His­pano CofC hon­ors eight with awards

Lo­cal busi­nesses cel­e­brated for con­tri­bu­tions to her­itage

Albuquerque Journal - - BUSINESS - JOUR­NAL STAFF RE­PORT

The Al­bu­querque His­pano Cham­ber of Com­merce has re­leased the names of the eight lo­cal busi­nesses it is hon­or­ing for its 2017 His­panic Her­itage Awards.

In the past, the cham­ber has given an award for His­panic Busi­ness of the Year, but this marks the first year for the awards cer­e­mony, held Thurs­day, and its ex­panded list of cat­e­gories.

And the win­ners are:

The His­panic Arts and Cul­ture Busi­ness of ■ the Year — Up­town Funk Duel­ing Piano Bar.

The His­panic Small Busi­ness Wo­man of the ■

Year — Mary Martinez, Home In­stead Se­nior Care

The His­panic In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness of the ■

Year — Knoll Global Busi­ness Part­ners.

The His­panic Tech­nol­ogy Busi­ness of the ■

Year — Johnny Boards.

The His­panic Health and Well­ness Busi­ness ■ of the Year — eVOLV Strong.

The His­panic Small Busi­ness of the Year ■

—■The Brew.

The His­panic New Busi­ness of the Year — True REST Float Spa.

The His­panic Busi­ness Per­son of the Year ■

— Bill Miera, Fiore In­dus­tries Inc.

Also at the event, the cham­ber will honor its chair­man, Rudy Be­serra from the Coca-Cola Co. Ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, Be­serra was in­stru­men­tal in the cre­ation of His­panic Her­itage Month, which is capped off by the Her­itage Awards.

“(His­panic Her­itage Month) serves to in­spire, pre­pare and con­nect Latino lead­ers and cel­e­brate His­panic her­itage,” the His­pano Cham­ber of Com­merce said in a news re­lease.

This year’s Her­itage Awards theme is “Con­ver­gente y Cul­tura” and is aimed at pro­mot­ing the three prom­i­nent cul­tures “that make up the cul­tural fab­ric of Al­bu­querque.”

COURTESY OF HIS­PANO CHAM­BER OF COM­MERCE

The Al­bu­querque His­pano Cham­ber of Com­merce cel­e­brated its ex­panded Her­itage Awards with its first cer­e­mony for re­cip­i­ents on Thurs­day night.

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