The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce packed the grand lobby of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Saturday night with close to 1,200 guests celebrating the chamber’s 30th anniversary and the annual ¡Triunfando! Awards Gala.
The evening recognized outstanding Hispanic business leaders. Russell Ybarra of Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen received the Hispanic Male Entrepreneur of the Year award, and SoniaClayton of Virtual Intelligence Providers was recognized as Hispanic Female Entrepreneur of the Year.
The Emerging Business of the Year award went to Carlos de Aldecoa Bueno and Maximus Coffee Group. Michael Loya, president of Vitol S.A., was named Hispanic Male Executive of the Year, and Gilda Ramirez, director of small-business development for the Port of Houston, was named Hispanic Female Executive of the Year.
The Chairman’s Award was presented to Paul Murphy, CEO of Amegy Bank of Texas. In addition to joining Northwestern Mutual Financial Network as a major underwriter of the gala, Amegy is providing the chamber an office and furnishings in the bank’s Main Street location — rent-free for 10 years.
It was a night of Latin sabor as guests swayed to the sounds of salsa and merengue music and dined on fare from Cordúa Restaurants. RosarioGuzmán, accompanied by husband FernandoGuzmán, chaired the gala, which held the crowd until well past midnight. Basking in the success of the evening was Houston Hispanic Chamber CEO Laura Murillo with proud husband José Luis Murillo.
Notables attending included U.S. Rep. Al Green, Mexico Consul General Ignacio González Magallón, Northwestern Mutual managing partner Jeff Reeter, Cordúa Restaurants’ Michael Cordúa, HHCC chairman-elect George Gonzalez, Houston Dynamo president Oliver Luck, Sterling Bancshares CEO J. Downey Bridgwater and Roland Rodriguez, CEO of Mir, Fox and Rodriguez.