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THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2019

1:00 PM – 8:00 PM

REGISTRATION / INFORMATION
ROOM: Registration Desk
Registration for the Convention and/or Individual Events.

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

BUSINESS EXHIBITOR SET UP
ROOM: Veramendi Salon F
The vendors who wish to set up early have an opportunity to do so. These exhibit booths will be in a secured room overnight.

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
ROOM: Placido Boardroom
Closed Meeting for the TAMACC Executive Committee

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM

PUBLIC SPEAKING AND COMMUNICATION
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon B
Effective Communication is the most important element in growing in your career, business, and self-confidence! Public speaking is one of the greatest ways to increase influence and one of the greatest fears of even the most polished professionals. We will share the power of communication and some of the elements that the Master of Communication use to connect with and influence their audiences. This will help attendees understand to focus on the audience over themselves and prepare them with very applicable skills to move forward into any situation whether in the board room, on a stage, or in a one-on-one negotiation.

Facilitator: Bridgett Krause, Trainer and Executive Coach, John Maxell Team; Founder and CEO, Dream Big Facility
Bridgett Krause graduated from San Diego State University and owned a successful million-dollar business in Texas for eight years. Bridgett has since moved out of the daily operations of that business to help other businesses, schools, organizations, and individuals grow and thrive. Bridgett is a part of Global Transformation with the John Maxwell Foundation, training thousands of leaders in Guatemala, Paraguay, and Costa Rica to help transform the values and culture of these nations. She has conducted workshops and keynotes on leadership and personal growth for multiple state conferences, the Lowe’s Corporation, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and many private and non-profit organizations. Bridgett currently serves on the President’s Advisory Council and as a Peer to Peer Teaching Partner on the John Maxwell Team training 18,400 plus Team members in over 153 countries. Her greatest passion is helping individuals find their purpose and empowering them to walk out a life they design and choose. Bridgett currently lives in New Braunfels, Texas with her husband and business partner Ryan Krause, two miniature schnauzers, Bekkar and Bella, and the ruler of their home is a 13-year old feline named Sterling.

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

GOVERNMENT AGENCY AND MOC PARTNERS’ MEETING
ROOM: Veramendi Salon G
Open meeting for Federal, State, and Local Agencies’ Purchasers and HUB Coordinators
GUEST SPEAKER: The Honorable Royce West, Texas State Senator
Royce West was first elected to the Texas Senate in November 1992. Since then, he has represented the 23rd Senatorial District on behalf of the citizens of Dallas County in the Texas Legislature. His legislation created the Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center at Prairie View A&M University; increased funding for at-risk youth programs, awarded greater compensation to victims of violent crime, established new standards for child care, enhanced enforcement of protective orders and made better use of criminal justice resources through legislation that created a system of progressive sanctions. He is a champion for public education. His key initiatives include the creation of college admission opportunities for all students and increasing financial aid and funding for grant programs. He passed the original legislation that placed in-car video in Texas law enforcement patrol vehicles. In 2015, he passed legislation that established policy on the use of body-worn cameras and provided funding to assist with the costs of a body camera program. His advocacy continued in 2017 with a bill which will provide grant money to law enforcement agencies for the purchase of bulletproof vests. To promote inclusiveness in the procurement practices of state agencies in working with Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs), Senator West created the “Doing Business Texas Style – Spot Bid Contract Fair” and regularly sponsors procurement workshops and seminars. He also instituted the D23 Goes 2 Work Job Fair, which connects employers with those seeking work. Senator West is the managing partner in the law firm of West & Associates, L.L.P. He is also a caring father to his children, a grandfather and devoted husband to Carol R. West, CPA, as well as an active deacon of Good Street Baptist Church.

4:00 PM – 4:50 PM

DISCOVERING RELATIONAL LEADERSHIP
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon B

There are 4 different personality types: dominant, inspiring, supportive, and cautious. When we start to understand who we are and how we are motivated, it greatly impacts our relationship with ourselves and others. Bridgett Krause will take this concept and relate it to your employees, vendors, sponsors, and executive team in a fun light-hearted manner that will keep them engaged, laughing, and learning. This workshop will help attendees relate to their co-workers, their customers, their families, and themselves at a new and elevated level. Understanding what drives certain personality types to want details versus speed or procedures versus fun, is a true game changer in customer service. Your attendees will leave with a sense of hope and respect for the individuals in their life who are different and yet complimentary to them. They will also feel inspired to live in their true gifts and to acknowledge and be aware of where they may face challenges. To grow our organization, we must grow our people and personality discoveries are one of the greatest lessons for impacting not only the workplace, but the home life and family of an individual. We look forward to adding value to your team and helping them feel that who they are makes a difference!

Facilitator: Bridgett Krause, Trainer and Executive Coach, John Maxell Team; Founder and CEO, Dream Big Facility
Bridgett Krause graduated from San Diego State University and owned a successful million-dollar business in Texas for eight years. Bridgett has since moved out of the daily operations of that business to help other businesses, schools, organizations, and individuals grow and thrive. Bridgett is a part of Global Transformation with the John Maxwell Foundation, training thousands of leaders in Guatemala, Paraguay, and Costa Rica to help transform the values and culture of these nations. She has conducted workshops and keynotes on leadership and personal growth for multiple state conferences, the Lowe’s Corporation, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and many private and non-profit organizations. Bridgett currently serves on the President’s Advisory Council and as a Peer to Peer Teaching Partner on the John Maxwell Team training 18,400 plus Team members in over 153 countries. Her greatest passion is helping individuals find their purpose and empowering them to walk out a life they design and choose. Bridgett currently lives in New Braunfels, Texas with her husband and business partner Ryan Krause, two miniature schnauzers, Bekkar and Bella, and the ruler of their home is a 13-year old feline named Sterling.

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WELCOME RECEPTION AND OPENING CELEBRATION
ROOM: Veramendi Salon A
Reconnect with the TAMACC family and network with elected officials, state agencies, corporate representatives, and leaders from around the state.

GUEST SPEAKER: The Honorable Richard Pena Raymond, Texas State Representative
Richard Peña Raymond was born in Alice, Texas and raised in Benavides, Texas graduating from the high school there. He became involved in politics as a very young man fighting political corruption in his home county of Duval. Representative Raymond received a B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Government and minoring in History. He later received a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. Before being elected to the Texas Legislature, he worked for United States Senators Lloyd Bentsen from Texas and Paul Simon from Illinois. He also worked for Texas Land Commissioner Garry Mauro and Texas Railroad Commissioner Bob Krueger. In 1992, Mr. Raymond first ran for and was elected to the Texas House of Representatives, where he would represent a rural South Texas District that included the counties of Duval, Jim Wells, Live Oak, Wilson, Atascosa, McMullen and La Salle. In January 2001, Mr. Raymond was once again elected to the Texas House of Representatives, this time by the voters of Laredo, Texas and has served in the House since. Representative Raymond has served on several committees, including several years on the Appropriations Committee, Energy Committee, Economic Development Committee, Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, and the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee. Speaker Joe Straus appointed Mr. Raymond as Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and later as Chairman of the Human Services Committee. He continues to serve as Chairman of the Human Services Committee while also serving on the Ways and Means Committee. Representative Raymond has authored and passed many bills during his career regarding job creation, higher education, transportation, health care and public safety. He also passed bills putting the words “In God We Trust” in the Texas House of Representatives Chamber and on Texas License plates. He and his wife Michelle have three children. He is a lifelong and die-hard Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns fan!

GUEST SPEAKER: The Honorable Erin Zwiener, Texas State Representative
Erin Zwiener is an author, educator, and conservationist who is serving her first term in the Texas House of Representatives. Representative Zwiener serves on the Environmental Regulation Committee and Agricultural and Livestock Committee. She is a founding member of the LGBTQ Caucus and serves as its secretary. Representative Zwiener is also a member of the House Democratic Caucus, Rural Caucus, Sportsmen Caucus, Farm-To-Table Caucus, Young Texans Legislative Caucus, Women’s Health Caucus, and the Legislative Study Group. A fifth-generation Texan, Representative Zwiener is committed to fighting for Texas values including healthy communities, inclusivity, and common-sense government. She believes that state government should serve all Texans because y’all means all. Representative Zwiener holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She is a three-time Jeopardy! Champion and a member of the Long Riders Guild. Representative Zwiener lives in Driftwood with her husband Quincy, daughter Lark, a dog, three horses, a mule, and a pot-bellied pig.

GUEST SPEAKER: The Honorable Alex Villalobos, Kyle City Councilman
Alex Villalobos has been a resident of Kyle, Texas since 2004. He has earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Master of Public Administration. Alex is a 2011 Leadership San Marcos Alumni and a 2015 Senior New Leadership Fellow through the National Institution of Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Alex was elected City Councilman, District 4, in Kyle, and serves as Chief of Staff in the Office of the Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra, Reserve Deputy Constable Precinct 3, the Capitol Area Council of Governments Clean Air Coalition Advisory Council and member of the Hays County Criminal Justice Commission. Alex Villalobos recently celebrated 25 years of marriage to Jamie and the gift of two children Viviana and Alexander.

GUEST APPEARANCE: Mermaid Society of Texas
A vibrant and prosperous community united by the empowering symbol of the Mermaid; celebrating our arts, culture and heritage, progressing towards our future well-being, and fostering river guardianship.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2019

7:00 AM – 10:00 PM

REGISTRATION / INFORMATION
ROOM: Registration Desk
Registration for the Convention and/or Individual Events.

7:00 AM – 8:30 AM

EXHIBITOR CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
ROOM: Veramendi Salon F
Exhibitors enjoy a light Continental Breakfast while setting up your booth.

7:00 AM – 8:45 AM

BUSINESS EXHIBITOR SET UP
ROOM: Veramendi Salon F
Vendor booths set up by 8:45 AM

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

AFFILIATE PARTNERS BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING
ROOM: Chautauqua Salon A
Closed Board of Directors’ Meeting

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

BUSINESS EXPO RIBBON CUTTING
ROOM: Veramendi Salon F
All Attendees and Exhibitors are invited to join the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to open the Business Expo

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

BUSINESS EXPO
ROOM: Veramendi Salon F
The Business Expo is a FREE event for the convention attendees and local community to attend. During the Business Expo, numerous exhibitors from across the state and local businesses will have material and product information available.

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM

FACEBOOK FOR YOUR BUSINESS
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon A
Jenn will teach the basics of working on Facebook business pages and help you with action items to apply after leaving the class. You will learn about defining your goal, content creation, likes + comments + shares = engagement, insights in action, your audience, and Facebook in 2019.

Facilitator: Jennifer Denham, SCORE
Jenn has 12 years in the ever-changing marketing industry with extensive knowledge in social media, branding, and analytics tracking. She designs effective marketing strategies for small business owners, start-up and non-profits to bring their business into the social spotlight.

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM

LEGAL MISTAKES YOU CAN EASILY AVOID
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon B
Whether you are just starting your first business or have managed many, the mistakes business owners make are remarkably consistent and remarkably expensive to correct! These mistakes also are remarkably easy to avoid. You will conclude the presentation knowing the most expensive mistakes business owners frequently make, how to avoid those mistakes, and where to go to find the information you need. Business selection, operating agreements, ownership, employment and independent contractor agreements are but a few of the topics that will be presented in a positive upbeat way you can understand. Missing this workshop is a big mistake.

Facilitator: Laura Fowler, SCORE
A Texas licensed attorney for forty (40) years, Laura Fowler began her legal career as a young Naval officer chasing saboteurs and scoundrels through Asia and the Western Pacific. Since returning to Texas in 1983 she has confined herself to the courtrooms of Texas where she defended and avenges her friends and clients. Laura Fowler is a practicing attorney, author and instructor who has represented Texas business owners in court and in the board room for decades. She also owns several businesses including The Fowler Law Firm PC with fifteen attorneys. Laura also teaches and writes about business law topics and truly believes that independent business owners are heroic in what they do and how they do it.

10:45 AM – 11:50 AM

U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon A
The U.S. Small Business Administration helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses. The SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. SBA Offers several resources to help support this mission to include counseling resources, guaranteed loan programs, federal contracting certifications, disaster loans, innovation grants, and venture capital support.

Facilitator: Eric Spencer, Business Opportunity Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration San Antonio District Office, Austin Area
Eric Spencer is a Business Opportunity Specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration San Antonio District Office which encompasses 55 counties throughout Central Texas. Mr. Spencer has been with the Small Business Administration for ten years, helping businesses throughout West and Central Texas to start up and grow. In his current role, Mr. Spencer focuses on the Austin Metropolitan Area within the district to aids with SBA federal certifications to include Small Business, 8(a), Hubzone, Woman Owned/Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned, Veteran, and Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. In addition, he provides several resources to small businesses to assess and assist their needs and guide them to their goals. Mr. Spencer has also worked within the economic development and lender relations side of SBA to include helping lenders with their guaranteed loan programs, counseling businesses and helping them to secure and perform on contracts, receive disaster recovery loans or growth funding, and exporting assistance.

10:45 AM – 11:50 AM

THE ONLY MARKETING TALK YOU’LL EVER NEED
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon B
Are you wondering how successful personal or corporate brands have been able to stay relevant for decades and market themselves to new or existing generations? Behind every remarkable brand, there are key reasons why campaigns fail, are successful, or just float around for years, yet dominate their categories or sub-categories. After years of studying and dissecting both wins and failures of both small and large organizations, Hamid Yaz has curated this workshop to have you understanding how to stay winning where everyone is fighting to be seen thru all the digital and real-world noise.

