Saturday, September 23, 2017

Hispanic Business Convention of Texas Public Itinerary

THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, 2017

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM REGISTRATION / INFORMATION
ROOM: Adjacent to Lobby
Registration for the Convention and/or Individual Events.

10:00 AM – 2:30 PM SUPPLIERS AND BUYERS NETWORKING
ROOM: Lindbergh Ballroom
SPONSOR: Ford
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?

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM CREATE A ROCKING SERVICE CULTURE
ROOM: Zeppelin
A rocking service culture is high touch, anticipatory and personal. The best service cultures in the world create an environment where people like to work and do business. Learn how to create consistency and energy in your operation. Discuss strategies to create the nurturing team. Strengthen your team and individual recognition efforts to reach high goals.

Bernie Vasquez, Chief Development Officer & Global Service Trainer, Service Advisor USA
I am in the confidence business. I prepare staff to handle encounters with energy and strength. I assist organizations in the transformation of their service cultures by providing practical service strategies that drive business results. I grow experiences by equipping service professionals with the tools designed to build passionate guest loyalty.

Garry Abbs, Service Advisors, USA
Mr. Garry Abbs brings over 30 years of hospitality experience with some of the world’s most renowned hotels, resorts, casinos, spas, and cruise lines. He is the founder of American Culinary & Cruise Line Academy in India and co-founder of Service Advisor USA.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MARKETING: KNOW YOUR BRAND
ROOM: Zeppelin
This presentation covers the secrets of emotional marketing to grow your brand and have it resonated with your clients.
Art Sobarzo, Director of Marketing, Telemundo

Art Sobarzo is the Director of Marketing for KXTX Telemundo 39. Since September of 2012, his innovative marketing strategies and creative initiatives have made a powerful and positive impact in North Texas. For over 25 years, Sobarzo has been a top-level media executive for some of the most powerful media companies in the world. An award-winning Marketing and Branding Manager, his expertise and creativity have been crucial to the recent ratings success for Telemundo 39. Born in Chihuahua Mexico and reared in Texas, Sobarzo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Texas A&M University and is an active coach, mentor and proud father to his three children.

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM LUNCH ON THE GO
ROOM: Lindbergh Ballroom
Take a quick break, grab a box lunch, and continue networking.

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM BUSINESS EXHIBITOR SET UP
ROOM: Adjacent to Lobby
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.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ACCESS TO CAPITAL
ROOM: Zeppelin
Understand your requirements and options for traditional and non-traditional funding for your business.

Juan Carlos “J.C.” González, Vice President / Branch Manager II, Wells Fargo Bank
A native of Dallas, Juan Carlos “J.C.” González has been in the financial and banking industry since 1997. He leads a team of 12 members including, 6 personal bankers/business advocates who are dedicated to helping small business clients in starting their business, expanding and reaching financial goals. Under his guidance, his team is involved in projects which include teaching “How to Start a Business” Seminar Series with the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association, Irving Hispanic Chamber, and Collin County College. In 2016, J.C. received the Wells Fargo Service Award for his work with the Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation, was recognized as “Héroe de la Comunidad” (Community Hero) by the Texas Rangers Foundation, Irving Hispanic Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year, and Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. In February of 2017, J.C. received the Member of the Year (Private Sector) Award from the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association.

Rosie Rueda, Legacy Bank
Rosie Rueda has recently started as Assistant VP, Small Business Development Officer with Legacy Texas Bank. Prior to that, Rosie was a Senior Business Development Manager in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for LiftFund Inc., formerly Accion Texas Inc., the nation’s largest nonprofit, small business microlender. Rueda managed the small business lending and education programs for the area. Other responsibilities included developing and managing the portfolio for the North Texas region through building strong relationship with community partners. Prior to her role as Senior Business Development Manager, Rueda served as loan officer for LiftFund Inc. She was responsible for analyzing loan applications, coordinating loan closings, preparing recommendations for approvals and sustaining a productive relationship with borrowers. In 2015, Rueda served as one of the founding members of The Latina Coalition with the Department of Labor. Rueda was a major contributor to LiftFund, Inc.’s nearly $22 million in loans disbursed to small businesses, since the office was established in 1999.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
ROOM: Wright
Closed Meeting for the TAMACC Executive Committee

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM BUSINESS PLAN AND LEGAL STRUCTURES
ROOM: Zeppelin
Start your business the right way, from the beginning, with a great business plan and by protecting yourself and your business.

