ORLANDO, FL. – (February 26, 2015) – The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) presented the 2015 Vision Magazine’s 25 Influential Hispanics in Central Florida with an elegant reception at the National Entrepreneur Center. This year’s 25 Influential Hispanics were chosen by the editorial board of Visión Magazine based on specific criteria in a variety of categories.  Alongside the individuals recognized for their positive impact in the Hispanic Business Community, three Hispanic power couples were also highlighted and celebrated for their influential roles. This year’s award recipients represented a wide range of areas in the Central Florida community, from healthcare to higher education and everything in between.

After delivering her welcoming remarks, HCCMO’s President Diana Bolívar presented the event sponsors, Harbor Community Bank and Melao Bakery.  Bolívar then joined HCCMO’s Chair of the Board, José Nido, and Visión Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Cyndia Morales as they presented the honorees with the 25 Influential Hispanic awards. The commemorative plaques symbolize their leadership, accomplishments and contributions to the Central Florida community.

In addition to recognizing the 25 Influential Hispanics, the “Gem in Our Community” award was given to Ms. Shawn Bartelt, Vice President & General Manager of WFTV – Channel 9.  The “Gem in Our Community” award celebrates a non-Hispanic individual is one who has invested significant time, talent and effort in leading initiatives for the benefit of the Hispanic Community.

"What a wonderful opportunity to recognize the work being done in our community. We are grateful for the efforts and accomplishments of these professionals. Their persistence and impact are greatly admired and appreciated,” said Dr. Cyndia Morales, Visión Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief.

Following the Vision Magazine’s tradition to highlight the outgoing HCCMO Chair in this special 25 Influential Hispanics edition, the 2014 HCCMO Chair of the Board, Dr. Giorgina Pinedo-Rolón of Gio Communications, was also honored with a special recognition.

“I congratulate all of the Hispanic Influencers honorees, including our past board chair, Dr. Giorgina Pinedo-Rolón. Their leadership and dedication to our Hispanic community is exemplary. It is a privilege and an honor to be working amongst such amazing professionals,” said HCCMO’s President Diana Bolivar.  View Photos


List of Honorees

Elio Aguilar – La Prensa

George Diaz – Orlando Sentinel

Nancy Alvarez – WFTV – Channel 9

Henry Lim, Esq. – Lim & Asociaste

Flora Maria Garcia – United Arts

Hector Marcano – iHeart Radio

Lilly González – Entravision Communications

Antonio Muñiz-Olán- Muñiz & Associates

Christina Hernandez- Convocomm LLC

Dr. Andres Perez- Orlando Foot and Ankle Clinic

Maria Martinez – Rollins College

Gabriel Ruiz, Advanced IT Concepts

Iza Montalvo – La Prensa

Alex Sanchez – Telemundo Orlando

Gloria Puerto – Feed & Fortify

Vicente Sanchez – Titan

Laiz Rodrigues – Central Florida Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce

Camilo Soto – PcNet/Corserva

Lisette Saint-Hilaire – iHeart Radio

Diahann Smith – Florida Dairy Farmers

Pedro Zorrilla – Ventana al Jazz

Lucelis Torres – Montessori Bilingual Academy



Eduardo Colón & Denise Torres – Melao Bakery

Ricardo & Janet Pesquera – Pesquera, Cerrud & Birmingham, P.A.

Sergio & Karla Vargas – All Star Mattress & Furniture



Shawn Bartelt – WFTV – Channel 9



Visión Magazine is an award-winning quarterly publication that focuses on Central Florida’s businesses and entrepreneurs. This publication serves as a regional source of information regarding finance, business trends and relevant news to the Central Florida business community.  Each issue reaches a mixed audience composed of small, medium business owners, corporations, and community leaders. This is the 4th edition of the 25 Influential Hispanics in Central Florida, which is featured in the January edition of the magazine.


About the HCCMO

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1993 with the mission to provide leadership and support the economic development of the Hispanic business community of Metro Orlando.



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