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Events DC board member honored for community contributions

Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) honored a board member from Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for Washington, D.C.

During its Hispanic Heritage celebration in early October, GWHCC presented Jay Haddock Ortiz with the Chairman’s Award for his contributions to the District of Columbia’s Latino business community.

Haddock, president of Capital Hotels and Suites, has been a dynamic member of the Events DC board of directors since 2007. He served as vice chairman for nearly three years as well as chaired the organization’s Operations Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee.

“We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Jay Haddock Ortiz on this notable achievement and for his unwavering commitment to the city’s Latino business community and the District as a whole,” said Michele V. Hagans, chairman, Events DC’s board of directors. “As a fellow board member and friend, I praise Jay for both his leadership and fiduciary oversight of Events DC’s operations.”

The award was the first-ever GWHCC Chairman’s Award, which will become a part of its annual Hispanic Heritage event that brings together and honors leaders of the Hispanic business community to celebrate their heritage and culture.

“As a veteran of the hotel industry, Jay’s contributions have been able to infuse the local Latino community with new opportunities and resources to help grow businesses and define even greater success for the city,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and CEO, Events DC. “We applaud these efforts that have helped strengthen the District’s economic and tourism industries.”

“The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Award was created to recognize leaders of the Hispanic business community, such as, Jay Haddock, who has served as an instrumental catalyst in the District of Columbia’s Hispanic business community and has been a role model for many of us, including myself,” said Angela Franco, president and CEO, GWHCC.

The celebration for the Chairman’s Award included a full program with special remarks from long-time community leader Sonia Gutierrez from Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School and District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray.

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