WASHINGTON, May 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) congratulates Johnson & Johnson's Ruben Taborda and Verizon's Mariano Legaz, sitting members of the USHCC's Board of Directors, for their recognition as two of the Top 75 Leading Men in Corporate Supplier Diversity by MBN USA Magazine.

"It comes as no surprise that Ruben and Mariano are being recognized as national leaders in corporate supplier diversity. These gentlemen have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to facilitating access for minority-owned enterprises to corporate America – fostering relationships that have helped so many diverse small businesses grow and create jobs in America," said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. "At the USHCC we applaud those companies that recognize that adopting diversity-minded hiring and contracting practices is a proven, sound and profitable business practice."

The accolade, given to corporate executives that lead the charge in supplier diversity initiatives, included representatives of dozens of USHCC member corporations. Among them:

- Johnson & Johnson
- Verizon Communications
- ATT & T
- Wells Fargo & Co.
- American Airlines
- Ernst & Young
- CVS Caremark Corp.
- The Coca-Cola Co.
- PepsiCo.
- Toyota North America Inc.
- General Motors Co.
- Chrysler Group LLC
- Ford Motor Co.
- Nissan North America Inc.
- Honda of America
- Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
- ExxonMobil Corp.
- BP America Inc.
- Shell Oil Co.
- Hilton Worldwide
- Microsoft Corp.
- Dell Inc.
- Macy's Inc.
- Office Depot Inc.
- The Kroger Co.
- Southern California Edison
- Alcatel-Lucent
- International Business Machines Corp.
- BNSF Railway Co.
- DFW International Airport

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 million Hispanic-owned businesses across the United States that together 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.
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CONTACT: Valentina Pereda, USHCC Communications Manager 202-489-2932 vpereda@ushcc.comSource:United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce