USC Power Shift Book Price Dean’s Lecture Series Event – Joined by his co-author David R. Ayon and four of the 10 Latino community leaders featured in Power Shift – How Latinos in California Transformed Politics in America, Cordoba Corporation President & CEO George L. Pla shares about the book with the USC students as part of the Price Dean’s Lecture Series. The event was co-hosted by the USC Price Athenian Society and USC Latino Alumni Association and was moderated by Martha M. Escutia, former California State Senator, was is now serving as Vice President for USC Government Relations.
USC Power Shift Book Price Dean’s Lecture Series Event (USC Video) – This video below produced by the USC Price School features highlights from the April 1, 2019, USC Price Dean’s Lecture Series Power Shift Event co-hosted by the USC Price Athenian Society and USC Latino Alumni Association.
“Pleibol! From the Barrios to the Big League” – is set to open at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in October 2020 to coincide with the World Series. Cordoba Corporation proudly supports this upcoming exhibition as well as research, collecting and object processing related to Latino civil rights and electoral politics. The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access produced this video about the upcoming Latinos and Baseball exhibit and it features three objects donated by Cordoba Corporation’s Executive Vice President & COO Randall Martinez’s brothers and sisters. We hope you enjoy it and that you might share it with others interested in finding out more about the project and the great stories that make up American history!
Cal State LA Power Shift Book Event – Joined by his co-author David R. Ayon and four of the 10 Latino community leaders featured in Power Shift, Cordoba Corporation President & CEO George L. Pla shares about his new book Power Shift with the students of Cal State LA. The event was moderated by Dr. Raphael J. Sonenshein, Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA.
United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Cordoba Presentation – Cordoba Corporation’s Managing Partner & Chief Financial Officer Maria Mehranian presented at the sixty-third session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women on March 11, 2019 at the UN Headquarters in New York City. Maria participated on a panel discussion focused on “Developing Infrastructure and Access to Public Services to Improve Gender Equality.” The presentation was focused on the importance of promoting, sponsoring and funding specific types of infrastructure in developing countries that enhance women’s access to capital and ultimately results in economic and social empowerment of women. This video is from the March 11th panel discussion. Later below in Cordoba’s list of videos, the actual video Maria presented at the panel discussion can be viewed.
United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Cordoba Video – Corporation’s Managing Partner Maria Mehranian presented the video below on March 11, 2019, at the sixty-third session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women at the UN Headquarters in New York City as part of a panel discussion focused on “Developing Infrastructure and Access to Public Services to Improve Gender Equality.”
Joined by his co-author David R. Ayon and three of the 10 Latino community leaders featured in Power Shift, Cordoba Corporation President & CEO George L. Pla shares about his new book, Power Shift with the students of Cal State University Fullerton (CSUF). Featured in the video with George and David are Power Shift principals Former LA City Council Member Richard Alatorre, Former LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina, and Former Senate Majority Leader Richard Polanco. Other panelists included Fullerton School Board Member Jeanette Vasquez and CSUF Assistant Professor of History Margie Brown-Coronel, Ph.D. The event was moderated by Inez Gonzalez, director of the CSUF Latino Communications institute.
Cordoba Corporation joined the Long Beach Community College District in celebrating the ribbon-cutting of Building P – English Department Building at the Liberal Arts Campus on March 14, 2019. This video features District officials sharing their excitement and pride about this important project. Contracted as the District’s Bond Management Team, Cordoba provides comprehensive program and construction management services in support of the capital bond program (Measure E and LB) to modernize and renovate two Long Beach City College campuses. Our Team was honored to work on this special project that has preserved the historical and architectural features of this beautiful building, while modernizing the learning environment for LBCCD’s students.
Cordoba Corporation’s President & CEO George L. Pla, who received his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California (USC), has been honored by the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy (Price School) as part of its year-long 90th Anniversary Celebration. George is included in a campaign highlighting notable Price School alumni (“Price Pioneers”) who are representative of the Price School’s impact and vision. The Price School has produced the enclosed video sharing featuring George noting that he exemplifies the mission of the Price School through his professional leadership and dedication to diversity.
