WASHINGTON, DC – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) today announced Anthony (Tony) Jimenez Chief Executive Officer of MicroTechnologies, LLC will receive the Tech Award at the 29th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards on September 22, 2016, at the historic Warner Theatre in Washington, DC. The Awards recognize the contributions and accomplishments of Latino leaders in various fields while celebrating cultural pride and the great promise to America. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Actress/Singer Angelica Maria, Author Junot Díaz, Businessman George Herrera and Singer J Balvin have already been announced as honorees. Other Honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.
The Hispanic Heritage Awards were established in 1987 by The White House to commemorate the creation of Hispanic Heritage Month in America. The Awards are considered among the highest honors for Latinos by Latinos and the program will include top Latino performers and personalities paying tribute to the Honorees from the stage.
“The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is very proud to honor Tony Jimenez with the Hispanic Heritage Award for Tech,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of Hispanic Heritage Foundation. “He has been an example of what Latinos are capable of in the tech sector for years as an innovative visionary, as a businessman, and as a role model. As a Veteran, he also represents the great patriotism we share as Latinos. All our Honorees, including Tony, embody what it is to be real Americans and a source of inspiration. The Hispanic community has made significant contributions throughout history, and we are proud to recognize that impact in the present and the future.”
Jimenez is living the “American Dream.” His personal story is as dynamic and inspiring as his achievements. Born in Virginia into a family of modest means, his incredible drive, work ethic, love of technology, and desire to contribute to society have led to his recognition as a top leader in technology, one of the most influential Hispanics in the Nation, and a respected Veteran.
Since founding MicroTech at his kitchen table a dozen years ago, Jimenez has grown the start-up into a multimillion-dollar company. He has been named “Entrepreneur of the Year,” “Small Business Person of the Year,” “Executive of the Year,” and “CEO of the Year” by various national organizations. He’s also been named among “Most Influential Hispanics in the Nation” by Hispanic Business Magazine, “50 Most Influential Virginians” by Virginia Business, Veteran Entrepreneur (Vetrepreneur) of the Year” by Vetrepreneur Magazine and 100 CEO Leaders in STEM by STEMconnector®. Tony has also received letters of gratitude from two US Presidents (Democrat and Republican) in addition to other elected officials.
As an innovator, Jimenez recently received a patent for his Cloud appliance. As a highly decorated retired Army Officer and a Service-Disabled Veteran with more than 24 years of Active Military Service, Tony served in theaters of combat operations including tours in the Middle East, Central America, and Africa. As a seasoned technology executive, Jimenez has extensive experience Information Technology, Strategic Planning, Enterprise Transformation, and Acquisition Management and as a former Government Program Manager, Jimenez guided Department of Defense efforts to solve complex and critical platform transformation challenges faced by number of government organizations.
Jimenez holds an MA in Computers and Information Systems from Missouri’s Webster University, a MS in Acquisition Management from Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) in Melbourne, and a BS in Business Management from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. He is also a graduate of the Executive Education Course at the Dartmouth Tuck School of Business and is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Governance Fellow. In 2013, Jimenez received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (now William James College) for his sustained efforts in supporting Veteran and Latino communities.
The Hispanic Heritage Awards serve as a launch of HHF’s year-round, award-winning programs, which inspire, prepare and connect Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s needs in priority fields. HHF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information on the mission of HHF visit www.hispanicheritage.org.