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Julio A. Fuentes, president & CEO of the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, founded the organization in February 2000. Formed in response to the burgeoning growth of Florida’s Hispanic population, today the organization has grown to 28 chapters and more than 30,000 members.

The state Hispanic Chamber serves as an umbrella organization for the local Hispanic Chambers located throughout Florida, and is the only statewide economic development organization that addresses the Hispanic business market exclusively. The Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce offers Hispanic-owned and Hispanic-responsive businesses a voice at a local and state level, as well as a reliable venue for business development, marketing, continuing education and networking.

Under Mr. Fuentes’ leadership, the Chamber has launched the Hispanic Business Alliance, an initiative to foster entrepreneurial business ventures with Hispanic business owners, franchise partners and financial institutions. In addition, the Chamber is currently working on a pilot economic partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for outreach to Latin American countries.

Mr. Fuentes, of Cuban descent, received his degree in Business Administration from Iona College, located in New Rochelle, New York. He began his career as an investment associate with Merrill Lynch from 1990-1992. For the next six years, Mr. Fuentes continued his career 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 exclusively dedicated to the Hispanic business market, and thus, he founded the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Julio resides in Wellington with his wife Sandra and their children Nicholas and Gabriela.


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