President Obama is not the only one interested in the growing Latino population in the US. Just as he announced that he will be speaking at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials on June 22nd in California, companies and associations around Metro Detroit are also boosting the Latino presence in Michigan.
Accounting firm Baker Tilly celebrated Cinco de Mayo by holding a lavish cocktail party in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico and the Association of Mexican Professionals in Michigan (APROMEX) in its Southfield office. During the event, Gustavo Fritz, board member of APROMEX, presented a detailed historical summary of the true meaning of Cinco de Mayo, explaining that May 5th is a Mexican civic holiday. It commemorates the triumph of the small, and exhausted Mexican army against the legions of Napoleon III during the French invasion of Mexico in the 19th Century. Mexico had just fought for 11 years to gain its independence from Spain from 1810 to 1821.
Baker Tilly’s Cinco de Mayo celebration included prominent guests from the Hispanic community in Metro Detroit, including Ms. Olga Dazzo, Director of Michigan Department of Community Health, Dr. Jorge Chinea, Associate Professor at the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies at Wayne State University, members of APROMEX, NSHMBA, the Consul of Mexico in Detroit, representatives of the Consulate of Mexico, Mexican Chef Ana Ostos, who served a lavish buffet, and executives and friends in the automotive industry.
Later, on Monday, May 21st, another Hispanic event was held at the Mercedes Benz Financial Services headquarters in Novi, this time, in conjunction with the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA, Michigan Chapter). ALPFA is the largest Latino professional organization in the US, and the event was a dinner party followed by a Leadership Seminar featuring nationally acclaimed motivational speaker and author Kaplan Mobray.
During his seminar, Mobray addressed this audience challenging them with concepts such as how to obtain a formula for vision, and how to plan for success in today’s world. Kaplan Mobray serves on the National Board of ALPFA.
Attendants to this conference included host Rodolfo Dominguez, Director of Enterprise Portfolio Management; ALFPA Michigan President and VP Jimmy Walker and Julio Ramirez; the Consul of Mexico in Detroit, the Hon. Vicente Sanchez Ventura; and international guests from countries such as Spain, England, Mexico, Bulgaria, and Argentina representing the diversity that enriches today most companies around Metro Detroit.