Facilitator: Hamid Yaz, Marketing & Strategy Leader
From amassing millions of viewers in the very early days of YouTube, to shutting down an unsupported digital video marketing company and on to launching and owning a successful dessert brand from Austin, Texas, Hamid Yaz has seen plenty of shifts and patterns over the last 13 years in the business world. Now, as an independent marketing advisor with a new local TV and YouTube show, he is continuously placing himself into the view of many with monthly business workshops, countless private clients and is gaining the attention of the people that matter who are closely paying attention to his street savvy and different way of seeing the business world around us. “Me working for a consulting agency would be like being an eagle in a cage. I do what I want, how I want, and when I want. Yes, I am here to disrupt their industry.”

10:45 AM – 11:50 AM

HOW TO PROVIDE A COMPLIANT HUB SUBCONTRACTING PLAN FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION
ROOM: Chautauqua Salon B
Do you know how to provide a compliant HUB Subcontracting Plan (HSP) for Health and Human Services Commissions? This training will provide an overview on each of the five (5) Subcontracting Methods to choose from, the three (3) page HSP form, the Good Faith Effort (GFE) Attachment forms, and what documentation is required to be submitted in order to be fully compliant. Helpful tips and tricks will be shared as well.

Facilitator: Linda Rogers, CTCM, HUB Coordinator, Health and Human Services Commission
Mrs. Linda Rogers, a native Texan, holds her Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree with a Concentration in Entrepreneurial Studies from Texas State University. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (MSIS) graduate degree with a Concentration in Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies (OWLS) also through Texas State University. Her expected graduation is May of 2020. Linda has both private and public sector experience and knowledge regarding Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs). Prior to working for the state, she worked for a federal contractor, where she assisted with their certification of becoming a Texas certified HUB and ensuring contract compliance for monthly HUB deliverables.

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

LATINA EMPOWERMENT LUNCHEON
ROOM: Veramendi Salon G
This luncheon focuses on the great accomplishments of our Latina entrepreneurs. Two Latina entrepreneurs will be awarded the TAMACC Businesswoman of the Year Award. Keynote Speaker will provide an inspirational message for our Latina business owners, future entrepreneurs, and a testament of how empowering women truly are in Texas.

GUEST SPEAKER: The Honorable Ruben Becerra, Hays County Judge
Judge Ruben Becerra, a long-time resident of San Marcos, is the first Latino Hays County Judge in its 170-year history. Judge Becerra has served on the San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission, Art Commission, Parks and Recreation Board, San Marcos CISD Bond Oversight Committee, San Marcos Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, Gary Job Corps Community Relations Council, San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, and Texas Bobcat Athletic Foundation. As County Judge, he is on the Capitol Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) Executive Committee, CARTS Board of Directors, CAPCOG Criminal Justice Executive Committee, Central Texas Clean Air Coalition Board, Chair of the Election Commission, Records Management Officer and Chief Budget Officer. Judge Becerra recently celebrated his 26th wedding anniversary with his wife, Monica Mendez Becerra. They have two sons. Ruben Jr. works in the family medical supply business providing prosthetics and orthotics to military veterans and breast cancer survivors and Cristian manages the family’s restaurant, Gil’s Broiler and Manske Roll, the oldest restaurant in San Marcos.

GUEST SPEAKER: The Honorable Lina Hidalgo, Harris County Judge
Judge Lina Hidalgo was raised in an immigrant family. She knows first-hand the sacrifices hard-working Texans make every day to build a better life for their families. Judge Hidalgo was born in Colombia during the drug war. Her parents had two goals: to keep their children safe and to help them get a good education. Judge Hidalgo grew up in Peru and Mexico, before job opportunities brought her parents to the United States in 2005. She is a proud product of our public schools and, as her parents dreamed, she went on to a top university. She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in political science the same year she became a U.S. citizen. Since arriving in Texas, Judge Hidalgo has been committed to giving back. She has dedicated hundreds of hours to our county’s most vulnerable communities – working at the Texas Civil Rights Project, to serving as a Spanish-English medical interpreter at the Texas Medical Center and supporting immigrants in search of lost loved ones. While pursuing a joint degree in law and public policy at NYU and Harvard, Judge Hidalgo researched criminal justice policies and coordinated with advocacy groups and governments to push for reform. Wherever she has been, Judge Hidalgo has seized opportunities to serve the immigrant and incarcerated communities. In Southeast Asia, she worked to promote transparency and accountability by supporting journalists, bloggers and artists. At Stanford, she helped create and fund a program to bring Stanford students to public policy positions. Judge Hidalgo was elected on November the 6, 2018 and sworn in as Harris County Judge on January 1, 2019.

GUEST SPEAKER: Diana López, Author
Diana López is the author of several middle grade novels, including award-winners Confetti Girl, William Allen White Award, and Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel, Bank Street College Best Children’s Novel of 2013 and featured title for the 2014 Lone Star Reading List. Her novel Choke was adapted as The Choking Game for the Lifetime Movie Network. Diana also wrote Coco, a Story About Music, Shoes, and Family, which is a novel adaptation of Disney/Pixar’s film, Coco. Other titles include Nothing Up My Sleeve, and her latest release, Lucky Luna. López is an associate professor at the University of Houston-Victoria. She calls Corpus Christi home.

GUEST SPEAKER: Nayeli Mendoza, MasterChef Junior Season 7
Nayeli Mendoza is an 11-year-old passionate entrepreneur who started her special journey as a baker. Her love for creating sweet treats began at the age of 4, while helping her mother and grandma in the kitchen. Her inspiration was found in a show where other children take cooking challenges to win the title of “MasterChef Junior.” After watching the first season, she spoke out and gave herself the goal of being on the show. By age 7, Nayeli perfected her made from scratch recipes, and she founded Nay-Love’s Bakery – where she bakes up goodies that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Her hard work has prevailed through word of mouth client referrals. You can still catch her staying up till late hours of the night to perfect big orders because to her a good product matters A LOT. Recently, you might’ve caught Nayeli on the latest “MasterChef Junior Season 7” hosted by judges Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi and Aaron Sanchez. An estimated 10,000 kids auditioned for a chance to compete and she of course took the chance the moment it was given with the result of a spot on the show. She along with 23 other contestants competed for the title and $100,000 in prize. Though she was only 9 years old at the time, she already achieved her biggest goal. Nayeli believes that her determination, passion and good attitude got her a spot on the show. She hopes that she will one day have bakeries all over the world. Also, right before this last school year ended Nayeli was voted most likely to be president ¬– just saying. Her journey is only beginning, and her experiences have given her a bigger desire than ever to help others aspire dreams … BIG dreams.

MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES: Michelle Luevano, Project Director, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Minority Women’s Enterprise Diversity Center
Michelle Luevano graduated from Santa Clara University in June of 2012 with a B.S. of Political Science. After graduating, she returned to her hometown of El Paso, Texas and earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2014. Prior to working with the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, she worked for several government officials and non-profit organizations both in California and Texas. She began her career at the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce shortly after graduating from UTEP, working as Business Development Specialist with the El Paso MBDA Business Center, operated by the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Within two short years, she began to serve as the Advocacy Director for the Chamber. She is now the Project Director for the Minority Women’s Enterprise Diversity Center, the Chamber’s newest technical assistance center, funded by a US Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency grant.

2019 BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: Monica Moreno, The Job Connection, Inc.
Monica Moreno is a Hispanic businesswoman is the President of The Job Connection, Inc. in El Paso, Texas. Family and marriage were pillars for her early in her journey to make her career successful. The Job Connection, Inc. was established in January 2000 as a Texas Corporation and is a 100% El Paso owned and operated independent staffing agency. Given her firsthand understanding of the struggles associated with being a business owner, Ms. Moreno often mentors and assists other minority businesses. She also volunteers with various education-based organizations encouraging young Hispanic women to pursue entrepreneurship and careers in STEM.

2019 BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: Claudia Serna, Serna’s Trucking, LLC
Claudia Serna is the Owner of Serna’s Trucking, LLC in San Marcos, Texas. Claudia is originally from Aguascalientes, Mexico, she immigrated into the U.S. over 20 years ago and became a U.S. citizen shortly thereafter. She launched her own trucking business in 2006 with one dump truck, which she drove herself. Her business provides hauling services, primarily on a sub-contracting basis, in Central Texas while reaching out to locations as far as Dallas to Corpus Christi, Texas. The business has grown from a one truck operation to over 15 trucks with the Serna logo, earning over $2 million in revenue in the last two years. Ms. Serna currently resides in the San Marcos area with her two college-aged daughters and is an active member TAMACC.

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

MAGIC WORDS THAT GET MORE SALES!
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon A

Would it be ok if you closed more sales more often and with less resistance? There’s an old saying: “If you don’t learn how to communicate, you’ll always struggle to get your way.” In this fast-paced session, sales master Cesar Rincon will share 10 magic phrases that will help you get more appointments, close more sales, and increase your profits!

Facilitator: Cesar Rincon, Author, Speaker, Marketer, Entrepreneur; Cesar Rincon International/CRI Media
Over the last 28 years, Cesar Rincon has been in the entertainment, marketing and media business in various capacities, including live entertainment, event production, radio and television production, sales, advertising, marketing and management. Cesar has worked for and consulted with companies such as Univision, SIGA broadcasting, Lotus Communications, Miller Brewing, Gallery Furniture, H-E-B, the Houston Chronicle, Shell and many more. Cesar believes everyone has a diamond inside of them and the unlimited power of human potential. His focus is always to have a positive impact in other people’s lives by always being a resource and an advisor. Cesar is the founder and president of CRI / Cesar Rincon International, a sales, marketing and personal development firm. He is author of the book and DVD 10 Secrets to Sales Success, and the forthcoming book Rock Your Life. Originally from Colombia, Cesar has lived in Houston since 1993 and has been married to Amy since 1998. They have three children: Alexandra 18, Cole 16 and Marissa 14.

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

VIDEO MARKETING 101
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon B
Business owners will receive guidance on how to become a “YouTuber” for their business.

Facilitator: Vicky Hernandez Sepulveda, Google Digital Coach, Google
Vicky Hernandez Sepulveda, CEO at Crossing Bridges Consulting, is one of 11 Google Digital Coaches in the United States. As a Google Digital Coach, Vicky facilitates workshops for small businesses. Prior to joining the Google Digital Coaches Program, Vicky was the Senior Director of Small Business and International Events at the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC). Vicky was responsible for the development, delivery and execution of all Small Business and International Initiatives including two of GAHCC Signature Events: Capital of Texas Awards and Celebrando Austin. Vicky was the GAHCC liaison for the Multi-Ethnic Chamber Alliance. Vicky’s passion for international economic development led her to be a Mayor Adler appointed commissioner on the Austin Airport Boards and Commissions. In the international space Vicky assisted with the AIBA to bring AeroMexico and Volaris airlines to Austin. As well as plan and execute several familiarization trips with Aeromar and Volaris airlines. Vicky has been a volunteer at the GAHCC since 1998 and was honored with the Volunteer of the Year award in 2002; she is a graduate of the 2000 Hispanic Austin Leadership Class.

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

DOING BUSINESS WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM
ROOM: Chautauqua Salon B
At this workshop, representatives for UT System Administration and several of its institutions will discuss upcoming procurement opportunities, their procurement process and requirements, and what it takes to bid successfully. UT System Institutions spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year purchasing a wide variety of products and services.

Facilitator: Hopeton Hay, Director of HUB Programs, University of Texas Systems
Hopeton is the founder, host, and producer of Economic Perspectives, a weekly radio talk show on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, Texas. Since the first show in July of 1995, Economic Perspectives has strived to inform, educate, and empower Austin’s underserved communities through its coverage of minority business programs, financial literacy, career and employment strategies, and economic development issues. Hopeton, who holds an B.S. in Accounting from Xavier University of Louisiana, has over 30 years of experience managing programs to enhance the growth and development of small, minority, and women- owned businesses. Currently he is Director of the Office of Historically Underutilized Business Programs for The University of Texas System Administration. His past experiences include serving as Executive Director of the Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce (know now as Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce) and the Director of Center Operations for the Texas Office of the NAACP Community Development Resource Center. Hopeton is Chairman of the Economic Development Committee of the Texas NAACP and is a Board Member of the National Association of Black Accountants Austin Cen-Tex Chapter. He also served on the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for four years. Hopeton Hay has served as Director of The University of Texas System Office of Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) and Programs since 2012. Prior to becoming Director, he managed its Technical Assistance Program for seven years, providing hands on business assistance and training for minority- and women-owned construction firms. Under his leadership, the Technical Assistance Program assisted HUB firms with obtaining over $32 million in bonding and has provided education and training to over 500 HUB construction firms. Hopeton has over 25 years of experience managing programs and initiatives that promote the growth, education, and development of small, minority, and women-owned business in Texas.

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

HOW NOT TO LOSE IN THE MODERN-DAY BUSINESS PLAYING FIELD
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon A
As you already know, this digital world moves at speeds which change daily and without any notice. Is your business or organization still trying to keep it old school with radio, print, and television that has lost valuable attention? How do you handle employees that have a higher social presence than your business? Or how do you stay relevant when the younger crowds run the internet that is your lifeline? This talk can prepare you for years to come on how not be swept away by constant new apps, platforms, influencers, and social happenings that influence or can kill both big and small businesses within seconds of going viral.

