Entrepreneur of the month

 Erica Cardenas

Title with a smile

Title with a smile

Providing her customers with fast, friendly service keeps Gloria Guerra-Leyva on her toes and loving what she does. And as president of Third Party MVS, an authorized third party provider for the Motor Vehicles Division (MVD), Leyva and her staff are keeping busy with the growing demands of the business. With three Valley locations, Third […]

 Erica Cardenas

Greater Good

Greater Good

As a young child, Annette Alvarez was taught to have a deep love and commitment to not only herself, but to others. That passion burns as strong as ever today, and Alvarez is continuing to fulfill her destiny for which she says her parents laid the foundation. Currently a partner with Generation Seven Strategic Partners […]

 Erica Cardenas

Talented Recruiter

Talented Recruiter

For Valley entrepreneur Rosa Cantor, running a business that helps others has led to a thriving enterprise. As president and chief executive office of Creative Human Resources (CHRC) LLC in Mesa, Cantor is putting her more than 20 years of business experience to good use and utilizing her business savvy to create a formidable supplier […]

 Erica Cardenas

Modest beginnings

Modest beginnings

With a love of tourism and a passion for travel, Laura Rodriguez-Verbera hardly considers what she does a job. In fact, as owner and president of Marina Tours & Travel, Verbera considers her occupation to be more of a privilege. With more than 30 years of experience in tourism, Verbera’s career has taken her through […]

 Erica Cardenas

Best in botas

Best in <em>botas</em>

Providing her customers with quality and craftsmanship is Hilda Peña’s passion. And as current vice president of Botas Juarez, Peña and her husband Miguel are looking to pass that same passion along to others. The Peña’s journey began in 1986, after the couple moved permanently from Juarez, Mexico to the United States. It was Miguel’s […]

 LPM Staff

Avanzando Confiados celebrates Latinos

To celebrate Hispanic business, the Avanzado Confiados (Moving Forward) program recently recognized several well-deserving entrepreneurs. Created by the Valley Toyota Dealers Association, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Latino Perspectives Magazine, the program is in its first year and commemorates local up-and-coming small businesses. Avanzado Confiados recognized one business owner each month from August […]

 LPM Staff

Toyota’s Entrepreneur of the Month

Toyota’s Entrepreneur of the Month

For Chris Hernandez of Hernandez Companies, overseeing 50 employees and the daily operations of a 15,000-square-foot facility is no small task. But it’s one that has stayed in the family and that he holds dear. Founded in 1975 as Hernandez Electric, Inc., the business’ primary focus for the first 15 years was electrical contracting and […]

 LPM Staff

Toyota’s Entrepreneur of the Month

Toyota’s Entrepreneur of the Month

Entrepreneur Andrea Rosas and her sister Lourdes negotiated the lease on their first wireless phone store in Phoenix with their babies in their laps. “We were just starting out, and we didn’t have money for babysitters,” Andrea recalls. Today the two are principals of Frontera Communications, a phone and electronics products company that is expected […]

 LPM Staff

Toyota Entrepreneur of the Month

Toyota Entrepreneur of the Month

Teresa Ornelas says she gets her best business ideas while out hiking Arizona’s backroads. “I love to hike. I seem to get my most impact ideas while hiking. It’s a wonderful way for me to connect with my spirituality,” she says. Ornelas says faith, community connections and teamwork are vital elements of the success of […]

 LPM Staff

Toyota Entrepreneur of the Month

Small business owner Arnold Apodaca hit the ball out of the park on his third try. Apodaca started Apodaca Wall Systems, Inc., a drywall, framing and painting company, five years ago with the help of an investor “silent” partner. He says he earned his business credentials the hard way, getting his GED when he was […]