TAMACC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1975. It was originally composed of fewer than twenty courageous Hispanic small-business owners interested in realizing greater success for themselves and other Hispanic entrepreneurs. The organization gained momentum and steadily grew and developed its focus of promoting business leadership, creating economic opportunities, and providing legislative and business advocacy for the 450,000+ Hispanic businesses in Texas.
Today, the association consists of twenty-four local Hispanic chambers of commerce throughout Texas and Oklahoma, representing over 15,000 Hispanic business members from a wide spectrum of industries. TAMACC is recognized as one the most prominent and influential state Hispanic chamber associations in the country and one of the most influential Hispanic organizations in the state.
TAMACC conducts an annual statewide conference, legislative event, and a legislative advocacy program. The organization provides technical assistance and support to its chamber members, is active in the development of new chambers, and fosters mutually beneficial relationships with corporate America through its Corporate Partner Program.
The infrastructure to support TAMACC includes legal, accounting, administrative management, lobbying and other professional services for various aspects of the organization’s management.
1975 – President: Mario Cadena
- Several businessmen met in Austin to discuss the possibility of forming a statewide association; Mario Cadena of Dallas, Marcel Rocha of Austin, Ron Fernandez of Fort Worth and Pete Zepeda of Fort Worth, founded TAMACC on June 21.
- The secretary of state approved the articles of incorporation for the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce on November 3.
1976 – President: Rene Gutierrez
- 1st Annual Convention with 100 attendees in August held in Dallas: “The Mexican-Americans – An Economic Awareness.”
- TAMACC had its first annual meeting in Irving on November 22. Representatives met to discuss the future of TAMACC. There were 100 attendants and Henry Cisneros was the keynote speaker.
- TAMACC representatives were invited by President Ford to visit Washington, DC.
- Raul Jimenez from San Antonio received the first TAMACC Hispanic Business of the Year Award.
- SER-OMBRE (staff) began to organize new chambers: La Feria, Mercedes, Temple, Wichita Falls, Raymondville, San Benito and Harlingen.
1977 – President: Mario Perez
- 2nd Annual Convention with over 300 attendees July 14 – 16 held is McAllen: “TAMACC – Leadership in Action.” SER-OMBE assisted in organization development. Nelson Rodriguez, Gilbert Garcia, Bob Montales and A1 Salgado helped organize over 15 local chambers
- Ignacio Cisneros from Odessa received TAMACC Hispanic Businessman of the Year Award.
1978 – President: Nelson Rodriguez
- 3rd Annual Convention with over 700 attendees June 28 – July 1 held in Austin: “TAMACC – Awaken Economically.” There were over twenty-five chambers represented.
- TAMACC elected Nelson Rodriguez as president of the United States Hispanic Chamber and the steering committee was formed.
- TAMACC was recognized as a strong viable organization in the state of Texas.
1979 – President: Pete Zepeda
- 4th Annual Convention July 19 – 21 held in Lubbock: “We Bring Your Business … Business.”
- First Trade Fair and United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce joint convention. Over 13 state chamber organizations attended. The keynote speaker was George W. Bush.
- Mario Salinas from Odessa received TAMACC Hispanic Businessman of the Year.
- Nelson Rodriguez was elected as the first National Chairman of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
- TAMACC and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce launched their first trade mission to La Paz, Baja California in Mexico.
1980 – President: Pete Martinez
- 5th Annual Convention July 17 – 20 held in Dallas: “Hispanic Challenge for the 80s.”
1981 – President: Abel Quintanilla
- 6th Annual Convention July 30 – August 2 held in San Antonio.
1982 – President: Abel Quintanilla
- 7th Annual Convention July 28 – 30 held in Forth Worth.
- TAMACC established a permanent office and for the first time started to pay rent on its lease
1983 – President: Thomas Suniga
- 8th Annual Convention July 28 – 30 held in Austin.
- TAMACC obtained financial assistance from the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
1984 – President: Rudy B. Flores
- 9th Annual Convention and Trade Fair July 25 – 28 with sixteen chambers and over 3,000 attendees in Laredo: “A Challenging Reality: Hispanic Business.”
