Greater Dayton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Reaching Out To The Community

The Greater Dayton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GDHCC) celebrated its last meeting of the year with a dinner honoring the recipients of

The Hispanic Achievement Awards; also included was an overview of the organization’s accomplishments for the year. Three individuals from the Dayton and Miami Valley Region were recognized by the Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for outstanding achievement. Alexander Luque was recognized as “Hispanic Businessman of the Year.” Mr. Luque is President and owner of Atelier Design, Inc, an architectural design firm located in Centerville, OH. He is active in various professional and civic groups in the Dayton area. He is also a founding member of the GDHCC. Angela Fronista was recognized as “Hispanic Businesswoman of the Year.” She is a founder of Business Technologies and Solutions, Inc., (BTAS). The company provides information technology and management solutions to a broad base of clients. BTAS ranks as the sixth out of 25 fastest growing companies in Dayton, OH. Toni Perry Gillispie, is the third award winner from the Dayton area. She was honored as “Corporate Hispanic

Business Advocate.” Ms. Gillispie is Director of External Affairs for SBC Ohio. She is responsible for developing relationships between government entities and SBC, for managing the grants/contributions budget for SBC Ohio and for working with business and community organizations such as the GDHCC.

Luis Riancho, President of the Greater Dayton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce reported that the Chamber has worked this year to provide support to the Latino community. Recently, the Chamber launched its website which includes information about the membership and benefits. It also features sections on job opportunities, community organizations and the Latino Community Calendar. “There are many groups trying to reach out to the community, but we lacked a central place where everyone could be informed of what is going on. The Latino Community Calendar meets a very important need. We also hope to create a comprehensive listing of community organizations that are serving Hispanics and to make it available to everyone in the community” said Riancho. Members are also able to create links from the Chamber’s site to their companies thereby increasing accessibility of information to Latinos and the general public. For information on joining the Greater Dayton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce please call (937) 226-8209 or visit the web: www.gd-hcc.org