The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Names the Hispanic Businesswoman and Businessman for 2012

Award recipients recognized during the Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBE) Elite Luncheon at the 33rd USHCC Annual National Convention

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) announced that The Alamo Travel Group’s Patricia Pliego Stout and Group O’s Gregg Ontiveros have been named the 2012 HBE Hispanic Businesswoman and Hispanic Businessman, respectively. The coveted ranking recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs for their contributions and leadership within the Hispanic business community.

The announcement was made during the HBE Elite Luncheon at the 33rd USHCC Annual National Convention in Los Angeles, CA.

“We are proud to recognize these Hispanic entrepreneurs who are a driving force of our nation’s economic development,” said Javier Palomarez, President and CEO of the USHCC. ”This award underscores the importance of Hispanic businesswomen and businessmen not only within the Hispanic community but in the nation as a whole.”

2012 HBE Hispanic Businesswoman Patricia Pliego Stout, who celebrates 30 years in business this year, is the founder of The Alamo Travel Group (ATG). While she is committed to her business and to supporting the families of 69 employees, she also contributes her time and resources to other Hispanic entrepreneurs through her participation in organizations that support Hispanic businessmen and women.

“I am humbled by this award.  I believe my Abuelita put me on the road to success when she taught me the importance of wisely managing my resources,” expressed Stout.  ”I benefitted greatly from her wisdom and teachings. I also thank God for the strength and courage he gave me to overcome challenges and obstacles throughout my life-long business journey!”

2012 HBE Hispanic Businessman Gregg Ontiveros, CEO of Group O, leads with a hands-on approach, remaining very involved in all facets of the company’s daily operations, including its choice of sponsorship, charitable contributions, and volunteer activities that have maximum impact in the community.

“Our commitment to diversity – through both procurement strategies and employment goals – is foundation of who we are, at all levels of our organization,” said Ontiveros. “Our diversity is fundamental to how we approach creating sustainable value for our clients.”

The Hispanic Businessman and Businesswoman of the Year were chosen from a list of exceptional applicants from across the country and selected by an independent judging panel.

Hispanic entrepreneurs are starting businesses at more than three times the national rate, and the number of Hispanic-owned businesses is expected to grow by 42 percent over the next six years.