Jersey City, New Jersey

May 16, 2017

For Excellence in Business, Arts, Science, & Social Responsibility


Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company and the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce honored Henry Cárdenas with the III Goya Hispanic Achievement Award at an exclusive gala dinner at the Rainbow Room on Monday, May 15, 2017, attended by more than 300 guests. The award is given annually to distinguish a Hispanic leader or organization in the fields of business, arts, science and social responsibility.


“We established The Goya Hispanic Achievement Award to celebrate our heritage and the success of the Hispanic community,” said Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods. “I congratulate and commend Henry Cardenas for all that he has accomplished and done for our communities around the world. Henry symbolizes and embodies the characteristics and qualities of an outstanding leader, and we applaud him for his dedication to the advancement of the Hispanic community.”


Henry Cárdenas has spent the last 30 years managing and producing some of the largest live entertainment shows and concerts in the United States and across Latin America. He founded Cárdenas Marketing Network (CMN) in 2002 and currently leads an award-winning team to orchestrate innovative campaigns for corporate giants including Anheuser-Busch, Wrigley Jr. Company and H&R Block among others. Today, CMN is recognized as the largest producer of Latin music concerts and sporting events in the United States, staging over 150 events every year.

“I am grateful to be honored by Goya and the Spain US Chamber of Commerce,” said Henry Cardenas, CEO of CMN and co-founder of Maestro Cares.  "Out of all of my accomplishments, creating Maestro Cares was by far my greatest.  Together, we set out to make a difference in the lives of children without food, love, and proper care, and instead, each of the children we have helped has given us so much more in return.  This is just the beginning."


In 2012, Mr. Cárdenas teamed up with business associate and Grammy Award winner Marc Anthony to launch the Maestro Cares Foundation in an effort to help disadvantaged children in developing Latin American countries. The mission of Maestro Cares is to improve the quality of life for orphaned children throughout Latin America by providing housing, classrooms, health clinics, dining and recreational facilities. Since its founding, the Foundation has opened up orphanages in the Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Mexico. New projects are currently in process in Peru, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, Guatemala, and Chicago.


Goya Foods is a founding member of the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce and has fully supported the organization’s outstanding work since 1959. “We are truly honored to host and organize this prestigious event for one of our founding members,” Alan D. Solomont, President of the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said about this celebration.


About GOYA: Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures, packages, and distributes over 2,500 high-quality food products from Spain, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world; their combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings, and convenient preparation make them ideal for every taste and every table. For more information on Goya Foods, please visit


About the Spain - U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Founded in New York in 1959, the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce fosters the economic ties between Spain and the United States and has grown to become one of the leading transatlantic business organizations.  The Chamber is a private, not-for-profit, membership institution that represents the interests of companies that have established or are interested in establishing business and commercial relations between these two countries. We provide our members with access to practical, measurable business expansion opportunities by delivering high-caliber networking and targeted marketing platforms and events, as well as top-quality business intelligence and regulatory advice and influence. It also provides a forum in which Spanish business executives in the United States and American business executives with Spanish interests may identify, discuss and pursue common interests and opportunities regarding their activities.  For more information on the Chamber, please visit