1985 – President: Rudy B. Flores
- 10th Annual Convention July 17 – 20 with twenty-seven chambers and over 4,000 attendees held in San Antonio: “Hispanic Business: A Dynamic Influence.”
- TAMACC is recognized as the leader of Hispanic Business in Texas and the Corporate Partnership Program was established.
1986 – President: Pete Martinez
- 11th Annual Convention held in Waco: “A Bridge to Better Business.” Coors developed a working Partnership with TAMACC and became a Corporate Sponsor.
- Step Up To Success Minority Youth Business Leadership development programs were conducted throughout the state.
- 1st Legislative Forum on April 16 held in Austin. It was the first official working partnership between Texas corporations, the Hispanic business community and State Legislators.
- Initiated an annual “Strategic Planning Conference” in San Antonio.
1987 – President: Pete Martinez
12th Annual Convention July 30 – August 1 with twenty-three chambers and over 5,000 attendees held in Houston: “A Challenge for Growth.”
1988 – Chairman: Sam Guzman; President: Joe H. Morin
- 13th Annual Convention with twenty-three chambers and over 5,000 attendees held in Midland: “Hispanics in Pursuit of Excellence.”
- Introduced the Chair of Women’s Issues.
- Initiated the process to work on promoting Small Business Administration in collaboration with the Texas Department of Commerce.
- TAMACC received the C-Flag Award from President Reagan, which placed TAMACC within a select group of companies and associations that demonstrated a strong public spirit nationwide.
- TAMACC President, Pete Martinez, participated in a trade Mission to Spain May 27 – June 5.
1989 – Chairman: Sam Guzman; President: Joe H. Morin
- 14th Annual Convention July 27 – 29 with twenty-three chambers and over 5,000 attendees in Austin: “Hispanic Business: Leadership for the Emerging Majority.”
- The TAMACC Educational Development Foundation was established and incorporated in the state of Texas.
1990 – Chairman: Freddy Rios; President: Joe H. Morin
- 15th Annual Convention with twenty-three chambers and over 5,000 attendees held in Victoria: “Hispanic Business: Meeting the Educational Challenge of the 90s.”
- In March, the TAMACC Educational Development Foundation received its 501 (c) (3) recognition from the Internal Revenue Service.
- TAMACC participated in a Free Trade Agreement Program with CANACO in Mexico City on December 8.
1991 – Chairman: Freddy Rios; President: Joe H. Morin
- 16th Annual Convention July 25 – 28 held in Lubbock: “Economic Difference for Texas.”
1992 – Chairman: Ernesto Chavarria; President: Joe H. Morin
- 17th Annual Convention with twenty-eight chambers and over 5,000 attendees held in San Antonio: “The Spirit of Trade: Ideas for Tomorrow’s Business.”
- The Trade Show featured over 100 business exhibitors. This was the largest turnout in history of TAMACC.
- TAMACC traveled to Mexico City and attended a meeting with president Salinas and CANACO representatives. TAMACC participated in Petrochem International Trade Show.
- TAMACC attended the National Communication Forum in Chicago, Illinois.
- TAMACC announced the creation of the Chairman’s Women in Leadership Task Force to address issues and opportunities for Hispanic Women in the 90s.
1993 – Chairman: Ernesto Chavarria; President: Joe H. Morin
- 18th Annual Convention with twenty-eight chambers and over 6,000 attendees held in El Paso: “Business Leadership for Texas.”
- Nations Bank joins TAMACC on April 6 by becoming a Corporate Sponsor.
- TAMACC had a delegation in Washington, DC.
1994 – Chairman: Dr. Jim Rodriguez; President: Joe H. Morin
- 19th Annual Convention and Business Expo July 28 – 30 held in Fort Worth.
- Passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was one of the association’s most formidable endeavors.
- TAMACC successfully initiated and passed a legislative bill (SJ9) that went before the state electorate in a general election (Proposition 1).
- TAMACC successfully established the Texas Business Center.
- TAMACC and Chairman Ernesto Chavarria were published in the April 18 edition of Fortune magazine.
- The Grand Prairie Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Brownsville/South Texas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce joined TAMACC.
1995 – Chairman: Dr. Jim Rodriguez; President: Joe H. Morin
- 20TH Annual Convention and Business Expo held in Dallas.
