La Paz Chattanooga recently celebrated the finalists and winners of its 2023 Latino Leadership Awards. The event took place last Thursday at the Westin Chattanooga. After returning from a COVID-19-induced hiatus, this year’s LLA event shifted from its previous luncheon format into an evening soiree.
This year’s winners include:
- Latino Leader of the Year: Paulo Hutson Solórzano, A Medida Communications;
- Chattanooga’s Choice: Dylan Rivera, City of Chattanooga;
- Latino Community Champion: Cempa Community Care;
- Emerging Latino Leader Award: Daisy Hernandez Puac, Howard School & Chattanooga State Community College;
- Volunteer of the Year: Velvet Hernandez-Johnson for leadership in Tech Goes Home Spanish classes;
- Latino Business of the Year: Supermercado El Sol, Carlos Perez; and
- New Latino Business of the Year: CulturAlly, Angela Garcia.
“Our staff has been so eager for the return of the Latino Leadership Awards, and the positive energy permeating the event made it apparent that our Latino leaders and community supporters felt the same,” said La Paz Chattanooga Executive Director Stacy Johnson.
“Having the chance to bring so many incredible community members together in celebration of their accomplishments was truly a gift.”