Cecilia Mata, founder and owner of AllSource Global Management, is the 2013 Hispanic Business Woman of the Year, chosen by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
She’ll be honored at the 19th annual Noche de Exitos Gala and Bi-National Awards on Oct. 26.
“Cecilia exemplifies the strength and importance of Hispanic entrepreneurship, organizational management and community leadership,” said Lea Márquez-Peterson, president and CEO of the THCC.
Born and raised in the Republic of Panama, Mata came to the United States in 2000. Fluent in English, Spanish and Chinese, Mata has nearly 30 years of experience in business, contracting and consulting, working with multi-national companies headquartered in the United States, England, Switzerland and Panama.
In Arizona, she worked for University of Arizona South and Cochise County Workforce Development before founding AGM in 2005. Headquartered in Sierra Vista, AGM provides a number of technical defense-related products and services to state and federal government agencies, private enterprise and nonprofit organizations in Arizona, Florida, Kentucky and Texas. AGM employs nearly 300.
In 2010, Mata, along with Kendra Bergman, also founded Global Eagle Security, a provider of unarmed and armed guard services. This firm has offices in Arizona and Nevada.
Mata has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Universidad Santa Maria la Antigua and a master’s in business administration from the Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnologia.
Mata is devoted to the community and has served on a number of boards and commissions, including Team Cochise and the University South Foundation. She has been included in Forbes magazine’s Arizona Women in Business and Western United States Women in Business.
The THCC Hispanic Business Woman of the Year is awarded to an outstanding Hispanic business woman operating a business of any size located or headquartered in Southern Arizona.