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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2018

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

REGISTRATION / INFORMATION
ROOM: Veramendi Pre-Function G
Registration for the Convention and/or Individual Events.

10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

SUPPLIERS AND BUYERS NETWORKING
ROOM: Veramendi Salon G
Keynote Speaker: Priscilla Luna-Wood, Vice President, Today’s Business Solutions

Priscilla wears many hats: wife, mother, entrepreneur, volunteer and philanthropist. Since 2006, she has served as Vice President of Today’s Business Solutions under her father Robert Jimenez. Their company is one of the largest independently owned office supply providers in the country with annual sales over $30 million. Together with her brother, Chris Jimenez, and her mother, Mely Jimenez, she continues the legacy of her father by providing products and services to leading companies and institutions across the United States. Priscilla is passionate about supporting small business and an advocate for the importance of customer service. She has spearheaded programs that support diversity in entrepreneurship, education, and civic engagement. To continue the value of giving established by her parents, Robert and Mely Jimenez. She is an active member in the Houston community and has been on the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council’s Ambassador Committee, and contributes to several nonprofits, including United Way, Trees for Houston, Travis Manion Foundation, UNICEF NextGen, Girl Scouts of America, the MD Anderson Art of Survivorship, and Southwest Schools, to name a few. Her business savvy, attention to detail and focus on the bottom line make her an ideal volunteer. Priscilla’s priority has always been her family: Priscilla and her husband, Adam Wood, have two children, Lauren and Marshall plus one assertive maltese/yorkie, Milo. She depends on her wonderful parents, Robert and Mely, and her brother and family, Chris, Katy and Ella. In addition to their professional careers, they operate the Jimenez Family ranch in Round Top, Texas.

Businesses will have the opportunity to enhance their network at this FREE Procurement Matchmaking Event with businesses, corporations, state and federal agencies, and universities. No business is too large or too small to attend this event. This opportunity to meet with decision makers regarding procurement is priceless. Why would anyone go to a business convention and leave money on the table?

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

LUNCH ON THE GO
ROOM: Veramendi Pre-Function G
Take a quick break, grab a box lunch, and continue networking.

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

BUSINESS EXHIBITOR SET UP
ROOM: Veramendi Salon F
Vendors who need to set up early have an opportunity to do so. These exhibit booths will be in the closed area that will be secured overnight.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon B
Closed Meeting for the TAMACC Executive Committee

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM

17 TIPS TO SUPERCHARGE YOUR DIGITAL MARKETING STRATEGY
ROOM: Veramendi Salon I
SEO, WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, Blogging … where do you start, and how do you find the time to fit it all in? In this workshop, Kyle Bailey of Frontburner Marketing walks you through an overview of how to tell your story and attract more customers with an effective Digital Marketing Strategy.

Kyle Bailey, Frontburner Marketing
Kyle Bailey is a consultant, speaker and (soon-to-be) author who regularly speaks and consults on the Sales Process and how small business owners can use it to improve online marketing tools like Email Marketing, Social Media Strategies, SEO, Blogging and more. A native Austinite, he plays guitar with different people around town, loves his God, his family and his friends.

2:45 PM – 4:00 PM

GOVERNMENT AGENCY AND MOC PARTNERS’ MEETING
ROOM: Veramendi Salon G
Closed Meeting for the Federal, State, Local Agencies, and University Purchasers and HUB Coordinators

3:00 PM – 3:50 PM

HOW TO ACHIEVE EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE
ROOM: Veramendi Salon I
The focus on practical and easy-to-apply tactics that will help you assist your customers. Some key skills that people will walk away with is how to have a successful first impression, have effective telephone techniques, improve your listening skills, how to handle a complaint and finally S-E-N-T an easy to remember technique to increase your customer satisfaction.

Michael Harrison, Customer Service Trainer and Consultant, Founder and Owner of Customer Service Excellence
Michael Harrison is a Native Texan born in Kingsville, Texas. Retiring with 41 years in the banking industry in Corpus Christi as well as serving as Market President for Bank of America. Holds a business degree from Texas A&I – Kingsville and has taught marketing at a college level. He also has served as a director on the boards of: Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau, Habitat for Humanity, YMCA, and the United Way. Mr. Harrison has developed a customer service-training program that he has presented to thousands of participants with business, non-profits, and conventions. He and his wife moved to Buda, Texas last year so that they could be close to their children, and first grandchild. His delivery is direct, fun, and lively. His philosophy is simple: An audience can listen, learn, and laugh – all at the same time.

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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

Keynote Speaker: Julian Alvarez, III, Commissioner, Representing Labor of the Texas Workforce Commission
Governor Greg Abbott reappointed him to the three-member Commission on March 7, 2017. The Commissioner Representing Labor represents the interest of Texas workers with respect to TWC services and ensures that their concerns are considered in all Commission actions. Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Alvarez served as president and CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership fostering relationships and coordinating programs to advance regional economic development and employment opportunities. He also served as a Texas regional director for the U.S. Senate and advised on legislative and policy issues related to South Texas. Prior to that, Alvarez served on the South Texas Drug Task Force as a state trooper for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). After his service with DPS, Alvarez inspired stewardship and leadership as the director of college information for Texas State Technical College in Harlingen. Commissioner Alvarez has served on the following boards: Teach for America; Border Trade Alliance; I-69 Alliance; RGV Lead; Hidalgo County Metropolitan Planning Organization; Texas State Affordable Housing Advisory Committee; UT Pan American President’s Circle. Commissioner Alvarez earned a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from Texas A&I University in Kingsville. He also enjoys refereeing collegiate football in the Southland Conference.

Guest Speakers: Honorable John Thomaides, Mayor, City of San Marcos
John Thomaides was elected as Mayor of San Marcos December 2016. He began his service on the San Marcos City Council in 2003. Mayor Thomaides is a tireless advocate for the residents and businesses of San Marcos and our unique natural assets, the San Marcos River and pristine greenspaces. His focus on career quality jobs and growing our local economy has brought in dozens of new companies and created nearly 10,000 jobs over the past 14 years. He spearheaded an Open Government & Transparency Policy, which was adopted by the city council and recognized by the Texas Comptroller’s office. He is also the founder of the San Marcos Mural Arts Program, which was featured in Texas Town and City Magazine. The Mayor is an active member of the US Conference of Mayors and National League of Cities University Communities Council and has led many trips to Washington, D.C. on behalf of San Marcos, along with the City Council and staff, to work with federal officials and agencies, to secure $33,794,000 in federal funds to address the impact of the floods in 2015. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mr. Thomaides has lived in San Marcos since 1993 and is the owner of the Alpha Pure Water Company.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2018

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

REGISTRATION / INFORMATION
ROOM: Veramendi Pre-Function G
Registration for the Convention and/or Individual Events.

7:00 AM – 8:30 AM

EXHIBITOR CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
ROOM: Veramendi Salon F
Attendees enjoy a light Continental Breakfast

7:00 AM – 8:45 AM

BUSINESS EXHIBITOR SET UP
ROOM: Veramendi Salon F
Vendor booths set up in time for the Ribbon Cutting

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

HISPANIC WOMEN’S NETWORK OF TEXAS
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

ACTIVE SHOOTER: A CITIZEN’S GUIDE TO PLANNING FOR SURVIVAL
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon A
The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) course, is designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy. It provides strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics include the history and prevalence of active shooter events and civilian response options.

Bo Kidd, Chief of Police, Buda, Texas
Bo Kidd has been in law enforcement for twenty-three (23) years. Held assignments as a Patrol Deputy, Field Training Officer, Detective/Narcotics Investigator, Patrol Sergeant and Captain. Kidd served ten (10) years with the Hays County SWAT Team, he retired from that unit as the Commander in 2008. He was appointed in April of 2010 as the Chief of Police for the City of Buda. A couple of the certifications that Kidd holds includes the TCOLE Instructor and the Master Peace Officer Certification. Kidd has instructed numerous Tactical and Use of Force Topics to thousands of law enforcement officers around the country in numerous states. He has been an adjunct instructor for the nationally acclaimed Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training program (ALERRT) since 2003.

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM

BUSINESS ETIQUETTE FOR LEADERSHIP
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon B
Participants of this training will have a better understanding of the rules of etiquette in the workplace. In addition, participants of this training will be able to take the concepts learned and apply them to their leadership situation. Participants will learn skills that can lead to improved productivity, better management and an overall increase in professional growth that will help leaders be more successful.

