Meet Our Team

Gaby Ortigoni

President
407-428-5870 Ext. 308
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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.

Luisa García

Executive Assistant
407-428-5870 Ext. 309
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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!

Maria Mercado

Finance Manager
407-428-5870 Ext. 302
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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.

José "Che" Pérez

Events Coordinator
407-428-5870 Ext. 305
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José, better known as "Che", was born and raised in Puerto Rico. As the Events Coordinator for the HCCMO he makes sure that members have the right ambience conducive to business development and networking. Che brings his experience, contacts and creative ideas to the Chamber having worked in the entertainment business for the past 25 years. In his spare time, he likes to spend quality time with his family and watch sports on TV.

Elise Smith

Project Coordinator- Public Allies
407-428-5870 Ext. 313
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Elise 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. Currently an apprentice through Public Allies of Central Florida, she is eager to develop with HCCMO and learn more about the philanthropic goals within the chamber. On the weekends, she enjoys exercising and being outdoors in beautiful Florida.

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.