Tampa, Fla. (July 31, 2015)
- The Board of Directors of
Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc.
proudly announces the selection of Daniel A Alvarez Sr. as the 2015 Hispanic Man of the Year and Norma Camero Reno as the 2015 Hispanic Woman of the Year.
Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc. will honor the continuing contributions of Evelio Otero and Maria del Pilar Ortiz to our community during the 28th Annual Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc. Gala at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, at the Hilton Tampa Downtown, 211 N. Tampa Street, Tampa.
The gala is part of the festivities that will take place during Hispanic Heritage Month, and unites our community leadership with the purpose of raising funds towards scholarships for deserving and financially needy Hispanic students.
These annual awards honor Hispanics who have contributed significantly to the success of our community. They are Hispanic men and women who have excelled in their endeavors to advance, promote, maintain, and enhance our Hispanic heritage and who, by their outstanding contributions, have improved the quality of life in the Tampa Bay Hispanic community.
About Daniel A. Alvarez, Sr.
Daniel A. Alvarez, Sr. is a first-generation American born and raised in Florida. Known to his friends and clients as Danny, he is the founder and managing member of The Alvarez Legal Group, P.L.
Danny's family escaped communist Cuba seeking freedom and opportunity in the United States. Upon graduation from college, Danny was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army. During his time in the military, Danny was deployed to South Korea as a line platoon leader and later assigned to various leadership positions within the US Army Airborne School.
After his time in the military, Danny attended Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. After passing the Florida Bar exam, he attended the nationally recognized, University of Miami School of Law LL.M program in Estate Planning.
In May of 2011, Danny formed The Alvarez Legal Group to help individuals whose voices are often drowned out in the legal system. In an effort to help disabled U.S. Veterans, Danny helped form Accounting Resources and Management Services, LLC (ARMS) in 2013 and was later awarded a Heroes At Work Award by the Tampa Bay Business Journal for that effort. In 2014, Danny was asked to become Florida Governor Rick Scott's Hispanic Political Director for the Bay Area.
In 2015, Danny opened an Immigration practice and became a director of the Migrants Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to opening immigration process to everyone through low cost or free services. He also founded Immigration 24 hours, LLC to help other law firms process the administrative part of the immigration process. Independently, Danny advocates for immigrants at the government level and even organized a local petition to lobby the President of the United States to extend Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelans.
Danny is an adjunct Business Law Professor at the University of Tampa. He is a member of the Florida Bar and is a graduate of the Hillsborough Bar Association Leadership Institute. In 2012, Danny was re-appointed by the Hillsborough County Commission to a second four-year term on the Hillsborough Children's Services Advisory Board. He is also the President of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Hispanic Advisory Board. He is a lifetime member of The Veteran's of Foreign Wars, a perpetual member of several Masonic organizations in the Tampa Area and a member of La Casa Cuba de Tampa. In 2014, Commission Sandy Murman named him to the Hillsborough County Charter Review Board. He is admitted to practice in all Florida State Courts and the United States District Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Danny is married to the former Cindy Michelle Munson of Lake County, and they have three children.
About Norma Camero Reno
Norma Camero Reno was born in El Tigre, Venezuela, w. In 1983 she moved to the United States, married Herman Robert Reno, and became a citizen of this country,
Several years later, Norma returned to Venezuela to finish her law degree and started working at the university of Santa Maria, USM, from where she graduated, She founded the Department of Student Affairs and the Sports Department where she became the first woman to be elected President of the Sports League of Universities and the coordinator of Student Affairs, Dean of Student Affairs in the United States. For three months in 1999, she worked helping to write the new Constitution of Venezuela.
Upon her return to the United States, Norma went back to school and got her Masters degree in International Law and Business Law at Stetson College of Law. After graduation, she did pro bono work for three years in the Immigration Department of Catholic Charities and worked with different nonprofit organizations in the Tampa Bay Area.
An International business litigator, Norma considers herself a community activist and a defender of human rights. She has been a strong voice in the fight for human rights in her home country, Venezuela. She is the founder of the Organized Movement of Venezuela Abroad (MOVE), a nonprofit organization dedicated to help Venezuelans by collecting and sending food and medicines to the poorest areas of her country.
After Norma's husband passed away five years ago, Norma dedicated her life to charity and politics because she felt the need for Hispanic representation. She has been working with that purpose in mind. Her motto is "to help those in need and try to change their life for the better, one person at a time."
A well known member of our community, Norma has been active in many organizations and Boards and has been recognized for enthusiasm and dedication to improve the Hispanic community in the Tampa Bay Area. She has been active with the Tampa/ Hillsborough County Human Rights Council, Moffitt Cancer Center, League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc., Hispanic Alliance of Tampa Bay, Club Ecuador, Casa Cuba of Tampa, and she is a member of the Sheriff's Hispanic Advisory Council and of the Charter Review Board of Hillsborough County.
Norma has been the recipient of different awards for her dedication and work for the Hispanic Community. Among those are Hispanic Woman of the Year by the 7 Dias Newspaper, Volunteer of the Year by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Jose Marti Award by Casa Cuba of Tampa, and Citizen of the Year by "Feria de la Chinita." Norma Has three daughters, Amra, Monica, Sandra and a grandson, Elias Troy.
Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc.
Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1979 dedicated to preserve, promote and celebrate Tampa's Hispanic heritage in the Tampa Bay Area.
For more information about the Hispanic Man and Hispanic Woman of the Year Gala 2015, please call Dr. Luz P. Lono, Gala Committee Chair at (813) 949-9271 or Sylvia Parker, Co-Chair at (813) 864 8317. Visit our web site, www.tampahispanic.org and follow us on Facebook.