New York, NY--(HISPANIC PR WIRE)--October 8, 2007--Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA) announced today that it is presenting R Marcelo Claure, CEO and Chairman of BrightStar Communications, with the 2007 LISTA Chief Executive Officer of the Year Award. Mr. Claure earned the honor for his long-standing commitment to technology for the advancement of the Latino community, his philanthropic and diversity initiatives.

LISTA will honor top Latino industry executives, from across the country including Mr. R Marcelo Claure and the BrightStar Communications Corporation at its 2007 National Latino Technology Achievers Gala Awards Dinner sponsored by Nielsen Media Research, State Farm, PTG, Cisco, Prudential Financial, Pinnacle, NBC, Google, I Hispano, Bast Services, Pharma, Telemundo, HITN, Staples, Lehman Brothers and many others which will be held on Thursday October 25th at 6 p.m. at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington D.C.
In selecting Mr. R Marcelo Claure for its Chief Executive Officer of the Year, LISTA noted his support of programs that expand opportunities for youth in the areas of literacy, computer technology, scholarships and internships all around the world.

Mr. R Marcelo Claure as a CEO has run a very successful business with his company rising to the top of Hispanic Business 500 with revenues over $3.6 billion and earning the title of the largest Hispanic-owned business in the United States. However as great a businessman he is it is small in comparison to what he does best which is to be instrumental in helping young people secure future success through education and leadership development and empowering them to understand the power of technology for 21st Century jobs.

He is a strong advocate that all communities especially the underserved communities and small businesses have access to emerging broadband technologies, resources and capital.
Mr. R Marcelo Claure ' dedication to empowering the Hispanic community reflects the consummate values that are inherent within LISTA's mission.

"His hard work through the years has opened the doors for many Latino Professionals in the technology industry and he has been instrumental in strengthening corporate America's involvement in the education of Latino youth in technology," said Jose A. Marquez-Leon, President and Chief Executive Officer, LISTA. “Mr. Claure continues to amaze us as his company continues to grow but it is what he does in his community that really impressed the selection committee.”

"It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by LISTA as CEO of the Year. I firmly believe in the mission of LISTA, which seeks to promote and advocate for the advancement of Latino's in the field of technology. At Brightstar, we seek to bring advanced telecommunications technology to markets all over the world and our success, in many ways, is due to the talented and experienced technical and engineering teams we employ in the US., in Latin America and around the world." said R. Marcelo Claure, founder, president, CEO & chairman of Brightstar Corp. "Now, we are using our global team to bring technology to the masses in a partnership with the One Laptop Per Child organization which seeks to put a free laptop in the hands of disadvantaged children throughout the world. Brightstar has been tapped to be the global sales and distribution provider for this program, allowing us to give back in one of the most significant ways possible - by providing access to technology."

About Latino in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA)

LISTA ( promotes the utilization of the technology sectors for the empowerment of the Latino community. LISTA Mission is to educate, motivate and encourage the use of technology in the Latino community LISTA is committed to bringing various elements of Technology, Science, and Math under one central hub to facilitate our partners, members and the community with the leverage and education they need to succeed in a highly advanced technologically driven society. Their Mission is to Educate, Motivate and Encourage the use of technology to empower the Latino Community

About BrightStar Communications

Based in Miami, Florida, BrightStar Corporation ( is the largest and fastest growing wireless distribution and supply chain solutions company in the world. They accelerate products to market through strategic relationships with select manufacturer partners and their vast collective reach Brightstar is committees to good corporate citizenship, supporting the communities where they work and live. Together, Brightstar and its employees have donated millions of dollars and thousands of hours to a number of causes. They support the community in three key areas: Education, Entrepreneurship and Social empowerment. This year for the first time Brightstar Corp. was recognized as one of the largest and most profitable Hispanic businesses in the United States.

Event Information:


Date: October 25th, 2007
Time: 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Location: Fairmont Hotel Washington DC
2401 M Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20037

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