Commissioners Ortiz and Quiñones to Lead Trade Mission to San José,

Costa Rica with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando

On July 10-14, 2013

Orlando, Fla. (July 9, 2013) – The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) has organized a trade mission to San José, Costa Rica departing on July 10, 2013 to promote business opportunities between the two regions.

The goal of the trade mission is to promote metro Orlando as the premier U.S. business destination for international trade for companies in Costa Rica. City of Orlando Commissioner Tony Ortiz and Osceola County Commissioner John “Q” Quiñones will lead the business delegation to stimulate additional trade for our region, and the corresponding jobs that such trade activity supports.  "The prosperity of a country, state, region or municipality, among many factors, depend on the ability and eagerness of such body to establish lines of collaboration with other countries, states, regions or municipalities.  It is then, that we can set goals and achieve prosperity" said Commissioner Ortiz. “I am happy to serve as an ambassador of Osceola County and Central Florida to Costa Rica to discuss our community’s attributes with business leaders from more than 100 companies. We are excited and appreciative of the Hispanic Chamber for inviting us to join them on this business trade mission. We always look forward to acting on opportunities to position the region as a prime business location. This trip serves to introduce us to possible new business partners and allows us to promote investment opportunities in the Osceola County and Central Florida community,” said Commissioner Quiñones.

Assisting the HCCMO accomplish this goal are presenting sponsors JetBlue and Port Canaveral who understand the importance of doing business with countries like Costa Rica . The delegates are eager and excited to create and nurture economic growth and expand business opportunities with Costa Rica during their trip. “...The strong working partnership that Orange County has developed with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando has been crucial in fostering mutually beneficial relationships with emerging economies in Latin America. I send my sincere best wishes to the participants of the Costa Rica trade mission for a successful trip,” said Mayor Teresa Jacobs, who has helped and led previous mission trips to Latin America.

Traveling in this delegation are José Cerda, HCCMO Board Chair and State Farm Insurance Agent; Jessica Banchs, Manager of International Sales for JetBlue; Diana Bolívar, President of the HCCMO; Brian Brennan, President of Cartainer Ocean Line; Carolina Díaz Henao, Commercial Manager of Logistics for Altex Chartered Inc.; James Dubea, Deputy Executive Director for Canaveral Port Authority; Shannon Feeley, Assistant Director of Cargo Business Development for Canaveral Port Authority; Pedro Fernández, Attorney of Fernández Law P.A.; Maria Grulich, Director of International Development for Experience Kissimmee; Pedro A. Hilera, Tax Service Partner/ Share Holder of Vestal & Wiler; Brian Hubert, President of Ambassador Services Inc.; Henry Lim, Attorney of Lim & Associates, P.A.; Marilen Marnett Director of Events and Operations for the HCCMO; Tony Ortiz, City of Orlando Commissioner for District 2; Christine Peña, Events Coordinator for the HCCMO; David Poston, Director of Business Development, Cruise Tourism and Hospitality for Canaveral Port Authority; John “Q” Quiñones, Osceola County Commissioner for District 2; Albert Ruiz, Marketing Manager-Southeast Region for JetBlue; Javier Saborío, Logistics Manager for Altex Chartered Inc.; Camilo Soto, President/ CEO of PCNet; Michael Tessitore, Attorney for Tessitore Law Firm; and Zoraida Velasco, Special Assistant to Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Orange County Government.

“With over 57 million visitors coming to Central Florida, it is already known as the best tourist destination in the world.  The HCCMO is striving to also make Central Florida known as a business destination”, Diana Bolivar, President of the HCCMO said.

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership and support the economic development of the Hispanic business community of Metro Orlando. For more information about the Hispanic Chamber and the Trade Mission to San José, Costa Rica please contact Diana Bolívar at 407-428-5870 or visit




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