VAHCC Announces New Hispanic Corporate Network


(Richmond, VA:) On Tuesday March 6th, 2012, representatives from nearly every Fortune 1000 company with a presence in Central Virginia met at the worldwide MeadWestvaco headquarters to discuss launching a new networking and philanthropic group, to be housed at the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The group’s mission will be to focus on recruitment, retention, and community building among Richmond’s and Central Virginia’s professional and corporate Latinos. “It’s important to have these corporate leaders meet one another through the Chamber and become involved in giving back to their community at large and strengthening the professional network in Virginia,” says Michel Zajur, VAHCC President.

Representatives from the following companies were present: Altria, Universal, Brinks, Dominion, SunTrust, DuPont, Capital One, BBT, Federal Reserve, Genworth, and Verizon, among others.

Currently focusing on the goals of recruitment and retention, the group will develop more specific goals regarding volunteering and social activities under the leadership of a central committee. “We are excited to participate in this Committee, collaborating with other corporations to create a sustainable community for Hispanic professionals in Richmond – one that helps us attract and retain top Hispanic talent in fields such as engineering, marketing, law, finance, etc,” says Alejandro Cedeno, VP of Global Innovation for MeadWestvaco, and a key leader in getting this group started.

This new leadership committee will meet on a monthly basis to plan and implement a series of activities that will showcase the diversity within the Latino community here in Richmond. The companies hope to leverage the passion and leadership within their organizations to provide the fuel for ideas and volunteering. A key aspect will be to work with all levels within the educational system to establish a “pipeline” for qualified Hispanic and Latino graduates into the Central Virginia corporate community, by promoting the message that Virginia is open for business, and is a friendly and vibrant
place for Hispanic/Latino professionals. “I have been living and working in the Richmond area for the past 10 years and I am excited about the partnership between industry and the community to serve Latinos and Hispanics across the Commonwealth,” said Joel Martinez, Managing Vice President at Capital One and Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board member.

For more information, contact Michel Zajur, VAHCC President, at 804-378-4099 or

Writer: Demas Boudreaux, VAHCC Political Affairs


About The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The VAHCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to cross-cultural commerce and economic development.

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