Mayor Ivy Taylor to lead 2016 SA to Spain Trade Mission

The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC) is conducting its annual Trade and Cultural Mission to Spain May 21-28, 2016. The delegation from San Antonio will visit the cities of Madrid as well as San Antonio’s sister cities of Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands.


In 1975, Mayor Emerita Lila Cockrell signed the first Spanish sister cities agreement with Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands. Now, over 40 years later, Mayor Ivy R. Taylor will be the first mayor to visit the Islands on an official sister cities trip to renew and strengthen economic development and cultural ties with the original founders of our City in preparation for our 300th Anniversary in 2018.


“I’m excited for the opportunity to visit and connect with the people, places and businesses that helped shape San Antonio, which is why I thank and commend the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for allowing me to lead this delegation” said Mayor Taylor. “Spain and the Canary Islands are part of our history and culture, and we want to foster these relationships leading up to our city’s 300th anniversary in 2018. Additionally, this Trade Mission will result in opportunities that range from youth engagement through exchanges, cultural engagement through targeted activities and economic development through partnerships with our business organizations.”


“This trade mission provides an outstanding opportunity for San Antonio companies to conduct in-person meetings with potential business partners and to develop key relationships that can lead to additional international sales and new Texas investments,” said Ramiro Cavazos, President & CEO, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “Last year, San Antonio companies exported billions of products overseas as more businesses recognized the importance of being a part of the global economy.”


This trade mission will have the support and involvement of numerous local and statewide civic and business leaders. The key objective of this trade mission is to maintain, foster, and explore existing trade and investment opportunities for San Antonio businesses while encouraging company relocations to our City, and strengthen historical and cultural ties as the City of San Antonio prepares to celebrate its 300th anniversary.


“The Tricentennial Commission is enthusiastic about participating in the Spain Trade Mission with such a distinguished San Antonio delegation,” said Edward Benavides, CEO of the San Antonio Tricentennial Commission. “The Spanish and Canary Islands influence has played an important role in San Antonio’s development and we look forward to engaging with their Cultural Offices and continuing our robust historical exchange of ideas and arts.”


Some of the other Spain Trade Mission highlights will include a meeting with the Ignacio Ibáñez Rubio, Secretary of Foreign Affairs. Mayor Ivy Taylor will deliver a lecture at the Cervantes Institute in Madrid, which has a satellite campus at Texas A&M San Antonio. Mayor Taylor will also meet with the Honorable Manuela Carmena Castrillo, Mayor of Madrid.


For more information about the 2016 Spain Trade Mission, please contact Luis Rodriguez, Chief Operations Officer and Vice President of Economic Development, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at 210-225-0462 or


2016 Spain Trade Mission Delegation:

Name                                                                            Organization

Mayor Ivy R. Taylor

San Antonio Mayor

Morgan Taylor

Daughter of Mayor Taylor

Councilman Roberto Carlos Treviño

District 1, City Council

Councilman Alan Everett Warrick

District 2, City Council

Councilwoman Rebecca Jean Viagran

District 3, City Council

Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales

District 5, City Council

Kevin Barton

Spouse of Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales

Councilman Ray Lopez

District 6, City Council

Evelyn Lopez

Spouse of Councilman Ray Lopez

Rebecca Q. Cedillo

Chairman of the Board, SAHCC

Maria Elena Torralva Alonso

Mary Kay Cosmetics

Judge Alfonso Enrique Alonso, Jr.

President, Therapeutic Justice Foundation

Dr. Joel A. Reyes

Owner, STAAMP, PLLC & STAAMP Research, LLC

Dr. Erika Gonzalez-Reyes

Owner, STAAMP, PLLC & STAAMP Research, LLC

Louis Escareño

General Counsel, UETA Duty Free America

Iñigo Arzac

Board Member, Brooks City Base

Manuel Pelaez

General Counsel, PKC Group

Shahrzad Dowlatshahi

Chief of Protocol & Head of International Relations, CoSA

Robert Earl Thrailkill

Co-Chair, Tricentennial Executive Committee

Edward Benavides

CEO, Tricentennial Commission

Jacob Valenzuela

Owner, Deco Pizzeria

Dr. Alfonso Chiscano

Co-Chair, Tricentennial Executive Committee

Asia Ciaravino

COO, Tricentennial Commission

Dr. Cynthia Teniente Matson

President,  Texas A&M University San Antonio

Katherine Crawford Luber

Co-Chair, Tricentennial Executive Committee

Dr. William Henrich

President, UT Health Science Center – San Antonio

Mary Henrich

Spouse of Dr. Henrich

Patricia Jasso

Trustee, San Antonio Water System

Ursula Pari

Anchor/Reporter, KSAT-12

Ryan Loyd

Digital Reporter, KSAT-12

Martha Henry

Sr. International Relations Officer, CoSA

Virginia Gregory Van Cleave

Community Leader

Marisol Deluna

Owner, Deluna by Design, Inc.

Carol P. Fimmen

District Director of International Programs, Alamo Colleges

Ramiro Cavazos

President & CEO, SAHCC; Honorary Consul of Spain,

Luis Rodriguez

COO & VP of Economic Development, SAHCC

Yvonne Rodriguez

Manager, US Sales: Cloud Office at Rackspace

C. LeRoy Cavazos

VP of Government Affairs, SAHCC