Minority Business Magazine Names Bob Ontiveros of Group O 'Best of the Decade'

Oct 26, 2010, 07:00 ET from Group O

MILAN, Ill., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Group O's founder and chairman, Bob Ontiveros, has been recognized by Minority Business Magazine as one of its "Best of the Decade" individuals because of his commitment to supplier diversity.

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In nominating Mr. Ontiveros for this distinguished award, the editors stated: "The past years have seen their fair share of economic highs and lows, and minority economic development is continuously riding the waves. It is because of leaders like yourself, the true 'Best of the Decade,' that supplier diversity remains a business imperative for the buying entities that remain steadfast in their support of diverse enterprises."

Throughout his entire career, Ontiveros has worked tirelessly to create a culture of diversity and inclusion at Group O and among business and community organizations at-large. Group O's workforce - with minorities representing nearly 50 percent - is a key differentiator in the value it provides its clients. The resulting diversity of ideas, methodologies and critical thinking the company employees offer through business services and client engagements reflect the growing realities of a global marketplace.  

"Over the years, I have developed enduring relationships with many supporters of supplier diversity, and I am always inspired by their level of commitment and passion for advocacy," Ontiveros states. "So, it is a special honor to be recognized among these leaders. I look forward to continuing to support efforts, both local and global, that strengthen all aspects of minority business economic development."

MBN award adds to growing recognition of Group O's commitment to diversity

  • Hispanic Business Magazine lists Group O on its 2010 list of "100 Fastest-Growing Companies"
  • Hispanic Business Magazine names Group O as ninth-largest Hispanic-owned US business, 2010
  • Bob Ontiveros inducted into Minority Business Hall of Fame, 2010
  • Bob Ontiveros presented with the "El Pipila" award by the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC), 2010  
  • National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) names Group O Regional Supplier of the Year, 2009

"Best of Decade" award recognizes sustained achievements in minority development

The MBN USA editorial board recently convened to compile a listing of those individuals whose contributions have made a difference in where supplier diversity is today. Some have helped their companies establish supplier diversity programs.  Others have established, grown and sustained enterprises during the best and worst economic conditions. Many have devoted their time and talents to advocacy groups and organizations that advance minority business.  All have changed and will continue to positively change and impact minority economic development.

About Group O

Group O is a diversified business services provider with solutions that optimize its clients' marketing service execution, supply chain operations, and strategic packaging procurement. The Marketing Solutions group offers a full range of relevant loyalty and incentive programs; the O2 technology platform for high-volume, personalized print and direct marketing messages; and efficient consumer and trade fulfillment services. The Supply Chain Operations group serves the heavy equipment and high-tech sectors with serialized, high-velocity and scalable forward- and reverse-logistics services, as well as strategic sourcing and procurement solutions. The Packaging Solutions group provides an extensive, smart, nationwide network of packaging materials, equipment and service value. Group O is ISO 9001:2000 and TL 9000 certified, and SAS 70 Type II compliant. Headquartered in Milan, Illinois, Group O is the ninth-largest Hispanic-owned company in the United States with over 1,100 employees. To learn more, visit www.groupo.com .