Edinburg Chamber Announces 2022 Man & Woman of the Year Award Winners

The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2022 Man and Woman of the Year are Estella G. Lopez and Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa. Please join us to honor them at the Chamber’s Annual Installation Banquet to be held on Wednesday, November 16 at 6:30 P.M. at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance. 

The Installation Banquet is being held to recognize Mario Lizcano of DHR Health as incoming Chairman and Michael J. Williamson as outgoing chairman for the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. As well as award the 2022 Man & Woman of the Year Award winners.

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa will be recognized for his commitment to serving South Texas throughout his career of more than 25 years as a Texas Senator and House of Representatives.

Hinojosa served in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 to 1968, actively serving as a squad leader during the Vietnam War. Once Hinojosa returned from his service he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Pan American University, graduating with honors. He later earned a law degree from Georgetown University in Washington D.C., 

Hinojosa has been named twice as one of Texas’s “Top 10 Legislators” by Texas Monthly magazine.

Hinojosa has received the prestigious John Henry Faulk Award, presented by the American Civil Liberties Union. In 2006, he was the recipient of the Public Servant of the Year Award from the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, and in 2007, he received the Patient Advocacy Award from the Texas Academy of Family Physicians. He also received the Humane Legislator award from the Humane Society of the United States, a special recognition award from the NAACP for his work on TYC and criminal justice reform, and the “Texas Medicines Best Legislator” award from the Texas Medical Association for his work to restore Children’s Health Insurance Program funding and improve childhood immunization rates.

Lifetime Edinburg resident, Estella G. Lopez has been named the Edinburg Chamber’s 2022 Woman of the Year. Lopez will be recognized at the Instillation banquet for paving the way for women in business. Throughout Lopez’s long career she has inspired women with her exemplary work ethic and commitment to serving her community. 

In September 1945, Lopez completed her training at the McAllen Business College. Lopez first began her career at Fidelity Abstract in Edinburg, where she started out as a typist clerk for the abstractors on a manual typewriter. She quickly moved up the ranks as a secretary, then a closer, and eventually became the Fidelity Abstract Branch Manager. Lopez has been employed at Sierra Title Company for over 76 years and is still currently employed at the age of 94. 

Tickets and sponsorship are available by contacting the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce to 956-383-4974 or emailing [email protected]. Attire will be formal and all are encouraged to attend this wonderful event.