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2022 GALA

Join us on Saturday, June 10th, 2023, for our 35th Annual Black-Tie Awards & Gala. This highly anticipated event will recognize Georgia’s most prominent and distinguished Hispanic businesses, corporations, non-profits, and leaders for their contributions to the state’s economic growth. With more than 800 attendees expected, the event will bring together community leaders, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, young professionals, and artists to celebrate business excellence and honor the Hispanic community’s accomplishments.

The Annual Gala is a testament to the Hispanic community’s impact on the state’s economy. By investing, elevating, accelerating, and employing the Hispanic workforce, they have created and cultivated new businesses, strengthened the corporate and government supply chain, and provided significant economic benefits to Georgia. The event aims to ignite the flame of hope for the future by recognizing the Hispanic community’s tireless efforts and contributions. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to celebrate with some of the most prominent business leaders in the state!

A Look at Our 2022 Annual Black Tie Awards Gala


2023 GALA Co-Chairs

Kevin Greiner

President and CEO
Gas South

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Nzinga Shaw

Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
Recording Academy®

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Astrid Martinez

CBS National News

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Award Categories

President’s Award – Partner in the Promise
Large Hispanic Business of the Years
Mid-Size Hispanic Business of the Year
Small Hispanic Business of the Year
Non-Profit of the Year
Trailblazing Woman of the Year
Business Partner of the Year
Corporate Social Impact Initiative of the Year
Small Business Member of the Year
Ambassador of the Year
HYPE Leadership Award
EME Leadership Award
Rising Star Award

En Fuego Award – Large Hispanic Business of the Year – Talpa Super Mercados
Mid-Size Hispanic Business of the Year – Millennium Medical Group, PLLC
Small Hispanic Business of the Year – Clean Tu Casa, LLC
DEI Champion of the Year – U.S. Bank/ Elavon
Rising Star Award – Mariela Perez
Advocate of the Year– Multicultural Development Institute
Workforce Igniter – Georgia Gwinnett College
TrailblazingWomen of the Year – Lorena & Celeste Jaime
HYPE Leadership Award – Berny de la Garza
EME Leadership Award – Anabel Navarro
GHCC Ambassador of the Year – Jeimy Arias
Non-Profit of the Year – Southern Regional Medical Center
President’s Award – Partner in the Promise – U.S. Small Business Administration
Future Now Catalyst Company of the Year – EnviroSpark Energy Solutions, LLC
Corporate Social Impact Initiative of the Year – Georgia Power Foundation

Event Parking:

$35 On-site Parking
Valet Parking Available

Hotel Accommodations:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta NE Gwinnett Sugarloaf
2029 Satellite Blvd
Duluth, GA 30097

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Thanks to our 2023 Sponsors

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Reception Sponsors

Media Sponsors

Beverage Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Assurant Los BravosAtlas SpineCIC FloorsGeorgia TechHBIOLE Mexican FoodTZ ConstructionWDS

Silver Sponsors

Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery
Coca Cola Bottling Company United
Georgia Gwinnett College
PR Productions
Taylor English

Bronze Sponsors

Asegurate con Claudia
Multicultural Development Institute
Neuro Spine Atlanta
New Edge Associates
Public service commissioner Tim Echols
SSD Contracting LLC

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Kevin Greiner

President and CEO of Gas South

Kevin Greiner serves as President and CEO of Gas South, the southeast’s largest retail natural gas marketer. Gas South provides natural gas to 450,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and 11 other states.

Gas South also engages in wholesale energy trading; supplies natural gas to municipal gas systems, power plants, and LNG terminals; manages natural gas storage and transportation assets on behalf of its customers; and markets renewable natural gas and verified carbon offsets to its customers.

Staying true to its purpose of being a Fuel for Good, Gas South gives back 5% of its profits to help children in need and is investing over $50 million in community solar projects by the end of 2023.

Gas South has been recognized by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of Atlanta’s best places to work six times since 2016. Gas South is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cobb EMC, one of the nation’s largest and most respected electric cooperatives.

Kevin’s community work includes serving on the board of directors of the following organizations: YMCA of Metro Atlanta (board chair, 2021-22); Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (board chair 2016-2017); Select Cobb (board chair 2020-21); Georgia Chamber of Commerce (executive committee 2014-15); Learn4Life; the Atlanta Opera; and the Metro Atlanta Chamber. His hobbies include tennis, baseball, music, and travel. He was honored to be named as 2021’s most respected business leader by Georgia Trend magazine, and as one of Atlanta’s most admired CEO’s by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2018 and 2021.

Nzinga Shaw

Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
Recording Academy®

Nzinga “Zing” Shaw serves as the Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer for the Recording Academy®. In her role, she is responsible for advancing the Recording Academy’s mission and ensuring that diversity and inclusion are core to business values and standards and demonstrated throughout the organization.

As Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Shaw is responsible for designing, building and implementing world-class programs and industry standards focused on inclusion, belonging and representation for underrepresented communities and creators. Shaw leads the company’s DEI Center of Excellence, focused to enable a more engaged global workforce, mirror the markets served, and support a more inclusive culture to best position the employees of the company. In her role, Shaw is responsible for driving growth across all areas of the Recording Academy, including internal and external programs, organizational and staff culture, Membership, Awards, and related initiatives.

Prior to joining the Academy, Shaw is known for her pioneering DEI work with the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, launching the MOSAIC symposium (Model of Shaping Atlanta through Inclusive Conversations), and making the Hawks the first professional sports team to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. Additionally, Shaw was the first Chief DEI Officer at three blue chip organizations: Edelman, Starbucks and the National Basketball Association.

In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees of Fisk University, the Board of Directors of ColorComm, and the Board of Advisors of Arctos Sports Partners, Shaw was appointed by 39th United States President Jimmy Carter to serve a six-year term on the Board of Councilors of the Carter Center.

Her leadership has been recognized by Sports Business Journal, Atlanta Business Chronicle, The Network Journal, and PR Week.

Shaw holds a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She was a study abroad scholar at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

Astrid Martinez is a multiple Emmy Award-winning journalist currently working as a correspondent for CBS Nationals News in New York back in the northeast, where her family initially settled after migrating from Colombia.

If you recognize her, it is because she previously spent nearly five years in Atlanta at the CBS affiliate. She created and hosted an entertainment/culture segment, “Astrid in the ATL,” there. The segment explored the intersection of the film and TV industry, music, and art with race and culture.

In 2020 & 2019, she was named 50 Most Influential Latinos in Georgia by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

During her career, Astrid has championed diversity-led stories and issues that empower women. She’s tackled topics ranging from immigration, homeland security, violence along the border, and human trafficking.

Astrid grew up in Medellin and saw first-hand the civil and political unrest that plagued her country. It was this type of upheaval and the people’s lives it affected that first ignited her passion for storytelling and a career in journalism.

Astrid is honored to be back in Georgia tonight, where her parents currently reside, and so does a piece of her heart.