Latino community revisits the many contributions of Dr. Daniel Jara

Daniel JaraIt is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Dr. Daniel Humberto Jara, founding & former President & CEO of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, at age 63.

Update: There will be a brief service in Doctor Daniel Jara’s honor followed by a sole, final viewing on:
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 from 10am-12pm
Gentile Funeral Services
397 Union Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601
201-487-4568 gentilefuneralservice.com

Dr. Jara left behind a legacy of leadership, entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to the advancement to the economic agenda of the Latino community. He was an example of endurance and persistence leaving a plethora of achievements. Dr. Jara’s nationally and internationally recognized leadership has fostered economic growth and visibility for New Jersey. Esperanza Porras-Field of the Morris County Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce, which organization is a member group of the United Hispanic Chambers of Commerce of New Jersey, comments, “Daniel was a good friend for many years. His leadership qualities went beyond expectations. I had great respect and admiration for his determination, energy and involvement with his community. This is a big loss for the Latino community. Although we have lost Daniel Jara in one sense, Daniel Jara as the role model for perseverance and accomplishment can never be lost.

The Latino community is honored and proud of Dr. Jara’s accomplishments. He was listed as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the nation by Hispanic Business Magazine. Dr. Jara was selected by a panel of New Jersey business experts to appear in “Entrepreneur 101”, a magazine supplement to NJBIZ. He was selected from among more than 200 entrepreneurs across New Jersey to be among the 26 business leaders who were profiled as examples of successful and innovative entrepreneurship. In 1989 at the 10th National Convention of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce in New Orleans, he was elected to serve as director of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce representing 14 states on the national board. In 1992 Dr. Jara was appointed to Chair the national Hispanic legislative Forum in Washington DC. He was also the Chair of the 1993 National Convention of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in New York. In 1993, Dr. Jara was elected by his peers to serve as Vice Chairman of the Board of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a National organization that represents the economic interest of more than 3,000,000 Hispanic firms in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. From 1998 to 2005, NJBiz, New Jersey’s most famous business publication, released a list of the top 50 chambers in NJ and gave first place to The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of NJ, which was under Dr. Jara’s leadership. In September of 2003, SHCC was bestowed the Distinguished Statewide Latino Organization Honorary Award by the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, an umbrella of the Hispanic organizations of the Garden State.

The Board of the United Hispanic Chambers of Commerce of New Jersey issued the following statement: “We are pleased that many of our member Presidents had opportunity to spend time with Daniel during his last week. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Jara Family.”

He is survived by his devoted wife Pilar Howe, her sons Gustavo, Patricia, Roxana, Daniel’s two sons,  Daniel Jara Jr., Christopher Jara, his four year old granddaughter Isabella and his brothers & Sisters Pablo, Gloria, Monica, and Mariela Jara Falcon.

Biographical Notes

Doctor Daniel H. Jara was born in Lima, Peru where he obtained his primary and early secondary education. He came to New Jersey at age 14 and graduated from Eastside High School in Paterson. He attended Rutgers University, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Accounting and M.A. in Finance and Business Administration. While at Rutgers he served as President of the Rutgers Newark Program Board and led several Hispanic student and community organizations. Daniel was an Honorary Member of the Rutgers Leadership Recognition Society; and President of The Peruvian-American National Roundtable (PANR), which is a private, non-partisan, non-profit corporation working to bring together the different voices of all people of Peruvian origin in the United States. He represented a network of local Hispanic Chambers and businesses that seeks to represent the economic interest of over 72,000 small businesses in the Garden State and the Philadelphia area.

