Financial Center's Marco Dominguez Honored with a Sagamore of the Wabash Award from Governor Pence
Financial Center First Credit Union’s Director of Community Relations, Marco Dominguez, was honored with the Governor’s Sagamore of the Wabash Award on Saturday, May 9, at the Association of Venezuelans in Indiana fundraising gala.
According the Diego Morales, Special Assistant to Governor Pence, Dominguez was presented the prestigious award due to his leadership and hard work promoting the Latino community in Indianapolis since his arrival to the Hoosier state from Venezuela in 1992. Morales also commented that Dominguez exemplifies the meaning of being a Hoosier, working tirelessly to promote diversity and bring all groups together.
Dominguez’s list of professional and personal accomplishments is long and gives testament to the Governor’s recognition of his service. Dominguez has been instrumental in the developing and fostering the growth of several Latino cultural initiatives including:
- Association of Venezuelans in Indiana
- Supporter of the Mexican Independence Day “El Grito”
- Hispanic Day at the Indiana State Fair
- The Indiana Latino Expo
- Financial Center’s Latino Advisory Council to the Board of Directors
Dominguez has served on the City of Lawrence Redevelopment Committee, the City of Indianapolis Latino Round Table, and several Boards including the American Heart Association, the Indiana Minority Health Coalition Latino Advisory Board, Manage Health Services, and Crime Stoppers of Indianapolis.
Dominguez’s commitment to the community spills into his role at Financial Center First Credit Union. As its Director of Community Relations, Dominguez fosters conversations between the credit union and Latino community leaders, business owners, and the public. He provides financial education workshops at the Consulate of Mexico, sharing the basics about the US financial service industry and banking services available. He partners with local businesses whose workforces are largely Hispanic, providing free financial workshops to their employees. He also serves on Financial Center’s Latino Advisory Council to the Board of Directors providing insight as to how the Credit Union can better serve Indiana’s growing Latino population.
“Marco is a great asset to Financial Center and the community because of his passion for serving others and his ability to rally others to follow his causes,” said J. Kevin Ryan, Financial Center’s President and CEO. “He is a believer in inclusion for all and a true leader for change.”
Dominguez has been recognized in the past for his many accomplishments including receiving: Father of the Year from Dads, Inc., Citizen of the Year from the City of Indianapolis and the Peruvian and Venezuelan Associations of Indiana, Contribution to Community Award from the Mexican Consulate, Volunteer of the Year from the City of Lawrence, Journalist of the Year from the Small Business Administration of Indiana, and the Hispanic Education Achievement Award from the Hispanic Education Center.