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HISPANIC MILLENNIALS & INNOVATION AWARDS

MILLENNIAL OF THE YEAR

Omar Dario Arcadia

Bachelors Degree in International Business and Marketing Management at California Polytechnic University, Pomona. Omar work in the Wholesale Toy Industry in my family-owned business. and loves to travel!

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MILLENNIAL OF THE YEAR

MILLENNIAL OF THE YEAR

Omar Dario Arcadia

Bachelors Degree in International Business and Marketing Management at Califo...

Innovation of the Year

Camino Financial

Camino Financial is a credit marketplace matching small businesses with the most affordable funding option offered by its network of reputable lenders. The Company specializes in originating loans for first-time business borrowers who cannot get a loan from a bank, and provides ongoing credit monitoring and advice to ensure clients improve their business credit in an effort to qualify for a bank loan.

As a trusted loan advisor to our clients, we strive to create long-term relationships that stem well beyond a first loan. In fact, we believe capital in isolation is not the solution. Our long-term intention with every customer engagement is inherent in our MISSION: To Help Small Businesses Learn, Grow and Succeed

A FAMILY STORY
Twin brothers, Sean and Kenny Salas were raised by an entrepreneurial mother, who built and lost her business without the proper resources for sustainable growth.

While completing their MBAs at Harvard Business School, the Twins co-founded Camino Financial under the notion of never letting a small business owner be deprived of cost-effective financial resources.

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Innovation of the Year

Innovation of the Year

Camino Financial

Camino Financial is a credit marketplace matching small businesses with the m...

Shark of the Year

Manny Fernandez

Manny Fernandez is a Stanford University educated angel investor, serial entrepreneur and bestselling author. He has been successful in investing in his own ideas and taking companies from startup to exit.

Fernandez was named by Inc. Magazine as one of 33 entrepreneurs to watch in 2016.

—In 2013, Fernandez founded SF Angels Group and has been an angel investor with TiE Angels since 2012. In 2014, he was named SF Angel Investor of the Year and received the Equity Crowdfunding Leadership Award. In 2016, Menlo College Named Fernandez Silicon Valley Equity CrowdFunding Pioneer.

Fernandez recently became a #1 bestselling author with his new book, How to Make Money Investing in Pre-IPO Stocks, which is available on Amazon. He is also the #14 Angel Investor to Follow on Twitter and has the #1 most viewed equity crowdfunding video on YouTube.

He has been featured on mainstream media including CNBC Squawk Box, NBC, CNN Latino, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Fox News and more.

Manny’s energetic and inspiring presence has lead to him being a frequent judge, speaker, and panelist for Silicon Valley corporations, startup demo days and universities. He has been a featured guest speaker for events at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Harvard University, Angel Capital Association Summit (ACA), University of San Francisco (USF), Pepperdine University, Draper University, Plug and Play, Yahoo!, USAWeek in Europe, Qianhai Equity Exchange in China, Intel, California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (CHCC), SharkTank, Startup Grind, AngelHack Global Demo, Startup Weekend, SXSW and many more.

All of Manny’s experience in the investment landscape has culminated, under his leadership, in the first San Francisco based FINRA and SEC- registered funding portal. In addition, DreamFunded.vc is also the first latino-led FINRA and SEC-registered funding portal.

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Shark of the Year

Shark of the Year

Manny Fernandez

Manny Fernandez is a Stanford University educated angel investor, serial entr...

LATINA EMPRESARIA AWARDS

Latina BEACON

Rosa Elena Sahagún, Esq.

<p style="text-align: left">Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Attorney Rosa Elena Sahagún prides herself in her continuous effort to serve the community at large. Her high school years were marked by the birth of her son and despite this challenge, she graduated from Santa Ana High School with Honors. Ms. Sahagún completed her undergraduate studies at Chapman University from where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English, also with Honors. Ms. Sahagún completed her juris doctorate at Chapman University School of Law and began practicing in 2002.</p>
<p style="text-align: left">In 2006, she established The Law Offices of Rosa Elena Sahagún which allowed her to maintain close community ties through her volunteer work with various non-profit organizations while serving a source for referrals from various community-based organizations.</p>
<p style="text-align: left">Ms. Sahagun’s areas of practice include criminal defense, immigration, family law and civil litigation. Ms. Sahagún is a member of several local and national bar associations and has served as a speaker at junior high, high school and college campuses in California. Because Ms. Sahagún was a “teen parent”, and given that she overcame, literally, the odds in obtaining her degrees, she is frequently invited to speak to various youth groups. Ms. Sahagún regularly hosts free workshops for the community on numerous topics ranging from citizenship to fraud prevention.</p>
<p style="text-align: left">From 2007-2015, Ms. Sahagún hosted a weekly Spanish Language radio show on W Radio 690 AM. Topics on the show included legal issues as well as current events of importance to the community such as education and political issues.</p>
<p style="text-align: left">In 2007, Ms. Sahagún was named Inland Empire Latino Lawyer’s Attorney of the Year for her pro bono work, and since then, she has received multiple Wiley W. Manuel Awards for Pro Bono Legal Services from The State Bar for California. Ms. Sahagún’s efforts have been recognized by local Congressmen as well as California State Senators and members of California's Assembly.</p>
<p style="text-align: left">Ms. Sahagún is a member of several bar associations including: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, United States District Court, Central District of California, Supreme Court of the State of California, American Immigration Lawyers Association, California Public Defenders Association, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, and the Consumer Attorneys of California. Ms. Sahagún is also a member of the Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.</p>
<p style="text-align: left">Ms. Sahagún appears regularly on CNN En Español as a legal analyst in connection with legal issues plaguing Hollywood celebrities. In addition, Ms. Sahagún has been interviewed by several news outlets such as Noticias Univision, La Prensa, The Press Enterprise, Telemundo, Fontana Herald News, Hispanic Lifestyle Magazine, and Inland Empire Hispanic News, among others, in connection with legal topics.</p>
<p style="text-align: left">Ms. Sahagún has served at an Adjunct Professor at the University of LaVerne where she taught immigration law. She currently teaches legal courses at the University of California, Riverside and at California Desert Trial Academy of Law.</p>
<p style="text-align: left">Ms. Sahagún speaks, reads, and writes fluent Spanish.</p>

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Latina BEACON

Latina BEACON

Rosa Elena Sahagún, Esq.

<p style="text-align: left">Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Attorney Rosa Elen...

Latina MINERVA

Teresa Razo

Teresa is a recognized business woman who takes an innovative business model and brings a fresh approach to the restaurant industry in Southern California. Equally important to Ms. Razo’s love of her business is her love for uplifting her community especially other Latina business owners. She is a longstanding member of the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and has been recognized by the press, regional organizations, and other business leaders for her contributions to the Southern California Community both as a business owner, but also as a philanthropist and community leader.

Villa Roma is a fine dining restaurant that combines Argentine and Italian flavors. Their cuisine combination was inspired by “La Boca”, a neighborhood of the Argentine capital. La Boca is located in the city’s southeast near the old port. In the early 1900’s, Argentina had over 2 million Italian immigrants, most of them settled in this southeastern part of the country because of the similarity to their port town named Genoa, Italy.

Villa Roma continued this rich history and brought the Argentine and Italians flavors to Orange County. Just as La Boca retained its strong Italian flavor, they retained their unique Argentine and Italian cuisine flavor. To diversify and build on the success of her restaurant model, Villa Roma also has an attached gourmet market and deli where customers can purchase some of the restaurant’s favorite items like their famous chimichurri sauce and empanadas. Teresa Razo has helped set her restaurant apart from other Latin inspired restaurants in the region offering a fusion of Italian and Argentine flavors. Villa Roma has a very diverse, but loyal, customer base that appreciates the combination of flavors with a fine dining experience.