Barbara Baggerly-Hinojosa, Ph.D., CEO, Leadership Empowerment Group
Barbara Baggerly-Hinojosa, Ph.D., is a wife, mother and educator living in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. As the CEO of the Leadership Empowerment Group she serves the business, education, government, and healthcare industries with training and coaching on leadership development, conflict management, team building, communication, and strategic planning. In addition, Dr. Baggerly-Hinojosa is the owner of Mid Valley Publishing which produces and publishes The Mercedes Enterprise newspaper. Finally, Dr. Baggerly-Hinojosa is a professor of leadership studies at Our Lady of the Lake University in the School of Business and Leadership Studies where she teaches Ph.D. and courses in leadership theory, conflict management, business strategy and oral communications. She has published three books on leadership: “Are You a Ten?” “The Ten Characteristics of a Servant Leader, The Leadership Collection,” and “Eres un Diez?” And has been a contributing author in various leadership textbooks and has published articles in numerous academic journals. Dr. Baggerly-Hinojosa serves her community by participating as a board member for the Hidalgo County Cotillion Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Foundation, The Deep South Texas Panhellenic Society, Excellence in Teaching and the Organization of Women executives. In 2017, Dr. Baggerly-Hinojosa was named Woman of the Year by the Mercedes Chamber of Commerce and has recently been named 2018 RGV Business Woman of the Year by the RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

10:45 AM – 11:50 AM

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.

Hopeton Hay, Director of HUB Programs, University of Texas Systems
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.

10:45 AM – 11:50 AM

LEADERSHIP AND ITS CONNECTION TO EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon A
Emotional Intelligence (EI) has become a hot topic in terms of leadership traits. What exactly is it and how does it play out in the context of leadership? As more and more people accept that emotional intelligence is just as important to professional success as technical ability, companies and organizations are increasingly using it when they hire and promote. This workshop will give participants a better understanding and insight to EI and learn how to develop their own EI skills.

J.A. Gonzalez, Ed.D., Superintendent, McAllen Independent School District
Dr. J.A. Gonzalez became the McAllen ISD’s Superintendent in August 2016 and oversees a district with nationally ranked high schools. In August 2018, this large South Texas school district earned an “A” state accountability rating, two District Post-Secondary Readiness Distinctions, and a perfect score in the state’s Financial Integrity Rating System for the seventh straight year. A veteran of 22 years as an educator, Dr. Gonzalez initiated the creation of STEAM-Plus in Pre-Kinder through 12th grades. This learning framework places a great emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Match, including coding, rocketry, and robotics. STEAM-Plus also systematically addresses a child’s emotional intelligence. As a principal, Dr. Gonzalez was a state finalist for Principal of the Year and participated in The Principals’ Center at Harvard University. He has taught in the Educational Leadership Department as a Practicing Lecturer at the former University of Texas Pan American. He graduated from Texas A&M University Kingsville with a Bachelor of Science in 1996; earned a Master of Science in Educational Administration in 1999 and completed his Doctor of Education with an emphasis in Educational Leadership in 2008, both from University of Texas Pan American. Dr. Gonzalez married Shahroo T. Gonzalez, a McAllen Memorial High School alumnus. He and his wife have three children: Joe Douglas, Samantha Isabella and Joshua Jay.

10:45 AM – 11:50 AM

ECHARTE FLORES: HOW TO PROMOTE YOURSELF THROUGH EFFECTIVE PERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon B
Communication is integral to any relationship, be it a familial, friendship, business, a working relationship, and even cross-cultural partnerships. The lack of effective communications can absolutely ruin a necessary or desirable relationship. Culture has been a widely accepted barrier to effective communications; but elements of culture (ethnicity, values, and behaviors) can be limiting if we define culture as being relatively simple and fixed. It can also be a complex, dynamic, and adaptive method to effectively deal with people! Come learn how to “echarte flores.”

Jim Estrada, Author of The ABCs and Ñ of America’s Cultural Evolution, Principal of Estrada Consulting Group
Jim Estrada is a nationally recognized pioneer in ethnic marketing communications, with over 40 years of private sector marketing, public relations and broadcast journalism experience. As a corporate executive, he oversaw Hispanic Consumer Marketing for Anheuser-Busch, Inc. in St. Louis, MO. In the public sector, Jim Estrada directed PR and community outreach for the San Diego County Council of Governments and designed the marketing campaign to gain voter support for construction of the San Diego Trolley, one of the most successful ridership and revenue generating, light-rail transit systems in the U.S. The former television news journalist and award-winning documentary film producer remains an advocate of cultural awareness in media and educational curricula and is a national speaker on the growing influence of Hispanics, Latinos, and mestizos in the USA. He founded Estrada Communications Group in San Antonio, TX and has provided his expertise to corporations, public and nonprofit clients with strategic counsel related to ethnic communications and outreach. Among his list of national/regional clients are: AT&T, Anheuser-Busch, California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, Catholic Diocese of Austin, Lopez Foods, McDonald’s, TAMACC, U.S. Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, University of Texas-Austin (LatinoUSA & Universo), Walmart, and Wells Fargo. He is an award-winning TV documentary producer (Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards; La Raza Series) and currently serves on the board of directors of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE), co-chairs the community council of the Department of Journalism’s VOCES Oral History Project at the University of Texas-Austin and served on the Advisory Council of the University of Texas Libraries from 2010-2016. The Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce named him “Male Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2014.