Juan Carlos “J.C.” González, Vice President / Branch Manager II, Wells Fargo Bank
A native of Dallas, Juan Carlos “J.C.” González has been in the financial and banking industry since 1997. He leads a team of 12 members including, 6 personal bankers/business advocates who are dedicated to helping small business clients in starting their business, expanding and reaching financial goals. Under his guidance, his team is involved in projects which include teaching “How to Start a Business” Seminar Series with the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association, Irving Hispanic Chamber, and Collin County College. In 2016, J.C. received the Wells Fargo Service Award for his work with the Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation, was recognized as “Héroe de la Comunidad” (Community Hero) by the Texas Rangers Foundation, Irving Hispanic Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year, and Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. In February of 2017, J.C. received the Member of the Year (Private Sector) Award from the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association.

John Rizo, Rizo & Associated, PLLC
John Rizo is a 1984 graduate of the Harvard Law School and has 32 years of experience in the practice of law. He has served as an Assistant District Attorney for Dallas County, in-house counsel for J. C. Penney, and has worked in several civil law firms. He is of Hispanic origin and is bilingual (Spanish/English). He currently serves as an Associate Municipal Court Judge for the City of Duncanville, Texas. Mr. Rizo is admitted to practice before all courts of the State of Texas, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, and Fifth Circuits. Mr. Rizo is a volunteer with Youth Ministry at his church as well a Commissioner of Adult and Family Ministry. He is a member of the Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

2:45 PM – 4:00 PM GOVERNMENT AGENCY AND MOC PARTNERS’ MEETING
ROOM: Lindbergh Ballroom
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: Secretary of State, Honorable Rolando Pablos
Governor Greg Abbott appointed Rolando B. Pablos to serve as the 111th Texas Secretary of State on January 5, 2017. Secretary Pablos has a long history of public service including numerous local, state and federal appointments. Most recently, he served as commissioner on the Texas Racing Commission and the Public Utility Commission of Texas. Pablos was the founding CEO of the El Paso-based Borderplex Alliance. As a bi-national economic development organization, the Borderplex Alliance helped promote prosperity and strengthen trade and commercial relationships on both sides of the US-Mexico border. Both as a state official and in private practice as a lawyer, Secretary Pablos has played critical roles in the advancement of international trade with Texas, especially through his advocacy for cross-border collaboration between the U.S. and Mexico. Secretary Pablos also served as Honorary Consul to Spain, working to ensure the formation and development of business and diplomatic relationships. Secretary Pablos is a licensed attorney and founding partner of RB Pablos P.C. He and his wife, Dr. Laura San Martin, live in Austin with their four children, Cristina, David, Mia and Andrea.
Closed Meeting for the Federal, State, Local Agencies, and University Purchasers and HUB Coordinators

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM WELCOME RECEPTION AND OPENING CELEBRATION
ROOM: Atrium
GUEST SPEAKERS: Honorable Richard Stopfer, Mayor of Irving
Honorable Dr. Elba Garcia, Dallas County Commissioner
Reconnecting with the TAMACC family and network with Irving elected officials, state agencies, corporate representatives, and leaders from around the state.

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM IZIS ROSARIO “LA ENFERMERA DE LA SALSA”
ROOM: Atrium
Izis Rosario is a Puerto Rico native, Army Brat, Registered Nurse, serving in the U.S. Army, an entrepreneur/CEO of Cocolawear, musician, songwriter, and singer. Throughout her childhood Salsa music was the connection to her family, Puerto Rico, language, and the understanding of what it is to be a Latina. Izis has performed with many famous artists such as Tito Puente Jr., Maelo Ruiz, Yoko la Japonesa Salsera, and many others. She has also performed at the Essence Festival in Louisiana, in many different Riverwalk official Fiesta events, and has also sang the national anthem in many military and civilian ceremonies. Salsa has been what has kept this singer, songwriter, artist, solider, nurse, and businesswoman attached to her roots and culture.

