This past weekend in front of more than 1,000 MBA students and corporate executives, VisionIT, Inc. CEO and president David H. Segura was awarded the 2006 Brillante Award for Entrepreneur Excellence by the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s (NSHMBA).
The award ceremony took place Saturday evening in Cincinnati, OH at the Duke Energy Convention Center capping NSHMBA’s four-day annual national conference for its members.
“This is a most humbling experience,” said David Segura. “I truly feel honored to receive such prestigious recognition from such an important organization.”
“I share this award with the VisionIT team nationwide because of their continued commitment and shared vision of things to come for our company,” Segura added.
NSHMBA was created in 1988 as a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. Widely known as the “Premier Hispanic Organization,” NSHMBA serves 29 chapters and more than 6,000 members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. It exists to foster Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development. NSHMBA works to prepare Hispanics for leadership positions throughout the U.S., so that they can provide the cultural awareness and sensitivity vital in the management of the nation’s diverse workforce.
Brillante means bright, radiant, and shining. It was the meaning of the word that led the founders of NSHMBA in 1989 to bestow the name on its award. The Brillante Award, the most prestigious honor granted by the Society, is given to outstanding leaders whose work and contributions reflect the Society’s mission “to foster Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development in order to improve society.”
The Brillante Award for Entrepreneur Excellence was created to recognize an entrepreneur who steps forward as an advocate for education and community collaborations to help empower Hispanics through assistance in educational and professional opportunities.
This year’s other award recipients include General Mills, Inc., Francisco Codina, Group Vice President Ford Motor Company, Julian Teixeira, Hispanic College Fund and the University of Texas at San Antonio.
VisionIT, a Detroit-headquartered information technology firm, is one of the nation’s largest diversity-owned companies and has become a national leader in the areas of information technology staffing, outsourcing, and vendor management with offices in Detroit, Chicago, San Francisco and Atlanta. For the past four years, VisionIT has been rated as one of the top 50 fastest growing diversity-owned firms in the U.S. and in 2004 and 2005 has been listed as part of the Inc 500 as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in North America from Inc Magazine.