NEW YORK–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–August 28, 2003–George Herrera, president and chief executive officer of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), will receive the Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award at NAMIC’s 17th Annual Conference in New York City on Monday, September 15, 2003. Herrera is being honored for his commitment to building economic and business opportunities for Hispanic entrepreneurs.
“We are proud of George and pleased to honor his commitment to empowering the Hispanic community at home and abroad,” said Jenny Alonzo, president, NAMIC. “Much like Mickey Leland, he has dedicated his life to expanding opportunities and shaping lives through public service.”
At the USHCC, Herrera is responsible for communicating, in the private and public sectors, the interests of more than 1.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses and addressing critical economic issues that affect Hispanic entrepreneurs. Herrera is a nationally recognized expert in the field of minority economic and business development. Prior to joining the USHCC, Herrera spent 17 years as the president of Burgos and Associates, where he contributed to the growth and success of Hispanic businesses worldwide.
Recognizing the need to present positive Hispanic role models and achievement, Herrera created a television show called “Hispanics Today.” “Hispanics Today” is a nationally syndicated television show that reaches more than 86% of Hispanic-American households (26 million viewers) across the country. Now in its fifth season, “Hispanics Today” is currently the only English-language, Spanish-content program that is nationally syndicated.
Recent honors given to Herrera include being named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States” by Hispanic Business Magazine and “30 Future Leaders for Economic Empowerment of Minority Communities” by Black Enterprise Magazine. He was also named a fellow of The Wharton School e-Business Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves on numerous boards and commissions.
The Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award was created in 1992 in honor of Congressman Mickey Leland and his commitment to creating opportunities for people of color around the world. It is given annually, during the annual NAMIC conference, to an individual in the communications industry who’s public service has advanced the cause and concerns of people of color. Past Mickey Leland Award recipients include Russell Simmons, co-founder, Def Jam Records; David Honig, executive director, Minority Media & Telecommunications Council; Tavis Smiley, radio commentator; Bill Richardson, former ambassador, United Nations; Kweisi Mfume, president, National Association for the Advancement of Color People; and Alice Rains, mother, Congressman Leland.
Comprised of more than 1,000 industry professionals with membership in 16 regional chapters nationwide, NAMIC was founded in 1980 as the National Association of Minorities in Cable to raise awareness, expand opportunity and shape the future. A non-profit, 501(c)(6) trade association, NAMIC champions the cause of diversity in telecommunications through strategically facilitating mainstream and grassroots outreach methods. NAMIC has initiated programs developed to achieve diversification in leadership, employment, procurement, programming and ownership such as the Annual NAMIC Conference, a cornerstone of Cable Diversity Week, the L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program, and its Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Business. For additional information about “Embrace Diversity, Embrace Success,” visit http://www.namic.com.