10:00 PM – 12:00 AM HOSPITALITY SUITE
ROOM: Earhart
A convention is not complete without a couple of hospitality suites. This is just a fun event to unwind and to socially network with the other attendees and friends.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2017

7:00 AM – 8:30 AM CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
ROOM: Lindbergh Ballroom Foyer
Attendees enjoy a light Continental Breakfast

7:00 AM – 8:45 AM BUSINESS EXHIBITOR SET UP
ROOM: Adjacent to Lobby
Vendor booths set up in time for the Ribbon Cutting

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM REGISTRATION / INFORMATION
ROOM: Adjacent to Lobby
Registration for the Convention and/or Individual Events.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM CORPORATE PARTNERS’ MEETING
ROOM: Wright
Closed meeting for the TAMACC Corporate and Future Partners

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM HISPANIC WOMEN’S NETWORK OF TEXAS BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING
ROOM: Hughes
Closed Board Meeting for the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM BUSINESS EXPO RIBBON CUTTING
ROOM: Adjacent to Lobby
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: Adjacent to Lobby
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 THE ADVANTAGES OF THE HISTORICALLY UNDERUTILIZED BUSINESSES (HUB) PROGRAM CERTIFICATION AND THE BENEFITS TO BECOMING CERTIFIED WITH THE STATE OF TEXAS
ROOM: Gallagher
The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts office will provide information on how to become HUB certified and the advantages of being registered with the state’s Centralized Master Bidders list (CMBL) and the benefits of HUB certification.

Delia Lopez Molina, HUB Marketing Specialist with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in the Statewide Procurement Division (SPD)
Delia Lopez Molina is the (HUB) Marketing Specialist with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in the Statewide Procurement Division (SPD). This position is responsible for project management, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the Statewide HUB certification program. Additionally, promoting the statewide HUB program in business development and outreach services at economic opportunity forums statewide. Delia has participated in promoting minority equal opportunity at Texas State University’s Hispanic Policy Network and Texas Department of Transportation’s Hispanic Advisory Committees. Ms. Molina earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from Saint Edwards University.

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM DOING BUSINESS WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM
ROOM: Gallagher
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 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 – 11:45 AM SHE’S ON A MISSION
ROOM: Zeppelin
This heart to heart panel will allow successful women business owners to share their personal stories in overcoming challenges, advancing their business and women in leadership.

Linda Medina-Lopez, Chief Empowerment Officer, She’s on a Mission, LLC
Linda Medina-Lopez received her Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2001 and Master’s in Education with Honors from Concordia University Austin in 2005. Linda currently serves as the Chief Empowerment Officer of her business, She’s on a Mission, a women’s empowerment company, shesonamission.com. An entrepreneur at heart, she also owns a wedding day coordinating business, www.blossombelleweddings.com. In 2006 at the age of 26, she founded the Young Hispanic Professional Association of Austin (YHPAA). YHPAA supports and encourages higher education through scholarships and mentorship programs. Linda currently serves on the SXSWedu National Advisory Board. She has served on the Boards of Leadership Austin, Chair of “See Jane Give,” City of Austin Commission for Women, Chair of Concordia University Alumni Association and the UTEP Alumni Austin Chapter. She is a proud graduate of Leadership Austin Essential 2009, Hispanic Austin Leadership 2008 and Leadership Austin Emerge 2007. In 2010, she won the Austin Under 40 Education category and was a finalist for the Austinite of the Year; and in 2015, she was named a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Central Texas. She was selected by Rack Room Shoes as the Texas Woman Philanthropy Role Model in 2009 and featured her in People en Espanol & Vanidades magazines and honored as Top 25 Austin Hispanic Influencers in 2007. Outside of work she enjoys playing tennis, cooking, traveling and spending time with her husband Joe and raising their twin bundles of joy, their boys Gabriel and Marco.

