USHCC Honors Outstanding Hispanic Business Enterprises, Announces Hispanic Businesswoman and Hispanic Businessman of the Year at 2013 National Convention HBE Elite Luncheon

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) honored 51 exceptional Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBEs) during its 2013 USHCC National Convention, held at the iconic Hilton Chicago.

Hispanic entrepreneurs are America's business future, growing at more than twice the rate of the national average. The USHCC and its HBE partner Geoscape, one of the nation's leading business intelligence firms, co-published a comprehensive report chronicling the progress of Hispanic-owned businesses.

"Geoscape's report was released at the most opportune time – during this year's National Convention, which convened the greatest gathering of Hispanic business leaders, corporate executives, and national leaders to date," said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. "As our report highlights, Hispanic-owned businesses doubled in the past 11 years to approximately 3.2 million. Together, these businesses will contribute in excess of $468 billion to the American economy this year. The HBE Elite Luncheon celebrates these achievements, honoring those who represent the fastest-growing business segment in the nation."

The 2013 Businesswoman of the Year Award was presented to Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Founder and Chief Merchandising Officer of Gilt Groupe, Inc., an online shopping company with more than 6 million customers.

"As a Cuban-American entrepreneur, this award is a tremendous honor for me," said Alexandra Wikis Wilson, Founder and CMO of Gilt Groupe. "I sincerely thank the USHCC for this recognition and will continue to encourage others, especially women and Hispanics to consider entrepreneurship."

President and CEO David Hernandez of Liberty Power, the nation's largest independent retail electric supplier, received the 2013 Businessman of the Year Award.

"It's an honor to be recognized as a leader in the Hispanic industry. This award is confirmation of all the hard work and effort of the Liberty Power team," said David Hernandez, CEO and co-founder. "The USHCC will continue to receive our support and commitment in promoting the growth of Hispanic businesses."

"For years, the importance of advertising to Hispanic consumers has been heavily covered by the media. Now, Hispanic industry leaders and job creators like David Hernandez and Alexandra Wilson are being recognized for their critical economic contributions," said USHCC Chairman of the Board Marc Rodriguez. "The USHCC's mission is to mainstream the rapid growth of Hispanic businesses. With a total population of 53 million, a purchasing power of $1.3 trillion and over 3 million businesses, the Hispanic community has become a central pillar at the foundation of our new American economy."

The following 51 HBEs were honored at thus year's Luncheon:

  1. Actualidad Radio
  2. Altura Capital
  3. The Alamo Travel Group
  4. Argent Associates
  5. Azteca
  6. Brightstar Corporation
  7. BVK Meka
  8. Cabrera Capital Markets
  9. Cano Container Corporation
  10. CFO Services Group
  11. Continental Food and Beverage (Inca Kola)
  12. CTI Construction
  13. David Gomez & Associates
  14. Deval LLC.
  15. Diverse Staffing Solutions
  16. Dominion Technologies International
  17. El Clasificado Hispanic Media
  18. Elephantik
  19. Elite Global Events
  20. Geoscape
  21. Goodman Networks
  22. Group O Inc.
  23. Infante Zumpano
  24. InGenesis
  25. Interblock Studios
  26. Investar Financial
  27. Technical Services
  28. Jelena Group
  29. Liberty Power Corp. LLC
  30. Lopez Negrete Communications
  31. LUZ
  32. MasTec
  33. The Meruelo Group
  34. MicroTech
  35. The Offices of Marc A. Rodriguez
  36. Paris Caterers
  37. Patino & Associates
  38. Pinnacle Technical Resources
  39. Project Enhancement Corporation
  40. Reliance Wire & Cable
  41. República
  42. Respira Medical
  43. Ruiz Strategies
  44. SDI International Corporation
  45. Think-Outside-The-Book Publishing
  46. Treco Services, Inc.
  47. United Data Technologies (UDT)
  48. Vi-Da Global
  49. VisionIT
  50. V-me Media
  51. Yerba Buena Engineering & Construction

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of over 3.1 million Hispanic owned businesses across the United States that contribute in excess of $468 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