Award Presented as Part of the Chamber’s 2017 Annual Awards Gala November 18
Arnold Gacita, President & CEO of Petra Oil Company, a Houston-based leader in the aftermarket automobile industry, was named 2017 Hispanic Male Entrepreneur of the Year by the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at its annual awards gala November 18.
Gacita, who emigrated to the United States from Cuba with his family when he was seven months old, was chosen for his outstanding leadership capabilities and strong commitment to community service. The founder of Petra Oil, which produces automotive maintenance products and service programs, Gacita has grown the company to its position as a trusted brand throughout the United States and in 28 countries in a record seven years’ time.
His business success is matched by his commitment to community service. For example, every year, the entire staff of Petra Oil takes a day off to give back to the community – this year for a project to feed the homeless. In addition, Gacita is a strong supporter of area schools and teachers, regularly hosting teacher appreciation days, providing meals for all the teachers and staff. He is also a mentor for Christian colleges, has sent trucks of food and supplies to help flood victims, and is currently working on a project to build an orphanage in Brazil.
“I am truly honored to be the recipient of this award,” said Gacita. “The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is an extremely important resource for Houston’s Hispanic business community, and I deeply appreciate being recognized by such an outstanding organization.”
“The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce represents the largest demographic group in the region and $60 billion in annual economic activity,” said Dr. Laura G. Murillo, President and CEO. “The Annual Awards is our opportunity to recognize and celebrate the Hispanic leaders in Houston who make this economic progress possible.”
Six separate awards will be presented at the gala, which recognizes successful executives, entrepreneurs and community leaders chosen from hundreds of nominations every year.