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Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 9:00 am | Updated: 3:27 pm, Thu Dec 13, 2012.

The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has added 10 positions to its board of directors to help meet the demands of the organization’s ongoing growth, said AZHCC President & CEO Gonzalo de la Melena.

There are an estimated 60,000 Latino-owned businesses in Arizona and the community’s buying power has increased to nearly $38 billion statewide. The U.S. Census reports that Latinos are 30 percent of the state’s population, while experts estimate a majority of Arizonans will be Latino by 2035.

The new AZHCC board members are (alphabetically): Frank Canez, multicultural specialist for Fry’s Food Stores; Jaime Chon, vice president of operations, Pepsico/Frito Lay; Ed Escobedo, vice president/CIO, Apollo Group; Carlos J. Gonzalez, Loan Modification Executive, Bank of America; Julio Herrera, director of multicultural markets, Cox Communications; Steve Macias, co-owner and president/CEO of Pivot Manufacturing; Bettina Nava, partner, First Strategic, Communications & Public Affairs; Armando Roman, principal partner Axiom Finance and Advisory Group; Lisa Urias, president of Urias Communications; and Doug Yonko, vice president of communications, Hensley Beverage Company.

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