ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce recently announced the winners of its 2019 Hispanic Heritage Awards.
The awards honor the accomplishments of Hispanic and Native American businesses and AHCC members in 10 different categories, drawing nearly 20,000 votes this year.
Lifetime Achievement went to Clara Apodaca, former New Mexico First Lady, Secretary of Cultural Affairs, and former President/CEO of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation
Lifetime Achievement to Edward Lujan, former CEO of Manuel Lujan Agencies, and current Chair Emeritus of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation Board, instrumental in getting Cultural Center built
Cultura Award to Heritage Hotels, Jim Long and Adrian Perez who have made a point to support local artists, cultural projects, and student scholarships at UNM
Membership Achievement Awards went to Bank of America, Public Service Company of New Mexico and Canyon Club (Formally Fours Hill Country Club)
Business Person of the Year was Sheilah Garcia & Family, Garcia Automotive Group,
Brycon Small Business of the Year went to Louie Sanchez Allstate Agency
New Business of the Year to Hollow Spirits Distillery, owners Frank Holloway and Donna Salas
Health & Wellness Business of the Year to Vibe Tribe owner Amanda Velez-Mari
Tech Business of the Year to PC Place II, in business since 1993
International Business of the Year to the International Folk Art Market
Women Owned Business of the Year to Adorabella Beauty Academy and Tina Tapia
Arts & Culture Organization of the Year to Sean Wells Art
Non-Profit of the Year to Guardians of the Children
Native Owned Business of the Year to Isleta Resort & Casino