Comcast Corporation, Sovereign Bank and Banco Santander Among Distinguished Roster of Top...

Comcast Corporation, Sovereign Bank and Banco Santander Among Distinguished Roster of Top Sponsors of the 27th Annual USHCC Convention & Business Expo, Philadelphia, Sept. 20-23, 2006

National and International Fortune 500 Corporations Show Unprecedented Support for Largest Gathering of Hispanic Business Owners and Entrepreneurs in the Country Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts to Serve as Convention Honorary Chair


Washington, D.C–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 18, 2006–The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), the largest and most influential advocate for the two million Hispanic-owned businesses in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada is proud to count on unparalleled support from Comcast Corporation, Sovereign Bank and Banco Santander and other important sponsors of the 27th Annual USHCC Convention and Business Expo and offers its gratitude for their continued cooperation and commitment.

“We are pleased to count on these major corporations, and I congratulate them, on behalf of the USHCC, our Board of Directors and our more than 200 Chamber members, for their commitment and participation in this historic, international gathering that is coming to the City of Brotherly Love,” said USHCC President and CEO Michael L. Barrera. “I commend all our sponsors for their continued interest in recognizing the importance and power of Hispanics as a growing force in the nation and the global marketplace.”

As the Convention’s first ever Presenting Sponsor, Comcast Corporation brings a strong partnership with the USHCC to our host city, Philadelphia. Comcast was founded in 1963 as a single-system cable operation. Today, they are the country’s largest provider of cable services – and one of the world’s leading communications companies. The corporation is focused on broadband cable, commerce and content. They deliver digital services, provide Internet, clearer broadband phone service and develop and deliver innovative programming.

“We look forward to welcoming the USHCC’s 27th Annual Convention and Expo to Philadelphia,” said Comcast Corporation’s Chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts, who will serve as this year’s Honorary Convention Chair. “Comcast is pleased to play a role in making this year’s convention and expo a huge success.”

The USHCC is also pleased to announce Sovereign Bank and Banco Santander as a Diamond-level sponsor for this year’s historic gathering in Philadelphia. This year marks the first-ever event sponsored by the new partnership between Sovereign Bank and Banco Santander. Sovereign is the 17th largest banking institution in the United States, with nearly 800 community banking offices and more than 2,000 ATMs. Banco Santander, with headquarters in Madrid, is the world’s 10th largest bank in terms of market capitalization. Serving more than 66 million customers, Banco Santander is a major player in Europe and Latin America. This partnership demonstrates their commitment to the Hispanic community.

“In our view, the Hispanic market is one of most attractive markets in the United States,” said Sovereign Chairman and CEO Jay Sidhu. “We have been devoting increased energy and resources to the Hispanic market, including development of a program which will provide opportunities for the Hispanic community to obtain more capital to start and grow small businesses.”

The USHCC is also proud to count on the support of the following sponsors*:

Platinum Level Sponsors

AT&T Service, Inc.

BMW of North America

IBM Corporation

Toyota Motor North Amerca, Inc

Univision Communications

Gold Level Sponsors

American Airlines


Bank of America

DaimlerChrysler Corporation

PECO, an Exelon Corporation

Ford Motor Company

Goldman, Sachs & Company


Miller Brewing Company

Northwestern Mutual

Pfizer Helpful Answers

Reyes Holdings, L.L.C.

Shell Oil Company

Mendoza Group

United States Postal Service


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Silver Level Sponsors



General Motors Corporation

Marriott International, Inc.

Nationwide Insurance

UPS Foundation

Bronze Level Sponsors


Delta Dental Insurance Company

Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

The Home Depot

United Airlines

U.S. Bank

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Brass Level Sponsors

AIG American General

American Express Company

Avis Budget Car Rental

BP America, Inc.


Dell, Inc.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Hilton Hotels Corporation

Merrill Lynch


PepsiCo, Inc.

PNC Bank

Procter & Gamble

The Walt Disney Company

Time Warner, Inc.

U.S. General Services Administration

Washington Mutual

Event and Workshop Sponsors

Anheuser Busch, Inc.

Bank of America

BP America, Inc.

BMW of North America

Cámara de Comercio de Puerto Rico

Cisco Systems, Inc.


Goldman, Sachs & Company

Goya Foods, Inc.

Harrah’s Entertainment


Heineken USA

Hilton Hotels Corporation

IBM Corporation


McDonald’s Corporation

MGM Mirage

Miller Brewing Company

Northwestern Mutual

Rums of Puerto Rico

Sprint Nextel Corporation

State Farm


The Coca-Cola Company

Two Men and A Truck International, Inc.



Western Union

Branding Sponsors

American Express Company

Bellsouth/Cingular Wireless

Burger King Corporation

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Univision Communications

U.S. Bank

Daily Convention Newsletter Sponsor


Wireless Provider Sponsor

Sprint Nextel Corporation

*As of 8/24/06

In addition to the participation from our national corporate sponsors, the USHCC welcomes the support of international corporations from Mexico, Venezuela, Canada, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico that will be taking part in this historic gathering.

For more information on the 27th Annual Convention, pls. go to or call 1-800-874-2286. Members of the media wishing to register for the Convention should contact Toni Anastasia at Mendoza Group (856)313.0733 or e-mail your media information to

Comcast Corporation, Sovereign Bank and Banco Santander Among Distinguished Roster of Top Sponsors of the 27th Annual USHCC Convention & Business Expo, Philadelphia, Sept. 20-23, 2006