Monday, November 22, 2010

Latina businesswoman receives national recognition

Vanir President and CEO Receives Coveted New America Alliance Business Achievement Award in Washington, D.C.

Dorene Dominguez
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA Sacramento businesswoman Dorene Dominguez was presented with the New America Alliance (NAA) Business Achievement Award in Washington, D.C. last week.  Dominguez is the CEO of the Vanir Group of Companies and President of the Vanir Foundation, which was established in Memory of H. Frank Dominguez, her father.  Vanir is headquartered in Sacramento, CA. and has 22 offices throughout the United States  and in the United Arab Emirates.  
The award was presented at the 10th Annual Latino Economic Summit at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, DC. 
Dominguez is no stranger to leadership on the national scene and most recently was named the Chairman of the Institute for Latino Studies Advisory Council at the University of Notre Dame.
“The New America Alliance is proud to honor Dorene Dominguez and the Vanir family with the NAA Business Achievement Award as they continue to fulfill the legacy of the family’s and company’s patriarch and NAA founding board member, the late H. Frank Dominguez,” said Maria del Pilar Avila, CEO of the New America Alliance. “Dorene and Vanir exemplify what the Alliance is about and this award is recognition of their long history of leadership and advocacy for our community.” 
The Annual Latino Economic Summit is NAA’s flagship event convening CEOs, entrepreneurs, top business leaders, high-ranking government officials and innovators to discuss American Latino participation in building the economic vitality of our nation. NAA membership is comprised of the most influential Latino business leaders in America.
“In Fortune 100 companies and beyond, it is no secret that cultivation of the Hispanic market can often mean the difference between profit and loss,” said Dominguez following the awards ceremony. “Companies are quickly working to add a Hispanic perspective at the board table as we see major demographic shifts in the United States and around the world,” Dominguez stressed.
Dominguez joined this year’s conference luminaries such as Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), The Honorable Rosie Rios, United States Treasurer and U.S. Cabinet Secretaries Hilda Solis, Labor, and Ken Salazar, Interior.

“It is critical for Hispanic owned businesses to fully engage in educating the workforce of tomorrow,” continued Dominguez. The Vanir Foundation works with schools in underserved communities to bolster their students’ academic performance. “We believe the work of our Foundation, and others, will result in a better educated and competitive workforce, which is the key to the vitality of our economy,” concluded Dominguez.
The Vanir Group of Companies is a diversified business headquartered in Sacramento, CA that is engaged in program, project and construction management, real estate development, property management and solar power project development.  Vanir offer a full array of services and solutions for its public and private sector clients.  

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations to Dorene Dominguez and all Great Working Latinas - I feel happy for their achievements ! - And thanks to Adrian Perez for Article.

    Jeff D'Onofrio : The 2010 wave was an aftershock of the politics of the past, not a sign of a coming tsunami of growth for Republicans. California represents our future socially and politically because the values of Millennials will dominate the future

    Meaning that Latinos and Millennials are the Democratic firewall for the present and future?

    Peter Schrag of The New Republic argues that Democratic victories in the West weren’t just outliers, but rather evidence that California is still the country’s political future:

    Politicizer's Spark
    Is the Left Coast Ahead of the Curve?
    by Jeff D'Onofrio
    December 6, 2010

    Some excerpts :

    Peter Schrag goes on to credit Latino voters specifically for the victories of Jerry Brown, Barbara Boxer, Harry Reid, and Michael Bennet. More generally, he cites the acceptance of diversity in California as the reason why the Tea Party’s success did not reach the Left Coast. The GOP needs to see this or be left behind. Someone like Marco Rubio or Susana Martinez cannot win you the White House in 2012, 2016 and certainly not 2020 if statewide candidates like Sharon Angle, Jan Brewer or Tom Tancredo are working hard to cement your ceiling of support with Latinos at 33%.

    I think that sooner rather than later we’ll look back on 2010 and recognize the Tea Party as simply a new name for the typical midterm voters of any other year: older, wealthier, and more conservative whites.

    I’m not saying that Tea Partiers are all homophobic and xenophobic; but older, wealthier, and more conservative whites don’t represent the future of American elections. The 2010 wave was an aftershock of the politics of the past, not a sign of a coming tsunami of growth for Republicans. California represents our future socially and politically because the values of Millennials will dominate the future. America will be more diverse and more accepting because those are the values of twenty-somethings. Consider the polling of active duty military on DADT: a healthy majority, 70 percent, support serving alongside openly gay soldiers because the military is dominated by a more progressive generation.

    For their own good, the GOP needs to focus on winning elections that look like 2008 rather than 2010.

    Vicente Duque