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Jose Sueiro

Jose Sueiro

born in New York City of immigrant parents and settled here to study at George

Washington & American Universities. I am a Ward 1 resident and tenant at 1841 Columbia Road

since 1973. I was originally an ANC Commissioner in 1988 and later worked in the Office of

Mayor Anthony Williams. I’ve been a teacher, community activist, culture advocate, journalist,

businessman, and Mayoral appointee. I consult on issues of affordable housing and economic

development. My background includes:

Public Service

• Director, Latin American Youth Center,

• D.C. Recreation Dept. Roving Leader – delinquency and gang prevention,

• Teacher, Oyster Bilingual Elementary School; Soccer coach, Wilson & Bell H.S.,

• ANC Commissioner 1988-90.

• President; 1841 Columbia Road Tenant Assoc.,

• Member; AARP/DC Executive Committee,

• Neighborhood Services, Office of the Mayor, 2000-06.


• Publisher; El Latino Newspaper, Spanish language community newspaper 1976-89,

• Publisher; La Nación Newspaper, Spanish language weekly newspaper, 1990-99,

• Editor; “Noticias del Mundo”; Washington Times Spanish language daily, 2000,

• Panelist, Reporters Roundtable, Channel 16


• Creator; “Escuela de Rumba” school of music,

• Co-Founder; GALA Hispanic Theatre

• Radio Host; ‘Duende & Caché’ Latin music show

• President; Hispanic Festival of Washington D.C.

Small Business & Affordable Housing

• Consultant; Development Corporation of Columbia Heights,

• Partner; LCHIP Development Group, LLC - affordable housing in D.C.,

• Director; Coalition of Park Road Businesses, Inc.

• Director; D.C. Hispanic Contractors Association, Inc.

Vote Jose Sueiro for ANC1C03 on November

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Mr. Macri Comes to Washington

Argentina's President Mauricio Macri came to Washington DC for his first visit under the Trump regime on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017. The whirlwind visit lasted barely 36 hours and began with a meeting on Thursday, April 27th with the American President. Later that same day he appeared at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to address an overflowing crowd eager to hear about his government's vaunted reforms and plans for growth and prosperity (see Link that follows for a transcript of the event).

            Suave, soft spoken and earnest, Macri related how he is opening up the Argentine economy while retaining the approval of a majority of his countrymen for the reforms taking place. He was clear and emphatic in his rejection of the so-called 'populism' of the past 15 years that, in his view, kept his country isolated and mired in conflict and corruption. Macri has slashed taxes on agricultural exports, paid off international bond holders and negotiated new loans and assistance from the large multi-lateral lending agencies such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), World Bank and FMI among others. With Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the IDB, seated in the front row Macri described initial agreements on infrastructure development and improvements totaling hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade. He stated his goal of limiting inflation to single digits, eliminating corruption and creating good paying, productive jobs for his people.

            Macri joked about his time as head of Boca Juniors Soccer Club, claiming it was an even more difficult position than his term as Mayor of Buenos Aires. He was clear, succinct and diplomatic when asked about his 'wonderful' meeting at the White House with his old friend from another life and added some thoughtful insights into the situation Venezuela faces today and the reaction of MERCOSUR and the OAS to the situation. Interviewed by the always tactful and knowledgeable Mack McClarty, Chief of Staff under the Clinton administration, it was a remarkable 45 minutes. CSIS made special mention of the popularity of the event which attracted an impressive audience. According to Mr. Macri it was an example of how Argentina has once again become an outward looking, sophisticated, welcoming society ready to do business with the United States. In the tense, divided atmosphere of Washington DC, it was almost refreshing to hear Mr. Macri's optimism and faith in democracy.


How to Build a Successful Construction Company

Saturday, March 4, 2017, a quartet of Latino business leaders conducted an outstanding 'how to' seminar on entrepreneurship and building a construction firm at the VFW Hall in Manassas Va. The opening speaker was Walter Tejada, leader of the Latino community in N. Va., a former Chair of the Arlington County Board and current member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Board of Directors. Walter was both inspirational and cautious with his message. He acknowledged the tough times Hispanic businesspersons are experiencing all over the region, but he was optimistic about the opportunities facing our businesses as long as they can qualify for projects by having the proper licenses, insurance and bonding. He spoke if issues relating to capacity building and the threat to our community given the current political climate.

