Latino Leadership & Achievement Awards

Latino Leadership & Achievement 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. 

The ceremony recognizes recipients in four major categories:

Emerging Latino Leader Award
Recognizing the emerging influence and accomplishments of a Latino young adult who is under the age of 25 years. 

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.

Chattanooga's Choice Award
The general Chattanooga community's recipient for an influential Latino resident who has made a significant impact in the community.

Latino Leader of the Year Award
The most prestigous honor that recognizes one local Latino's individual career achievement and community impact over the course of their lifetime. 

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2015 Latino Leadership Awards 

2015 Latino Leadership Awards, September 21, 2015

The 2015 Latino Leadership Awards were held September 21, 2015 at the Downtown Chattanooga Marriott. 


Congratulations to all of the 2015 honorees/recipients.

2015 Latino Leadership Award Honorees & Recipients

Bilda Acuna Small - Latina Leader of the Year Recipient
Veronica Herrera - Chattanooga's Choice Award Recipient
Anne Shelton - Latino Community Champion Award Recipient
Layra Navarro-Flores - Latino Emerging Leader Award Recipient, UTC HOLA President

Additional Honorees

Brenda Amaral de Cabrera, Say What Consulting
Veronica Herrera, McCallie School
Juan Garcia, Chick-Fil-A
David LaFontaine, BCBSTN
Gema Ormaza, Terra Nostra Tapas
Jorge Parra, Taqueria Jalisco
Ricardo Perez, TVA
Elvia Piccolo, Retired teacher GPS
Raul Ruiz Sr., El Meson
Bilda Acuna Small, GPS
Celia Sanchez, Catholic Church

Photos from this year's events can be viewed and purchased at the following links:

  • Honoree Receptin (held Sept. 15)
  • Latino Leadership Awards Banquet (held Sept. 21)
    URL coming soon

For More Information

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