Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – October 4, 2013 – Liberty Power, the nation’s largest independent retail electric supplier, today announced co-founder and CEO, David Hernandez, received the 2013 Businessman of the Year Award from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC). Hernandez accepted his award during the closing gala at the 34th Annual USHCC National Convention which took place September 15 – 17 in Chicago, Illinois.
“I’m honored to accept this award; it’s a validation of all the tremendous work we do at Liberty Power,” said David Hernandez, CEO and co-founder. “The USHCC is a first class organization; we look forward to continuing to support their mission of promoting the success of Hispanic businesses nationwide.”
The USHCC Businessman of the Year Award is presented annually to the Hispanic businessperson who has achieved excellence in the business world and exhibited exceptional leadership. The national award winners are among a list of exemplary applicants from across the country and chosen by an independent panel of judges from the public and private sector.
Mr. Hernandez co-founded Liberty Power in 2001 and has guided the company on a consistent path of growth and advancement. The company is currently the largest Hispanic-owned energy company in the country, operating in more than 50 utility service territories. Last year, Liberty Power had annual revenues exceeding $710M.
During his acceptance speech, Mr. Hernandez highlighted a commitment made by Liberty Power to the USHCC Foundation in 2012 about supporting the education of America’s youth. In 2013, the first-ever Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship Program was created and three college students were awarded a total of $20,000 to help in their pursuit of a career in energy and the environment.
“I recognize now, more than ever, the future of this great country is rooted in the capabilities and success of our children,” said Mr. Hernandez. “Liberty Power and the USHCC recognize that education is a fundamental tool for this success. Together, we established the Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship Program as our contribution to paying it forward to the next generation. We hope this chain of giving back lives on and benefits many.”
This is not the first time Mr. Hernandez has been recognized in the business sector. He also received the Hispanic Business Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2005 as well as the USHCC Businessman of the Year Award for the southeast region of the U.S. in 2006. Mr. Hernandez was also an Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist for the state of Florida in 2010 and 2013.
About Liberty Power
Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Liberty Power is the largest independent retail electric supplier in the United States based on 2013 KEMA rankings of electric retailers. The company is also the first certified, minority-owned supplier with a national footprint, and the largest Hispanic-owned energy company in the United States according to Hispanic Business. Liberty Power provides large and small businesses, government agencies and residential customers with low-cost electricity and exceptional customer service.
For more information on Liberty Power, please visit www.libertypowercorp.com
Liberty Power is a registered trademark of Liberty Power Corp. LLC, whose subsidiaries are certified and licensed to provide retail electric service by the PUC / PSC of CA, CT, DC, DE, IL, ME, MD, MA, MI, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TX and VA.
About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of over 3.1 million Hispanic owned businesses across the United States that contribute in excess of $468 billion to the American economy each year. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers and business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit www.ushcc.com.