National Hispanic Entrepreneurs’ Organization Chooses Ten Ambassadors to Represent its New Initiative
Non-profit organization aims to bring about social innovation and boost economic self-sufficiency among Hispanic population
Charlotte, NC—January 20, 2010—The National Hispanic Entrepreneurs’ Organization (www.nheo.org ), today announced the ten chosen ambassadors who will be representing the organization as part of its new Ambassador Program.
As part of NHEO’s effort to expand on the existing pool of Hispanic entrepreneurs and elevate current entrepreneurs, the chosen ambassadors will, among other things, serve as a liaison between NHEO and their local communities, participate in public speaking and host discussion groups. The ambassadors represent several states throughout the country and will specifically focus on leadership development and the importance of community involvement. The chosen ambassadors include:
Mauricio Leyva Washington, DC
Christopher Valdez Tucson, AZ
David Vargas Charlotte, NC
Richard Purcell Charlotte, NC
Josilu Carbonel Alexandria, VA
Victor Esparza San Bernardino, CA
Francisco Roliz New Haven CT
Ever Ruiz Madison, NJ
Diana Rodriguez Aguiss San Diego, CA
Agustin Velazquez Charlotte, NC
The ambassadors were chosen by the NHEO selection committee based on their leadership potential; ethical fiber; communication and interpersonal skills; track record of results; teamwork abilities; drive and motivation; careers progression and career goals; and how they fit within NHEO culture.
NHEO’s Ambassador Program will further the organization’s goal of tackling challenges such as cultural barriers, lack of economic resources and role models, and prejudice. Though Hispanics represent approximately 13 percent (13%) of the population, only five percent (5%) of businesses are owned by them. NHEO recognizes that Hispanics will play a key role in the country’s economic development as minorities are projected to become the majority by 2050, and therefore, the success of Hispanic entrepreneurship benefits the U.S. economy as a whole.
“The United States needs a sustainable approach to regaining economic growth,” said Founder Juan Pablo Giometti. “Our plan is to build a competent, successful Hispanic entrepreneurial community and I am honored to have these outstanding individuals on board to help us achieve this goal. Our ambassadors represent the best of the best in their communities and will no doubt help foster further success for upcoming entrepreneurs.”
Ambassadors will represent NHEO and its initiatives for a period of ten months, becoming the point person in their respective communities. They will be responsible for providing direct feedback to NHEO and enlist others to support NHEO projects and events.
About National Hispanic Entrepreneurs’ Organization
National Hispanic Entrepreneurs’ Organization (NHEO), headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., was founded to empower Hispanic entrepreneurs, who are underrepresented in America. NHEO provides the know-how, networking, and mentoring resources to new and existing high-growth entrepreneurs through annual conferences, programs and web-based resources. NHEO has recent partnerships with Microsoft and PR Newswire, and since launching in 2009 the organization has helped entrepreneurs, service partners, investors, researchers and public policy makers in diverse industries and at all stages of development. For more information, please visit www.nheo.org or call 704-909-7945.