MIAMI, March 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, on behalf of the Board of County Commissioners, named Friday, March 22 as "Marcelo Claure Day," to honor Brightstar Corp. CEO and Chairman for his significant achievements and contributions to the community.
In a proclamation issued by the county, Claure was recognized as an individual whose "diligence, achievements and dedication contribute greatly to the well-being and enhancement of the community." Claure was also credited for his "great leadership and guidance" in growing Brightstar into a global business that is recognized as one of the nation's fastest growing corporations.
"Congratulations to Marcelo Claure on the tremendous success that he has achieved at Brightstar and for sharing that success with our community through direct investment and by creating jobs for local residents," Gimenez said.
Fifteen years ago, Claure launched a wireless phone sales company in Miami to serve the Latin American market. Today, Brightstar Corp. is the world's largest specialized wireless distributor and a leading provider of services to the wireless industry. Brightstar distributes mobile devices and accessories in more than 110 countries and provides services to 200 mobile operators, and 30,000 retailers, e-tailers and dealers worldwide. The company has also expanded beyond distribution, and is a growing world leader in value-added services for wireless device manufacturers, operators and retailers. It employs approximately 5,500 worldwide, including 920 in the U.S. and Canada.
"It's a tremendous honor to be recognized for the milestones we've reached," said Claure. "Brightstar is a shining example of South Florida's increasing role as a gateway to global markets and a testament to the remarkable talent residing in our community."
On Friday, Claure was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement award from the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce during its signature Hispanic Leadership Awards Luncheon to recognize individuals who exemplify excellence in different fields within the Hispanic market of South Florida.
Brightstar is the world's largest specialized wireless distributor and a leading global services company, serving mobile device manufacturers, wireless operators and retailers, with a local presence on six continents. Brightstar's industry-leading services include value-added distribution, supply chain solutions, handset protection and insurance services, buy-back and trade-in solutions, multi-channel retail solutions and financial services. Annual revenues were $6.3 billion for the year ended 2012. The company is ranked #58 on the Forbes 2012 List of America's Largest Private Companies. Brightstar is also the largest Hispanic-owned business in the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.brightstarcorp.com.