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

LATINA EMPOWERMENT LUNCHEON
ROOM: Veramendi Salon G
This luncheon focuses on the great accomplishments of our Latina entrepreneurs. Three women who have excelled over the last year will receive the TAMACC Businesswoman of the Year Award. Keynote Speaker will provide an inspirational message for our Latina business owners, future entrepreneurs, and a reminder of how empowering women truly are in Texas.

Keynote Speaker: Cecilia Abbott, First Lady of Texas
Cecilia Abbott’s story reminds us all that the American Dream is alive and well in Texas. The granddaughter of immigrants from Mexico, Cecilia is the first Hispanic First Lady of Texas. She was raised in San Antonio by parents who were both educators, and who instilled in Cecilia, her sister and two brothers a love of learning and helping others. She took their lessons to heart, earning three degrees from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and then devoted her life to serving others. She has been a teacher, vice-principal, and principal at several Catholic schools across Texas, and later went on to another noble calling working in senior health care services. But Cecilia hasn’t only devoted her professional life to helping others – she’s done the same thing in her personal life. She currently serves on the board of several educational organizations and is an active member of many philanthropic groups. Cecilia believes strongly in giving back. Her signature initiative as First Lady combines the two things that she is most passionate about – Texas and philanthropy. She calls it Texanthropy, and through it she promotes volunteerism and service to others across Texas. Cecilia has also partnered with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on a similar initiative – Network of Nurture – to raise awareness about the ways Texans can support the children and families in the state’s child welfare system. Cecilia works closely with the Governor’s Commission for Women to empower and enable Texas women and girls, particularly through the Commission’s efforts to advance economic opportunities for women in Texas. She shares Governor Abbott’s commitment to making Texas the most welcoming home for women who want to start or grow a business. But most importantly, Cecilia is a proud mother to her daughter, Audrey, and a devoted wife to her husband of 37 years, the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott.

Guest Speaker: Honorable Gisela D. Triana, Judge, 200th District Court
Judge Gisela D. Triana was born on April 20, 1966, in Houston, Texas. Her parents are Cuban immigrants that fled Castro’s communist regime in 1962 with little else than each other. Judge Triana grew up in San Antonio and attended the University of Texas at San Antonio, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and graduating Magna Cum Laude. At age 22, she graduated from the University of Texas School of Law and has practiced law in Austin ever since. Judge Triana began her legal career as a prosecutor in the Travis County Attorney’s Office and later worked as a staff attorney in the Elections Division of the Texas Secretary of State’s Office. In 1991 she began her private practice with Sharon Hanko, then Legal Director of the Elections Division, and together they formed the law firm of Hanko & Triana. Judge Triana has over 23 years of judicial experience and has served on every level of Texas Trial Court. She has served as an Austin Municipal Court Judge, Travis County Justice of the Peace, and as the Travis County Court at Law No. 5 Judge. In 2004, Judge Triana was elected to the 200th District Court in Travis County, a court of general jurisdiction which hears civil cases. She has taught judges all over Texas on legal matters such as emergency protective orders, arraignment and magistrate, and legal procedures and is former faculty of the Texas International Office Law Program. Judge Triana stays busy being a soccer mom and devoting her time to her 5 children.

Awardee: Businesswoman of the Year Yolanda Arriola, President, Southwest University
Yolanda Arriola, President and Founder of Quickstudy Learning Center now as Southwest University. Southwest University is growing; enrolling more than 1,700 students a year and employing over 200 employees. The institution began when Yolanda decided to assist struggling Spanish students with their GED and ESL tutoring. With the continued support of her family, she has guided the institutions faculty and staff toward adding additional programs that have spanned from Associates to Baccalaureate Degrees. She has also been nationally recognized for educational growth and quality among various educational accreditations.

