Ernesto M. Hernandez, president and managing director of General Motors de Mexico, recently addressed the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MHCC) as the keynote speaker during the 23rd Annual Fiesta Hispana Gala. The event was hosted by GM and MHCC in celebration of the achievements and contributions of Hispanic business owners in the state. General Motors has been a MHCC partner for many years, and has held a seat at the organization’s Board of Directors since its inception.
During his keynote speech, Mr. Hernandez stressed the importance of GM’s commitment around the world, the positive impact of a diverse workforce, and opportunities in the Mexico marketplace.
“Today, Mexico is one of the most important automotive markets in the world,” stated Mr. Hernandez. “Globally, our significance may surpass beyond the BRIC economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China,” he continued. “Mexico is a market with huge potential for the automotive industry and also for the supplier and auto parts businesses. Our connection is not just about the proximity of our two countries. It is about the power of our markets, it is about the convergence of producers and consumers,” said Mr. Hernandez.
Armando Ojeda, executive director at the Chamber, presented the 2012 MHCC awards in the following categories: Corporation of the Year, Member of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Amigo of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
“The evening was a celebration of the economic vitality of the Latino business community and a global reflection of the resources for growth and development in the United States and Mexico,” said Armando Ojeda, executive director, Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
With over 650 guests in attendance, the Fiesta Hispana Gala celebrated the success of Michigan’s Hispanic business owners, corporate executives from the automotive section and government dignitaries from Michigan and Mexico.