LOS ANGELES, April 2 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) announces that current member and former ALPFA National President Frances Garcia has been named Hispanic Business’ 2009 Woman of the Year. In addition, ALPFA members Yvonne Garcia and Violeta Bermudez-Pardo have been named to the Hispanic Business 2009 Elite Women.
Frances Garcia is Inspector General of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington D.C. Ms. Garcia was ALPFA’s first female national president, was instrumental in launching the highly successful Women of ALPFA program and currently serves on the ALPFA Corporate Advisory Board. When asked about this honor, Ms. Garcia commented, “Being named the Woman of the Year by Hispanic Business is a humbling experience. I thank Jesus Chavarria, editor and founder, and the selection committee. My mother’s belief in me has been the inspiration that has taken me through many opportunities. I’ve proven that the American dream is alive and well; obstacles can be overcome and success can be achieved. ALPFA advocates and helps professional Hispanics to achieve their potential and get a seat at the table. This honor would not have been possible without the great support I received from my colleagues at ALPFA.”
Yvonne Garcia recently joined Liberty Mutual as Managing Director in the Affinity Marketing department and currently serves as ALPFA’s National Vice President, and is the immediate past president of the Boston Chapter. Violeta Bermudez-Pardo is a Systems and Process Assurance Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and a member of the ALPFA New Jersey Chapter.
“We are very proud of our members, their accomplishments and this recognition,” said Manny Espinoza, ALPFA National CEO. “We are especially proud that ALPFA played a part in nominating these outstanding women as it is our goal to promote the women of ALPFA and bring to light their successes as professional women and their commitment to other Latinas.”
All three women will be featured in the April issue of Hispanic Business magazine and Frances Garcia will be honored at the Hispanic Business 7th Annual Woman of the Year Awards in Houston, Texas.
The Women of ALPFA program aims to develop Latina business leaders by providing best in class educational programs and creating opportunities for them to demonstrate leadership, network and influence others. Local chapters will hold events across 17 states between April and June, 2009. Women of ALPFA will be an integral part of the Annual Convention in Boston, Massachusetts, August 8-12, 2009.
In 1972, the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) became the first national Latino professional association in the United States. Since then ALPFA, a non-profit organization, has provided unique and valuable programs, services, and benefits to its members and corporate partners. Currently we have 36 chapters and over 8500 members.
For more information visit: http://www.alpfa.org