2019 was an exciting year and we worked very hard to provide you with fantastic networking and membership meeting opportunities.
In 2020 we will be celebrating 30 years of existence. Sounds easy but it has been a joyous experience! Here is to 30 more years!
Muchas gracias/Thanks so much for joining our Chamber events! Nos vemos pronto!
PAST EVENTS BELOW:
Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month: Culture and Contributions to Our Local Community
Thu, Oct 10, 2019 6:00 PM
Come and celebrate the Hispanic Heritage month with the Greater Fort Wayne Hispanic Chamber and four successful Hispanic panelists.
The event will feature four successful Hispanics from Fort Wayne:
- Alfredo Perez from Johnson & Johnson
- Melisa McCann From YMCA
- Carlos Ramos from Swiss Re Group
- Juan Garcia Evolution from Evolution Hair Studio
Please make your reservations on our Eventbrite event page: HERE RSVP
Come ready to learn more about our panelist’s life, business, and contributions to our community.
Refreshments and food from Salsa Grille Restaurant will be available throughout the event.
Speaker: MARSHALL WHITE, CEO OF UNITY PERFORMING ARTS FOUNDATION
Date: Thursday, September 26th, 2019
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: 200 East Main Street, at the Ventura Room (1st Floor back)
Fort Wayne 46802, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 Directions
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Marshall White is the Founder/CEO of Unity Performing Arts Foundation (UNITY), a multi-faceted performing arts organization with a strong focus on
developing youth in the areas of character, artistry and leadership. He is the director/life coach for The Voices of Unity Youth Choir, the first phase of UNITY’s choral program.
Mr. White lead the Voices of Unity Youth Choir to their first international competition as representatives of the United States of America and won the World Grand Champion title and two gold medals at the 6th World Choir Games in Shaoxing, China. The choir has now won five gold medals and one silver medal in the World Choir Games (Choir Olympics) in 2010, 2012 and 2014. He performed with his choir at the 2014 Choirs of America Nationals in New York, NY at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in June 2014.
Marshall has three children Markeyta, Kamia, and Evan White and a stepson Chad Blackmon. He is married to Cynthia White.
We are grateful to all of GFWHCC’s new and longstanding members, our volunteers, and especially our Board of Directors. Muchas gracias!
Food catered by Mi Pueblo Mexican Restaurant, a new Chamber member! Muchas gracias Ms. Anais Chavez!
Speaker: SARAH RODRIGUEZ
Topic: Business Development in Northeast Indiana.
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: 1st Source Bank – 200 E Main St – Suite 910 a, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
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Sarah joined the Regional Partnership as a director of business development in February 2017. In this role, she works on the development and execution of the organization’s business development strategy.
Prior to joining the team, Sarah served as director of international programs at Ivy Tech Community College, Northeast and assistant director of international admissions and orientation at Indiana Institute of Technology. Both positions allowed Sarah the opportunity to build international offices from the ground up while serving the international students.
Sarah’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Indiana Institute of Technology.
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We are grateful to the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership for proving a wonderful location and amenities, to all of GFWHCC’s new and longstanding members, all volunteers and especially our Board of Directors and Officers. Muchas gracias!
Food catered by Alberto’s Mexican Grill, a longstanding Chamber member! Muchas gracias Alberto!
WE HAD A GREAT TURNOUT FOR THE GREATER FORT WAYNE HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’S NETWORKING & MEMBERSHIP MEETING!
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: BEN MILES, President-Parkview Regional Medical Center & Affiliates
Ben Miles joined Parkview in 2012 as VP of Operations and was named president of PRMC & Affiliates in 2015. Ben is proud to serve the community through his role on a number of local and statewide boards and councils. He has a bachelor of arts degree in Corporate Finance from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan and a master’s degree in business administration from Walsh College, Troy, Michigan.
THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018 6:00-8:00
William Mitchell – SCORE FORT WAYNE
Chairman and Mentor
You don’t want to miss this fantastic event! Limited seating!
Meeting at the NEW:
Three Rivers Distilling Co.
224 E. Wallace Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46803
LIMITED SEATING>>> CUARTO JUEVES 03/22/18
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of Commerce Member TODAY!
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Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017
Time: 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: University of Saint Francis’ Historic Women’s Club of the downtown Business Center; 431 W Berry St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
With featured guests:
Thursday, September 28th, 2017
Keynote Speaker: Mr. Diego Morales
Location: Indiana Tech’s Snyder Academic Center
in the Talwar Leadership Center Room#234
1600 E. Washington Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46803
TE ESPERAMOS EN NUESTRA PROXIMA REUNION DEL 2017
El día Jueves 28 de Septiembre 5:30-8:00 P.M.
Diego Morales served as a top aide and senior advisor to Vice President Mike Pence while he was Governor of Indiana. He is now a Chief Business Development Officer in
the private sector, working for Sodrel Holding, Inc., a multimillion-dollar company.
Diego was born in Guatemala, then immigrated to and grew up in Sellersburg, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University, majoring in Communications & Political Science. Diego later went on to earn an MBA from Purdue University and a Global MBA from Tilburg University in Europe. He has also completed other graduate studies in Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Beijing, Shanghai, Guatemala, Mexico and Brazil.
He is a world traveler, a humanitarian who loves history, and his favorite President is Abraham Lincoln. Diego Morales currently lives in the GREAT state of Indiana with his wife Sidi and the rest of his family.
We are very grateful to Crystal Vann Wallstrom Director of the Center for Creative Collaboration (“C3”), and the Indiana Tech staff for proving a wonderful location and amenities, Thanks so much! Muchas gracias! #C3indianatech #IndianaTech
Event sponsored by United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation #USHCCF
PAST EVENT -JUNE 27TH
The GFWHCC’s Board of Directors, Officers and Associates welcome you to a fantastic networking and membership meeting!
After working in the trenches as a CEO for many years, Gordon decided to begin sharing his hard-won business acumen with others who want to succeed. He has established himself as a trusted mentor and coach, helping numerous companies increase shareholder value while minimizing risk.
Under Gordon’s leadership, the Midland Group now offers a variety of services and educational tools.
Gordon Bell spent 10 years being trained as part of Alcoa Inc.’s senior management development program. This resulted in his being in the 36th graduating class of their noted Pittsburgh Management Conference.
- Developed Midland Management Solutions, a proprietary process that helps companies increase shareholder value and minimize risk.
- Advised and supported owners and management teams in strategic alliances, joint ventures, private equity, ESOP and IPO exit strategy alternatives.
- Completed more than 60 buy-side and sell-side transactions in diverse markets, including retail, industrial, packaging, foodservice and sanitary maintenance.
- Led and assisted in the globalization of numerous businesses.
- Conducted hundreds of strategic plans, value enhancement plans and exit plans.
- Led market and product development teams in worldwide launches of patented technologies.
- Served as CEO of five different businesses.
- Granted 9 patents of his own.
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Event proudly sponsored by The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Cuarto Jueves on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 5:30-8:00 p.m. Location: GFW Inc. Conference Room 8th Floor – 200 E. Main St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802 TE ESPERAMOS EN NUESTRA PRIMERA REUNION DEL 2017. EL DIA JUEVES 23 DE MARZO 5:30-8:00 P.M. The GFWHCC’s Board of Directors, Officers and Associates welcome you to a fantastic networking and membership meeting!
Eric Doden, a Fort Wayne native, earned his bachelor’s degree from Hillsdale College and law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law. In 2013 Mr. Doden was appointed by Gov. Mike Pense to lead the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC); and in July of 2015 he joined GFW Inc. as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Eric is excited about the future of Fort Wayne and Allen County. Whether it’s attracting new businesses to the community, or building up businesses already here, Eric is committed to our economic future. His prior experiences, both successes and failures, have built him into the leader he is today, casting a vision for our community, and bringing like-minded leaders, and even those who aren’t always like-minded, alongside to effect change.
You don’t want to miss this fantastic event! Limited seating!
Location: GFW Inc. Conference Room
8th Floor – 200 E. Main St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Last Event for 2016!
Cuarto Jueves at Parkview Regional Medical Center on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 5:30-8:00 p.m.
10622 Parkview Plaza Dr, Fort Wayne, IN 46845
YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO THE GREATER FORT WAYNE HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’S NETWORKING & MEMBERSHIP MEETING!
Marilyn Moran-Townsend has been perfecting the message to communicate the value of her company for 35 years. She is here to share with us the 3 elements of “The Perfect Pitch,” and how to develop a strong and clear company power statement.
Ms. Moran-Townsend is the co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CVC Communications – Business Storytellers. CVC is a certified woman-owned company (WBE) headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The company helps local and global corporations skill-up their employees and sales force through highly engaging, highly interactive, media-rich and custom eLearning.
