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2018 Annual Business Excellence Awards Holiday Gala
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2018 Annual Business Excellence Awards Holiday Gala

This year will be our fifth year hosting the Gala. We estimate about 300 attendees will be at the event.

When: 01/18/18
7:00 pm
Where: The Belvedere
1 E Chase St
Baltimore 21202
United States
Contact: Seth McDonnell

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Come join MDHCC as we kick-off the 2018 New Year with a jubilant celebration of Maryland Hispanic Business exceptionalism with our 5th Annual Business Awards Holiday Gala at the Belvedere!




After networking over delicious hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beer and wine, you will sit down for a wonderful plated dinner catered by the team at the Belvedere. Start your meal with a seasonal salad, and then enjoy both Thyme and Panko Chicken Breast and Maple & Mirin Glazed Salmon. As the fifth annual Business Excellence Awards are presented, sip coffee or tea over the chef’s seasonal dessert course – but don’t forget to applaud the deserving winners!


2018 Gala Award Categories:

Outstanding Business of the Year

Allstate Floors
David Rosario State Farm
MegaMart Supermarket
Morgan Keller Construction Company

*2017 Winner: Chesapeake Employers' Insurance Company 

Outstanding Small Business of the Year
*Presented by Wells Fargo*

Emergent Element
G&R Multiservices
Los Taxes Franchise
Palomino Media Group LLC

*2017 Winner: DelfinoCo

Outstanding Professional of the Year

Estela Ramirez
Lieutenant Jae Hwang
Lupi Quinteros-Grady
Rudy Ruiz
Silvia Rathell

*2017 Winner: Dr. Sonia Fierro-Luperini
  Outstanding Non-Profit of the Year

Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center
El Poder de Ser Mujer
Esperanza Center, Catholic Charities in Action
There Goes My Hero

*2017 Winner: CASA

Outstanding Educator of the Year

DeRoinne P. Pollard
Dr. Phoenix Liu
Javier Miyares
Wallace Loh

*2017 Winner: Nelson C. Horine, II
  Outstanding Corporate Partner of the Year

Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Baltimore Branch
Wells Fargo

*2017 Winner: BGE


Outstanding Elected Official of the Year

Anne Arundel County Executive, Steven R. Schuh
Maryland State Delegate, Joseline Peña-Melnyk
Prince George’s County Executive, Rushern L. Baker III
Senator Chris Van Hollen


'Rising Star' of the Year Award
*Presented by Tom Geddes, Plank Industries CEO*

Daniella Díaz
Gabe Cazares
Julio Cervantes
Lilian Amaya
Mario Rodriguez, Jr.

*2017 Winner: Corey Grunert


The Belvedere (Venue)

12th Floor Ballroom

 13th Floor

Special Attendees


City of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh


Anne Arundel County Executive Steven Schuh



Maryland Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk

  Plank Industries CEO Tom Geddes


 Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III


 Maryland Congressman John Sarbanes


Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz


 MDOT Assistant Secretary Roger Campos


Sponsorship Packages


If you are interested in purchasing a sponsorship package for the upcoming 2018 Gala, please email For more info on sponsorship's, you can view and download the 2018 Gala sponsorship packet by clicking HERE or go to





Platino Sponsors
Dimanate Sponsors
Oro Sponsors
Media Partners

VIP Cocktail Reception

Exito Sponsor


General Cocktail Reception & Toast Sponsor
Attendee Gift


Photos from Previous Gala's




View 2017 Gala photos HERE

View 2016 Gala photos HERE

View 2015 Gala photos HERE


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