On March 18th, 2017, Manny Fernandez, a best-selling author and the first Latino investor to be featured as an investor "Shark" on nationwide TV show, was the keynote speaker on March 18th The Solano Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Awards and Recognition Gala. Fernandez received a State of California Senate’s Certificate of Recognition, honoring Fernandez’s commitment to Solano community and its members, sign by Senator Bill Dodd and presented by Doriss Panduro, President of SHCC. Other attendees included Assemblyman Tim Grayson, Mayor of Fairfield Harry T. Price and Superior Court Judge. Fernandez is no stranger to being honored; he was awarded Shark of the Year by California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce earlier in the month and has been named SF Angel Investor of the year in 2014. The central topic of the keynote speech was the access to capital and how can the Foot in the Silicon Valley Program get more Hispanic businesses funded. Fernandez talked about increasing Hispanic population, fastest growing Hispanic business segment and the fact that only 2% of the companies that get funded in Silicon Valley are Hispanic. Manny touched upon what DreamFunded does, the companies that got funded and how can The Solano Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and its members can come together to back the person within the community. The event recognized businesses and business leaders, as well as outstanding students in both high school and college, viewed by most as the next generation of local business leaders.