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THE BUSINESS ALBUM

Md. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce celebrates Business Excellence Award winners

Representatives from Baltimore Gas & Electric accept the Corporate Partner of the Year Award for their support of the Hispanic business community and the MDHCC. (Photos by Beverlee Barthel Photography and the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)

Representatives from Baltimore Gas & Electric accept the Corporate Partner of the Year Award for their support of the Hispanic business community and the MDHCC. (Photo by Beverlee Barthel Photography and the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)

MDHCC Chair and President Jorge Eduardo Castillo awards U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen with the 2016 Chairman’s Leadership Award. (Photos by Beverlee Barthel Photography and the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)

MDHCC Chair and President Jorge Eduardo Castillo awards U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen with the 2016 Chairman’s Leadership Award. (Photo by Beverlee Barthel Photography and the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)

From left, Robert Moreno, the administrator of the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency; Roger Campos, Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development assistant secretary; Luis Borunda, Maryland’s deputy secretary of state; and Del. Rick Metzgar, R-Baltimore County attended the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Business Awards Holiday Gala. (Photos by Beverlee Barthel Photography and the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)

From left, Robert Moreno, the administrator of the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency; Roger Campos, Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development assistant secretary; Luis Borunda, Maryland’s deputy secretary of state; and Del. Rick Metzgar, R-Baltimore County attended the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Business Awards Holiday Gala. (Photo by Beverlee Barthel Photography and the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)

From left, U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen; Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk, D-Anne Arundel and Prince George’s; and Lillian Cruz, Van Hollen’s deputy director of constituent services, enjoy their time at the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Business Awards Holiday Gala. (Photos by Beverlee Barthel Photography and the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)

From left, U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen; Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk, D-Anne Arundel and Prince George’s; and Lillian Cruz, Van Hollen’s deputy director of constituent services, enjoy their time at the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Business Awards Holiday Gala. (Photo by Beverlee Barthel Photography and the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)

From left, Rocío Treminio-López, the mayor of Brentwood; María Rodriguez, Maryland’s Hispanic Business Conference executive director; Gigi Guzman, the co-founder of the MDHCC; Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk, D-Anne Arundel and Prince George’s; Veronica Cool, founder of Cool & Associates LLC and a former MDHCC chairman; Martiza Hernandez, with Morgan Stanley; and Isabela Cool take time for a photo during the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Business Awards Holiday Gala. (Photos by Beverlee Barthel Photography and the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)

From left, Rocío Treminio-López, the mayor of Brentwood; María Rodriguez, Maryland’s Hispanic Business Conference executive director; Gigi Guzman, the co-founder of the MDHCC; Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk, D-Anne Arundel and Prince George’s; Veronica Cool, founder of Cool & Associates LLC and a former MDHCC chairman; Martiza Hernandez, with Morgan Stanley; and Isabela Cool take time for a photo during the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Business Awards Holiday Gala. (Photo by Beverlee Barthel Photography and the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)

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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