SPOKANE, Washington (September 26, 2016) —Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories, LLC (PAML) President and CEO, Dr. Francisco R. Velázquez, has been selected as the 2016 Business Leader of the Year by the Latino Hope Foundation.

The Latino Hope Foundation (LHF) was founded in 2015 and this year marks the second annual LHF Encanto Gala Dinner and Auction. The Community Leadership Awards recognize the contributions of Latina/o community leaders. Dr. Velázquez was nominated for the award by the LHF nominating committee. The award is given to the nominee who best exemplifies the Foundation’s mission and has made significant contributions to both the business and Latino communities. Award recipients will be recognized at the Encanto Gala, October 8th at 5:30 pm at the Spokane Convention Center.

Gloria Ochoa-Bruck, Director of Multi-Cultural Affairs for the city of Spokane stated, “Dr. Velázquez exemplifies all of the criteria and we are proud to recognize him as the 2016 Latino Business Leader of the Year. He is an incredible role model for our aspiring college students and an amazing and highly accomplished representative of our Latino community.”

The LHF is a non-profit organization that provides access to local, higher education. They provide scholarships, mentorship and support to Latina/o youth in hopes of increasing retention and graduation rates, while working to create understanding of Latino culture and heritage.