USHCC Welcomes Greg Winegardner to Its Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is proud to announce the appointment of Greg Winegardner, Regional President for Wells Fargo, as the newest member of the USHCC's Board of Directors.

Mr. Winegardner, a financial services veteran with more than 41 years of experience, joined the Wells Fargo team in 1982 and has served the company in numerous leadership positions for nearly 32 years. Since 2009, he has served as Regional President for Wells Fargo in Utah, and before that he was Regional President for New Mexico and Western Colorado. He also has served as Community Banking President for Wells Fargo in Durango, Colo., Flagstaff, Ariz., and Victoria, Texas. Mr. Winegardner married his childhood sweetheart, Jill. They have been married for 42 years and have four children and five grandchildren.

"The USHCC is delighted to welcome Greg Winegardner to our board of directors. Our board is comprised of some of the nation's top entrepreneurs and business executives, who are at the forefront of growth and innovation in their respective industries and are tireless advocates of America's business community," said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. "The USHCC is proud to receive guidance from a diverse board of directors that regardless of background, comes together to advance the cause of the Hispanic entrepreneur and all American businesses for the benefit of our great country."

Mr. Winegardner's appointment is a testament to the enduring commitment Wells Fargo has to the Hispanic business community. Wells Fargo is the founding sponsor of the Chamber Training Institute (CTI), a program launched by the USHCC Foundation to help local chambers strengthen businesses in their communities by providing them with technical assistance, resources and know-how.During the 2013 USHCC National Convention in Chicago this September, the bank issued a $700,000 grant to the USHCC Foundation as part of as part of their $1.8 million pledge to help support more than 350 local chambers nationwide.

"Wells Fargo's relationship with the USHCC and the Hispanic community has been a strong one." said Tim Hanlon, head of Philanthropy for Wells Fargo. "The news that Greg Winegardner is joining the USHCC Board is a powerful statement about the level of our commitment to not only the organization, but to the community. Greg's leadership, vision and passionate advocacy for the community will be invaluable to the USHCC as it continues its good work."

"We are honored to have Mr. Winegardner join our board. As a prominent executive at Wells Fargo, his professional track record at this iconic global brand is exemplary of the leadership that guides our organization," said USHCC Chairman Marc Rodriguez. "The USHCC is committed to welcoming all individuals who believe in the power of America's small business community, and are invested in mainstreaming the story of the Hispanic entrepreneur."

"It is a privilege and honor to accept the United States Hispanic Chamber's invitation to join its distinguished board and to associate with such an outstanding group of professionals," said Mr. Winegardner. "It has been a pleasure getting to know the chamber's dedicated leaders and members, and I look forward to teaming up with them to further our organizations' shared vision of helping people and businesses succeed."

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of entrepreneurs and represents the interests of over 3.2 million Hispanic owned businesses nationwide 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 chambers and business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit www.USHCC.com

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, and the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank's customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune's 2013 rankings of America's largest corporations. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy all our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. In 2012, the Company invested $315.8 million in grants to 19,500 nonprofits, and team members contributed more than 1.5 million volunteer hours around the country. For more information, please visit: www.wellsfargo.com/about/csr. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at blogs.wellsfargo.com.

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