MCHACC Annual Awards Luncheon Sept 13

Morristown, NJ – The Annual Awards Luncheon Celebration of the Morris County Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce (MCHACC) will take place on September 13, 2012 from 11:30am-2:00pm. This year’s honorees include business leaders and professionals from a number of industries. MCHACC has built its strong community presence by helping businesses through the challenges of lean times with the support of its sponsors and this year welcomes Beverly Williamson, Head of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion at Johnson and Johnson to share tips on how to obtain business through procurement diversity opportunities. Elizabeth Chalas Berman, Director & United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Regional Committee Chair, will outline some of the business opportunities available through Hispanic chambers. Keynote speaker, Ms. Kim Guadagno, Lt. Governor and New Jersey Secretary of State, will share her perspective on challenges facing the Garden State and prospects for business health in this difficult economy. Gold Sponsor for this year’s celebration is Aetna, Inc.

MCHACC Annual Awards Luncheon 2012MCHACC President & CEO, Esperanza Porras-Field, commends this year’s award winners for advancing the Chamber’s mission. “I admire this extraordinary group of professionals’ conviction to strive for, and forward, entrepreneurial success. They have shown tremendous strength and resilience despite transitioning markets and I am certain that we will continue to celebrate their professional growth in the future.” Christina Martínez, Board Chairman, says, “We are excited to recognize two unique professionals for their remarkable dedication & leadership: receiving the Chairman’s Award is Ludovico Aprigliano, Esq., and the President’s Award goes to Susan Scheer, Esq. In addition, the Founding Trustees’ Silver Diversity Partnership Program will recognize Prudential, Wells Fargo and Torres Lompart–Sanchez Ruiz, LLP, as awardees. Their hard work and commitment have played a vital role in advancing minority business interests and fostering opportunities that encourage economic growth.”

Luncheon attendees will be entertained with performances by the Mariachi Mendoza Group and Javier Ricardo Leal. The Pledge of Allegiance will be lead by Frank Warholic, Commander of Montville VFW Post 5481, with the United State National Anthem being sung by the Reverend Beverly Epps. The day’s events will receive blessings from Father Hernan Aria, Pastor of Saint Margaret of Scotland Church in Morristown.

The 2012 Award Honorees will be available for interviews to share their unique and inspirational stories. They are:

  • Business Man of the Year: Hugo Almeida, President, Abitronix, Flanders, NJ
  • Business Woman of the Year: Norma Ponciano, Owner George Deli, Morristown, NJ
  • Media Advocate of the Year: Latin Trends, Juan Guillen, Founder & Publisher, NJ & NY
  • Board Member of the Year: Hope M. Field, Director Young Business & Professionals, Morristown, NJ
  • Large Corporation of the Year: Wyndham Worldwide,
  • Jose Nido, Vice President, Global Supplier Diversity, Strategic Sourcing, Parsippany, NJ
  • Enterprise Corporation of the Year: American School of Business, Charles ‘Chuck” Davies, Founder & Owner, Fairfield, NJ
  • Community Leadership Advocate of the Year, (Individual): Tom Kadala, Founder & CEO, Alternative Technology Corp, NY
  • Community Leadership Advocate of the Year, (Corporation): Chief Procurement Officer for Medical Devices/ Supplier Diversity at Johnson & Johnson.
  • New Business of the Year: Café y Canela Restaurant, Owners, Saul Garavito & Martha Pena, Boonton, NJ
  • Volunteer of the Year: Melanie Dombro, Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Community Economic Development Advocate of the Year: Lynda Ireland, President & CEO, New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council

MCHACC has been recognized as one of the Best Chambers in the Northeast region and is the leading Hispanic advocate for Latino businesses and issues in Morris County. The Chamber works with legislative and government leaders to promote access to capital, healthcare, education and on issues such as immigration reform, small business and procurement opportunities, tax reform and access to technology. It continues to set standards of excellence for growth and success.

Register online to attend the luncheon at, or contact Event Chair Danielle Sadighi at 201-874-4788 or Co-Chair Susan Scheer, Esq. at 973-714-9853 for additional information.