Awardee: Businesswoman of the Year Edna Posada, President, Aldani, Inc.
Edna Posada is a Hispanic businesswoman and is the sole owner of Aldani, Inc., DBA Spa La Posada; Merle Norman Cosmetics; Leona; and The Barbershop at Spa La Posada. Edna was born in Brownsville, Texas and raised in San Benito in a very humble, traditional setting with a stay at home mom and an ambitious, strict and hard-working entrepreneurial father. As the eldest of five children, she learned responsibility at a very young age and started working outside of the home at age 15. She earned a degree in Computer Programming from Texas State Technical College in Harlingen. She worked in various administrative and sales positions for large corporate employers until 1989, when she seized the opportunity to go in business for herself. Today Edna Posada, is the president and sole owner of three Merle Norman Cosmetics Studios, two awarded winning Spa La Posada locations and Leona, a clothing boutique and barbershop in McAllen.

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM

CORPORATE PARTNERS’ MEETING
ROOM: Chautauqua Salon A
Closed meeting for the TAMACC Corporate and Future Partners

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

DISCOVERING RELATIONAL LEADERSHIP
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon A
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 McAdams-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. Understanding what drives certain personality types to want details versus speed or procedures versus fun, is a true game changer in customer service.

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.

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: WHAT IS IT AND HOW DOES IT WORK
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon B
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.

J.R. Gonzales, Founder and President, JRG Communications
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 has goes 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.

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

WHAT IS THE STATE OF TEXAS HUB MENTOR PROTÉGÉ PROGRAM?
ROOM: Chautauqua Salon B
This workshop will provide a general overview of the State of Texas Mentor Protégé Program, including how the state agencies assist in the pairing of companies by utilizing resources such as the Statewide HUB reports and utilizing approved Mentor Protégé partnerships to assist with increasing opportunities for contracting and subcontracting with the State of Texas.

Sherice Williams, Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Operations Manager, Texas Health and Human Services System (HHS)
Sherice Williams oversees the daily operations and administration of the HUB Programs for the multiple agencies and strives to ensure the agencies’ make a good faith effort to include HUB businesses in its procurement and contracting. These initiatives involve evaluating and determining HUB Subcontracting opportunities, administration of the HHS HUB mentor/protégé program, participating in external marketing and in-reach/outreach efforts to assist in maximizing HUB inclusion, facilitating vendor trainings and workshops, and continuously building relationships, educate and create awareness about the HUB program within HHS and around Texas. Ms. Williams has been employed with the State of Texas for 20 years; with 17 of those years have been dedicated to assisting small, minority, and veteran owned businesses develop business relationships and gain knowledge regarding the State of Texas procurement processes. Sherice is a Certified Texas Contract Manager, Certified Texas Contract Developer, and holds a Certified Compliance Administrator Certification (CCA) from Morgan State University.

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

DIGITAL MARKETING 101
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon A
Business owners will receive guidance on improving their web presence, learn how to reach new customers online and grow their business using Google’s online advertising platform aka Google Ads. In addition, they will leave with resources and information on other ways to improve SEO, Google Analytics and our Google Supplier Diversity program.

Vicky Hernandez Sepulveda, Google Digital Coach, Google
Vicky is one of 8 Google Digital Coaches in the United States. Prior to joining Google Vicky was the Senior Director of Small Business and International Events at the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 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 working with the GAHCC, Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, and the Austin LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce. As the liaison for the GAHCC Vicky collaborated with the other chamber leadership to bring Austin’s diverse business community quality events and educational topics for small business owners. Vicky’s passion for international economic development led her to be a Mayor Adler appointed commissioner to the Austin Airport Boards and Commissions. Vicky also served as a committee member of the Air Force Task Committee at the Austin Chamber of Commerce. She is very active in the Austin Sister Cities Association which includes planning activities and welcoming delegations from Saltillo, Mexico. Originally from Houston, Texas, she attended the University of Houston. Vicky moved to Austin in 1997 to start her career in banking with Bank of America as Banking Center Manager. Vicky has a passion for animal welfare and animal rescue organizations. When she is not contributing her time to animal causes she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

LEVERAGING LATINA/O CULTURE IN BUILDING A SMALL BUSINESS
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon B
The Latina/o population will create significant changes in the workforce in the United States especially in Texas where approximately 40% of the population are projected to become 30% of the U.S. population by 2040. This workshop will focus on how to leverage our Latina/o culture and Latinidades to grow and foster new entrepreneurial innovation and activity in Texas and beyond.

Gloria Martinez-Ramos, Ph.D., Director of Latina/o Studies Minor, Texas State University
Dr. Martinez is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and the inaugural Director of Latina/o Studies Minor at Texas State University. Dr. Martinez-Ramos earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a B.A. in Child Development from San Jose State University, and an A.A. from Hartnell College, Salinas, California. Gloria has over 10 years teaching various courses in sociology, such as, Multiculturalism, Medical Sociology, Social Stratification, Introduction to Sociology, Latinos and Immigration, and Latinos and Aging. Her research has focused on Latina/o and Immigration, Aging, Latina/o Health Disparities, Education, Race and Ethnicity, Community Studies, and Quantitative and Qualitative Research. In 2016, she received the Excellence in Diversity Faculty Award from Texas State. Currently, she a Fellow of the New Leadership Academy through the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.

