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October 31st, 2024

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Conference Registration

Welcome Ceremony

Emma G. Ávila

National Athem

Singer

Javier Solis

Javier N. Solis, CFE

MDHBC – President
Tu Decides Series Book – Author
Hispanic/Latino Franchise Leadership Council, Vice-Chair

Marco V. Ávila, P.E.

Introduction to Guest Speaker

WSP - Vice President
MDHCC - Chairman of the Board & President
MDHBC - Conference co-Chair & Vice President

Steuart Pittman

Speaker

County Executive, Anne Arundel

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Agriculture Industry
Opportunities in MD

Natalia Salazar

Moderator

Agricultural Business Development Specialist


Rachel Jones

Panelist

Director of Government Relations, Maryland Department of Agriculture


Kevin M. Atticks

Panelist-Confirmed

Panelist Maryland Secretary of Agriculture


Emiliano Espinosa

Panelist

Program Director at Chesapeake Ag. Innovation Center

Kurt Fuchs

Panelist

Senior Vice President of External Affairs at Horizon Farm Credit

Gerardo Martinez

Panelist

MDHBC - Treasurer. Wild Kid Acres

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Governor's Cabinet
Business Roundtable

Marco V. Ávila, P.E.

Introduction to Guest Speaker

WSP - Vice President
MDHCC - Chairman of the Board & President
MDHBC - Conference co-Chair & Vice President

Portia Wu

Panelist

Secretary of Labor for the State of Maryland.

Yolanda Maria Martinez

Moderator

Secretary, Governor's Office of Small Minority & Women Business Affairs

Michael Lore

Panelist

Deputy Secretary of State

Ricky Smith

Panelist

Executive Director/CEO | BWI Airport.

Paul Pinsky

Panelist

Director of the Maryland Energy Administration

Jacob R. Day

Panelist

Secretary, Department of Housing

Tony Bridges

Panelist

Assistant secretary for transportation equity & engagement

Kevin Anderson

Panelist

Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce

Kevin M. Harris

Panelist

Certified Leadership Speaker, Trainer and Coach

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Javier N. Solis, CFE

Speaker

MDHBC – President
Tu Decides Series Book – Author
Hispanic/Latino Franchise Leadership Council, Vice-Chair

Angel Nuñez

Benediction

Bishop, Bilingual Christian Church of Baltimore

Marco V. Ávila, P.E.

Introduction to Guest Speaker

WSP - Vice President
MDHCC - Chairman of the Board & President
MDHBC - Conference co-Chair & Vice President

Brooke Lierman

Guest Speaker

Comptroller of the State of Maryland & Mom of Two

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Exhibitor's Hall

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Exhibitor's Hall

Maryland Hispanic Business Conference

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Doing Business with Local,
State and Federal Governments

Mario Acosta-Velez

Moderator

Vice President - Local Engagement / Corporate Social Responsibility / Public Policy at Verizon

Naddia Clute

Panelist

Hispanic Business Center Leader, Montgomery County Business Consultant

Roger Campos

Moderator

Founder Minority Business RoundTable and former Assistant Secretary Maryland Department of Housing and Governor's Business Ombudsman.

Denise Hayes

Panelist

Business Development Specialist at U.S. Small Business Administration

Eduardo Hayden

Panelist

Small Business Outreach Manager, MBE Office

Karen Barbour

Panelist

President, The Barbour Group

Victoria L. Steeger, PhD

Panelist

Chief Learning Officer-Office of State Procurement Maryland Department of General Services

Jonathan Brady

Panelist

Business Development Specialist Export - Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)

How to Franchise
your Hispanic Brand

Maria Jose Solis

Moderator

Co-Founder Toro Taxes Franchise.

David Smith

Panelist

Senior Manager, Diversity Programs, IFA Foundation.

Ericka Garza

Panelist

CFE, Chair, Hispanic/latino Franchise Leadership Council

Javier N. Solis, CFE

Speaker

MDHBC – President
Tu Decides Series Book – Author
Hispanic/Latino Franchise Leadership Council, Vice-Chair

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Jenna (JJ) Rodrigues

Panelist

Director Diversity, Truist Bank

Special Guest Speaker Gov. Maryland

Marco V. Ávila, P.E.

Introduction to Guest Speaker

WSP - Vice President
MDHCC - Chairman of the Board & President
MDHBC - Conference co-Chair & Vice President

Javier N. Solis, CFE

Speaker

MDHBC – President
Tu Decides Series Book – Author
Hispanic/Latino Franchise Leadership Council, Vice-Chair

Joseline Peña-Melnyk

Member of House of Delegates

Chair of the Health and Government Operations Committee for the House, Maryland General Assembly. & Vice Chair of the Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus. -

Hon. Wes Moore

Special Guest Speaker

Governor, The State of Maryland


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Jenna (JJ) Rodrigues

Panelist

Director Diversity, Truist Bank

AI and Data to drive
innovation in your business

Carolina Seldes

Moderator

ITnova - Chief Executive Officer
MDHBC - Board Member & www.mdhbc.org
Webmaster

Rachel Goodman

Panelist

Chief of Airport Technology and Innovation BWI

Walter (WarNov) Novoa

Panelist

Microsoft-Cloud Architect
Board Advisor
Intl Tech Speaker
Learn it All

Rob O'Connor

Panelist

Comptroller Chief Information Officer
Maryland Comptroller’s Office

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Exhibitor's Hall

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Exhibitor's Hall

Maryland Hispanic Business Conference

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The 18th Annual MD Hispanic Business Conference and Expo is honoring Senator Ben Cardin with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Senator Benjamin L. Cardin

U.S. Senator Maryland

Special Recognition Jessica Cook will accepting on his behalf

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Hispanic Chambers Business Recognition

Marco V. Ávila, P.E.

Introduction to Guest Speaker

WSP - Vice President
MDHCC - Chairman of the Board & President
MDHBC - Conference co-Chair & Vice President

Susana Marino

Speaker

Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Developer of internal and external partnerships with interest in growing entrepreneurial ecosystems, economic development and access to capital.

Carmen Larssen

Carmen Ortiz-Larsen

Speaker

MDHBC: Founding Member and Co-Secretary
HCCMC: President
AQUAS Inc. President and CEO

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Jennifer Rios

Speaker

President Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Prince George County-Board Member

Juan Umanzur

Speaker

Salvadorian Chamber of Commerce
CEO and Founder of Umanzor and Associates of Long and Foster

Nicole Quiroga

Speaker

President and CEO at Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Lilly Castillo

Speaker

Frederick Chamber of Commerce
President -CEO at Workplace Management Group LTD/ Hispanos Sin Fronteras

Michel Zajur

Speaker

Founder/CEO of The Virginia Hispanic Chamber

Hispanic Business Celebration
- Closing Remarks

Carmen Larssen

Carmen Ortiz-Larsen

Aquas Inc.

MDHBC: Founding Member and Co-Secretary HCCMC: President AQUAS Inc: President and CEO

William Villanueva

Panelist

MDHBC Board Member & Founding Member - Formerly Deputy Director, Office of Fair Practices, MAA and now Owner/Vice President of Finance, Restoration Pro Labor

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