Ms. Razo’s business model is a perfect blend of honoring old Argentine and Italian traditions with the integration of new technologies and business practices that make her business more efficient and profitable. A small example is her early adoption of a Point of Service system for inventory and cash balance. It has helped her run a more efficient business because it clearly illustrates on highest selling items, what they sell less, and any other sales trends down to the month, week, and day. In addition, Ms. Razo completed and graduated from the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurs Program to learn how to best use innovated mindset, reducing cognitive load, and more personal empowerment. Despite their proven success, Ms. Razo is consistently looking for ways to strategically innovate and grow the business without sacrificing customer experience and the quality of her products as proven by Villa Roma’s four-star rating on Yelp with nearly 350 reviews.

Ms. Razo uses a three-prong approach to her business model. (1) Marketplace Distinction: Ms. Razo has been able to carve out a niche market for Villa Roma in the upscale community of Laguna Hills. She understands her customers are looking to enjoy the fine dining experience with family and friends as much as they are looking forward to the rich flavors of their Argentine and Italian flavors. Customers can feel like they are back in Argentina or Italy when they visit Villa Roma. (2) Business Leadership: Ms. Razo has helped establish Villa Roma as a respected and active member of the greater Orange County region and nationally. For example, she was recently invited to participate in the 2016 Small Business Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, she is a participant in the annual Orange County Restaurant Week, and is an Advisory Board Member of the Orange County Restaurant Association—to name a few of her associations. Ms. Razo is known to be a mentor to other start-up restaurants in the region to help establish themselves as successful businesses from a regulatory environment, building their clientele, and menu development.

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Latina MINERVA

Latina MINERVA

Teresa Razo

Teresa is a recognized business woman who takes an innovative business model ...

Latina Pioneer

Anette Fraley

Born and Raised in Los Angeles, Ca. and now living in Corona, Ca. since 2002. Annette made her start in Mortgage Servicing from 1998-2004. Making her way thru the corporate ladder until 2005 when she became a Realtor and obtained her Real Estate Broker’s license in 2008. She worked with the prestigious luxury home brokerage Sotheby’s International Realty until 2009, where she gained priceless expertise in luxury home marketing and refined the ability to provide her clients with personal and exceptional service.

She holds a strong work ethic, negotiating skills and her expertise and knowledge give her the opportunity to help many families sell their homes, avoid foreclosure and, buy their dream homes! This has driven her career, reputation and earned her the prestigious Leading Edge Society Award for the last 4 years in a row with Prudential California Realty. Now currently working for an Inc. 500 firm at Intero Real Estate Services, and honored as one of the top 250 real estate agents in 2015 NAHREP (National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals.

She is married to the love of her life for over 11 years, Sharing 3 beautiful boys and an artistically amazing daughter. Annette recognizes these are some of the strongest driving forces of her life.

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Latina Pioneer

Latina Pioneer

Anette Fraley

Born and Raised in Los Angeles, Ca. and now living in Corona, Ca. since 2002....

Latina hall of fame

Maria Bastian Thompson

Agile Sourcing Partners, Inc. is a Southern California-based enterprise with offices in the San Francisco suburb of Benicia. Agile supports utilities, suppliers and manufacturers in the gas and electric industry by providing sourcing and material supply solutions. Agile was founded in 2006 by a Hispanic woman, Maria Bastian Thompson. Maria has over ten years of experience working in the utility sector and fifteen years in business. She has utilized her graduate studies in supply chain and international business to provide advanced supply chain solutions for her customers and suppliers. Maria’s first-hand knowledge of how utilities operate provides Agile with a unique competitive advantage in the gas and electric utilities space.

Maria Bastian Thompson is a woman with a vision and the will to see these visions through to reality. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of California Santa Barbara and graduating cum laude from University of San Diego with an International MBA and Supply Chain emphasis, Maria began her career in supply chain. Maria started at a Mexican based maquildora managing inventory, importation, sales and purchasing. Over the years, Maria has held several roles in the area of supply chain working for companies such as Qualcomm in their Supplier Management Program and Sempra Energy utilities in supply chain management where she was the Project Management Coordinator for many strategic sourcing initiatives and helped develop departmental training and key performance indicators for the Supply Chain Management staff. While working in supply chain for various companies, Maria saw an opportunity to create a business focused on customer service and supply chain expertise within the utility industry.

In addition to their work with supporting small business, Agile also looks at their operations from a sustainability perspective to look for improvement opportunities. Agile is committed to helping our planet and minimizing our impact on the environment. With that commitment, they will be ISO 14001 compliant in 2016 and are investing in technology that will reduce our paper consumption 75 percent by 2017. In addition, Agile is leveraging technology to maximize the productivity time of employees and minimize their use of fossil fuels to commute to work. Finally, they are committed to helping their utility customers identify and procure equipment and technology and deliver it in the most efficient manner to minimize their impact on the environment.

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Latina hall of fame

Latina hall of fame

Maria Bastian Thompson

Agile Sourcing Partners, Inc. is a Southern California-based enterprise with ...

Latina Rising Star

Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca

Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca is the Founder and CEO of DREAMers Roadmap, a mobile app platform that helps undocumented students navigate the necessary resources to access higher education. This is Sarahi’s latest project in a longer trajectory of activism within and for the undocumented community, which have placed her in the spotlight of continued conversations centered on national immigration policy. Sarahi is a recent graduate of Cañada College. She was a Champion of Change at the White House in 2014, received a House of Representatives Award in 2015, and was recently named in Forbes 30 under 30. A former undocumented student who once had to drop out of school to support her family, Sarahi’s personal experience informs her unwavering vision to help hundreds of thousands of Latino students eliminate the barriers to success and achieve their full potential.

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Latina Rising Star

Latina Rising Star

Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca

Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca is the Founder and CEO of

CHAMBER AWARDS

John Aguilar Procu- rement

Raul Medrano

Raul J. Medrano, is the President of R.J. Medrano & Associates, Inc., a business consulting company specializing in small, minority and women enterprises. He is Past Chairman of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, the Past Chairman of the Orange County Minority Business Council and Past Chairman of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Orange County. Mr. Medrano also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Los Angeles Minority Business Opportunity Center, Wells Fargo Bank Community Advisory Board, Disneyland Resort Hispanic Advisory Council, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, California Board, Rancho Santiago Community College District Community Advisor’s Committee, University of California Community Partnership. Past Member of the Greenlining Coalition, Washington Mutual Community Council and Merrill Lynch Community Partnership Council.

Also, Mr. Medrano was selected as the Minority Business Advocate of the Year for 1993 by the Small Business Administration, Santa Ana District, received the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Orange County Lifetime Achievement Award and delegate from the 46th Congressional District (Representative Loretta Sanchez) to the Congressional Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Medrano’s background also encompasses seven years as the Director of the Orange County Minority Business Development Center funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce and over twenty years of experience in the banking and financial fields in which he last served as Chief Financial Officer for an Orange County Independent Bank.

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John Aguilar Procu- rement

Raul Medrano

Raul J. Medrano, is the President of R.J. Medrano & Associates, Inc., a b...

Corporate Advocate

Southern California Edison

For more than 125 years, Southern California Edison (SCE) has helped build stronger communities across Southern California and Central California. Using funds from shareholders of their parent company, Edison International, they contribute to local organizations that help meet the many needs in diverse communities.

At Edison, their giving is focused on important and timely issues like education, the environment, public safety & emergency preparedness, and civic engagement.

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Corporate Advocate

Corporate Advocate

Southern California Edison

For more than 125 years, Southern California Edison (SCE) has helped build st...

