Latino Leadership Awards

Latino Leadership Awards

Latino Leadership Awards

The Latino Leadership Awards is an annual event that brings together the greater Chattanooga community in order to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the area's Latino leaders and champions in the areas of career achievement and community involvement.  All nominees must be of age 18 years or older and live within a 25 mile radius of the greater Chattanooga area. 

2016 Latino Leadership Awards 

2016 Latino Leadership Awards, Monday, September 19, 2016

The 2016 Latino Leadership Awards banquet will be held on Monday, September 19th, at the Chattanooga Trade and Convention Center from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  


The ceremony brings together members or our community in order to recognize and honor Latinos who have made a significant impact in Chattanooga. 

In addition to the general Latino Leader recognition, the banquet also honors four individuals with the following special awards:

  • Latino Leader of the Year & Chattanooga's Choice Awards
    The most prestigious honors at the ceremony that recognize two local Latino's individual career achievement and community impact. All individuals nominated will be considered. The LLA selection committee will determine who will receive the Latino Leader of the Year Award, but the general public will vote for the person to be honored as Chattanooga's Choice. 

    The 2016 Latino leaders who will be honored at this year's ceremony include...
    • Juan A. Alonso Santillana, Chattanooga State Community College
    • Xavier Cotto, Tennessee Valley Authority
    • Andrea Cribben-Acosta, Hamilton County Juvenile Court
    • Vivianne Fernandez, First Tennessee Bank
    • Miriam Lemon, St. Joseph Clinic
    • Alex Loza, Loza Studio & Atelier of Figurative Arts and Lee University
    • Andres Miranda, Light for the Nations Church
    • Erwin Ovalle, MCS, Ovalle's Catering and Nerdwebs
    • Carmen Quezada Hutson, Partnership for Families, Children and Adults

The voting process IS NOW OPEN for the Chattanooga's Choice Award. Please submit your vote today. The voting process will close on Friday, September 9th at the close of business.  

View Honorees and Vote › 

  • Latino Community Champion Award 
    Recognizing those who have championed services for and/or made a significant impact on Chattanooga's Latino population over a series of years. This recipient does not have to be Latino in heritage.

    The nomination process for this award is now closed. The recipient of this award will be named at this year's ceremony.
  • Emerging Latino Leader Award
    Recognizing the emerging influence and accomplishments of a Latino young adult who is under the age of 25 years. 

    We are pleased to announced the following student as this year's Emerging Latino Leader
    Alondra Gomez, student at Chattanooga State Community College 
  • La Paz Volunteer of the Year Award
    Recognizing the outstanding dedication and volunteer service of one individual's commitment to the work of La Paz Chattanooga. 

    The recipient of this award will be named at this year's ceremony.

(View Past Recipients ›)

Keynote Speaker

Mike Suco is the keynote speaker at the 2016 Latino Leadership Awards ceremony.Mike Suco
Vice President East Region
Coca-Cola Bottling UNITED, Inc.

Suco began his career with Coca-Cola in 1996 as a Market Development Manager after holding several leadership positions with Ernst and Julio Gallo Winery.  He is a first generation Cuban American whose family came to the United States in the 1960's. During his professional career at Coca-Cola Bottling UNITED, Suco additionally has  served on several community boards that benefit and empower the Latino community, including the Hispanic Business Council, the Fiesta-Hispanic Cultural Festival, and the YMCA of Greater Birmingham Board of Directors.

"I am incredibly proud of my Cuban heritage.  Growing up in Alabama as a southerner but also having this special history about my family along with being bi-lingual was a very powerful combination for me.  I fully understand that I am here today because of the efforts and the work of my family and the entire Cuban community. "

Sponsor Information

If you or your organization would like to sponsor this year's Latino Leadership Awards, please contact Christian Patiño at

Presenting Sponsor

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Platinum Sponsors

Volkswagen Chattanooga  Caring Choice Women's Center  

Gold Sponsors

Tennessee American Water  Coca Cola Bottling of Chattanooga  Electric Power Board

Table Sponsors

Tennessee Valley Authority  The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Clínica Médicos  The McCallie School

First Tennessee Bank  

Southern Champion Tray

Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union

Others to be announced

For More Information

For more information regarding the Latino Leadership Awards, please contact Christian Patiño at or call the La Paz office at 423-624-8414.