A plastics company owner recently was elected chairman of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Ron Montoya, owner of Denver-based PlastiCom Industries Inc., has more than 25 years of experience in the plastics industry. Besides PlastiCom, Montoya and a partner, Vic Padilla, own Plastic Supply Inc. in Albuquer-que.
Padilla is vice president and general manager of the company. The companies are major distributors for products made by Cyro Industries of Rockaway, N.J.
John Droste, Cyro central regional manager, said he has known Montoya and his wife, Naomi, for many years.
``Ron was one of our first distributors and probably our first minority distributor,'' Droste said in a recent telephone interview from his office in Naperville, Ill.
``I consider him to be a fine businessman and a gentleman to do business with.''
PlastiCom and Plastic Supply are suppliers and fabricators of industrial engineering plastics for the telecommunications industry and a variety of commercial and government customers.
The firms employ about 30 companywide.
Montoya helped found the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 1978, serving as its director and on the board for a number of years. Four years ago, Montoya joined the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce organization.
Hispanic businesses are be-coming more qualified and able to provide quality products and services, he said.
``We've paid our dues and now we're aggressively marketing ourselves to the business community,'' Montoya said.