The Los Angeles Business Journal along with Community Partner, the Latin Business Association, was proud to announce The Meruelo Group as the winner of the 2014 Los Angeles Business Journal Latino "Icon Award".
“Blessings to Theresa Don Lucas from City National Bank for inviting me to the Latino Business Awards event at The Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles. I was very inspired by the minority-owned company that received the Icon Award. The Meruelo Group is a group of business leaders in the community that are creating jobs for the people and they are a durable group that continually moves forward. I love the principals that they stand on of excellence, new ideas, balance, discernment and a entrepreneurial spirit,” stated 2014 California Governor Candidate Dr. Robert Ornelas
Alex Meruelo was born in New York City and moved to Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead, CA and received his B.S. from California State University, Long Beach.
He began his career in his father's tuxedo business. In 1985 he opened the first of what became the La Pizza Loca Southern California pizza chain. He expanded his business focus, founding the Meruelo Group, which has grown into a construction and real estate development firm that also owns a bank, Los Angeles-based TV station KWHY-TV, Grand Sierra Resort, and other businesses.
With roots dating to 1986, the Meruelo Group is a minority-owned and operated holding company with vested interests in Construction and Engineering and affiliated interests in Real Estate, Food Services and Private Equity. Through their executive team and its broad base of experience in diverse industries, the Meruelo Group provides its family of companies with strategic vision and tools, setting them apart and beyond their industry peers.
Under the leadership of founder Alex Meruelo, quality, innovation and diversification have become their benchmarks. These core principles, instilled in the Meruelo Group family of companies, drive each aspect of their business from operations to management.
Mixing business acumen with entrepreneurial spirit, the Meruelo Group is a diversified industry leader steadfastly focused on delivering superior results to their family of companies and their customers.