Announcing the 2016 Class for the Alexander Briseño Leadership Development Program

The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC) is proud to announce the aspiring community leaders who will take part in the Alexander E. Briseño Leadership Development Program (ABLDP) class of 2016.


Individuals selected to take part in this year’s program will be immersed in education sessions that address a variety of topics such as strategic planning; leading and managing change; building great teams; improving quality both operationally and culturally; and creating and sustaining professional and organizational results.


“Our desire is to see the Alexander Briseño Leadership Development Program groom and prepare this diverse group of 55 business professionals to be the future leaders of our great City of San Antonio,” said Ramiro Cavazos, Hispanic Chamber President & CEO.


Named after Alexander Briseño, former San Antonio City Manager, distinguished Professor of Public Service in Residence at St. Mary’s University and Hispanic Chamber 2013 Chairman of the Board, the ABLDP will provide students an opportunity to learn from an impressive faculty of community and business leaders who will share their personal experiences, achievements and challenges that they encounter as leaders in both the public and private sectors.


This year’s ABLDP will be facilitated by renowned leadership development consultant, Winslow Swart who has provided leadership development, team building and strategic planning services for the Spurs, Toyota, USAA, Rackspace and the City of San Antonio among many others.


“We look forward to the impact this year’s participants will have on our City and on their organizations as they increase both their professional capacities to lead and their commitment towards advancing the social, cultural, economic, and educational landscape of San Antonio,” said Winslow Swart, Chief Inspiration Officer at Winslow Consulting. This will be the sixth year Winslow has overseen the program.

The Hispanic Chamber congratulates the following individuals who were selected to participate in this year’s program:


Bobby Acosta, Acosta Properties SA

Demonte Alexander, City of San Antonio Office of Councilman Alan E. Warrick, II

Maximo Anguiano, Adelante U.S. Education Leadership Fund

Roslyn Barker, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas Inc.

Gilberto Becerra, Palo Alto College

Anais Biera-Miracle, The Children’s Shelter

Ivan Buenrostro, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Desi Canela, Mauro Archer & Associates

Daniel Cantu, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

James Chandler, Innovative Multimedia Group

Delia Covo, Teach For America

Gabriela De La Rosa, Methodist Stone Oak Hospital

Yesenia Dominguez,  Transwestern

Raul Esparza, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas Inc.

Jessica Fernandez, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)

Manolito Flores, Methodist Stone Oak Hospital

Hector Franco, CPS Energy

Mary Frink, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas Inc.

Kimberly Garcia, Generations Federal Credit Union

Omar Garcia, South Texas Energy and Economic Roundtable (STEER)

Yvette Garcia, Robinson General Contractors, Inc.

Eli Garza, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas Inc.

Leticia Garza, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Inc.

Bryan Gonzales, Roland’s Roofing Co., Inc.

Leticia D. Gonzales, Generations Federal Credit Union

Trish Gonzales, Waterbaby Productions

Rachel Guajardo-Lopez, Tesoro

Francine Guerra, RJ RIVERA Associates, Inc.

Durquia Guillen, Leadership SAISD

Arturo Herrera, VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority

Santiago Jaramillo, VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority

Franki Jenkins , Nationwide Insurance

David Lagunes, Nationwide Insurance

George Long, Mass Mutual Financial Group

Charles Lorenzo Lopez, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas Inc.

Briana Lyssy, Marathon Oil Corporation

Elizabeth Martinez, Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc.

David Martinez, USAA

David Meadows, City of San Antonio

Carrie Merson, San Antonio River Authority

Tina Montoya, Lonestar Pest Solutions

Ruth Morris,  University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio

Benjamin Perez, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas Inc.

Enrique Rivas, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, Inc.

Karen Rolirad, City of San Antonio

Hernan Rozemberg, Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG)

Javier Salazar, San Antonio Police Department

Thomas Sanchez, CPS Energy

Luis Sandoval, Sweb Development

Zach Shannon, Northwestern Mutual

Paul Snyder, U.S. Army

Robert Vasquez, San Antonio Water System

Christopher Villa, Office of San Antonio City Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran

Vanessa Villarreal, Frost Bank

Adam Zarb-Cousin, Rackspace




A special thanks goes out to the 2016 ABLDP Steering Committee:


            Andrew Casillas, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP – Steering Committee Tri-Chair

            Jenee Margo Gonzales, Marianist Province of the United States – Steering Committee Tri-Chair

            William Long, RJ RIVERA Associates, Inc. – Steering Committee Tri-Chair

            Winslow Swart, 2016 Facilitator

            Alberto Altamirano, Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization

            Elvia Bara, Generations Federal Credit Union

            Adriana Becerra, Pre-K 4 SA

            Jacob Cavazos, Frost Bank

            KJ Feder, CPS Energy

            Cecilia Garcia-Hours, TBG Partners

            Imelda Guzman, Methodist Healthcare System

            Maria Hernandez, Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc.

            Tristan Maldonado, Small Business Owner

            Michelle Martinez, Communications Consultant

            Jason Rodriguez, VIA Metropolitan Transit

            Gary Thobaben, Nationwide Insurance


For more information about the Alexander Briseño Leadership Development Program please contact Brianna Dimas at or (210) 208-8208 or visit our website at