Inaugural HABLA Awards Celebrates Community Leadership and Service in Orlando, Florida!

ORLANDO, Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The 1st Inaugural HABLA – Hispanic Achievement and Business Leadership Awards, produced by the Lanza Group, LLC, took place Wednesday, Oct. 03, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The Citrus Club in Orlando. HABLA awards five honorees, selected through peer nominations, for their achievements and accomplishments made in the Orlando business and civic community.

"The HABLA Awards celebrated a wide variety of Orlando's talent, from a college director, mentor, chief executive officer for a major company in Orlando, to Florida's UPS president," said Lanza Group President Ralph E. Herrera. "We are so proud to recognize our incredible honorees and award a scholarship to a deserving student."

2012 HABLA Honorees include:

  • Corporate Executive: David Ruiz, UPS President, Florida District
  • Civic/Government: Edward A. Bustos, Director of International Admission, Rollins College
  • Entrepreneur: Tony Rey Jr., Chief Executive Officer for Rey Group Industries, Inc.
  • Unsung Hero: Stephanie Elias, Tutor and Mentor
  • Scholarship: Ismael Aponte, Valencia College

The HABLA awards are given based on nominations made by peers and members of the Orlando 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. HABLA also hosts a scholarship competition for one student to receive aid for higher education, through a rigorous application process. Ismael Aponte was chosen as the 2012 winner for his impressive community service, school records, dreams of becoming a physical therapist and leading the way for future generations.

HABLA serves as a closing ceremony to Hispanic Heritage Month festivities in Orlando, and highlights the accomplishments of Latino role models and provides them with the recognition they merit. HABLA is the leading business-to-business (B2B) Hispanic focused networking event in the market. The next HABLA Awards will be Held in Charlotte, NC, on Tuesday, Oct. 9th and in Atlanta, GA on Thursday, October 11th.

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 in 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.

About Lanza Group:

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

SOURCE Lanza Group