Honorable Alexander Villalobos, Councilman, City of Kyle
Alexander Villalobos has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Texas State University, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Phoenix and is currently a lecturer in the Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies at Texas State University. Alex is currently an elected City of Kyle Council Member (2017 to present) where he is engaged in the process of strategic planning, economic development, planning, public safety planning, budget creation and implementation. Over 10 years of law enforcement professional leader with a Master Peace Officer Certification. He has expertise in building collaborative relationships with stakeholders at the local, county, state and national level and has over ten years of developing and implementing public safety public policy initiatives, infrastructure, and economic development, and community-based policing practice with college students and local communities. His areas of expertise are human resources and logistics management, diversity training among law enforcement, policy evaluation, public administration, intelligence analysis, threat assessment, emergency management, self-defense tactics, and criminal investigation. In 2016, he was selected to be a Fellow of the New Leadership Academy through the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

MARKETING TIPS FOR SUCCESS IN THE HUB PROGRAM
ROOM: Chautauqua Salon B
Presenting data mining tools that will help small businesses market to state government. Learn how to obtain historical information on state government procurement and use to formulate a marketing plan specific to your company’s capabilities.

Laura Cagle-Hinojosa, Statewide HUB Program Manager, Statewide Procurement Division (SPD), Comptroller of Public Accounts
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 (HUB) 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.” 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 currents position is the Statewide HUB Program Manager at the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Statewide Procurement Division. This position is responsible for HUB Certification, promulgation of HUB administrative rules, outreach and educating vendors on the HUB Program. Laura has been involved in the HUB program in one capacity or another from the program’s inception and continues to be an advocate for small businesses.

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

BUSINESS IS POLITICS AND POLITICS IS BUSINESS
ROOM: San Marcos River Salon A
The purpose of this panel discussion is to better understand how government rules and regulations, from a local to federal level, directly affect your business. The panelists of this session bring to the table decades of experience. They will openly share their thoughts and give examples of how to navigate the political waters of today’s business environment.

Adriana Cruz, President, Greater San Marcos Partnership
Adriana Cruz is the President of the Greater San Marcos Partnership, the regional economic development organization for San Marcos, Hays and Caldwell Counties with the mission to diversify and strengthen the regional economy. Most recent accomplishments include the announcement of more than 5,700 new jobs and over $280 million in investment in the region including the San Marcos Amazon fulfillment center, bringing 3,500 new jobs to the community. Prior to assuming this role, Cruz was the Vice President of Global Corporate Recruitment for the Austin Chamber and was Director of Marketing in Governor Perry’s Economic Development and Tourism office. In January 2016 she was appointed by Governor Abbott to the Texas Economic Incentives Oversight Board and was named a Profile in Power: Central Texas Women of Influence by the Austin Business Journal and one of Bizwomen’s 100 Women to Watch by ACBJ.

Jim Estrada, Author of The ABCs and Ñ of America’s Cultural Evolution, Principal of Estrada Consulting Group
Jim Estrada is a nationally recognized pioneer in ethnic marketing communications, with over 40 years of private sector marketing, public relations and broadcast journalism experience. As a corporate executive, he oversaw Hispanic Consumer Marketing for Anheuser-Busch, Inc. in St. Louis, MO. In the public sector, Jim Estrada directed PR and community outreach for the San Diego County Council of Governments and designed the marketing campaign to gain voter support for construction of the San Diego Trolley, one of the most successful ridership and revenue generating, light-rail transit systems in the U.S. The former television news journalist and award-winning documentary film producer remains an advocate of cultural awareness in media and educational curricula and is a national speaker on the growing influence of Hispanics, Latinos, and mestizos in the USA. He founded Estrada Communications Group in San Antonio, TX and has provided his expertise to corporations, public and nonprofit clients with strategic counsel related to ethnic communications and outreach. Among his list of national/regional clients are: AT&T, Anheuser-Busch, California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, Catholic Diocese of Austin, Lopez Foods, McDonald’s, TAMACC, U.S. Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, University of Texas-Austin (LatinoUSA & Universo), Walmart, and Wells Fargo. He is an award-winning TV documentary producer (Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards; La Raza Series) and currently serves on the board of directors of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE), co-chairs the community council of the Department of Journalism’s VOCES Oral History Project at the University of Texas-Austin and served on the Advisory Council of the University of Texas Libraries from 2010-2016. The Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce named him “Male Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2014.

