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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Alycia Enciso Receives Latina Style Magazine's "Entrepreneur of the Year" Award


Renowned space planner and interior designer, Alycia Enciso, recently received Latina Style Magazine’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Award.”

Enciso was presented the award as Latina Style Magazine celebrated the Grand Finale of its 12th Annual Tour in Los Angeles on November 18th at an event held at the Regency Century Hotel in Los Angeles. She was among several other legendary Latinas participating at the event including internationally renowned media mogul Nely Galán, and founder of annual Mariachi Festival at the Hollywood Bowl and entertainment producer, Rodri J Rodriguez, President and Ceo of Rodri Entertainment, Inc.

Founder of Alycia Enciso Associates in 1979, the popular business woman and community activist has received numerous awards, including two international recognitions, the International Design for Excellence in Interior Design Award at the Design International Conference in Paris, France, and also the Women in Design International Award for Excellence in Interior Design by the Congress of Women Architects and Town Planners in Berlin, Germany. She has also received the Home Fashion League Award in Los Angeles. But Enciso stated this particular award is special.

“I am most proud of this (Latina Style) award because it comes from a great organization that recognizes Latinas for their significant accomplishments to the business world and our (Latino) Community,” stated Enciso.

Latina Style Magazine has a national circulation of 150,000 and a readership of over 600,000. LATINA Style is unique in its ability to reach the seasoned Latina professional, the Latina civic and political leader, and the young Latina entering the workforce for the first time. The culturally sensitive editorial environment of the magazine showcases Latinas’ achievements in all areas of endeavor, including business, corpo­rate America, science, education, civic and political affairs, to name a few.

Initially based in Los Angeles for 25 years, Alycia Enciso is now back in her hometown of San Bernardino, California. Enciso also founded Purchasing Furniture Systems, a furniture dealership company, which has earned a reputation for outstanding professional skill, expertise and service in residential, corporate, senior housing and health care planning and design. Above and beyond her professional endeavors, she has a renowned reputation for community service, as well as
photography.

“I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award from Latina Style Magazine than Alycia Enciso, “said Victor M. Franco, Vice President, Public/Media Affairs, Telemundo 52, NBC/Universal. “She is a one woman army in our Latino community, supporting and volunteering countless hours for so many organizations that are working to improve our quality of life. Her passion to serve is contagious, inspiring those of us that have had privilege of working with her.” Franco, who is recognized as one of the most effective Latino public and community relations executives in the country, also commented on Enciso’s photography skills.

“Alycia is the consummate photographer, chronicling the evolution of our collective growth, capturing our community’s success, frame by
frame so that young, future leaders can learn from our past and motivate them to believe that we can accomplish even more, state Franco. “I congratulate Latina Style Magazine for acknowledging a great visionary.”

 Friends of Alycia Enciso gathered together a few days after she wins the Latina Style Magazine Award to congratulate the community activist, including Victor Franco, Joe Ortiz and actress Liz Navar. At a recent event held in Redlands, California, several of Enciso’s close friends were overjoyed to hear about her receiving the award.

“I had the honor and privilege of representing Alycia for many years in Los Angeles and was amazed by her energy and commitment to the Latino community,” said Joe Ortiz, former radio and television talk show host turned public relations specialist.

“Alycia has a big heart and a deep conviction for our (Latino community, and an amazing sense of timing that is inculcated in her photo shoots, said Ortiz. “Somehow, she manages to capture a specific moment in her photos that sort of freezes a significant historical moment for posterity’s sake.”
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraosa was among the dignitaries who congratulated Alycia Enciso upon receiving Latina Style’s Entrepreneur Award.

Prior to opening her own company in January 1979, Ms Enciso held positions in interior design, fashion consulting, showroom sales
and design. She was chairperson and director of a variety of design-related activities while at U.C.L.A. Extension.


Enciso serves as the vice chair and is currently the chair emeritus of the 34th Congressional District Student Art Competition. From 1993 to 2004, Enciso served as a commissioner of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission and was appointed by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan as the Chair of Civic Design. Enciso formed part of the Greek Theater Advisory Board and was appointed by Mayor Tom Bradley as Founder/Chair of the "Youth at the Greek Festival 1993."

Enciso has served as a member of the Board of Directors
of Design International and Women in Design, professional organizations. She has been recognized for her fund-raising and special events, as active program council member of the National Network of Hispanic Women. Enciso was a member of the Board of Directors of the Latin Business Association of Los Angeles as vice president of Ways and Means Committee and was member of the Latin Business Foundation, the Vikki Carr Scholarship Foundation, and the Board of Trustees of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) and the General Services Advisory in Sacramento and was President of HOPE Education and Leadership Fund.


Enciso founded and is the chair of “Latinos in Hollywood,” a photographic exhibition. She has actively collected photographs for the exhibit for 13 years and has a large collection of life in California and of her travels. Enciso was involved in the San Bernardino “Arts on 5th” Grand Opening with Latinos in Hollywood and special guest actor Barbara Carrera. She is currently a board member of the San
Bernardino Symphony
and was currently appointed to the Historic Preservation Commission and the Bicentennial Commission in
San Bernardino, California by Mayor Patrick Morris. Enciso is a board member of the Latino Theater Company and is currently working on a multimillion dollar renovation of the New Los Angeles Theater Center, a World class Multicultural Cultural Center, and is currently a member of ICUC working on issue affecting the environment and the pollution created by BNSF railroad operation in San Bernardino.

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