1996 – Chairman: Massey Villarreal; President : Joe H. Morin
- 21st Annual Convention held in Austin.
- Developed TAMACC Hispanic Women’s Speaker Bureau, a database of prominent Latinas who are members of Texas Hispanic Chambers.
1997 – Chairman: Massey Villarreal; President: Joe H. Morin
- 22nd Annual Convention and Business Expo July 24 – 26 held in Corpus Christi: “Empowering the Hispanic Business Community.”
- TAMACC hosted its first Leadership Conference April 4 – 5.
- Established the TAMACC Business and Employment News Resource for member exchange of information via the Internet.
- Established the Electronic Newsline: on-line version of TAMACC newsletter.
1998 – Chairwoman: Marilou Martinez Stevens; President: Joe H. Morin
- 23rd Annual Convention July 30 – August 1 held in Houston: “Creating Prosperity through Unity.”
- Established the TAMACC Political Action Committee.
- 1st Management Conference for members and Executive Directors of each member chamber.
- TAMACC secured five new Corporate Partners.
- Established the TAMACC database on the World Wide Web.
- TAMACC won the American Society of Association Executives, “Association Advance America Award” for leadership development.
1999 – Chairman: J.R. Gonzales; President: Dr. Ray Leal
- 24th Annual Convention and Business Expo with thirty-two chambers in attendance held in El Paso: “Hispanic Business in the 21st Century: Designed for Success.
- Joe H. Morin, TAMACC President 1988 – 1999 was awarded the Honorary Lifetime Member of TAMACC.
- Passage of the HUB Bill Program.
2000 – Chairman: J.R. Gonzales; President: Sam Guzman
- 25th Annual Convention held in San Antonio, Texas.
- AT&T became major sponsor.
- TAMACC Headquarters was moved to IH-35 and Oltorf in Austin, Texas.
2001 – Chairman: Ricardo Calderon; President: Sam Guzman
- 26th Annual Convention held in McAllen, Texas: “Hispanic Leadership in Business”.
2002 – Chairman: Ricardo Calderon; President: Carlos Mendoza
- 27th Annual Convention held in Austin, Texas: “Creating Hispanic Wealth in the 21st Century”.
2003 – Chairman: Joe Lopez; President: Carlos Mendoza
- 28th Annual Convention held in Fort Worth, Texas: “The Changing Face of Texas: New Economy, New Opportunity, New Leadership”.
2004 – Chairman: Joe Lopez; President: Carlos Mendoza
- 29th Annual Convention held in Corpus Christi, Texas: “Impacting the Texas Economy”.
2005 – Chairwoman: Paula Mendoza; President: Carlos Mendoza
- 30th Annual Convention held in Houston, Texas.
2006 – Chairwoman: Paula Mendoza; President: John Guerra
- 31th Annual Convention held in El Paso, Texas: “Driving Hispanic Entrepreneurs to the Top”.
2007 – Chairwoman: Arcilia Acosta; President: Frank Cortez
- 32th Annual Convention held in San Antonio, Texas: “El Paseo de Negocios – The Journey of Hispanic Business”.
2008 – Chairman: Sam Guzman; President: Frank Cortez
- 33th Annual Convention held in Austin, Texas.
2009 – Chairman: Alex Jimenez; President: Sam Guzman
- 34th Annual Convention held in McAllen, Texas: “Leadership – Here and Abroad”.
2010 – Chairman: Alex Jimenez; President: Sam Guzman
- Legislative Luncheon held with over 300 attendees in Austin, Texas. Lt. Governor Dewhurst was the guest speaker.
- 35th Annual Conference held in Austin, Texas: “Re-invigorating for a Tough Economy”.
- MOU’s signed with 8 different state agencies.
- University of Texas joined forces with TAMACC to do a statewide survey of Hispanic business owners.
2011 – Chairman: Alex Jimenez; President: Sam Guzman
- Legislative Reception held with over 300 attendees in Austin, Texas. Guest speakers included a few Texas State Senators and Lt. Governor Dewhurst.
- 36th Annual Conference held in Irving, Texas: “The Changing Face of Business”.