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Finalists Announced for the First Coast Hispanic Chamber Excellence in Business Awards

first coast hispanic chamberThe First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FCHCC) announced the finalists for the 2016 Excellence in Business Awards, which honor individuals and businesses that have positively impacted the Hispanic community. The winners will be presented with their honors at the inaugural awards breakfast to be held on July 14 at The University Club from 7:30am – 9:00am. “The Hispanic business community has many successes and supporters. It is important to recognize them and celebrate this rapidly growing segment of our economy”, said Maribel Hernandez, CEO and President of FCHCC.

The chamber announced the finalists in the following categories:

Small Business of the Year
Brunet-Garcia Advertising
Central Southern Construction Group
Morales Construction Company

Corporate Business of the Year
AT&T Services Florida
BBVA Compass
Wells Fargo

Business Leader of the Year
Giselle Carson, Marks Gray Law Firm
Wilfredo Gonzalez, SBA
Dr. Rene Pulido, EMED Primary Care

Rising Star Award
Emmanuel Matias, Southeastern Grocers
Andrea Reyes, Reyes Legal
Madelene Skinner, MadFab Media

Lifetime Achievement Award
Nelson Estepa, Retired
Tomas Jimenez
Clark Vargas, C. Vargas & Associates

Diversity Impact Award
Victor Cora, Univision Jacksonville
Annie Grogan, The H.I.L.L. of NE Florida
Arlene Ortiz

Business Advocate Award
Small Business Administration
Univision Jacksonville
WCI Group

Up and Coming Business Award
Fresh Start Realty
Mi Pueblo II
Reyes Legal

FCHCC will also honor the organization’s founders from over twenty three years ago.

Founding Fathers Award
The Late Sergio Arnaiz
Jorge Hernandez, Lasa Construction
Jose Perez, PQH Architects
Clark Vargas, C. Vargas & Associates

With Pegine Echevarria as keynote speaker, the Excellence in Business Awards Breakfast is certain to interest organizations, business owners and leaders who want to engage, market, and reach diverse communities. Echevarria is one of only eight women in the Motivational Speaker Hall of Fame. She is feisty, fearless, focused, and a fun speaker. Lorena Inclán from Action News Jax will emcee the event.

Individual and table tickets can be purchased online at Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please visit for more information. The First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FCHCC) was created to encourage and promote sound, ethical and successful business practices in the Hispanic community and to further the recognition of Hispanic heritage and culture through educational endeavors. The mission of the FCHCC is to positively impact the regional economy by creating value, promoting and facilitating the success of Hispanic-owned businesses and by engaging the community at large. For more information about First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, please visit