Facilitator: Hamid Yaz, Marketing & Strategy Leader
From amassing millions of viewers in the very early days of YouTube, to shutting down an unsupported digital video marketing company and on to launching and owning a successful dessert brand from Austin, TX., Hamid Yaz has seen plenty of shifts and patterns over the last 13 years in the business world. Now, as an independent marketing advisor with a new local TV and YouTube show, he is continuously placing himself into the view of many with monthly business workshops, countless private clients and is gaining the attention of the people that matter who are closely paying attention to his street savvy and different way of seeing the business world around us. “Me working for a consulting agency would be like being an eagle in a cage. I do what I want, how I want, and when I want. Yes, I am here to disrupt their industry.”

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

2020 CENSUS: WHAT IS AT STAKE FOR TEXAS
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon B
In 2020 our nation will conduct the once-a-decade census. Numbers matter – understand the importance and tremendous economic impact on our state from political representation to billions of dollars in funding. Learn about our community’s outreach efforts, which areas are most vulnerable to an undercount and use the online application ROAM (Response Outreach Area Mapper) identify those “hard-to-survey” areas. Join us in ensuring a complete and accurate count of our population.

Facilitator: Sophia Azoubel, Partnership Specialist, US Census Bureau, Dallas Regional Center/Denver Field Office
Nomi Sophia Azoubel is a Partnership Specialist for the United States Census Bureau’s Community Partnership and Engagement Program. She is responsible for developing partnerships with Fortune 500 companies and other business organizations in order to educate, encourage and engage the public to participate in the 2020 Census. Prior to joining the Census, she had a successful career for nearly a decade as a sole practitioner attorney in Los Angeles, California focusing on business bankruptcy and tax law. Ms. Azoubel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish, as well as a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Golden State University School of Law. For the past 15 years she has been residing in San Antonio, Texas with her husband and three children.

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO (UTSA) ALLIANCE PROGRAM
ROOM: Chautauqua Salon B
The workshop provides information on how DBE certified companies can become part of the UTSA Alliance Program and gain knowledge and expertise with finding and getting Texas Department of Transportation contract opportunities. Attendees will learn about the various resources UTSA has to offer Alliance Program enrollees so they can become more efficient when submitting proposals. Attendees will also learn how to become prequalified with TxDOT and how Joint Venturing could enhance their ability to build performance capacity to become more successful.

Facilitator: Eloy Garcia, UTSA Alliance Program Project Manager
Eloy Garcia has over 25 years of senior level professional management and government contracting expertise, having performed a broad range of duties supervising the procurement of supplies/equipment; planning, coordinating, and supervising various budget activities involving procurement law; and developing contract compliance requirements for the acquisition of services, leases, construction, and commodities for the Department of Defense, Social Security Administration, United States Department of Agriculture, and Texas A&M Agri Life Extension Services. Currently, Eloy serves as the Alliance Program Project Manager for the University of Texas at San Antonio SBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center. He provides bilingual counseling (in English and Spanish) to small business owners to assist with finding and getting TxDOT contract opportunities. Eloy also assists vendors with developing business plans, System for Award Management (SAM) registrations, and establishing joint ventures. In addition, Eloy possesses extensive experience performing market research, soliciting proposals, performing negotiations, managing contracts, and evaluating bids. He is actively involved with key construction and contracting organizations such as The San Antonio Chapter of Associated General Contractors of America, American Subcontractors Association – San Antonio Chapter, Hispanic Contractors Association of San Antonio, Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and The Free Trade Alliance Mexico Group. Eloy graduated with honors while earning his Master of Arts degree from Webster University, majoring in Procurement (Contracts) and Acquisition Management.

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM

WHAT IS YOUR SUPERPOWER?
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon A
This panel highlights women who are trailblazers in their field. Panelists will share their inspirational journey to achieving their goals and leadership positions. These highly successful women will discuss the importance of changes at different career stages, women’s leadership in the fields of business and corporate levels as well as the challenges and opportunities facing women today.

Moderator: Cindy Ramos-Davidson, President and CEO, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The accomplishments achieved by EPHCC under Ramos-Davidson’s leadership have garnished local, state, and national recognition. Ramos-Davidson is an active with the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) and has had a seat on the USHCC President’s Advisory Council. The brilliant combination of both a director and organization received the 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2017 USHCC Large Chamber of the Year Award, as well as the USHCC Chief Executive of the Year Award from 2008 to 2010. She was the first recipient of The Joe M. Rodriguez Leadership Award for her forward thinking and steadfast dedication to the Chamber and small, minority, women, and veteran owned businesses. Aside from championing small, minority, veteran, and women-owned businesses, Ramos-Davidson continues to be a significant leader and role model to the community. She was appointed to be on the El Paso Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Board of Directors for six years. In 2012 and 2013 she served as the Chair of the highly esteemed national institution of the Eleventh District. In all, Cindy’s ultimate mission is evident throughout her career. She has played a role in championing for the business community and has improved and advanced the borderland’s economy. Her dedication to entrepreneurship, her commitment to business development, and her overall passion for El Paso has driven her to accomplish the remarkable. Even with her tenure, Ramos-Davidson’s vision for all that can be reached is still in progress. Always looking towards the future, the borderland business community is an everlasting prospect of opportunities.

Panelist: Cecilia Conti, Senior Vice President of Marketing, El Rey Network
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cecilia Conti grew up in Austin, Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Science in radio, television, and film from The University of Texas at Austin. Conti’s career in the entertainment industry began at the Austin Film Society. Her experience landed her at Troublemaker Studios where she first joined Robert Rodriguez’s team, assisting him during some of his biggest directorial feature projects including Spy Kids 3D, Sin City, Sharkboy and Lavagirl, and Grindhouse. Conti later moved to Los Angeles to expand her expertise and solidify herself within the then emerging world of digital marketing working for leading companies like Overture Films, Relativity Media, and Twentieth Century Fox. As Director of Digital Marketing for Overture Films she spearheaded the development, execution, and managed digital marketing campaigns for feature films including: Paper Heart, The Visitor, Let me in, and The Crazies. Conti continued her work at Relativity Media where she oversaw the campaigns for such films as Immortals, Limitless, Safe Haven, Act of Valor and academy award nominee The Fighter. Conti then joined the Digital Marketing team at Twentieth Century Fox as a consultant where she developed and implemented custom campaigns to strategically target consumers for feature films: A Good Day to Die Hard, The Wolverine, The Croods, Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, and Turbo. In 2013 Conti returned to Austin to re-join Rodriguez’s creative collective and help launch El Rey Network, a 24-hour English-language cable network, as Director of Creative Operations. Now as Senior Vice President of Marketing, she leads the department including the Social and Publicity teams as well as being an integral part of the leadership group driving the creative and strategic success of the groundbreaking enterprise. In addition to her leadership role at El Rey Network, in 2018, Conti served as a producer on the docu-series Rebel without a Crew: The Series as well the documentary Rebel without a Crew: The Robert Rodriguez Film School. She’s gone on to produce several commercials, short films and music videos directed by Robert Rodriguez.

