Fairfax County EDA President and CEO to receive Bridge Builder Award from Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on April 23

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA), will receive a 2010 Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Bridge Builder Award on Friday, April 23, 2010. The chamber (VAHCC) will present the award at its annual gala to be held in Richmond.

The chamber presents Bridge Builder Awards to honor those who forge connections among Virginia’s diverse racial, ethnic, religious and cultural groups.

“This is an extraordinary honor for me,” Gordon said. “As the child of first-generation Americans, I fully appreciate the difficulty of coming to a new country and starting a business. The Virginia Hispanic Chamber is helping men and women do exactly that, and working on their behalf to develop business relationships with large companies and integrate them into the economic mainstream. The chamber does important work. ”

Former recipients of Bridge Builder Awards include former Mexico President Vicente Fox, former U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez, former U.S. Treasurer Anna Escobedo Cabral, and U.S. Sen. (and former Virginia governor) Mark Warner.

“Dr. Gordon’s awareness of the power and impact of Hispanic businesses, as well as the economic contributions of minorities and immigrants, exemplifies his ability to bridge both communication and cultural bridges for the economic success of Fairfax County and Virginia,” said Michel Zajur, VAHCC president and CEO.

Founded in 2000 and based in Richmond, the VAHCC is the first statewide organization to empower Hispanics in the Virginia business community by building economic, social, and cultural bridges between Virginia and its growing Hispanic community. The VAHCC is an FCEDA partner and maintains its northern Virginia office in the FCEDA’s Tysons Corner headquarters.