Dr. Jara was the owner of Rimac Agency, Inc., an insurance, Hispanic market and international trade consulting firm located in Hackensack. He was president for two consecutive terms of the Greater Paterson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and served on the New Jersey Governor’s Advisory Council on Minority Business Development. He was Director of the Permanent Secretariat of the Hemispheric Congress of Latin Chambers of Commerce and Industry based in Miami, representing New Jersey. Daniel was appointed by New Jersey Governor Christine Whitman to serve in Prosperity New Jersey Inc., a Public and Private Partnership. In September of 1998 Daniel Jara was listed in the elite group of New Jersey’s 100 most influential business individuals by Business News New Jersey. Daniel was also a trustee of the New Jersey Network Foundation Board. In January of 2000, Bikur Cholim Hospital of Jerusalem and the State of Israel presented Daniel with the prestigious “International Brotherhood Award”. In February 2000, during XVI Convention of the Association of Peruvian Institutions of USA & Canada (AIPEUC) celebrated in Lima-Peru, Daniel was recognized as Most Distinguished Peruvian-American. In April 2000, Dr. Jara was appointed by Governor Whitman to serve on the Governor’s Study Commission on Discrimination in State Employment and Contracting. In October of 2000, Daniel was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve on the New Jersey Export Council. In 2003, for the third consecutive year, Dr. Jara was listed in Who’s Who in NJ Business Leaders by Business News New Jersey. In August of 2001, Dr. Jara was presented with National Achievement Award by Hispanic Magazine in San Francisco. In March 2002,  Daniel was awarded ‘The Lifetime Achievement Award” by the prestigious New Jersey Policy Research Organization. In April 2002 Mr. Jara was re-appointed by Governor James E. McGreevey to serve on the Governors Study Commission on Discrimination in State Employment and Contracting. In November 2002, Dr. Jara was appointed to serve at Jersey City Economic Development Corporation Board of Trustees. In May 2003 during the XIX AIPEUC Convention in Washington DC, Daniel was elected to preside over The Association of Peruvian Institutions of United States and Canada. In November of 2003, Dr. Jara was nominated by his peers to Chair the Association of State Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Presidents, a network of chambers of commerce representing NJ/NY, Florida, Chicago, California, New Mexico and Illinois. In December 2003, Daniel was appointed to the City of Hackensack Economic Development Commission. In December 2005, Dr. Jara was appointed to Governor-Elect Jon Corzine Transition Team on the Economic Development Committee. In January 2006, The Parliament of the República del Peru bestowed Daniel Jara with the Medal of Honor. In May 2006, Dr. Jara was awarded for his Business Leadership by the National Conference for Community and Justice. In September 2006, Dr. Jara was appointed by Ne Jersey Governor Jon Corzine to the New Jersey Economic Growth Council. In January 2007, In April of 2007, Daniel was selected as the 2007 Robert Ross Muscular Dystrophy Association Personal Achievement Award recipient for the state of New Jersey. On November 24, 2008, Dr. Jara was nominated by the Governor of New Jersey, Jon Corzine, to be a member of the Board of Directors of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. This company is perhaps the largest health insurance provider in New Jersey, covering more than 3 million members. This historic nomination was subject to confirmation by the Senate of New Jersey. In December of 2008, Dr. Jara was honored by the Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega with the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa, in an official ceremony conducted at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, whose Director, Cervantes-Liñán, declared, “Doctor Jara generally represents for the University, and for the current Faculty of Foreign Trade and International Relations, a model of strategic alliance in which he combines the tasks of the day to day in international trade, with the handling of the teaching tools in the professional formation of the licensed futures in management of international businesses and foreign trade. Both institutions will contribute to the development of our country.”

International Trade was one of Daniel’s strongest priorities. He led many trade missions to Latin America, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Peru and Central America. In 1999 Governor Christine Todd Whitman with the support of Mr. Jara led New Jersey and the United States’ largest trade mission to South America that toured Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Dr. Jara was an advocate of Free Trade for many years and worked with former President George Bush in the implementation of NAFTA. During his numerous travels to Latin America, Dr. Jara promoted bilateral trade and signed cooperative agreements with chambers of commerce and trade associations in that region. Daniel tirelessly promoted New Jersey as a gateway of trade and tourism, and he hosted numerous trade missions that visited the Garden State. In July of 2006, Dr. Jara provided exclusive testimony before the Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives in favor of the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement between Peru and the United States.

Community service was another important aspect of Daniel’s commitment to New Jersey and the United States. He served on many committees and as a board member of charitable and civic organizations. Being physically challenged, Daniel also felt inspired to advocate on behalf of others with physical challenges and was recognized by the Association of Hispanic Handicapped of New Jersey for his exemplary contributions. He was listed in the Who is Who of the Hispanic Community at the national level and in July of 2004, Dr. Jara was designated Grand Marshall of the Peruvian Parade of New Jersey. In September 2004, he was designated “Man of the Year” by The Dominican State Parade of New Jersey; he was recognized as “Man of the Year” by the Paterson Interfaith Community Organization, the Hispanic Alliance of Bergen County, Simon Bolivar Lions Club, Jersey City Hispanic Heritage Award Society and the Hispanic State Parade of New Jersey. Daniel received commendations from the Puerto Rican Statewide Parade of New Jersey for leading relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Hugo in Puerto Rico.


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