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM LATINA EMPOWERMENT LUNCHEON
LOCATION: Lindbergh Ballroom
SPONSOR: Walmart
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Paula Mendoza, President and Chief Executive Officer, Possible Missions, Inc.
Native Houstonian, Paula Mendoza is an entrepreneur, innovator, advocate, barrier-breaker and tireless volunteer recognized not only for the quality of her work, but for the passion she brings to every endeavor. Under her leadership, Possible Missions, Inc. (PM), a company she established in 2001, specializes in Project Management Offices (PMOs) throughout all industries and has experienced exponential growth. Paula’s humility, discernment and sense of fair play are evidenced by her service as past Chairman of the State of Texas Ethics Commission where she remains a commissioner, as a past board member of the Texas Board of Public Accountants and as past Chairman of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC). In October 2013, Mendoza was appointed to the University of Houston System Board of Regents, by the Governor of Texas for a five-year term.

MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES: Rebecca Aguilar, Social Media Columnist, Latina Style Magazine
Rebecca Aguilar is a multiple Emmy-award winning reporter with more than three decades of experience. Today she has 50 award and nominations for her journalism work. Aguilar’s reports have helped shut down a corrupt school system, create federal policies and put crooks in jail. Aguilar is currently the Vice President of the Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth Chapter. She’s also the social media columnist for Latina Style magazine. Aguilar is also the founder of Wise Latinas Linked, one of the largest Latina networking groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.

AWARDEES: Businesswoman of the Year
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. Paula Mendoza, will provide an inspirational message for our Latina business owners, future entrepreneurs, and a reminder of how empowering women truly are in Texas.

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM DOING BUSINESS WITH THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
ROOM: Gallagher
The Texas Department of Transportation has many resources and opportunities. Learn how to navigate the web site and understand what resources are available to your business.

Carlton Cooper, Business Development Specialist for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)
Mr. Cooper is deeply committed to helping increase DBE certification and participation for business contracting opportunities with TxDOT. He has been instrumental in promoting TxDOT’s statewide training, technical assistance and business development programs throughout its 25-district territory. Cooper serves as liaison for Texas Association of African Americans Chamber of Commerce (TAAACC) and Texas Association of Mexican Americans Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC). He is the Program Administrator for the Texas Business Opportunity Development (TBOD) training program in partnership with Texas Southern University, Prairie View A&M, Delmar College and University of Texas San Antonio. Before landing his current position at TxDOT, Cooper served as the Director of Athletics at Texas A&M University-Commerce from 2007-2012. During his tenure as the director of athletics, Cooper made history for the Lions with athletic facility improvements that included the football stadium’s visitors’ side seating along with a new state of the art scoreboard, football locker room. In addition to the new improvements, Cooper raised funds for a new academic center for athletics that did not exist in Division II athletics. Cooper’s solid administrative management skills have afforded him opportunities to manage other noteworthy projects to his credit which also include the 2000 NCAA Women’s Soccer Final Four and 2001 NCAA Men’s Soccer Final Four in Dallas. Cooper completed his master’s degree at Southern Methodist University and bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an active member of both universities’ academia and athletic programs.

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM DO YOU HAVE THE SKILLS TO PAY THE BILLS?
ROOM: Zeppelin
This session will show you the business industries that have been growing the most in the modern Texas economy as well as the occupations, hard skills, soft skills, and certifications most in demand right now by Texas companies. We will also discuss the fuzzy connection between education, employment and pay.

Mick Normington, Business Specialist, Texas Workforce Commission
Mick Normington works for the state labor department where he looks for trends in employment and skills. Mick co-wrote the book “Working Texas Style” about the fast-changing labor economy in Texas after the Great Recession. He later wrote the publication “An Atmosphere of Enterprise” about job creating trends in Texas. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri, his MBA degree from the University of Georgia, and his master’s in economic development from the University of Southern Mississippi. Mick gathers data on the jobs market and interviews company executives about the kind of workers and skills they need and why.

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM MARKETING TIPS FOR SUCCESS IN THE HUB PROGRAM
ROOM: Gallagher
Presenting data mining tools that will help small minority businesses market to state government. Learn how to obtain historical information on state government procurement and use it to formulate a marketing plan, as well as identify tools to assist you in business development.

Laura Cagle-Hinojosa, Manager of the Statewide (HUB) Program, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in the Statewide Procurement Division
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 (1993), Ms. Hinojosa was assigned to implement the Historically Underutilized Business Program (HUB) at the agency. In 2009, Ms. Hinojosa procured the position of HUB Program Coordinator for Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) where she oversaw the HUB and EPA DBE program for the agency. Under Laura’s management, TCEQ received a national award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington D.C. in June 2014 for the agency’s small business program. Laura has been involved in the HUB program in one capacity or another from the program’s inception and today continues to advocate for small businesses.

