USHCC Names Visa Corporation of the Year at 2013 National Convention

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) announced Visa Inc. as Corporation of the Year during its 2013 National Convention in Chicago, IL. Visa accepted this prestigious award during the Million Dollar Club Breakfast at the iconic Chicago Hilton.

"Visa is a longstanding partner of the USHCC and we are proud to present them with this well-deserved accolade. Visa provides our local chambers with payment solutions to help their member businesses. Visa has also served as Corporate Chair for our 2013 Legislative Summit, and sponsored educational programs at this year's national convention. This iconic global brand has helped advance the USHCC's mission of fostering the growth of Hispanic enterprise in every way imaginable," said Javier Palomarez, USHCC President & CEO. "Visa embodies the type of leadership other corporations are emulating, making them the natural choice for this year's 2013 'Corporation of the Year' for the USHCC."

USHCC presented the 2013 Corporation of the Year award to Michael Ross, Global Head of Human Resources at Visa.
"Visa and the USHCC share the common belief that small businesses are the backbone of local economies and drive economic growth, and we are honored to receive this award," said Michael Ross. "Visa has built a strong foundation through our partnership with the USHCC to enable entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, and we look forward to many successful years ahead."

"Our organization is only as good as the corporations we call our friends, and our partnership with Visa is indicative of the quality and commitment of our membership," said USHCC Chairman Marc Rodriguez. "We are thankful for the enduring bond we share with Visa, and look forward to what the future has in store for the years to come…"

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

About Visa Inc.

Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world's most advanced processing networks — VisaNet — that is capable of handling more than 30,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa's innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products. For more information, visit

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