The Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which represents and connects more than 54,000 Hispanic-owned businesses in the region, celebrated the winners of its prestigious Business Excellence Awards during its fourth annual Business Awards Holiday Gala Jan. 12 at Martin’s East, in Baltimore.
The reception and award ceremony took place in the gorgeous grand ballroom, which was adorned with MDHCC’s colors: red and white.
The MDHCC rang in its 31st year of serving Hispanic businesses in Maryland with more than 200 guests, including this year’s finalists, last year’s winners, public and elected officials, media representatives and other statewide business and community leaders.
U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen was given the Chairman’s Leadership Award, who was selected for his continued support and commitment to the Hispanic community since he began his career in public office in 1990. This is only the third time this distinction has been bestowed on any individual.
Corey Grunert, of Chesapeake Employers Insurance and secretary of the MDHCC, was given the inaugural Rising Star of the Year award. The award was introduced this year to honor a young individual who has demonstrated leadership, ethics, business savvy and community service. Grunert, who through her work at Chesapeake Employers and her volunteer service to the MDHCC and an English as a second language teaching program has been a strong advocate for Maryland’s Hispanic community.
Other awards were given to given out Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk, D-Anne Arundel and Prince George’s (Outstanding Legislator of the Year), Nelson C. Horine II (Outstanding Educator of the Year), Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company (Outstanding Business of the Year), BGE (Outstanding Corporate Partner of the Year), DelfinoCo (Outstanding Small Business of the Year) and Dr. Sonia Fierro-Luperini Outstanding Professional of the Year).
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