Today is: May 29, 2017
President/CEO and Past Chair 2010-2014
- Company: President, Pastor Associates Corporation
Mrs. Pineda is a local business woman and the President & CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, where over the years, she has worked tirelessly to develop strong and long-lasting business relationships between Louisiana and the Hispanic Community and Latin America. Mrs. Pineda is a former Consul General of Honduras in New Orleans, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. Mrs. Pineda has been the recipient of the Leadership Award by the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the High Achievement in Compliance by Subway Corporation, and Honoree of Men and Women of Fashion/Prix de Elegance, as well as SABAA Business Woman of the Year, in New Orleans, and the Personality of the Year by Que Pasa Festival, also in New Orleans. She is a former President of the NOHHF (2008-2011) and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation since 2000. She is also a current and active board member of the following organizations: The National Association of Subway Franchisees, The International Hospital for Children of New Orleans, The New Orleans City Park Board, The Jefferson Economic Development Board and The Cerro de Plata Tegucigalpa Foundation of Honduras, and the Jefferson Parish Diversity Board.
Anselmo R. Rodriguez, MBA, CPSM
- Company: Manager, Supply Chain Management, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
Anselmo R. Rodriguezwas born in Venezuela in June 1964. He was raised in Maracay, State of Aragua – Venezuela, where attended Marist Catholic School and the International School. He is the younger of the two childrenof Oswaldo Andres Rodriguez and Ligia Manzo de Rodriguez. Anselmo is happily married to J. Leonor Corrales Rodriguez and has four children: Oswaldo (32), Anselmo E. (27), Ruben (21) and Gabriel (14). He also has 4 grandchildren, Audrey (8), Adrian (2), Kolby (1) and Alexandra (Deceased).
He has been a resident of Louisiana for close to 30 years. Anselmoarrived to Baton Rouge in 1980. He obtained his B.S. in Computer Science from Louisiana State University in 1985 and his Master in Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University 1995.
From 1986 until 1991he joined General Motors as part of their Service Parts Operations in Venezuela. Initially, he worked in the role of Systems Analyst and later in the role of Inventory Control Manager. During this period he managed the supply of service parts to the GM’s Venezuelan market sourced from the US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany,Singapore, Japan and Venezuela.
In 1991, Anselmo relocated to Louisiana in pursuit of his M.B.A. The following year, he joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana where he has worked for over 23 years. Through the years, he has served BCBSLA in the areas of Information Technology, Budgeting and Planning and Supply Chain Management. Currently he holds the position of Manager, Supply Chain Management.In addition to Inventory Control, Corporate Purchasing Card Program and Sourcing, he is responsible for BCBSLA’s Supplier Diversity Program. Under his leadership BCBSLA has been recognized in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013 as the Local Corporation of the Year by the SRMSDC and in 2012 and 2015 as Corporation of the Year by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana. He was also was personally recognized in 2007 as the Buyer of year by the SRMSDC.
Anselmo is recognized as a Certified Professional in Supply Management by the Institute of Supply Management since 2009 and serves as a Director to the BCBS Association’s National Sourcing and Purchasing Council.
Anselmo’spast community involvement includes being the Treasurer of the Louisiana Minority Supplier Development Council and of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana. He serveda member of the Interlocked Board of Directors for the new four state areaSouth Region Minority Supplier Development Council, Vice President 2013-2014 & President 2014-2015 and of the Capital City Rotary Club in Baton Rouge, LA. He currently serves as Chair of the LA Corporate Advisory Committee and member of the Certification Committee of South Region Minority Supplier Development Council and President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana.
Martha Castillo, Esq.
- Company: Attorney, Pan American Life Insurance Company
Vice-Chair Small Business
- Company: Owner, Brown Tax Services
Born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
1973 Graduated with an Accounting degree in Honduras.
1975 Moved to the USA
1978-1981 Studied Accounting at the University of New Orleans.
1982-2001 Worked as an Accountant for various companies. The last ten years
with an Oil and Gas Company.
2002 Started Brown Tax Services Inc in Gretna, Louisiana.
BTS Specializes in accounting and taxes for small business. 75% of clients are Hispanic own business.
Fully bilingual staff of 3. Open year round.
