Laredo, Texas – (August 30, 2017) – The Laredo Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the selection of Ermilo Richer, Jr. and Ermilo Richer, III as Laredo 2017 Businesspersons of the Year. The Chamber made the official announcement at a press conference held on Wednesday, August 30th at a breakfast hosted by BBVA Compass.

The coveted award will be presented at the 32nd Distinguished Business Awards Banquet Ceremony on October 18th, 2017 at the Laredo Country Club.

Raul Ugalde, Chairman of the Small Business Committee of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce made the official announcement and highlighted the success of the Richer family as they celebrate the centennial anniversary of Ermilo E. Richer Agencia Aduanal, known today as Richer.

For 100 years, Richer has been servicing the customs brokerage, transportation, logistics and warehousing needs of its national and international customers throughout the United States and Mexico.

Business has grown exponentially throughout the years under the leadership of four generations, from its founder Eugenio Richer in 1917, succeeded by Ermilo Richer Santos, to its former successor Ermilo Richer Jr. and current leader Ermilo Richer III

Richer has grown from two offices in Laredo Texas and Nuevo Laredo Tamaulipas to nineteen facilities with a total of 450,000 sq. ft. in warehouse space, attributing its success to its innovative technology, personalized client-customer relations, excellent work environment and utmost commitment to provide optimal solutions every step of the way.

A century later, Richer has become an integral international trade entrepreneur with over 50,000 loads crossing the Laredo and Nuevo Laredo border annually, generating over one-hundred-twenty jobs locally, close to two-hundred throughout its facilities situated on both sides of every U.S. and Mexico border from Laredo, Texas to San Diego, California.

Richer has been recognized by Estrategia Aduanera Magazine on its list of “Most Important Mexican Customs Brokers,” ranking 26th in 2016. In 2013, Richer received the prestigious Aggie 100 awarded to the 100 fastest growing Aggie-owned or Aggie-led businesses in the world. Various client partners such as Grupo Modelo, S.A. de C.V., have also recognized Richer as an outstanding service provider multiple times throughout the century.

“We feel very honoured by this recognition by the Laredo Chamber of Commerce, and we remain committed to promote and support education and the organizations and causes that have a positive impact on the economic development and job creation in our community”, said Ermilo Richer, III, Executive Director of Richer.

The selection of the honoree is based on an adaptation of the criteria used by the U.S. Small Business Administration for their annual awards, including:

  • Honorees should demonstrate staying power, a substantiated history as an established business;
  • Growth in the number of employees, which judges the impact of business on the job market;
  • Response to adversity, which assesses problems faced in the nominee’s business and methods used to solve them; and
  • Contributions to community-oriented projects, using the nominee’s personal time and resources.

The 32nd Distinguished Business Awards banquet will be held on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 at 6;00 p.m. at the Laredo Country Club. For ticket and sponsorship information please call (956) 722-9895 or email miriam@laredochamber.com .

The Laredo Chamber of Commerce is the oldest established business organization in Laredo, Texas and represents over 700 members in various industries ranging from financial institutions and retailers to transportation, logistics and service providers.

The Laredo Chamber of Commerce is accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with a 4-star accreditation rating. It is a member of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC), the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.