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Marco V. Avila

Marco V. Avila

Chairman of the Board & President
Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

A project manager and senior supervising engineer in the Baltimore office at WSP USA, an engineering and professional services consultancy, Marco V. Avila was named chairman of the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in December 2019.

In other words, he took over the organization just in time to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

“During the pandemic, we all had to become innovative and figure out new ways to do things,” Avila said.

In his job at WSP, he said, he was fortunate that employees could work efficiently from home and were able to help their clients do the same.

At the chamber of commerce, he needed to make sure the state’s Hispanic small business community had the latest and best information.

“We worked hard to provide information, guidance, mentorship, education and networking,” Avila said. “This helped the community stay alive in business through the pandemic.”

His family, Avila said, has influenced him the most to become the leader he is.

“I always consider myself the kind of person that likes to help others as much as possible,” he said, noting that his family members are the same.

“They are a big influence with everything that I do,” he said. “There is a slogan that I always use and like to share: ‘The greatest gift you can give to others is the example of your own life.’ ”

Avila’s career as a leader also has been influenced by his 26 years of volunteering for medical missions that treat children with birth defects.

“Seeing how a simple two-hour surgery changed a child’s life overnight influenced me to continue making positive changes in the lives of others,” he said. “Since then, I’ve been giving back not only in the medical mission world, but to the local community and my industry.”

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