Hector V. Barreto founded Tributo a Mi Padre Tequila in honor of his late father Hector Barreto Sr. (http://tributotequila.com). Tributo tequila has been awarded the prestigious 5 Star Diamond Award by the American academy of Hospitality and Sciences, (making Tributo Tequila the only holder of this distinction).
Mr. Barreto is a nationally recognized businessman and community leader. Mr. Barreto served five years as the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 25, 2001.
While serving as the Administrator of the Small Business Administration, the SBA met and exceeded in providing support to countless businesses, especially minority and female owned businesses. It was also during his tenure that the SBA small business portfolio exceeded more than $60 billion.
He serves in a variety of private and public leadership positions. In addition, he is the Chairman of The Latino Coalition,“a nationwide non-profit organization focusing on developing initiatives and partnerships enhancing overall business, economic and social growth of Latinos” (www.thelatinocoalition.com).
Mr. Barreto is a member of the board of the United States Chamber of Commerce and serves on the council for small business. He is also the former Vice Chairman of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, founded by his father Hector Barreto Sr.
Hector Barreto is the founder and former chairman of Business Matchmaking, a highly recognized non-profit, small business procurement program (www.businessmatchmaking.com),that has paved the way for small business owners of diverse backgrounds to come together and prosper. Business matchmaking allows for entrepreneurs especially women, minority and veteran small business owners to collaborate with each other, and gain access to key procurement representatives of federal and local government agencies and many major corporations. Since inception, Business Matchmaking has generated over 90,000 in person meetings and facilitated over $80 billion in contracts for small businesses.
During his youth, Mr. Barreto managed his family’s restaurant, import/export business, and a construction company. After graduating from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri with a degree in Business Administration, he obtained the position of south Texas Area Manager for the Miller Brewing Company. He then moved to Southern California in 1986, forming Barreto Insurance and Financial Services, serving the needs of California’s rapidly growing population. Later he founded a securities broker/dealer specializing in retirement plans.
Hector Barreto has been inducted into the Minority Business Hall of Fame, and recognized by many organizations including the U.S. Congress, the California State Senate and Assembly, the County of Los Angeles, YMCA and the American Red Cross. He was honored in 2006 by President Fox of Mexico, with the prestigious Aguila Azteca Award, which is bestowed for significant contributions to Mexico from a citizen of another country.
He is the author of “The Engine of America” (http://theengineofamerica.com) a book dedicated to motivating and inspiring entrepreneurs through real life stories and the winning formulas of successful national business leaders.
Mr. Barreto is a frequent public speaker, media guest, panelist and commentator on key issues concerning business, politics and the Latino community.
He currently resides in Southern California with his wife and three children.