Mi Padrino

Mi Padrino is an event-planning platform; a simple alternative to age-old methods of organizing, planning and funding traditional Latino events with padrinos.

  • Stage Product In Market
  • Industry Software
  • Location Ann Arbor, MI, US
  • Currency USD
  • Founded July 2015
  • Employees 9
  • Incorporation Type C-corp
  • Website mipadrino.com

Company Summary

Mi Padrino is an event planning, crowdfunding platform focusing on the millions of events (Quinceañeras, Weddings, etc) hosted each year in the US by Latinos. It is the first of its kind that encompasses a very special part of the Hispanic culture: the padrino tradition. Padrinos help to sponsor, or pay for, 70% of these events. Mi Padrino has a multifaceted revenue model; B2C (platform fees, ecommerce shop) and B2B (online and local ad partners)


  • CEO, Founder

    Kim Gamez: Founder, CEO, successful entrepreneur, landlord, & consummate Latin Event planner. 16 years of experience owning & managing businesses in Mid-Michigan. Nationally recognized for her achievements.

  • Paid Marketing

    Jordan Eckstein is a U of M graduate with strong ties to the Ann Arbor advertising community. He is a goal-oriented, passionate and innovative marketing professional. He has extensive experience in leading paid advertising campaigns, overseeing web design and analyzing market statistics to exceed business goals. Eckstein brings his unique perspective and background to the development of his clients’ brands and marketing needs.

  • Director of Operations

    Lauren Lively: Manages all ongoing projects related to the ecommerce marketplace, vendor/advertiser relations, customer service management, accounting and HR functions.

  • Lead Web Developer

    John Wright: With comprehensive experience in software development and graphic design, Wright is a full-stack developer and self-described code junky. In addition to his work with Mi Padrino, he is currently employed as the Lead Web Developer at a digital marketing agency based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

  • Founder, Advisor

    Hugo Gamez; Co-founder, co-owner of multiple retail businesses in US & Mexico and has an established international network of Hispanic business professionals that operate in both US and Mexico.

  • Alex Tanton

    Alex recently came on fulltime but has been with us since the beginning. He was recruited by Amazon as a senior software engineer in 2017 and although he liked his job there, he loved Mi Padrino. He is passionate about what he has created and about what Mi Padrino is doing.

Previous Investors

  • Invest Detroit

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