Corporate Advocate of The Year Honored By United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Sep 27, 2011, 09:35 ET from United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

- Visa Executive Honored for Outstanding Practices with Chambers and Hispanic Business Enterprises-

MIAMI, Sept. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC)  announced the 2011 Corporate Advocate of the Year, Carin Parella, Head of Merchant Relations, Visa Inc. at the 32nd Annual National Convention & Business Expo in Miami.

The Corporate Advocate of the Year award pays tribute to an individual executive with one of the USHCC's Corporate Partners, who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to champion the cause of Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBEs), the nation's fastest growing minority entrepreneurial group. The business advocacy award specifically recognizes the individual who worked tirelessly within their organization to advance the mission and vision of the USHCC in support of its key constituents. The Corporate Advocate recipient understands the power of bringing together the local chambers, the Hispanic Business Enterprises and the corporate partner.

"Carin Parella exemplifies the remarkable efforts made by our corporate partners to work with and further Hispanic Business Enterprises and our chambers across the country," says Javier Palomarez, USHCC President and CEO. "Carin has shown great commitment to providing Hispanic-owned businesses across the country with access to Visa's small business tools and educational resources to help them succeed and grow. This award is an opportunity for the USHCC to recognize her hard work and commitment to Hispanic business."  

As Head of Merchant Relations at Visa Inc., Parella leads the strategy and execution of initiatives designed to expand Visa's relationships with merchants in North America by providing them with products and services that help them meet their business goals.

A 14-year Visa veteran, Parella previously served in a number of merchant sales positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as the senior account executive responsible for managing the company's relationships with U.S. travel merchants. Before joining Visa in 1997, Parella served as an associate in the asset securitization group at the global investment bank of Credit Suisse First Boston, and in various sales and trading positions at Chase and Bankers Trust. She lives with her husband and three children in Summit, NJ.

"I am extremely honored to represent Visa in accepting this award," says Parella. "Visa is proud to partner with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and its local chambers to help Hispanic-owned businesses to attract new customers, operate more efficiently and grow."

For information about the Visa/USHCC partnership, visit

About the 32nd Annual National Convention & Business Expo
The 32nd Annual National Convention & Business Expo is the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in America. Join the USHCC, Fortune 500 companies, Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBEs) and local Chambers of Commerce in Miami to connect, strategize and grow. The National Convention takes place September 18th – 21st at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. For more information about the Convention, please visit .

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 nearly 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that combined generate in excess of $400 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

SOURCE United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce