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April 28, 2006 - DHCC Luncheon: Achieving Excellence Together

What: Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

Where: Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts

When: April 28, 2006

Time: doors open at 11:30

Ticket Prices: members: $100, non-members: $125

Beneficiary: Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

EMCEE: Ann Trujillo, KMGH Channel 7

President(s): Jeffrey Campos

Co-President(s): Patricia Mejia, Ann Bayles

Introductions: Ann Trujillo, KMGH Channel 7

Invocation: Fr. Jorge De Los Santos, Vicar for the Hispanic Ministry

Catering: Marriott City Center

Sponsors: First Data and Western Union, US Bank, Coors, Gay & Lesbian Fund of Colorado, American Facility Maintenance Group, American Family Insurance, Greenberg Traurig LLP, AFLEC, University of Phoenix, Source One Management

Menu: Allie's American Grilled Salad, Jamaican Jerk Rubbed Chicken, Snicker Pie

Attendance: 800

Attire: Business Casual

Florist: Tiffany Florist

Planning Committee: Leroy Garcia, Anyela Hernandez, Natalie Lopez-Valenzuela, Johana Mendoza, Jeanne Miller, Tammy Prez-Boca, Rafael Rodriguez, Steve Salazar, Ricardo Small, Barbara Thoemke, Gabriel Torres

Board of Directors: Martha Rubi, Tim Padilla, Jeffery Campos, Patricia Barela Rivera, Mario Carrera, Nolbert Chavez, Troy Eid, Zee Ferrufino, Juan Marcos Gutierrez-Gonzalez, Christine Johnson, Alicia Mahoney, Keith Montoya, Ric Padilla, Carlos Rocabado, Suzanne Shaw, Luis Colon, Denise Maes, Liz Alicea-Velez, Faustina Carrasco, L.G. Chavez, Steve Del Castillo, Janina Ferguson, Ismael Guerrero, Maria Isquierdo, Monique Lovato, Larry Martinez, Don Pacheco, Clara Rivas, Tom Salaba, Elizabeth Suarez

Blacktie Photos by: Christine Cool

 President and CEO of the DHCC Jeffrey Campos, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award Ron Montoya, and DHCC Chairwoman Martha Rubi
President and CEO of the DHCC Jeffrey Campos, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award Ron Montoya, and DHCC Chairwoman Martha Rubi

Christine Cool

On Friday, April 28, the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held their 20th Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon to let the community know what improvements and changes the DHCC has implemented over the past year as well as recognize several prominent members who have had a major effect on the Hispanic community in Denver.

This year, nearly 800 people arrived at the Seawell Ballroom in the Denver Performing Arts Center to show support for the DHCC, proving that the Hispanic community is well accepted and very influential in Denver and all of Colorado.

After guests were seated, special guest and emcee Anne Trujillo welcomed guests and introduced Fr. Jorge De Los Santos, Vicar for the Hispanic Ministry, who gave the opening convocation. Then Christina Gold, President of the Western Union Financial Services, who was this year’s corporate sponsor for the luncheon, spoke about the importance of the DHCC, focusing on the Chamber’s commitment to community support and involvement.

Not only did the luncheon give DHCC members a chance to mingle with other members and learn more about the Chamber, but it also was a chance to recognize several outstanding members of the community who have each done their part to further the growth and success of the DHCC.

This year’s winner of the Corporate Advocate of the Year was awarded to Qwest Communications for their commitment to the DHCC since 1978. Over the years, Qwest has made a significant contribution to the economic development and impact of Hispanics in Denver and other communities. Agnes Medina, Provisional Marketing Director for the World Financial Group Inc., was named the DHCC’s Chamber Advocate of the Year. Since becoming a member in 2000, Medina has been very active in the DHCC, volunteering for many events, as well as promoting the organization in the community.

This year's Government Advocate of the Year was awarded to Denver Councilman Rick Garcia who, since becoming a councilman in 2003, has played an integral role in many initiatives including FastTracks, and the creation of the Office of the Independent Monitor. This year's Businessman of the Year was awarded to Sal Gomez, Owner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Source One Management; Inc. Gomez is one of the founders of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the recent past Chair of the DHCC. He is also currently serving as the Chairman of the Board of the National Hispanic Business Information Clearinghouse and Entrepreneurial Development Center, and on the Executive Board of the National Latino Coalition.

This years Businesswoman of the Year went to Toti Cadavid, co-founder of Xcelente Marketing and Advertising. Cadavid is an important member of several organizations including the Multicultural, Tourism Task Force of the Denver Metro Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, The Minority Advisory Council of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, and the Leadership Denver Alumni Association Executive Council, just to name a few.

This year the DHCC announced a new recognition, the Lifetime Achievement award, to someone who, over their lifetime, has dedicated efforts to the Hispanic business community of Denver, as well as demonstrating a long-term business success, strong community involvement, and flexibility and adaptability to an ever-changing business world. This year’s unknowing recipient was Ronald Montoya, President of Plastic Communications.

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