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(Letter to the Editor not published by the Plain Dealer)
In response to:
Hispanic leaders want a larger presence in Greater Cleveland's business leadership
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Hispanic executives hope to bolster numbers in Northeast Ohio's business community
Tuesday April 21, 2009
By Tom Breckenridge
Plain Dealer Reporter
The Cleveland Corporate Community and the African-American Business Leadership should not be compelled to seat Hispanics on Corporate Boards based on political correctness. Board membership in Corporate America is a privilege earned through qualification, growth and performance. I disagree with the argument that we are owed that privilege without merit just because we are Hispanics. The Hispanic Business Association of Cleveland has been in existence for more than a quarter of a century, managed and/or influenced by the same group of individuals. After 25 years and many hundreds of thousands of dollars later, there are only two Hispanic companies in Cleveland that can handle contracts over one million dollars. Things are not getting any better. In 2008 the Cleveland Office of Equal Opportunity had about 45 certified Hispanic-owned companies while this year it dropped to 19, most of them being “Mom and Pop” family businesses. After all these years, it is pathetic to read Gus Hoyas saying to the press, “We have an assignment … to find quality candidates.” The job of the HBA is to help create strong successful Hispanic businesses whose owners will some day sit on Boards of Corporate America. So far, the HBA has failed to do that.