Nomination Process To Open Monday For 2013 Latino Leadership Awards

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Monique Prado Berke, Angela Garcia (2012 "Chattanooga's Choice"), Marisol Jimenez (2012 "Latino Leader of the Year"), and Andy Berke
Monique Prado Berke, Angela Garcia (2012 "Chattanooga's Choice"), Marisol Jimenez (2012 "Latino Leader of the Year"), and Andy Berke

La Paz Chattanooga will host the 2013 Latino Leadership Awards on Monday, Sept. 16, at the downtown Chattanooga DoubleTree Hotel, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., to recognize and honor Latino leaders from the Chattanooga area. During the month of July, Chattanoogans are encouraged to nominate Latino leaders to be celebrated at the event. At the close of July, the list of nominees will be narrowed to 10 finalists, chosen by an event selection committee. Past nominees and finalists may be nominated again.

To nominate someone for the 2013 Latino Leadership Awards, visit: http://lapazchattanooga.org/overview#LLA

“Last year, we were blown away by the success of the inaugural Latino Leadership Awards,” said Stacy Johnson, executive director of La Paz Chattanooga. “One of the most encouraging parts of the event was the incredible number of nominations we received. It took some serious deliberating to select a list of finalists, and we look forward to learning about even more leaders this year during our nomination process.”

All 10 finalists will be honored at the Latino Leadership Awards, but only two will take home the event’s signature titles - the “Chattanooga’s Choice” award and “Latino Leader of the Year” award. The “Chattanooga’s Choice” award will be given to the finalist voted for by the broader Chattanooga community as the Latino who best demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities, service, and a commitment to community enrichment. The “Latino Leader of the Year” will be chosen by the La Paz Chattanooga board, staff and selection committee.

Each of the 2012 finalists represented a healthy balance between professional success and community involvement. They were:

Mariano Cebrián – Panoram Imports, LLC

Eduardo Centurion, Jr. – New City Fellowship

Juana Gamez – Entre Nosotras

Angela Garcia – Noticias Libres

(Chattanooga’s Choice Winner)

Gabriela Halfin – Hamilton County Department of Education

Marisol Jimenez – Hamilton County Department of Education

(Latino Leader of the Year Winner)

Velvet Hernandez-Johnson – Unum

Gladys Pineda-Loher – Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce

Marta Ordonez – Entre Nosotras

David Ortiz – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee

Dr. Carlos Parra – Southern Adventist University

Christian Patiño – Patiño Enterprises, Inc.

Pedro Pons – Unum and Chattanooga Language School

Karla Ramirez – Blood Assurance

Lydia Salva – Partnership for Families, Children and Adults

Last year’s inaugural awards banquet was a great success, as 225 Chattanoogans gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of an incredible group of leaders and hear Chattanooga’s First Lady, Monique Prado Berke, deliver an empowering keynote address. This year, Julia L. Perilla, Ph.D., director of the National Latin@ Research Center, and faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Georgia State University, will be the keynote speaker for the awards luncheon.



Traffic Pattern Redesigned In St. Elmo On Tennessee Avenue

The intersection of Tennessee Avenue at W 40th Street has been redesigned as a “T” Intersection.  The triangular island has been removed and northbound Tennessee Avenue now has a stop sign at the intersection with W 40 th  Street.  This project reduces the number of conflict points from the three sided intersection, calms traffic entering the St Elmo neighborhood, ... (click for more)

Lecture On The Trail Of Tears Is Nov. 10

The Friends of Moccasin Bend present the third of the three programs that comprise their ninth annual Fall Lecture Series on Monday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in UTC’s University Center Auditorium. Featured speaker will be Supreme Court Justice of the Cherokee Nation and Executive Director of the National Trail of Tears Association Troy Wayne Poteete. Justice Poteete’s topic is the ... (click for more)

Two North Shore Sold To Pennsylvania Real Estate Firm For Almost $24 Million

The Two North Shore commercial development on Manufacturers Road in North Chattanooga has been sold to a Pennsylvania real estate firm for  $23,983,363. Steve Arnsdorff, who developed the successful center from the ground up and has continued to manage it, said the deal closed last week. He said the sale for the property at 319 Manufacturers Road is to Stoltz Real Estate ... (click for more)

Lookout Valley Middle High School Closed Friday Due To Water Main Break

County school officials said late Thursday night that LookoutValley Middle High School will be closed Friday due to a water main break. Officials said, "This is an official message from the Hamilton County Department of Education to the parents, faculty, and staff of Lookout Valley Middle High School.  Please accept our apologies for the lateness of this message. "Due ... (click for more)

Thanks For Publishing The Stokes Photo Book

I pre-ordered the Stokes Photo Book and picked it up Wednesday . The covers and content are very high quality and contain photos you will not see anywhere else.  This book of photos is worth much more than $35.  I have seen many historic photos of my hometown Chattanooga, but this collection is amazing. My favorites are National Cemetery, Confederate Cemetery near ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saban: ‘Ratings Don’t Matter’

When the first College Football Playoff rankings were released earlier this week, Alabama football coach Nick Saban got it right on the button when he shrugged, “I don't even care, to be honest with you." "To me, none of it matters, What does it matter?” he laughed at the Tide’s No. 6 ranking. “I mean, it only matters where you end up at the end. So what matters to us is how ... (click for more)