David Gomez, President/CEO of David Gomez & Associates & Nominations and Governance Chair of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, attended the 33rd Annual National Convention in Los Angeles, California.
The 33rd Annual National Convention is the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in America. The annual event features several awards banquets, networking receptions and business development workshops.
Our national convention brings together over 5000 Hispanic business owners, corporate executives, chamber leaders and public officials annually. With the help of our host city, this year we had a greater turnout than expected. Los Angeles is the leading center of commerce and entertainment in America and L.A. County is home to 10% of all Hispanics in the U.S. The Board of Directors was able to facilitate strategic connections among all of our corporate partners and Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBEs) – who represent the fastest growing population and most entrepreneurial segment in America.
David Gomez pitched the idea of a USHCC CEO Panel Series to the Board earlier this year. The successful Panel Series was held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall last Monday, September 17th. He pushed for this most important panel discussion as he believes it is crucial for Hispanic entrepreneurs to hear from some of the Fortune 500’s most highly regarded and influential business leaders sharing their philosophies on success, board diversity and inclusion, and the rapidly growing Hispanic market. The panel discussion included a woman whose years of dedication to one company paid off – Ms. Anne Shen Smith of Southern California Gas Co. We heard from another seasoned leader who in the span of 15 years, is responsible for the development of over 100 entertainment facilities, from state-of-the-art arenas and stadiums to clubs across the world – Mr. George Halvorson, of Kaiser Permanente. We heard insights from a titan of the entertainment industry, responsible for strong growth at some of the most profitable and innovative television networks in the world – Ms. Anne Sweeney, of Disney. We gained the inside track from a visionary whose game-changing ideas reinvigorated the transportation industry and helped its company create a 15% increase in revenue in a down economy – Mr. Matt Rose, of BNSF. Lastly, we were delighted to feature as panel moderator, a 5-time Emmy-award winning journalist who has interviewed some of the most influential and powerful indivdiuals in the world, from Kissinger to Gore – Ms. Giselle Fernandez.
Founded in 1979, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of nearly 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that combined generate in excess of $465 billion annually. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers and business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit www.ushcc.com