Charles P. Garcia has been selected as the new CEO of ALPFA, the largest Hispanic association for business professionals and students, the group's Board of Directors announced Tuesday.
Mr. Garcia takes over for longtime CEO Manny Espinoza, who helped build ALPFA's membership ranks to more than 23,000 members and businesses.
"We are thrilled to welcome Charlie, who is passionate about our mission of developing Latino business leaders and driving value to our constituency," said Yvonne Garcia, ALPFA's national chairwoman. "Our organization will truly benefit from his experience as a Fortune 500 board member, leadership at the highest levels of government and success an as entrepreneur focused on Hispanic consumers."
ALPFA was founded 42 years ago as an association of finance and accounting professionals, which supports Hispanics in all industries through its 41 U.S. chapters and another 100 chapters at major colleges and universities. Today, the group provides professional opportunities through leadership development, networking, mentorship and community programs.
Mr. Garcia recently served as the CEO of Garcia Trujillo Holdings LLC, a merchant banking, private equity and consulting firm. Prior to Garcia Trujillo Holdings, Mr. Garcia served as the CEO of a financial services company with 60 offices in seven countries.
He acknowledges having big shoes to fill with Mr. Espinoza relinquishing the CEO position.
"Manny leaves a true legacy of outstanding service to the Latino community," Mr. Garcia said. "I look forward to continuing the great work he did and enhancing the value we provide to Hispanic professionals in all sectors of the American economy."
Mr. Garcia is also politically connected having served under President Obama and President Bush to see oversee all Air Force Academy operations as Chairman of the Board of Visitors. Mr. Garcia, who is a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, received the Distinguished Public Service Medal for leading "a historic transformation of the Board of Visitors and increasing candidate diversity at all service academies."
Mr. Garcia will be introduced at ALPFA's National Convention in Orlando, Fla., in August.
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