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WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) proudly announces the appointment of three industry-leading entrepreneurs, Betty Manetta, President and CEO of Argent Associates and Asociar LLC; Monika Mantilla, President and CEO of Altura Capital and Managing Partner of Small Business Community Capital; and Rosa Santana, CEO and President of Integrated Human Capital and Forma Automotive, to its Board of Directors.

The USHCC is delighted to appoint three exemplary leaders, Betty, Monika, and Rosa to its Board of Directors. Their groundbreaking achievements as prominent women in business will help guide the future of the association. As the USHCC evolves, its Board of Directors continues to serve as a reflection of the extraordinary diversity of America’s small business community. The USHCC is honored to work together with Betty, Monika, and Rosa to champion Hispanic business.

“We are thrilled to welcome Betty, Monika, and Rosa to our Board of Directors,” said USHCC Chairman Raymond Arroyo. “These women are remarkable leaders in their respective fields, with experience spanning the staffing industry, automotive supplies, supply chain and technology eco-business, and investment management. The USHCC looks forward to advancing diversity in the boardroom—and at all levels of corporate America and Hispanic enterprise—alongside these remarkable trailblazers.”

“The USHCC recognizes that women’s representation in the boardroom is essential to America’s global economic competitiveness. Betty, Monika, and Rosa represent the changing demographics of leadership in business. Their exceptional accomplishments serve as an inspiration to aspiring women and men in business. We are delighted to work together to advocate for the Hispanic business community,” said USHCC Chairman of Nominations and Governance Don Salazar.

Betty Manetta is President and CEO of Argent Associates, a supply chain company that provides managed services across technology eco-systems. These services include creating new technology, distribution, engineering and installation, decommissioning, and the recycling of technology. Under Manetta’s leadership, Argent Associates has evolved from a start-up into a multi-business unit company. Argent has offices across the United States and customers spanning from Fortune 500 companies to Government and Mid-Cap markets, including Alcatel-Lucent, AT &T, and General Electric.  Betty also founded Asociar, a global Virtualization and Integration company. Asociar offers pre-configured servers, cabinets, data storage and enclosures, which include power, access control, cooling, and monitoring solutions to corporate and service providers. Manetta was born in Argentina and grew up in New Jersey.

Monika Mantilla is President and CEO of Altura Capital, an investment management firm that provides institutional investors with customized manager-of-managers investment solutions, investment advisory, and research services. Under her leadership, Altura has become a nationally recognized leader and innovator in the emerging money manager space. Mantilla also serves as Managing Partner of Small Business Community Capital (SBCC), a Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Impact Fund that provides customized capital solutions to small and midsized companies. SBCC is one of the few Hispanic-led and Latina-managed SBIC funds in the history of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Mantilla was born and raised in Colombia before moving to New York.

Rosa Santana is the CEO and President of Integrated Human Capital, an international human resources and staff management company offering human capital solutions to medium size businesses and Fortune 500 companies throughout the U.S. and Mexico, including Johnson Controls and Dell. She also founded Forma Automotive, through which she won a historic contract this year as the first female Hispanic Direct Tier 1 supplier in Toyota’s history to assemble Tacoma truck beds in San Antonio. Santana was born in Mexico and grew up in Texas.

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of our nation’s entrepreneurs. The USHCC advocates on behalf of nearly 4.1 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that together contribute in excess of $661 billion to the American economy, each year. As the leading organization of its kind, the USHCC serves as an umbrella to more than 200 local chambers and business associations across the nation, and partners with more than 250 major corporations.