Marco V. Ávila, P.E., a project manager and senior supervising engineer in the Baltimore office at WSP USA, was recently named chairman of the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MDHCC).
“In my new role, I am very excited to be able to create new programs that will make a difference in the Hispanic small business community,” Ávila said. “With the help of our new board of directors, I intend to focus on keeping our members beyond satisﬁed and introduce new programs that can beneﬁt our members … small minority businesses.”
For more than 30 years, the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has promoted the establishment, growth, prosperity and retention of Hispanic businesses across the state.
Since assuming the role as the Chamber’s chairman earlier this year, Ávila has been busy with expanding the organization and its influence, including a goal of increasing its membership from 274 to 1,000 members over the next three years.
As part of his duties as chairman, he was the featured guest speaker for the Maryland Department of Transportation’s National Hispanic Heritage Month observance, “Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving Our Nation” on Sept. 16.
Ávila also founded the new Maryland Hispanic Chamber Foundation (MDHCF), which will provide annual scholarships to Hispanic students in high school, college, trade schools and in support of humanitarian projects.