USHCC announces AT&T as Corporation of the Year during National Convention

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) announced today that AT&T is the 2012 Corporation of the Year at the 33rd Annual National Convention in Los Angeles, CA. AT&T accepted the prestigious award during the Chairman's Gala at the JW Marriott Los Angeles.

 "AT&T has made a visible commitment to incorporating a growing number of Hispanic-owned enterprises into their supplier networks," says Javier Palomarez, USHCC President & CEO. "This kind of dedication is vital to the health of the Hispanic business community and will do a great deal to influence major corporations across the nation - and globally - to recognize the power of Hispanic business."

USHCC presented the 2012 Corporation of the Year award to Tim Harden, President, Supply Chain Fleet Operations at AT&T.

"This is quite an honor for our company," says Tim Harden, President, Supply Chain and Fleet Operations. "It validates the work that we do to ensure that minority-owned and women-owned businesses are fairly represented as valuable suppliers. By doing business with diverse suppliers, we directly contribute to the creation of jobs in our local communities and beyond. We are strengthening ties to all those small business owners who benefit from our products and services - the lives we touch every day. This is something we value deeply and we are proud to be recognized by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce."

Among AT&T's thousands of major suppliers worldwide are a number of America's leading Hispanic-owned companies and USHCC members, including: Argent & Associates, Group O, Pinnacle Technical Resources and MasTech, to name a few. In 2011, Argent & Associates and Pinnacle Technical Resources were two of only seven suppliers worldwide, to win the AT&T Global Supplier Award.

 "At AT&T, Hispanic and other diverse businesses are an integral part of our supplier network," says Harden. "Knowing that our work as a Procurement group has made an impact is incredibly rewarding."

About the USHCC 33rd Annual National Convention:

The USHCC Annual National Convention is the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in America. Held on September 16-18, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE, the 33rd Annual National Convention features several awards banquets, networking receptions and business development workshops, bringing together over 5,000 Hispanic business owners, corporate executives, chamber leaders and public officials.

The USHCC is proud to present Corporate Convention Chair, Wells Fargo and HBE Convention Chair, Liberty Power.  For more information about the Convention and a full schedule of events, please visit www.ushcc.com/convention.

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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