Mr. Trujillo said the company took pains to fill the eight or so staffing positions lost in 2008, bringing it's workforce roster back to 55.
"We need to focus on building the economy and bringing jobs back into our workplace," he told HispanicBusiness magazine. "And let's not forget about our students, who will be coming out of school and looking for jobs."
When it comes to entire industries, finance was this year's winner on the HispanicBusiness 500.
This mirrors a trend on the Fortune 500, where finance -- along with health care and consumer cyclicals -- posted the biggest gains.
Posting a 7.7 percent gain year over year, finance was led by Texas-based International Bancshares Corp, a full-service financial institute. But while International Bancshares -- which ranks No. 4 on the overall list -- took in more money than any other firm in the finance sector, the company actually saw revenues dip by a modest 3.45 percent, to $728 million.
A newcomer to the overall Top10 is Pan-American Life Insurance Group, whose steady gains over the past few years have defied the volatility of the overall market.
The company -- which sells life, disability and health insurance to customers in the United States and Latin America -- boosted revenues by a solid 6.75 percent in 2009, bringing its total revenues to $427 million.
This feat bumped the company up to No. 10 on the overall list, up from a prior ranking of 16.
CEO Jose Suquet ascribes his company's success to a laser-guided focus on the mission: serving Hispanic insurance consumers in the Americas.
The company, he said, also managed to avoid the exotic investments that have bedeviled other competitors.
"We give interest rate guarantees," he told Hispanic Business magazine. "We're not in mutual funds, we're not stock market oriented."
Over the years, he added, Pan-American Life Insurance has been penetrating more and more into Latin America. Whereas five years ago 60 percent of its customer base lived in the United States, today the mix is about 50-50, he said.
The silver medal this year goes to the service industry, which was buoyed by the meteoric rise of Molina Healthcare Inc.
The company's growth has been simply explosive. In 2008, Molina's revenues were 24 percent above those of 2007. In 2009, revenues rose by an additional 19.4 percent, to $3.7 billion. What's more, CEO J. Mario Molina says 2010 revenues are on track to reach $3.9 billion.
But Molina Healthcare isn't the only business posting impressive results in that sector.
Interestingly, the service sector is the only of the nine in which a vast majority of the top-10 companies posted a gain over the year before.
The biggest revenue bump was achieved by Goodman Networks Inc., a Texas telecom services company, which increased sales by a whopping 65 percent, bringing total revenues to $365 million.
Also posting impressive results were G&A Partners, a professional employment services company out of Texas, which increased revenues by 10.7 percent; MVM Inc., a security and law-enforcement support company from Virginia, which increased revenues by 17.85 percent; and MEI Technologies, a cyber-security Texas company, which bumped up total revenues by nearly 19 percent.
Whether companies were taking oil and gas out of the ground, distributing gas and petroleum products, producing petrochemicals or supplying energy efficient air conditioning, it was a tough year to be in the energy business.
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