ORLANDO, FL.—November 15, 2016 — Excitement builds for the 19th Annual Don Quijote Awards as the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) and Prospera (formerly HBIF) announce this year’s finalists. The organizations revealed the 12 finalists for the four categories recognized at the event along with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Hispanic Community Champion award recipients during a press conference sponsored by Florida Blue earlier today.
The Don Quijote Awards highlight businesses and individuals committed to excellence while further developing the Hispanic business community. The winners of each category will be announced at the Don Quijote Awards Gala on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Epcot’s World Showplace Pavilion. The 2016 Don Quijote Awards finalists are:
Hispanic Business of the Year, 5 Years or Less:
·Advanced Physical Medicine, Inc
·Carrousel Therapy Center Corp.
Professional of the Year:
·Janet Martinez, Shuffield Lowman
·Dr. Eva Pagan Hill, Vitas Innovative Hospice Care
·Dr. Giorgina Pinedo-Rolon, City of Orlando
Hispanic Business of the Year, More than 5 Years:
·Carlos J. Gurreonero D.M.D., P.A.
·David Ruiz, Former President of UPS Florida
·Yolanda Londoño, Tupperware Brands Corp.
·Dr. Aileen Caceres, UCF Medical School
Recipients of the Hispanic Community Champion and Lifetime Achievement awards are uniquely chosen by the Don Quijote Awards Selection Committee. The Hispanic Community Champion is an award that recognizes a non-Hispanic individual who has lead by example in supporting the progress of the Hispanic community in Central Florida. This year’s recipient will be Dr. Ann McGee president of Seminole State College for her involvement in the Hispanic community.
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has made significant and lasting contributions to the development and empowerment of the Hispanic community in Central Florida. This year the honor goes to Enzian president and former TV executive Henry Maldonado, who has an extensive background in the film and television industry.
“The Don Quijote Awards remind us each year of the level of talent that exists in our Central Florida community,” said Augusto Sanabria, president and CEO of Prospera. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to recognize individuals who contribute significantly to our community’s development and prosperity.”
“We are proud to recognize the contributions of these honorees that have left such a profound impact in our community. The Don Quijote Awards give us the opportunity to celebrate these leaders surrounded by the community they serve,” said Lourdes Mola, Chair of the HCCMO.
The Don Quijote Awards are made possible thanks to the support of Walt Disney World Resort, Florida Blue, CenturyLink, Darden, Florida Hospital, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Orlando Health, Orlando Magic, Duke Energy, Fields Auto Group, and UPS, among others. For more information on the Don Quijote Awards, please visit www.donquijoteawards.com.
Prospera (formerly HBIF) is an economic development, nonprofit organization that for 25 years has specialized in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs who want to establish or expand their business. In the last five years alone, Prospera has facilitated over $19 million in loans, invested over $600,000 in grants for services, trained over 21,000 entrepreneurs, and helped clients create or retain over 8,000 jobs. Its offices are located across Florida’s central, south and west coast regions. For more information, visit www.HBIFFlorida.org or call 407-428-5872.
About the HCCMO
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership and support the economic development of the Hispanic business community of Metro Orlando. For over 20 years, HCCMO has strengthened the Central Florida Business Community by providing quality programs through their business model of networking, business development, exposure and recognition. For more information about the HCCMO, visit www.hccmo.org or call 407-428-5870.