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The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Pinellas County


We want to create the strongest Hispanic and Latino business community in the State of Florida. Connect with us to learn more. 


Vision & Mission

We want to create the strongest Hispanic and Latino business community in the State of Florida. Connect with us to learn more. 
We will achieve this by equipping and empowering Hispanic and Latino entrepreneurs so that they may thrive in their business and serve as role models for future generations.



This will be done through personal development and business building coaching and strategizing.


By providing workshops & seminars, marketing & sales training, along with other relevant business tools and methodologies we will help businesses become more knowledgable, efficient, effective and profitable.


Through relationship building we will expand visibility, improve and increase lead generation, and create valuable strategic partnerships.

Serving the Community

As the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Pinellas County we believe strongly in giving back. We will serve our community through scholarships, grants, programs & books, homeless project projects, building restoration and the Great American Teach-in.

Having Fun

We believe in celebrating successes and accomplishments. That is why The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of pinellas County will celebrate the successes of our members and the community. We believe that relationships and bonds are best created in de-stressing social events that we will have throughout the year.

Board Members

Elí Gonzalez
Elí Gonzalez

Founder & President

Founder & Senior Writer – The Ghost Publishing

Eli, AKA the Godfather of Ghostwriting, is one of the preeminent ghostwriters in the United States today. He’s the CEO of The Ghost Publishing International and the Founder of the International Ghostwriter’s Association. Prior to that, he was the Senior Ghostwriter for a large, publically traded publishing company.

He has written books for ministry leaders and political leaders known all over the world. To date, as a ghostwriter, he has written more than 85 books, many of which reached legitimate Best Seller lists.

Eli has also authored 6 books of his own. His latest book, The Fierce Urgency of Now, debuted at #3 on Amazon and was a legitimate best seller.

In 2015, Eli was contracted to write, Falling From the Sky. A true-life account based on the life events of Captain William Smith. In 2021, Falling From the Sky began the transition of becoming converted into a major motion picture.

In 2014, Eli was contracted to write, Undaunted: The Tiger of Auschwitz, a true-life account of holocaust survivor, Garmaine Pitchon. That book is in consideration to be converted into a major motion picture in 2022.

In 2017 Eli founded the International Ghostwriter’s Academy. They proudly offer the only online certification course on how to make a living as a ghostwriter.

In 2019, Mr. Gonzalez was awarded the Hispanic Prestige Award for his leadership and service to the community.

In 2020, Eli established a non-profit organization called, Los Padrinos. Their mission is to empower and inspire the Hispanic community through education by offering grants and scholarships to middle school students, high school graduates, and Hispanics who have been imprisoned.

In 2020 Eli Gonzalez was named one of the Top 20 Influential Hispanics in the state of Florida by the Latin Times Media Group.

In 2021 Eli founded the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Pinellas County, where he serves as the Chamber President.

Eli Gonzalez also heads up the English department for Rhodes Academy of Creative Arts in Tampa. Online, he teaches creative writing to students in grades 6-12. He also serves as a Board Member for Orange Community College.

Eli is a serial entrepreneur, with current ownership stake in five companies.

Eli Gonzalez is a sought after speaker and a renowned thought leader in the entrepreneurial, motivational, ghostwriting and publishing world. He is a featured speaker on Gig-Salad and other Speaker Associations. He has been featured on NBC, FOX, Barnes & Noble, That Business Show, Joy on Paper, Edge Business Magazine, The Florida Minority Economic Summit, The Real Talk Miami Conference, Roku, Apple TV, and on many other media outlets.

Joe Lugo
Joe Lugo

Vice President

Founder, CEO, J3 Creations
Founder, P3 Creations (non-profit)
Author, Speaker, Leadership Development, D&I Specialist, Coach

Joe is the lead pastor for Oasis, the Spanish ministry of Countryside Christian Center in Florida. He also leads the deaf ministry and serves in the English side of church. He is known for his passion for the Latino and Deaf communities, as he spends the majority of his time serving there. Joe has a passion for learning, having completed two degrees and in the process of completing another.

Joe created J3 Creations to help organizations become more profitable. We provide customized leadership development, diversity & inclusion awareness and accountability coaching. We do this by using a consultative approach, training, workshops, seminars and speaking.

