CHICAGO, July 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- Javier Palomarez, president and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and longtime friend of Negocios Now, was the recipient of El Amigo de Negocios Now Award at the third annual Who's Who in Hispanic Chicago Gala Event, held July 8 at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Palomarez was not able to claim the award in person, but he sent a video message to say he was grateful, honored and proud to be a friend of Negocios Now.
"Our team and many Hispanic leaders in Chicago are also proud of giving Javier the award," said Negocios Now Publisher Clemente Nicado. "He is a truly good friend of our publication, helping us to get national exposure through the amazing organization that he leads."
As the leader of the USHCC, Palomarez actively promotes the economic growth, development and interests of more than 4.1 million Hispanic-owned businesses that, combined, contribute more than $661 billion to the American economy every year. The USHCC also advocates on behalf of 259 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide.
Negocios Now also awarded Ann Alvarez, former CEO of Casa Central, the Lifetime Achievement Award; Hipolito Paul Roldan, CEO of Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, the Community Champion Award; Adela Cepeda, CEO of AC Advisory, the Latina in Business Award; and Jose Maldonado, founder of Old Veteran Construction, the Business of the Year Award.
More than 330 people attended the sold-out event, receiving copies of the Who's Who in Hispanic Chicago Special Edition, which included biographies of more than 170 Hispanic leaders in Business, Corporate, Non-Profit, Elected Official, Government, Health, Culture & Education and Media categories.
BMO Harris Bank was the main sponsor of the gala event for the second year in a row. Established in 1882, BMO Harris Bank has grown to become one of the largest banks in the Midwest. The company provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through more than 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in eight states. BMO Harris Bank's commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S.
"We are pleased to support the Negocios Now Who's Who Gala, which celebrates those Hispanic leaders in the Chicagoland area who are defining success in their own way," said Lucino Sotelo, Chief Marketing Officer, BMO Harris Bank. "This is a great collaborative effort that will help existing and emerging leaders get the recognition they have earned and find new sources of inspiration in the community."
As the Diamond Sponsor of the event, BMO Harris Bank joined other sponsors, including Remy Martin (Gold), Hyatt, ComEd and Wintrust (Silver), United Airlines, Coca Coca, Reyes Holding (Bronze), and Monterrey Security (Small Business Sponsor). The gala event also featured performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Ensemble Español.
With more than 30,000 followers in its social media pages, Negocios Now is a unique publication focused on growing Hispanic businesses. NN has received 12 national awards and one Peter Lisagor Award for General Excellence.
"Our team could not be more grateful for the support of the Latino business community and the corporations that understand the need to have a bilingual publication focused on Hispanic businesses and professionals," said Clemente Nicado, publisher.