Hispanic Chamber toasts its past at 40-year anniversary galaHouston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce • Nov 20, 2017
Hispanic Chamber toasts its past at 40-year anniversary gala
Dr. Laura Murillo could have gone on for hours about the four decades of accomplishments of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
But the Chamber's CEO and president masterfully gave the more than 1,000 guests attending the Chamber's gala at the Marriott Marquis on Saturday the Cliff Note version filled with videos, photos, a gospel choir and confetti.
It was a night of celebration for the Chamber, which started in 1977 and is today the largest Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in the nation.
KHOU 11 anchor Ron Trevino served as master of ceremonies, while the eloquent Murillo gave remarks and presented the honors to award recipients: President's award - Sarah Frazier of CBS Radio; Emerging Business of the Year award - Ted and Cherise Gutierrez of CanIGetHacked; Female Entrepreneur of the Year award - Sheri Dunaway owner of Copan Trade Inc.; Male Entrepreneur of the Year award - Arnold Gacita, president/CEO of Petra Oil Company; Female Executive of the Year award - Lucilla Longoria Henderson, VP of community and business engagement of TDECU; and Male Executive of the Year award - Joe Gutierrez, CEO of Novi Ventures.
Murillo also acknowledged the students of the Chamber's Emerging Leaders Institute, along with their parents.
Other speakers included the Chamber's Chairman Douglas Hidalgo, director of LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors, and Underwriter Mark Montgomery, CEO of BBVA Compass.
Although the evening was about business, style prevailed with many of the attendees in gorgeous gowns and tuxes. Murillo was the belle of the ball in a classic black gown with sequin collar and daring back cleavage.
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