Name an industry in the North Bay – whether it is specialty foods, real estate, manufacturing, banking and finance, wine, restaurateurs or health care – and some of the most successful businesses were founded and developed by Latino community leaders.
Some of the organizations are well known. Others are lesser known. But they all share a common story of business initiative and leadership.
The Business Journal and our co-host for these awards, Wells Fargo, have come together as partners to recognize these leaders and shine a light on their stories.
So, welcome to the inaugural Latino Business Leadership Awards special section devoted to telling 17 great stories of business leadership.
Prepare to be inspired.
Congratulations to our recipients,
Brad Bollinger, Publisher
2016 honorees and their stories
- Carlos & Linda Chavez, proprietors, Chavez Family Cellars, Healdsburg
- Octavio Diaz, proprietor and chef, Persimmon and Agave Restaurant, Healdsburg
- Carmen Garcia, vice president and manager, Exchange Bank, Santa Rosa
- Belinda Guadarrama, CEO and president, GC Micro, Petaluma
- Herman Hernandez, broker, Zephyr Real Estate, Guerneville
- Linda Higueras, senior bilingual human resources consultant and employee relations director, The Personnel Perspective / Jackson Family Wines / Silver Oak Cellars / Saks Fifth Avenue / Williams Selyem Winery
- Kaiser La Clinica, Kaiser Santa Rosa Medical Center
- Laurangelica “Angel” Lechón, director, People & Culture, Straus Family Creamery, Petaluma
- Marco Lepe, president, Lepe’s Foods, Santa Rosa
- Brett Martinez, president and CEO, Redwood Credit Union, Santa Rosa
- Amelia Moran-Ceja, vintner president, Ceja Vineyard, Napa
- Delia Nieto, Realtor and performance coach, RE/MAX Full Spectrum, Healdsburg
- Angel Ocha, president, Angel Motors, Santa Rosa
- David Ortega, president, Lola’s Market, Santa Rosa
- Alfredo Pedroza, chairman, Napa County Board of Supervisors, Napa
- Carlos Tamayo, chairman of the board, La Tortilla Factory, Santa Rosa
- Willie Tamayo, president, Elsie Allen High School Foundation, Santa Rosa