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2014 Hispanic Heritage Day with Ford Motor Company

September 11, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage at Ford Field w/ MMSDC, MBDA, Ford Motor Co., and the Michigan Hispanic Chambers!

Join the MMSDC, MBDA, Ford Motor Company, and the four Michigan-area Hispanic Chambers of Commerce for our Second Hispanic Heritage Day Celebration. This installment of MMSDC’s Heritage Day events series will pay tribute to one of MMSDC’s constituent groups – Hispanic Americans – by bringing together business opportunities, national leaders, and learning under the umbrella of Hispanic culture.

 Keynote Speakers

Jim Avila
Senior National Correspondent
ABC News

Award-winning journalist Jim Avila is the Senior National Correspondent at ABC News.He is based in Washington DC. In his role, he covers Hispanic America, immigration reform, education, politics and other issues vitally important to the Latino community, the fastest-growing segment of our population. He also continues to contribute to “20/20” and other ABC broadcasts and platforms specializing in law and justice and consumer investigations. Throughout 2011 and 2012 Jim’s reporting on food, drug, consumer, transportation, environmental and other regulatory issues made a tangible difference in the lives of viewers.

Anna_Escobedo_Cabral,_official_Treasury_photoAnna Cabral
Formal US. Treasurer
Unit Chief for Strategic Communications External Relations Division
Inter-American Development Bank

Anna Escobedo Cabral is a second-generation Mexican-American who currently serves as the Unit Chief for Strategic Communications in the External Relations Division of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Prior to joining the bank, Cabral served as the 42nd treasurer of the United States from January 19, 2005 to January 20, 2009. She became the highest-ranking Latina in the George W. Bush Administration after the resignation of Rosario Marin.



Ford Field

Enjoy the festivities of Hispanic Heritage Day in the West Atrium
of Ford Field; the state-of-the-art stadium home to the Detroit Lions.








Ricardo Emmanuel Barajas Velasco (Ricardo Naipes) was born September 26, 1985 is a Mexican pop and rock musician singer-songwriter, born in Guadalaja-ra, Jalisco, Mexico, and raised in Detroit Michigan. After playing in different bands in 2005 he started his solo career and recorded his first Album “Rompiendo Barreras” along with a video clip for a song for that same album. His Last name Barajas means “Playing cards” or “Deck of playing cards” a game which is also known as “Naipes” in Spain (That’s why he chose it as his stage name).

Naipes began his career performing mainly Acoustic shows around his hometown, in 2010 he created his own Independent Record Label, Maquina Rec-ords and realesed his second album “Estrategia Sobrevivir” which qualified him for 9 categories in the Latin Grammys 2010.



View Tribute to Hispanic Medal of Honor Recipients.

44 Latinos have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award for valor against an enemy force to an individual serving in the Armed Forces of the United States. This honor is bestowed posthumously and is given to the family of the fallen soldier.

A tribute will be on display at the event, paying honor to all the hispanic men and women who have lost their lives protecting this country.



Meet Buyers from Ford Motor Company.

Meet and talk with buyers looking to partner with minority owned businesses in a variety of areas.



Requested Commodities

Body & Exterior, RawMachinery & Tooling
MaterialsIndustrial Materials
Powertrain (PTC)Construction & Services
Powertrain (PTI)Marketing & Communications
ElectricalIT Services
InteriorFord Customer Service Division

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September 11, 2014
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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