The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was proud to announce the honorees for its 2012 Business Awards Dinner. On Thursday, July 19, we honored the accomplishments of some of San Antonio’s most influential business and community leaders who are at the forefront of their industries.
“The honorees we have chosen this year represent the best of San Antonio’s business community. Collectively, this group of business and community leaders have played major roles in helping to shape our great city and the Hispanic Chamber is honored to recognize both their professional and philanthropic contributions,” said Ramiro Cavazos, Hispanic Chamber President & CEO. “We congratulate all of the honorees, and we look forward to honoring them at this year’s Business Awards Dinner.”
The 2012 Business Awards Dinner honorees included:
Lionel and Kathy Sosa – Lifetime Achievement
San Antonio icons Lionel and Kathy Sosa are living legends in the world of advertising and internationally-acclaimed artists. The Sosas have been trendsetters in implementing brave new ideas to help shape San Antonio’s creative community and bring about change in the political arena.
Frank, Jorge, and Javier Herrera, The Herrera Law Firm – Family Excellence
Herrera Law Firm founder Attorney Frank Herrera and his sons Attorneys Jorge and Javier Herrera are pillars in the San Antonio community. Guided under the family patriarch’s motto, “Winning isn’t luck. It’s knowing how to fight,” the Herrera Law Firm has been fighting for more than three decades to rectify the wrongs committed against their clients. Through the years, they have been committed to building a stronger San Antonio community.
Doyle Beneby, President & CEO of CPS Energy – Corporate Executive of the Year
As President and CEO of CPS Energy, Doyle Beneby has more than two decades of experience in electricity generation operations, new generation development, electric distribution operations, customer service and labor relations. Since taking over the reins as head of the nation’s largest municipal utility, Beneby has led bold initiatives in renewable-energy toward San Antonio’s progress in becoming a leader in the areas of clean technology and renewable energy.
Veronica Edwards, President & CEO of InGenesis, Inc. – Business Owner of the Year
Veronica Edwards is the dynamic and inspirational guiding force behind InGenesis’ success. A native of San Antonio, Edwards founded the company in 1998. InGenesis Medical Staffing sets the standard for providing medical employment and staffing solutions within the healthcare industry by placing quality talent in agency and direct-hire assignments. Through her commitment to using the latest technology, staying on top of industry trends, and adhering to sound business practices, InGenesis is now ranked in the nation as one of the fastest-growing private companies.
Lourdes Castro Ramirez, President & CEO of the San Antonio Housing Authority – Rising Star
With more than 15 years experience in the affordable housing industry, Lourdes Castro Ramirez is responsible for oversight and operation of the largest public housing authority in the State of Texas. As President & CEO of the San Antonio Housing Authority, Ramirez has worked to improve its performance in several operational areas, including the 2010 designation of the agency’s Housing Choice Voucher program as a “high performer” by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Ernest Bromley, CEO of Bromley – Community Service
Originating change has always been a series of accomplishments for Chairman/CEO Ernest W. Bromley himself, co-founder of Bromley Communications, LLC. Bromley has been a trailblazer in building the agency to be the leading Hispanic marketing communications company. Bromley strongly believes in giving back and making a difference in the community. An active community and civic leader, he dedicates much of his “spare” time to serving on various boards for numerous businesses, civic and arts organizations.
Bob McKinley, Associate Vice President of UTSA Institute for Economic Development – Economic Empowerment
Bob McKinley is the University of Texas at San Antonio’s (UTSA) expert in economic and business development. For more than two decades, he has guided the steady growth of the UTSA Institute for Economic Development as its associate vice president providing business clients each year with consulting, training and research services, and its programs extend UTSA’s presence through the entire southwest Texas border region and beyond.
And lastly, a very special thanks to all of the event sponsors who made the evening a success!