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DNR Hosts Hispanic Heritage Month Program On October 6

CEO Ricardo Martinez is keynote speaker

Annapolis, Md. (September 30, 2010) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Office of Fair Practices will sponsor a Hispanic Heritage Month program and celebration that will take place at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6 in the C-1 Conference Room of the Tawes State Office Building in Annapolis.

The keynote speaker will be Ricardo Martinez, the founder and chief executive officer of Project Enhancement Corporation (PEC) in Germantown, a minority-owned business firm.

PEC is a small business offering and delivering technical services related to safety and health, environmental management, remediation and protection. In 2010, PEC, which employs approximately 100 people, reached a milestone of having provided over $100 million in technical services to the federal government during its 12-year history. Today, PEC is an $18 million company with 12 prime contracts to federal government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

Martinez holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech. He is the past chairperson of the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is currently the vice chairperson of the Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs, is a member of the Governor’s Commission on Economic Development and is the vice-president/treasurer of Centro de La Comunidad.

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually September 15 — October 15 in honor of the many contributions of Hispanic-Americans have made to the United States. The 2010 national theme is “Heritage, Diversity, Integrity and Honor.”

The program is free of charge and the public is invited to attend and participate. A light lunch will be served. The Tawes Office Building is located at 580 Taylor Avenue in Annapolis. Please contact Richard W. Allen of the DNR Office of Fair Practices at 410-260-8058 for further information.

   September 30, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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