Westminster Announces Javier Palomarez, President & CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as 2014 Commencement Speaker

Apr 21, 2014

April 18, 2014 Advocate of Hispanic-owned businesses will address Westminster graduates SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster is pleased to announce Javier Palomarez, President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), as the college's 2014 Commencement speaker. The ceremony will be held May 31, 2014, at 1:45 p.m. at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah. The USHCC advocates for America's 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, which contribute more than $468 billion to the economy, every year. It also works with a network of 200 local Hispanic chambers across the country, and 220 major corporations. The USHCC will host its national convention in Salt Lake City this September. "With Utah's growing diversity, strong economy, and the USHCC holding its national convention here in September 2014, Westminster is honored to have Mr. Palomarez as its commencement speaker," said Westminster president, Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich. "Westminster students graduate ready to take on lives of success and meaning. Mr. Palomarez's commitment to hard work, perseverance and supporting leadership opportunities for Latino youth will be an exciting model for our graduates." Palomarez grew up in South Texas and worked as a migrant farm worker through his early years. He received a degree in finance from the University of Texas-Pan American. "On behalf of America's 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, which together contribute more than $468 billion to the American economy, I am honored to address this year's graduating class of Westminster College. I hope that through my remarks, students will understand how our nation's shifting demographics are accelerating America's rapid economic recovery - and nowhere is this more evident than in Utah," said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. "Now more than ever, a young person can achieve anything he or she puts their mind to. I look forward to sending off graduates with an inspiring message that emphasizes the importance of hard work, resilience and giving back to the community." Mr. Palomarez has been appointed to the National Advisory Council on Minority Business at theDepartment of Commerce, and serves on the FCC Federal Advisory Committee onDiversity, Comcast NBCUniversal Diversity Advisory Council, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Advisory Board, the State Farm Bank CRA Advisory Council and the Board of Children's Medical Center-Dallas. He also serves on the Senate Task Force on Corporate Diversity and Inclusion and is a director of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR).

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