LATINO LEADERSHIP AWARDS
CELEBRATING THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF
THE LATINX COMMUNITY IN CHATTANOOGA
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 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.
Chattanooga's Choice Award
The voting process is currently closed for the Chattanooga's Choice Award.
Voting will take place in August and early September.
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.
Emerging Latino Leader Award
Recognizing the emerging influence and accomplishments of a Latino young adult who is under the age of 25 years.
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.
In addition to our community awards, we recognize latinos who excel in the business community (must be Compañía members):
Compañía Business of the Year
Recognizing a Latino-owned business that has excelled in growth within the community.
Compañía Entrepreneur/Business Owner
Recognizing a Latino who has showcased the true spirit of an entrepreneur in work ethic and business savvy.
The 2018 Latino Leadership Awards Honorees, from left to right: Carlos Betancourt, Gus Hernandez, Emmanuel Escobar, Carolina Calderon, Jessica Oliva-Calderin, Monica Griffin, Alexis Mercado, Julian Ramirez, Zuriel Casillas.
Dr. Obadías Márquez
Bilda Acuna Small
Brenda Amaral de Cabrera
Raúl Ruiz Sr.
Sgt. Alexis Mercado
Officer Harold Diaz
Dr. Pablo Perez
Jose "Zeca" Ferraz
Dr. Enrique Ordoñez
Anahely H. Johnson
José Luis Loa Garcia
Juan Alonso Santillana
Xavier Cotto Bartolomei