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Young Hispanic Professionals from Fortune 500 and HACR Corporate Member Companies Recognized for Outstanding Leadership

October 27, 2010-(WASHINGTON D.C.)-The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), an advocacy organization leading the charge in promoting Hispanic inclusion in Corporate America, honored 29 of the nation's most outstanding young corporate executives at the 2010 HACR Young Hispanic Corporate AchieversTM (YHCA) Program. The awards reception was held at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, DC and was hosted by Altria.

"HACR believes a company's success is directly correlated to its inclusion strategies, and our young honorees exemplify this," said HACR president & CEO, Carlos F. Orta. "Over the past four years that we have offered the HACR YHCA program, we have seen the remarkable difference Hispanic inclusion has made in developing future corporate leaders."

HACR YHCA candidates from across the nation are nominated by their respective companies and selected after careful review of their accomplishments, established leadership qualities, industry expertise, education and employment experience, as well as their ongoing commitment to their communities. Candidates are between the ages of 25-40, of Hispanic heritage and are employed by a Fortune 500 or HACR corporate member company.

"Altria and its family of companies are honored to be a host of the HACR YHCA Program for the second consecutive year," said Ara Shepard, associate director of diversity, Altria Client Services. "We are proud to continue a longstanding partnership with HACR, and fully support their efforts to create a solid pipeline of Hispanic professionals who are setting a standard of excellence in Corporate America."

The 2010 HACR YHCA class is comprised of three vice presidents, five directors and 14 managers, from some of the country's leading industries. All 29 executives have bachelor's degrees, 26 have master's degrees and combined, they serve on 17 non-profit boards resulting in 5,171 hours of volunteer community service.

The 2010 HACR YHCA honorees are:

Ricardo Acevedo, General Electric, Evendale, OH
Miguel Aguilar, AT&T, San Antonio, TX
Ben Alvarado, Wells Fargo, Long Beach, CA
David Álvarez, Altria Client Services, Richmond, VA
Dolores Arrendondo, Wells Fargo, Los Angeles, CA
Sandra Balaguera, Target Corporation, Brooklyn Park, MN
Jorge Balestra, Kraft Foods Inc., Northfield, IL
Jorge Díaz, Marsh and McLennan, Chicago, IL
Diego Patricio Espinosa, IBM, Somers, NY
Dr. Jessika Feliciano, Merck, Union, NJ
Noemi Flores, McDonald's, Oak Brook, IL
Dr. Cynthia Gutiérrez MacKenzie, Merck, Fishers, IN
Jason I. Hernández, FedEx Corporation, Memphis, TN
Naomi Hernández, PepsiCo, Plano, TX
Elisabeth López, Wellpoint Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA
Claudia Marín, Lexmark International, Lexington, KY
Gustavo Muñoz Castro, Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA
Delia Noblecilla, MillerCoors, Milwaukee, WI
Nerelys Ortiz, Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA
Reinaldo Padua, The Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, GA
Polo Paredes, Rockwell Automation, Twinsburg, OH
Nicolás Pérez Stable, General Electric, Stamford, CT
José C. Ramírez, Intel, Chandler, AZ
Vince "Vince" Rubiera, AT&T, Miami, FL
Arturo Sánchez III, Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX
Calline Sánchez, IBM, Armonk, NY
Irene Sierra, Wellpoint Inc., Brooklyn, NY
Richard Velázquez, Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA
Thomas A. Warnock, DuPont, Wilmington, DE

For more information, please visit http://www.hacr.org/, or you can follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HACR.ORG and on Twitter at @HACRORG.

About HACR: Founded in 1986, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility represents 16 national Hispanic organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico. Its mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at a level commensurate with their economic contributions.

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