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USHCC Honors Ruben Taborda of Johnson & Johnson with Corporate Advocate of the Year Award

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) announced this year's Corporate Advocate of the Year Johnson & Johnson's Chief Procurement Officer for Medical Devices/Supplier Diversity, Ruben Taborda, at its 2013 USHCC National Convention in Chicago, IL.

The Corporate Advocate of the Year is awarded to an individual executive who demonstrates steadfast commitment to Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBEs), the nation's fastest growing minority entrepreneurial group. The business advocacy award particularly distinguishes those who work diligently to advance the USHCC's mission in support of its key constituents, understanding the importance of bringing together Hispanic businesses and local chambers, along with the corporate partner.

"Ruben Taborda is a visionary leader who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to fostering business relationships between minority-owned enterprises and corporate America," said Javier Palomarez, USHCC President and CEO. "Mr. Taborda is a true role model – leading by example, committed to providing concrete growth opportunities for Hispanic businesses throughout the nation. This award is a rededication to Ruben's longtime mission of helping Hispanic businesses flourish."

As Chief Procurement Officer-Medical Devices/Enterprise Supplier Diversity at Johnson & Johnson, Taborda is responsible for managing Johnson and Johnson's Medical Devices and Global Supplier Diversity spend allocated to promoting innovation, value creation and supplier diversity opportunities.

"Every year, the USHCC honors a single corporate representative who stands out among their peers as a champion of supplier diversity and the Hispanic enterprise," said Marc Rodriguez, USHCC Chairman of the Board. "Ruben has been a staunch supporter of our organization and the diverse businesses it represents. We are privileged to honor Mr. Taborda with our Advocate of the Year Award, and remain committed to a partnership with Johnson & Johnson that will continue to advance the Hispanic business community."

About the 2013 USHCC National Convention

The 2013 National Convention of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is the largest networking venue for Hispanic businesses in America. This year, the USHCC takes its National Convention to the "Windy City" – Chicago, IL. The event will take place September 15-17, 2013 at the iconic Hilton Chicago. Chicago is a hub for international and domestic commerce, trade and tourism, and a melting pot of culture, cuisine, art and entertainment – offering a premier backdrop for our Convention. It also serves as a model for small and Hispanic-owned businesses bolstering the economic core of a major city and setting the pace for our nation's business future.

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of over 3.2 million Hispanic owned businesses across the United States that contribute in excess of $465 billion to the American economy each year. 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

CONTACT: Valentina Pereda USHCC Director of Communications 202-489-2932Source:United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce