hector-185x233Hector V. Barreto is the founder of Barreto Inc. a Southern California based international business consulting firm focused on developing relationships between major corporations and entrepreneurs with an emphasis on small businesses and emerging markets.

Mr. Barreto is a nationally recognized businessman and community leader. He 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.

Mr. Barreto is also 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. In honor of his late father Hector Barreto Sr. He founded Tributo a Mi Padre Tequila (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 Tequila to receive this distinction.

Hector Barreto is the founder and former chairman of Business Matchmaking, a highly recognized non-profit, small business procurement program (www.businessmatchmaking.com). Which has paved the way for small business owners of diverse backgrounds to come together and prosper.  Business matchmaking allows for diverse entrepreneurs and small business owners to collaborate with each other and receive access and assistance from procurement representatives, of government agencies and many major corporations. Since inception, Business Matchmaking has generated over 90,000 in person meetings and facilitated over $80 billion in verified contracts for small businesses.

He served as the vice chairman of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce founded by his late father, Hector Barreto Sr. He was also the chairman of the board of The Latin Business Association in Los Angeles. During his tenure, membership increased 50 percent, revenues doubled, and procurement opportunities considerably increased for entrepreneurs.

Hector has been inducted into the Minority Business Hall of Fame, and has been recognized by many organizations including the U.S. Congress, the California State Senate and Assembly, the County of Los Angeles, YMCA and American Red Cross. He was honored in 2006 by President Fox of Mexico, with the prestigious Aguila Azteca Award, the highest honor presented to a citizen from 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.