It is our great pleasure to have presented :

Celebrating 36 Years!


The Latin Business Association would like to thank all the attendees, and our generous sponsors for your support of the LBA and our mission of serving the Latin and Minority Business Community. We salute all the nominees and congratulate all of this year’s honorees for your outstanding dedication and success!

The 2012 LBA Sol Business Awards Gala

Thursday, September 13, 2012
at The Castaway Restaurant

1250 East Harvard Road
Burbank, CA 91501
Tel: (818) 848-6691

Driving Directions to the Castaway Restaurant

Masters of Ceremony:

David V. Cruz
Host of The David Cruz Show

Weekdays, 3-6PM on KTLK AM1150 and 6-8PM, Sundays on KFI AM640


Mar Yvette

Lifestyle Reporter for Fox 11 News and the Good Day LA Morning Show

Bio of David V. Cruz

Bio of Mar Yvette

Gala Program

Reception: 6:00 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Awards Program: 8:00 PM
Dancing and Entertainment: 9:00 PM


General Admission: $195 (limit 4)
LBA Members: $95 (limit 2 per Member)
Black Tie Event

The LBA Sol Business Awards Gala, our annual black-tie event, is one of the premier Latino business-networking events. The Gala recognizes and awards outstanding entrepreneurs and corporations for their achievements and contributions to the Latino Business Community.

Download the Gala Brochure

Sol Business Awards Categories

The Sol Business Awards Gala traditionally presents the following honors:

  • LBA Business-of-the-Year*
  • LBA Corporation-of-the-Year
  • LBA Advocate-of-the-Year
  • *LBA Business-of-the-Year Awards are presented to companies with: Less than $1 million in revenue; $1 to $5 million in revenue; $5 to $10 million in revenue; and Over $10 million in revenue.

    The Gala evening consists of a reception, awards presentation and dancing. Each attendee receives an elegantly-bound, full-color program booklet commemorating the celebration with sponsor acknowledgments and LBA information. This elegant black tie event involves the “who’s-who” of the Latino entrepreneurial, corporate and political worlds and is simply an event “not-to-be-missed!”

    Announcing the 2012 LBA Sol Business-of-the-Year Nominees

    Less than $1 Million:

  • AquaBio Environmental Technologies, Inc.
  • Aura Toner Supplies, Inc.
  • Rocio’s Mole de los Dioces
  • $1 to $5 Million:

  • Sand Building Materials, Inc.
  • Zargarpour Law Firm
  • $5 to $10 Million:

  • Dura Flooring, Inc.
  • HIT Mobile
  • Over $10 Million:

  • Alvarado Smith, A Professional Corporation
  • HM Carpet, Inc.
  • One Legacy/ Donate Life California
  • 2012 LBA Sol Business-of-the-Year Honorees

    Less than $1 Million:
    Rocio’s Mole de Los Dioces

    $ 1 to $5 Million:
    Zargarpour Law Firm

    Nick Zargarpour, Esq.

    $5 to $10 Million:
    HIT Mobile

    Mauro Martinez

    Over $10 Million:
    HM Carpet, Inc.

    Oscar Montealegre

    Announcing the 2012 Sol Business
    “Chairman’s Special Awards”

  • U.S. Corporation-of-the-Year:

  • Southern California Gas Company

  • International Corporation-of-the-Year:

  • Coppel, S.A. de C.V.

    Accepting the Award:

    Sr. Agustín Coppel

  • U.S. Advocate-of-the-Year:

  • The Hon. Wendy Gruel-
    Controller for the City of Los Angeles

  • Chairman’s International Advocate-of-the-Year:

  • President-Elect of Mexico-
    Enrique Peña Nieto

    The following is the acceptance speech from Chairman’s 2012 International Advocate-of-the-Year Honoree President-Elect of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto:

    México, Distrito Federal;
    13 de Septiembre de 2012.

    Ruben Guerra
    Latin Business Association

    “Expreso mi agradecimiento a la Latin Business Association, por la distinción que me hacen como “Activista Internacional del Año”. Le pido hacer extensiva mi gratitud a todos los integrantes de ese gran equipo de emprendedores.

    Es un reconocimiento que aprecio, especialmente, al ser otorgado por una organización que promueve el éxito empresarial de los latinoamericanos, en particular a los mexicanos.

    Aprovecho este medio para reiterarle que el próximo Gobierno Federal trabajará
    para fortalecer los lazos de amistad y cooperación con las organizaciones latinas y de mexicanos en el exterior.”

    Reciba un cordial saludo.



    Federal District of Mexico
    September 13, 2012

    “I want to express my gratitude to the Latin Business Association, for the distinction you have given me as “International Advocate of the Year”. I also want to extend my gratitude to all members of this astounding group of entrepreneurs.

    This is a recognition I truly appreciate, especially, because it was granted by an organization which promotes the entrepreneurial success of Latin-Americans and in particular that of Mexicans.

    (May I utilize this opportunity) to reiterate that the next federal government will work to strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation with Latino organizations and Mexicans abroad.”


    Enrique Peña Nieto
    President-Elect of the United States of Mexico

  • Chairman’s Media Corporation-of-the-Year:

  • Clear Channel Los Angeles

    Accepting the Award

    Greg Ashlock- President/Market Manager Clear Channel Los Angeles

  • Chairman’s Corporation-of-the-Year for Education:

  • University of Phoenix

  • Chairman’s Corporation-of-the-Year for Health Care

  • Kaiser Permanente

    Once again, thank you to all the 2012 LBA Sol Business Awards Gala Attendees for making the evening so successful and Our Special Congratulations to all the 2012 Sol Business Award Honorees!

    Sol Business Gala Tickets

    To purchase your tickets for the 2012 LBA Sol Business Awards Gala, please download the Gala Brochure, fill out the registration form, along with credit card information and return to the LBA Office either by fax at: (213) 628-8519 or via email to: The deadline for submitting LBA Membership Applications, in order to purchase tickets at the Member Price of $95, is COB Thursday, September 6, 2012.

    Gala Advertising Opportunities

    To advertise in the 2012 Sol Business Awards Gala Program, please submit your ads, along with remittance, by COB Thursday, August 30, 2012.

    Gala Sponsorship Opportunities

    The LBA Sol Business Awards Gala represents an excellent opportunity for corporations to augment their profile while contributing to the advancement of Latino and Minority Business in the community.

    We cordially invite you to consider the various Gala Sponsorship Opportunities that are available, particularly our Lead Sponsorship Level which joins you in partnership with the LBA and our ongoing commitment to the advancement of Latino excellence and achievement and provides outstanding recognition and benefits. Please refer to the Brochure for Sponsorship Opportunities and their commensurate benefits.

    Thank You To Our Sponsors!

    Legacy Sponsors

    Presenting Sponsors

    Visionary Sponsors

    Benefactor Sponsors

    Supporting Sponsors

    We look forward to your participation at The 2012 LBA Sol Business Awards Gala!

    About the LBA

    The Latin Business Association
    is the preeminent Latino-based business trade organization in the U.S. — the largest in terms of active membership and overall outreach to its members— and one of the nation’s most-influential business associations. The LBA represents the business interests of over 800,000 Latino-owned businesses in California.

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