Jim Sánchez/ Conexión San Ángelo

SAN ANGELO –Five individuals: a retired assistant police chief, a florist owner, an oilfield owner, a newspaper owner and a business woman were the latest recipients of the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce' 18th Annual celebration of Diversity Awards Luncheon.

At this afternoon’s San Angelo Chamber Luncheon held in the Cactus Hotel, five diversity awards were given to the following honorees: Robert Martinez, former San Angelo Police Department Assistant Chief, Victoria Enriquez of Stemmed Designs, Joe Sanchez, General Manager for West Texas Oilfield Services, Gregorio Gutiérrez, CEO of Conexión Hispana and Monette Molinar, Co-Founder of the Association of Hispanic Leaders. 

Guest speaker, C.J. Muñiz, spoke briefly in his remarks to the Chamber luncheon members and others.

“Just how important is Diversity within an organization?  The reality of it is, diversity is no longer just a quota or a proven number.  It is not even so much political in nature as it once was.  Today, it is connecting the opportunity gaps that the community or even the market place has been trying to tell us.  It is now less about the business defining the individual and much more about the individual defining the business,” stated Muñiz. 

Muñiz graduated in 1998 from Angelo State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. In 2009, Muñiz graduated from Leadership San Angelo; and in 2013 he was recognized as a 20 Under 40 recipient.  

The Diversity Awards Luncheon is an annual program of the Chamber’s Diversity Committee, and awardees are selected from nominations submitted by the chamber membership.

Robert Martinez, former San Angelo Police Department Assistant Chief.

Victoria Enriquez of Stemmed Designs.

Joe Sanchez, General Manager for West Texas Oilfield Services.

Gregorio Gutiérrez, CEO of Conexión Hispana, son: Ricardo and Gregorio's wife, Araceli.

Left-to-right: San Angelo City Manager, Daniel Valenzuela, Araceli Gutiérrez and Gregorio Gutiérrez, owners of Conexión Hispana and Mayor, Brenda Gunter.

“I want to express my gratitude to my God because in 2002, He allowed us to start this dream in founding the only bilingual newspaper, which currently is in its’15 years,” said Conexión CEO, Gutiérrez.

Left-to-right: Ricardo Gutiérrez, son; Gregorio Gutiérrez, Allan Gutiérrez, son, Allan Gutiérrez, Jr. and Gaby Gaspar, mother.

Also, this recognition award is received by me in behalf of my staff, volunteers, consultants and others who make up our family, I consider my staff as part of my family! Every day they surpass their own expectations, managing to project the most real and positive news within the communities beyond the Concho Valley,” concluded Gutiérrez.

Monette Molinar, Co-Founder of the Association of Hispanic Leaders. 

 

 

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