Daniel Jara Resignation – English

DANIEL JARA, FOUNDER & PRESIDENT OF STATEWIDE HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF NEW JERSEY
STEPS DOWN AFTER 22 YEARS OF OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP

Board of Directors appoints Peter A. Aquino to Serve as Interim President

NEWARK, Dec. 28, 2011 — Daniel H. Jara, founding President and CEO of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (SHCCNJ) , has resigned after twenty two years of service, due to health reasons.

“After having the privilege to serve as an advocate for New Jersey’s Hispanic business community for more than two decades, I have stepped down as president and CEO of the SHCCNJ,” said Jara. “I am proud of the role that SHCCNJ has played to advance our business interests and to serve as constant reminders that we are a growing force in this great state’s economy. While I will truly miss being part of the organization’s ongoing work, I know that I have planted the seeds that will allow the SHCCNJ to continue to grow in new and exciting ways.”

“Daniel has been a tireless and powerful voice for New Jersey’s Hispanic business community for many years,” said Harry Ayala, Board Chairman. “He’s been a constant and well-known presence throughout the Garden State, whether it was holding meetings at the State House, in corporate offices, or with the owners of small businesses seeking advice on how to get started and succeed in their entrepreneurial endeavors.”

Ayala continued: “He changed the landscape for thousands of Hispanic men and women in the business arena and we are grateful for his contributions. On behalf of the Board Directors, it is with deep affection that we thank Daniel Jara for his years of service and wish him the best in the years to come”.

Peter A. Aquino, a graduate of Montclair State University, and founder of P.A. Aquino & Co., PC, an accounting, tax and international consulting practice in Paramus, NJ, will serve as the organization’s Interim President while the Board of Directors conducts a thorough search for Jara’s replacement, according to Harry Ayala, who also stated, “We are looking forward to working with Peter Aquino and have full confidence in his leadership during the coming months”.

“I am looking forward to working with the Board of Directors during this transition period,” said Aquino. “I believe it is especially important during these challenging economic times that we continue the SHCCNJ’s work on behalf of the thousands of Latino entrepreneurs in New Jersey.”

The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of NJ, a voluntary membership network of individuals, businesses, Hispanic chambers of commerce, and professional business associations across New Jersey and the Philadelphia area, was formed in 1989.

To contact the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, call Ms. Erica Horton at 201-451-9512 or send an email to chamber@shccnj.org.