Congratulations to our good friend Ileana De Leon Martin, who is now the current President/Chair of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay.
Jolie Gonzalez-Padilla: Tell us how you got started as a businesswoman.
Ileana De Leon Martin: At the age of 23, I came to the realization that companies were missing out on an opportunity in reaching out to the Hispanic community. I started the Hispanic Yellow Pages, using two filing cabinets and a door as my desk. Within 7 years I had grown the business to over 200 employees, servicing Tampa, Orlando, Ft Lauderdale, Miami and Houston Texas. Shortly after opening the Hispanic Yellow Pages I found a need to help businesses reach out and help clients that wanted or needed multi-media buys and counseling. I opened Hispanic Advertising Specialist now Manana Marketing.
Jolie Gonzalez-Padilla: Tell us about your position with Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay, what are some of the initiatives or goals that you have set for your time as president. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay
Ileana De Leon Martin: As president of the Chamber, my goal is to work with the other board members and the business community in growing the membership of the chamber. I want to raise awareness of our members businesses, helping them be successful.
Jolie Gonzalez-Padilla: Tell us about your other hat, as an entrepreneur?
Ileana De Leon Martin: Since selling the Hispanic Yellow Pages in 2003, I’ve dedicated myself to my marketing and advertising company, Mañana Marketing. I focus my energy on my clients businesses, as a full service marketing company I am able to help my clients by directing them in the best possible way saving them time and money in reaching their desired market.
Jolie Gonzalez-Padilla: What in your opinion has been your greatest achievement in your life as a leader in business & community?
Ileana De Leon Martin: My greatest achievement has been the success of my business and the businesses I’ve worked with over the years, helping them grow and prosper. I’ve also been proud to be actively involved in numerous community organizations over the years, dedicating my time and energy in helping others in business.
Jolie Gonzalez-Padilla: What has been your greatest obstacle, and how did you overcome it?
Ileana De Leon Martin: The downturn in the economy has been one of the greatest obstacles. I’ve worked very hard for my clients, ensuring they trust my opinion and experience while helping them achieve success. Their success has always been my number one priority in business, and it is something I build on every day.