About Us

We are a premier innovation center that aims to create a positive impact on the Chicagoland economy by helping passionate Hispanic entrepreneurs & businesses achieve success.

We provide our members the opportunity to:

Connect

To the US market with confidence & reassurance, empowering them to succeed.

Build

Relationships with US-based talent groups & benefit from a rich international business environment.

Expand

The Hispanic community & help nurture its success and economic development.

We advocate bridging understanding between cultures, building strong international business relationships & sparking constructive dialogue.

If you would like to learn more, please leave us a message:

Meet our team

Our Strategic Advisory Board is composed of highly diversified & talented professionals.

Our team has come together from around the world, spanning both private & public sectors across multiple industries. We are committed to helping our members develop & succeed in their business endeavours, by applying our combined knowledge, experience, & professional networks.

Each image below will take you to their LinkedIn profile, where you can better understand their individual backgrounds & history.

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Carlson, Kevin C.

President & COO of RhinoDox

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Garma, Luis

President Board of Directors of Pango USA

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Gómez, Dante

President of Casa Jalisco, Chicago

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Guerra, José

President of L5 Source

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Huenecke, Art

President of Fifty-Nine Group

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Jiménez, Alberto

Managing Director of Miatomi

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Kamath, Dave

Managing Partner of Querion Services

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Kastrul, Sandee

President & Founder of I.C. Stars

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Montgomery, Bruce

Founder & CEO of TechAccessTV

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Ortega, Guillermo

Co-Founder & COO of iTexico

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Piazza, Michelle

Founder & Principal of MP Global Ventures LLC

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Ribeiro, Marcio T.

VP of IT of Coeur Mining

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Robles, José

Managing Director of US-Mexico Partners

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Simerson, B.K., Ed. D.

Advisor, Author & Speaker

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Singhal, Vivek

President of Strategic Business Management

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Galarza, José Ignacio S.

President & Founder of the Hispanic Innovation Center

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Trainor, John

President of Kreativa

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Vázquez, Enrique

President of Recurso Confiable

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Watts, ernie

President of TRC Chicago LLC

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Zozaya, Jaime di P.

Executive Director of the Little Village Chamber of Commerce

Testimonials from the board

“I joined the Strategic Advisory Board because I wanted to help empower and accelerate the success of our members in the United States. I believe that by helping our members to succeed, we are also supporting the economic development of the Hispanic community within the Chicagoland area - something I am very committed to.

The Hispanic Innovation Center fills an important void within the community, and through our members and initiatives I believe we will make great things happen.”

Kevin C. Carlson

“I am an experienced senior executive in supply chain management, business strategy, customer experience, marketing innovation, and IT,  with global and international experience.

In my previous role as a Supply Chain & Customer Experience Director, it was my responsibility to create and implement efficient and successful supply chain strategies, which led to the growth and optimization of our Mexico initiatives.

I currently serve as the main contact of the Hispanic Innovation Center in Guadalajara, Mexico, where I work to grow organizations interested in our mission.”

Felipe T. Díaz

“I am honored to have joined the board of the Hispanic Innovation Center. I believe we can be a great catalyst in bringing together corporations' interests in accelerating growth & innovation, the capabilities of Latin American IT companies, and the growing technology talent in Chicago. Together, we can create a powerful ecosystem.

My two passions of helping transform businesses through the use of technology, and working with innovative technology firms, are brought together through the Hispanic Innovation Center.

I look forward to working with such an inspiring group of people!”

José Guerra

“I have spent my career collaborating and using technology to support growth initiatives for local workforces in Mexico, United States, Ireland, and China. The Hispanic Innovation Center will add value to the Chicagoland area as it utilizes the great resources found within the Hispanic communities.

It is rewarding to be involved with this organization as it builds strong relationships between cultures for the common good of innovative ventures.

Art Huenecke

“As an experienced consultant and advisor to organizations in the US and Latin America, I’ve seen firsthand the increasing need for innovative solutions. The world is changing faster than ever before, and there are no signs of slowing down. Today, more than ever, we need an efficient way to solve business problems faster, and I think the Hispanic Innovation Center will play a key role in bringing proven solutions to the US market. I am excited about being part of this great organization and look forward to working with our members.”

Alberto Jiménez

“My primary interest in joining the Hispanic Innovation Center, is to impart my 35+ years of experience onto upcoming IT leaders, so that they can grow and succeed in business.

I am honored to participate in the Hispanic Innovation Center's creation. Our mission is simple - to create an organization that facilitates innovative technology businesses from Latin America in setting up in the US, and as a result, improving the Hispanic community of Chicago.

My contribution will be to help in the formation of businesses, the creation of operating structures, the development of business plans, and the development of marketing plans.

I look forward to establishing relationships with local Colleges, mentoring Hispanic students in new technology careers, and helping them take advantage of bilingual job opportunities in Chicago. This role gives me the tremendous opportunity to learn and work with people from a different culture to my own, but who are still similar in so many ways. It presents the opportunity to learn a new language, understand their customs, embrace their informal business etiquettes based on trust and respect, and develop long lasting personal relationships with international business executives.”

Dave Kamath

“The Hispanic Innovation Center is an important initiative because it brings together the community, by creating opportunities for our businesses and residents, and by shedding light on the positive results of what happens when we leverage diversity for innovation.

I am inspired by the global business leaders who are a part of this organization, and I look forward to being a part of a growing community of opportunity.”

Sandee Kastrul

“I am THRILLED and honored to join the Hispanic Innovation Center, as it strongly aligns with my passion for technology, people, & innovation to create an ecosystem connecting Hispanic organizations with the technology talent in the Chicago Community.”

