WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Latino Leaders magazine has released its annual The 101: The List of the Most Influential Latinos, recognizing America's Hispanic business leaders, top policymakers and cultural figures for making a positive impact in the Hispanic community and society in general. For the first time since its inception in 2005, the list has included a sitting USHCC president. In 2012, USHCC President and CEO, Javier Palomarez is among those recognized for their leadership in the Hispanic community.
"For the past 11 years, the Ferraez brothers and Latino Leaders magazine have played an integral role in showcasing the contributions of the most dynamic members of our nation's Hispanic community." says USHCC Chairman-elect, Marc Rodriguez. "We are deeply grateful to see the USHCC's President and CEO recognized alongside such highly regarded icons."
Palomarez is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise and the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age. Under his leadership, the USHCC has advocated for policies intended to benefit American small businesses such as the passage of free trade agreements between the U.S. and South Korea, Colombia and Panama as well as the Small Business Lending Fund Act – which according to the U.S. Treasury Department, has increased access to capital for small businesses by $5.2 billion in the first quarter of 2012.
In addition to his advocacy efforts in the public sector, Palomarez actively represents the interests of the Hispanic business community – the largest minority business segment in the U.S. – in the private sector as well; Palomarez is a member of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Advisory Board, Aetna's Latino Advisory Council and the Comcast-NBC Universal Joint Diversity Advisory Council.
Palomarez has recently been recognized by the Bnai Zion Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to humanitarian initiatives in both Israel and America, as a recipient of their Distinguished Humanitarian Award for his commitment to the improvement of Judeo-Hispanic relations.
"Our mission to promote the growth of Hispanic business is aided by those who help publicize the varied accomplishments of our community." Rodriguez continues, "We applaud Latino Leaders for helping to advocate on behalf of our community, and congratulate Javier on this honor."
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 more than 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 and business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit www.ushcc.com.
SOURCE United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce