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 Journal, Bloomberg
Businessweek, USA Today and many others.
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.
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
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
For a complete list of Mendoza College commencement events,
including undergraduate ceremonies, visit the commencement