Marilyn has received the Sagamore of the Wabash, the Governor’s highest award. She’s also the former State Small Business Person of the Year as designated by the United States Small Business Administration, “Indiana Entrepreneur of the Year”, “Indiana Business Leader of the Year” and Great Lakes Women’s Business Council Indiana Volunteer of the Year. CVC turned 35 on March 16th.
A brief overview and points of contacts available at the Veterans Affairs by the Public Affairs Officer, Isaac Grove, a Senior leadership representative, and Anaury Angeles, EEP Specialist/ALRAC /Diversity Advisory Committee Chair/HEPM.
Our last meeting of the year will be at the Mirro Center for Research and Innovation – Conference Room D at 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46845
GFWHCC: P.O. Box 11852, Fort Wayne, IN 46861-1852 + Office: 260.442.6560
Muchas gracias! We are grateful to our Keynote Speaker Ms. Moran-Townsend for sharing such wonderful insights and experience, to Ms. Anaury Angeles at Veteran’s Affairs, to Parkview and the staff for proving a wonderful location and amenities, to all of GFWHCC’s new and longstanding members, all volunteers and specially our Board of Directors and Officers.
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Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016
Cuarto Jueves Meeting and Keynote Speaker:
The GFWHCC Board of Directors and associates welcome Mike Fritsch., Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC).
Mike Fritsch is an experienced Entrepreneur, Tech Company Leader, Program Manager and Technology Idea Guy with over 30 years of entrepreneur experience (good and bad). Currently at NIIC, Mike gives workshops and coaches clients in many aspects of entrepreneurial growth including lean startup and lean canvas, customer discovery, product-market fit and business model design. He also is very involved in various models of capital acquisition for his clients and has helped write many business plans, executive summaries and pitches to help get investment and/or grant capital for startup ventures.
Mike is a civic entrepreneur and technology thought leader and is actively involved in advancing the Indiana technology industry. He was Chairman of TechPoint, the state’s premier technology association and he helped found the Indiana Technology Partnership – Northeast in 2001. Maintaining close ties with Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, Mike was on the Alumni board and completed a 3-year term as President. He is on the Indiana University Health Informatics Program Advisory Board.
Northeast Indiana Innovation Center – 3201 Stellhorn Road Fort Wayne, IN 46815 Conference Room – 5:30pm to 8:00p.m.
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GFWHCC: P.O. Box 11852, Fort Wayne, IN 46861-1852 + Office: 260.442.6560
Muchas gracias! We are grateful to the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center and the staff for proving a wonderful location and amenities, to all of GFWHCC’s new and longstanding members, all volunteers and specially our Board of Directors and Officers.
PAST EVENT IN JUNE 2016
WHAT A FANTASTIC TURN OUT AT THE GREATER FORT WAYNE HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’S NETWORKING & MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON -THURSDAY, JUNE 23RD 5:30 – 8:00 P.M. Indiana Tech –1600 E. Washington Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46803 (MAP ICON/LINK) Indiana Tech in the Talwar Leadership Center, Room 234 in the Academic Center 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Innovator, Entrepreneur, President and CEO of Apollo Design Technology, Blue Pony, Avid Labs, and other magnificent ventures.
Free for GFWHCC current members / $10.00 for Non-Current Paid Membership Associates. The GFWHCC Board of Directors and associates welcome current and prospective members to the 2nd quarterly networking & membership meeting of 2016.
Joel Nichols is an entrepreneur by nature. Challenging the status and looking at things differently is his core strength. Joel and his wife Keersten, who serves as HR manager, started Apollo Design Technology in the basement of their home in 1992. It was the modest beginning of what has grown into a threesome of start-ups. In addition to Apollo Design, Joel and Keersten own Blue Pony and AVID Labs, all boasting rosters of first-rate talent.
“I am a true believer that opportunity has to be created, it does not just happen”. If I had a core quote it would be “innovate or die”. Joel’s endeavors have won multiple awards for product innovation and customer service. Apollo Design holds the designation as one of the fastest growing companies on the Inc. 500 list. It speaks to the power of perseverance. As a boy, he hoped to become “a business person, pilot and inventor.” Today, he can say he has been blessed in many ways.
Joel attended Purdue University. Currently, he is an active member of his church community.
– FANTASTICO EVENTO DEL JUEVES, 23 DE JUNIO DE 5:30-8:00 P.M.
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MUCHAS GRACIAS! We are grateful to President Arthur Snyder, Mark Richter from the Center for Creative Collaboration (“C3”), and Indiana Tech staff for proving a wonderful location and amenities, to all of GFWHCC’s new and longstanding members, all volunteers and especially our Board of Directors and Officers. Muchas gracias!
(((PAST EVENT))) CLICK HERE: SEE PHOTOS OF OUR MARCH 24TH CUARTO JUEVES
Thursday, March 24th, 2016 at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art
311 E Main St.| Fort Wayne, IN | 46802| Fort Wayne, IN 46802 |260 422-6467 | 5:30pm to 8:00p.m.
Free for GFWHCC current members $10.00 for Non-Current Paid Membership Associates.
The GFWHCC Board of Directors and associates welcome current and prospective members to the 1st quarterly networking & membership meeting of 2016
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rae Pearson, President and CEO of Alpha Rae Personnel Inc.
As the President of Alpha Rae Personnel, Inc. and Alpha Rae Training Center, Inc., Dr. Rae Pearson is known as an experienced entrepreneur and executive with a track record of success in the Human Capital Services industry.
With over 20 years of experience, offering outstanding Executive Search and Workforce Management Solutions across a variety of industries, Dr. Rae Pearson has received numerous certifications/awards, including the highest award from the State of Indiana “Council of the Sagamores of the Wabash,” and is a Member of several influential boards including: Indiana Chamber of Commerce Board/Executive Committee, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, bi-partisan Governor’s appointee to the Indiana Department of Administration’s Commission on Minority, Women Business Enterprises (15 year tenure), and Board of Advisors for the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center.
Alpha Rae Personnel Inc. has been noted as a Top Woman-owned and Minority-owned business in the State of Indiana from 2006 through 2014. As a Managed Service Provider, Alpha Rae Personnel, Inc. has employed as many as 2,500 contract employees in multiple states and locations at one time.
We are grateful to PNC for providing a great location for our meeting at the FORT WAYNE MUSEUM OF ART and all of the wonderful amenities. Muchas gracias amigas/os de PNC!
Thanks to all of GFWHCC’s new and longstanding supporters, associates, new members, all volunteers, specially our Board of Directors, and Cabinet Officers. Muchas gracias a todos!
PAST Cuarto Jueves on Dec. 3rd, 2015 at Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse IPFW Alumni Center**** 1528 E California Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 **** 5:30pm to 8:00p.m.
Entrepreneur and lauded Artist, Beatriz Vazquez of BeatriZdesignZ.
“My work represents an awakening and admiration for Culture and tradition with a modern twist, an appreciation of paper, with all its complexities, simplicities and versatility.”
Papel Picado is a form of tissue paper cutting mainly used for celebratory religious themes and festivities. Papel Picado is and has been an indigenous craft for centuries in South America and Mexico. After learning the traditional method of making papel picado, I began a journey to innovate the art. I began cutting paper, any and all kinds of paper grade, colors, textures and sizes. Paper became my obsession.
I taught myself to cut using an exacto knife as if it were a pencil; I never outline any of my designs for fear of leaving pencil marks. My designs flow directly from my mind’s eye onto the paper itself. My work has journeyed into the fashion world, where I have created wearable paper art, from eyelashes to evening gowns.
Just recently, I have returned to creating children’s book illustration with incorporation of paper cut designs within each page. Many of my stories are of my own childhood, growing up on the border towns of Texas and Mexico. These cut out stories will be the focus of my solo show in the University of Orlando in Florida in June of 2015.
You don’t want to miss this fantastic event!
Affiliations: Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian Art-IndyParks-Indianapolis Public SchoolsIndianapolis Public Library- Primary Colours Gallery-Youth Art Program at Herron School of Art and Design-Nopal collaboration of Latino Art-AMOR collaboration of Latino Art-La Plaza collaboration of Latino Art
Artist in Residence, Nov. 2010-Feb.2011: Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian – Artist in Residence, 2013-2014: Indianapolis Public Schools – Presenting Artist Jan. 2010-Aug. 2011: IndyParks
We are grateful to the IPFW ALUMNI CENTER for proving a wonderful location and amenities, to all of GFWHCC’s new and longstanding members, all volunteers and specially our Board of Directors and Officers. Muchas gracias!
PAST Cuarto Jueves on Sept. 24t, 2015 was FANTASTIC!
Keynote address by Dr. Arthur Snyder, President of Indiana Tech
The GFWHCC Board of Directors and associates welcome current and prospective members to the 3nd quarterly networking & membership meeting of 2015.
