Carlos Sanchez, director of the Latino Business and Economic Development Center at Ferris State University, has been honored with the Champion Award for Diversity from the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Center for Community Leadership.
Sanchez is among several outstanding Grand Rapids leaders honored Wednesday, June 26 during the Center for Community Leadership’s annual fundraiser event at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.
The Champion Awards recognize exemplary leaders in one of four CCL platforms. In addition to Sanchez, the CCL recognized Ben Wickstrom, of Erhardt Construction for Community Connections; Mursalata Muhammad, of Grand Rapids Community College for Leadership Skills; and Mary Buikema, of Habitat for Humanity of Kent County for Systems Thinking.
The event also included presentation of 2013 Distinguished Community Trustee Carol Paine-McGovern, director of Kent School Services Network, and the Uncommon Greatness Award to Celebration Cinema.
Sanchez joined Ferris as director of the Latino Business and Economic Development Center, housed at Ferris’ Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, in November. He is working to develop opportunities that contribute to economic development in the West Michigan Latino community.
Sanchez previously served as executive director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Grand Rapids.
Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit CCL programs and its scholarship fund.