Cordoba Corporation’s Huy Hoang is featured in this excellent video produced by our friends at 360 Total Concept. LLC. showcasing Oakland Unified School District’s Fremont High School Redevelopment Project. In the video, Huy, who is serving as Construction Manager on behalf of Cordoba Corporation for this project, provides a construction update and discusses how we are working with local partners to ensure OUSD’s Local Business Utilization goals are being met. We are excited to see the progress for this important project to enhance the facilities and learning environment at Fremont High School!
At Cordoba Corporation human capital is our greatest asset. We invest significant time and effort in recruiting our employees and more so in building upon the value of these “assets” for the long-term. We endeavor to retain employees by creating an environment of employee satisfaction and a sense of ownership in the company’s mission. Our salaries and benefit packages are competitive and our support system is unparalleled. Additionally, we provide an internal education and professional training program demonstrating the desire to groom employees for promotion within.
Cordoba’s Blueprint for Success Program has been designed to create stronger employee retention experiences, increase career advancement opportunities, provide a vehicle for continuing education and professional training, and increase company-wide interactivity. The program provides participants with exposure to all facets of Cordoba Corporation’s business; from program/construction management and engineering design overviews to business marketing, new technologies and the basics of contract administration and finance.
In this 2018 Making a Difference video, Cordoba Corporation’s executives discuss Cordoba’s vision and involvement during the early planning stages of the Fruitvale Transit Village and the Los Angeles Metro Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2, as well as our early involvement in promoting the benefits of stormwater capture. The video discusses how these projects and concepts have now come to fruition and how they – and Cordoba Corporation – are Making a Difference.
Joined by his co-author David R. Ayon and seven of the 10 community leaders featured in Power Shift, Cordoba Corporation President & CEO George L. Pla shares about his new book, Power Shift with the students of East Los Angeles College (ELAC) on October 23, 2018. Featured in the video are officials from ELAC and Power Shift leaders, including Former LA City Council Member Richard Alatorre, LA City Council Member Gil Cedillo, Senator-elect Maria Elena Durazo, Former LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina, Former Senate Majority Leader Richard Polanco, Former Congressman Edward Roybal, and Former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. George L. Pla is a proud alumnus of ELAC and this book event was especially important to him due to his roots in East Los Angeles and at ELAC.
This video includes highlights from the September 20, 2018 Power Shift book signing and reception hosted by Long Beach community leaders at Boathouse on the Bay. Speakers in the video include Cordoba Corporation President & CEO George L. Pla, event host Carmen O. Perez, former Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, and two of the community leaders featured in Power Shift — former Senate Majority Leader Richard Polanco and former Los Angeles City Council Member Richard Alatorre.
At a lovely reception on September 20, 2018 hosted by Long Beach community leaders at Boathouse on the Bay, Cordoba Corporation President & CEO George L. Pla salutes several of the Long Beach community leaders in attendance and shares about his new book, Power Shift.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti endorses Cordoba Corporation President & CEO George L. Pla’s book Power Shift at an event he hosted with Los Angeles City Council Member Gil Cedillo at Los Angeles City Hall launching the book.
After an introduction from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Cordoba Corporation’s President & CEO George L. Pla shares about the inspiration for Power Shift.
Los Angeles Mayor Gil Garcetti, Power Shift co-author Cordoba Corporation President & CEO George L. Pla, Power Shift co-author David Ayon, and several Latino community leaders featured in Power Shift share about Power Shift at a book launch at Los Angeles City Hall hosted by the Mayor and Council Member Gil Cedillo.
Cordoba Corporation Executive Vice President and COO Randall D. Martinez, Board Member of the National Museum of American History, is featured (starting at 55:59) providing closing remarks at the “Presidential Stories” program in the nation’s capital on April 8, 2018, commemorating the successful closing of the Smithsonian Institution’s multi-year $1.88 billion capital campaign.
Cordoba Corporation President & CEO George L. Pla, Co-Founder and President of the City Club, featured in New City Club Promotional Video.
George L. Pla Receives the Presidential Medal of Honor from Cal State Los Angeles
George L. Pla and Cal State Los Angeles Making A Difference
Moving the Space Shuttle Endeavor and ET-94
Highlighting Our Technical Expertise
Making a Difference in the Communities Where We Work
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Cordoba Corporation’s 30th Anniversary