Hispanic and Latino businesses are one of the fastest-growing segments of the business community, and represent a key driver of future success for our region.
According to the Pew Hispanic Center, “the Latino population, already the largest minority group in the country, will triple in size and account for most of the nation’s population growth from 2005 through 2050”. In addition, the number of Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States is expected to grow 41.8% in the next six years; with total revenues surging 39% to more than $539 billion.
With these game-changing trends in mind, Greater Louisville Inc. embarked on a unique partnership with Hispanic business leaders in 2005. The result was the 2006 launching of the Hispanic Latino Business Council., an effort aimed at creating, advancing and promoting economic opportunities for Hispanic/Latino business and professionals in the Greater Louisville Region.
The HLBC is a strategic partnership between the Hispanic business community and Greater Louisville Inc. The Hispanic Latino Business Council is an affiliate of Greater Louisville Inc. “Greater Louisville Inc. is the metro chamber of commerce and economic development agency for the Louisville, Kentucky - Southern Indiana Metropolitan area. Greater Louisville Inc. provides leadership on initiatives that help our members grow and the entire community prosper
To create, advance and promote economic opportunities for Hispanic/Latino Businesses and individuals in the Greater Louisville Region.
- Develop programs and events that will bring together members of the Hispanic/Latino business community in forums that will allow them to network and share best practices. (Making Connections/Programming)
- Increase the level of awareness of the Hispanic/Latino business community in the Greater Louisville region by broadening the scope of interaction with other non-Hispanic/Latino individuals and organizations. (Raising Awareness/Marketing and PR)
- Help Hispanic/Latino businesses grow and prosper by providing connections to necessary resources and advocating for the development of additional assistance. (Economic Development)
- Supply educational and training opportunities to Hispanic/Latino businesses and individuals to assist with current or future business and personal growth. (Training and Education)
- Grow the membership of the Greater Louisville HLBC to allow as many individuals and businesses as possible access to its benefits. (Membership)
Chair: Jorge Lanz, President, Jacobi Toombs & Lanz, Inc.
Mr. Lanz is President of Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz, Inc. and the Chair Elect (for 2011) for the Hispanic Latino Business Council. Aside from his business-related responsibilities, he is a Project Manager on civil and environmental engineering projects undertaken by the firm. Professional responsibilities include engineering and planning studies, design, and construction supervision of airport, highways, bridge, storm water, potable water and wastewater projects. Mr. Lanz brings over 25 years of professional experience in many different areas including: Strategic Planning and Design; Storm/Sanitary Planning and Design; Wastewater Treatment Process Rehabilitation and Water Supply and Distribution.
Jorge was born in La Habana, Cuba, but was raised in Cali and Bogotá, Colombia,. In his teenage years, he moved to Ponce, Puerto Rico. Came to Louisville to finish degree on civil engineering
Jorge holds a B.S. Civil Engineering, in 1977 from Speed Scientific School, University of Louisville. In addition, he obtained a M.E. Civil Engineering in 1979 from Speed Scientific School at the University of Louisville. His professional Affiliations are the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers; the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Indiana Rural Water Association
Chair Elect: Francisco Abril, Regional Plan Consultant, The Hartford Retirement Plans Group
Francisco works as Retirement Plan Consultant for the Hartford Financial Group. He is responsible for supporting the Hispanic Market for the Mid-Atlantic Region. He held this position from October 2007 to present.
Prior to joining The Hartford Francisco worked for US Bank Corp as Multicultural Marketing Coordinator where he was responsible for developing the Hispanic Market in the Metro Louisville area and Southern Indiana.
Francisco was born in Bogota, Colombia where he spent most of his life. He has been married for 4 years to a wonderful Colombian woman. He moved about six years ago to Louisville, KY when he decided to work in the financial industry focusing in developing strategies for the Hispanic Market.
Immediate Past Chair: Marilyn Cordova-Winchell, President, Cordova Flooring Contractors
Marilyn is President and owner of Cordova Flooring Contractor, a company dedicated to the design and Installation of Commercial Flooring products for new or existing buildings in the area of Lexington, Louisville and Southern Indiana.
