Denver, CO,–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 30, 2003–J. R. Gonzales, a long-time advocate for Hispanic Americans, will be the keynote speaker for the 2003 Hispanic Media Awards, which will start at 6:00 p.m. with a reception, followed by a dinner and gala at the St Anthony Hotel.
The Hispanic Media Awards annually honors the most influential Hispanic Publishers, Editors, media executives and Reporters in the nation. In addition, this year John Quiñones, a senior correspondent for ABC News’ “20/20” television program, and Eduardo Porter, a senior staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, will receive special Achievement honors for being Hispanics who have made it to the top in general market media.
This is the third consecutive year that this awards program is being organized by Events Concepts, Inc., a Denver based-promotions firm headed by Chris Day.
“We’re honored that J.R. accepted our invitation because of his long-standing career in the Hispanic community that spans local, state, and national arenas,” Day says. “With over a decade of extensive leadership experience, Gonzales has a solid background in the obstacles that face the Hispanic community and how hard it is to overcome those challenges and succeed in business – especially since he is the current Chairman of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) and the immediate Past Chairman of the Texas Association of Mexican-American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC).”
Despite his current commitment to the USHCC, Mr. Gonzales remains active in community leadership roles in the Austin area. Mr. Gonzales has served a two-year term as Chairman of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; served on the Executive Board of Directors of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce; served on the Board of Directors of Leadership Austin, Mexican-Arte Museum, and the CenTex Wing of the Commemorative Air Force.
Additionally, Mr. Gonzales established a multi-chamber alliance to include the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Capitol City African-American Chamber of Commerce and the Asian-American Chamber of Commerce. The Multi-Ethnic Chamber Alliance works to find common causes and assist one another in finding solutions to issues affecting minority communities in Austin, Texas.
Mr. Gonzales has been recognized with numerous awards for his extensive community involvement. In addition, he continues to be a highly regarded expert on many subjects. National
Public Radio, Hispanic Business, Hispanic Magazine, Politico, CBS Public Eye, and many other local, state, national and international publications and television mediums have interviewed him. He was also featured on a PBS educational series dealing with persuasive techniques.
Sponsorships, tables, and individual seats are available for the October 17th event by calling Irma Calderón Woodruff at 210-410-1214 or Wanda Reyes at 210-733-3113.
Irma Calderón Woodruff