USHCC Names Ford Motor Company ‘Corporation Of The Year’ For 2005

USHCC Names Ford Motor Company ‘Corporation Of The Year’ For 2005

Honor Highlights Historic Partnership, Ford’s Longstanding Commitment to the USHCC and the Hispanic Business Community


Milwaukee, WI–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 19, 2005–The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) will present Ford Motor Company with its 2005 “Corporation of the Year” Award for their long-standing dedication to the economic development of Hispanic businesses. This prestigious award will be presented during the USHCC 26th Annual National Convention & Business Expo in Milwaukee at the Awards Gala Dinner on Saturday, September 17th, 2005.

“Ford is honored to be awarded the Corporation of the Year award,” said Tony Brown, Senior Vice President, Global Purchasing, Ford Motor Company, “Ford recognizes the vital economic contribution made by Hispanic businesses to the nation’s economy and partners like the USHCC help us continue to build a strong and diverse supplier base.”

“It is such pleasure and a great honor for me to present Ford Motor Company with the ‘Corporation of the Year’ award,” said Michael L. Barrera, USHCC President & CEO. “Not only are they one of the nation’s most successful corporations, but they are also among the country’s strongest advocates for the successful development of Hispanic-owned businesses and the Hispanic community.”

Each year, the USHCC honors Hispanic chambers and businesses, as well as corporate and government advocates, that have attained or contributed to business excellence and have showed a commitment to the growth and well-being of Hispanic entrepreneurs. The “Corporation of the Year” award is presented to a company that has a proven and long-standing record of excellence in the Hispanic community. The award also pays tribute to the illustrious achievements and innovations that have made a measurable impact on the economic development of our nation’s Hispanic community.

Among the reasons Ford was recognized with this award was its continued efforts to foster the advancement of the Hispanic business community. These include the unique entrepreneurial programs such as the Ford Motor Company Networking Seminar, a structured one day event designed to generate business opportunities from corporate to minority supplier and from minority supplier to minority supplier and Mi Negocio, an online Spanish-speaking business community for Latino entrepreneurs. Ford Motor Company Fund has supported the USHCC Foundation’s BizFest since 2004. This national youth entrepreneurship training camp teaches students entrepreneurial skills and leadership goals. The partnership between Ford and the USHCC Foundation led to a first ever BizFest focused on the automotive industry.

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures and distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With nearly 325,000 employees and 110 plants worldwide, the company’s core and affiliated automotive brands include Aston Martin, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury and Volvo. Its automotive-related services include Ford Motor Credit Company and Hertz. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit The Ford Motor Company Fund, made possible by Ford Motor Company profits, supports initiatives and institutions that enhance and improve opportunities for those who live in the communities where Ford Motor Company operates. Ford Motor Company Fund is committed to creating educational opportunities that stimulate creativity and promote cultural diversity. In 2004, Ford Motor Company Fund-supported organizations received nearly $78 million.

The USHCC represents the interests of more than 2 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States and Puerto Rico, which earn more than $250 billion annually. It serves as the umbrella organization for more than 210 local Hispanic chambers nationwide and it actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs.

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USHCC Names Ford Motor Company ‘Corporation Of The Year’ For 2005