WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Board Chairman Nina Vaca today announced that USHCC President and CEO Javier Palomarez has been selected as one of Washington Business Journal's 2012 Minority Business Leaders of the Year.
The Minority Business Leader Awards honor the top 25 minority business leaders and owners in Washington who exhibited outstanding performance for their companies or organizations within the last year and a half.
As a nationally-recognized leader and advocate for small business in America, Javier Palomarez has led the USHCC during a time of significant transformation for the largest national advocacy group for Hispanic business in the nation. Under his direction, the organization has also launched a number of national programs that directly benefit entrepreneurs through the USHCC Foundation. These programs include the first-of-its kind Green Builds Business initiative, designed to raise awareness around environmental stewardship and help small enterprises incorporate green practices profitably into their overall business plans. The USHCC Foundation has also implemented the highly acclaimed Chamber Training Institute, a nonprofit management academic program in partnership with the University of Notre Dame.
"We are extremely proud of Javier Palomarez for his consummate leadership and dedication to small business growth in America," says USHCC Chairman Nina Vaca. "This recognition is well-deserved on many fronts. As the President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Palomarez leads America's largest organization, serving the interests of nearly three million Hispanic-owned businesses through a network of over 200 Chambers and business associations nationwide. He inspires countless local leaders and entrepreneurs through his work as a tireless advocate who listens to their concerns and studies both their challenges and innovative approaches, then articulates them to members of Congress, the Administration and the White House."
With a relentless travel schedule, Palomarez regularly interfaces with non-profit chambers of commerce, 147 corporate partners and Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBEs) across the country year-round.
"I am deeply honored and humbled to join the men and women who have been named to this important list of business leaders in our nation's capital," says Palomarez. "For many of us, this award is a testament to our everyday work, but I am proud to say that I also have a very supportive leadership team and a hardworking staff. Through their combined efforts, they provide the inspiration and encouragement to carry out the USHCC's mission every day."
Palomarez is one of the nation's preeminent business leaders with a background in multi-cultural sales and marketing. He is a sought-after spokesperson, thought-leader and strategist on the issues affecting America's consumers, particularly those in the Hispanic community. His opinions and points of view have appeared in leading publications including The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, USA Today and many others. He holds a degree in Finance from the University of Texas - Pan American.
Palomarez will accept the honor at the Minority Business Leader Awards program, on March 16, 2012, at The Capital Hilton and will be profiled in a special supplement of the March 16-23 edition of the Washington Business Journal.
About the United States Hispanic Chamber of CommerceFounded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of over 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that combined generate in excess of $420 billion annually. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers and business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit www.ushcc.com.United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
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