Jacqueline M. Brettner
- Company: Attorney and Certified Mediator; Carver, Darden, Koretzky, Tessier,Finn, Blossman, & Areaux, LLC
Jackie Brettner practices in the areas of insurance coverage and insurance litigation, risk management services, and alternative dispute resolution. Ms. Brettner was heavily involved in the litigation stemming from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike as well as the Chinese Drywall Litigation and the BP Oil Spill – Deepwater Horizon. She specializes in the interpretation of oil and gas “package” policies, including all forms of well control insurance. Ms. Brettner is also a certified Civil and Commercial Mediator. Her mediation practice centers on the resolution of complex insurance coverage disputes.
Ms. Brettner is originally from the Republic of Panama and currently resides in Madisonville and New Orleans, Louisiana. She concurrently serves as General Counsel to the non-profit, Panama Gateway International Association, Inc., and is also Chair to the ADR Section and Vice-Chair for the International Law Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association.
- Company: Owner, Promo Ad
- Company: Tuition Loan Specialist, Metairie Bank
Jose Manstretta CFA,MBA
- Company: Finance Manager Gulf of Mexico East and Production Excellence, Shell
Jose Manstretta has been working for the Energy industry for more than 15 years in different Finance/Economist roles in Venezuela and for the last 4 years here in New Orleans. He also has been Visiting Professor in two different Universities teaching Corporate Finance and International Finance courses. Jose has a MBA and he is also a holder of the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.
- Company: WBEC South
Blanca Robinson is the outgoing President of the Women’s Business Enterprise Council South (WBEC South), one of 14 regional partner organizations of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Having taken the helm in 1998, Robinson was WBEC South’s first employee, charged with moving the organization from a volunteer-managed entity to a professionally-staffed one. At that time the organization was still emerging, with only 75 Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs), a handful of Corporate Members, and a presence exclusively in Louisiana.During Robinson’s tenure, which has spanned seventeen years, WBEC South has grown to over 700 WBES and 40 Corporate Members. Focused on building relationships across a large territory and ensuring an outstanding women-owned business certification process, Robinson led the organization to its prominence today as one of WBENC’s successful Regional Partner Organizations. She has been responsible for the organization’s daily management and operations across its extensive territory of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and the Florida Panhandle.
Robinson’s background also encompasses 22 years in the oil and gas industry in South Texas where she worked for Conoco as a Financial Analyst holding numerous positions.
Robinson has always been passionate about women’s initiatives and her involvement with several women’s organizations helped solidify that passion.Inspired by female entrepreneurs she has met and in keeping with her passion for jewelry, she started Bella Designs, a small jewelry design business in 2008. She has earned certification as an Executive Coach and formed VIVA Consulting Group, a coaching and small business consulting firm, which will officially launch after her retirement this December.
Robinson holds a business degree from Texas A&I University, now part of the Texas A&M system. She is married to Jackie Robinson and lives in Houma, LA. She has two children, Sara and Jason, both of whom live in San Diego, CA.
- Company: Colmex Construction
Angelica Rivera who proudly holds the Presidency at Colmex Construction, LLC has been recognized and awarded for her achievements by many different organizations – not only for her leadership in the always competitive construction industry in our beautiful city of New Orleans, but also for her entrepreneurial spirit that has been an integral force towards the organizational growth at Colmex. Angelica, who came to New Orleans in early 2008, combined her management experience and knowledge in the mortgage industry with the construction field experience of her husband, Roman. With these valuable tools, she managed to create Colmex Construction while always keeping in mind the purpose of delivering their BEST to rebuild a city that had so much damage, as was the condition of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
Angelica is focused on achievement and maintains the Vision and Mission Statement of Colmex Construction – which is to become the MOST RELIABLE building company in Louisiana by serving their clients with top notch professionalism. They consistently exceed expectations by providing Safety, Quality, Integrity, and Excellence in Performance.
Angelica is native to Colombia, South America, In addition to her professional life, she is amazingly the mother of 4 boys and is a loving wife to her husband and business partner. She is a successful trailblazer and hopes to continue opening many doors for future generations through her work and passion that is Colmex Construction, LLC.
- Company: Adams and Reese LLP
Victoria P. White joined Adams and Reese in 2010 and is a Partner in the
Transactions and Corporate Advisory Services Practice Group in the firm’s New Orleans office. She assists clients in general business counseling, corporate restructuring and liquidation matters, commercial lending transactions, asset acquisitions, franchise transactions and franchise litigation.
