Walking across the stage of the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel ballroom last night, MicroTech President & CEO, Tony Jimenez, accepted an award as one of the 50 Powerful United States/International Business Executives at the Minority Enterprise Advocate (MEA) Awards Gala in Washington DC.
Hosted by MEA, the gala celebrated leaders whose commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and philanthropy shape local and global economic futures and public policy. The Minority Enterprise Executive Council established MEA in 2003 to assist small and disadvantage minority/women-owned businesses, providing them with relevant information and programs to launch and expand their firms.
Jimenez said he was humbled to be named among such a prominent group of diverse business leaders. “I’d like to graciously thank MEA magazine for this recognition as one of the Executives at the worldwide-level. It is a true honor and reflects on how fortunate I am to be part of a tremendous team at MicroTech,” Jimenez said.
The council also highlighted President Barack Obama’s administration for its leadership, accomplishments, and success, referring back to the President several times throughout the night. The U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) reported that since the Obama administration came into office, the MBDA has “experienced the three best performing years in the 43-year history of the Agency,” helping minority-owned businesses get “nearly $12 billion in contracts and capital, creating and saving over 20,000 jobs.”
Six MicroTech executives accompanied Jimenez to the awards ceremony: Tomas Esterrich, Senior VP/Executive Director of MicroTech International; Jose Nino, MicroTech International Consultant; Aaron Drabkin, Senior VP of Contracts/General Counsel; Kevin Williams, VP of Unified Communications & Collaboration (UCC) Solutions; Jay White, VP/Managing Director of Business Development; and Byron Athan, CEO of TechAnex, MicroTech protégé.
Among the crowd were International leaders including the Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana to the U.S., Dr. Tebelelo Mazile Seretse, and the Commercial Minister of the Embassy of Ghana, Ebenezer Padi Adjirackor. Prince George's County Executive, Rushern L. Baker, III, was also in attendance.
Besides Jimenez, among the other honorees were Jim Winston Chu, Chairman of Mandarin Business Association, NY; Claudine Adams, Owner, Adams Communication & Engineering Technology, MD; and Deborah Scott Thomas, President & CEO, Data Solutions & Technology, Incorporated, MD.
The Keynote Speaker was David Hinson, National Director of the MBDA. He stressed the importance of U.S. businesses going global, citing that the U.S. only conducts about 10 percent of global business. Hinson introduced a new MBDA program that the agency is currently setting up. The program, he said, would sponsor 100 companies to expand business into Australia.
With MicroTech’s latest outreach expansion – MicroTech International – the company strongly endorses initiatives to create new technology markets.
“This new MBDA program will help a lot of minority-owned businesses take the leap and expand their services overseas. I’m excited for this program and am appreciative that the MBDA works so hard to provide opportunities to business like MicroTech,” Jimenez said.