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Ivan Castillo


A native of Mazatlan Sinaloa Mexico, Ivan has resided in the Treasure Valley for 17 years.  Upon arrival in the Valley, Ivan was immediately employed at Circuit City in sales.  With an innate ability to listen, communicate, and coordinate, Ivan capitalized upon his outgoing personality and within a year and a half was promoted to Sales Manager of the Boise Circuit City store.

After serving as the Sales Manager for 2 years, Ivan continued his corporate career as a Communication Specialist at the AT&T Wireless/Cingular store in Nampa, Idaho. During his four year tenure with AT&T/Cingular, Ivan received numerous awards and recognition for sales excellence.

Ivan serves the Treasure Valley community as a Real Estate Consultant, with The Castle Group KW and in his new venture as a builder with Odyssey Homes.  Ivan enjoys the numerous opportunities his profession has provided including the freedom and ability to be involved in his community.  Giving back is a fundamental part of his life goals. Currently, Ivan is actively involved in the community as: President Elect for the Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,  Founding Board member for the Idaho Latino Scholarship Foundation, Active member for the Nampa Association of Realtors and is active in his church, participating in the Pastoral Council and the Finance Committee of Our Lady of the Valley.  He has been married to his wife of 17 years, Angie, with whom they have four beautiful children; Jadelin, Ivan, Clarissa, and Emilio.  Ivan enjoys golf, bowling, fishing, creating things (art he calls it) and riding his motorcycle.

Ivan strongly believes that passion is a key ingredient to success in anything you do, perhaps the 20 percent needed, since 80 percent is to simply be out there and ready to succeed.

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Kirby Ortiz

Kirby Ortiz is the Co-owner and General Manager of Gem State Communications, a Motorola Two–Way Radio and Wireless Communications dealer.

For over 30 years Gem State has provided wireless communications sales and support to the Government, Healthcare, Industrial and Service Industries of Southwest Idaho and Eastern Oregon.

He was born and spent his formative years in Raton, New Mexico. Upon graduation from Madison Memorial High School in Madison, Ohio, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served a tour in Vietnam in 1969 - 70 as a field radio operator. He graduated from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio in 1976 with a B.S. in Business Administration. From 1983 to 1993 he worked as a sales executive for Motorola Communications and Electronics.

He is presently serving as the Vice-President of the Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and has also served on the board of directors of the Hispanic Business Association since 1993 where he has chaired it's Scholarship Committee since its first award in 1993. He also served on the board of the Idaho Council of Governments for 19 years.

Kirby and his wife Sara have been married 35 years, have three grown children and have lived in Boise for 34 years. In his spare time his passions are racquetball, golf, reading non-fiction history and spending time in the great Idaho outdoors.

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Carmen Liz Correa

Carmen "Liz" Correa was born in California and raised in Mexico and moved to Idaho at the age of twelve. Liz attended Boise State University and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy.

While employed for A&C Accounting she graduated from BSU and was promoted to her current position as the Accounting Manager. She became an Accredited Tax Preparer an Accredited Business Accountant and recently, a licensed Enrolled Agent.

Liz is a member of the National Society of Accountants and the Idaho Association of Public Accountants. She serves as the Treasurer for the Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Liz enjoys spending time with an active 8 year old playing sports and sharing her time at family gatherings.


Cortino Garcia


As a Financial Advisor I am a personal coach for families' finances. I help my clients design a custom investment plan tailored to their individual financial fitness goals.

I am passionate about maximizing investment dollars. I believe that every individual should have the opportunity to make their hard earned money work for them while availing themselves of every tax advantageous opportunity afforded them. To that end I work hard to maintain fluency in current and upcoming trends in U.S. and Foreign equity (stock) and fixed income (bond) markets, as well as other markets such as real estate, commodities, and precious metals. I also actively seek opportunities to further my proficiency in current and new opportunities to favorably structure social security, retirement vehicles (401K, Roth IRAs, annuities, etc.), insurance, and employer benefit plans. 



I am a Scoutmaster with Boy Scouts of America. I have been honored in receiving the Ironman Triathlon Finisher award and being a former Pro Triathleth. I am passionate about arts and culture, children, education, and economic empowerment. 



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Alice Whitney

Alice Mondragón Whitney is HBA's Board President and the Diverse Markets Community Relations Banker for Zions Bank.  Before joining Zions Bank, Alice was Director of the Small Business Development Department for SAGE Community Resources. She worked with women, minority and working poor entrepreneurs to help them develop the necessary skills to be successful in business. Her bilingual abilities have helped her to successfully target Hispanic communities that are traditionally under served. Previously, Alice was a commercial and residential banker with Southland Financial and Far West Mortgage. However what she considers her first and crowning achievement fresh out of school was turning her love of aviation and turned it into the first woman-owned aviation instrument facility on the west coast, developing a customer base of executive jets, airlines and governments both foreign and domestic.

