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The fifth annual Hispanic Achievement & Business Leadership Awards (HABLA) recognizes Atlanta's Latino Business and Civic Leaders!


ATLANTA, Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hispanic Achievement & Business Leadership Awards (HABLA), produced by Lanza Group, LLC, was held Thursday, October 11th from 11:30am-2:00pm at 103 West, Buckhead. HABLA served as the closing ceremony to Hispanic Heritage Month festivities in Atlanta.

Ralph E. Herrera, President of Lanza Group, LLC stated, "The HABLA Awards celebrated a wide variety of Atlanta's talent. We are extremely proud to recognize our incredible honorees and award a scholarship to a deserving student."

2012 HABLA Honorees include:

  • Corporate Executive:  Jaime Braverman, Kimberly Clark Corporation
  • Civic/Government: Mariela Romero, Univision 34 Atlanta
  • Entrepreneur: Mark Toro, North American Properties
  • Unsung Hero: Jerry Gonzalez, Georgia Association of Latino Elected (GALEO)
  • Scholarship: Dalila Vazquez, Emory University

The HABLA awards are given based on nominations made by peers and members of Atlanta business and civic communities. The awards luncheon highlights each honoree, and a presentation by keynote speaker, Glenn Llopis, a Cuban-American entrepreneur, motivational speaker and business consultant.  The Verizon HABLA Scholarship is presented in an effort to keep the community moving forward through education and community involvement. Dalila Vazquez was chosen as the 2012 winner for her impressive community service, school records, dreams of becoming a dentist and leading the way for future generations. 

HABLA is a tribute to Latino business and civic leaders and will highlight the Atlanta Hispanic communities' many accomplishments. HABLA serves as the closing ceremony to Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations throughout Atlanta and provides these outstanding role models with the recognition they merit. HABLA has quickly become the leading B2B Hispanic business event in the market. For additional information on the HABLA Awards, please visit and "Like" HABLA Awards on Facebook.

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About Lanza Group, LLC
Lanza Group, LLC is an Atlanta-based Hispanic marketing, PR and events firm that provides bi-cultural marketing solutions; connecting marketers to Hispanics throughout the United States and beyond. Lanza Group produces Atlanta's official Cinco de Mayo celebration – Fiesta Atlanta, as well as Georgia's Hispanic Heritage Month kick-off celebration Fiesta Georgia and HABLA the Hispanic Achievement & Business Leadership Awards.


Roselyn A. Castillo
Lanza Group

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