Chamber History

History of the Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce

The Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce, Inc. was incorporated on June 7, 1994 as an initiative of a group of Latino businesspeople who began meeting informally in the Sarasota-Manatee bi-county region in early 1994.

he founding Board of Directors was composed of:

Marcela Nicol (Mexico)
PRESIDENT

Héctor Muñiz (Puerto Rico)
VICE PRESIDENT
Essperanza Gamboa (Cuba)
SECRETARY
Jorge R. Chacón (Colombia)
TREASURER
Germán Calderón (Mexico)
DIRECTOR
Javier Curiel (Mexico)
DIRECTOR
and
Rosanna Echegaray (Peru)
DIRECTOR

PAST PRESIDENTS:

Marcela Nicol [Mexico] – 1995 (Partial year)
Marcela Nicol – 1996
Germán Calderón [Mexico] – 1997
Jorge R. Chacón [Colombia] – 1998
Alex Chavez [Cuba] – 1999
Alex Chavez – 2000
C. J. Czaia [Sri Lanka] – 2001
Maureen Avila [Puerto Rico] – 2002
Michele Lamourt [Puerto Rico] – 2003
Vicente Medina [Spain] – 2004
Vicente Medina – 2005
Jim Delgado [USA] – 2006
Manuel Chepote [Peru] – 2007
Carlos Cárdenas [Colombia] – 2008
Carlos Cárdenas – 2009
Fermin “JJ” Miranda – 2010