Alice’s community involvement has included; Board President during planning and construction of the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho, past Advisory Board member for the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), a founding member of the Hispanic Financial Education Coalition and was instrumental in the formation of the Idaho Individual Development Account program for the State of Idaho. Currently Alice sits on the Boards of the Idaho Hispanic Chamber, College of Western Idaho Foundation Board, Mayor of Nampa Hispanic Business Coalition, Meridian Chamber.  She has been instrumental in creating a partnership with MicroEnterprise Training & Assistance program which provides bilingual business training classes.



Enrique Rivera



Enrique Rivera is the Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager at Bank of the Cascades.  He is currently located at the Nampa Karcher Branch where he specializes as a trusted loan advisor for both consumers and businesses.  With over 12 years of banking experience Enrique has helped many families, and individuals reach their financial goals.  “It truly is a passion to be able to help so many people realize their financial dreams while building a life long trusted relationship”.


Enrique is originally from Los Angeles, California where he was born and raised.  He moved to Idaho Falls, ID in 2004 where he lived for 8yrs before moving to Meridian, ID in 2012.  Enrique is proud to call Idaho his new home and he has truly embraced the Treasure Valley Community.


Enrique Rivera is a true hero to the Latino Community and has always had a passion for giving back.  In 2008 he was invited to become a board member of the Community Council of Idaho where he served as Treasurer for the first year and for the past 6 years Enrique has served as the Board President.  In October of 2011 he was presented with a “Community Champions Award” from Molina Healthcare for his support in the community.  Enrique has also been involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Nampa, Leadership Nampa (Nampa Chamber of Commerce), Junior Achievement Organization, WBC of META, and most recently as a Board Member for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 


“It is a pleasure to be part of the Hispanic Chamber where I have the opportunity to help our local businesses succeed.  I would encourage all our small businesses to become members and embrace the many benefits and opportunities”.



Carlos Duncan

Carlos Duncan was born and raised in rural Idaho outside Twin Falls.  The son of an immigrant and a teacher, Carlos has been drawn to be part of the community in which he grew up and share the skills learned after years in business ownership and business management.

Carlos is a graduate Boise State University and ESADE in Barcelona, Spain.  He works as the Business Development Specialist of the Women’s Business Center of META in Boise where he has helped hundreds of people realize their dreams of success in business ownership.  He was recognized as the Minority Small Business Champion of the year by the U.S. Small Business Administration for his work in business development under the SBA PRIME office in Caldwell, Idaho, a program focused on helping people without access to traditional funding get the education, resources, and capital needed to start or expand for-profit businesses.

“I am so honored to be part of the Idaho Hispanic Chamber because the Chamber really is special.  Being in business development both personally and professionally for as long as I have, I love and cherish how business ownership (and work in general) means so much more in our community.  When someone in our community builds a business, it’s not just about money.  In our community and within the Chamber, when someone builds a business it involves the whole family and represents the dreams for generations to come.  I feel entirely blessed to interact with the families and people that I get to meet because the work of the Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce means more than in other business organizations. ”



 Vee Chavez




Vee Chavez is a Business Development Officer with Idaho Central Credit. Idaho Central Credit Union has been helping members achieve financial success for over 75 years. Idaho Central Credit Union was organized as a state-chartered credit union on June 28, 1940, in Boise, Idaho. On January 31, 1941, the Credit Union reported $298.93 in assets at year end and had 22 members. Idaho Central Credit Union reached $100 million in assets in 1997, and $500 million nine years later in 2006. By 2012 the Credit Union reached over $1 billion in asset size, and $2 billion in asset size in 2015. Idaho Central Credit Union serves the needs of employees, students, retirees, and family members of eligible members of and a large variety of business entities within most Idaho counties.


Vee was born in Villa Morelos, Michoacan, Mexico and moved to Idaho at the age of two. Growing up in the Hispanic Community enabled Vee to become involved in her community at a very young age. Vee volunteered for the Idaho Migrant Council and multiple church organizations over her educational career. Vee began working in the financial industry immediately after graduating high school. Vee attended Idaho State University and graduated with a B.S. in Human Resources Training and Development with  minors in Corporate Training and Organizational Development in 2015.



It is there Vee set a personal goal to be of service to the Hispanic Community who gave so much to her while growing up. That goal has been extremely near and dear to Vee’s heart. In order to meet her personal goal, Vee stays abreast various events and sponsorship opportunities catering to the Hispanic Community across Idaho. Vee is also a Board Member with other non-profits including: Magic Valley Woman’s Crisis Center, Successful Beginnings, and Paint Magic. Vee would like to make an impact across the state so more Hispanics are served instead of underserved in all facets of their lives including their finances.


Vee is mother to her six year old son and legal guardian to her 15 year old brother. Vee’s hobbies include: spending time with family and friends, listening to music, dancing, camping, dirt biking, 4 wheeling, and reading fiction novels.




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