United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to Honor American Airlines' George
Carrancho with Inaugural "LGBT Business Advocate Award" at 2013 National
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) announced the recipient of its first-ever GLBT
Business Advocate Award, by honoring George Carrancho, Manager of American
Airlines' Diverse Segment Marketing. The award will be presented during the
USHCC 2013 National Convention held September 15-17 at the iconic Hilton
Each year, this special recognition will be bestowed upon an entrepreneur,
corporate representative, community leader or elected official whose work
contributes to a better understanding and closer cooperation between the GLBT
and other diverse communities for the benefit of American business.
"We are proud to introduce this award during an auspicious year in American
GLBT history. From the court room to the board room, courageous men and women
are overcoming great odds, and achieving unprecedented success," said USHCC
President & CEO Javier Palomarez. "The USHCC is delighted to honor Mr.
Carrancho - a 19-year veteran of American Airlines, who is a tireless advocate
on behalf of our nation's GLBT entrepreneurs as well as 3.1 million Hispanic
businesses. We are grateful for the humble, yet elegant work he does to build
bridges between our communities."
"American Airlines was also the first airline to partner with GLBT suppliers,
so it is fitting for an esteemed champion of their brand to receive our first
'GLBT Business Advocate Award" added Palomarez. Today, Carrancho has
responsibilities for leading American Airlines' outreach to GLBT and Hispanic
partners and to support their growing travel needs.
"George has been a great innovator in engaging our diverse customer segments,
which reflects our unwavering commitment to put the customer at the center of
everything we do," said Virasb Vahidi, Chief Commercial Officer. "American's
diverse segment efforts are a fundamental piece of our successful marketing
strategy. As one of the leaders of American's marketing team, I am pleased to
congratulate George on this well-deserved recognition."
About the USHCC
Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and
development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of over 3
million Hispanic owned businesses across the United States that contribute in
excess of $465 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
About American Airlines
American Airlines focuses on providing an exceptional travel experience across
the globe, serving more than 260 airports in more than 50 countries and
territories. American's fleet of nearly 900 aircraft fly more than 3,500 daily
flights worldwide from hubs in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami
and New York. American flies to nearly 100 international locations including
important markets such as London, Madrid, Sao Paulo and Tokyo. With more than
500 new planes scheduled to join the fleet, including continued deliveries of
the Boeing 737 family of aircraft and new additions such as the Boeing
777-300ER and the Airbus A320 family of aircraft, American is building toward
the youngest and most modern fleet among major U.S. carriers. American's
website, aa.com®, provides customers with easy access to check and book fares,
and personalized news, information and travel offers. American's AAdvantage®
program, voted Airline Program of the Year at the 2013 Freddie Awards, lets
members earn miles for travel and everyday purchases and redeem miles for
flights to almost 950 destinations worldwide, as well as flight upgrades,
vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and other retail products. The
airline also offers nearly 40 Admirals Club® locations worldwide providing
comfort, convenience, and an environment with a full range of services making
it easy for customers to stay productive without interruption. American is a
founding member of the oneworld® alliance, which brings together some of the
best and biggest airlines in the world, including global brands like British
Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia Airlines, Japan Airlines, LAN and Qantas.
Together, its members serve more than 840 destinations served by some 9,000
daily flights to nearly 160 countries and territories. Connect with American
on Twitter @AmericanAir or Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines. American Airlines,
Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation.
AMR Corporation common stock trades under the symbol "AAMRQ" on the OTCQB
marketplace, operated by OTC Markets Group. For more on American Airlines'
commitment to diversity, please visit both aa.com/rainbow and
CONTACT: Valentina Pereda
USHCC Director of Communications
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