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AZHCC Press Release

January 15, 2015

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James E. Garcia
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Douglas Yonko elected chair of Arizona Hispanic Chamber Board of Directors

(PHOENIX) The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has elected Doug Yonko as its chairman of the board of directors for 2015.

“Doug has been a tremendous asset to Arizona over the years, and we’re honored to have him bring his skills, experience and intellect to bear on behalf of our organization. The Arizona Hispanic Chamber is on a historic, upward trajectory and Doug’s election as our new chair speaks to our commitment to help build a future that benefits all Arizonans,” said Gonzalo A. de la Melena, Jr., president and CEO of the AZHCC.

Mr. Yonko succeeds Lisa Urias, president of Urias Communications, as chair of the Chamber board. Ms. Urias will continue to serve as a member of the board. Bill Barquin, COO of Cesar Chavez Foundation/Radio Campesina will serve as Vice Chairman.

“I am very proud and thrilled to be stepping into this new role,” said Yonko. “The Arizona Hispanic Chamber is a vitally important voice representing the fastest growing segment of the Arizona economy at a time when we all understand that our state will only flourish if we approach the future as a unified community.”

Mr. Yonko has served on the AZHCC Board four years. He serves as Vice President of Communications for Hensley Beverage Company, one of the nation’s and Arizona’s largest beverage distributor (which includes Budweiser). Having worked at Hensley for 32 years, he currently directs the company’s governmental affairs, communications, and public relations. In addition, he works with various organizations pertaining to alcohol education and responsible drinking programs. 

Doug represents Hensley on various community and business organization boards including: Current Chair of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce;  Arizona Chamber of Commerce (Vice Chairman Membership 2008-2011, named Volunteer of the Year in 2010, and served as Chairman 2012-2013); Board Member Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association (Chairman 2011-2013) - recognized as Tourism Champion of 2013 by the state of Arizona; Board Member Valley Hotel and Resort Association; Board Member of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce; Board Member and past Chairman of Beer and Wine Distributors of Arizona.

He and his wife of 33 years, Elisabeth, reside in Scottsdale and are the parents of two daughters.

About Hensley Beverage Company
Hensley Beverage Company distributes a portfolio of more than 700 brands that include global Anheuser-Busch flagship brands Budweiser, Stella Artois, and Becks; many craft beers such as Four Peaks, Sierra Nevada, Odell Brewing, and Firestone Walker; a fast-growing spirits category that includes 3 Amigos tequila, Hammer & Sickle vodka and other fine spirits; a diverse assortment of non-alcohol brands, along with the vast line up of domestic and imported wines from Hensley’s wine division, Quench Fine Wines. Hensley began its operation in 1955, currently serves 7,000 retail customers and employs over 800 people in the greater Phoenix, Prescott, and Tucson areas. For more information, visit

Founded in 1948, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the premier advocate for the state's more than 67,000 Hispanic-owned small businesses and more than 2 million Hispanic consumers.

Led by CEO and President Gonzalo A. de la Melena, Jr., the non-profit organization provides products and services in the area of market intelligence, capacity building, advocacy and education for the benefit and success of its members, corporate partners and to actively promote the economic growth and vitality of Arizona. The Arizona Hispanic Chamber's annual signature events include the Black & White Ball and Business Awards; the release of DATOS: State of Arizona's Hispanic Market; the Business Diversity Summit; Power of the Purse; and the Bud Shootout Golf Tournament-and more than 60 workshops, seminars, public forums and business networking activities.

The Chamber also operates the federally funded Phoenix Minority Business Development Business Center, which provides access to contracts and capital for mid-sized companies among the state's 100,000+ Minority Business Enterprises in search of growth and investment opportunities.

The Arizona Hispanic Chamber is dedicated to promoting the economic health and prosperity of the state and nation by serving as a vital link to the growing power and influence of Hispanic business owners and consumers in our increasingly diverse global marketplace.

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