The Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FSHCC) issued a heartfelt commemorative message upon the recent passing of Herman Echevarria, whose absence will be felt by the civic organizations to which he belonged.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends,” Roly Marante, who serves on the board of the FSHCC, said. Echevarria died Sept. 26 in Miami of natural causes.
A pivotal force and longtime member of the Hialeah Chamber of Commerce and the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Echevarria will be missed as a devoted son, husband, father, grandfather and friend, Marante said.
Echevarria, a civic leader who served in a variety of roles from elected official to mentor, was an inspiration to many South Floridians. Marante said that perhaps Echevarria will be best remembered as a founding member of the FSHCC and strong influence on the organization.
Echevarria espoused the ideals of freedom, innovation and the American Dream. He was known for the mantra, “If you can think it, do it.”
The FSHCC, established in 2000 in tandem with a significant increase in the state’s Hispanic population, is headquartered in Wellington. It strives to keep the Hispanic business community up to date and offer creative solutions for member entrepreneurs.