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE FOR EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP
ROOM: Zeppelin
During this session learn the importance of Effective Intelligence; Personal and Social Competence; then how to deliver results. This is a fast-paced interactive leadership session with a lot of information that you will be able to utilize in your every-day lives.

Rogelio Marroquin, Certified Executive Coach
Rogelio is a Certified Executive Coach with over 25 years of experience in helping leaders in their efforts of achieving exceptional results. Before starting his practice, he eld executive level positions in Operations, Sales, and Customer Service for a Fortune 500 Company. Working with leaders around the world has given him insights into coaching others to think and work more strategically, while achieving set goals and objectives. In addition, Rogelio has been a Leadership Instructor & Coach for non- profit organizations for over 10 years. In 2015, he launched his own consulting practice with the intention of using his practical experience, his knowledge of leadership effectiveness and management development to help individuals and businesses achieve their potential. Throughout his career, Rogelio personally experienced the coaching process himself and has since taken what he learned to pay it forward. In working with clients one-on-one, Rogelio helps them develop new insights about their strengths and opportunities, assists them in creating individual development plans, and coaches them to discover and improve their leadership skills. Rogelio is originally from Monterrey, Mexico and makes Houston, Texas his home.

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM HOW YOU CAN INCREASE YOUR BOTTOM LINE WITH A DBE CERTIFICATION?
ROOM: Gallagher
The Texas Department of Transportation office will provide information to become DBE Certified and the benefits.

Joe Sanchez, Jr., Program Specialist II, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Office of Civil Rights, Federal Programs
Joe Sanchez Jr. currently works with minority- and women-owned businesses to certify them as disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE) for participation on federally funded projects and provides outreach services to firms wanting to do business with TxDOT. He has worked for over three years at TxDOT. Sanchez has more than 20 years of government service work relating to procurement opportunities for socially and economically disadvantaged businesses. He has an extensive background with outreach, certification and contract compliance services. Through his experience working with all facets of minority business procurement, Sanchez has developed a vast knowledge of the federal, state and city regulations, laws and ordinances relating to the utilization of socially and economically disadvantaged businesses. Joe is married with two children. He is a native Austinite and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM MEET THE MILLENNIALS – YOUR NEW WORKFORCE
ROOM: Zeppelin
As a generational group, they are larger than Baby Boomers and have already outnumbered non-millennials by more than 22 million persons. Texas companies need to better understand this generation to establish long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with these, relatively new, members of our workforce. During this presentation, we will address important characteristics that you need to keep in mind while hiring and retaining Millennial staff members, such as: Diversity within their Cohort; Latino Millennials – a group within a group; Their Unique Family Experience; Education; Communication Style; Their Outlook on Life; Civic-mindedness; and Generational Values. Attend this session to gain important insights that will positively impact your business.

Juan Tornoe, Partner, and CMO, Cultural Strategies
Juan has been working for more than 18 years on the media, agency and client sides of the marketing and advertising industry in a wide range of businesses, from owner-operated small companies to Fortune 1000s. While at LatinWorks Marketing, Juan’s strategic planning and consumer research informed marketing programs for ESPN Deportes and Domino’s Pizza, among others. He is partner and CMO at Cultural Strategies, overseeing the firm’s planning, development, and execution of client work, mostly on the Healthcare, Local Government, Nonprofit, and Education industries. Juan serves as a board member for Any Baby Can Child and Family Resource Center, contributing to their marketing and communications efforts. Currently he is a Frank McBee Jr. Fellow at the Austin Area Research Organization. His blog, Hispanic Trending, launched in 2004, is the leading Latino marketing and advertising blog. In addition to being an international public speaker, Juan’s insights have appeared on leading national media outlet such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, Los Angeles Times, NPR, BBC, and Univision. Juan earned an MBA, with emphasis in marketing and total productivity management, from Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM MEMBER PRESIDENTS’ MEETING
ROOM: Hughes
Closed Meeting for the Member Presidents or Executive Directors

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM IRVING HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE– CASINO NIGHT
ROOM: Lindbergh Ballroom
Enjoy the hospitality at the Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Casino Night for a night of gambling for fun in poker, black jack, roulette, and dice; food and friendship with a little music to cap the night. The cost is only $20.00 per person, paid at the door, for an evening of entertainment.

