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Awards Gala Co-Hosts

Maria Elena Ibañez
President & CEO
Intermark Foods

Maria Elena Ibañez is a highly successful entrepreneur who has built not just one, but three of the fastest-
growing private companies in the U.S.
El Latino, her newest venture, revives the nostalgic feelings related to the tastes Latin Americans enjoyed
when they were growing up by offering a line of cheeses, Hispanic drinkable yogurts, Hispanic sausages,
salamis, arepas, tequenos and other delicious authentic foods. Amazon recently partnered with El Latino
to serve the Hispanic market in the Miami area with its free, two-hour delivery service, PrimeNow.
El Latino products are widely distributed through major supermarket chains (including Publix, Winn-
Dixie, Walmart, Sedano’s and others), many restaurants and all of the Hispanic supermarkets in South
Florida.
Ibañez is a computer science graduate from Florida International University (FIU), where she also served
on the Board of Trustees. In addition, she has been involved in a number of boards and community
organizations, including those of The Beacon Council, The Fiduciary Trust, Sprint, as well as President
Clinton’s Southern Region Advisory Committee for Economic Development.
She also has been featured in numerous books, including: Chicken Soup for the WorkingWoman’s
Soul by Jack Canfield, Unstoppable by Cynthia Kersey, World Class by Rosabeth Moss Kanter and
EnterprisingWomen by A. David Silver.

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