DALLAS /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) has named Darren Rebelez, executive vice president and chief operating officer of 7-Eleven, Inc., as the co-chairman for its 31st Annual National Convention and Business Expo in Dallas, Texas, September 22-25, 2010.
Mr. Rebelez, a veteran executive of the convenience store and restaurant industries, has responsibility for operations, franchising, real estate, information technology, facilities, construction, maintenance, gasoline, business transformation, loss prevention and operations support for approximately 6,400 U.S. and Canadian 7-Eleven® stores. He will serve alongside Nina Vaca, convention chair and CEO of Dallas-based Pinnacle Technical Resources, Inc., which was recently ranked 30th on the 2009 Hispanic Business 500 and is the largest diversity-owned IT staffing and vendor management company in the U.S.
The four-day event will provide business-focused workshops and panels, networking receptions, business matching opportunities and many other resources critical to the continued growth and success of the Hispanic entrepreneurial community, which numbers nearly 3 million strong nationwide.
"This convention provides a unique opportunity to bring together thousands of Hispanic entrepreneurs, corporate executives, procurement professionals and key government and elected officials here in Dallas," said Rebelez. "I am honored to have been named co-chairman and look forward to contributing to the continued success of the USHCC and its convention. Dallas is a special convention location due to its demographics and the important roles Hispanics play in our community. It's fitting that Dallas was selected as the site which will highlight the global connections and opportunities that are increasingly critical to business success in today's economy."
Convention Chair Nina Vaca said: "The USHCC's comprehensive approach is to provide current and aspiring Hispanic business owners with access to effective tools, resources and information they need to establish new enterprises as well as to grow and succeed in the competitive global marketplace. I am fortunate to have a leader like Darren Rebelez as my co-chair on this tremendous event. He brings incredible experience and knowledge to our team from his years at 7-Eleven and previous executive roles."
Javier Palomarez, USHCC President and CEO said: "I look forward to working with Darren and am confident that his assistance will be critical in making our convention the key meeting place for America's Hispanic entrepreneurs and those who can partner with them to create new opportunities in the decade ahead."
Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of nearly 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that generate nearly $400 billion annually. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers in the United States and Puerto Rico.
The USHCC Foundation is committed to giving Hispanics alternatives for life preparation and life-long learning by developing and implementing initiatives and educational campaigns to awaken and nurture their entrepreneurial spirit. The Foundation leverages corporate and public support to ensure that existing and aspiring Hispanic entrepreneurs gain access to and achieve success in the world of business.
SOURCE United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce