By: Allie Gonzales
Thursday February 7, 2019
The retreat was facilitated by J.R. Gonzales, Executive Vice Chair of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC). With Gonzales’ leadership, the strategic planning process implemented prosperity for the future of the CTHCC.
John Montez, Chairman of The Board of Directors, commented on how Gonzales’ ability to facilitate the session and the positive impression he left on the participants.
“It’s really important that we had someone who could challenge us and help us think outside of the box and think outside of what we’ve been doing,” Montez said. “And I think J.R. did a great job of accomplishing that.”
Gonzales’ style nonetheless initiated the shift of focus and energy into the goals of the Chamber. The board members were able to generate plans to launch educational business workshops that will benefit Chamber members.
The Chamber is set to host workshops on entrepreneurship, social media management, QuickBooks, HUB certification obtainment and more throughout 2019.During the retreat with Gonzales board members took the opportunity to develop a timeline and focused goals for the Chamber and its membership. Solano was pleased with the outcome of the weekend. The Chamber board and staff has now rejuvenated and refocused on how to better serve the needs of the Hispanic community and CTHCC.
“The Chamber has made some changes; we have new leadership and it’s OK to do things differently,” Solano said.
The mission, vision and purpose was widely discussed during the strategic planning process. The Board of Directors now have a better understanding and the tools necessary to take the Chamber to the next level.
At the end of the retreat, each participant left with better insight of how to better fulfill the Chamber’s mission.
“I love the fact that the Chamber gives back to the community and now we are launching new programs that will directly benefit our local businesses and Chamber members,” Solano said.