            Jorge Ramos, the highly successful owner of SG Inc., a leading installer of industrial solar panel farms based in N. Va. spoke of the centrality of five major areas of development for all businesses; 1.) The need for Clientele and nurturing and caring for your clients, 2.) the necessity of Experience in the field you've chosen, 3.) Resources (both human and financial), 4.) a Business Model and 5.) a Business Plan. The succinct and precise presentation by Mr. Ramos was both challenging and inspiring. A bit nervous about presenting before the two dozen young entrepreneurs in the room, Jorge created a great deal of empathy and touched them with his humility and common sense.

            Board Chairperson of DC Metro Hispanic Contractors Association (DCMHCA), Carlos Perdomo, continued the discussion by outlining his personal journey and 24 years of experience as a small construction firm based in the District of Columbia. In prepared remarks Mr. Perdomo, owner of Keystone Plus Construction, outlined the various pitfalls, mistakes and dangers he faced as a young contractor. He spoke of the importance of maintaining a good reputation, being honorable and keeping your word. He spoke of the many obstacles he had to overcome and the number of times his company lost money on work he was committed to completing even when unforeseen conditions out of his control damaged the project. He spoke of risk taking and the uncertainty and cut throat nature of the construction industry. He gave an example of his recent partnership with the DC United soccer stadium which unexpectedly fell through. Mr. Perdomo remained at the venue for almost two hours after the presentation concluded speaking one on one with the gathered business owners who sought his encouragement and advice.

            Finally, the serious and exacting Jumi Silva, Controller for the accomplished DC based development firm Jair Lynch & Partners, spoke about the importance of fiscal discipline and money management at a small construction firm. Ms. Silva is not only controller with a decade of expeience at a large development firm, but she is also a partner with her husband in a small general contracting firm, MVS Services. Her experience and insights regarding the importance of maintaining a solid balance sheet, keeping up to date with workman's compensation and other licenses and insurance, reinvesting profits into the company, etc., were received with great attention and numerous questions.

            Also present at the workshop were officers of the new organization of Latino Safety Professionals (LSP). This incipient association has focused on increasing safety on construction sites and consists of expert technicians and trainers in the industry. Jorge Otalora who heads the association was present at the workshop and briefly described the goals and objectives of LSP. Jerry Rivera, another safety professional who works primarily with electricians also gave a brief presentation of his specialty. Our next workshops will be coordinated with our friends at LSP. Positions for bi-lingual safety technicians in the construction industry are at a premium and we're hoping to recruit qualified workers for the various training programs that LSP can provide.

            For the first time, to our knowledge, Burke & Herbert Bank joined us for the morning session. Justin Shutters from the bank introduced himself and the Bank and handed out brochures about the bank's services.

            The Construction Workshop provided by DC Metro Hispanic Contractors Assoc. this past March 4 in Manassas was extraordinarily successful and made headway toward identifying Hispanic, minority and immigrant owned small construction firms in N. Va. We are building new pathways to success for our small business owners and have created a N. Va. chapter of our organization that is beginning to make a difference in the lives of our community.

            This workshop was sponsored by TURNER CONSTRUCTION CO. without whom this would not have been possible. Chata Bernal, owner and principal at Better Business Consulting, helped organize this event and was instrumental in its success. We'd like to thank them for their support.

