The Latino Action Network is a grassroots organization composed of individuals and organizations that are committed to engaging in collective action at the local, state and national levels in order to advance the equitable inclusion of the diverse Latino communities in all aspects of United States society.

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Latino Action Network Mourns the Passing of Our Friend and Founding Member Daniel Jara

Daniel H. Jara

The members of the Latino Action Network are deeply saddened at the news of the passing of our friend Daniel Jara, Founding President and CEO of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey.  We send our deepest condolences to his family.  For those of us that had the privilege of working with Daniel for the betterment of New Jersey's Hispanic community, he will be sorely missed.  Daniel Jara was a founding member of the Latino Action Network when we launched our organization in January of 2010.  His contributions to our organization and to our state will always be remembered.

Announcement from the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey:

Death of a Hispanic Trailblazer  

It is with the deepest sadness and sorrow that we announce the death of our Founding President & CEO, Dr. Daniel H. Jara.  

November 30, 2012. New Jersey -

Dr. Jara was  a hardworking businessman and a leader in the Hispanic Community. He was born in Lima, Peru; where he obtained his primary and early secondary
education. He came to New Jersey at the age of 14 and graduated from Eastside H.S. in Paterson. He attended
Rutgers University, obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Accounting and M.A. in Finance and
Business Administration.

He was the Owner of Rimac Agency, Inc., an insurance, Hispanic market and international trade consulting firm. As head of the Greater Paterson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Jara came to realize more needed to be done to ensure that Hispanic Business owners were in touch with the state and each other.   

In 1989, along with 4 other volunteer Hispanic Leaders, the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was formed in order to bridge that gap. For 22 years, Dr. Jara lead the Chamber to an become a large organization that was dedicated to advancing and advocating for business interests for the Hispanic Community in New Jersey.  

Upon Dr. Jara's retirement, SHCC-NJ Chairman Emeritus, Harry Ayala, said,"Daniel has been a tireless and powerful voice for New Jersey's Hispanic business community for many years. He's been a constant and well-known presence throughout the Garden State, whether it was holding meetings at the State House, in corporate offices, or with the owners of small businesses seeking advice on how to get started and succeed in their entrepreneurial endeavors."
He changed the landscape for thousands of Hispanic men and women in the business arena and we are grateful for his contributions."

Daniel's leadership reflected in fostering economic growth and visibility to New Jersey. As a steadfast leader, he headed and participated in countless events, meetings and trade missions. He served on many committees and boards of organizations to ensure that the Hispanic Business Community was always well represented.

He is survived by his devoted wife, 2 sons, and granddaughter. 

Our condolences go now to his family, his friends and all who were close to him.  We will be mourning the loss of a steadfast leader, businessman & colleague.   


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