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San Antonio Hispanic Chamber Announces New Leadership

Jan. 16, 2013


Alexander E. Briseño, the new chair of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Alexander E. Briseño, the new chair of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC) announced new officers for its 2013 board of directors and named Alexander E. Briseņo as its new chair. He will be replacing Raul Lomeli.

Mr. Briseņo is a professor of public service in residence at St. Mary's University and a retired San Antonio city manager.

The SAHCC will oversee several key areas of small business within their 14 committees, including legacy, business and economic development, international business and innovation and technology.

"The Hispanic Chamber will continue to be a leading resource for San Antonio businesses and business leaders, building on the legacy of past initiatives," Mr. Briseņo said in a statement. "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," he added.

The SAHCC also identified "influential future leaders," according to a press release. Patricia Pliego Stout of Alamo Travel Group will serve as the 2014 chair-elect. Sonya Medina Williams of Silver Eagle Distributors, will become 2015 chair-elect-elect.

The SAHCC will hold a welcome ceremony on Jan. 25. Other 2013 board members include Zuani Villareal from the Boys and Girls Club, Linda Rivas from SER Jobs for Progress and Roberto Espinosa from Northwestern Mutual.

The SAHCC's 2013 Chairman Advisers are Elaine Mendoza from conceptual Mindworks Inc.; Gisela Girard from Creative Civilization; Hope Andrade, former Secretary of State; Johhny Hernandez from True Flavor Catering; and Berto Guerra from Avanzar Interior Technologies.

"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 SAHCC President and CEO Ramiro Cavazos. "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."

The SAHCC is the first chamber of commerce in San Antonio, and the first Hispanic chamber in America to be accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Upcoming SAHCC events include its 84th annual gala on Friday, Jan. 25 at the Grand Hyatt and the Mexican National Economic Impact Luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the Omni Colonnade Hotel.

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