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2014 Black & White Ball Award Winners

April 14, 2014

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Man and Woman of the Year picks among six to be honored at 2014 Arizona Hispanic Chamber Business Awards

  • Gala entertainment features Los Tres Tenores, Quetzal Guerrero and Mariachi Tierra Linda

PHOENIX ­– Paul Luna and Annette Musa have been selected as Man and Woman of the Year by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Luna and Musa are among six of the state’s top business and community leaders being honored May 3 at the AZHCC’s 56th Annual Black & White Ball and Business Awards.

“Paul Luna and Annette Musa, like all of our award recipients, have contributed enormously to the health of our economy and the progress of Arizona,” said AZHCC President/CEO Gonzalo A. de la Melena, Jr. “These are people with a stake in the future of Arizona’s success, which they’ve exemplified through their work and community service.”

This is the complete list of AZHCC’s 2014 award recipients and links to their online biographies:

  • Advocacy Award, U.S. Congressman Ed Pastor, Pastor (
  • Legacy Award, Bill Post, retired Chairman of the Board and CEO of Pinnacle West Corporation  (
  • Woman of the Year, Annette Musa, Arizona Market President for Comerica Bank (
  • Man of the Year, Paul Luna, President/CEO, Helios Education Foundation (
  • Entrepreneur of the Year, Clarence McAllister (online bio not available, but available upon request)
  • Corporation of the Year Award, CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company (

The gala and awards ceremony happens May 3, 2014, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale. The Black & White Ball is Arizona’s longest running formal gala and the Hispanic Chamber’s largest annual fundraiser. It honors the achievements of business and community leaders statewide. Nearly 1,100 people attend the event every year.

The theme this year is Noche de Garibaldi, a tribute to the history and influence of Mariachi music in Mexico and the United States. An after-dinner party is scheduled at the same location from 9 p.m. to Midnight. Cox Communications continues its support as presenting sponsor for the event, which features an elegant dinner, the business awards, and music and dancing at the after-dinner cocktail party.

This year’s entertainment line-up:

For more information, contact Natalia Ronceria Ceballos at 602-294-6085 or, or visit

About AZHCC 

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 Arizona Minority Business Enterprise 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.

We encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter or via our Website.

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