There are certain aspects of Hispanic immigration that are especially beneficial to Michigan. One trait all Latin Americans have in common is their festive disposition, and Hispanic organizations around Metro Detroit have already begun celebrating Christmas in earnest.
On December 6th, the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 24th Annual Fiesta Hispana Gala, at the elegant MGM Grand Detroit. Keynote speaker for the night was Mike Muñoz, Director of Engineering for Halla Visteon Climate Corporation. During the event, MHCC Executive Director, Camilo Suero, presented the 2013 Awards of Distinction to General Motors as Corporation of the Year, represented by Grace Lieblein, VP of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. Three more awards went to Delphi, as Member of the Year; to MCM Staffing Solutions, as Entrepreneur of the Year; and a personal award to Rudy Ureste, President and CEO of Alto Manufacturing, for Lifetime Achievement.
On December 12th, ALPFA Michigan (The Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting), in collaboration with FEI (Financial Executives International) in Detroit, celebrated its Holiday Reception at the lavish Skyline Club in Southfield, Michigan, to thank association members, student chapters, professional sponsors, and partners for their continuous support throughout 2013 and to wish them the best for the coming year.
And on December 7th, there was a large traditional Mexican “Posada”, the first of its kind, at the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market, organized by the Mexican Consulate in Detroit, in collaboration with APROMEX (The Association of Mexican Professionals in Michigan), Mexicanas en Michigan, Amigos de Coahuila, and EXATECS en Michigan (alumni from Mexico’s Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, colloquially known as the “Tec”, ranked among the top 200 universities in the world by QS World University Ranking).
The Great Mexican Posada served to showcase Mexican products and businesses through a vendor show, and funds earned from the event will be used to support Hispanic students through Mexico’s IME Becas.
The IME Becas Scholarship Program was created in 2005 by the Mexican government through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since its inception, IME Becas has benefited over 30,000 Hispanic students, and just in 2012, the program provided $1.7 million dollars in scholarships to Hispanic college students in the US.
With a impressive attendance of almost 1,000 people, APROMEX’s new President, Mexican attorney Marie-Alsace Galindo of TechBa Michigan (Mexico’s Business Accelerator Program) explained that in view of the enormous success of this year’s Posada, they have plans to make it into an annual event.
From business organizations to family events, Hispanics in Detroit are definitely celebrating the holiday season!