November 21, 2023
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Latino Business Awards winners announced


This year’s Latino Leadership Award honoree, and cover photo, is Celina Zacarias, senior director of community and government relations at CSU Channel Islands.


The Pacific Coast Business Times is pleased to announce the seventh annual Latino Business Awards honorees. This special report published in the June 22-28 issue of the Business Times. The 2018 winners span different cities and industries, but all share similarities in business innovation and career success in the tri-county region. All nine winners, including this year’s second annual Business Times scholarship winner, will be recognized at an awards reception held Thursday, July 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach. For tickets, click here. For additional information, including sponsorship opportunities, email Publisher Linda Le Brock at

Congratulations to the 2018 Latino Business Awards honorees.

Latino Leadership Award
Celina Zacarias
   CSU Channel Islands       

Nonprofit Honoree
Sal Cisneros
   Channel Islands YMCA                                                                             

Green Business Award
Cecilia Villaseñor Johnson
   Sun Pacific Solar Electric                                           

Agribusiness Honoree
Tomas Gonzalez

Community Services Honoree
Maria Ventura
   Southern California Gas Company

Banking & Finance Honoree
Sal Sandoval
   Montecito Bank & Trust

Higher Education Honoree
Greg Monterrosa
   California Lutheran University

Engineering & Construction
Marta Alvarez

Professional Services Honoree
Armando Di Filippo
   Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld