July 31, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- As a city known for its steady Hispanic population growth as well as giving rise to Hispanic entrepreneurs, executives, civic officials, community leaders, and budding students, it is fitting that
the debut of the Hispanic Achievement and Business Leadership Awards (HABLA) program in
. With the HABLA nominations now open through
, judges will have a wealth of talented local Hispanic business and civic leaders, who have made meaningful contributions to the community, to choose from.
The 2013 HABLA program, which is held during Hispanic Heritage Month in
as well, will recognize the accomplishments of Hispanics as nominated by the community at large in the following four categories: corporate executive, civic, entrepreneur, and unsung hero. In addition to recognizing Hispanic professionals and community leaders, the program is an opportunity for budding Hispanic students to be acknowledged for their contributions as they evolve into tomorrow's leaders. Verizon, the presenting sponsor for HABLA, has established a
scholarship for rising Hispanic students. The scholarship will be awarded to a deserving high school senior entering college in the fall of 2014 or currently attending college as a freshman.
"Each day Hispanic leaders in business and the community as well as students are living their true entrepreneurial spirit and accomplishing great feats," said
, president –
/Gulf Coast Region, Verizon Wireless. "Hispanic Heritage Month is a perfect time to highlight these achievements while at the same time inspire others to sustain this momentum in order to help the city, state, and country thrive."
As a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, the award winners will be announced on
Thursday, October 3
during the HABLA luncheon, produced by Lanza Group, at
The Petroleum Club of Houston
. To nominate a corporate, civic, entrepreneur, unsung hero or student, please visit
. All entries must be received by
11:59 p.m. Monday, September 16
2013. For tickets to attend the HABLA luncheon please visit
or HABLA Awards on Facebook.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 100.1 million retail customers, including 94.3 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in
Basking Ridge, N.J.
, with more than 73,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit
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About Lanza Group, LLC
Founded in 2003,
-based Lanza Group, LLC is a Hispanic marketing, PR and events firm that provides integrated bilingual and bicultural Hispanic marketing solutions and experiences – connecting marketers to Latinos throughout
the United States
. Our goal is to identify opportunities, create programs, and deliver turnkey execution for our clients that will generate brand awareness and incremental revenue growth from the fastest-growing consumer market segment in the country. Lanza Group's signature events include
Cinco de Mayo
celebration, Fiesta Atlanta;
Hispanic Heritage Month kick-off celebration, Fiesta Georgia; and the Hispanic Achievement & Business Leadership Awards (HABLA) program in the
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