Meet Our Team
A blend of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican and Floridian, Gaby Ortigoni has been serving the Central Florida Hispanic community for 20 years. As the President of HCCMO, her duty is to ensure that the Chamber fulfills its responsibilities to its members.Throughout her professional career, Ortigoni has been strongly committed to business development, strategic relationship building, economic development, international business, government affairs, and comprehensive community development. Ortigoni has received numerous awards, including the Orlando Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award & Women Who Mean Business, Hispanic Women Who Make the Difference Award from La Prensa, Orange County Sheriff’s Office Community Service Award, and the Orlando Police Department’s Good Citizenship Award, among others. Gaby has demonstrated strong leadership skills and community involvement.
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Gilberto Companioni is a four-time Emmy Award-winning journalist and 11-time nominee as reporter, writer, and producer. Prior to working at HCCMO, Gilberto was the News Director for Telemundo 31 in Orlando. He was responsible for news planning, staffing, and hiring decisions. He managed a staff of 22 full and part-time newsroom employees and a budget of over $1.2 million. He developed news personnel and established performance goals, objectives, guidelines, evaluated performance and fostered a culture of excellence and ethical standards. Leveraged strengths in cost-effective management to end each year under-budget while helping increase revenue and expanding the Telemundo Orlando brand. With his track record of creativity and innovation as a leader and the proven ability to successfully manage a team, multiple projects, and deliver outstanding results, Gilberto will utilize these strengths to bring the HCCMO to new heights.
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Luisa serves as the assistant to our president, as well as the all-around customer service representative for our office. She works diligently with a contagious smile, to help our members and anybody that contacts us. Luisa can help you find the appropriate resources in the community. She is a native Puerto Rican who embraces culture and loves the arts. We also love her cafecito!
Finance Manager407-428-5870 Ext. 302
Maria Mercado was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Connecticut, graduated from “Universidad Interamericana” in PR, with a major in Accounting and Business Administration. She serves as the Finance Manager for the HCCMO, making sure that the financial information is accurate and efficiently handled. In her spare time she likes reading the bible, exploring Central Florida's beautiful nature, and going to the movies.
Membership Services Manager407-428-5870 Ext. 311
Ovy is a Puerto Rican native, born in Bayamon. She attended the Inter American University graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Arts. Ovy is the link between the Chamber and its members, managing the Chamber relationships with members and sponsors. With a smile, she is always ready to assist members with their needs. Some of her responsibilities include membership orientations, to ensure that membership files are up to date, and help the members take advantage of their benefits. She has over 20 years of experience in the private, government, hospitality industry and healthcare system. Ovy loves the Chamber’s mission which is to help to promote the economic development of the Hispanic business community of Metro Orlando. In her spare time, Ovy loves to cook, read and relax at the beach. Her favorite quote is: “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” Lao Tzu
Programs Coordinator407-428-5870 Ext. 313
Elise Smith is originally from Miami and relocated to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida, where she is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Sociology. As the Programs Coordinator, she is consistently working with the team to ensure that the programs offered are running efficiently, as well as speaking to members about the various programs and their benefits to chamber members. Elise is your main point of contact if you would like to join a Leads Group, become an HCCMO Ambassador, apply for the Supplier Diversity Scholarship, or would like some information about the next Civic Advocacy Series event. On her free time she enjoys rollerskating and soaking up the sun outside in Central Florida's beautiful nature.
Jean Carlos Elias
Business Development Coordinator
Jean Carlos was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. He relocated to Orlando In 2014 to attend Rollins College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Political Science. While there he developed strong skills in business development, analytics, and market analysis. As the Business Development Coordinator, he oversees that Hispanic businesses become more involved in the Central Florida business community through the opportunities the HCCMO has to offer. In his spare time, he enjoys a good movie and spending time with family and friends.