Statewide Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce of NJ Announces Board Leadership Team


NEWARK, June 25, 2012 — The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (SHCCNJ) today announced the Board of Directors’ new leadership team, which includes Carlos A. Medina, Esq., as the new Chairman.

In addition to Medina, the officers include: John C. Leon, of Rutherford, as Vice Chairman; Idida Rodriguez, of Paterson, as Secretary; and Miguel Bernal, of North Haledon, as Treasurer. Harry Ayala, of New Brunswick, longtime board Chairman, was named Chairman Emeritus.

Medina, of Long Valley, an SHCCNJ member since 2002, is the President of Robinson Aerial, a Hispanic-owned engineering and survey firm. He is a graduate of Rutgers School of Law-Newark and a member of the New Jersey Bar. He has served on the boards of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

“Our board’s vision, strategy and main goal is to seek new and innovative ways to foster growth and success for the thousands of small and Hispanic-owned businesses in New Jersey,” said Medina. “The SHCCNJ’s board is committed more than ever to continue to serve as the leading voice and advocate for Hispanic businesses in our state.”

He said the SHCCNJ provides its members with access to decision-makers in the government and corporate sectors. The organization will also continue to provide technical assistance and training as part of it’s mission.

Medina added: “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Harry Ayala for his work as the Chairman. We are appreciative of his commitment to SHCCNJ throughout the years and we believed it called for his designation as Chairman Emeritus.”

The officers assumed their roles on May 30, 2012 after a vote by the entire board. Vice Chairman Leon is with NJ Transit; Secretary Rodriguez is with 1868 Public Affairs; and Treasurer Bernal is with Univesco, LLC. Chairman Emeritus Ayala is with the New Brunswick Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

In addition, the SHCCNJ board expressed its appreciation to Peter A. Aquino, who had served as the organization’s interim president since December 2011 after Daniel Jara, SHCCNJ’s longtime President and CEO, resigned for health reasons. Medina said the board will continue to serve its membership with a volunteer board.

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, began in 1989 with five local leaders. Since then, it has grown to represent more than 75,000 businesses.

For more information about the SHCCNJ, visit . To contact the SHCCNJ, call 201.451.9512 or send an email to [email protected]