Hispanic entrepreneurs walked the red carpet last month for Hispanic Business magazine's 14th annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Gala.
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Nearly 500 leaders and luminaries gathered November 11 for the black-tie ceremony at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles to pay tribute to the business pioneers at the forefront of the U.S. Hispanic economy.
Melinda Guzmán – chairwoman of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and partner in the law firm of Goldsberry, Freeman, Guzmán & Ditora LLP – was mistress of ceremonies. Three finalists in each of five categories competed for the awards. The gala also featured the Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing individuals who have impacted the Hispanic community throughout their careers.
This year's award reflected the critical role education plays in entrepreneurship.
Keynote speaker Marcos A. Rodriguez, managing member of private equity firm Palladium Equity Partners LLC, addressed the growing investment interest in the U.S. Hispanic economy.
Title sponsor for the gala was Microsoft Corp., with AXA Advisors as a presenting sponsor. LaSalle Bank sponsored the Lifetime Achievement Award. Macias, Gini & Co. were judging sponsors, and IBM and Delta were supporting sponsors. Community sponsors included Wells Fargo Bank, Providence Pediatric Medical DayCare Inc., and Allstate Insurance. Spirits sponsors were El Tesoro Tequila and Round Hill Vineyards.
In honoring the evening's finalists and winners, William Salazar, senior consultant for Microsoft Services, noted the broad implications of their success: "These men and women have shown a commitment to personal excellence, and, in turn, have set a standard of excellence for the entire Hispanic community."
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