White House and USHCC Host First-Ever Hispanic Business Leaders Forum

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WASHINGTON, May 30, 2013 — The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) along with the White House co-hosted the first-ever Hispanic Business Leaders’ Forum yesterday. The event convened more than 80 of the nation’s top Hispanic business leaders with senior Administration officials to discuss pressing business issues including job creation, access to capital, innovation, American competitiveness and the economic imperative of immigration reform. The Forum’s attendees ranged from Fortune 500 company executives, owners of large professional firms and leading entrepreneurs.

Obama Administration officials presenting at the Forum included Treasury Secretary Jacob L. Lew, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, Valerie Jarrett, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Cecilia Muñoz, and U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Todd Park.

“Yesterday’s historic gathering sent the message that our nation’s Hispanic business community is an indispensable component of the American economy which must be included in key policy discussions. The USHCC is honored to have been invited by the White House to convene this important dialogue between the Obama Administration and Hispanic business leaders,” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “I would like to thank President Barack Obama, Secretary Jack Lew, Valerie Jarrett, Cecilia Muñoz, Todd Park and Patrick Hidalgo for their support and willingness to listen to the concerns of the Hispanic community. We look forward to future collaborations between the Administration and the USHCC.”

Marc Rodriguez, Chairman of the USHCC stated, “We are delighted to point to yesterday’s meeting as the highlight of a fruitful relationship between the USHCC, Hispanic business leaders and the Obama Administration. As the Hispanic business community has proven to be an integral part of the U.S. economy, we hope to see a continuation of yesterday’s conversations between members of the private and public sectors.”

Also in attendance were some of the nation’s biggest business advocates:

“The Inaugural Hispanic Business leaders Forum was a historic event, not just for Hispanic businesses, but for all American business. It is clearly recognized that Hispanics are the core economic strength of America’s future. We are not just consumers, but important suppliers and job creators,” said Linda Alvarado, President & CEO of Alvarado Construction and co-owner of the Colorado Rockies.

Martin Cabrera, CEO of Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC, stated, “The White House Hispanic Business Leaders Forum is another important example of Hispanic businesses leaders stepping up and sharing their issues, ideas, and successes.  Undoubtedly, this exchange of ideas and these discussions will help us better shape our future economic agenda. The goal now is to move forward together knowing that Hispanic businesses represent the fastest growing segment of American enterprise and they must be at the forefront of our nation’s economic recovery and job growth.”

“As the story of Latinos takes center stage in the American narrative, yesterday’s groundbreaking event signals an important first step in a collaboration that will help shape President Obama’s legacy and will allow the Latino community to take its rightfully earned seat at the table,” said Andres W. Lopez, President of Andres W. Lopez & Associates.

“Hispanic business is at the forefront of our nation’s economic growth and the White House Forum highlights the important role it plays in job creation, entrepreneurship and international commerce,” stated Monica Lozano, CEO of ImpreMedia. “We are pleased that the President and his Administration have established this direct line of communication with Hispanic business leaders so that together we can build a stronger and more resilient economy for the 21st Century.”

“As the name of this event says, this is the INAUGURAL White House Hispanic Business Leaders Forum. This is just the first step, the beginning. I have no doubt that the President, the White House, and his senior Administration officials recognize that Hispanic business is the fastest growing entrepreneurial segment in the country and are committed to helping Hispanic businesses be successful and play an important role in the economic recovery of our country,” said Kimberly Casiano, President & CEO of Casiano Communications.

For a full readout of yesterday’s White House Hispanic Business Leaders Forum, please visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/05/29/readout-first-ever-white-house-hispanic-business-leaders-forum