Affiliate of the Year

National Latina Business Women Association - Los Angeles

NLBWA-LA is dedicated to offering programs of substance to guide women emerging in business, leadership, and executive positions. Our non-partisan, non-profit organization was launched in 2003 to meet the rapid growth of Latina entrepreneurs and corporate professionals from the Greater Los Angeles area and surrounding communities.

Our mission is to encourage all women and men to meet their career goals by developing their business and professional skills and knowledge. Our vision is to encourage them to meet career objectives through education, business referrals and building relationships through networking. Our vision is to create more representation, visibility and business opportunities for Latinos in the world of business and at the executive level nationwide.

Today, NLBWA has local chapters in Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, Orange County, Sacramento and San Diego. NLBWA-LA is on the brink of tremendous growth.

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Affiliate of the Year

Affiliate of the Year

National Latina Business Women Association - Los Angeles

NLBWA-LA is dedicated to offering programs of substance to guide women emergi...

Chamber of the Year

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Silicon Valley, originally called the Mexican American Chamber of Commerce, began its formation in 1955. The Hispanic Chamber was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1973, and it began offering services to the Latino small business community. The Hispanic Chamber founders sought to maximize Hispanic business and economic development to increase better understanding between Hispanic businesses, corporate America and the community at large.

Over the years, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has provided assistance and support to numerous Latinos and other minority small businesses in the following areas: business education, economic assistance, international business, entrepreneurship, education, community development, loan program development, and procurement assistance, to name a few. The Hispanic Chamber Commerce serviced over 5,000 clients over the past 50 years and has helped businesses procure loans totaling over 3 million dollars. The many business and community related programs and services reflect our never-ending concern for giving the highest quality service to our business community and the community at large.

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce offers a variety of programs and services.. It is a recognized and influential player in the development of the social, political and economic landscape of this region. In 1999 the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was recognized as the best large Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in the United States by the United States Hispanic Chambers of Commerce via an independent auditing firm. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley is committed to the passionate pursuit of Latino business empowerment.

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Chamber of the Year

Chamber of the Year

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Silicon Valley, originally called the Mex...

Executive of the Year (Male)

Carlos Solorzano-Cuadra

Carlos Solórzano-Cuadra is the CEO of the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce of San Francisco; he has strong background as a chamber and business executive with over 30 years of experience. He has served in the Solano Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as board member and president, Executive Director of the Nicaraguan-American, the Latin American and Caribbean and the San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a director of the California HCC, representing the Northern Region chamber at state level. His business administration, funding, marketing and knowledge of the chambers intricacies, and experience, bring an array of excellent tools to develop the organization.

In addition to his chamber duties, Carlos is the founder of Multi Vision Latina, LLC, (MVL) a leading International Multi Services, Corporate Matching, and Business consulting and Public Relations agency, established in the US in 2007. Although new as Multi Vision Latina, LLC, (MVL), his principal and affiliates have over fifty years’ experience serving small businesses, corporations, and working with affiliates agencies in the US, and Latin America. He is currently the CEO/Publisher of Global Latino Media, a new media digital enterprise serving Latin America.

Under his leadership, the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce of San Francisco (HCCSF), has growth to be heavily involved in advocacy for Latino Small Business and Small Businesses in general, the chamber has become a voice representing small businesses at local, state and nationwide, their participation is constantly requested in support or opposition of initiatives that affects small businesses, and the economy of the business community, he has created partnerships with other business and community organizations like the Golden State Business Association and the LGBT chambers across the nation. He sits on the board and through him, the HCCSF partners with the Center for Economic Independence of Women, a non-profit that teach economic independence to women survivors of Domestic violence and Operation Helping People (OHP), Foundation a non-profit that mentor young people in creating their own business. They also created their own foundation for business education and scholarships and their own PAC for their legislative arm.

He is the recipient of several community and business awards and has been recognized and a recipient of the Hispanic Business Salute Recognition Award from Telemundo, and the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Northern Region, 2009, Monja Blanca Innovation Award, 2011, Latino Business Network &amp; Community Leadership Award 2012, and Alma Pinolera Community Leader award 2012.
He is from Nicaragua, grew up in New York and California, is married to Martha Vaughan an international Rock singer and has 3 sons and 2 step sons, 1 step daughter and 3 grandchildren.

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Executive of the Year (Male)

Executive of the Year (Male)

Carlos Solorzano-Cuadra

Carlos Solórzano-Cuadra is the CEO of the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce of S...

Executive of the Year (Female)

Teresa Martinez

Theresa Martinez currently serves as the CEO for the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce (LALCC). She has served in this capacity since November of 2013. She oversees fundraising, procurement, policy initiatives, advocacy work, corporate sponsor relationships, program infrastructure, managing staff, following the vision of the Board of Directors, as well as implementing final board decisions. Theresa serves on the OneWest Bank- a Division of CIT’s Community Advisory Board, on the Royal Business Bank’s Community Advisory Committee and the SCAQMD-Environmental Justice Community Partnership Advisory Council.

Prior to the chamber position she worked as an independent government/public/community relations and energy consultant to various clients. From 2012 to 2013 she served as an Energy Consultant to Ameresco, Inc. an Energy Services Company (ESCo) overseeing energy efficiency projects for all of California. From 2008 to 2009 she served as the Business Development Manager of the West Coast for Utilities Dynamics, Inc., one of the USA’s leading lighting management and energy solutions companies, having completed projects to a wide variety of clients: retail, banking, multifamily, hotels, financial, computer technology, grocery, government, K-12 schools, higher education and industrial. Theresa’s previous clients as a consultant include: Chevron Energy Solutions, E.P. Development, Vista Inc., Refugio Para Ninos, Parking Company of America, McCormick Construction Company, Chase Partners and Delaware North Companies.

She also worked for two years as the Health Care Director for the Orange County Rescue Mission and oversaw a mobile health clinic that served the homeless in Orange County living in motels and on the streets.

Furthermore, she served as Executive Assistant for the Orange County Board of Supervisors serving under the Honorable Cynthia P. Coad from January 1999 - September 2002 and the Honorable William G. Steiner from January 1997 - December 1998. She was responsible for handling all issues of the Health Care, Probation Department and the Social Services Agency in the unincorporated areas of the district. She also handled all issues relating to the City of La Habra and the redevelopment of the unincorporated areas of that city. Under the direction of the Orange County Board of Supervisors she was assigned to research public policy issues and to advise the Supervisor on public policy decisions on a weekly basis. She represented the Supervisor(s) on community boards, committees, and events as needed. Additionally, she got her start in the Third District with Supervisor Donald J. Saltarelli from June 1996-January 1997 where she conducted research and drafted correspondence and materials on behalf of the Supervisor and his staff.

She also worked in the capacity of Family Support Officer for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for seven years enforcing child support orders and locating absent parents.

Theresa is the founder of the National Latina Business Women Association and Past President of the National Board of Directors where she held that position for four years. She was solely responsible for starting seven chapters, six chapters in California; Sacramento, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Inland Empire, Central California and a chapter in Atlanta, Georgia and for developing the "Emerging Latina’s Program,” a one of a kind business boot camp program as well as the “Latina Financial Program,” which are active programs to this day.

Additionally, Theresa served for nine years on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Prior to her position as CEO of the LALCC she served on the board for three years as well as Co-Chairing the “Green Committee.” She served on the Board of Directors of "Our Small World" (a foster family agency in Orange County) for nine years and as the Chair of the Latino Advisory Commission for Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen. Moreover, she has also served in the capacity as Advisory Board Member for the Small Business Development Center in Santa Ana, the Hispanic Advisory Board for the O.C. District Attorney's Office and for seven years as the President of the Hispanic Arts Council of Bower's Museum.

