If you want an inside tip on predicting the movers and shakers of the future, be sure to check out the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards ceremony at their Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. The NAHCC has an uncanny eye for talent: In 2006, Pastor Tommy Vallejos of HOPE (Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education) received the Outstanding Advocacy & Community Service Award — and now he’s Clarksville’s first Hispanic county commissioner. In 2007, Fabian Bedne received the Advocate of the Year Award — and just a couple of months ago, became Nashville’s first Hispanic Metro Council member.
In 2008, Loraine Segovia Paz won the Outstanding Leadership & Service Award, and she was recently appointed to the Metro Human Relations Commission. Mario Ramos won the Entrepreneur Achievement Award in 2008, and then the next year was the recipient of an American Immigration Lawyers Association award. I could go on, but I think you get the picture. And remember, you don’t have to be Hispanic to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month — everyone is welcome. For more information, call 216-5737 or visit nashvillehispanicchamber.com.