Gloria Lara, CEO
The Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has named former Girl Scouts executive Gloria Lara as its CEO. Gloria had served for nearly six years as CEO of the Grand Rapids-based Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore, which serves most of Michigan’s west side and the norther lower peninsula areas.
Gloria is responsible for representing the interests of the state’s nearly 20,000 Hispanic owned businesses and management of day-to-day Hispanic Chamber operations.
Gloria brings “top-level experience” in finance, marketing, sales and project management earned in executive positions at IBM, Chrysler Corporation, Jervis B. Webb Company, Delphi, United Technologies Automotive, and TRW over her career.
“We are thrilled to have an executive leader the caliber of Gloria join the leadership of MHCC,” said MHCC Board Chair JoAnn Chavez. “Gloria’s strong experience in directing organizations in both the nonprofit and private sector, as well as her incredible success in driving growth, engagement and innovation in a diverse range of organizations make her an outstanding choice to help our members thrive on the state, national and global business stage.”
Gloria is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Spectrum Health Hospital Group of Grand Rapids, MI, and also serves on their Finance Committee. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids. Gloria was honored as the 2013 Hispanic Businessperson of the Year by the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from California State University, Fullerton, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, Boston, MA.
Gloria replaces Camilo Suero, who stepped down as MHCC Executive Director in late August to pursue other opportunities. He will remain as an advisor to MHCC until the end of this year.
John Johnson, Membership and Business Relations Manager
John Johnson has a strong background in the Medical Marketing field, including Director for Occupational Health Care Clinic, Partner at Corp. Medical Center, CEO at Johnson Consulting Company, Founder at Macomb First Business Alliance and CEO of the Gratiot Avenue Chamber of Commerce, all in the Michigan’s Macomb County area. He’s also had an extensive role in working with the Macomb County community, including working with the Homeless Coalition, Turning Point, Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter and most recently with the Vets Returning Home Program.
Barbara Lange, Bookkeeper/
Barbara Lange has extensive experience helping to structure administrative processes, implementing financial controls and assuring disciplined vendor management and building cost efficiencies. She is vital to maintaining projects and expediting their completion.