Gala Committee 

Welcome to our Gala Committee

The IHCH is excited to present 2022’s Gala Theme: ‘Viva!’ This year’s theme celebrates the institute’s appreciation for life and all things with it. The IHCH will welcome all aspects within this year’s theme, Viva la Comida! Viva la Cultura! Viva la Educación! Viva la Vida! This Gala is only possible thanks to the help of our community, sponsors, and members as they strive to reach an ambitious goal of raising funds for scholarships to empower future generations.

Marcelo Saenz

Marcelo J. Saenz Valle, an Interior Designer with a master’s degree from Salamanca University in Spain, is the first son of three children born in Quito - Ecuador to an Ecuadorian father and Puerto Rican mother. He founded his first interior design firm in Quito in 1993, focusing on commercial design including corporate image concepts for major retail and pharmacy chains. He is an amateur artist, avid reader and dog lover and maintains partnership with Welcome Design Studio in Madrid, Spain.

In 1999 he met Adrian Dueñas Montero, now his husband of over 22 years. The two have established several companies in the United States with a focus on real estate and interior design. Their flagship business is BeDESIGN, the Houston-based luxury furniture showroom, a highly regarded destination for the best-known brands of Italy, France, and Spain where Adrian is CEO and Marcelo the Lead Designer.

Marcelo is highly involved in nonprofit organizations in Quito which help children gain access to healthcare and education, and now is proud to join the board of the Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston.

Adrian Dueñas

The IHCH is so honored to welcome Adrian Dueñas as co-chair of our upcoming scholarship fundraiser, VIVA! The Gala! Adrian is Owner and CEO of @BeDesign, the award-winning showroom for luxury modern furniture from Italy, France and Spain, and brings years of dedication and experience in philanthropy and fundraising. He has graciously served on multiple charitable boards and organizations in Houston and around the world, including IHCH, and recently chaired the very successful Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston’s gala.

Silvia Salle

Silvia Salle is a Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor with Bank of America Private Bank in Houston. As the leader of a client’s team, Silvia oversees integrated strategy and careful implementation in investment management, trust and estate planning services, lending, wealth structuring, and philanthropy.

With more than two decades in wealth management, Silvia offers the maturity and acumen that stem from deep experience. She develops long-term client relationships grounded in a thorough understanding of each client’s circumstances. As a trusted resource and guide, Silvia prioritizes transparency and client well-being, espousing a holistic approach that seeks to streamline and advance simultaneous objectives.

Silvia has spent her entire career in private wealth management, beginning in 1993. Prior to joining Bank of America Private Bank, she served as Director of Portfolio Management for BBVA Compass in Houston. Her experience also includes tenures with Banco Santander in Houston, where she was a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Advisor, and Bank of America’s Private Bank, also in Houston, where she was a Senior Portfolio Manager. Previously, Silvia worked in private banking in Chicago, Argentina, and Uruguay, providing her with an international perspective and vast industry knowledge.

Silvia earned her M.B.A. with specialization in Finance from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in Chicago. Silvia lives in Houston.

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