Theresa graduated from Chapman University in Orange, California with a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science/Emphasis in Law, in May 1997. She lives in downtown Los Angeles with her husband Reuben Martinez, a Project Manager/Engineer for The Boeing Company and with her 12year old son Diego Ynzunza who attends Mayfield Junior School in Pasadena, California.

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Executive of the Year (Female)

Executive of the Year (Female)

Teresa Martinez

Theresa Martinez currently serves as the CEO for the Los Angeles Latino Chamb...

SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS

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Discover home on the California trail at the full service Marriott Riverside hotel located in the heart of historic downtown Riverside nestled in the Inland Empire. The hotel is within walking distance to the Fox Performing Arts Center, the historic Mission Inn, the Riverside Pedestrian Main Street Mall, and 2 miles from the University of California Riverside. The hotel is also a mile from the Riverside County Superior Courthouse, major corporations, and 10 miles from March Air Force Reserve Base.

3400 Market Street,
Riverside,  CA  92501

Check in: 3:00 PM
Check out: 12:00 PM

Parking:
On-site parking, fee: $3.00 hourly, $12.00 daily
Onsite self-parking: $12.00 per night

Rates Starting at: $133.00/night

Cut-off Date: August 31, 2016

THE MISSION INN
HOTEL & SPA
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From its modest beginnings as a two-story adobe guest house in 1876 to its current position as an icon of breathtaking architecture, timeless beauty and old world charm, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa is a place where history, grandeur, and inspiration are found around every corner. From iconic domes and towers overlooking the inland California landscape to the serenity of secluded pools and villas, discover the luxurious features that make The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa a truly one-of-a-kind destination.

3649 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501

Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM

Parking:
Self-Parking $15.00/Valet Parking $20.00

Rates Starting at: $159.00/night

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PROGRAM
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
CHCC Appreciation Day

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
International Trade & Millennials and Innovation Day

Light continental breakfast free of charge for convention participants.

Exposition area for local small businesses and corporate and community partners.

The primary energy sources consumed in the United States are nuclear energy, fossil energy (including oil, coal and natural gas), and renewable sources including wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower. Electricity, a second energy source, is generated using these primary forms of energy. Understanding the relationships between the different energy sources and their uses provides insights into many important energy and water issues in California. This session will provide attendees with an understanding of the opportunities and challenges California will confront over the next two decades. The business community has the opportunity to help shape energy policies by engaging their local policymakers and regulators in meaningful dialogue about how to meet the future energy needs of each state and region.

Una clase ideal para principiantes para aprender el uso del Email Marketing y Social Media de una manera práctica y sencilla. El presentador Armando Ehrenzweig compartira técnicas sencillas y prácticas para aplicarlas a su negocio y profesion y asi empezar a sacar el maximo de la tecnologia para hacer publicidad online.

The CHCC Hispanic Shark Tank is the premier platform for Latino Start-ups in California to connect with angel and venture investors. This live event is the platform for Start-ups to have direct access to potential investors who can take their business ventures to the next level.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Latina Empresaria Day

Light continental breakfast free of charge for convention participants.

Exposition area for local small businesses and corporate and community partners.

Want to start a new business but need a business loan?
Already in business and need money to grow and expand?
Been told you don’t qualify or don’t meet lenders requirements?

This forum is for you. Come hear a panel of traditional and non-traditional lenders, nonprofits and alternative access to capital you probably are not aware of. Learn firsthand what lenders look for and what are the most common mistakes that are made when applying for a business loan. This is an interactive forum where you can ask questions to the panelists about your specific situations and get advice how to get a YES next time you apply for a loan!

This small business contract-readiness training program is designed for emerging woman-owned and small business enterprises that would like to develop the infrastructure and basic components to elevate their business performance, and build capacity to successfully compete and grow in the marketplace.

· Conducting a physical on your business, does it have what it takes?
· Exploring how to make your business compliant.
· Giving your business a tune-up.
· Exploring the four (4) key areas in which a business owner must demonstrate competency.

This session will include the following takeaways:

• Complete Effective Ethics training consisting with the requirements of the federal guidelines
• Learn best practices in the management of an effective ethics program
• Understanding ethical leadership and its role in the day to day organization
• Evaluate your Organization’s current ethical cultural and produce an actionable plan for improvement
• Learn new strategies for performance management that drive real–time results and support

There is a direct relationship between energy consumption and a country’s wealth. Abundant, reliable energy allows people to achieve greater prosperity, higher standards of living, and longer, healthier lives. When energy costs go up, every aspect of our lives becomes more expensive. Because higher energy costs have such widespread effects, Californians who can least afford it suffer the most. Energy poverty today means high infant mortality, lower life expectancy, illiteracy and many other social ills. This session will provide attendees with an understanding of the challenges faced by California’s poor and how access to safe and reliable water and energy can be life-changing.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Business & Chamber Day

Light continental breakfast free of charge for convention participants.

On September 26, 2016, we will be presenting a comprehensive overview of the workers’ compensation system, summarizing the history of the system as well as the recent developments in the law. Our presentation will cover topics such as the obligation to carry workers’ compensation insurance, types of injuries that are recognized in California, time limits to pursue and defend against claims, the current state of access to medical treatment for injured workers, and indemnity benefits owed to injured employees.

The presentation will be given by an experienced attorney who represents injured workers, a similarly experienced attorney who represents employers, and a workers’ compensation Judge so that the audience members will receive information regarding the workers’ compensation system from a balanced perspective.

The California State Bar Executive Committee on Workers’ Compensation has formed a subcommittee devoted to Community Outreach. This Committee is dedicated to educating the community of employers and employees on the topic of workers’ compensation in California and the legal rights and liabilities inherent in the system.

* PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

SPEAKERS

Yvonne E. Lang

Yvonne Lang specializes in the defense of workers' compensation claims. She is an experienced trial attorney and has successfully litigated complex issues before the WCAB. Yvonne graduated from the University of California at Irvine in 1991, and graduated with both a Bachelor of Arts and Letters degree in Political Science (major) and Criminal Justice (minor). She obtained her Jurist Doctorate degree from the University of La Verne College of Law. Yvonne previously worked as a workers' compensation claims specialist, obtaining her self-insurance certificate, WCCP designation and her CPDM. She worked as a fraud investigator and assisted the National Insurance Crime Bureau and the Los Angeles and Ventura County District Attorneys' offices with the successful prosecution of doctors in the "What's Up Doc?" sting.

Yvonne was also an active member of the California Workers' Compensation Institute's Utilization Review Committee and worked for the implementation of the California Code of Regulations 9792.6(g), Utilization Management and Review. She is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association and the California Workers' Compensation Defense Attorneys' Association, serving as President of the organization in 2013. Yvonne is the 2015-2016 Chair of the State Bar Workers’ Compensation Section Executive Committee.

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Yvonne E. Lang

Yvonne E. Lang

Yvonne Lang specializes in the defense of workers' compensation claims. She i...

BRENNA BUTLER GARCIA

WSPA (DIRECTOR: CENTRAL REGION)

Brenna is responsible for the management of WSPA collateral development, associate member development and support, as well as the strategic partnerships and coalition-building that promotes the oil and gas industry. In addition to her role with WSPA, Brenna serves on the Board of Directors of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) as the Central Regional Director and as an advisory board member of the Fueling California Advisory Council. Most recently, Ms. Butler Garcia was the chief executive officer of the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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BRENNA BUTLER GARCIA

WSPA (DIRECTOR: CENTRAL REGION)

Brenna is responsible for the management of WSPA collateral development, asso...