Her experience includes:
Assisting commercial lenders and debtors through the restructuring and rehabilitation process in Chapter 11 reorganizations, Chapter 7
liquidations, and out of-court restructurings and workouts;
Drafting complex secured lending documents for national and local lenders
and perfecting various types of security interests;
Successfully arguing before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on an appeal
of a summary judgment awarded in the Bankruptcy Court and affirmed by
the District Court;
Advising clients in all aspects of business expansion and franchising,
including drafting workable, streamlined franchise agreements specific to
franchisors’ business needs;
Developing licensing agreements and other non-franchise business
expansion transactions; and
Litigating complex intellectual property cases in both state and federal
Victoria is the Co-Chair of the Louisiana chapter of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation and the Louisiana chapter of the Turnaround Management Association’s NextGen program. Within the Firm, she serves as a Committee Chair for the Women’s Initiative Team, which promotes women’s development and awareness of women’s issues. She also serves on the Board of the UNO International Alumni Association.
Victoria received her J.D. from Loyola University College of Law, summa cum
laude. While at Loyola, she was named a William E. Crowe scholar and served
as a member of the Loyola Law Review and the Moot Court staff. Victoria
earned her B.A. in Philosophy with honors from the University of New Orleans, where she received the Philosophy Faculty Award for an Outstanding
Graduating Senior, earned the Phi Beta Kappa Scholarly Merit Award, and was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. After graduating from Loyola Law School, Victoria took the California bar exam and practiced in Palo Alto, California before returning home to New Orleans in 2010.
Rivers Frederick III
- Company: Lead Diversity Supplier Specialist, Entergy Services Inc.
- Company: Telemundo / KGLA
- Company: Account Executive, Cox Business LA
- Company: President and Owner, Delta Personnel
Teresa Lawrence is a Cuban-born entrepreneur with extensive experience in outsourcing, payroll, risk management and human resource management. In 2000, she became CEO of Delta Personnel, one of Louisiana’s oldest temporary and permanent placement services specializing in niche markets. Committed to her community, Lawrence works with Hispanic Apostolate, an affiliate to New Orleans Catholic Charities, to promote opportunities for those with legal work status in the United States. She is also a member of many organizations including: Executive Women International New Orleans Chapter, American Staffing Association, New Orleans Economic Development, and Jefferson and Orleans Chambers of Commerce.
Delta Personnel has made many achievements under Lawrence’s direction. The company gained national certification by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council in 2006, where she presently serves as New Orleans Regional Director. She also holds national certification through the Southern Region Minority Supplier Diversity Council as a minority-owned business where in 2011 was chosen as Supplier of the Year. In 2005, Delta Personnel was chosen as the service partner by the Louisiana Department of Labor to help locate and recruit New Orleanians who were trying to register for employment. . The company was able to assist many employers and employees get themselves back into the workforce. Also, with Delta Personnel’s recruiting efforts, they accomplished seamless operation that provided Lockheed Martin’s maintenance and food service contractor with a full staff including supervision.
Associations and Memberships and Certifications:
Women President Organization
American Staffing Association
Jefferson Parish Visitors and Convention Bureau
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association
Louisiana Restaurant Association
Hotel Financial Technology Professionals
Executive Women International
Jefferson Chamber of Commerce
Society of Human Resource Management
National Association of Catering Executives
Tuck School of Business Graduate
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Graduate
- Company: Jones Walker, LLP
Ricardo X. Carlo is an associate in the firm’s Tax & Estates Practice Group, and practices from the firm’s New Orleans office. Ricardo’s practice involves advising employers on all aspects of their employee benefit programs, including matters affecting tax-qualified retirement plans, such as: 401(k) plans, ESOPs, and defined benefit plans; executive compensation plans; and welfare benefit plans, including cafeteria plan, COBRA, and health care reform (PPACA) issues. Ricardo also advises employer and plan administrators on ERISA’s reporting and disclosure requirements, HIPAA, ERISA fiduciary duty, prohibited transaction rules, and plan termination issues.