Lilting Melodies, Ballads and Flamenco

I first met Javier Colina in one of those smoked filled jazz nightclubs in Madrid, don't remember if it was Cafe Central, Sala Clamores or the old Whiskey and Jazz. What is certain is I first heard him with Jerry Gonzalez, my friend the trumpet and conga player who has achieved iconic status in Spain as one of the finest jazz, or more specifically Latin Jazz, players on the Iberian peninsula.
    In the States, on his home turf in the Bronx, Gonzalez was famous for performing with his brother Andy Gonzalez on bass with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie and McCoy Tyner. The Gonzalez brothers formed the legendary 'Conjunto Libre' with Manny Oquendo replicating the original 'trombanga' sound they performed with Eddie Palmieri. Jerry also became popular and had a few hits with his Ft. Apache Band. In Spain, Colina fit right in with Gonzalez's group and it seemed as if he were born to the idiom. He added the 'fondo' flamenco and packed a tight swing with his bass playing. Jerry created unique musical groups in Madrid such as the 'Comando de la Clave' and 'Los Piratas del Flamenco'.
    I last saw Colina at the Baluarte Concert Hall in Pamplona in August of 2015. He was there with an all star jazz group that included Juan Pardo maestro on the wind instruments (who visited DC this past November), Gonzalez on his classic muted horn and high pitched conga and the Cuban pianist Javier Massó, 'Caramelo'. It was at a flamenco/jazz festival that included, among others. the Carmona brothers of Ketama fame.
    Josemi Carmona was an original member of "Ketama" along with the Carmona brothers Antonio and Juan Miguel. The legendary Ketama, a pioneer of the flamenco fusion idiom began as a trio, featuring brothers Antonio and Juan Miguel Carmona and their cousin, Josemi. Ketama was one of the leading groups of the "new flamenco" movement. Since releasing their self-titled debut album in 1985, the trio directed the evolution of flamenco as a world-savvy music. Their albums fuse flamenco with salsa, Brazilian, reggae, pop, funk, jazz, and hip-hop influences. Folk Roots wrote, "harmonies, masterful melodies, exquisite pace and timing deeply satisfying ....reaching points of the brain/body most music snoozes past."
    The three members of Ketama represent the fourth generation of a musical family that traces back to guitarist Ico Habichuela. During their 20 years together they shared stages with Paco de Lucia, Enrique Morente and Camarón De La Isla. After building their reputation with their virtuosic playing and vocal harmonies, they went on to play with Celia Cruz, Paquito D'Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, and Michel Camilo. Ketama secured their fame as opening act for Prince and the Rolling Stones.
    Javier Colina and Josemi bring a unique brand of harmony and jazz, a combination of lilting melodies, ballads and flamenco roots with the contrapuntal improvisations of a jazz master on the bass. This intriguing duo will be delighting fans of this music on Thursday, March 9, 7:30 to 9 pm at the Former Residence of the Ambassador of Spain at 2801 16th St. NW. To purchase tickets or seek more information go to: https://www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/josemi-carmona-javier-colina-de-cerca/

Tejada, Perdomo, Address Hispanic Owned Small Businesses in Manassas VA

Walter Tejada, newly appointed Board Member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) and Carlos Perdomo, Chairman of DC Metro Hispanic Contractors Association (DCMHCA) and owner of Keystone Plus Construction will address a group of construction company owners at VFW Post 7589 in Manassas, Saturday, March 4th at 9:30 am. The purpose of the workshop is to support the development of small, Hispanic, minority and immigrant owned construction and commercial contracting companies in Northern Virginia and optimize their opportunities for growth and success.
    Mr. Tejada will speak to the existing conditions in Northern Virginia for small businesses and what opportunities there are for them. The MWAA is embarking on a major reform to the airport over the next 3-5 years which will require a great many sub-contractors and construction related professionals and companies. Walter is an outstanding, veteran leader in N. Va. with a long and distinguished record of support for economic development and diversity during his stint on the Arlington County Board where he served for a time as its Chairman.
    Mr. Perdomo will share his experiences in building a successful construction firm in the District of Columbia. He will be joined by new DCMHCA Member Jorge Ramos, CEO of SG Inc., a company based in Manassas that installs major industrial solar panel installations the world over. These two successful Hispanic business owners will highlight their experiences in the hope of inspiring and mentoring the businesses who attend the workshop. DCMHCA will also encourage attendees to join the business guild and participate in the benefits the association offers.
    Also presenting on March 4th is Jumi Silva, Company Controller for Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners, a progressive, highly successful developer based in the District. Ms. Silva will speak about the importance of a well structured balance sheet, maintaining solid financial records and in general what it takes to manage the financials of a company that deals in development, construction or commercial contracting.
    This workshop is supported by Turner Construction Co. who are partnering with DCMHCA to provide the skills and mentoring needed to grow our small businesses and provide them the opportunity to tackle larger more complex projects. This is just one part of the collaboration between Turner and DC Metro Hispanic Contractors Assoc.
    This event is being organized by Chata Bernal, owner of Better Business Consulting and now head of the Northern Virginia Chapter of DCMHCA. This is the second workshop in Manassas Ms. Bernal has worked on for the association. She has been instrumental in recruiting Northern Virginia businesses to the organization And can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 571-552-7781, 202-203-0120.

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