“There was an adversarial relationship with corporations, but I wasn’t just attacking all the time, trying to get a piece of the profit. I was also making sure they had their workers and that they could make their products.” — Hank Lacayo
The 2012 edition of the Business Times 101 One Hundred special report inducts Latino labor activist Hank Layaco into the region’s Business Hall of Fame and looks at the top 100 companies along the Highway 101 corridor. The special section published in the April 20 print issue of the Business Times.
Excerpt from the Hank Lacayo profile:
Hank Lacayo is many things: Legendary Latino activist and coalition builder, national labor negotiator for the aerospace industry, Democratic power broker, and a community volunteer in his hometown of Newbury Park.
But there is one thing he is not, and never has been: A businessman.
Somehow in his 80 years, amid his rise from hard-scrabble days in a Mexican farm town and a youth spent in East Los Angeles, amid the military service that taught him discipline and receptions by presidents Harry Truman through Bill Clinton as the head of the United Auto Workers’ political arm, Hank Lacayo earned the respect and admiration of businesspeople. …
Featured 101 One Hundred companies:
- Delta Liquid Energy
- Barber Automotive Group
- Calavo Growers
- Calient Technologies
The special section also includes lists of the 50 largest private companies, 35 public companies and 15 companies to watch in the region.
- To read 101 One Hundred, including the profile on Hank Lacayo, the lists and the profiles on the featured companies, purchase a print copy of the Business Times.
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