DON MARTINEZ

Domar Companies
Martinezd@domarcompanies.com

Don Martinez Master Certified Coach, and MNLP/PT, Ziglar Legacy Certified Trainer and Speaker is the founder &amp; President of Domar Companies, LLC., a Executive Search firm and Advantage Coaching Network a Los Angeles based organization that provides Executive Search, Leadership development, Executive coaching &amp; Training. He is a frequent guest lecturer at Pepperdine University, University of Southern California, University of Irvine and many more. He speaks regularly at conferences on various leadership and coaching events. He is the Author of Mastering the Art of Communication second  edition, The Art of Business, Your Universal Mind and Principles of a career search.

Don hold an Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University Los Angeles, A Master Certification in Human Resource Management and HR Organizational Effectiveness from Villa Nova University, a Business Certification, from Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management, with a concentration in Cognitive Psychology, and a 6 Sigma Green in Belt certification. Don is ranked one of the top five Executive Career Coaches by UC Irvine Executive MBA Alumni Association. Don also is a well recognized NLP Practitioner which he holds a certification as a MNLP/MTT/Body Practitioner and Trainer in Neuro Linguistic Psychology (NLP) from the National Federation of Neuro Linguistic Psychology (USA).
He is on the Board for the Orange county Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is Former Chairman of Procurement for the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce.

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DON MARTINEZ

DON MARTINEZ

Domar Companies

Don Martinez Master Certified Coach, and MNLP/PT, Ziglar Legacy Certified Tra...

ALBERT CLARK-CASTANEDA

ATLAS GENERAL INSURANCE SERVICES LCC (CHAIR: SOUTHERN REGION)
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ATLAS GENERAL INSURANCE SERVICES LCC (CHAIR: SOUTHERN REGION)

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GILBERT BUCHANAN

BUCHANAN & ASSOCIATES (CHAIR: PROCUREMENT)
gilbert@TheBuchananGroup.net

Gilbert Buchanan, MA is the principal management consultant and owner of Buchanan & Associates, a small business planning and diversity program management firm established in 2006 to help entrepreneurs and small businesses become business-ready, contract-ready and bank loan-ready.
A veteran business compliance and management consulting coach with more than 20 years of industry experience, he has successfully worked with DBE/MBE/SBE firms within public works, construction, retail, service, and manufacturing environments.

  • Gilbert was appointed as the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (CHCC) Procurement Committee Chairman in 2015.
  • He is the Recipient of the Prestigious Latino Business Advocate of the Year Award for 2016 by the Los Angeles Business Journal and California Bank & Trust.
  • Gilbert has managed small business programs for the following public works agencies: LAMBOC - Mayor’s Office Los Angeles, Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC), LA Metro, Los Angeles Unified School District, LACCD, and EXPO.
  • Successfully provided Contract Compliance and Labor Compliance oversight for the LA Metro’s Exposition Phase II $1.6 billion light rail transportation project with 4 major prime contractors [Skanska-Rados, URS Corp., MDG Corp., and BBII] and 150 subcontractors.
  • Served as Assistant Small Business Program Manager for LAUSD’s sustainability new and modernization school construction program, a $21 Billion program.
  • Served as Contract Compliance and Business/Community Outreach Consultant for the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), a $6 Billion sustainability new college campus construction program for 9 college campuses;
  • Assisted more than a 1,000 small businesses including Latino and Asian-owned businesses in obtaining over $81 million in contract awards while partnering with public works agencies and commercial entities such as LAUSD, LACCD, and LA Metro.
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  • Latin Business Association (LBA) Gilbert has launched a Supplier Diversity Boot Camp Program for the Latin Business Association (LBA), he is the trainer of record for the last seven (7) years resulting in contract awards in over $5 million.
  • National Latina Business Women Association (NLBWA-LA) Responsible for designing, developing, and implementing a Contract-readiness 7-week Business Management Academy (BMA) training program so that Latina-owned businesses can confidently pursue bank loans and contract opportunities with contract providers.
  • National Latina Business Women Association (NLBWA-IE) Responsible for designing, developing, and implementing a Contract-readiness 8-week Business Management Academy (BMA) training program so that small businesses can confidently pursue bank loans and contract opportunities with contract providers.
  • Southern California Edison EDGE Program Gilbert is one of the key business coaches and facilitators of the EDGE Supplier Diversity Contract-Readiness training program for Edison and Community-based Organizations in Los Angeles, Inland Empire, Sacramento, Moreno Valley, etc.
  • He has successfully launched multiple Small Business Boot Camps for LAUSD, LACCD, Pepperdine University, PACE, and American Contractors Services (ACS).
  • He possesses Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from Binghamton University.
  • He is owner and founder of Buchanan & Associates since 2006.
  • Greatest accomplishment is being the Creator of SmallBizPro™ Business Management & Procurement System to help businesses become contract-ready, business-ready, and bank loan-ready.

    Gilbert Buchanan is known for helping small businesses develop the tools and systems needed to transition their organization from an informal way of doing business to a formal system. This enables entrepreneurs to operate like a fortune 500 company, thus expanding their market share and exponentially increasing revenues. Gilbert is affectionately known in the industry as “The Small Business Paramedic”.

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GILBERT BUCHANAN

BUCHANAN & ASSOCIATES (CHAIR: PROCUREMENT)

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Maria Antonieta Sager

Compensation Certified Specialist who graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1998, and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1999. Ms. Sager has dedicated her practice to representing injured workers in a wide variety of occupations for the past fourteen years, from janitors, housekeepers, gardeners and cooks to construction workers, nurses, and secretaries. With her fluency in Spanish, she maintains an additional focus on Spanish-speaking clients. In addition to her full law practice, Maria is committed to attorneys being an active force for good in giving back to the wider community. To that end, she maintains a number of nonprofit and extra-curricular affiliations. They include: Volunteer Pro Tem Judge, Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, Oakland; member, State Bar of California Workers' Compensation Executive Committee, and Chair of its Community Outreach Subcommittee, with the goal of educating the California public on workers' compensation laws; participation in the San Francisco Mexican Consulate's Labor Rights Week, where she educates members of the Consulates of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras on workers' compensation law; member of California Applicants' Attorneys Association Latino Caucus, where the goal is to educate Latinos about workers’ compensation rights and to help pass legislation to help assist those injured on the job.

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Maria Antonieta Sager

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Eva Melgarejo

NEW AMERICAN FUNDING
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Eva Melgarejo

NEW AMERICAN FUNDING

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VERONICA CORONA

CM CLEANING SOLUTIONS, INC. (MEMBER-AT-LARGE: CHCC)

Veronica Corona works hard to keep Southern California office buildings clean. In fact, “Keeping It Clean While You Sleep” is the motto of her company, CM Cleaning Solutions, a world-class janitorial services firm headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. As the owner and managing partner of one the area’s leading commercial cleaning businesses, she believes a clean building or office space is a true testament to a company’s branding and level of customer care. Her clients clearly agree.

The CM Cleaning Solutions client list includes some of the top corporations in the country like Warner Bros., Entrepreneur Media, Community Bank, Cedar Sinai Hospital and Vanir Development Company, to name a few.

Prior to starting CM Cleaning Solutions, she managed a janitorial company in Los Angeles, where she achieved over $1 Million in sales for two consecutive years. She later went on to work for another company where a customer encouraged her to start her own business. In 2009, she and her business partner did just that. With a lot of hard work, the two have grown the company to a million-dollar business in less than five years.

A 15-year veteran of the commercial janitorial service industry, Veronica is committed to providing personalized service. She is even known to roll up her sleeves and join a crew to ensure client satisfaction.

She attributes her drive and dedication to her parents whom emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico and instilled a strong work ethic in Veronica and her three siblings. That work ethic combined with a passion for fostering relationships has led her to become an award-winning entrepreneur. Veronica has been recognized by the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as a Rising Star, recognized as Mujer Destacada by La Opinion in 2013, honored with the 2014 Latina of Influence award by Hispanic Lifestyles magazine, and she was presented with the 2014 Small Business Award by the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce.

With a strong desire to give back and to empower and inspire women, the bilingual Los Angeles native is active in her community and serves on the boards of several non-profits, including the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, National Latina Business Women Association (NLWBA) as advisor, Financially Fit Foundation and HBN Bilingual Toastmasters. She is also past president of NLWBA Los Angeles and a Competent Communicator in Toastmasters.

When Veronica is not managing day-to-day operations of CM Cleaning Solutions, volunteering or speaking on panels, you can find her perfecting her swing at a local golf course, reading or spending time with her family and friends.

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VERONICA CORONA

CM CLEANING SOLUTIONS, INC. (MEMBER-AT-LARGE: CHCC)

Veronica Corona works hard to keep Southern California office buildings clean...

JUANITA RUIZ

THE SUN GROUP (CHAIR: INLAND EMPIRE REGION)
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JUANITA RUIZ

THE SUN GROUP (CHAIR: INLAND EMPIRE REGION)

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Dr. Michele Colon

A physician, surgeon, health coach, yoga teacher, anatomy instructor, author, speaker, and overall health and wellness expert, Dr. Michele Summers Colon is known as The Holistic Podiatrist of Southern California and has been interviewed and quoted in many prominent publications including USA Today, US News & World Reports, Health Magazine, Yahoo! Makers, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. One of Dr. Michele’s greatest strengths is her ability to help women create balanced, healthy lives by looking at the whole picture. Dr. Michele combines the best of Eastern and Western medicine to create individualized health and wellness plans for her clients and patients. For almost two decades, Dr. Michele has dedicated herself to maintaining a private medical practice and providing exceptional care to her patients while at the same time studying Integrative Medicine, Ayurveda, Yoga, Reiki, Reflexology, and Acupressure. Dr. Michele believes that food is medicine and that yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation are the keys to perfect health.

Dr. Michele has a Bachelor’s degree in Physiology, a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, and a Doctorate degree in Podiatry with specialties in Foot and Ankle Surgery as well as Diabetic Limb Salvage. Dr. Michele is also certified in Yoga, Reiki, Reflexology, and Laser Therapy. Dr. Michele teaches Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Therapeutic Yoga to provide the most healing, relaxation, and rejuvenation to her patients and clients. Dr. Michele has studied Ayurveda extensively and has worked with some of the best practitioners throughout California to bring Ayurveda to the forefront of medicine. Dr. Michele is passionate about helping Latinas with diabetes and/or weight issues to reverse their disease and live healthy, happy lives.

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Dr. Michele Colon

A physician, surgeon, health coach, yoga teacher, anatomy instructor, author,...

Ruth Lopez Novodor

Beverly Oncology and Imaging Centers (BOI) Medical Group, Inc.

Ruth Lopez Novodor serves as CEO for Beverly Oncology and Imaging Centers (BOI) Medical Group, Inc., a position that she has held since 1980. In this capacity, Ms. Lopez Novodor is responsible for the company’s business planning and execution of strategic goals locally and internationally. Ms. Lopez Novodor also served as CEO for Americade Home Health Agency (AHHA) for approximately 15 years prior to its sale. Americade was formed to fill a gap in service in the L.A. and surrounding communities as identified first by the needs of Dr. Thropay’s patients. With a staff of 50 skilled nurses, home health aides, social workers, and occupational, speech, and respiratory therapists America provided much needed care to a broad base of multi-cultural patients confined to the home.

Ms. Lopez Novodor, along with her brother, John P. Thropay, M.D., co-founded VivaHealth Plan. Ms. Lopez Novodor served as CEO and developed the concept from its inception and early days of organizing in 1989 to licensure and operational status of the plan. This first-of-its-kind HMO to provide all-encompassing healthcare services in Spanish was specifically designed for the burgeoning Hispanic population in Southern California and served as a catalyst for the evolution of ethnic and culturally responsive models of healthcare delivery.

Ms. Lopez Novodor has served as a Delegate to the White House on Small Business; a two-term Chairman of the Board of the Latin Business Association (LBA); a four year member of Wells Fargo Bank’s Corporate Diversity Council and a board member for El Proyecto del Barrio, a health and human services organization. She currently serves as a board member of The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); Chairman of the Leadership Council of NFIB California, a member of the Adaptive Business Leaders (ABL) Organization, a Healthcare Executive Roundtable, and holds appointments from the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti and the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to the Workforce Investment Board of Los Angeles (WIB) and the California Citizens Compensation Commission (CCCC) respectively.

Ms. Lopez Novodor holds an MBA and Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. In 1996, she completed the Executive Program for Managed Care at the University of Missouri, at Kansas City’s National Center for Managed Health Care Administration, and Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration.

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Ruth Lopez Novodor

Beverly Oncology and Imaging Centers (BOI) Medical Group, Inc.

Ruth Lopez Novodor serves as CEO for Beverly Oncology and Imaging Centers (BO...

Cece Alvarado

Internal Environment Institute

Cece is very passionate about her profession, she has personally experienced through her own health the benefits of Colon Hydrotherapy. Her MESS has become her MESSage. She is a very strong advocate that Our Health is OUR RESPONSIBILITY. And does her very best to daily apply it in her own life and shares it with everyone of her family, friends and clients. She loves to pay it forward!

Arcticle recently written on Cece and her daughter RaqC by the National American Heart Association.

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Cece Alvarado

Internal Environment Institute

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Catrina Blair

Department of General Services

Catrina Blair is Customer Relations Liaison with the State of California Department of General Services Procurement Division, Small Business and DVBE Certification and Outreach Branch.  She also serves as one of the Department’s Small Business (SB) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) Advocate.

In this capacity Catrina works with her colleagues in the Outreach Branch to make certain that Small and DVBE businesses get access to their share of state awarded contracts.

Catrina received the 2011 State Agency Recognition Award for advocacy and support for providing exemplary service and excelling in promoting the Small Business/Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program. This was the first presentation of this award that honors employees for their best practices, creativity and outstanding achievements to advance California's Small Business programs and DVBE programs.

Catrina holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and her MBA with a concentration in Project Management.  She has been working for the State of California for 17 years.

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Catrina Blair

Catrina Blair

Department of General Services

Catrina Blair is Customer Relations Liaison with the State of California Depa...

Margita Thompson

California Resources Corporation

Margita Thompson has a distinguished background in national and international public policy, media relations and communications in the private and government arenas.

She is currently Vice President of Communications for California Resources Corporation (CRC). As the communications lead for the state’s largest combined oil and natural gas producer, Thompson leads a team charged with unprecedented community and media engagement establishing the upstream company as a trusted and safe operator and a strategic partner in helping relieve California’s energy deficit. Previously Thompson was Vice President, External Communications for Disney Consumer Products (DCP) leading PR teams spanning Disney Publishing, The Disney Stores and DCP Licensing, the world's largest licensor. Thompson led the PR team through the blockbuster success of “Frozen” and the ensuing consumer product frenzy. Before joining Disney, she was Vice President for Corporate Communications and Latino Programs Officer at Health Net, Inc., one of the nation’s largest publicly traded managed health care companies. Thompson led media relations, reputation management, and internal communications for the Fortune 250 company during a tumultuous time of change for the industry. She was also responsible for the company’s Latino Initiative, an enterprisewide effort to become the insurer of choice for the Latino community.

