United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Endorses John Bryson as the Next United States Secretary of Commerce

Oct 20, 2011, 05:30 ET from United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, in a letter to President Barack Obama, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) registered its wholehearted support for the President's nomination of John Bryson to serve as the next Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce.  

"As Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bryson will bring a wealth of experience from the private sector. As a former CEO, he understands the challenges that American companies, both large and small, are facing in the current economy.  He will be a valuable business advocate in the cabinet," says USHCC Chairman Nina Vaca-Humrichouse.  

Bryson served as the President and CEO of Edison International for 18 years and led the company through the electricity crisis of 2000-2002, a period which marked California's most turbulent era in the power sector. Through his sound business leadership and ability to make tough decisions, Edison International endured the crisis and remains a strong company today, largely due to Bryson's efforts.

"During these difficult economic times, we need leaders who have demonstrated the ability to effectively manage a crisis," says USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. "With his background as a CEO and board member for Fortune 100 companies such as Disney and Boeing as well as non-profit organizations, Mr. Bryson is well-prepared to help meet the challenges facing our businesses and entrepreneurs."

The importance and contribution of small business to the nation's economy is one of the many reasons the USHCC believes Bryson is an ideal nominee. Furthermore, the USHCC cites the importance that the new Secretary intimately understands the challenges and opportunities facing the nation's business community. Based on his proven track record as a business and civic leader, the USHCC urges a swift confirmation of Mr. John Bryson as the next United States Secretary of Commerce.

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC)

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 $420 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