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Hispanic Chamber welcomes new leadership for 2013

The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is proud to declare a new slate of officers for its 2013 Board of Directors and welcomes 2013 Chairman, Alexander E. Briseño, distinguished Professor of Public Service in Residence at St. Mary’s University and retired San Antonio City Manager.

“The Hispanic Chamber will continue to be a leading resource for San Antonio businesses and business leaders, building on the legacy of past initiatives,” said Briseño. “As an organization we will fulfill our mission to advocate for San Antonio’s small business owners; our commitment is to businesses and the economic growth of our great City.”

The Chamber will oversee several key areas of small business within their  14 committees which are Legacy; Business and Economic Development; Small Business; International Business; Innovation and Technology; Government Affairs; Education; Leadership; Chamber Finance; Membership; Communications and Marketing; Special Events; Governance and Strategy; and Workforce Capacity Building Task Force.  These committees will work together with Chamber staff and members to help further advance the achievements of Hispanic businesses and Hispanics in business.

As the Hispanic Chamber welcomes the great leadership of Alexander Briseño, they’ve also identified eminent and influential future leaders for their organization; Patricia Pliego Stout of Alamo Travel Group, 2014 Chair-Elect; and Sonya Medina Williams of Silver Eagle Distributors, 2015 Chair-Elect-Elect.

“This bench of leadership will play an essential role in moving our organization’s mission forward and assuring that all our members continue to receive first-class service,” said Ramiro Cavazos, President and CEO for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  “They will help create quality programs and make existing ones stronger, which will allow us to offer our members the resources and services needed to positively impact their businesses”

As America’s first Hispanic Chamber and a four-star accredited organization, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce continues to be the leader in business assistance, connecting our members to resources, providing marketing and networking opportunities, and training to develop the skills of our local workforce.

To welcome the new leadership business leaders and Hispanic Chamber members filled the Grand Hyatt Hotel ballroom on January 25th to hear from 2013 Chairman, Alexander Briseño, and to celebrate the accomplishments of Raúl P. Lomelí-Azoubel, Executive Chairman for SABEResPODER, and the 2012 Hispanic Chamber’s Board of Directors.


2013 Board of Directors Roster

2013 Hispanic Chamber Executive Board



Hispanic Chamber Committee

Alexander Briseño

St. Mary’s University

Chairman of the Board

Raúl Lomelí


Immediate Past Chair

Patricia Pliego Stout

Alamo Travel Group

2014 Chair-Elect

Sonya Medina Williams

Silver Eagle Distributors

2015 Chair-Elect-Elect

Ramiro Cavazos

San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

President & CEO

Jesse Hereford

S&B Infrastructure

Government Affairs Committee Chair

Chad Taylor

Hotel Valencia

Membership Committee Co-Chair

Lena Camarillo

Poznecki Camarillo & Co.

Membership Committee Co-Chair

Joel Perez

Padgett Stratemann & Co.

Finance Committee Co-Chair

Don Gonzales

Estrada Hinojosa & Co .

Finance Committee Co-Chair

Trey Jacobson

Golden Steves Cohen & Gordon LLP

Business & Economic Development Committee Chair

Roberto Espinosa

Northwestern Mutual

Leadership Committee

Melissa Aguillon

Aguillon & Associates

Communications & Marketing Chair

Dr. Rudy Reyna


Education Chair

Ben Rodriguez

Management and Business Advisors

Governance & Strategy Co-Chair

Erika Prosper


Governance & Strategy Co-Chair

Lionel Sosa

Sosa & Sosa Design & Consultation

Legacy Committee Chair

Dr. Federico Zaragoza

Alamo Colleges

Workforce Capacity Building Taskforce Committee Co-Chair

Linda Rivas

SER Jobs for Progress

Workforce Capacity Building Taskforce Committee Co-Chair

Anita Uribe Martin

Bartlett Cocke General Contractors

Small Business Subcommittee Chair

Inigo Arzac


International Business Subcommittee Co-Chair

Manny Pelaez

Pelaez-Prada LLC

International Business Subcommittee Co-Chair

Zuani Villarreal

Boys and Girls Club

Special Events Subcommittee Co-Chair

Maritza Burgos


Special Events Subcommittee Co-Chair

Alberto Sandoval


Informational Technology Subcommittee Chair

Fred Arce

HDR Engineering, Inc.


Jorge Herrera

The Herrera Law Firm

Legal Advisor


2013 Chairman’s Advisors



Elaine Mendoza

Conceptual Mindworks, Inc.

Gisela Girard

Creative Civilization

Hope Andrade

Former Secretary of State

Johnny Hernandez

True Flavors Catering

Berto Guerra

Avanzar Technologies


2013 New and Returning Board Members



Roy Arias

Arias & Associates

Wes Baerga

Vuepoint Creative

Jordana Barton

Capital One

John Busarello

Enterprise Holdings

Erwin Caban

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP

Julissa Carielo

Tejas Premiere

Joseph Carrizales

Wells Fargo

Greg Flores


Christiane Perkins-Garcia

Eva’s Heroes

Jane Gonzalez


Alicia Garcia

Bank of America

Denise Hernandez

True Flavors Catering

Rita Howard

State Farm Insurance

Maria Koudouris

CPS Energy

Mario Lozoya

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, Inc.

Grace Padron Gonzales

Grace PG Design Group

Luis Patiño


Carlos Penaloza


Gavino Ramos

Time Warner Cable

Joe Reyes

Spurs Sports & Entertainment

Roberto Rodriguez

Vita Navis

Jackie Rutledge

Professional Consultant

Danny Saenz


Dr. Cathy Starnes


Christann Vasquez

University Health System

Robert Vasquez

Calarus Group, LLC

David Zammiello



2013 Honorary Board Members



Juan Fernandez

Asociacion de Empresarios Mexicanos

David McGee

The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

Amegy Bank

Armando Ortiz Rocha

Consul General of Mexico