LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- R. Marcelo Claure, founder of Brightstar Corp., a global distributor of wireless telephone equipment, has been chosen the 2003 Hispanic Entrepreneur of the Year by Hispanic Business Magazine.
Mr. Claure was also chosen as the Entrepreneur of the Year for InfoBusiness, one of five subcategories receiving awards. Brightstar, which was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Miami, provides inventory management, logistics, fulfillment, and Internet support to 160 network operators and 9,000 distributors, resellers and retailers worldwide. Nearly half its sales come from foreign countries, mostly in Latin America.
"Marcelo's achievements in building Brightstar into an international business with sales approaching $1 billion annually embodies the economic vibrancy and resourcefulness of the Hispanic community," said Jesus Chavarria, editor and founder of Hispanic Business. "He is a model and a vision for Hispanics everywhere."
The EOY Awards, now in their 13th year, recognize entrepreneurial achievement in several key economic sectors as well as selecting an overall entrepreneur of the year. These awards were also based on financial performance, management skills, employee development, and encouragement of entrepreneurship.
This year Hispanic Business also presented two lifetime achievement awards.
Daisy Exposito-Ulla, chairman and chief executive officer of The Bravo Group, and Antonio Flores of The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities received lifetime awards based on their national stature, career achievements, and ability to serve as a role model for Hispanic entrepreneurs
Other 2003 EOY winners include:
Latina EOY: Veronica Moreno, CEO, Ole Mexican Foods, Norcross, GA. Ole Foods covers a range of Mexican tortillas and groceries and are sold in 38 states and Puerto Rico.
Trade Industry EOY: Jorge & Carlos de Cespedes, The Pharmed Group, Coral Gables, FL. Pharmed distributes medicines and medical equipment in the U.S.and Latin America with almost 90 percent of its revenues coming from foreign countries.
Heavy Industry EOY: Carlos Sanchez & Guiomar Obregon, CEOs, Precision 2000, Atlanta, GA. Precision 2000 serves as a general construction contractor for public buildings, airports and schools.
Rising Star EOY: Juan Gaytan Jr., CEO, MonterreySecurity Consultants Chicago, IL. Monterreyprovides private protection and crime prevention services through state-of-the-art techniques and technology. Monterreyhandles security for the Chicago Bears of the NFL.
Award-winning Hispanic Business Magazine is the centerpiece of Hispanic Business Inc., a print and online news and information source that is the leading conduit into the U.S. Hispanic market. In addition to the magazine, Hispanic Business Inc., based in Santa Barbara, CA, produces conferences, proprietary research and online information services. Hispanic Business Magazine
CONTACT: Jesus Chavarria of Hispanic Business Inc., +1-805-964-4554; orJohn Salak of The Dilenschneider Group, +1-212-922-0900, for Hispanic BusinessMagazine
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