Latino M/WBE Awards Honor Small Businesses Leaders

The 2016 Latino M/WBE Awards Reception held at the Cantina Rooftop @Stage48 in Manhattan on February 2nd was truly a night to remember. New York’s MWBE leaders came out in full force to honor their advocates and success stories.

 

The 2016 Latino M/WBE Awards celebrates key corporations that are making a difference in the Hispanic business community. Other 2016 Latino M/WBE award recipients include: Scott Stringer, Comptroller of New York City, who receives the M/WBE Government Advocate Award; Ralph Perez, President of New York Geomatics, who receives the M/WBE of the Year Award; and Elizabeth Velez, President of The Velez Organization, who receives the M/WBE Advocate Award. The awards were determined by a distinguished panel of judges, among them: Alfred Placeres, Esq., former USHCC Board Member; Fannie Aleman, President of the Westchester Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; and Rick Miranda, President of Brooklyn Kings County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

 

Toyota Motor North America was the recipient of the evening’s “Corporate Partnership Award” for the company’s outstanding efforts and initiatives in support of Hispanic enterprises. Toyota is founding member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), which recognizes and celebrates corporations that have spent at least $1 billion with women- and minority-owned suppliers. Mr. Luis Rosero, Director of Toyota’s Hispanic Business Strategy Group accepted the award of behalf of  Toyota.

 

Some of the evening’s other memorable moments are shown in photographs.

 

The Award ceremony commenced with an invocation from Reverend Jacques DeGraff a minister at Canaan Baptist Church in Harlem and Fox News contributor shown here with the Mistress of Ceremony Jerusha Ramos.

The Award ceremony commenced with an invocation from Reverend Jacques DeGraff a minister at Canaan Baptist Church in Harlem and Fox News contributor shown here with the Mistress of Ceremony Jerusha Ramos.

 

Keynote Speaker Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer addressed the many challenges facing the City's M/WBE's firms and small businesses as well as the hazards immigrant workers are facing in the construction industry

Keynote Speaker Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer addressed the many challenges facing the City’s M/WBE’s firms and small businesses as well as the hazards immigrant workers are facing in the construction industry

 

Stage 48 President Pedro Zamora the event sponsor and host with Elizabeth Velez, recipient of the M/WBE Advocate Award and Fannie Aleman, President of the Westchester Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Stage 48 President Pedro Zamora the event sponsor and host with Elizabeth Velez, recipient of the M/WBE Advocate Award and Fannie Aleman, President of the Westchester Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

Alfred Placeres, Esg., NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer York City recipient of the M/WBE Government Advocate Award and Pedro Zamora.

Alfred Placeres, Esg., NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer York City recipient of the M/WBE Government Advocate Award and Pedro Zamora.

 

The Corporate Award recipient Luis Rosero, Director of Hispanic Strategies for Toyota Motor North America, Inc.(Third from Left) shares the moment with his father who is shown holding the award.

The Corporate Award recipient Luis Rosero, Director of Hispanic Strategies for Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (3rd from left) shares the moment with his father who is shown holding the award.

 

Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of NYC's Department of Small Business Services presenting an update on SBS programs and opportunities.

Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of NYC’s Department of Small Business Services presenting an update on SBS programs and opportunities.

 

The M/WBE Award Recipient Ralph Perez, President of NY Geomatics with his daughter Angie Ramirez as they are presented their award by Rick Miranda, President of the Brooklyn Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The M/WBE Award Recipient Ralph Perez, President of NY Geomatics with his daughter Angie Ramirez as they are presented their award by Rick Miranda, President of the Brooklyn Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

 

Terrence Clark, President and CEO of the New York New Jersey MSDC Council (Center) surrounded by his many friends,

Terrence Clark, President and CEO of the New York New Jersey MSDC Council (center),
surrounded by his many friends,

 

Photos courtesy of Alfredo Placeres, President, the NYS Federation of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and the 2016 Latino MWBE Awards. 

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