Panelist: Marie Diaz, Founder and CEO, Pursuit of Excellence
Over the past 24 years, Ms. Diaz’s leadership as the founder and CEO of Pursuit of Excellence has propelled the company to become one of the largest HR Service firms in the country. Her own professional success places her in a unique position to provide not just support to Executives and leaders with Strategic HR best practices moreover to support potential entrepreneurs who are essential to the American economy. Entrepreneurs are responsible for 65 percent of the vast new jobs in America in the last two decades. People don’t know that there are 10.6 million women-owned businesses in this country that generate over $1 trillion and employ 19 million Americans.” As a Latina women and entrepreneur, Marie recognizes the importance of opening doors for female Latino and Minority innovators around the country. In addition to her role at POE, she is responsible for many other organizations that she has either funded and or build as a vertical market towards the initial starting company to POE.

Panelist: The Honorable Justice Gisela D. Triana, Appellate Judge, 3rd Court of Appeals
Justice Gisela D. Triana is an appellate judge on the 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin. She is the only appellate judge in Texas who has served on every level of Texas trial courts, with over 23 years of experience on the bench. She has served as a District Judge, County Court at Law Judge, Justice of the Peace and Municipal Judge. She is well known for being fair, deliberate, courteous, and for her willingness to listen to all sides of a case. Justice Triana’s service to her community extends beyond her years of work on the bench and originally having her own private law practice. She has participated in Austin Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, Volunteer Legal Services, Legal Line, the Pro-Bono College, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, the Children’s Justice Act Task Force, Travis County Juvenile Board, Travis County Child Protective Services Board, Austin Recovery, Chaired Middle Earth, served as an Eucharistic Minister at the University Catholic Center and awarded the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) Woman of Distinction. Justice Triana graduated magna cum laude from The University of Texas at San Antonio. In 1988, at the age of 22, she graduated from The University of Texas School of Law. She has conducted training sessions for judges all over Texas and has been a faculty member of The University of Texas International Office’s U.S. Law Program. Justice Triana credits her parents for her success. As Cuban immigrants, who fled Cuba and Castro’s Communist Regime in 1962 with little else than each other, they instilled in their children the value of a good education and a strong work ethic. Because of them, a first-generation Cuban American little girl who didn’t speak English when she started kindergarten was able to grow up and become the first Hispanic to serve on the Texas 3rd Court of Appeals. When not busy with work, Gisela is a soccer mom who devotes her time and energy to raising, and tremendously enjoying, her five children, ranging in ages from 10-24.

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

VEGAS FIESTA
ROOM: Veramendi Salon A
Vegas night TAMACC style! There will be casino tables, TAMACC has Talent entertainment, live auctions, silent auctions, Tour of Texas door prizes, Heads or Tails, an evening of FUN!

10:00 PM

DEADLINE FOR DELEGATE LIST FROM MEMBERS FOR ANNUAL MEETING
ROOM: Burleson Boardroom
TAMACC Members provide their Delegate List to Belinda Aleman-Cruz, TAMACC Staff, of those attending the Annual Meeting for voting eligibility.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 2019

8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

REGISTRATION / INFORMATION
ROOM: Registration Desk
Registration for the Convention and/or Individual Events.

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

BUSINESS 2 BUSINESS PROCUREMENT MATCHMAKING
ROOM: Veramendi Salon G

This B2B business procurement matchmaking event is FREE and open to any businessperson looking to find suppliers or to find buyers for their products and/or services. This B2B matchmaking event is an opportunity for business owners to connect with decision makers of private businesses, corporations, state agencies and universities from across the State of Texas. No business is too large or too small to attend this event. This opportunity to meet with decision makers regarding B2B opportunities is priceless.

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

LIVE FULL & DIE EMPTY: CARVE YOUR NAME ON HEARTS NOT TOMBSTONES
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon A
“What would you do if you had one month to live? How would your life be different? Who would you spend time with? What would you do differently? Life is best lived in service to others. Evelina’s workshop will discuss how the extent of your influence depends on the depth of your concern for others. How will you leave your mark? What really matters? Be a leader who is willing to keep serving, growing, and moving forward by building a remarkable legacy!”

Facilitator: Evelina Solis, Founder and President, Sol2Soul
From the Red Carpet to Death’s Doorstep … In the fight of her life with health challenges and adversities, Evelina Solís found her true calling of being a voice for the voiceless, being a spokesperson advocating for Lupus & PTSD, and finding human moments to tell people’s truth through professional speaking engagements crisscrossing the nation and utilizing various multimedia platforms such as TV, radio and social media. Evelina Solís is the Founder and President of Sol2Soul, a life coaching, consulting and inspirational speaking resource. She is also the Co-Founder of The Power of Women with Quevarra Moten, an inspirational workshop series that helps women reignite their passion and refuel their energy to live full and die empty.

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

PUTTING YOUR MASK ON FIRST: TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon A
If you have ever flown on a plane and listened to the safety instructions, you have probably heard the attendants’ stress that it is important to put your oxygen mask on first before helping the person to the right or left of you. Your leadership journey happens in much the same way. You need to take care of yourself before you can lead others. Evelina’s workshop will help you learn ways to sustain yourself as a business leader and encourage others to do the same.

Evelina Solis, Founder and President, Sol2Soul
From the Red Carpet to Death’s Doorstep … In the fight of her life with health challenges and adversities, Evelina Solís found her true calling of being a voice for the voiceless, being a spokesperson advocating for Lupus & PTSD, and finding human moments to tell people’s truth through professional speaking engagements crisscrossing the nation and utilizing various multimedia platforms such as TV, radio and social media. Evelina Solís is the Founder and President of Sol2Soul, a life coaching, consulting and inspirational speaking resource. She is also the Co-Founder of The Power of Women with Quevarra Moten, an inspirational workshop series that helps women reignite their passion and refuel their energy to live full and die empty.

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: WHAT IS IT AND HOW DOES IT WORK
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon A
Entrepreneurship is defined as the activity of setting up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit. This is a simple definition for a complex subject. Participants in this workshop will learn from experienced facilitators the benefits of being an entrepreneur, the characteristics/traits needed to be an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship is risky proposition and not for everyone. If you think you have what it takes to find, evaluate, and develop an opportunity by overcoming the forces that resist the creation of something new, then this workshop is for you.

