Eddie, as I affectionately call him for so long, is an amazing serial entrepreneur, a dynamic and positive thinker. Eddie is an action oriented spirit that humbly has maintained and sustained support for the equitable advancement of Latino and diverse small businesses over more years than I care to count. He is a true friend that does not run for cover when circumstances are challenging, and always generous with his time and innovative thinking in support of many philanthropic causes and organizations dedicated to the economic and business advancement of Latino and other diverse communities from coast to coast, and everywhere in between. Eddie, and this most important from my perspective, is a proud and loving father and grandfather that, together with his soulmate Ada, has unselfishly guide an extended family toward their own development of successful entrepreneurship endeavors. I consider myself privileged, in a way, to have known Eddie for a long time, and that he considers me as his friend.