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LBC-GLA Elects New Board Chairman

The managing partner of a prominent Los Angeles CPA firm has been elected chairman of the board for the Latino Business Chamber of Greater Los Angeles, LBC-GLA.

Gilbert R. Vasquez, of Vasquez & Company LLP, takes over the job officially on June 11, replacing Jorge Coralejo who will continue on as the business group’s Chief Executive Officer.

Vasquez released a statement commending the group’s former leadership for LBC-GLA’s “achievements and meaningful contributions to the Latino business community.”

“Moving forward,” he said, “I see the Chamber’s role and significance in enhancing opportunities for Latino businesses in Los Angeles and throughout California, increasing steadily.”

He said he is “committed to the growth and success of Latino business, a passion which is shared by our LBC-GLA Board of Directors and Advisory Board.”

Vasquez is one of the founding members and past vice chairman of LBC-GLA. He has an extensive background in the business and professional community, having served as past-president of the California Board of Accountancy and ALPFA, the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting. His community and civic involvement includes serving on the boards of a diverse group of business and nonprofit organizations, including the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, Promerica Bank, California State University Los Angeles Foundation, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials), the National Council of La Raza, Blue Cross and others.

Vasquez presently serves as a board member of Manufacturers Bank, Entravision Communications Corporation, Green Dot Public Schools and the LA84 Foundation, the successor agency to the 1984 Olympic Organizing Committee, where he was also a member.

“I am pleased to have been elected to this important position with the Latino Business Chamber,” said Vasquez. “Working together and drawing from our combined experience will help us propel the Chamber to the next level of success, as we continue expanding our objectives while setting and attaining higher goals.”