Executive Staff

 Aixa G. Lopez, P.E. / Operations & Marketing Consultant

A professionally licensed engineer with over 26 years of experience in both the public and private sector, Aixa Lopez brings a dynamic background to the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey. From managing multi-million dollar projects in Puerto Rico to overseeing business development/marketing for small business firms in New Jersey, Mrs. Lopez’s expertise is an invaluable resource for nuestra familia.

Mrs. Lopez holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and is certified by the US-NCEES. Mrs. Lopez is also an active member of the Puerto Rico College of Engineers and Surveyors. Aixa loves Salsa dancing, writing, and outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and parasailing.

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Erica Horton is Office Manager for the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of NJ (SHCCNJ). Founded in 1989, SHCCNJ is a flourishing non-profit.

Previously, Ms. Horton interned for both the New York Historical Society and the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York City, respectively.

In 2006, Ms. Horton received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual Arts and Art History with a minor in Business Administration from Fordham University. In the same year, she joined the SHCCNJ team as Office Assistant. Over her decade-long tenure, she has held a variety of positions. Recently, Ms. Horton completed a Human Resources certificate program.

In addition to her work at SHCCNJ, Ms. Horton spends her time reading, testing new recipes and attempting craft projects.

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Valeria Aloe / Hispanic Entrepreneurship Training Program Manager

Valeria is a Brand Management, Marketing, and Finance professional with extensive work experience in multiple leading global firms, and a proven track record of driving sustainable top-line growth and profitability in both large and small-sized companies.

Valeria started her career in Accounting and Financial Analysis and subsequently transitioned to Brand Management, Marketing, and Strategic Consulting roles. She held Brand Management leadership roles with P&L responsibility at Reckitt Benckiser and Procter & Gamble, where she managed several new product launches and marketing campaigns. She also held Marketing positions at financial services firms like TIAA and Citicards, was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, and an auditor and financial analyst at PriceWaterhouse Coopers.

In 2008, she started her own consulting company, helping small and medium-sized companies drive growth as a Marketing and Business Development expert.

Her professional experience spans 7 countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina, where she conducted business in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Valeria received her Bachelor in Business Administration and Public Accountant degrees from Universidad Catolica Argentina, with honors, and holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/valeria-aloe-70a6776/

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Danilo Melan  / Membership Coordinator

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Danilo Melan is a Membership Coordinating intern with the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (SHCCNJ). Mr. Melan is also an ESL student at Bergen Community College. In his native Colombia, Mr. Melan worked as an office assistant, assistant manager, community organizer and art director.

In 2013, Mr. Melan received a Bachelors in Business Administration from Santiago de Cali University in Cali-Colombia, as well as various administrative continuing education certificates.

Mr. Melan is a professional dancer/choreographer, with a concentration in salsa.

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Danik attended College in Mexico for international commerce. After 3 years she decided that it was not for her and started considering Veterinarian school. During her search, she stumbled upon a degree “made” for her, so she proceeded to move to Spain and eventually graduated from the Universidad Europea de Madrid, with a degree in Institutional protocol, event production, and corporate communications.

During and after her studies, she immersed herself in mostly the sports world, working for events such as F1, Americas Cup, Moto GP and the Valencia Open 500 as well as working for the Valencia Soccer club, amongst others. She was also very active in governmental events where she was honored to work with the Spanish Royal Family on separate occasions, as well as many high-ranking officials.

After 7 years in Spain, she moved to the U.S.A. to start a new chapter of her life. For a couple of months, she volunteered at The Liberty Hall Museum in Elizabeth, NJ. And now she is part of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, where she contributes to the team in event planning and management.