Controversial nutrition and supplement company Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) announced last week that that Claudia Abonce, an independent Herbalife member from San Antonio, received the 2014 President’s Award for Entrepreneurship from the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Hedge find titan Bill Ackman has had a large short position in Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) for more than a year now, and claims that the company is a “pyramid scheme.” Last week Ackman said he believes “that the government will start arresting people” in its ongoing investigation of Herbalife.
Statement from San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
“We are excited to announce Claudia as the 2014 recipient of our President’s Award for Entrepreneurship,” said San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Ramiro A. Cavazos at the award presentation last week. “At the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, we strive to foster an environment that promotes strong business as well as strong ties to the community. Claudia has built a successful business and contributes positively to our San Antonio community, the pillars on which this chamber has been built. Claudia is a tremendous example of a true San Antonian and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for the future.”
Statement from Herbalife
Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) also released a statement praising Claudia’s accomplishments. “This is a tremendous achievement for any small business owner,” explained Ibi Fleming, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of North America Region of Herbalife. “When we think of the ethos and entrepreneurial spirit at Herbalife, Claudia epitomizes this in all she does. Her work inspiring those around her to be healthier continues to help make the greater San Antonio community a better place to live. We applaud Claudia for her hard work and congratulate her for such a prestigious honor.”
The press release also noted Abonce is one of over 68,500 independent Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) members in Texas.
Statement from Abonce
“I’m honored to receive this recognition from the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,” said award recipient Claudia Abonce. “My success as a business owner is a result of my hard work and energy. I’m proud to have the opportunity to empower people in my community to achieve a healthier way of living.”