George P. Bush, nephew of former President and Texas Gov. George W. Bush, will be the keynote speaker at the sixth annual Hispanic Business Alliance Annual Achievers Awards Luncheon on Tuesday.
This year’s event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Harvey Convention Center. Tickets are $35 and are still available at 2013hba.eventbrite.com or may be purchased at the door the day of the event.
Price Arredondo, director of the Hispanic Business Alliance, said the annual awards ceremony was started six years ago to recognize Hispanic-owned businesses that have been successful in their respective industries.
The mission of the Hispanic Business Alliance is to create economic value for the business owners and the community. He sees the awards luncheon as a “win-win for the business community to get to know the businesses doing well and (that are) contributing to the economic vitality of the community,” he said.
“It’s a very important opportunity to recognize the economic impact these businessmen and women have in the community,” he said. “These businesses are part of the community and economic contributors in the community.”
Arredondo said he expects about 600 people to attend the luncheon.
Bush, 36, of Fort Worth, son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, is running for Texas land commissioner.
Bush is the deputy finance chairman for the Republican Party of Texas and is the chairman of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas.
He also is the national co-chairman of Maverick Pac, a national political action committee dedicated to engaging the next generation of Republican voters, according to Bush’s biography. He has taught history to at-risk students in Florida, has worked as a corporate attorney, co-founded a real estate private equity firm, and founded St. Augustine Partners LLC, a Fort Worth-based investment firm.
In 2006, Bush joined the U.S. Naval Reserves, and in 2010 began an eight-month tour of duty in Afghanistan and was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal. He is involved in several nonprofit organizations.
Arredondo said students from John Tyler and Robert E. Lee high schools would participate in the event. He said Bush and the many business owners would make a lasting impact on the next generation of business owners.
There are 21 nominees in seven categories for this year’s Hispanic Business Alliance Achievers Awards. They include:
The Blue Store: Flora DeLong
La Placita: Mario Cornelio
Los Gueros: Celia Monreal
Calvary Plumbing: Noe Cedillo
Garcia Tree Co.: Pedro Garcia
Martinez Concrete: Silvano Avila
One Call Restaurants and Kitchen Service: Ricardo Estrada
Licea Insurance Group: Eleno Licea
Palacios Custom Cabinets: Oscar Palacios
Omega Rehab: Hector Guevara
Expert Auto Electric: Juan Carreno
XTC: Tony Cruz
Cindy’s Balloons and Party Supply: Susana Gann
Crystal Clear Insurance Agency: Marseline Soto
La Opinion: Judith Cantua
Manuel Nunez: general manager of Distant Lands
Pam Rodriguez: College and Career Center at John Tyler High School
Nidia Arellano Hassan: director of admissions for Tyler Junior College
Boy Scouts: Gus Cantero
Hispanic American Association of East Texas: Ana Fuggins
St. Paul Children’s Foundation: Sharlyn Cannady