For the first time since the organization’s re-launch, ALPFA Puerto Rico recently hosted its first Student Chapters Initiation Ceremony, marking a milestone for the local chapter, Raúl Palacios, ALPFA president said.
“This event was special because it marked the third anniversary of ALPFA PR’s current leadership, which has seen the organization grow from just 34 active members to more than 1,000 members as well as the addition of four student chapters,” he said, referring to the groups formed at the University of Puerto Rico’s Bayamón, Humacao and Mayagüez campuses, as well as the InterAmerican University, metro area campus.
“To see the organization grow so much in such a short period of time has been a very rewarding experience,” said Palacios, who is a fund administration manager for Ashford Venture Partners.
ALPFA is dedicated to the development and diversification of Hispanic professionals for companies in the United States. The Puerto Rico chapter of Puerto Rico seeks to develop leaders of character in every sector of the global economy through informative professional workshops, executive panel discussions and networking events.
During the initiation event, Kurt Schindler, director of financial Education who represented sponsor Banco Popular, served as keynote speaker discussing the importance of upholding ethical values, while Rosana López, associate director for another event sponsor, KPMG, looked back at the company’s case competition.
“Puerto Rico has always had top talent, and this organization has already seen us win at the national level, proving that our students have all the tools to be successful if given the right opportunity” she said.
The event also included an awards ceremony, where all five chapters were recognized for separate achievements, including “Chapter of the Year,” which went to the UPR’s Bayamón campus.