Vienna, VA – April 12, 2010—MicroTech President & CEO Tony Jimenez was recognized Friday night by the Hispanic Committee of Virginia at their 43rd Anniversary Celebration of Culture and Achievement, as the winner of the Hermes award. The award is presented annually to an accomplished business and community leader in Northern Virginia. The event was held at theNational Rural Electric Cooperative Association Conference Center in Arlington.
A community institution making a positive impact in the lives of Latino families since 1967, the Hispanic Committee of Virginia is the oldest and largest Hispanic nonprofit organization in Northern Virginia. In 2009, HCV provided over 50,000 services benefiting over 14,000 individuals, including social services case management, financial literacy programs, workforce development, adult education, and youth mentoring.
“We are proud to present Tony Jimenez with the 2010 Hermes Award,” said Nury Marquez, Executive Director, Hispanic Committee of Virginia. “Tony lives the principles and values that the Committee holds dear and that exemplify the best of the Hispanic community. He has a long track record of commitment to Diversity and has overcome barriers to achieve success. And he is not content to stop there. He works tirelessly to develop the next generation of leaders by offering training and encouragement to fellow veterans, mentoring Hispanic entrepreneurs, and promoting opportunities for young Latinos to pursue and excel in science and technology.”
"It's an honor to be recognized by the local Hispanic community for business leadership, as well as for supporting my Hispanic neighbors," Jimenez said. "The Hispanic Committee of Virginia performs great works in empowering and assisting Latinos residing in the state, and the Hermes award accurately reflects the overall commitment of my organization to the community. My success with MicroTech has never been just about financial gain and I hope that the most enduring aspect of my legacy is about creating more opportunities for Hispanic entrepreneurs.”
Jimenez is the founder of MicroTech —recently named “America’s No. 1 Fastest-Growing Hispanic-Owned Business” byHispanic Business Magazine. His strong support of the local community led to recognition for his business in the Washington Business Journal Book of Lists’ as a Top 10 Corporate Philanthropist based on charity giving and community involvement in Northern Virginia. His 2010 charitable efforts so far include sponsoring “Military Appreciation Nights” at DC’s Verizon Center and the Patriot Center where he hosted more than 400 local Armed Forces personnel and their families at sports events.
Jimenez is a board member of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the first statewide organization to empower Hispanics in the Virginia business community. He is also the National Chairman of Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA), an advocacy group promoting Latino technological and scientific engagement.
The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce honored Jimenez as “Corporate Business Advocate of the Year” in 2009, and theVirginia Hispanic Chamber named him “Entrepreneur of the Year.”He was recognized during last year’s Hispanic Heritage Month by the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and received the Chairman’s Award from the Maryland Hispanic Business Conference for his entrepreneurial accomplishments.
He has also received other awards for his efforts including The Small Business Administration’s Veteran Champion of the Year; the National Small Business Association award for being one of the nation’s “Top Five Business Advocates;” Veteran Business Journal’s Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year; the Minority Enterprise Executive Council’s “Most Powerful Minority Men in Business;” and was recently selected for the second time by Federal Computer Week to receive their “Fed 100 Award” recognizing him as a Top 100 Executive who Influences how Federal Government buys, uses, and manages Information Technology.