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MDHCC Chairman Receives NFL’s Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award

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Seth McDonnell

Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chairman Receives
NFL’s Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award

Baltimore, MD—October 04, 2017—The Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MDHCC), the leading chamber of commerce representing and connecting over 60,000 Hispanic-owned businesses in the region, announced today that its Chairman & President, Jorge Eduardo Castillo, was honored Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium as one of the recipients of the Seventh Annual National Football League (NFL) Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards. The NFL, Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and Nationwide, partnered to recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.

“This is a deep honor,” said Castillo. “I would like to share this award with all the great Hispanic leaders, immigrants, workers, professionals, mothers and fathers, who have paved the road for me and for so many others,” he added. “Thank you to the NFL for spotlighting the contributions of Hispanics to our great country. We will continue to work incessantly and inspire the next generation of Americans to pursue the great American Dream and be stewards of our great nation.”

This recognition comes on the heels of a historic benchmark for the MDHCC. On September 21st, the MDHCC officially launched its first regional chapter as it executes its five-year growth and member benefits strategic plan that began in 2016. The MDHCC’s Greater Baltimore Regional Chapter ( increases direct member benefit and value by providing a responsive platform to address local business issues and direct resources locally, while retaining the MDHCC backing at the state and national level.

Castillo, like each award recipient, will select an organization of his choice that serves the local Hispanic community to receive a $2,000 donation as part of the Award. “I select the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,” said Castillo. He remarked that the donation would help in funding the MDHCC’s expansion and the BAM! (Business Advocacy & Mentorship) Program to cultivate other strong business leaders in the Hispanic community.

Other MDHCC leaders, both past and present, have also received prestigious awards this year. Juan Barbarán, MDHCC’s Vice Chairman and Chair of Partnerships & Memberships, will be inducted into the Baltimore Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 class of 2017 later this November, having just been selected to the Top 100 MBEs for his company, Juan of a Kind Foods, this September. Similarly, former MDHCC Chairman, Veronica Cool, will be recognized as one of The Daily Record’s Innovators of the Year awards this October.


About the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: The Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the premier state-wide institution for the representation and advancement of business interests before the public and private sectors. The Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MDHCC) focuses on developing a business network that provides the Hispanic community and the business community at large with cohesion and strength. The MDHCC delivers its members with the three proven “P’s” to propel businesses towards success: Promotion, Partnerships and Procurement Advice.

Since its inception, the MDHCC has worked towards bringing the issues and concerns of the state’s thousands of Hispanic-owned businesses to the forefront of the state’s economic agenda. Throughout its 30-year history, the Chamber has enjoyed outstanding working relationships with the state’s Administration, the state legislature and its leaders, Members of Maryland’s Congressional delegation and the current and former White House Administrations. Through its association with a network of local Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and Hispanic business organizations, the MDHCC effectively communicates the needs and potential of Hispanic and non-Hispanic enterprises to the public and private sector. For more information visit


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