Michael L. Barrera President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber...

Michael L. Barrera President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Keynote Speaker commemorating Three Kings Day Fiesta Navideña

On January 6th, 2006 over 400 Hispanic American Business Leaders and Government Officials will honor Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and Mr. Tonio Burgos for their Dedication to the Hispanic Community and Lifetime Achievements


New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–January 4, 2006–LISTA has selected Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez as the recipient of the Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA) 2nd Annual Business and Technology Government Advocate Award for her continuous effort to assist Small and Medium Size Business (SMB) and Technology Businesses in the Hispanic Community.

The Honorable Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez said, “It is indeed an honor that I am being recognized for the work I am doing, I work hard to promote new markets and new investments in underserved areas to ensure broader access to technology and entrepreneurship however, no government policy or program can truly inspire change without the leadership of organizations like LISTA. There are still far too many Latino-Americans who lack the tools and access they need to share in the promise of prosperity that the technological revolution brings. LISTA meets that challenges head-on everyday and plays an important role of enabling our community to take advantage of technology. Once again thank you for this prestigious award.”

The awards will be presented on January 6th commemorating the Three Kings Day Fiesta Navideña at the Legendary Show Nightclub and Restaurant. This event is sponsored by Nielsen Media Research, Con Edison Communications, ESPN Deportes, IDT, Central Intelligence Agency, Comcast Cable, Southwest Airlines, Staples, Sanchez Bodden Lerner LLC, Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, Salsa Caterers and Special Events, Show Nightclub, DiversityInc. Hispanic Business Magazine, Hispanic PR Wire, NBC, Telemundo, HITN, The New York Times, and Dominican Times Magazine

Also being honored is Mr. Tonio Burgos, recipient of the Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA) 2nd Annual Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in public policy and his life long commitment to the Hispanic community.

“I recognize the important role of LISTA in its efforts to highlight the advent of Telecommunications and Information Technology as the tools for opportunities and growth for the Hispanic Community and I feel honored to receive this prestigious award.” stated Tonio Burgos. Principle Tonio Burgos and Associates

Michael Barrera, President and CEO of United States Hispanic Chambers of Commerce is the invited Guest Speaker for the 3 Kings Event Fiesta Navideña.

“Information Science, Telecommunications and Technology are critical to the growth of Hispanic Entrepreneurs nationwide. As our 2 million Hispanic owned businesses increase their impact on both the American and world economy, efforts by LISTA will play an important role in our success. I am honored to address LISTA and their guests at their Second Annual Three Kings Day Fiesta Navideña.” said Michael Barrera.

Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez:

Nydia Velasquez was the first Puerto Rican woman elected to Congress, Nydia Velazquez. Since her election, Congresswoman Velazquez has led the struggle for more inclusion of Latinos and people of color to conduct business with the government.

As the Ranking Member of the House Small Business Committee, which oversees federal programs and contracts totaling $200 billion annually, Congresswoman Velázquez has been a vocal advocate of Latino – American small business and strong supporter of Latino technology entrepreneurship. She has established numerous small business legislative priorities, encompassing the areas of technology, tax regulations, and access to capital, federal contracting opportunities, health care and pension reform, among others. Congresswoman Velázquez was recently named as the inaugural “Woman of the Year” by Hispanic Business Magazine in recognition of her national influence in both the political and business sectors and for her longtime support of minority enterprise.

About Tonio Burgos

Tonio Burgos (http://www.tonioburgos.com/home.html) has been a pioneer in the Hispanic Community setting the standards for advising, consulting and guiding some of the largest Fortune 500 Corporations on regulatory, legislative and strategic planning initiatives impacting public policy. He has opened the floodgates and paved the way for the next generation of Hispanic Consultants and Lobbyists to represent Corporate America with a full understanding of the interaction of government, business, legislative and regulatory policies.

His knowledge and influence on major public policy issues have benefited citizens across the country.

About Michael L. Barrera:

Michael L. Barrera was named President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (http://www.ushcc.com) on June 19, 2005, following an extensive nationwide search. In this leadership role, he is responsible for increasing business opportunities for Hispanic entrepreneurs; delivering benefits and value-added services to member Chambers and corporate partners; maximizing effectiveness and efficiency of Chamber operations while aligning USHCC’s strategic objectives in support of the organization’s continued path to grow and success. Prior to his selection, Mr. Barrera was the National Ombudsman for the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) having been appointed to the position by President Bush in 2001. In his role, Mr. Barrera led the national effort on behalf of the country’s small businesses to ensure fairness in the enforcement of Federal regulations.

Barrera is an accomplished lawyer and business leader with strong Federal Government experience, extensive Hispanic Chamber experience, a corporate background, proven credentials in managing national programs and a well-cultivated entrepreneurial spirit.

Event Information:

LISTA 3 Kings Fiesta Navideña

Date: Friday January 6th 2006 6:30pm -10:30pm

Location: The Legendary Show Nightclub 131 W 41st Street (Broadway and 6th Ave).

To register: Click Here http://www.aramwebs.com/lista/membership.html

The Three Kings Day or the feast of the epiphany is celebrated on January 6th, twelve days after Christmas. It is often viewed as the last day of the Christmas season (the end of the 12 days of Christmas).

Also known as The Feast of the Epiphany, Three Kings Day (El Día de los Reyes) is a Christian celebration that commemorates the Biblical story of the three kings who followed the Star of Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Christ child. According to the Biblical story, the Three Kings – named Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar – presented the Baby Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

About Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association

Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association – LISTA (http://www.a-lista.org) is a not-for-profit organization focused on the advancement of Latino Technology professionals. It fulfills its mission through professional, business and community involvement.

To educate, motivate and empower the Latino community with the use of technology for a better tomorrow.

Michael L. Barrera President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Keynote Speaker commemorating Three Kings Day Fiesta Navideña