29th Annual Compañeros Awards Luncheon
Thursday, April 18, 2018 at the Georgia Aquarium

The annual Compañeros Awards Luncheon honors exceptional individuals and organizations who are making meaningful contributions to advance the Latino community. This well-known and anticipated event draws over 500 corporate and community leaders each year.

Compañeros features a nationally renowned keynote speaker and showcases the great work being done in the community. Compañeros is also a powerful networking event, bringing together Atlanta’s best known companies, top small businesses, leading consulting firms, entrepreneurs and individuals.

The Presenting Sponsor of the 2017 Compañeros Awards Luncheon was The Coca-Cola Company with other top sponsors including Wells Fargo, UPS, Georgia Power, State Farm, Cox Enterprises, Delta Air Lines and many more.

The 2017 Honorees included Kim Ellis Gokc;:e (Olga C. de Goizueta Pacesetter Award), Turner (Corporate Champion), Beth Graham (Volunteer of the Year), Guiomar Obregon (Inspiration Award), Charles Kuck (LAA Ambassador) and our scholarship recipients Daniela Ramirez and Salvador Martinez.

For sponsorships, contact Natalie Giles-Klein at ngiles-klein@thelaa.org.


WHAT: 29th Annual Compañeros Awards Luncheon, a fundraiser where we honor exceptional individuals who are making meaningful contributions to advance the well-being of Latino families

WHO: More than 500 guests are expected to attend. Featured 2018 Keynote Speaker will be announced closer to luncheon event date.

WHEN: Thursday, April 18, 2018, 11 AM – 1:30 PM

WHERE: Georgia Aquarium, Ocean’s Ballroom, 225 Baker Street, Atlanta, GA 30313



Become a Sponsor of Compañeros 2018

The Compañeros Awards Luncheon offers the perfect opportunity to greet, meet and network with corporate, civic and community leaders. Sponsorship of the Compañeros Awards Luncheon gives your company exposure in the Latino community while supporting the mission of the Latin American Association.

2018 companeros

 2017 Keynote Speaker

My Approved Portraits

Catherine Cortez Masto
United States Senator for Nevada

Before being elected to the U.S. Senate, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto has spent her career fighting to protect Nevada families. Cortez Masto served two terms as Nevada’s Attorney General, where she fought to combat drug crime, protect seniors, take on the big banks, and worked to strengthen laws preventing sex trafficking and violence against women. Prior to her service as Attorney General, Cortez Masto worked as an Assistant County Manager for Clark County. She also served as a federal criminal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. and was Chief of Staff to Governor Bob Miller. Cortez Masto currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband, Paul. 

In the 115th Congress, Cortez Masto will join six U.S. Senate Committees that will enable her to be a strong advocate for Nevadans: The Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; the Committee on Rules and Administration; the Committee on Indian Affairs; and the Special Committee on Aging.

 2017 Award Winners

2017 LAA Ambassador of the Year

Charles Kuck

2017 Olga C. de Goizueta Pacesetter Award

Kim Ellis Gökçe

2017 Corporate Champion


2017 Volunteer of the Year 

Beth Graham

2017 Inspiration Award

Guiomar Obregón