Marie Diaz, Founder and CEO, Pursuit of Excellence
Over the past 24 years, Ms. Diaz’s leadership as the founder and CEO of Pursuit of Excellence has propelled the company to become one of the largest HR Service firms in the country. Her own professional success places her in a unique position to provide not just support to Executives and leaders with Strategic HR best practices moreover to support potential entrepreneurs who are essential to the American economy. Entrepreneurs are responsible for 65 percent of the vast new jobs in America in the last two decades. People don’t know that there are 10.6 million women-owned businesses in this country that generate over $1 trillion and employ 19 million Americans.” As a Latina women and entrepreneur, Marie recognizes the importance of opening doors for female Latino and Minority innovators around the country. In addition to her role at POE, she is responsible for many other organizations that she has either funded and or build as a vertical market towards the initial starting company to POE.

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

LUNCH ON THE GO
ROOM: Veramendi Pre-Function G
Take a break and enjoy a box lunch.

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

TAMACC ANNUAL MEETING
ROOM: Veramendi Salon G
Elections, Voting for future Conventions and Quarterly Meetings, Regional Delegation Meetings, Young Professionals Delegation Meeting, TAMACC in Review of the Previous Year and projections for the 45th year of this organization.

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

CHAIRMAN’S VIP RECEPTION
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon
Cocktail hour that provides an opportunity to socialize with the attendees, leadership, speakers, awardees, and sponsors.

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

CHAIRMAN’S GALA AND AWARDS BANQUET (Black-tie optional)
ROOM: Veramendi Salon F
The Chairman’s Gala and Awards Banquet is the closing ceremonies of another successful convention of Hispanic businesses and stakeholders of Texas. During the gala there are notable speakers, awards and the induction of the 2019 – 2020 Executive Committee.

MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES: The Honorable Justice Gisela D. Triana, Appellate Judge, 3rd Court of Appeals
Justice Gisela D. Triana is an appellate judge on the 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin. She is the only appellate judge in Texas who has served on every level of Texas trial courts, with over 23 years of experience on the bench. She has served as a District Judge, County Court at Law Judge, Justice of the Peace and Municipal Judge. She is well known for being fair, deliberate, courteous, and for her willingness to listen to all sides of a case. Justice Triana’s service to her community extends beyond her years of work on the bench and originally having her own private law practice. She has participated in Austin Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, Volunteer Legal Services, Legal Line, the Pro-Bono College, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, the Children’s Justice Act Task Force, Travis County Juvenile Board, Travis County Child Protective Services Board, Austin Recovery, Chaired Middle Earth, served as an Eucharistic Minister at the University Catholic Center and awarded the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) Woman of Distinction. Justice Triana graduated magna cum laude from The University of Texas at San Antonio. In 1988, at the age of 22, she graduated from The University of Texas School of Law. She has conducted training sessions for judges all over Texas and has been a faculty member of The University of Texas International Office’s U.S. Law Program. Justice Triana credits her parents for her success. As Cuban immigrants, who fled Cuba and Castro’s Communist Regime in 1962 with little else than each other, they instilled in their children the value of a good education and a strong work ethic. Because of them, a first-generation Cuban American little girl who didn’t speak English when she started kindergarten was able to grow up and become the first Hispanic to serve on the Texas 3rd Court of Appeals. When not busy with work, Gisela is a soccer mom who devotes her time and energy to raising, and tremendously enjoying, her five children, ranging in ages from 10-24.

MASTER OF CEREMONIES: J.R. Gonzales, Founder and President, JRG Communications, TAMACC Executive Vice Chair
J.R. Gonzales’ knowledge and expertise in analyzing Hispanic markets and trends, have earned him local and national recognition as a leading authority on reaching Hispanic markets. Gonzales has been cited as a source in major media outlets such as CNN Financial, National Public Radio (NPR), CBS’ Public Eye, PBS, The Washington Times, Hispanic Business, Hispanic, and Hispanic Trends, to name a few. The network, clients and business contacts Gonzales have, goes well beyond the continental United States. Gonzales has been a speaker and trainer in China, Mexico, Canada and parts of Central America. From high schools to Fortune 500 companies, Gonzales can deliver a message that puts today’s issues into perspective, inspires people to do more and to become better at what they do. Gonzales’ extensive experience in running local, state and national organizations have given him a unique perspective on the growing and ever-changing Hispanic market. He has served in top leadership positions in Hispanic based organizations. From 1996 – 1998 Gonzales was elected and served as the Chairman of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; 1999 – 2001 he served as Chairman of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC); and 2002 – 2004 was Chairman of the Board of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Gonzales was then hired as President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC). Today Gonzales is a certified John Maxwell speaker, coach and trainer working with both nonprofit and business organizations developing leadership programs, business strategies and professional development of key staff and executives.

2019 BUSINESSMAN OF THE YEAR: Saul Maldonado and Samuel Maldonado, SAMES, Inc.
SAMES, Inc. is a minority owned company established in 2008 by two brothers, Sam and Saul Maldonado, who had a vision of providing quality professional services at an affordable cost and offering great customer service with family values. They proudly serve local, municipal, state, federal and private sector clients. Starting initially as an engineering and surveying firm, SAMES added general construction management services in 2010. Saul and Sam Maldonado are both graduates of Texas A&M-Kingsville with degrees in civil engineering. Saul Maldonado is the designated Senior Project Manager for all major infrastructure development projects. Mr. Maldonado has over 14 years of experience working in municipal civil engineering, utility engineering design and project management. Sam Maldonado is a registered professional land surveyor. He manages all surveying projects. Mr. Maldonado has over 18 years of experience in civil engineering and over 10 years of experience in land surveying. SAMES contributes to various community programs and events throughout the year. They are proud sponsors of many large events, workshops and conferences in their community.

2019 BUSINESSMAN OF THE YEAR: Gilbert Mercado, Money Concepts Financial Planning Center
Gilbert Mercado, MBA, EA, MRFC, CFS, CES, CSA, CBC, was born in Brooklyn, New York and resided in Brooklyn until the age of 17 when he decided to join the U.S. Army where he served from 1987 to 1991. Gilbert has been in the financial planning and wealth management business for several years. Since 2003, Mr. Mercado has been helping clients in tax planning and preparation, wealth management, financial planning, investments and retirement planning. He is President of the Money Concepts Financial Planning Center in Del Rio, Texas and is a licensed Registered Representative with Money Concepts Capital Corp. Gilbert Mercado attended Sul Ross State University where he earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in organizational leadership. Additionally, he obtained his Master of Business Administration degree from Western Governors University. Gilbert and his wife Irmarie Mercado reside in Del Rio with their four children. He enjoys camping and taking in nature at Amistad Lake, as well as, reading books of all genres. He also enjoys working to improve the community.