Michelle Piazza

“What drove me to join the HIC was the opportunity to give back to the community by applying my experience as an International IT/Business Leader for the benefit of young talented individuals in their quest to develop innovative business opportunities in Chicago. I am HONORED to be part of the Strategic Advisory Board, and have the possibility to collaborate with such a strong group of inspired and good hearted leaders, who are equally passionate about building a better society through a stronger (and more diverse) business community.”

Marcio T. Ribeiro

“I have devoted many years of my professional career in conducting efforts to nurture and sustain a prosperous environment for US and Mexican companies, from many industrial sectors, to successfully trade and manufacture goods together. I am pleased to see that Mexican technology companies are finally emerging and competing side by side with technologically advanced companies from various countries.  I am delighted and privileged to be part of the HIC and to contribute to the success of its members.”

José Robles

“A book that I co-authored several years ago emphasizes the importance of a leader thinking and acting as a steward. This orientation is founded on the belief that leadership is not about the individual but rather the team, organization, and community. A book that I co-authored in 2015 emphasized the importance of the leader being thoughtful (and thorough), intentional, and aware. The HIC is built on the premise that the HIC-supported leader must strive to directly or indirectly have a positive impact on the US Hispanic Community. Also, the HIC was formed to help its Members succeed by providing needed direction, assistance, and support. I am proud to be part of the HIC movement: I as an individual and part of the HIC Board strive to do all that is possible to contribute to the short- and long-term success of our Members.”

B.K. Simerson, Ed.D.

“I am an ardent supporter of globalization and to me this is the only way to bring a new era of abundance.  The Hispanic Innovation Center is promoting new business opportunities between the United States and Latin America. Having seen the results of Indo-US collaboration efforts in promoting innovation, I felt compelled to join and contribute to its success when this opportunity arose.”

Vivek Singhal

“250 years ago, a French immigrant by the name of René Robert Cavalier de la Salle said,

“Chicago will be the greatest gate to the new territories, this will be the City of Commerce and Trade, everything in here invites to action.”

As the President & Founder of the Hispanic Innovation Center, I believe that in order to fulfill La Salle’s vision, we must tap into our Hispanic heritage.  Hispanic entrepreneurs possess competitive advantages that no other leaders in the world have; we are energized with the possibilities of bringing innovative solutions and services to the very competitive landscape of Chicago. Specifically, the HIC employs low-income, bilingual, and bicultural talented young adults; we provide them with employment opportunities; and we prepare them for community-based advocacy in order to achieve our social purpose.”

José Ignacio Sordo Galarza

“I am always glad to collaborate with organizations that continuously stay in contact with innovative people and companies.  For me it is a way to contribute and learn about the new ways of making business and stay ahead.

Chicago is one of the most important cities in the world, and I am sure that we could learn a lot and find big opportunities for everyone while at the same time sharing useful experiences.”

Enrique Vázquez

“As someone who has lived and worked in Latin America for over 30 years I am excited to help the HIC develop its dual mission of assisting Hispanic entrepreneurs and building a cutting edge tech environment in the Chicago area.”

Ernie Watts

“I am honored to serve on the Board of the Hispanic Innovation Center.  Being the President of the Little Village Chamber of Commerce, I hope to provide insight into the economic and social issues facing our community, and continue to grow and strengthen this innovation enterprise. 

A key element of the Little Village Chamber of Commerce is to improve the financial well-being of the community we serve.  The HIC works with low-income bilingual, bicultural young adults, and provides them with employment opportunities and ultimately prepares them for community-based advocacy, allowing us to achieve our Chamber Commerce's social purpose.

I look forward to serving my community for many more years.”

Jaime Di Paulo Zozaya

About us

We are a premier innovation center that aims to create a positive impact on the Chicagoland economy by helping passionate Hispanic entrepreneurs & businesses achieve success.

We provide our members the opportunity to:

Connect

To the US market with confidence & reassurance, empowering them to succeed.

Build

Relationships with US-based talent groups & benefit from a rich international business environment.

Expand

The Hispanic community & help nurture its success and economic development.

We advocate bridging understanding between cultures, building strong international business relationships & sparking constructive dialogue.

If you would like to learn more, please leave us a message:

Meet our team

Our Strategic Advisory Board is composed of highly diversified & talented professionals.

Our team has come together from around the world, spanning both private & public sectors across multiple industries. We are committed to helping our members develop & succeed in their business endeavours, by applying our combined knowledge, experience, & professional networks.

Each image below will take you to their LinkedIn profile, where you can better understand their individual backgrounds & history.

HICC

Kevin C. Carlson

President & COO of RhinoDox

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Luis Garma

President Board of Directors of Pango USA

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Dante Gómez

President of Casa Jalisco, Chicago

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José Guerra

President of L5 Source

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Art Huenecke

President of Fifty-Nine Group

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Alberto Jiménez

Managing Director of Miatomi

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Dave Kamath

Managing Partner of Querion Services

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Sandee Kastrul

President & Founder of I.C. Stars

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Bruce Montgomery

Founder & CEO of TechAccessTV

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Guillermo Ortega

Co-Founder & COO of iTexico

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Michelle Piazza

Founder & Principal of MP Global Ventures LLC

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Marcio T. Ribeiro

VP of IT of Coeur Mining

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José Robles

Managing Director of US-Mexico Partners

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B.K. Simerson, Ed. D.

Advisor, Author & Speaker

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Vivek Singhal

President of Strategic Business Management

HIC

José Ignacio S. Galarza

President & Founder of the Hispanic Innovation Center

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John Trainor

President of Kreativa

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Enrique Vázquez

President of Recurso Confiable

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ernie Watts

President of TRC Chicago LLC

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Jaime di Paulo Zozaya

Executive Director of the Little Village Chamber of Commerce

Testimonials from the board

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