ALPFA's 43rd Annual Convention pays tribute to 9/11 victims, first responders and veterans

Within one day, ALPFA helped Your Grateful Nation, a nonprofit supporting veterans, exceed its yearly goal of mentors and corporate recruiters

Aug 12, 2015, 09:05 ET from ALPFA

NEW YORK, Aug. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- ALPFA, the Association of Latino Professionals For America, the largest membership-based organization serving Latino professionals, students, and entrepreneurs, concluded its 43rd Annual Convention at the Hilton Midtown New York.

As this is ALPFA's first Convention in New York City, ALPFA CEO Charles P. Garcia, a highly decorated former military officer and businessman who lost dozens of friends and peers in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, gathered with members of his family, executive team, staff, and ALPFA Board of Directors to pay tribute to the 9/11 victims with a prayer service at the National September 11 Memorial. The prayer, led by Latino pastor Joseph A. Andino, paused for a moment of silence for the First Responders who perished, the thousands of innocent victims, and the safety of all American military veterans.

In continuance of its support of veterans, ALPFA presented nonprofit organization Your Grateful Nation, which pairs special operations forces veterans with employment in the corporate sector, with a $10,000 check. Its cofounder, Rob O'Neill, former U.S. Navy SEAL and leader of Seal Team Six, whose heroism has been featured in three Hollywood films and is credited with killing Osama bin Laden, provided a riveting presentation on facilitating high-performance leadership teams, at an invitation-only luncheon on August 6. At the luncheon's conclusion, Garcia requested that audience members, hailing from a variety of ALPFA's Fortune 500 corporate partners, consider signing on as a mentor or provide the name of a corporate recruiter. Within a few minutes, Your Grateful Nation's 2015 goal of 100 mentors and 40 corporate recruiters was exceeded, with 185 mentors and 81 corporate recruiters adding their names.

"During convention we demonstrated the power of ALPFA to help our nation's warfighters," said ALPFA's CEO, Charles P. Garcia. "We challenged our members to meet Your Grateful Nation's yearly goal in just one day, and we exceeded it by nearly 200 percent. Clearly our Latino professionals are grateful and committed to helping our special operation's veterans by mentoring them and assisting them get jobs in corporate America."

Founded in 1972, ALPFA, Association of Latino Professionals For America, supports over approximately 72,000 Latino students, professionals, and entrepreneurs through its 43 professional chapters across the country and more than 150 student chapters at major colleges and universities. ALPFA's mission is to empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation, in every sector of the global economy. For more information, please visit