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Kerry Kennedy, vice president for business affairs; Frank Segura,
HUB Employee Advocate of the Year; President Ricardo Romo
and Yolanda Miller, director of materials management.

UTSA places in top 25 HUB programs, staff awarded

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Dec. 12, 2006)--Once again, UTSA is among the top 25 Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) programs in the state. Other University of Texas institutions joining UTSA in the top 25 are UT Tyler (35.42 percent), UT Dallas (30.49 percent ), UT El Paso (26.95 percent) and UT Brownsville (26.17 percent).

In fiscal year 2006, more than $10.3 million, or 27.73 percent of total eligible UTSA purchases, were expended with HUB vendors, which are minority- and women-owned businesses certified by the state. This year, UTSA ranked 19th among the top 25 agencies, up from 25th last year. The percent of expenditures was up 2.4 percent from last year.

UTSA's HUB staff coordinating group meets quarterly to discuss HUB program activities. Staff coordinating group members for 2006-2007 are Pamela Bacon (chair), Tracy Picha, Mary Simon, Terri Vasquez, Charles Lampe, Mansour El-Kikhia, Orestes Hubbard, Cindy Colston, Rodolpho Sandoval, Wanda Guntz, Lacy Hampton and Yolanda Miller.

University staff members and departments that have promoted the HUB program were honored at a Nov. 20 ceremony. UTSA President Ricardo Romo, who provided remarks, congratulated the honorees for being advocates of the program.

The top 5 Texas agencies in HUB utilization for 2006 were Texas A&M International University ($3.3 million, 63.9 percent), Secretary of State ($4.7 million, 41.8 percent), University of North Texas System Administration ($4.4 million, 40.3 percent), Texas Department of Family and Protective Services ($12.7 million, 38.2 percent) and University of Houston-Clear Lake ($3.1 million, 38.1 percent).

For more information, contact Yolanda Miller or Lacy Hampton at (210) 458-4975.

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Award categories

HUB Small Dollar Employee Advocates

  • Felix Hernandez, stores supervisor, Office of Facilities Business Operations
  • Kim Ellicks-Center, associate director, Office of Housing and Residence Life
  • Terry Allison, administrative associate II, Office of the Registrar

HUB Department Advocates

Most Improved in HUB Expenditures

  • College of Education and Human Development
  • Library Systems

Highest HUB Expenditures and Use of Unique Number of HUBs

  • Facilities Administration
  • Student Activities and University Center

HUB Employee Advocate of the Year

  • Frank Segura, assistant director, Office of Publications

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