Honorable Daniel Guerrero, Director for Special Programs and Chief of Global Relationships, Virtual Trade Mission Foundation
A native of San Marcos, Daniel Guerrero holds degrees from Austin Community College, Texas State University, and St. Edward’s University. Daniel has served in nonprofit leadership roles as the Executive Director for INROADS/Central Texas, Inc. where he oversaw the professional development of university students as they transitioned into corporate leadership roles. Daniel has served his alma mater as Texas State University’s Assistant Dean of Students for Student Development and Leadership Programs. He is currently teaching “Introduction to Global Business” and “Transformative Leadership” in the McCoy School of Business. Daniel currently serves as the Director for Special Programs and Chief of Global Relationships for the Virtual Trade Mission Foundation and represents a diverse portfolio of clients as a consultant with J.L. Powers & Associates. Daniel has served as an elected leader to the San Marcos City Council and three terms as Mayor. During his time in office, San Marcos was recognized as the Fastest Growing City in the United States and helped turn the Greater San Marcos region into an influential player in the global marketplace. Beyond his local elected role, Daniel has served on the boards of the Capital Area Council of Governments, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Texas Municipal League, National League of Cities, Association of Hispanic Elected Officials, Mayor’s Institute on City Design, Greater San Marcos Partnership and the U.S Conference of Mayors. He continues to cultivate and enhance his long-standing relationships with his peers and colleagues from throughout the Central Texas region and around the world. As a volunteer leader, Daniel has served on the Ki Charter School Board of Trustees, Board of Directors for the Salvation Army, and was recently appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the Texas State Board of Pharmacies. He enjoys traveling the world, and spending time with his rescues dogs; Milly and Autumn.

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

VEGAS FIESTA
ROOM: Spring Lake Salon A
Vegas night TAMACC style! There will be casino tables, carnival games, TAMACC has Talent entertainment, live auctions, silent auctions, Tour of Texas door prizes, just 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, SEPTEMBER 8, 2018

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

REGISTRATION / INFORMATION
ROOM: Veramendi Pre-Function G
Registration for the Convention and/or Individual Events.

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

TAMACC PREVIOUS CHAIRS’ BREAKFAST
ROOM: Placido Boardroom
Closed Breakfast for the TAMACC Previous Chairs to Share Tales of Leading TAMACC throughout the 43 years.

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

VISIT SAN MARCOS
Great opportunity for attendees and families to visit local businesses such as the Outlet Malls, Texas State University campus, Aquarena Springs or see real World War II aircraft at the Commemorative Airforce hangar.

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

A ROADMAP TO ACHIEVING GOALS: HOW TO GET THERE FROM HERE
ROOM: Veramendi Salon G
Do you have a big goal or dream that you’ve been putting off for a long time? Do you feel bored with your career choice, but you never do anything to improve the situation? Or do you feel frustrated and out of balance, like you are neglecting important parts of your life? This interactive workshop led by Evelina Solis will reach you how to develop a positive attitude and behavioral goals that will allow you to overcome limitations and roadblocks that have previously held you back in life.

Evelina Solis, Founder and President, Sol2Soul
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

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: WHAT IS IT AND HOW DOES IT WORK
ROOM: Veramendi Salon G
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.

J.R. Gonzales, Founder and President, JRG Communications
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 has goes 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.

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

PUBLIC SPEAKING AND COMMUNICATION
ROOM: Veramendi Salon G
“The number one criterion for advancement and promotion for professionals is an ability to communicate effectively.” – HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW
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. The facilitator will share the power of communication and some of the elements that the Masters 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.

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.

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

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

12:30 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 44th 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
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 2018 – 2019 Executive Committee.

