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Salt Lake City – The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) held its 2014 National Convention Kickoff Reception last week at the Grand America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. The reception was held in anticipation of the association’s 2014 National Convention—the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in America—which will take place in September.
The kickoff was attended by more than 300 guests including representatives from Wells Fargo, Zions Bank, Cosmo Latina, PepsiCo and NY Business Latino. USHCC President and CEO Javier Palomarez addressed the attendees and discussed the opportunities that the upcoming convention will provide for Utah businesses.
Greg Winegardner, regional president of Wells Fargo and USHCC board of director, said the national convention’s path to Salt Lake began two and a half years ago when he met with Palomarez and made the case for why he should bring his national convention to the city. Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert, along with Zions Bank representatives, Utah Hispanic business leaders and Winegardner, highlighted the state’s economic prowess, rapid Hispanic population growth and embrace of diversity during their meeting with Palomarez.
“Utah is at the fortunate confluence of commerce and culture, arts and athletics, faith and fun. And, come September, Salt Lake City will open its doors to the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in America,” Palomarez said.
Don Salazar, national convention board chair and founder and CEO of CTI Construction based in Ogden, noted that Utah’s strong economic record, together with its natural beauty and powerful, cohesive Hispanic business community, made Salt Lake City the ideal destination for the 2014 USHCC National Convention.
"Utah is home to more than 10,000 Hispanic-owned businesses that together contribute over $1.3 billion to the state's economy every year," Salazar said.
Utah’s Hispanic population has grown by more than 80 percent in the past decade, and the state is also a growing international business center with one-third of its population being bilingual.
The 2014 National Convention is the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in America. It will be held Sept. 21 – 23 at the Grand America Hotel with an estimated 6,000 people attending.