The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Board of Directors Welcomes New Board Directors from the Inland Empire Region
SACRAMENTO - The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC), the premier organization promoting the development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and emerging Latino businesses in California, announced the addition of three new board members from the Inland Empire region.
The CHCC Board, holding its quarterly meeting in Ontario, named Juanita Ruiz, Linda Gonzalez, and Irma Flores to the board. Board members also attended the Ontario Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala event along with its regular board and foundation board meetings.
"We are honored and lucky to welcome Juanita, Linda, and Irma to the CHCC Board," said Ken Macias, Chairman of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and Founder and Chairman of Macias Gini & O'Connell LLP. "The addition to the board will help our board grow stronger as we enter the new year."
Born and raised in Inland Empire, Juanita Ruiz will serve as the Inland Empire Regional Chair. She is owner of El Jardin Spa and Wellness Center. While running her business, Ruiz finds time to be actively engaged in her community by serving on various boards, including the Los Angeles County Fair Board and the Boys and Girls Club of Ontario. She was one of the founders of the Hispanic Inland Empire Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Hispanic Chamber and a Cal State Fullerton graduate. She is a former chamber president, and current vice president of public relations for the Ontario Hispanic Chamber.
"I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve as the Inland Empire Regional Chair of the California Hispanic Chambers Board of Directors," Ruiz said. "I look forward to representing the Inland Empire region and working together with the CHCC board."
Gonzalez, president and one of the founders of the Hispanic Inland Empire Chamber of Commerce, is president of MAS Auto & Truck Electric in the Inland Empire and a longtime community volunteer. She was elected to the board of directors of the West Valley Water District in 2013, the first Latina elected to that board. She served as chairwoman and board member of the Bloomington Municipal Advisory Council for 13 years and vice chair for four years of the Colton Joint Unified School District Measure G Committee. She was the first Latina board member for the Fontana Area Chamber of Commerce, where she helped established a Latino business alliance committee. In 2012, she was honored as the Inland Empire Latina Business Leader in Washington, D.C.
"I look forward to working with members and supporters of the CHCC," Gonzalez said. "Working together as a team, we can enhance the business opportunities for Latinos throughout the state."
Flores, founder of the Flores Group, serves on many boards, including the Inland Empire Center for International Trade and 100 Latino Business Resource Workshop.
For her time and commitment to the community, Flores received the Edison Volunteer Recognition award. Flores graduated from the University of Redlands.