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About Us

"To promote the economic advancement of Florida’s Hispanic Business community and to improve the quality of life of every Hispanic in Florida."

What We Do

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The Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FSHCC) was founded in 2000 in response to the tremendous growth of Florida’s Hispanic population. The FSHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of over 604,000 Hispanic-owned businesses across the state that together contribute in excess of $90 billion to Florida's economy each year.

It also partners with over 40 local Hispanic chambers and business associations in the state of Florida. Today, FSHCC is Florida’s only statewide economic development organization dedicated towards Hispanic business owners and is ranked by the USHCC and MBE Connect Magazine as one of the top five Hispanic chambers in the country.

Meet Our Team
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Julio Fuentes

President and CEO

Mr. Fuentes, of Cuban descent, received his degree in Business Administration from Iona College, located in New Rochelle, New York. After graduating, he began his career as an Investment Associate with Merrill Lynch from 1990-1992. For the next six years, he continued his career on Wall Street as an Investment Banker. Then in 1999, he joined the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce as a Membership Specialist focused on the Hispanic market. During this time, Mr. Fuentes recognized the need for an organization dedicated to the Hispanic business market, and thus, he founded the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2000.

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Albert Collazo

Chairman

Mr. Collazo has over 20 years of experience in public relations, communications, and strategic alliance development with vast networks at the national, local and state levels. His diverse experience has taken him to the national scene as one of the leading spokespersons and advocates in the areas of health, education, civil rights, economic and business development. He is an integral part of the Hispanic corporate and policy leadership focusing on community engagement. Mr. Collazo currently manages Ford and Lincoln Motor Company's National Hispanic Communications team in the U.S. He has worked with other global corporations including Pfizer, Coca-Cola, and AstraZeneca.

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Al Otero

Executive Board Member

Mr. Otero is an experienced entrepreneur in the development and operations of Chambers of Commerce, sales, marketing, and business development. He has served the South Florida Business Community for over 15 years and currently is the President of Trade Center and Global Trade Chamber, is an appointed Board Member of the Broward County Government Diversity Advisory Council, and is on the City of Pembroke Pines Economic Development Board. Mr. Otero's chamber assist companies explore and penetrate new international markets through Trade Missions, fundraising, and much more. They also assist foreign companies do business in the United States.

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Paul Martinez

Executive Board Member

Mr. Martinez currently serves as the President and CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida, a national nonprofit organization. For two years, he was the City of Jacksonville's Director of Intra-Governmental Services, overseeing fleet, procurement, information technology and customer service, among other things. Prior to that, he owned an advertising firm, Martinez Advertising Group, in Jacksonville Beach and served on the Mayor's Hispanic Advisory Board and the Florida Bar Advisory Committee. He is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville and Lifeworks Leadership, a faith-based business leadership program. In 1987, he received a bachelor's degree in marketing from Jacksonville University.

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Omar Dotto

Executive Board Member

Mr. Dotto is has been serving on the FSHCC board for more than 5 years. He is currently an independent insurance professional representing Aflac. Mr. Dotto has been essential to the Hispanic community in the northern Palm Beach County area, educating and engaging Hispanics on healthcare and the importance of being prepared for life events. Some of the services Aflac provides are income-loss protection (short-term disability), asset-loss protection (accident, critical illness), and supplemental medical (dental, vision, hospital indemnity). Furthermore, when he is not working in the insurance realm, he pursues entrepreneurial ventures, while influencing other Hispanics to do the same.

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Ivan Garcia-Hidalgo

Executive Board Member

Mr. Garcia-Hidalgo offers a wealth of international and domestic experience in his nearly 20-year career. His diverse business development, government affairs and communications expertise have driven increased revenue and profitability for his employers and clients, including US based multi-nationals, like Sprint, ADC, and AT&T. Mr. Garcia-Hidalgo’s unique business and management style creates positive results. He is currently a commentator on CNN en Español as a Republican strategist and has appeared in the past on Univision and Telemundo to discuss trade, and is a contributor on The Hill. From DC, he runs the Hispanic Conservative and the Hispanic Leadership Council PAC.

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