WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwired – December 02, 2016) – The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) congratulates Carmen Castillo, President & CEO of SDI International Corp., and Rosa Santana, Founder and CEO of the Santana Group, for being inducted into the WBE Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place November 29th in Dallas, Texas. Both Castillo and Santana are members of the USHCC Board of Directors.
“We are delighted to celebrate this honor that has been bestowed upon two of our very own: Carmen Castillo and Rosa Santana. Both are entrepreneurs of exceptional talent and business acumen who have built world class enterprises,” said USHCC President & CEO, Javier Palomarez. “Our association and constituents value the leadership and counsel of these trailblazers, and are tremendously proud of both Carmen and Rosa for this well-deserved accolade.”
The WBE Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization launched in 2009 to recognize the contributions of women entrepreneurs in their communities, as well as their accomplishments within their industries. Through a network of women’s business development organizations, corporate and government advocates and women-owned enterprises, the WBEHF spotlights best practices and insights as women create businesses that help build a stronger economy.
USHCC Chairman Don Salazar said: “I witnessed first-hand the character and strategic thinking displayed by both of these American business leaders. It is clear to all of us who have the privilege of knowing them, that their success in the world of business is hard-earned and well-deserved. We at the USHCC send our heartfelt congratulations to both Carmen and Rosa for this distinction.”
“It truly is an honor to have been recognized by the WBE Hall of Fame,” said Carmen Castillo, President & CEO of SDI International Corp. “Of course, this could not have been possible without the hard work and support of the SDI International team. I thank them for all that they have done, and I thank the WBEHF for recognizing our company. It is my hope that more Latinas are recognized, so that young women can grow up seeing examples of success in their community as a matter of course.”
“I thank the WBE Hall of Fame for this incredible honor. Both the USHCC and WBEHF have been organizations that have stood at the forefront of advocating for women and minorities in business,” said Rosa Santana, CEO of the Santana Group. “The Santana Group will continue its commitment to excellence in all of its companies, providing innovative outsourcing solutions. The honor bestowed upon Carmen and me proves that hard work and an innovative spirit are excellent pathways to breaking down barriers and achieving success in the business world.”
Carmen Castillo is the founder, President and CEO of SDI International Corp., one of the largest certified minority- and woman-owned Procurement Outsourcing Organizations in the world. The company provides its clients with fully scalable global indirect procurement solutions (tail-end) centered on Procure-to-Pay and Source-to-Pay.
These programs are designed to manage large numbers of small suppliers handling non-critical/non-catalogue transactions that are often untracked, resulting in inefficiencies in process times, compliance and costs. SDI has distinguished itself as a provider of robust process efficiencies, driving repeatable hard cost savings through cutting-edge technology, risk assessment, quality policies and a dedicated team, fostering long-standing business relationships with its Fortune 500 customers.
Rosa Santana is the founder and CEO of the Santana Group, a group of companies providing innovative outsourcing solutions to organizations across all industries. For over 35 years, Rosa Santana has been a driving force within the U.S./Mexico staffing industry and is recognized internationally as a human capital solutions expert.
Santana is a fearless leader who harnesses her passion to successfully create and develop companies through impeccable client service and innovative business solutions. As a visionary trailblazer, Santana’s unwavering integrity has established her staying power and success throughout the course of her remarkable career. Santana Group companies include Integrated Human Capital, Workforce Management Mexico, Diversa, Forma Automotive, and Oveana Global Business Services.
About the USHCC
The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development and interests of more than 4.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses that, combined, contribute over $668 billion to the American economy every year. It also advocates on behalf of 260 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide. For more information, visit ushcc.com. Follow the USHCC on Twitter @USHCC.