DETROIT, Dec. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ernesto M. Hernandez, president and managing director of General Motors de Mexico, recently addressed the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MHCC) as the keynote speaker during the 23rd Annual Fiesta Hispana Gala. The event was hosted by GM and MHCC in celebration of the achievements and contributions of Hispanic business owners in the state. General Motors has been a MHCC partner for many years, and has held a seat at the organization's Board of Directors since its inception.
During his keynote speech, Mr. Hernandez stressed the importance of GM's commitment around the world, the positive impact of a diverse workforce, and opportunities in the Mexico marketplace.
"Today, Mexico is one of the most important automotive markets in the world," stated Mr. Hernandez. "Globally, our significance may surpass beyond the BRIC economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China," he continued. "Mexico is a market with huge potential for the automotive industry and also for the supplier and auto parts businesses. Our connection is not just about the proximity of our two countries. It is about the power of our markets, it is about the convergence of producers and consumers," said Mr. Hernandez.
Armando Ojeda, executive director at the Chamber, presented the 2012 MHCC awards in the following categories: Corporation of the Year, Member of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Amigo of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
"The evening was a celebration of the economic vitality of the Latino business community and a global reflection of the resources for growth and development in the United States and Mexico," said Armando Ojeda, executive director, Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
With over 650 guests in attendance, the Fiesta Hispana Gala celebrated the success of Michigan's Hispanic business owners, corporate executives from the automotive section and government dignitaries from Michigan and Mexico.
General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM's brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.
The Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MHCC) is a non-profit business association, promoting the growth of Hispanic businesses and the economic vitality of the Latino community. The MHCC represents the interests of 11,000 Hispanic owned businesses in the State of Michigan and is dedicated to promoting economic development by enabling access to business opportunities and resources for growth and development. The Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce continues to strive to spotlight minority companies and to promote partnerships between major Corporations and small business in the Americas. Visit our website at: http://www.mhcc.org
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