The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is proud to announce Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush, two-term Governor of Florida, will be delivering a keynote address at the association’s National Convention, set to take place in Houston, Texas on September 21st, 2015. The convention is the nation’s largest gathering of Hispanic business, corporate and community leaders, with nearly 7,000 attendees expected this year. Previous keynote speakers have included Vice President Joe Biden, Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA), Minority Leader of the U.S. House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Secretary Julian Castro.
In 2012, Mr. Palomarez joined Governor Jeb Bush on an education panel at the Republican National Convention in Tampa alongside former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former U.S. Representative Eric Cantor. Governor Bush, who made education policy reform a priority during his time leading Florida, spoke about education as a key component of economic development.
“The USHCC has been delighted to work with Governor Bush in the past, and are pleased to have him address our members at this year’s National Convention. As an association that represents 3.2 million Hispanic business owners, the USHCC has an accountability to ensure their voices are heard by each candidate — not only as business leaders, but as tax payers, campaign donors, and ultimately as voters,” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “Our association offers a nonpartisan platform for members of all parties to speak on the issues that most deeply affect all Americans. We look forward to hearing Governor Bush discuss his vision for engaging and working with the America’s small business community.”
Governor Jeb Bush served as Florida’s governor from 1998 to 2007, during which the state had among the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, created 1.3 million net new jobs, 80,000 small businesses, eight balanced budgets, and achieved a $10 billion growth in budget reserves through $19 billion in tax cuts. Governor Bush also led the state into a nearly 50% increase in high school graduation rates by updating testing, instituting merit pay for teachers, establishing tax-supported scholarships for thousands of low-income students and tripling the number of charter schools. Moreover, an estimated 1 million immigrants became legal permanent residents of the United States during his tenure.
Signature events of the USHCC National Convention include the Million Dollar Club (MDC), which recognizes companies that invest $25 million to $1 billion in Hispanic-owned businesses; the HBE Elite Luncheon, which pays tribute to the largest Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBE) in America; the ERG Summit, the only event of its kind which brings together the Employee Resource Groups (ERG) of over 100 corporations looking to increase diversity, develop talent, and recruit the best and brightest employees; and the CEO Panel, a candid, revealing, and informative discussion with some of the business world’s most respected chief executives about management style, leadership philosophy and the economic outlook in today’s global market.