ALPFA Hosts One of the Largest Conventions in Their History with 2,200 Attendees and Announces Reaching a Milestone of 11,000 Members

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Recap of the ALPFA Annual Convention in Boston. Four day event attracted 2,200 attendees, and included over 50 workshops, career fair with nearly 100 companies, scholarships and awards gala. Details are now available for the 2010 convention in Orlando.

I won the Deloitte essay contest, entered the salsa competition, and won a Mercedes. This was my first convention and I plan to be at the next one!

The Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) recently held one of its most successful conventions to date in Boston, with 2,200 attendees, over 50 workshops, and a career fair with nearly 100 companies participating. And adding to the success of the convention, when the results of the membership drive were revealed, ALPFA surpassed its goal of 10,000 and reached 11,000 members. The numbers were no surprise to ALPFA CEO Manny Espinoza, "I was always optimistic about what we could expect at our convention despite the tough economic times because I really believe in the quality of our event and the commitment of our sponsors. To have one of the largest attendances ever with 2,200 attendees, really demonstrated the value that the ALPFA convention offers to its attendees. And now with the strength of 11,000 members, we are going to take ALPFA to the next level and I can't wait for our 2010 convention in Orlando."

Highlights included Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino welcoming attendees on Saturday evening and Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick giving remarks at the Leadership Luncheon. The convention attracted some of the area's top executives including:

John Veihmeyer, CEO, KPMG LLP
Barry Salzberg, CEO, Deloitte
Bob DiMuccio, CEO, Amica Insurance
Ron Logue, CEO, State Street Corporation
Robert A. DiMuccio, CEO, Amica Mutual Insurance Company
Helen Sayles, Senior Vice President, Liberty Mutual
Denis Langwell, Senior VP and CFO, Liberty Mutual
Jeffrey Naylor, Senior VP and CFO, TJX Companies
David Puth, Executive VP, State Street

ALPFA awarded over $130,000 in scholarships and the top 50 students were provided registration and accommodations to attend the convention. New this year was the Microsoft Innovation Award, in partnership with ALPFA, which awarded Christopher Lui and Maritza Castillo $10,000 each for winning the essay competition. During the gala, the grand prize of the ALPFA National Raffle was drawn and Maria Gabriela Dewendt was the lucky winner of a brand new 2010 Mercedes Benz. Breathless, she commented on stage, "I won the Deloitte essay contest, entered the salsa competition, and won a Mercedes. This was my first convention and I plan to be at the next one!"

The gala is also the official kick-off to the next convention, and it was announced the 2010 convention will be in Orlando, Florida, July 31st - August 4th.

Registration is now open for the 2010 convention at reduced rates. Visit http://www.alpfa.org for more information.

ABOUT ALPFA: In 1972, the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) became the first national Latino professional association in the United States. Since then ALPFA, a non-profit organization has provided unique and valuable programs, services, and benefits to its members and corporate partners. Currently we have 37 chapters and 11,000 members.

VISION: ALPFA is the premier Latino professional organization in finance, accounting, and other related professions. ALPFA has active members, committed business partners, and quality programs.

MISSION: ALPFA creates opportunities, adds value, and builds relationships for its members, the community and its business partners while expanding Latino leadership in the global workforce.

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