2019 BUSINESSMAN OF THE YEAR: Edgar Montiel, Palo Verde Homes
Edgar Montiel was born and raised in El Paso, Texas staying true to his southern upbringing, he named his company Palo Verde Homes. Palo Verde Homes is a home building company specializing in building spec and semi-customized houses. Palo Verde Homes provides its services throughout the El Paso, Texas and southern New Mexico regions and is now one of the top 200 homebuilders in America. Palo Verde Homes are the only homes that are tested and certified by a third party. The EPA has recognized the company as an Energy Star leader since 2010. Through his company’s success, he has been able to contribute back to the community by donating to the local Boy Scouts America Yucca Council, Boys and Girls Club, Kelly Memorial Food Pantry, and Christmas toy drives for underprivileged communities. Montiel also proudly supports his alma mater, The University of Texas at El Paso, by supporting their athletics and engineering departments.

2019 CORPORATE HISPANIC BUSINESS ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR: Integrated Defense Applications, LLC
Integrated Defense Applications, LLC (IDA) was formed in 2007 by Von Washington, a retired U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery officer. Mr. Washington worked as an independent consultant with Lockheed Martin on the development, planning and testing of the Theater High Altitude Air Defense (THADD) missile defense system for many years. Mr. Washington’s vision has always been to create a culture of excellence that results in quality products and an exceptional level of service. IDA Technology’s depth of technical expertise, extensive project management knowledge, operational military experience and successful history of government contract support provides a highly valued skill set to its customers, both commercial and governmental. IDA Technology has become a leader not only in their industry and their community, but as a key advocate for Hispanic owned business.

2019 SMALL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF THE YEAR: Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Established in 1975, the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (CTHCC), is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization that strives to unite the Hispanic Community in Central Texas. From the beginning, the CTHCC founders saw the advantage of joining together to promote their mutual interests. The Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2017, is the nation’s largest ethnic minority. With growth comes diversity in leadership, professional and business owners of Hispanic descent. As the increase in growth continues at a rapid pace in the Hispanic community, there is a prominent need for our organization to serve as a resource. Partnerships are an integral component in our efforts to reach out to all businesses. Governed by a board of directors, the CTHCC is composed of Hispanic community leaders and other professionals in the community who recognize the increasing cultural diversity. Chamber members and volunteers join with the community to successfully promote the business, economic, educational, and social development of the Hispanic community in Waco and Central Texas.

2019 LARGE CHAMBER OF THE YEAR: El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce continually strives to strengthen their business members and stimulate regional prosperity. In 2009, the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce became the only Texas State HUB certifying entity west of San Antonio. The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with its tools, resources and experience assist El Paso entrepreneurs to start or expand local business. With networking events, capital access, technical assistance, certifications, procurement opportunities, training preparedness, small business advocacy and more, the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce can assist local business ventures at one convenient location. The El Paso Hispanic Chamber is dedicated and committed to supporting the needs of the small, minority and women owned businesses in the region.

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD: Laura Cagle-Hinojosa
Laura Cagle-Hinojosa started her career with the State of Texas in 1991 as a contracts analyst for the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation’s Construction Program. It was during this time (1991), Ms. Hinojosa was assigned to implement the Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program at the agency, and in 2000 was recognized by Governor George W. Bush, Governor’s Commission for Women as “Outstanding Women in Texas Government for Outstanding Leadership.” In 2004 Laura was recruited by private industry and held the position as the Multicultural Business Development Manager for the Southwest United States for ICI and during her 2.5 years in this position, helped small minority and women-owned businesses obtain over $10 million in government contracts. Laura returned to state government in 2007 as a procurement policy writer for the Department of Aging and Disabilities Services and in 2009 procured the position of HUB Program Coordinator for Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) where she oversaw the HUB and Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) program for the agency. Under Laura’s management, in June 2014, TCEQ received a national award from the EPA in Washington D.C. for the agency’s small business program. Ms. Hinojosa recently retired from her position as the Statewide HUB Program Manager at the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Statewide Procurement Division.

JOE M. RODRIGUEZ LEADERSHIP AWARD: Gina Aguirre Adams
Gina Aguirre Adams is President and CEO of the Brazoria County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (BCHCC), a position she has held since its establishment. In that role, she manages the organization’s goals and fiscal planning. She also serves as the spokesperson for the chamber and an advocate for its member businesses. With the help of several Brazoria County community and business leaders, Gina founded the chamber in 2011. She currently serves on numerous civic boards and business committees in the area such as Community Advisory Panel for the DOW Chemical Company, Community Health Network, BISD Education Foundation, the Texas Association of Mexican American Chamber of Commerce, BISD Leadership Group, and District Educational Improvement Committee (DEIC) to name a few. She was also appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to be a member of the Texas Workforce Investment Council to assist the governor and Legislature with strategic planning and evaluation of the Texas workforce system. She was recently appointed by Congressman Pete Olson to the Emerging Technologies Advisory Council Advisory Committee. She received a Nonprofit Professional Education Certificate in Family Engagement in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Gina has been recognized by the MIMS Community Center, as a “Brazoria County High Achiever” for her contributions to the community. She was also the recipient of the 2016 BISD Extra Mile Award for EVAC Ambassador, the 2014 Freeport’s Woman of Distinction Award.

10:00 PM – 2:00 AM

HOSPITALITY SUITE
A fun event to celebrate, unwind, and say goodbye until next year.

GUESTS AND SPEAKERS

Pauline E. Anton

TAMACC President & CEO

The Honorable Ruben Becerra

Hays County Judge

Cecilia Conti

Executive Vice President, El Rey Productions

Marie Diaz

President & CEO, Pursuit of Excellence

Frank Garcia

Chairman, National Association of State Latino Chambers of Commerce

J.R. Gonzales

TAMACC Chairman, 1999-2001
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chairman, 2002-2004
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, 2004

Samuel Guzman

TAMACC Chairman, 1988-1990; 2008-2009; 2015-2020
TAMACC President, 2000-2002; 2009-2011

The Honorable Lina Hidalgo

Harris County Judge

The Honorable Jane Hughson

Mayor City of San Marcos

Diana Lopez

Author of Coco

Joe Lopez

TAMACC Chairman, 2003-2005

Nayeli Mendoza

Contestant on MasterChef Junior Season 7

Mermaid Society of Texas

The Honorable Richard Peña Raymond

Texas State Representative

Nelson Rodriguez

TAMACC Chairman, 1978-1979
First Elected President of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 1979

The Honorable Gisela D. Triana

Appellate Judge, 3rd Court of Appeals

The Honorable Alex Villalobos

Kyle City Councilman

The Honorable Royce West

Texas State Senator

The Honorable Erin Zwiener

Texas State Representative

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