Hispanic Lifestyle is pleased to announce our 2017 SoCal Survived and Thrived Business Listing. The honorees were recognized at our 2017 SoCal Business Expo and Conference which took place on May 31, 2017 at the Ontario Airport Hotel (see exclusive photos below). The businesses recognized were nominated by the audience of Hispanic Lifestyle. Richard Sandoval President of Hispanic Lifestyle selected the honorees.
ABOUT THE 2017 SURVIVED AND THRIVED VIDEO
The Survived and Thrived video was played at Hispanic Lifestyle’s 2017 Survived and Thrived Business luncheon on May 31, 2017.
ACS Group, Inc. is a full service general contractor providing the highest quality services for a diverse range of clients which include federal, state, local governments, major utilities and publicly traded retail corporations. Since 1993 ACS Group has evolved to become a leader in the construction industry and has the bonding capabilities of $20,000,000. The company is owned operated by Darrell and Anna Sauceda.
In 1993 Adriana Gallardo launched her own insurance business in a tiny office in Pomona California that only had room for two desks one for her, and one for mother. From the beginning, Adriana dedicated herself to serving the Latino community with a special touch, giving them personalized attention in their language. Today Adriana’s Insurance is an empire consisting of over 60 offices most in southern California with additional offices opening soon in other states.
Aleph Group Inc
Headquartered in Riverside California, Aleph Group Inc roots go back over 15 years. AGI designs and manufactures mobile units such as bloodmobiles, mobile dental or exam clinics, mobile command centers, prison transport vehicles, among other mobile vehicle projects. They have Survived and Thrived by expanding their market presence beyond the United States. Named Exporter of the Year in 2015 by the SBA Aleph Group Inc is owned by Jales (Charlie) Mello.
Founded in 1989, the Angel Jewelers family has served the Inland Empire featuring the finest exquisite handcrafted jewelry with a high regard for customer service tailored to their customers’ needs. Owner Liliana Andriani was born and raised in Cali, Colombia and came to the United States in 1986. Her studies in higher education were focused on Business Administration but her passion for jewelry has driven her to cultivate her trade knowledge beyond administrative concerns.
Since 1994 Arellano Associates has grown to become one of Southern California’s leading public communication firms serving predominantly government agencies, local jurisdictions and planning organizations. From high-profile projects such as the California High-Speed Rail Project, the recently-opened 91 Corridor Improvement Project and the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension. Arellano Associates has Survived and Thrived in large part because of the leadership of Genoveva Arellano and her commitment to understanding of what it takes to be successful with her passion for public service.
El Pacheco Zoot Suits
Inspired by the movie Zoot Suits main character El Pachuco, Phyllis Estrella along with the support of her husband Ray opened their business in 1978. Providing classic clothing that was first introduced in the 1920’s and 30’s, loyal customers have been coming to their Fullerton, California location for prom’s, quinceañera, weddings and other special occasions for their Zoot suits. Demand for their classic clothing as grown beyond Southern California with many of their customers located out of state and even foreign countries. Next year El Pacheco Zoot Suits will celebrate 40 years in business.
El Pollo Grill
Opened in 1987 by Rafael and Constanza Lopez, El Pollo Grill is a family-owned restaurant and catering company located in Lemon Grove and Bonita California. The items you will find on their menu are recipes that have been in the Lopez and Garcia families for generations.
El Pollo Grill which was founded by immigrants never let language and cultural barriers get in their way of their American dream. The founders raised their children to be proud of who they are and where they came from. El Pollo Grill has been serving the San Diego community with great Mexican food since 1987.
Alberto & Sara Segura never lost sight of their savings & entrepreneurial goal and in 1987 opened Ensenada Markets in La Puente, California. Ensenada Markets produces great tasting authentic foods and maintain honesty as a guiding core value of their services. Today with the involvement of their five daughters they have grown the business into three retail stores, two in Los Angeles County and one in Orange County. Their corporate office is located in the City of Industry. For close to three decades now the Segura family business has established an important foundation of honesty, quality, and great customer service that made shopping at Ensenada Markets a true signature experience.
G.O. Pallets, Inc
Founded in 1984 by Guadalupe Ojeda, G.O. Pallets, Inc merged a wealth of experience and skill into a company that would earn a remarkable reputation as a leading pallet manufacturing company. In 2011 with the active involvement of daughters Lina Montes and Grace Flores they have doubled the number of employees and sales and will soon open a second location in the city of Jurupa Valley. G.O.Pallets, Inc is very involved in the community by supporting various school clubs, city clubs and is politically involved.
Inland Empire Autobody & Paint, Inc.
Lucy and Isaac Gallardo established Inland Empire Autobody & Paint, Inc. in 2006; when many businesses where closing their doors. Today, Inland Empire Autobody & Paint, Inc. services large fleet accounts such as Charter/Spectrum, Solar City, Quest Diagnostics,Riverside Metro Auto Group, Riverside County and City of Riverside. This award winning company plans to expand their operation in the Inland Empire.
Intergraded Security Management Group (ISMG)
The roots of Intergraded Security Management Group (ISMG) go back to 2006. This family owned business takes pride in the fact that all of their agents are licensed with the State of California, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. ISMG provides an array of services that include executive protection, private investigation and uniform guards. Looking ahead ISMG will be expanding their services and adding a second office in the Coachella Valley. ISMG is owned and operated by the Olguin family.
Lazer Broadcasting Corporation is dedicated to providing superior quality Spanish Language Radio Programming in high-density Hispanic markets. They believe that providing top-quality programming to their listeners drives the best possible results for their advertisers. Owned by Alfredo Plascencia who was born in Zacatecas, Mexico purchased his first station in Oxnard, California in 1991. Today, Lazer owns and operates 20 Spanish-Language Radio Stations in more than 10 California Markets and in Reno, Nevada.
Otilio Farms, LLC has been in business since 2003 is owned by Hector Gutierrez a 1st generation farmer and strawberry grower who started farming 26 years ago. They currently have 240 acres of strawberries of which 55 acres are organic strawberries and they employ over 200 workers during peak strawberry growing season. Mr. Gutierrez active in his local community of Oxnard/Ventura is also on the board of directors for the California Strawberry Commission which represents the interest of California Strawberries throughout the world. California Strawberries are a $3 billion industry to the state of California and Hector is a leader in the industry with his production of conventional and organic strawberries.
Rumba Room Live
In 2000 The Rumba Room came to life in the heart of Universal CityWalk in Universal City. However in 2003 with the sudden passing of husband Ralph Hauser III, Delia Hauser took over the business and The Rumba Room quickly became a-must-visit landmark in Los Angeles. In 2011 the Rumba Room had to close its doors because of a contractual dispute. Fast forward to 2016 Rumba Room Live has become the place to be at GardenWalk in the heart of the Anaheim Resort District, just steps away from the happiest place on earth, the Disneyland Resort. Rumba Room Live is without a doubt a Latina owned business that has Survived and Thrived.
Exclusive photos by Richard Sandoval