Darlene Tenes was the founder and Chief Executive Maniac of Marketing Maniacs, Inc., a Silicon Valley event marketing and management firm. Founded in 1998, the firm specialized in working with direct to consumer-based businesses and nonprofits with a special emphasis in Hispanic marketing. In 2005 she founded CasaQ, a Hispanic Lifestyle Company that provides products, services and products to people who embrace the Latino culture. Since 2003 Ms. Tenes has been a regular contributor on NBC Bay Area and CBS-5 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a Marketing and Lifestyle expert and nationally on PBS and as an eHow Food Expert. Known for her micro-history lessons and quick wit she became a favorite guest sharing recipes, entertaining tips and more with the television audience. She co-hosted the annual CasaQ / NBC Bay Area Best Darn Tamale contest for 8 years and was featured on PBS Heirloom Meals. Her marketing methods have been featured in Guerrilla Marketing – Job Escape Plan book by Jay Conrad Levinson and Andrew Neitlich, Visual Marketing book by David Langton and Anita Campbell and 501 Ways to Roll Out the Red Carpet for Your Customers by Donna Cutting.