10:00 PM DEADLINE FOR DELEGATE LIST FROM MEMBERS FOR ANNUAL MEETING
ROOM: Yeager
TAMACC Members provide their Delegate List to Belinda Aleman-Cruz, TAMACC Staff, of those attending the Annual Meeting for voting eligibility.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2017

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM TAMACC PREVIOUS CHAIRS’ BREAKFAST
LOCATION: Hughes
Closed Breakfast for the TAMACC Previous Chairs to Share Tales of Leading TAMACC throughout the 42 years.

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM REGISTRATION / INFORMATION
LOCATION: Lindbergh Ballroom Foyer
Registration for the Convention and/or Individual Events.

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM THE TRUTH ABOUT SANCTUARY CITIES: WHAT IS YOUR COST?
ROOM: Lindbergh Ballroom
This plenary session is focused on informing businesses and the community about the pros and cons of sanctuary cities. This is an open discussion about the human and monetary consequences that will come from the removal or keeping of sanctuary cities.

Faye Kolly, Partner, DeMott, McChesney, Curtright & Armendariz
Faye Kolly is a native Texan born in Abilene and raised in South Texas. Ms. Kolly is a graduate from the University of Notre Dame (BA Pol. Sci), and Saint Louis University School of Law. Ms. Kolly’s mother is from Mexico and her father is a native Texan of Polish descent. She is fluent in Spanish. Ms. Kolly has represents clients in a wide range of immigration matters. She has focused her practice in business immigration law for over a decade, but her wide breadth of experience means that she brings a nuanced view to immigration strategy that considers all possible avenues for relief. Ms. Kolly is a frequent volunteer and presenter at immigration-related events including giving public testimony before the Texas House and Senate Committees regarding immigration related issues. This year Ms. Kolly was awarded the Texas Chapter Pro Bono Champion Award by the American Immigration Lawyers Association for her work on SB4 at the Texas legislature. U.S. News and World Report recognized DMCA as a “Best Law” firm for 2016 and 2017.

North Texas Dream Team
The North Texas Dream Team (NTDT), founded in April 2010, is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization affiliated with the national United We Dream (UWD) network. NTDT’s mission is to advance the dreams and goals of students; to educate and bring awareness to everyone when it comes to issues in our communities, regardless of race or ethnicity. NTDT, being a lead community advocacy organization for DACA-eligible students in North Texas, has organized legal clinics and educational forums with trained volunteers and attorneys since the announcement of the executive action in 2012. To date, NTDT has assisted over 7,000 DACA-eligible students. Through appointments, DACA candidates receive assistance by trained volunteers in filling out the application and compiling evidence, as well as, receive free legal review from pro bono immigration attorneys.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM LET THE ROBOTS DO THE WORK
ROOM: Lindbergh Ballroom
This plenary session will be used to inform businesses about the use of technology in our world today. Businesses will receive the opportunity to leave with ideas on how they can implement this technology. Our speakers will not only inform our audience but demonstrate live robots they have constructed.

Israel Mejia, Ph.D., Research Scientist, University of Texas at Dallas
Dr. Israel Mejia, received his BE in Electrical Engineering with distinctions from the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City in 2003. After achieving a Ph.D. from CINVESTAV in 2010, he joined the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) as a Research Scientist for the department of Materials Science and Engineering. As a key link between academia and industry, Dr. Mejia’s work primarily involves leading research teams in using innovative approaches to design, fabricate and characterize semiconductor devices for implementation in novel, cutting-edge microelectronic applications, integration processes and circuits. His research is supported by The National Science Foundation (NSF), Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), Texas Instruments and the CONACyT. As a consultant, Israel has been instrumental in the success of tech startups such as MicroSol Technologies Inc. and Nanoholdings LLC which also support his research. Dr. Mejia has been the leading author in several dozen refereed journal papers and has more than 490 citations up to date. Through RTM-Dallas, Dr. Mejia promotes science, technology, arts and business between Mexico and the rest of the world. His most recent appointment as Chair of the Professional Development Committee for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) in Dallas allows him to oversee implementation of programs and activities targeted at developing leadership and professional skills among the SHPEDFW membership base.

