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2019-2020 HITEC Corporate Award Honorees
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Microsoft to receive prestigious Corporation of the Year Award for their exemplary leadership and commitment to HITEC and the Hispanic community.

Microsoft has been a committed HITEC partner and champion since 2017, hosting HITEC’s 2018 Summer Leadership Summit at their Redmond headquarters. Microsoft embodies the spirit of the HITEC Familia. Their leadership in technology and inclusion serves as an example as we collectively work to build the next generation of Hispanic technology leaders.

Every year, HITEC recognizes an organization that contributes to the advancement of technology while demonstrating proactive leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion. HITEC is proud to recognize Microsoft as Corporation of the Year for 2019.

“For Microsoft to fulfill its mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, we must strive for a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture,” said Andy Erlandson, Microsoft General Manager. “We are fostering diversity & inclusion through our partnership with HITEC by supporting and promoting the personal and professional growth of our Hispanic and Latinx professionals. We are extremely proud to be recognized by HITEC as the 2019 Corporation of the Year.”

“Microsoft’s level of commitment to and engagement with HITEC epitomizes the values they stand for, seamlessly aligning with HITEC’s core mission to equip Latinx leaders with the resources and community that are essential to their advancement and growth,” stated Guillermo Diaz, Jr., HITEC Chairman and Senior Vice President, Customer Transformation, Cisco Systems, Inc. “HITEC is fortunate and honored to have Microsoft as its partner and ally.”


HITEC is pleased to recognize Darrell Higueros, CEO of Next Generation, Inc (NGI) as the 2019 HITEC Member of the year.

The HITEC Member of the Year Award is meant to celebrate an individual whose leadership, integrity and dedication have contributed to the advancement of the technology industry and specifically the HITEC organization.

“We are so honored and proud to have Darrell as our Member of the Year,” said Guillermo Diaz, Jr., HITEC Chairman and Senior Vice President, Customer Transformation at Cisco Systems, Inc. “He has been such an integral part of the HITEC familia, but also the #ejemplo for helping drive HITEC’s own transformation,” Diaz said.

“Darrell has been an integral part of HITEC’s success over the past decade,” said Omar Duque, HITEC President. “Darrell’s selfless dedication to our mission and his deep-rooted commitment to helping empower Hispanics in all areas of technology serve as an example of true leadership and we look forward to celebrating him and his success,” Duque said.

Higueros has helped drive HITEC’s growth. He has been a member of the HITEC Board of Directors since 2017. He is a member of the board’s Executive Committee and also serves as the organization’s Treasurer. He has been recognized as a member of the HITEC 100 for numerous years. Higueros is a highly successful technology entrepreneur and executive. Next Generation, Inc. (NGI) is a full-service Information Technology and Management Consulting firm with and an outstanding record of success delivering enterprise solutions to the Government, Public Sector and Fortune 1000 companies.

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