MicroTech President and CEO Tony Jimenez and Chief Financial Officer & SVP Tomas Esterrich celebrated the arrival of Hispanic Heritage month at the Ninth Annual Hispanic Gala this past Wednesday night. The fundraiser and awards ceremony honoring Hispanic Heritage month (Sept 15 – Oct 15) was hosted by the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (VAHCC) at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond.
The VAHCC was founded in 2000 and according to its website, is “the first state wide organization to empower Hispanics in the Virginia business community.” The VAHCC empowers Hispanics with a ‘hands on’ methodology. The site says they do this by “building economic, social, and cultural bridges between Virginia and its growing Hispanic community.”
Building bridges doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a team of strong, intelligent, and determined individuals to see it through. Likewise, the VAHCC’s prestigious “Bridge Builder Award” was presented to five outstanding bridge builders who are making significant strides in their respected fields, like Hilda Solis, the US Secretary of Labor and Lesa Roe, the Director of NASA’s Langley Research Center. In addition, Michel Zajur, the President of VAHCC, was awarded the prestigious Ohtli Award from the Mexican government.
The gala’s official press release estimated around 700 people in attendance from local and prominent business leaders and entrepreneurs to politicians like former Virginia Governors and Senate hopefuls Tim Kaine and George Allen, and Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell, who made the opening remarks at this year’s event.