WBE/MBE certified. Through out the years, Marilyn has participated and been recognized by different organizations throughout the region. She represented Kentucky in the Senate Hispanic Leadership Summit in Washington in 2005. Participated as guest speaker two years in a row at the Dow Jones-WKU Minority Journalism Workshop, School of Journalism & Broadcasting at Western Kentucky University. She was a guest speaker at the Kentucky Hispanic Networking Summit 2005. Marilyn was awarded the Distinguished Citizen in 2006 by the Mayor’s office in 2006. In addition, she was selected to participate in the Leadership Course for LCNI in Norfolk, VA 2006
Marilyn is originally from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico and has been in Louisville since 2003. Marilyn has lived in Spain, Croatia and Hungary and is fluent in Spanish, Croatian and English. Marilyn has a B.S. in Communications concentration in Journalism from Salem State College, MA; a two year degree in Telecommunications from the University of Puerto Rico CUTA. Recently she obtained training in Interior Design at the Interior Design Institute, Louisville Technical Institute.
Treasurer: Mario Lomazzi, Owner, Mario Lomazzi, CP Accounting & Tax Services
Mario has been working with financial reports and taxes for several years. He is familiar with the corporate and public accounting, which provides a nice balance. First, he worked for an accounting firm in Buenos Aires - Argentina where he was promoted several times. Clients' activities were automobile, bank, insurance, building, and chemistry.
After five years as Manager, he founded his own CPA office. Clients' activities: automobile, financial institution, graphic designer, and highway/toll. Also, by that time, he was professor at the University of Buenos Aires, the most important University in the country. He wrote several papers and two books regarding accounting.
Mario moved to the U.S. and worked as Senior Accountant for a manufacturing company in Louisville, Kentucky. He earned the U.S. - CPA licenses in Kentucky and Indiana. Nowadays, he went back into public practice. He provides accounting and tax services to businesses and individuals throughout Louisville and Southern Indiana. He really enjoys working with financial statements, cash flows, taxes, and helping people with their business. He would also like to go back to teaching.
Secretary: Lee A. Webb, Attorney/Member, Stoll Keenon Ogden, PLLC
Lee Webb, a Member in the Louisville office, has been with Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC since 2000. She is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Webb's practice focuses on creditors/debtor relations, class actions and contract and business tort issues. Ms. Webb is also fluent in Spanish and has studied and lived abroad. In the course of her litigation practice, she developed a concentration in the translation of complex legal documents, including contracts, employee handbooks and legal notices into and from the Spanish Language. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Webb clerked for the Justice Janet L. Stumbo of the Supreme Court of Kentucky for three years.
Ms. Webb has received a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating for her many legal successes. She served as counsel in a class action lawsuit involving structured settlement factoring transactions, which resulted in a refund of approximately $2.9 million to settlement class members.
Ms. Webb is a member of the Louisville, Kentucky and American Bar Associations, as well as the National Association of Women Lawyers. She is dedicated to community involvement, founding the Latino Legal Clinic of Louisville in 2003. She was formerly on the Board of Directors for the St George's Community Center and the Planned Parenthood Young Leaders. She was also a member of the Public Radio Partnership Trio Board. Married with one daughter, Ms. Webb enjoys foreign travel, gallery hops and the Actors Theater of Louisville in her free time.
Economic Development Chair: Daniel Lira, Managing Member, Contracting Solutions, LLC - Who's Who in Latin Louisville
Daniel manages his own company, Contracting Solutions, LLC a small business that started with Daniel in a van with his tools going around offering his services as a handyman, to what it is presently after 8 years; staffing 13 employees; 3 staff and 10 field workers offering 5 different services within the interior finishes trade in construction. His work ethics and philosophies have made him a true entrepreneur. Finding new ways to create an enterprise is becoming a constant gratifying activity.
Daniel is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. He arrived to U. S. in 1995 in South Florida for two years he had a rough start, while searching for a job in a new environment and new country trying to support his mother and two young brothers. In April of 1997, he left South Florida and headed north in search of better job opportunities and the hope to improve his new language skills. It was a wonderful experience when for the first time he arrived and felt the pleasant Louisville weather in the springtime; it so happens he arrived the day after "Thunder Over Louisville" in 1997.