Ricardo also has experience advising a wide array of clients in the design, drafting, implementation and ongoing qualification of qualified plans, with a focus on 401(k) and defined benefit plans, as well as cafeteria plans, flexible spending account programs and health savings accounts. He also has experience advising clients with respect to benefit plan compliance issues, including drafting submissions to the Internal Revenue Service pursuant to the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution Systems regarding a variety of operational and plan document failures.
Ricardo is a 2003 graduate of the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law, where he received his juris doctor degree with honors. In 2010, he received his LL.M. in Taxation with a Certificate in Employee Benefits Law from Georgetown University Law Center. Ricardo received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing, from Florida State University in 1998. He is admitted to practice in Puerto Rico, and is fluent in both Spanish and English.
Before joining Jones Walker, Ricardo practiced as a labor, contracts, and commercial litigation attorney in Puerto Rico.
Past President 2009 - 2010
Richard F. Cortizas, Esq.
- Company: Counsel, Jones Walker
Past President 2014-2015
- Company: State Farm Insurance- Thelma Ceballos-Meyers Insurance Agency
My name is Thelma Ceballos Meyers and I was born in New Orleans, LA; my mother Thelma Tapia is from Nicaragua and my father, Cesar Ceballos is from Guatemala.
Graduated from Warren Easton High School, May 1989; received my Marketing degree from Tulane University, May 2007 and completed my LUTCF designation, March 2015.
Celebrating 18 years of marriage to Craig Meyers on August 2015; and between the both of us, we have 8 beautiful grandchildren.
In 1999, I began my career with State Farm Insurance but didn’t open my State Farm Insurance agency doors until December 1st, 2007. At my office, our goal is to educate the community on insurance and financial service products in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
I am a firm believer of giving back. In 2013, I became the first Latina Smart Driver volunteer instructor for AARP in LA (mainly to help my older Spanish clientele get discounts on their car insurance.) Since inception of my office, every other year, we do a Customer Appreciation event, to show our appreciation not just to our clients, but also to the community. I have participated in KABOOM!, a project for building playgrounds for local urban schools, providing school bags & supplies to local students, donate food baskets on Thanksgiving, and Visa gift cards during Christmas. Also speak at local high schools on the dangers of drinking and/or texting while driving and motivational speeches to young ladies on overcoming challenges and obstacles, being that I was a teenage mother and now a business owner.
In 2014, I was proudly appointed as President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and as a board member of the Hispanic Chamber Foundation. I am proud to see the positive changes that have transpired within the Chamber and the Hispanic community.
Past President 2007 - 2009
Cynthia Ceballos-Hymel, Esq.
- Company: Ceballos Legal Consulting LLC
Past President 2003 - 2006
Manuel "Manny" F. Blanco
- Company: Atlantis International
Manny Blanco currently serves as Chairman of the Board of JEDCO (Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission) – December 2010 – Present.
Past President 1999 - 2003, and 1991 - 1993
Mario Zeron, Sr.
- Company: President, Destination World Travel
Past President 1997 - 1999
- Company: President, Rufino's Painting & Construction Inc.
Rufino Saavedra is the Honorary Consul of Peru in New Orleans effective 2010.
Note that in 1999, the Gulf Coast International Chamber of Commerce, under the Presidency of Dr. Vinicio Madrigal, was merged into the Louisiana Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, under the Presidency of Rufino Saavedra. The new name of the ensuing organization was the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana. President Saavedra remained in office until the end of 1999.
Past President 1995 - 1997
- Company: Hancock Whitney Bank
Past President 1993 - 1995
Louis R.Koerner, Jr., Esq.
- Company: Law Offices of Louis R. Koerner, Jr.
Past President 1989 - 1991
Eugene "Gene" Reyes
Past President 1987 - 1989
Past President 1984 - 1987
Past President of Gulf Coast International Chamber of Commerce
Vinicio Madrigal, M.D.
Note: Dr. Madrigal was Founder and President of the Gulf Coast International Chamber of Commerce. In 1999, said chamber was merged into the Louisiana Hispanic Chamber of Commerce under the Presidency of Rufino Saavedra. The new name given to the ensuing merged organization was the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana – the organization as it stands today. While Dr. Madrigal was technically never a president of HCCL, we wish to include him here as an integral part of the history and growth of the organization following the merger. He served with distinction as a member of the HCCL Board.