WASHINGTON, DC, June 6, 2016 –The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) celebrated its annual Gala: Honoring Hispanic Businesses in Construction on June 3rd at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC. This year the GWHCC recognized five individuals in the construction sector who have excelled in various categories and celebrated its 40th anniversary.more»
WASHINGTON, DC –The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) will be celebrating its 40th Annual Gala: Honoring Hispanic Businesses in Construction on June 3rd at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC. This year the GWHCC will be recognizing five individuals in the construction sector who have excelled in various categories. The Gala Chairs are Edwin Villegas, President & CEO of Winmar Construction Inc. and Carlos Perdomo, CEO of Keystone Plus Construction Corporation. The event’s keynote speaker is David Velazquez, President & CEO of Pepco Holdings.
“This year the Chamber is celebrating its 40th anniversary! This is a significant milestone for us, the GWHCC and its members have come a long way since 1976,” said Angela Franco, President and CEO. “The GWHCC works every day to help businesses move forward and to build sectors that play an essential role within the community.”more»
|GWHCC Mourns the Passing of its Founder|
|Published Thursday, December 17, 2015|
On December 15, 2015, Jose Antonio Font, founder of the Ibero American Chamber of Commerce (known today as the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce) died after a long battle with cancer.
“GWHCC mourns the death of our friend and founder Jose Antonio. We will continue celebrate his life and honor his legacy by empowering Hispanic businesses,” Angela Franco, GWHCC President and CEO.
Mr. Font was born in Havana, Cuba, on December 17, 1947. Between 1969 and 1971, he was personal assistant to José Elias de la Torriente during the organization of the “Plan para la Liberación de Cuba,” also known as the Plan Torriente. From 1971 to 1974, Mr. Font served as the national secretary for foreign relations for the student group Agrupación Abdala, helping to establish the Miami and Washington, DC, chapters. In 1976 he was a founder of what is today known as the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and was the founding vice president of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In 1989 he helped establish the Alianza Democrática Cubana in Washington, DC, and later was a founding director of the Institute for Democracy in Cuba, funded by USAID.
José Antonio is survived by his wife Silvia and son Antonio.
Former presidents of the GWHCC at the 36th Annual Gala