The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana Announces New Board of Directors’ Officers

NEW ORLEANS – The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana (HCCL) is pleased to announce the election of new Officers for our Board of Directors.  The newly elected Chair beginning January 2018 for a two-year term is Jacqueline Brettner, Partner at Carver Darden. As Corporate Vice Chair, Raiza Pitre, COX; Executive Vice Chair, Martha Castillo, Pan American Life Insurance Group; Secretary, Deysi Munoz, Metairie Bank; Treasurer, Angelica Rivera, Colmex Construction; and Parliamentarian, Ricardo Carlo, Jones Walker.    

“Year after year I’m astounded at the level of experience we’re able to access with our board,” said Mayra Pineda, President & CEO   “We have a very strong leadership foundation in place and we couldn’t be more pleased with this election.”

Jacqueline Brettner has served as an active Board Member of HCCL for many years. As part of Jackie’s international law practice, she currently serves as Vice-Chair of the International Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association and as a member of the Louisiana District Export Council. Most recently, Jackie was voted onto Greater New Orleans, Inc.'s NextGen Council. In 2017, she was recognized as one of CityBusiness’ Women of the Year.

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Raiza Pitre has been with Cox Communications for the past ten years and is currently an Account Executive with Cox Business. Raiza assists businesses with their telecommunications needs and volunteers her time serving on the boards of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, The Kenner Business Association, ASI Federal Credit Union, Ochsner Kenner Patient, Kenner Rotary Club and Family Advisory Boards.

Martha Castillo currently is In-House Counsel for Pan-American Life Insurance Group and is being re-elected in the Executive Vice Chair position.  Martha holds a great many professional designations, and is a current member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, American Bar Association, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana and Louisiana Notary Association. She volunteers for numerous charitable organizations and serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of ASI-Federal Credit Union, President of the Latin American Civic Association of Louisiana (LACAL) and others.

Deysi Munoz has served as Board Secretary since 2012. In 2007, Deysi started working at Metairie Bank, having successfully worked in the roles of teller, tuition loan specialist, customer service representative and platform banking officer. Deysi was recently promoted to Branch Operations Manager of the new Clearview Branch. She is bilingual and a key player in the bank’s Hispanic Outreach Initiative.

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Angelica Rivera was elected Treasurer of HCCL and is the proud President & CEO of Colmex Construction, LLC. She has been recognized and awarded for her achievements by many different organizations including Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and the SBA, not only for her leadership in the always competitive construction industry in our beautiful City of New Orleans, but also for her entrepreneurial spirit that has been an integral force towards the organizational growth at Colmex Construction.

Ricardo X. Carlo, elected as the organization’s Parliamentarian is an associate at Jones Walker’s Tax & Estates Practice Group, and practices from the firm’s New Orleans office. Ricardo’s practice involves advising employers on all aspects of their employee benefit programs, including matters affecting tax-qualified retirement plans, such as: 401(k) plans, ESOPs, and defined benefit plans; executive compensation plans; and welfare benefit plans, including cafeteria plan, COBRA, and health care reform (PPACA) issues. Ricardo also advises employer and plan administrators on ERISA’s reporting and disclosure requirements, HIPAA, ERISA fiduciary duty, prohibited transaction rules, and plan termination issues.

The role of HCCL in Louisiana is critical due to the growth of the Hispanic population in the area. Foreign-born households contributed $7.6 billion to the gross domestic product (GDP) of the Greater New Orleans metro area. Immigrant-owned businesses generated $174 million in business income and two out of three businesses are owned by U.S.-born Latinos while one out of three are owned by immigrant Latinos.

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About the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana is a non-profit organization committed to creating and facilitating a business climate within the Hispanic community which will result in economic development and progress for Louisiana. HCCL is also dedicated to the expansion of trade relations between the State of Louisiana and Latin America. Its mission is to foster the continued economic growth, development, and promotion of Hispanic businesses and their associations in the state of Louisiana, and to serve as the conduit between the Hispanic business community and the community at large.

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