HUB manager Lorenzo “Bubba” Sedeno (Left) received the Public Agency Advocate of the
Year Award from the TAMACC Vice Chairman of Communications Rick Reyes.
Lorenzo “Bubba” Sedeno, manager of the Texas Tech University Historically Underutilized
Business (HUB) operations, has received the Public Agency Advocate of the Year Award
from the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC).
The award recognizes Sedeno’s efforts to bring historically underutilized businesses
together with state agencies and the Texas Tech University System’s efforts to increase
minority participation in Texas Tech’s procurement process. The award was presented
Aug. 2 at TAMACC’s annual convention in Austin.
“This award recognizes the work of a lot of people,” said Sedeno. “While I am extremely
honored to receive this award, it is the work of many offices at our universities
that made it possible. Texas Tech has worked hard to not only increase our own HUB
numbers, but to also reach out to small businesses in West Texas to give them a way
to make connections with state agencies.”
Sedeno has served as vice president of the State of Texas Historically Underutilized
Business Discussion Workgroup Committee, and has put on five workshops in Lubbock,
El Paso and Midland/Odessa to teach small business owners how to do business with
“By offering these workshops, we have saved small business owners time and money and
hopefully increased their ability to acquire state contracts,” said Sedeno. “It is
difficult and expensive for these small business owners to travel to Austin. These
workshops have brought as many as 65 state agency procurement officers to the businesses.
“Mr. Sedeno was one of several persons who were submitted as candidates for the award,”
said Frank Cortez, TAMACC president and CEO. “Mr. Sedeno was chosen as the winner
by an independent committee for his tireless efforts to increase minority HUB participation
in all of Texas Tech’s contracts and as a strong proponent of minority procurement
programs across the state of Texas and for his involvement with non-profit organizations
Texas Tech’s use of HUB vendors also has dramatically increased in the last six years.
Jim Brunjes, chief financial officer for the Texas Tech system, credits Sedeno’s work
with bringing the systems HUB utilization from 3.5 percent in 2002 to 23.1 percent
“It is a priority of all of our universities to do business with historically underutilized
businesses,” said Brunjes. “Recognition for all our efforts by an organization of
TAMACC’s stature tells me that we are proceeding in the right direction. Bubba has
played a key role in our success as have all our HUB coordinators, he deserves the
Sedeno, a Lubbock native, joined Texas Tech in 1997. He became manager of HUB operations
in 2002. Before joining Texas Tech he served as district manager and legislative assistant
to State Senator John T. Montford for 13 years, handling numerous assignments, from
working on his legislative program to overall management of the senatorial district
offices in Lubbock, Big Spring and El Paso.
The Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Department at Texas Tech University is part of the Division of Procurement Services.
HUB provides opportunities for small-disadvantaged businesses to compete for the university's
purchases and contracts.
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TAMACC is a private non-profit corporation founded 32 years ago by a small group of Hispanic
business persons interested in increasing business opportunities for themselves and
other similar business owners.
The association, with headquarters in Austin, acts as the organizational umbrella
providing advocacy, technical support, programs and services to the network of local