The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Named the Hispanic Businesswoman and Businessman for 2012

Award recipients recognized during the Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBE) Elite Luncheon at the 33rd USHCC Annual National Convention

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- – The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) announced that The Alamo Travel Group's Patricia Pliego Stout and Group O's Gregg Ontiveros have been named the 2012 HBE Hispanic Businesswoman and Hispanic Businessman, respectively. The coveted ranking recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs for their contributions and leadership within the Hispanic business community. 

The announcement was made during the HBE Elite Luncheon at the 33rd USHCC Annual National Convention in Los Angeles, CA.

"We are proud to recognize these Hispanic entrepreneurs who are a driving force of our nation's economic development," said Javier Palomarez, President and CEO of the USHCC. "This award underscores the importance of Hispanic businesswomen and businessmen not only within the Hispanic community but in the nation as a whole."

2012 HBE Hispanic Businesswoman Patricia Pliego Stout, who celebrates 30 years in business this year, is the founder of The Alamo Travel Group (ATG). While she is committed to her business and to supporting the families of 69 employees, she also contributes her time and resources to other Hispanic entrepreneurs through her participation in organizations that support Hispanic businessmen and women.  

"I am humbled by this award.  I believe my Abuelita put me on the road to success when she taught me the importance of wisely managing my resources," expressed Stout.  "I benefitted greatly from her wisdom and teachings. I also thank God for the strength and courage he gave me to overcome challenges and obstacles throughout my life-long business journey!"

2012 HBE Hispanic Businessman Gregg Ontiveros, CEO of Group O, leads with a hands-on approach, remaining very involved in all facets of the company's daily operations, including its choice of sponsorship, charitable contributions, and volunteer activities that have maximum impact in the community.

"Our commitment to diversity – through both procurement strategies and employment goals – is foundation of who we are, at all levels of our organization," said Ontiveros. "Our diversity is fundamental to how we approach creating sustainable value for our clients."

The Hispanic Businessman and Businesswoman of the Year were chosen from a list of exceptional applicants from across the country and selected by an independent judging panel.  

Hispanic entrepreneurs are starting businesses at more than three times the national rate, and the number of Hispanic-owned businesses is expected to grow by 42 percent over the next six years.

About The Alamo Travel Group
The Alamo Travel Group is a travel management company with over 20 years of experience providing the highest quality travel services to more than 150 DOD and Civilian government agencies, corporations and leisure travelers. http://www.alamotravel.com/

About Group O
Group O provides third party logistics and business process outsourcing solutions in marketing, packaging and supply chain. Group O has become one of the largest Hispanic-owned businesses in North America. www.groupo.com

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Founded 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 $465 billion annually. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers in the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit: www.ushcc.com.

SOURCE United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce



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