CLICK LINK TO REGISTER: LIMITED SEATING, PLEASE RSVP ASAP!
You don’t want to miss this fantastic event!
Indiana Tech’s President Arthur Snyder, Ed. D.: 11th year as President of Indiana Tech. Under his leadership, Indiana Tech has experienced tremendous growth. Academic offerings have expanded to include a doctoral program and law school, as well as programs in biomedical and energy engineering, elementary education, and criminal justice. This, along with the development of hybrid delivery systems, has contributed to enrollment growth of over 175%. By assembling and supporting a strong leadership team, Snyder has transformed the campus culture to one of continuous improvement and learning. He has implemented long range strategic and budget planning systems and increased fundraising success which has resulted in a 261% increase in the endowment all while expanding the physical campus. While athletic programs and student engagement have increased, so has academic rigor.
Dr. Snyder is a decorated Vietnam veteran having served two tours with the U.S. Navy Seabees. He returned to earn an undergraduate degree from Barry University, graduating summa cum laude, and continued on to earn a master’s degree in business administration in strategic management. Snyder earned a doctor of education in innovation and leadership at Wilmington University. He is published in a number of academic and industry publications.
Indiana Tech –
1600 E. Washington Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46803 (MAP ICON/LINK) Indiana Tech in the Talwar Leadership Center, Room 234 in the Academic Center
We are grateful Dr. Snyder and Indiana Tech for proving a wonderful location and amenities, to all of GFWHCC’s new and longstanding members, all volunteers and specially our Board of Directors and Officers. Muchas gracias!
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PAST CUARTO JUEVES ON June 2015 at Sweetwater Sound WAS PHENOMENAL! Muchas Gracias Chuck Surack and Sweetwater Sound Staff!
Chuck Surack, Founder and President
Free for GFWHCC current membership associates and $10 for non-members.
5501 U.S. Highway 30 W. Fort Wayne, IN
PAST Cuarto Jueves MARCH 2015 FOR THE GREATER FORT WAYNE HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’S NETWORKING & MEMBERSHIP MEETING! WHAT AN AMAZING MEETING! SEE PHOTOS OF THIS WONDERFUL EVENT! Click here
It was held on Thursday, March 26, 2015 5:30P.M. – 8:00P.M. At Parkview Field – Lincoln Events Center.
THE GFWHCC Board of Directors and Associates thank you for a fantastic networking and membership meeting!
Nancy Jordan, Sr. Vice President
Individual Annuity Operations
Lincoln Financial Group
Muchas gracias! We are grateful to Lincoln Financial Group and their magnificent staff for proving a wonderful location and amenities!
Muchas gracias to all of GFWHCC’s new and longstanding members, all volunteers and specially our Board of Directors and Officers.
To contact the Greater Fort Wayne Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Para contactarse con la Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Fort Wayne: Address-Dirección: P.O. Box 11852, Fort Wayne, IN 46861-1852 Phone: 260-442-6560 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PAST Cuarto Jueves SEPTEMBER 2014: ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL CUARTO JUEVES NETWORKING & MEMBERSHIP MEETING!
Qué fantástico evento! We had such a fantastic event! Muchas gracias to our Keynote Speaker COO Ben Miles & Parkview Health & staff for the gorgeous amenities! Wow! Amazing work everyone!
Muchas gracias Marlon Warlow-Parkview, Fernando Zapari-El Mexicano Newspaper, Albino Gutierrez-La Jefa 1300AM, Lincoln Financial Group-Nancy Jordan & Abby Wilder, Julie Townsend-Saint Francis University, Luis Hernandez & Team-La Única 102.3FM & Ultimate Auto Deals Inc.,Val Xayarath & Leticia Martinez-State Farm, Lanah Hake-Lanah Link Social Impact Solutions, Edward Jones-Sun Park, Cesar Ruiz-WaynePC Tech, Sam’s Club-Jonathan Pech-Scott, Max U. Montesino-HLCNI, Intercultural Interpretation Services-Lourdes Williams, Jasmine Navarro & Sarah Benz-Familia Dental, Curt Silvester & Linda Dunno-AARP, Senator Joe Donnelly-Jorge Ortiz & many of the wonderful 30+people who attended!!
It was truly an honor to be with you this evening! Muchas gracias de todo corazón! Photos soon to be uploaded.
Congrats to the winners of Los Lobos Concert tickets for this wknd & other neat gifts! See you in Dec. 4 for our last meeting for 2014!!!