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CEO of U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to speak at Mendoza’s graduate commencement

by Carol Elliott

March 31, 2014

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Javier Palomarez, president and CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), will serve as speaker for the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business Graduate Commencement ceremony. The event will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, in the Joyce Center’s Purcell Pavilion.  

The graduate programs bestowing degrees include Notre Dame MBA, Executive MBA, Master of Nonprofit Administration, Master of Science in Accountancy and Master of Science in Business.

Palomarez became USHCC CEO in October 2009. The USHCC is the leading advocate organization for nearly 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses and more than 200 local Hispanic chambers throughout the nation. During his tenure, Palomarez’s key focus has been promoting Hispanic business enterprise and its contributions to the U.S. economy, which in 2013 amounted to more than $468 billion in revenue.

Considered one of the nation’s pre-eminent multicultural sales and marketing executives, Palomarez is a sought-after spokesperson, thought-leader and strategist on the issues affecting America’s consumers, particularly those in the Hispanic community. His opinions and points of view have appeared in leading publications including The Wall Street JournalBloomberg BusinessweekUSA Today and many others.

Palomarez began his career at Allstate Insurance Corporation where he worked to initiate the industry’s first fully-integrated, nationwide Hispanic marketing, sales and service campaign. Following his tenure at Allstate, he was recruited by Sprint Inc., where he rose through the ranks to become the assistant vice president for marketing and public relations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Texas–Pan American.

Palomarez has been appointed to the National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise by United States Secretary of Commerce. He also serves on the FCC Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity in the Digital Age and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Advisory Board. He is a member of the Pfizer’s Small Business Advisory Council, as well as Aetna’s Latino Advisory Council and the Comcast National Hispanic Advisory Council. Palomarez serves on U.S. Senator Robert Menendez’s (D-NJ) Working Group on Corporate Diversity and is a director of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR). He was recently named “One of the 75 Most Influential Hispanics” by Poder Magazine

In other commencement ceremony news, the Mendoza College of Business Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on May 18 in the North Dome of the Joyce Center. Roger D. Huang, Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College, will serve as speaker. The University of Notre Dame Commencement is 9-11 a.m. on May 18 in the Notre Dame Stadium. Christopher Patten (Lord Patten of Barnes), chancellor of the University of Oxford and chair of the BBC Trust, is the speaker.

For a complete list of Mendoza College commencement events, including undergraduate ceremonies, visit the commencement website.