Within a few months as a new resident in Louisville, he found a church in St Matthews he identified himself with and to this day, he remains a faithful member of that church family. A family that took him in and he loved dearly. Daniel's family is another large piece of his life. He met Jan at the same church, and he has been married to her for 12 happy years, along with the joy of his life, Jan's youngest daughter, Mary, the one he considers his own.
Meeting other successful Hispanic and Latino business owners and community leaders in Louisville, have given him the next level of his life, where he believes is time to come together share the knowledge and experiences he has acquired over the years, and together learn from each other and make the a new generation of successful business people worthy of national recognition, right here in Louisville
Education Chair: Alejandro Vela, Finance Manager, Supply Chain - GE Appliances
Alejandro is currently leading the Supply Chain Finance organization for GE Appliances and the Hispanic Forum business champion for Appliances & Lighting.
Prior to his current role, Alejandro was the CFO Latin America where he managed a P & L of +$500MM of Revenue and + $85MM of OP Profit, With a team of 100 employees throughout countries such as, Mexico, Brazil Chile among others.
Alejandro Joined GE in 1992 via GE Medical Systems Mexico, he work through roles in FPA and Treasury. He has spent time in various finance roles with in GE supply Mexico, GE Supply, GE Support Services and GE Corporate.
Alejandro was born in Mexico and graduated from Universidad del Valle de Mexico-Licenciatura Accounting.
Alejandro is based in Louisville, KY and lives there with his wife Marta and 2 daughters, Diana and Katia. He enjoys anything that has to do with Soccer, Tennis or watching her daughter run cross country.
Marketing Chair: Ricardo "Rico" Nieto, Vice President, Account Director, Creative Alliance
Born in Bogota, Colombia, and raised in Southern California, graduated from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, with a degree in International Studies/Business. Rico put his skills to work immediately upon graduation working with Westin and the Camino Real hotel chain in Mexico to launch their frequent guest program called Westin Premier/Huespedes Distinguidos. After four years of database loyalty marketing, Rico was instrumental in launching the communications to support Bank of America's introduction of its first Spanish language Versaservicios program including their first bilingual ATMs in California.
Rico moved on in the agency arena from working with regional clients to managing national Hispanic campaigns for American Home Products, Reebok International, Energizer Batteries, Nestle and Coors Brewing Company. He was recruited by one of his clients, Reebok International to manage their regional marketing communications supporting footwear and apparel product sell-in for 15 states in the southwest and subsequently promoted to run marketing and merchandising activities in over 1500 stores in 10 countries in Mexico and Latin America.
Rico worked at AT & T for two years where he lead the efforts to introduce VOIP to Hispanic consumers and oversaw a national Hispanic budget in excess of $25 Million annually. He was subsequently recruited to direct international and multicultural marketing communications activities for YUM! brands internationally and responsible for delivering advertising to support over 1000 restaurants in 25 countries with $1 billion in sales in Latin America and the Caribbean. He currently resides in Louisville Kentucky with his wife Mary and son Nicolas.
Membership Chair: Jaime Gonzalez, Aircraft Maintenance Division Manager, UPS
Jaime works as Louisville Division Manager at UPS, where he is responsible for planning and executing work accomplished on aircraft during the weekend operation. Manage maintenance operations and activities in accordance with UPS company policies, procedures and FAA regulations ensuring safety and compliance. Jaime has been with UPS since 1993 were he has been in several positions, from Oakland Line Supervisor (1993-1995); Portland Line Supervisor where he oversaw operations activities for five gateways in the Pacific Northwest (1995-1998); Dallas Line Supervisor where he was in charge of schedule and unscheduled of line maintenance operations activities (1998-1999); Americas and Miami Aircraft Maintenance Manager, responsible for Americas aircraft maintenance start-up ensuring all maintenance activities are in accordance with UPS policies, procedures and FAA regulations (1999-2004); International Division Manager, in charge of line maintenance operations at all international gateways ensuring all activities are in accordance with UPS procedure and regulations (2005-2006); SDF Next Day Air Division Manager (2006-2007) International East/Aircraft Maintenance Division Manager (2007-2009); QA Division Manager/Fleet Operation Division Manager, responsible for complete review of historical repair documents and aircraft survey to ensure an accurate and complete major repair listing for each aircraft in the UPS fleet (2009-2010). Jaime has developed great leadership skills by taking different roles and professional opportunities within UPS. He shares his leadership skills and knowledge by being an active member with the Hispanic Latino Business Council and contributing to the Board as the Chair of Membership since 2008
Prior to joining UPS, Jaime served as Aircraft Maintenance Shift Manager at America West in Phoenix, AZ where he was responsible for all activities system wide and of mechanics coordinating aircraft acceptance, repair and dispatch. Jaime is a former Staff Sergeant with the United States Air Force
Jaime was borne in Sabana Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. His family moved to Chicago, Illinois when he was 5 months old. He is fluent in Spanish and English. Jamie graduated from Breyer State University from Birmingham, AL Alabama State University with a B. S. in Aviation Management.
