Insurer aligns with The Latino Coalition to honor Hispanic business leaders throughout the Midwest with Aflac Civic Awards.
Columbus, Ga. – August 29, 2007 – Today, the Aflac Civic Awards recognized four exemplary Hispanic entrepreneurs from the nation's Midwest region for their community service. Michael Ortiz, a State Sales Coordinator at Aflac, and Hector Barreto, chairman of the Latino Coalition and former administrator of the Small Business Administration, honored each winner during an awards ceremony held at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.
“The Aflac Civic Awards program, in partnership with The Latino Coalition, is yet another example of Aflac's ongoing commitment to diversity, philanthropy and small business,” said Ortiz. “It is a great honor to be in company with such an exemplary group of business leaders who are committed to building a stronger community through their unique civic contributions in economic development and social change.”
The Aflac Civic Award honorees are:
- Antonio Muñiz-Olán, president of Muñiz & Associates LLC in Cincinnati, Ohio, is the first Hispanic-owned and operated agency of its kind in the region. He has earned top listing in Business Courier's Forty Under 40 awards program in September. He holds several offices such as vice president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; senior member of Su Casa Hispanic Center which educates Hispanics about housing, finance and home ownership; member of the diversity committee of the Cincinnati Arts Association and the Young Professionals of Cincinnati. Also, Muñiz-Olán was the founder and past president of the Cincinnati Chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs.
- Hipólito (Paul) Roldán, known as the affordable housing czar of Chicago, Illinois, is the president of the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation (HHDC). He began as the first and only employee nearly 25 years ago and soon emerged as one of the most innovative and efficient community development organizations in the area. Roldán is a decorated Vietnam combat veteran who received a Bronze Star for valor. He serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, National Puerto Rican Coalition, Latinos United, Housing Partnership Network as well as an inner-city advisor and national trustee of the Urban Land Institute. Roldán is fondly referred by his friends of the neighborhoods as a “visionary, determined developer, sound businessman, and community-builder all in one.”
- Arabel Alva Rosales is president/CEO of AAR & Associates in Chicago, Illinois, an entrepreneurial firm pursuing environmentally friendly technologies. She has served as a senior policy advisor to the Governor of Illinois and a commissioner on the State's Human Rights Commission for the past six years. As an advocate for minority and women affairs, Rosales serves as a board member of the Women's Business Development Center and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce/MACC, where she chairs the Latinas in Leadership Committee. She is also the only woman in Illinois history to hold the position of Executive Director of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.
- Jaime Viteri, is the founder of the Chicago Latino Network which reaches more than 30,000 acculturated Hispanics of diverse backgrounds and interests. Also, he is the CEO and president of Viteri, Inc., an online media company targeting Hispanic professionals. Viteri has taken his networking skills and created a new concept, the Illinois Entrepreneurship Network, to assist entrepreneurs statewide. It has created 16,000 jobs and assisted hundreds of entrepreneurs access both capital and sales through effective networking. He is the director of the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago, the Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois and the Junior Achievement of Chicago Central Division.
Nominees for the Aflac Civic Award were considered based upon their involvement in the community through an online process with a group of leading business executives who served as judges.
Earlier this year, Aflac presented eight national and regional Aflac Civic awards to Hispanic entrepreneurs who find time to give back to their community despite the demands of running a small business. To learn more about the award and the nomination process, visit aflac.com or enespanol.aflac.com.
Aflac is ranked among the top corporations of Latina Style's 50 Best Companies for Hispanic Women to Work for in the U.S. Aflac has also topped the list of Hispanic Trends magazine's Top 50 Companies for Supplier Diversity and Hispanic magazine's Top 100 Companies Providing the Most Opportunities to Hispanics.
For more than 50 years, Aflac products have given policyholders the opportunity to direct cash where it is needed most when a life-interrupting medical event causes financial challenges. Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance in the United States and the number one insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force in Japan. Aflac's insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million people worldwide. Aflac has been included in Fortune magazine's listing of America's Most Admired Companies for six consecutive years and Forbes magazine's Platinum 400 List of America's Best Big Companies for five consecutive years. In January 2006, Aflac was included in Fortune magazine's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the eighth consecutive year. Aflac was also included in Fortune magazine's list of the Top 50 Employers for Minorities in August 2005, and in September 2005, Aflac Japan was named the Life Insurance Company of the Year at the Asia Insurance Industry Awards, sponsored by the Asia Insurance Review. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com.
About the Latino Coalition
The Latino Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, D.C. TLC was established to address policy issues that directly affect the well-being of Hispanics in the United States. TLC's agenda is to develop and promote policies that will foster economic equivalency and enhance overall business, economic and social development of Hispanics. For more information, visit www.TheLatinoCoalition.com.