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.

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