Latino Leaders magazine presented its 2018 Maestro Award for Entrepreneurship to Lou Sandoval, national director for business development for Nautic-On, at a ceremony held at the Chicago History Museum on September 26. The award is the highest recognition the publication presents to an individual.
Other recipients of the 2018 Maestro Award included U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez, George Burciaga, managing director for Civiq Smartscapes and Robert Rodriguez of D.R.R. Advisors. Past recipients include well-known Chicagoans Ralph de la Vega, Art Velazquez, Marty Castro, Ezequiel Flores, Jose R Sanchez, JC Gonzalez-Mendez, Alejandro Silva, Manny Sanchez, Jesus Chy Garcia, Juventino Cano, Lou Nieto, Martin Cabrera and Jesse Ruiz.
Sandoval is the current national director of business development for Nautic-On, a Brunswick company that offers connectivity services for boat owners. He spent 15 years as the owner/founder of a marine dealership in the Great Lakes area and developed the local market for a large European boat brand. Prior to that he worked for several Fortune 100 companies in the healthcare/biotech/biomedical industry.
“Lou is a tremendous example and role model to many entrepreneurs and young Latinos,” said Jorge Ferraez, publisher of Latino Leaders magazine and host of the Maestro Ceremony, in a statement. “His story and career talk a great deal of how a man with the right attitude and discipline can climb the ladder and become a leader and a successful businessman. We have learned very much from him about leadership and how that leadership can impact the community.”
Sandoval serves on several industry boards including the National Board of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, Sail America and the Recreational Boating Leadership Council.