Testimonials from our members and colleagues, and from our business, community and political leaders, reflect in large measure on the success of this Chamber. When businesses join our organization, we start a long-term journey of relationship building with them. Our fiduciary responsibility is to bring credibility, integrity, expertise and value to the partnership, so that we may prosper together. Our members' responsibility is to take advantage of the different networking, educational and leadership opportunities we offer, and to work with us as we help them protect and promote their businesses as well as to advocate for their needs, concerns and aspirations.
This relationship is based on trust and mutual respect and, like any other enduring relationship, it will be tested from time to time. Communicating with our members, therefore, is important. And, it is a two-way street. Their testimonials below attest to and validate the strength of our relationship and the positive and beneficial interactions we have had with them over an extended period of time. And because of that, we thank them for taking the time to share with others their own experiences with and their feelings and perceptions about the MAHCC.
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What our Members are saying about the Chamber.
Lou Caceres, Executive Vice President, Sandy Spring Bank, Olney, MD.
"Since 1868 Sandy Spring Bank has been offering unparalleled individual attention, uncommon local decision-making and impressive hands-on interactions to its clients. And as a true community bank we don't just serve the financial needs of our neighbors; we are an integral part of everyday life — giving back in many ways including volunteerism, charitable giving and supporting crucial community-development projects. This commitment has helped grow the bank into the largest banking company headquartered and operating in Maryland. Sandy Spring joined the Chamber several years ago as it shared a similar mission and set of values — service and advocacy for economic, workforce and community development. It is my privilege to serve as Chairman of the MAHCC Board of Directors. The Board members, comprised of local business and community leaders, share their talents, energy and passion to transform our communities into better places to live, work and raise a family."
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Kenneth Weiss, President, Plans & Solutions Inc., Gaithersburg, MD.
"The MAHCC has matured greatly in the past few years. The members of its two boards (directors and advisors) are high-quality people and are very pleasant to work with. The number and variety of the chamber's activities, throughout its service area, are very impressive."
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Janon Veach, Director of Business Development, KatzAbosch CPAs and Consultants, Timonium, MD.
"Serving in the MAHCC Board of Directors has given me a unique vantage point to appreciate more fully what the Chamber is and what it does on behalf of its members and the business community at large. I would like to thank the MAHCC for providing fantastic membership rewards. I have been involved with numerous organizations in the past promising the world, but only delivering a small amount of return. Whether you are joining for political reasons, networking, education, business and/or partnering opportunities, you will find it here. As a business executive responsible for leading business development initiatives for my organization, time is money, and membership in the MAHCC has saved me both. Browse this site, or even better, come and visit us and find out how your dollar goes a long way at this Chamber. Get involved!"
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Luis Lobo, President, BB&T-DC Metro Region, Washington, DC.
"In 2003, BB&T became an inaugural member of a business organization that would evolve into the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. We understood the core values of this organization and of its founding board of directors. The chamber was first, committed to enhancing the knowledge of its member businesses, and second, to advancing the socio-economic progress of the communities it served. In time, the chamber became a center of understanding of and for the Hispanic-Latino community in the community's journey towards acclimation within the broader population. BB&T's corporate mission includes 'making our communities better places to live and work through the active involvement of our employees'. Our long-standing commitment to the MAHCC has allowed BB&T to deploy resources as both organizations strive to attain their respective missions. Credibility and constancy of purpose are two of the significant characteristics of the Chamber today and of its board of directors and board of advisors, and because of that I am honored to serve as Chairman of the latter. BB&T is proud of its association with the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce."
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Deborah (Debbie) Murphy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Standard Supplies, Inc., Gaithersburg, MD.
“While my primary reason for joining the Mid Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was to increase my Company’s visibility and recognition within the Hispanic communities in which my customers work and live, my investment has far exceeded my business expectations. Not only has my membership enabled me to build professional relationships among distinguished business leaders but it has offered me the opportunity to collaborate with other business organizations in establishing business alliances that will return significant business development opportunities for the members of this esteemed organization. It is always rewarding when you can actively engage with a business organization so focused on delivering results to its members.”
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Al Garcia, Virginia Regional Business Manager, M&T Bank, Falls Church, VA.
"Financial institutions contribute a great deal to a diversity of worthwhile programs that enrich people's lives and equip them to take advantage of a plethora of opportunities and, ultimately, to make a difference in their own lives and that of others. M&T Bank started in 1856 in Buffalo, NY. It realized early on that healthy communities would be the cornerstone of M&T's continued success. Consistent with that view, M&T Bank has been recognized as one of the top charitable companies in the United States. However, commitment to our communities goes beyond charitable grants. M&T employees volunteer an average of 333,000 hours in service to others annually. But, unfortunately, time and money are exhaustible and therefore, M&T must prioritize where to allocate these precious resources, particularly in difficult economic times. We joined the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce after carefully vetting it vis-à-vis other small-business and minority chambers in the region. We were impressed by their relentless belief and activism in entrepreneurship and in the free enterprise system as the cornerstones of sustainable economic development, as well as by their focus on delivering results to their members. The fact that the MAHCC is organized as a regional chamber, it has a service area that mirrors ours, and has an international trade perspective were a plus also. Finally, we volunteered to serve on their Board of Directors because we felt that contributing our time and expertise to a responsible, transparent, ethical and accountable organization — which was also committed to the assimilation, advancement and success of minority communities — deserved our full support and attention."
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Jackie Krick, President & CEO, ECU Communications, Gainesville, VA.
"The Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has touched me personally with the efforts they put forward in the recognition and support of women entrepreneurs and business leaders. With seminars such as "Empowering Women-Owned Businesses," which are packed with useful tools, and training programs on how to obtain Federal and State certifications, women become better prepared to compete in business and in the government marketplace. The annual "Latinas in Business" Awards Luncheon not only recognizes the accomplishments of women entrepreneurs, but it offers also exceptional networking opportunities for women to connect with one another."
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