Guest Speaker: Honorable Alice Rodriguez, Waco City Councilwoman
Alice Rodriguez is a life-long resident of Waco, Texas. She was a corporate secretary for Central Freight Lines before public service as the first Waco ISD School Completion Liaison. For nearly the past twenty-years, Alice has served the City of Waco as District II Councilwoman and served as Mayor Pro-Tem four separate terms. Alice’s career with LULAC Council #273 began as President in 2007. She was named Executive Director in 2010. Alice has served leadership roles with other non-profit groups such as Kendrick Neighborhood Association, AVANCE Waco, Heart of Texas Council of Governments, and Waco McGregor Airport Board. Her public service earned the 1992 YMCA Pathfinder Award and 1998 Girl Scouts Bluebonnet Council Women of Distinction Award. Alice Rodriguez is the proud founder of the Waco Hispanic Museum Association, the City of Waco’s first museum dedicated to sharing the story of local Hispanic families and their impact on education, culture, economic development, and politics. Alice’s husband, Joe Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, will be honored at this event. Their combined family includes three daughters and one son, three sons-in-law, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Awardee: Businessman of the Year Mike Capello, Owner, Chisholm Trail Barbecue
Mike Capello, owner of Chisholm Trail Bar Barbecue, born in Lockhart, Texas in a strong Christian home. Watching his parents work so hard to provide for his sister and himself he learned a strong work ethic at a young age. After graduating from high school, Mike had the opportunity to travel the country as a musician. Playing at junior high and high schools in thirty-eight states the band provided an anti-drug and alcohol message with a Christian message. Returning to Lockhart he started a twenty-five-year career with Sonic. When the Chisolm Trail Barbecue became available, Mike knew he had to purchase this restaurant with such a rich history. Mike not only is able to provide for his wife and four beautiful daughters, he is very supportive and involved in his community.

Awardee: Businessman of the Year Frank Spencer, III, President, Aztec Contractors, Inc.
Frank Spencer, III, was raised in Pecos, Texas and attended high school in New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico. After New Mexico Military Institute, he attended Texas A&M University and received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology in 2001. In 2006, Frank purchased Aztec Contractors, Inc. from his mother and father Becky and Frank X. Spencer. Aztec Contractors has been recognized for many accomplishments, including recognition as a Future 15 Business in 2008, Emyth Client of the Month in 2009, and Minority Construction Firm in 2009. Dedicated to the concept of Building on a Strong Foundation, the family-owned business has grown into and excels as a multidimensional general contractor.

Awardee: Corporate Hispanic Advocate of the Year AT&T
Since 1968, AT&T has spent approximately $158 billion dollars with minority, women, service disabled veteran and LGBT business which helped to spur a legion of new businesses in communications and technology. They have been in the forefront to help launch diversity business organizations and providing resources for the ecosystem that supports diverse businesses’ success. AT&T continued its legacy of posting extraordinary supplier diversity spend. In 2017, AT&T spent $14.4 billion in spend with diverse businesses.

Awardee: Corporate Hispanic Advocate of the Year El Paso Water Utilities
For the past twenty-six years, El Paso Water Utilities has been committed to working with small, minority, women and veteran owned businesses by conducting a sizeable portion of its spending through its Texas State Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program. A total of $13.7 million in goods and services purchases was spent with small local, women and minority-owned businesses, or 50.91 percent of the utility’s total spending in these areas in 2015 alone. A total of $7.2 million in construction projects costs was spent with a small local, women and minority-owned businesses, or 21.59 percent of the total spending in this area. These numbers have only increased exponentially since 2015.

Awardee: Small Chamber of the Year Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was established on October 2006. The Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce helped increase participation and success of many Hispanic/Minority owned businesses in partnering with the city, county, state and national leaders to implement projects and programs and promote the “New Diverse Majority.” The Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic, resourceful organization dedicated to improving commercial climate, promoting a planned economic community, tourism development and international trade. The Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s current membership is comprised of 55% small business owners and a 20% representation of women owned small businesses.

Awardee: 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.

Awardee: Joe Rodriguez Leadership Award

Awardee: Chairman’s Award

10:00 PM – 2:00 AM

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

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS AND VIPS

Cecilia Abbott

First Lady of Texas

Julian Alvarez, III

Commissioner, Texas Workforce Commission

Frank Garcia

National Association of Latino Chambers of Commerce Chairman

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; 2015-2018
TAMACC President, 2000-2002; 2009-2011

Anette Soto Landeros

Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas Chairwoman

Priscilla Luna-Wood

Vice President, Today’s Business Solutions

Linda Matcheski

TAMACC Woman of Distinction

Violeta Mercado

TAMACC Woman of Distinction

Frank Montes

California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chairman

Lupe Morin

TAMACC Woman of Distinction, Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas Executive Director

The Honorable Debbie Nash-King

Councilwoman, City of Killeen

The Honorable Juan Rivera

Councilman, City of Killeen

The Honorable Alice Rodriguez

Councilwoman, City of Waco

Nelson Rodriguez

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

Geri Schwartzman

Milestone Memories & Events

The Honorable John Thomaides

Mayor, City of San Marcos

The Honorable Gisela D. Triana

Judge, 200th District Court

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