Christine Pollei, President and Executive Director, For Inspirational and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST)
Christine has spent the last twelve years effectively informing and transitioning organizations of all types and sizes. An experienced multi-sector change manager and organizational developer, Christine is fluent in establishing processes to identify, develop and solicit alternative funding sources and revenue streams as well as developing sustainable growth models. Most recently, Christine served as the CEO of Marathon Kids, a national NPO headquartered in Austin, TX. During her tenure, Marathon Kids grew their national programmatic footprint from three states to forty-seven states and doubled and diversified their revenue stream. Pollei is a 1991 graduate from Baylor University.

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM LUNCH ON THE GO
ROOM: Atrium
Take a break and enjoy a box lunch.

12:30 PM – 4:00 PM TAMACC ANNUAL MEETING
ROOM: Lindbergh Ballroom
Elections, Voting for future Conventions and Quarterly Meetings, Regional Delegation Meetings, TAMACC in Review of the Previous Year and projections for the 43rd year of this organization.

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CHAIRMAN’S RECEPTION
ROOM: Bond
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: Lindbergh Ballroom
SPONSOR: Coca-Cola
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Honorable Hector V. Barreto
The Honorable Hector V. Barreto, Chairman of The Latino Coalition (TLC), one of the largest and most effective Latino advocacy groups in the nation. TLC’s stature in the business and political community has grown steadily since Barreto took the helm of the organization in 2006. TLC’s growing influence, membership and partnerships are all evidence of the effectiveness of his leadership approach. Barreto served five years as the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration after being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He led the SBA to record heights of support for small-businesses, especially minority and female entrepreneurs who had historically been under-served, by leveraging a loan portfolio that exceeded $60 billion. Barreto is the author of The Engine of America, a book dedicated to motivating and inspiring entrepreneurs through real life stories and the winning formulas of successful business leaders.

MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES: Rebecca Aguilar, Social Media Columnist, Latina Style Magazine
Rebecca Aguilar is a multiple Emmy-award winning reporter with more than three decades of experience. Today she has 50 award and nominations for her journalism work. Aguilar’s reports have helped shut down a corrupt school system, create federal policies and put crooks in jail. Aguilar is currently the Vice President of the Society of Professional Journalists, Fort Worth Chapter. She’s also the social media columnist for Latina Style magazine. Aguilar is also the founder of Wise Latinas Linked, one of the largest Latina networking groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.

AWARDEES: From Various Local Hispanic Chambers Statewide
The Chairman’s Gala is a black-tie event that is the close of another successful convention of Hispanic businesses and stakeholders of Texas. During the gala there are notable speakers, awards, and the induction of the 2017 – 2018 Executive Committee.

10:00 PM – 2:00 AM HOSPITALITY SUITE
ROOM: Earhart
A fun event to celebrate, unwind, and say goodbye until next year.

CONFIRMED VIPS AND SPEAKERS

Rebecca Aguilar Social Media Columnist, Latina Style Magazine

Rolando Barrera TAMACC Chairman 2013-2015

Honorable Hector V. Barreto Chairman, The Latino Coalition, Former Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

Honorable Dr. Elba Garcia Dallas County Commissioner

J.R. Gonzales TAMACC Chairman 1999-2001, USHCC Chairman 2002-2004, USHCC President and CEO 2004

Sam Guzman TAMACC Chairman 1988-1990, 2008-2009, 2015-2018, TAMACC President 2000-2002, 2009-2011

Alex Jimenez TAMACC Chairman 2009-2011

Joe Lopez TAMACC Chairman 2003-2005

Paula Mendoza TAMACC Chairman 2005-2007, University of Houston System Board of Regents

Antonio Morales American G.I. Forum

Honorable Rolando Pablos Texas Secretary of State

Abel Quintela TAMACC Chairman 1981-1983

Nelson Rodriguez TAMACC Chairman 1978-1979, First Elected President of the USHCC

Honorable Richard H. Stopfer Mayor of Irving

Honorable Royce West Texas State Senator, Honorary Convention Chair