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Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) announced that CEO Rolando Pozos of Amapola Market was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023 Greater Los Angeles Award winner. The Entrepreneur of the Year Awards program is one of the preeminent competitive awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies.
Pozos was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award winners, leading CEOs, investors, and other regional business leaders. The candidates were evaluated based on their demonstration of building long-term value through entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth, and impact, among other core contributions and attributes.
I am honored to have been awarded this prestigious recognition among so many outstanding entrepreneurs in Los Angeles, one of the most thriving cities in the world. It is very rewarding to be recognized as part of a group of entrepreneurs that are striving to make their businesses succeed while improving their communities, the livelihood of their employees, and fulfilling the needs of their customers, stated Rolando Pozos, President & CEO of Amapola Market.
Amapola Market is a Los Angeles food staple that has been serving its customers for more than 62 years. It is the most popular masa brand in Southern California, and it has been an integral community pillar that has served and helped generations of loyal customers prepare tamales. Amapola Market produces its products through an artisanal process that utilizes ancient methods to produce the nixtamal, which is used to make masa, tortillas, and tamales with a unique flavor. Amapola Market sells its products exclusively through its company-owned and operated grocery stores. Each Amapola Market location has a tortilla factory, full-service meat market, bakery, service deli, and grocery store all in one. Every Christmas season, tens of thousands of Southern California residents line up for hours outside the stores every day to purchase masa and other ingredients to prepare their tamales.
Pozos is the President & CEO of Amapola Market, a legacy brand of natural Hispanic-style food products and company-owned and operated retail locations in Los Angeles. He is Chairman of the Board of Team Tube, a leading steel distribution company headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with locations in Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Sacramento. Pozos has over 20 years of investment banking experience, He specialized in mergers and acquisitions and completed a large number of public and private transactions for industrial, energy, consumer products, telecommunications, health care, financial services, and real estate companies in the US and Latin America. Furthermore, Rolandos international experience includes a number of sell and buy-side transactions in Europe and Asia.
About Amapola Market
Amapola Market is a Los Angeles-based Hispanic food brand and grocery store chain that has been serving Southern California residents for more than 62 years. Amapola is a brand of natural food products, specializing in non-GMO corn products including masa, tamales and tortillas, and other specialty food offerings. The company sells its products exclusively through three owned and operated grocery stores located in Los Angeles, Downey, and Paramount. Amapola is the most popular brand of fresh corn dough for tamales, known as masa. Amapola Market has been an integral community pillar that has served and helped generations of loyal customers prepare tamales. Each Amapola Market location has a tortilla factory, full-service meat market, bakery, service deli, and grocery store all in one.
Marco A. Gonzalez
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