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Margita Thompson

California Resources Corporation

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Tina Aldatz

Savvy Travelers

TINA ALDATZ, Entrepreneur and current CEO of Savvy Travelers designer beauty wipes, made her mark on the world as a self-starting entrepreneur and founder of Foot Petals, the revolutionary line of designer insole cushions for women’s high heels. As a child, Tina severely burned her feet after accidently stepping on buried hot coals at the beach. From her foot injury and her passion for fashion, Tina created Foot Petals to help fill a gap in the market for women’s high-heeled foot support. Through her strength and tenacity, Foot Petals became a successful multi-million dollar company that was recognized by Inc. 500 as one of the “500 fastest growing companies in America." Tina is a true pediatric burn survivor who has taken a horrific tragedy and turned it into her destiny. She has been featured in numerous media articles including Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, LA Times, CNN and many more, and Forbes Magazine wrote she is an “entrepreneur to watch." In 2015, Comerica Bank’s Women’s Business Awards, named Tina a “Woman of Entrepreneurship” and she was honored to become the National Latina Business Women Association’s (NLBWA) “Business Woman of the Year" in 2011. Most recently, Aldatz has received the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) “2016 Business Woman of the Year” award and has been named “2016 Small Business/ Entrepreneur Women of the Year” for the National Hispanic Business Women Association (NHBWA).

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Tina Aldatz

Savvy Travelers

TINA ALDATZ, Entrepreneur and current CEO of Savvy Travelers designer beauty ...

Jeff Kightlinger

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Jeffrey Kightlinger is general manager and chief executive officer for The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The Metropolitan Water District is the largest municipal water provider in the nation delivering an average of over 2 billion gallons of water a day to 19 million customers across Southern California. Metropolitan serves one out of every two Californians in the six counties of Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego.

Kightlinger was appointed general manager in February 2006. Prior to that, he served as the general counsel for the agency.

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Jeff Kightlinger

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Jeffrey Kightlinger is general manager and chief executive officer for The Me...

Jose Perez

Hispanics in Energy

José L. Pérez co-founded the first council of its kind, the California Utilities Diversity Council (CUDC) in 2003, with Michael R. Peevey, who is former president of the California Public Utilities Commission. The CUDC set new benchmarks and led to new achievements in diversity by California-regulated companies. In 2008, José co-founded another first council of its kind, the National Utilities Diversity Council (NUDC), and served as its president for three years creating national awareness and synergistic efforts toward reaching diversity goals.

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Jose Perez

Jose Perez

Hispanics in Energy

José L. Pérez co-founded the first council of its kind, the California Util...

Armando Ehrenzweig

Get in Motion! LLC
armando@gogetinmotion.com

Armando Ehrenzweig es el Fundador / CEO de Get in Motion!, una compañía dedicada a crear eventos que ayudan tanto a individuos como a pequeños negocios y emprendedores a iniciar, mantener y expandir sus negocios. Podemos decir que le gusta apoyar a todas esas personas a llevar acabo sus metas para que hagan realidad sus sueños y de una vez obtengan el estilo de vida que siempre han deseado. Trae a ustedes talleres y seminarios de capacitación y motivación para encontrar las herramientas que su negocio necesita. Armando Ehrenzweig se graduó de la universidad en la carrera de Diseño Industrial, con una especialidad en Sistemas Informáticos. Una de sus últimas certificaciones fue en Life Coach para negocios. Ha sido diseñador en empresas constructoras y despachos de publicidad e impresión. Además de estar a cargo de su empresa de eventos también tiene negocios en el internet para hospedar y diseñar sitios web. Actualmente es consultor de eventos y negocios para Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, donde se ofrece consultoría gratuita a dueños de negocios.

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Armando Ehrenzweig

Get in Motion! LLC

Armando Ehrenzweig es el Fundador / CEO de Get in Motion!, una compañía ded...

Manny Fernandez

Manny Fernandez is a Stanford University educated angel investor, serial entrepreneur and bestselling author. He has been successful in investing in his own ideas and taking companies from startup to exit.

Fernandez was named by Inc. Magazine as one of 33 entrepreneurs to watch in 2016.

—In 2013, Fernandez founded SF Angels Group and has been an angel investor with TiE Angels since 2012. In 2014, he was named SF Angel Investor of the Year and received the Equity Crowdfunding Leadership Award. In 2016, Menlo College Named Fernandez Silicon Valley Equity CrowdFunding Pioneer.

Fernandez recently became a #1 bestselling author with his new book, How to Make Money Investing in Pre-IPO Stocks, which is available on Amazon. He is also the #14 Angel Investor to Follow on Twitter and has the #1 most viewed equity crowdfunding video on YouTube.

He has been featured on mainstream media including CNBC Squawk Box, NBC, CNN Latino, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Fox News and more.

Manny’s energetic and inspiring presence has lead to him being a frequent judge, speaker, and panelist for Silicon Valley corporations, startup demo days and universities. He has been a featured guest speaker for events at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Harvard University, Angel Capital Association Summit (ACA), University of San Francisco (USF), Pepperdine University, Draper University, Plug and Play, Yahoo!, USAWeek in Europe, Qianhai Equity Exchange in China, Intel, California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (CHCC), SharkTank, Startup Grind, AngelHack Global Demo, Startup Weekend, SXSW and many more.

All of Manny’s experience in the investment landscape has culminated, under his leadership, in the first San Francisco based FINRA and SEC- registered funding portal. In addition, DreamFunded.vc is also the first latino-led FINRA and SEC-registered funding portal.

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Manny Fernandez

Manny Fernandez is a Stanford University educated angel investor, serial entr...

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CONVENTION

The 2016 CHCC Annual Convention will be September 21-23, 2016 at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside. This year’s convention theme, Innovation Starts Here! will focus on new innovations sparking the creativity of entrepreneurs throughout California, technologies that are transforming industry and Hispanic millennials who are forging their own paths in business. Each year, the CHCC Annual Convention attracts over 3,000 entrepreneurs, small business advocates, corporate representatives, community leaders and government officials. Attendees will participate in workshops focused on tools for business owners, California energy and water issues, procurement opportunities for small business, and strengthening the state’s Hispanic Chamber of Commerce network and business community. Past speakers and business honorees have included former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, branding pioneer and actress Daisy Fuentes, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos creator Richard Montanez, actor and Latino community activist Edward J. Olmos and media dynamo Nely Galán.

The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) represents the business interests of over 800,000 Hispanic owned businesses throughout the State of California. Through a network of regional Hispanic Chambers and business associations, the CHCC promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and California’s emerging businesses.

MEMBERS & AFFILIATES
RIVERSIDE

The City of Riverside was founded in 1870 by a group of utopian-minded easterners searching for the perfect spot to establish a colony dedicated to education, culture and beauty. Today, with a population of more than 300,000, the City of Riverside is the 12th largest city in California, the 6th largest city in Southern California, and the capital of booming Inland Southern California. Riverside is home to a number of historic landmarks and special attractions, ranging from eclectic art galleries, historic landmarks, and fascinating museums to one-of-a-kind outdoor adventures, spas and a lively downtown. Check out some of the most popular attractions and landmarks

EXPO APPLICATION

The 2015 CHCC Annual Convention is the premier exhibiting venue for businesses looking to promote their products and services to the Latino business community.

