Austin, TX (PRWEB) May 08, 2014
The Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host its Hispanic Austin Leadership (HAL) Symposium and Graduation on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin. The HAL Symposium and Graduation, presented by Title Sponsor 3M, will showcase five Community Impact Projects created by the 25-member leadership cohort. Other initiative sponsors include Univision Radio Austin, Don Julio, Smirnoff, and Diageo. This celebration capstones a unique nine-month curriculum, which featured coverage on the evolution of Central Texas, civic engagement, education, environmental sustainability, financial wisdom, healthcare, and arts/culture.
“We are thrilled to feature our 2014 Hispanic Austin Leadership cohort,” stated Mark L. Madrid, President and CEO. “This unique and robust curriculum provides business leaders and professionals the opportunities to develop business acumen, civic awareness, leadership skills, and a network of colleagues for life.”
The 25 Graduates of the 2014 Hispanic Austin Leadership class are Cynthia Acosta, Manuel Arellano, Celso Baez, Aleste Ballesteros, Juliet Castañeda, Sandra Castillo, Maria Cerda Dwyer, Mariano Conde de Frankenberg, Michael De La Fuente, Ann Eaton, Crystal Flores, Robert Garcia, Cynthia Hernandez, Irma Martinez, Brenda Meliado, Dorelia Miller, Lorraine Montes, Reiberto Montiel, Clara Nerri-Mejia, Sergio Pellicano, Crystal Peña, Stephen Potter, Elsa Rivera, Gabriel Rodriguez, and Jennifer Vasquez.
"The Leaders of HAL 2014 demonstrated passion while developing five outstanding Community Impact Projects. They have my fondest respect and admiration for the perseverance they experienced through this intense and fast-paced program," remarked Rosemary H. Banda, Administrative Coordinator for 3Mgives, who serves as the 2014 Hispanic Austin Leadership Chair.
The GAHCC Hispanic Austin Leadership initiative follows a sold-out Capital of Texas Awards, which recognized high-performing entrepreneurs, small businesses, and organizations. In addition to the awards ceremony, the 2014 GAHCC Board was introduced to the Central Texas community. Thomas Miranda of Sparkovation IT, LLC is the 2014 GAHCC Chair; Luis Patiño of Univision Communications is Chair-Elect; and Geronimo Rodriguez of the Seton Healthcare Family is Immediate-Past Chair. The remainder of the Executive Committee includes Mark Masten, Wells Fargo; Val Velasquez, Casa Blanca Realty; Frank Garza, Vamos Marketing; and Eduardo G. Alexander, X9 Ventures LLC./Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos. The 2014 Board Members include Michelle Alcala, Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody; Ray Andow, Walmart; Rosemary H. Banda, 3M; Guadalupe (Lupe) Barragan, Casa Chapala Mexican Restaurant; Rodney Bustamante, Austin Absolute Realty; Janine Chapa, State Farm Insurance; Rudy Garza, GarzaBury, LLC; Vanessa Gonzalez, Bickerstaff, Heath, Delgado Acosta LLP.; Celia Israel, Mission Resources; Marla Martinez, The University of Texas at Austin; Ray Martinez, Western Governor’s University-Texas; Joe R. Pelayo, Applied Materials, Inc.; Dr. Richard Rhodes, Austin Community College District; David Rodriguez, SagePoint Financial, Inc.; John D. Holmes (Ex-Officio), Freescale Semiconductor; and Alex Valdes (Ex-Officio), Winstead PC and GAHCC General Counsel.
“We are truly fortunate to be in Austin where the breadth and depth of the entrepreneur is more diversified than ever before,” said Thomas Miranda, 2014 GAHCC Chair. Javier Palomarez, President & CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), delivered an inspiring keynote address. Palomarez was introduced by Marc A. Rodriguez, USHCC Chairman. City of Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell proclaimed April 29, 2014, as Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Day in front of the sold-out audience.
About the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC):
Established in 1973, the primary goal of the GAHCC is to continue the advancement and progression of a strong and stable economic culture for Hispanic businesses. The Chamber continues to stand by its mission to build its members’ wealth through economic and workforce development, business networking, and community and policy advocacy. For more information, visit http://www.gahcc.org.