Happy 35th Anniversary - CHCC Members, Sponsors and Friends!
As we begin the second quarter of 2013, I hope you have found nothing but success in your business operations. April brings with it the second quarter of the year's, taxes, and the beginning of the spring season, which for the CHCC includes planning and preparation for our annual legislative conference and the annual convention.In March, the CHCC celebrated a successful first annual Economic Summit. A sold out crowd, this was the CHCC's opportunity to gather policy makers, business owners, chamber leaders and sponsors from throughout California to discuss the state's economy and how Latinos play such an important role in shaping the future of the state's growth and development. The summit was underwritten by our primary sponsor, Wells Fargo Bank, to whom we extend our thanks for believing in the important mission of the CHCC and its members statewide. By all accounts, the summit was an overwhelming success and we intend to hold this important event yearly.
Read the Chairman's Complete Message
Ernie Gutierrez is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Allied Industries, Inc., one of the fastest growing environmental firms in the nation with over 5 offices and over 300 employees. Founded in 1996, Allied is a leading 8(a), minority-owned business providing environmental, construction, and renewable energy services. Allied was named 9th Fastest Growing Hispanic Business in the United States by Hispanic Business Magazine and one of the largest Hispanic-owned enterprises in the nation. Gutierrez has been named a finalist for the coveted Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for his success in growing and managing Allied.
Gutierrez brings over 24 years of expertise in the environmental/construction industry. As one of the first State of California Department of Health Services approved instructors of Accredited Lead-Based Paint courses, Gutierrez is respected for his expertise, sound business practices and management skills. Gutierrez has been elected to several national boards including the Historically Underutilized Business (HUBZone) National Council.
In 2003, Gutierrez entered the US Small Business Administration 8(a) program, a business development program designed to help small disadvantaged businesses compete in the economy and access the federal procurement market. Since then, he has secured federal contracts from the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, US Forest Service, Department of Veterans Affairs and General Services Administration (GSA). These contracts compliment his procurement of first tiered contracts from the private sector including Verizon, Inc., AT&T, The Boeing Corporation, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Coca-Cola, and Warner Brothers Studios.In addition to his service on numerous professional committees, Gutierrez is a dedicated public servant. Gutierrez serves as Chairman of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, as a member of the Department of Health Services Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Council, and as a Director of the Valley Economic Development Center.