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positions in Hewlett-Packard Puerto Rico, the latest being general manager of the Business Enterprise division in the manufacturing operations in Aguadilla.

On her list of professional achievements are the development, implementation, and management of activities such as product launches, research and development, manufacture, business development, re-engineering processes, and others. She lent operational support to endeavors in Europe and Mexico and was also in charge of UNIX operations on Latin America.

Promising Development Crespo was the first woman to become president of the Puerto Rico Manufacturer’s Association and has been recognized and awarded in the industry’s highest forums, including, among others, the Sales and Marketing Executives Association, the Chamber of Commerce, the American Society for Quality Control, and the “Colegiala Ilustre” of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez campus, her alma mater.

She was also a member of the Manufacturing Advisory Board under the administration of Governor Luis Fortuño. The executive explained that in the first Request for Proposals for the grants, the Trust received 234 letters of intent, of which 43 went on to the second round. Crespo added that the process “sought to guarantee the financing of the more promising research and development projects.”

These include a second Request for Proposals for science and technology research grants; support of activities aimed at fueling startups and entrepreneurship; launching the second phase of the Science Boulevard to connect the Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Science Center, the Trust’s emblematic project; and strengthening alliances with a range of private sector industries that work together with the public sector and academia.


avier Palomarez, president and CEO of the U. S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), grew up working as a migrant farmer with his mother and nine brothers and sisters, and was taught to be proud of his agricultural background. At the age of 13, Palomarez was encouraged by a teacher to join a 4-H club.


Recently, Palomarez won 4-H’s 2015 Alumni Medallion. He spoke glowingly of the organization’s impact and its partnership with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Javier Palomarez, President and CEO, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

“Our partnership with 4-H will allow us to engage more effectively with youth, especially those in rural communities,” Palomarez told the 4-H organization.

“These relationships will help us more accurately understand the challenges and opportunities in the agribusiness industries so that we may expand our programs within the USHCC to more effectively meet those needs,” he added.

The USHCC promotes the growth and development of 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, which together contribute in excess of $486 billion to the American economy each year. As the leading organization of its kind, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce serves as an umbrella to 200 chamber and business associations and partners with more than 240 major corporations.

4-H is the youth development program of America’s Cooperative Extension System of land-grant universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Cooperative Extension partnership brings together the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, land-grant universities, and county government to resource learning opportunities for young people.

Opening Doors for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

The 4-H name came from the desire to make public school education more connected to rural life and represents four personal development areas of focus for the organization: head, heart, hands, and health.

With a network of more than more than 25 million alumni, 4-H helps shape youth to move America and the world forward in ways that no other youth organization can. The organization has over 6.5 million members in the United States, from ages 5 to 21, in approximately 90,000 clubs.

“The philanthropic arm of our association, the USHCC Foundation, works on the ground level by opening doors for aspiring entrepreneurs through scholarships and skill development programs. Just as mentors have paved the way for us, it is our responsibility to guide those who follow, and now, more than ever, our nation’s youth need that leadership,” Palomarez said.

He also added the USHCC believes that mentorship plays an invaluable role in the development of tomorrow’s business leaders. In both personal and professional development, mentors serve as a compass.

The 4-H Council Legacy Awards honor individuals and corporations that have made lasting contributions in support of millions of 4-H youth.

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