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Tellie Hall
Tellie Hall


My name is Loida “Tellie” E González Hall.  My family  moved  to the United States in 1979 and I understood English, however I could not hardly converse in English.  Within a year I was able to no longer need a translator and started my first job at 16 in retail and have not stopped.  I was born to Puerto Rican parents while we were stationed in El Paso Texas and moved back to Puerto Rico before I was 1 yr old.  I now have lived  in St Petersburg Fl for the past 23 years.  I  have been married for 15 years, I have two daughters, a step daughter, nine grandchildren.  My mother and siblings live in Orlando, and I am the oldest of 6.  I am retired from the banking industry where I helped hundreds of people from basic savings and checking accounts to owning homes and businesses.  In my years of Banking I also was an educator training new employees and managers and teaching Banking skills money skills and home buying education with St Petersburg Neighborhood Housing.  
 I now own TGH Consulting Services, using my background in finance and my business development skills I help businesses find resources to grow their businesses.  Many business owners need assistance to grow their business whether it is Financial, whether its connections, what is the basic ability to communicate and I helped many businesses Connect to the right resources to grow their business. I am also your Community Liaison here at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Commerce of Pinellas County.  I have been a community leader for over 20 years working with organizations in St. Petersburg where we raised over 4 1/2 million dollars for children’s charities.  I’ve been able to hold several officer positions on our Board and was President during the pandemic And was able to retain over 92% membership which turned me to be named member of the year.  For the past 10 years I have been newsletter editor of the year, district wise and best fundraiser District Wise, best program snd All American volunteer National.  Some of my duties during the 20 years of RibFest events were soda and ice captain and also volunteer management.  Often  exceeded expectations, being the only Latino for the 20 years working in volunteering to help kids.  This year alone I would miss your volunteers graduating with honors from high school or college. 
Let’s say I love having fun and anything I do it’s called network with a cause that leads to a network for business that leads to success
Carolina Conner
Carolina Conner

Director of Education

Luxury Real Estate Advisor
CIPS – Certified International Property Specialist
MRP  – Military Relocation Professional
AHWD – At Home with Diversity
RENE – Real Estate Negotiation Expert
SFR – Short Sales Foreclosure Resource

Carolina is a Real Estate Advisor originally from Bogota Colombia, she is a bilingual professional with over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, Management, and Leadership. She had the opportunity to work with and lead diverse teams and roles nationwide and in South America (Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru also El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras). She is a Military Spouse and community advocate, talent advisor, provided advice to allocate resources for Service members in transition to civilian life for over five years.

She is currently serving as a Director Board of Directors at Pinellas Realtor Organization/Central Pasco Realtor Organization. Director Board of Directors at Florida Realtors and President of Carolina Conner Custom Homes providing relocation services for Military Families, Real Estate Services and Contracting. Carolina is extremely dedicated to her clients and associates’ success, she is committed to excellence in her community and workplace, always connecting key leaders and aware of the best resources in the industry.

As a professional in the industry always looking to acquire more designations and knowledge to better serve her clients, collaborate, and advocate throughout her organization.

Gabriel Bonserio
Gabriel Bonserio

Hello, I’m Gabriel.

After studying Marketing and Tourism at the University in Buenos Aires, I began my professional career by working in the tourism business. After a few years in the corporate world, I moved to Tampa, Florida to start a new career abroad.

On my journey to discover my purpose and passion in life, customer service and helping my clients to pursue what they deserve became my goal.
After the appropriate training in University of Central Florida I became a Public Adjuster and Insurance loss Specialist.

Every year I improve my knowledge with courses in wind claims, etc. because updating ensures a better service for my clients.

HDGAdjustersinTampa,Florida ismybusinesswherehelpingthehomeownersis our principal goal. As a Certified Appraiser and Umpire I can assist homeowners and other adjusters as well to solve their cases.

When I am not helping homeowners recovering their loss, you can find me practicing taekwondo in Ocala or spending time at one of the many beautiful beaches in the Tampa and St Pete area. I am also a Board member of Hispanic chamber of commerce of Pinellas county and. I have been Vice President in the Hispanic Chamber of Tampa Bay, Vice President in the Pasco Hernando Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and President of the Argentine Association of Tampa bay.

I have been involved in volunteering and community service my whole life with organizations; I look forward to sharing my knowledge, professional expertise, and passion for serving others to help the newly formed hispanic chamber of Pinellas county thrive and prosper. This past year I had the honor to receive the Latino Lideres Award in Tampa Bay.

Zachary Gottlieb
Zachary Gottlieb

Media & Communications - Ambassador

Bio Coming Soon

Office Location:

 136 4th Street N, Ste 223

St. Petersburg, FL 33701