PITTSBURGH (10/15/2015)—The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA), in partnership with American Airlines and Hilton Worldwide, is proud to announce that Bede Ramcharan, owner of Indatatech, is the 2015 Minority Vetrepreneur of the Year®.
“Bede Ramcharan is a shining example of how military experience translates into leadership success in entrepreneurship,” NaVOBA President Chris Hale said. “His dedication and commitment to quality personify why Corporate America places such value on partnering with veteran-owned businesses.”
Ramcharan left the military after 20 years of service in the U.S. Army, a career he fully intended to utilize in order to receive a scholarship, and nothing more. However, Ramcharan says he “just kept having fun,” so he stayed with the military long enough to become a lieutenant colonel, learning how to be an outstanding leader along the way.
“American Airlines values the men and women who serve our country and the experiences they have to offer,” said Robin Pulford, American Airlines supplier diversity manager. “Their leadership traits, deep commitment and solid values are added benefits to their organization. We are honored to recognize Bede Ramcharan’s success as a minority veteran business owner.”
“Hilton’s supplier diversity program is proud to include veterans in their pool of suppliers,” said Fred Lona, Senior Director Supplier Diversity, Hilton Worldwide. “Due to their experience and leadership skills, veterans are a natural fit into Hilton’s supply chain. They bring the integrity, teamwork and world class solutions necessary to become a part of the Hilton Worldwide supply chain.”
Founded in 2000, Indatatech (which stands for Instant Data Technologies) is a full-service management and consulting company specializing in supply-chain processes, procurement and logistics management services. Today, Indatatech has a global presence, providing its services to organizations all over the U.S. and across the world. With locations in San Antonio, Houston, New Hampshire, Germany, and soon in Washington D.C., Indatatech has grown exponentially, with revenues growing by almost 300 percent from 2012 to 2014.
“I am very honored and humbled to have been nominated and ultimately selected for this honor,” said Bede Ramcharan. “This honor is a reflection of my company, and not solely about me. We have assembled an amazing team that focuses on delivering high performing solutions for our customers. Last, I thank my family and friends who inspire, motivate and push me to continually do better and move forward.”
NaVOBA and its partner sponsors will present Ramcharan with his award at a special ceremony as part of the 2015 National Minority Supplier Development Council Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange on October 19 in San Diego, California. Joining Ramcharan will be four other Minority Vetrepreneur of the Year® finalists including: Burnell Cotlon, owner and operator of the first grocery store in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, which is still recovering from the devastation following Hurricane Katrina; Lauren Little, Edible Arrangements franchisee; Levi Robinson, president and CEO of Advanced Technology Logistics; and Charlisa Watson, founder of CRW & Associates LLC.
Each veteran’s remarkable story is featured in the October issue of Vetrepreneur® magazine, the special minority-vetrepreneurs celebration issue.
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About the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA):
NaVOBA unites the nation’s 3 million businesses owned by military veterans by providing a single voice to advocate for important issues. For more information visit us on the web at www.navoba.com, or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/navoba and on Twitter @NaVOBA.
About American Airlines:
American Airlines Group is the holding company for American Airlines and US Airways. Together with regional partners, operating as American Eagle and US Airways Express, the airlines operate an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries. This year American topped Fortune Magazine’s list of best business turnarounds and its stock was added to the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at www.facebook.com/AmericanAirlines.
About Hilton Worldwide:
Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 96 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of twelve world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,440 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 730,000 rooms in 97 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, flickr.com/hiltonworldwide, and linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.
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