Ontiveros to receive Order of Lincoln Award
Press release submitted by Group O
Milan, IL –Group O founder and Chairman Robert (Bob) Ontiveros will be recognized with Illinois' highest honor, the 2013 Order of Lincoln Award. Presented annually by the Lincoln Academy,the award honors Illinoisans who have excelled at both their occupational and volunteer efforts.
The Order of Lincoln Award was established in 1965 to recognize individuals whose contributions to the betterment of humanity have been accomplished in Illinois. The proclamation establishing the Order requires that the award shall recognize those individuals whose "dedication to the principles of public service inspire all Illinoisans to respond to what Lincoln called'the better angels of our nature'."
More than 300 individuals have been recognized as Lincoln Laureates since 1965, all of whom were born or have lived in Illinois. Past recipients include notables such as Ronald Reagan, Harry Blackmun and Walter Payton.
Ontiveros will be recognized along with five other 2013 recipients at the Academy's annual convocation, April 13 at Augustana College. He founded Group O (then Bi-State Packaging) in 1974 – and led the company to its position as Illinois' largest Hispanic-owned business. Ontiveros was also instrumental in founding the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley and the Greater Quad-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Minority Business Hall of Fame and a recipient of the prestigious Legacy Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
About Group O
Group O is a diversified business process outsourcing provider specializing in marketing services, business intelligence, supply chain operations and strategic packaging solutions. A Corporate Plus member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (nmsdc.org), Group O is an NMSDC National Minority Supplier of the Year honoree and is recognized as a Top 5 Latino-owned Business by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Headquartered in Milan, IL, Group O is one of the largest Hispanic-owned companies in the United States and employs more than 1,500. To learn more, visit www.GroupO.com.