Programming Chair: Ingrid Hernández, President and Creative Director, InGrid Design, LLC
Ingrid is President of InGrid Design, an MBE and WBE certified company that offers services such as marketing campaigns, advertising, bilingual communications, identity systems, graphic design for benefit and compensation materials, website design and programming, signage, promotions, photography and product design.
Ingrid grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico and was raised by her Cuban parents and grandparents. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and worked in Massachusetts for a couple of years before moving to Louisville in 1992. She then worked for a couple of agencies before starting her own company 9 years ago. She has been nominated recently for different awards in the region. Her other professional affiliations besides HLBC are NAWBO, GLI, One Southern Indiana and TSMSDC.
At-large GLI Member: Eileen Pickett, Executive Vice President, Community and Economic Development, Greater Louisville Inc.
As Senior Vice President of Community and Economic Development, Eileen leads a team of professionals who help existing companies expand in Louisville and Jefferson County. Her team coordinates site visits and serves as liaisons between clients and key individuals in the public and private sectors. The key areas of emphasis include the attraction and retention of professionals to the area, development of community recruitment programs, outreach to existing industry regarding workforce issues and the development of collaborative partnerships among the community, companies and classrooms to positively impact the future workforce.
From 1993 to 1999, Eileen was Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer for Ohio Aerospace Institute - a non-profit consortium of government, university, and industry partners. Throughout her 12-year career at General Electric, Eileen held a variety of management positions within the appliance division. Eileen holds a B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace College in Business and Psychology and has completed additional graduate work in Business and Organizational Structure.
At-large AABA Member: Miguel Hampton, President, F5 Enterprises, LLC & President,African-American Business Alliance (ABBA)
Miguel is a gifted yet naturally introverted sales person driven by the success of others. Miguel spent his early career in multilevel fashion retail management and after aggressively climbing up the corporate ladder; Miguel made a career change from retail to marketing. After spending several years as a Senior Sales representative and later the Vice President of sales, Miguel returned to retail for a short stent, prior to deciding to start his own business. Miguel assisted the closings of two, multi-million dollar companies and watched as a third suffered in a changing/chaotic economy. Realizing, that the best way to manage chaos is to simply stand freely in the middle of it Miguel decided to create a creative marketing, media and promotions company known as F5 Enterprises, LLC.
Miguel has a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Wilberforce University and and MBA in Science of Management from Indiana Wesleyan.
Miguel is also the father of the company's mascot Mireya (his daughter) and husband to Teah Williams-Hampton.
At-large TSMSDC Member: Sonya E. Brown, Director of Minority Business Certification, Tri-State Minority Supplier Development Council (TSMSDC)
Sonya E. Brown is the minority business certification director for the Tri-State Minority Supplier Development Council (TSMSDC). In this role, she manages the Council's entire certification program. The program includes minority business recruitment and retention. The ultimate result of MBE certification is connecting with corporations that realize the benefits and importance of supplier diversity and inclusion. Sonya serves as primary point of contact for certification inquiries, as well as liaison between TSMSDC staff and the Certification Committee.
Tri-State Minority Supplier Development Council is one of 37 councils affiliated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council. This organization provides a direct link between corporate America and minority-owned business.