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COMMITTEE

EMILIO RAMIREZ

CITY OF RIVERSIDE (CHAIR: CONVENTION COMMITTEE)
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CITY OF RIVERSIDE (CHAIR: CONVENTION COMMITTEE)

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FRANK MONTES

INLAND BODY AND PAINT CENTER (CHAIRMAN: CHCC)
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FRANK MONTES

INLAND BODY AND PAINT CENTER (CHAIRMAN: CHCC)

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BOB GUTIERREZ

PAQ INC. (VICE CHAIRMAN: CHCC)
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BOB GUTIERREZ

PAQ INC. (VICE CHAIRMAN: CHCC)

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JUAN P. GARCIA

CHCC (DEPUTY DIRECTOR)
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JUAN P. GARCIA

CHCC (DEPUTY DIRECTOR)

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JUANITA RUIZ

THE SUN GROUP (CHAIR: INLAND EMPIRE REGION)
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JUANITA RUIZ

THE SUN GROUP (CHAIR: INLAND EMPIRE REGION)

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RAUL HERNANDEZ

HOOD & STRONG LLP (CHAIR: NORTHERN REGION)
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RAUL HERNANDEZ

HOOD & STRONG LLP (CHAIR: NORTHERN REGION)

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ALBERT CLARK-CASTANEDA

ATLAS GENERAL INSURANCE SERVICES LCC (CHAIR: SOUTHERN REGION)
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ALBERT CLARK-CASTANEDA

ATLAS GENERAL INSURANCE SERVICES LCC (CHAIR: SOUTHERN REGION)

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BRENNA BUTLER GARCIA

WSPA (DIRECTOR: CENTRAL REGION)

Brenna is responsible for the management of WSPA collateral development, associate member development and support, as well as the strategic partnerships and coalition-building that promotes the oil and gas industry. In addition to her role with WSPA, Brenna serves on the Board of Directors of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) as the Central Regional Director and as an advisory board member of the Fueling California Advisory Council. Most recently, Ms. Butler Garcia was the chief executive officer of the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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BRENNA BUTLER GARCIA

BRENNA BUTLER GARCIA

WSPA (DIRECTOR: CENTRAL REGION)

Brenna is responsible for the management of WSPA collateral development, asso...

VERONICA CORONA

CM CLEANING SOLUTIONS, INC. (MEMBER-AT-LARGE: CHCC)

Veronica Corona works hard to keep Southern California office buildings clean. In fact, “Keeping It Clean While You Sleep” is the motto of her company, CM Cleaning Solutions, a world-class janitorial services firm headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. As the owner and managing partner of one the area’s leading commercial cleaning businesses, she believes a clean building or office space is a true testament to a company’s branding and level of customer care. Her clients clearly agree.

The CM Cleaning Solutions client list includes some of the top corporations in the country like Warner Bros., Entrepreneur Media, Community Bank, Cedar Sinai Hospital and Vanir Development Company, to name a few.

Prior to starting CM Cleaning Solutions, she managed a janitorial company in Los Angeles, where she achieved over $1 Million in sales for two consecutive years. She later went on to work for another company where a customer encouraged her to start her own business. In 2009, she and her business partner did just that. With a lot of hard work, the two have grown the company to a million-dollar business in less than five years.

A 15-year veteran of the commercial janitorial service industry, Veronica is committed to providing personalized service. She is even known to roll up her sleeves and join a crew to ensure client satisfaction.

She attributes her drive and dedication to her parents whom emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico and instilled a strong work ethic in Veronica and her three siblings. That work ethic combined with a passion for fostering relationships has led her to become an award-winning entrepreneur. Veronica has been recognized by the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as a Rising Star, recognized as Mujer Destacada by La Opinion in 2013, honored with the 2014 Latina of Influence award by Hispanic Lifestyles magazine, and she was presented with the 2014 Small Business Award by the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce.

With a strong desire to give back and to empower and inspire women, the bilingual Los Angeles native is active in her community and serves on the boards of several non-profits, including the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, National Latina Business Women Association (NLWBA) as advisor, Financially Fit Foundation and HBN Bilingual Toastmasters. She is also past president of NLWBA Los Angeles and a Competent Communicator in Toastmasters.

When Veronica is not managing day-to-day operations of CM Cleaning Solutions, volunteering or speaking on panels, you can find her perfecting her swing at a local golf course, reading or spending time with her family and friends.

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VERONICA CORONA

CM CLEANING SOLUTIONS, INC. (MEMBER-AT-LARGE: CHCC)

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GILBERT BUCHANAN

BUCHANAN & ASSOCIATES (CHAIR: PROCUREMENT)
gilbert@TheBuchananGroup.net

Gilbert Buchanan, MA is the principal management consultant and owner of Buchanan & Associates, a small business planning and diversity program management firm established in 2006 to help entrepreneurs and small businesses become business-ready, contract-ready and bank loan-ready.
A veteran business compliance and management consulting coach with more than 20 years of industry experience, he has successfully worked with DBE/MBE/SBE firms within public works, construction, retail, service, and manufacturing environments.

  • Gilbert was appointed as the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (CHCC) Procurement Committee Chairman in 2015.
  • He is the Recipient of the Prestigious Latino Business Advocate of the Year Award for 2016 by the Los Angeles Business Journal and California Bank & Trust.
  • Gilbert has managed small business programs for the following public works agencies: LAMBOC - Mayor’s Office Los Angeles, Valley Economic Development Center (VEDC), LA Metro, Los Angeles Unified School District, LACCD, and EXPO.
  • Successfully provided Contract Compliance and Labor Compliance oversight for the LA Metro’s Exposition Phase II $1.6 billion light rail transportation project with 4 major prime contractors [Skanska-Rados, URS Corp., MDG Corp., and BBII] and 150 subcontractors.
  • Served as Assistant Small Business Program Manager for LAUSD’s sustainability new and modernization school construction program, a $21 Billion program.
  • Served as Contract Compliance and Business/Community Outreach Consultant for the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), a $6 Billion sustainability new college campus construction program for 9 college campuses;
  • Assisted more than a 1,000 small businesses including Latino and Asian-owned businesses in obtaining over $81 million in contract awards while partnering with public works agencies and commercial entities such as LAUSD, LACCD, and LA Metro.
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  • Latin Business Association (LBA) Gilbert has launched a Supplier Diversity Boot Camp Program for the Latin Business Association (LBA), he is the trainer of record for the last seven (7) years resulting in contract awards in over $5 million.
  • National Latina Business Women Association (NLBWA-LA) Responsible for designing, developing, and implementing a Contract-readiness 7-week Business Management Academy (BMA) training program so that Latina-owned businesses can confidently pursue bank loans and contract opportunities with contract providers.
  • National Latina Business Women Association (NLBWA-IE) Responsible for designing, developing, and implementing a Contract-readiness 8-week Business Management Academy (BMA) training program so that small businesses can confidently pursue bank loans and contract opportunities with contract providers.
  • Southern California Edison EDGE Program Gilbert is one of the key business coaches and facilitators of the EDGE Supplier Diversity Contract-Readiness training program for Edison and Community-based Organizations in Los Angeles, Inland Empire, Sacramento, Moreno Valley, etc.
  • He has successfully launched multiple Small Business Boot Camps for LAUSD, LACCD, Pepperdine University, PACE, and American Contractors Services (ACS).
  • He possesses Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from Binghamton University.
  • He is owner and founder of Buchanan & Associates since 2006.
  • Greatest accomplishment is being the Creator of SmallBizPro™ Business Management & Procurement System to help businesses become contract-ready, business-ready, and bank loan-ready.

    Gilbert Buchanan is known for helping small businesses develop the tools and systems needed to transition their organization from an informal way of doing business to a formal system. This enables entrepreneurs to operate like a fortune 500 company, thus expanding their market share and exponentially increasing revenues. Gilbert is affectionately known in the industry as “The Small Business Paramedic”.

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GILBERT BUCHANAN

BUCHANAN & ASSOCIATES (CHAIR: PROCUREMENT)

Gilbert Buchanan, MA is the principal management consultant and owner of Buch...

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RIVERSIDE CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
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Aetna
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Aetna

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Charter Communications
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Southern California Edison
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AT&T
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WELLS FARGO
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NEW AMERICAN FUNDING
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PEPSICO
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