Alfonso Vidal was born in Caracas, Venezuela and in January of 1997 decided to move to the United States to complete his BS in Engineering Management with focus on Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Evansville, in Evansville IN and later a MS in Industrial Management from the University of Southern Indiana.
Early in his career, Vidal worked at ARC Machine as Engineering Manager where he was involved with metal machining, automation machines for different industries and ISO 9000 quality system. Later, Alfonso started working as a Sales Engineer for Omni Plastics, a custom resin compounder where he also managed international sales, he was also part a partner for Omni’s sister company, Resinal. Resinal is a joint venture that brings together US and Mexican capital to target the resin market in Mexico.
In 2013 and after more than 12 years of experience in the resin industry Alfonso Vidal started Vidal Plastics, LLC in Evansville Indiana, a recycling resin supplier. This new venture was formed after carefully considering market conditions, the availability of resin products in this area, and the advantages in logistics and distribution due to Evansville’s location. Vidal has also been involved in many entrepreneurial activities and is an investor/partner in other businesses.
In 2002, he co-founded, is Past-President and is now on the Board of Directors of Hospitality & Outreach for Latin Americans (H.O.L.A.). HOLA is involved in many projects in the community including the HOLA Latino Center, La Academia, HOLA Salud, Leadership programs and many more initiatives to enhance appreciation of cultural diversity and to promote the successful inclusion of Latinos in the community. HOLA is a 501c3 non-for-profit organization with 15 board members, 2 staff members and other volunteers.
HOLA has been honored by receiving the Community Organization Leadership Award by the Human Relations Commission, as well as the Leadership Evansville Organization Award in 2005 and in 2013 was honored again for the HOLA Summer Camp.
Vidal also serves as Chairman of the Growth Alliance of Evansville (the economic development organization of Vanderburgh county). In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana (Evansville), Indiana Latino Expo (Indianapolis), WNIN (Evansville’s PBS Station) and Indiana Latino Institute (Indianapolis). He is currently a commissioner for the Women’s and Minority Business Enterprises State Commission.
In the past he has served in other organizations such as United Way, Leadership Evansville and Indiana Commission for Hispanic and Latino Affairs (ICHLA).
In January of 2008, Leadership Evansville and the Courier and Press newspaper in Evansville awarded Vidal the Jefferson Award in Public Service. He also received an Honorary Degree in College and Community Service from Ivy Tech Community College in 2013.
Vidal is married to Daniela Vidal and together they have three children Alfonso Enrique, Isabella and Martin Eduardo. The family continues living in the Evansville area. In 2013, Daniela and Alfonso were proudly sworn in as naturalized citizen of the United States of America.