Estrategias y Negocios, 2019
Doña Isabel Gutiérrez, president of the Juan Bautista Gutiérrez Foundation, was recognized with the Golden Fork Award as Person of the Year, for her outstanding humanitarian work.
The tribute was held within the framework of the inauguration of the Food Trade Fair 2019, an event that specializes in the Food and Beverage industry, in Guatemala.
Doña Isabel’s vocation to serve the neediest, and her social service efforts began at an early age, alongside her father, Juan Bautista Gutiérrez. As executive secretary of Molino Excélsior in Quetzaltenango, she participated in the food and beverage industry, and supported, along with her father, in Rotary projects and in the Spanish Charity.
Subsequently, Isabel Gutiérrez de Bosch led the creation of the Juan Bautista Gutiérrez Foundation, the social arm of CMI, Corporación Multi Inversiones, in 1985. The foundation works to maintain the ideals of solidarity and service to the community, that Juan Bautista Gutiérrez lived by, and formalizes the charitable projects of the Bosch Gutiérrez and Gutiérrez Mayorga families. The education and health programs of each of the corporation’s companies are channeled and centralized through it.
As president of the Juan Bautista Gutiérrez Foundation since 1986, Mrs. Bosch leads projects, including the University Scholarship Program, the My Health… My Responsibility Program and the Nutrition and Community Entrepreneurship Program. “At the Juan Bautista Gutiérrez Foundation, we believe that if we impact communities, we can change the country and that is why we work to give children and women access to education, and to empower them to be agents of change in their communities,” explained Doña Isabel Gutiérrez de Bosch.
Throughout her long career, she has received a number of awards and recognitions for her hard work in the field of charity, including the 1990 Rotary International “Paul Harris” Award, the Dolores Bedoya Molina Award in the Grand Collar degree awarded in 1993 and the recognition “Exalting Our Values” from the Industrial Bank in 1995. She also received the Orden del Quetzalin the degree of Grand Officer in 2012 from the Guatemalan Government. Three years later, she obtained a special recognition from Rotary International for her Rotary Service during the celebration of 90 years of Rotary in Central America.
The Golden Fork Award, delivered in the twelfth edition, is an event that celebrates the outstanding work of restaurants, chefs, and professionals who make a difference in the Food and Beverage industry. The recognitions are granted by the Organizing Committee of the Food Trade Fair, that includes the Chamber of Industry of Guatemala, the Guatemalan Tourism Board, the Restaurant Association, the Technical Institute for Training and Productivity -INTECAP-, the Club Rotario del Este, the National Coffee Association. –ANACAFÉ- and Rafael Landívar University.