Hispanic Businesswomen Honored at the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's 37th Anniversary Gala

Hispanic Businesswomen Honored at the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce's 37th Anniversary Gala

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Greater Washington Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) celebrated its 37th Annual Gala on Friday at the
Omni Shoreham Hotel where more than 450 leaders from local and federal
government, nonprofits, corporations and small businesses attended the event
to celebrate the importance of local Hispanic women in business.

The honorees for this year's Gala were:

  Entrepreneur of the Year – Carmen Ortiz-Larsen, President and CEO of AQUAS,
  Inc

  Rising Star – Paola Moya, Executive Principal and Co-founder of Marshall
  Moya Design & inNuevo

  Unsung Hero – Rosibel Arbaiza, Owner of Golden Scissors

  Unsung Hero – Carmen Medina, Specialist Leader for Deloitte Consulting

"We are delighted to have had the opportunity to recognize these four Hispanic
businesswomen who have made a great impact in our community," said Angela
Franco, GWHCC President and CEO. "We appreciate the support of this year's
Gala Co-Chairs Julissa Marenco, President, ZGS Communications, and Nina
Albert, Director of Community Affairs, Wal-Mart; and our judges, sponsors,
partners and members." The four honorees were chosen by a prominent group of
judges including, Julissa Marenco, President ZGS Communications, Maria
Martinez, President & CEO Respira Medical, Alberto Avendaño, Director of
Business Development, El Tiempo Latino, and Nina Albert, Director of Community
Relations Wal-Mart. Speakers during the Gala program included Beatriz Otero,
Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services.

Some of the attendees included Doug Gansler, Attorney General of Maryland;
Councilmember At-Large Vincent Orange; Councilmember Muriel Bowser;
Councilmember Jack Evans; Walter Tejada, Chair, Arlington County Board and Ike
Leggett, Montgomery County Executive, amongst others.

The Gala celebrated the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's
accomplishments as a leading business organization committed to helping move
Hispanic-owned businesses forward and improving our community and overall
region," said Mario Acosta-Velez, Chair of GWHCC Board of Directors. "At the
Gala, we honored outstanding Hispanic women business owners whose success
serves as an inspiration to business leaders and entrepreneurs from all
communities in the Washington, DC area."

GWHCC's 37th Gala is made possible by the support of the following sponsors:
Platinum Sponsors – Verizon, Deloitte, Wal-Mart; Gold Sponsor – PwC; Silver
Sponsors – Goya and Events DC; Bronze Sponsors – American Airlines, John
Marshall Bank, DiReggio, Leadership Greater Washington, PNC Bank, The Calpro
Group, Arlington Economic Development, CSA Group, Eagle Bank, Studio Santalla,
United Airlines, Keystone Plus Construction, Toyota, M&T Bank, ZGS
Communications, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, PNC Bank, Capital
Wire PR, Giant, Building Hope; Sign Sponsor - Gelberg Signs; Table Sponsors –
Carefirst, Winmar Construction, El Zol 107.9 FM, Washington Gas, The Latino
Coalition, AARP, Erie Insurance, Roubin and Janeiro, Aquas, Moya Marshall;
Media Partners – Telemundo and Latina Style; Coffee Sponsor – Mayorga Coffee;
Photo Booth Sponsor – Aeromexico.

About the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a membership driven
organization that supports the economic development of the Greater Washington
metropolitan area by facilitating the success of Latino and other
minority-owned businesses and the communities they serve through networking,
advocacy, and educational access to capital. The Chamber was founded in 1976
and is a 501(C) 6 organization. For additional information visit our website
www.gwhcc.org

CONTACT: Pamela Nieto
         pnieto@gwhcc.org
         (202) 728 - 0352

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