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¡Avanzando Juntos! Moving forward together!

Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber reaffirms its commitment to business community

“I’m excited about starting the next chapter of progress in our business community through the work of the Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, its volunteers and its nearly 400 business partners in the community,” Hispanic Chamber 2014 President Richard Aguilar said.

“We have some great initiatives and improvements to our member services planned in 2014, and we know with the skills and enthusiasm of our board, we will be successful in our endeavors as advocates of the local business community.”

Aguilar has been an active member of the Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber Board since 2011, and served as the board treasurer for two years. Aguilar is currently the controller for Tresco Inc. and coowner of Aguilar Accounting Inc.

Serving as executives on the board with Aguilar in 2014 are: Curtis Rosemond, vice president; DeRick Franco, treasurer; and Susan McGonnell, secretary. Kirk Clifton will continue serving on the board as ex-officio in an advisory role.

“I am excited to have such a dynamic group of individuals represent the Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,” Aguilar said. “I am confident that together we will continue to work hard to provide our members with exceptional benefits while promoting education, economic development, business and job growth, and create the optimal environment for businesses to operate and grow. It is truly an honor to serve the board and community in this capacity.”

Rosemond is the owner of Legendary Nutrition in Mesilla. He also serves as the president of CR Productions and producer for the Miss New Mexico USA Competition. He also serves as the president for the Doña Ana County NAACP Branch.

Franco is currently the CFO of MECA Therapies. He brings more than 12 years of financial management experience to the table.

McGonnell owns The Massage Club, and has been involved with the New Mexico State University Aggies Are Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign and the Las Cruces Junior League. She also serves the Hispanic Chamber as a Los Amigos Ambassador. Aguilar said it is the Hispanic Chamber’s commitment and desire to help all businesses achieve success, promote economic development and job creation. Though the Hispanic Chamber is moving forward, the organization enjoys a rich history inthe Mesilla Valley. The Hispanic Chamber reflects on its 22 years of service to the Las Cruces community after organizing with only 10 members. The first chairman of the Hispanic Chamber was Rayo Perez, owner and founder of Del Valle Design and Imaging, who felt small businesses, not just Hispanic businesses, should have an opportunity to grow.

Business leaders who broke ground for the Hispanic Chamber and businesses with Perez include community leaders Beatriz Ferreira, Erlinda Portillo, Santiago Soto III, Isidro Peña, RichardTrujillo, Fred Rubio, Frank Moya, Frank Vásquez, Mary Garza, Mel Acosta, Isabel Gallegos, Donnie E. Gonzales, Liz Ramírez López, Susan Sanderson, Margie Huerta and Donna Briggett Garcia. These individuals, and others like them, inspired the creation of many businesses, which still exist today. That same frontier “cando” attitude exists today as the Hispanic Chamber moves forward.

The Hispanic Chamber has a consistent history of demonstrating its commitment to education through the Middle School Recognition Program, annual drive for backpacks and school supplies for disadvantaged youth and collaborations within the community to help promote literacy and other youth-related initiatives.

In addition, members hope to enhance the chamber’s educational mission by funding college scholarships for selected high school graduates.

¡Avanzando Juntos! Moving forward together!

Working together on many of the initiatives will prove to be beneficial for all stakeholders. The chamber looks forward to working with the region’s business advocates and areas of industry.

International trade continues to be a priority for the Hispanic Chamber and critical for our region’s economic prosperity.

Also, the Hispanic Chamber will introduce a series of workshops for new and potential business owners to provide the information needed to start and maintain a new or existing business.

It is the chamber’s goal to offer members real benefits that will make a difference in their businesses.

The Hispanic Chamber welcome any member who has a desire to get involved with improving his or her business and serving the needs of the business community.

The board would like to invite all businesses throughout the region to become a member of the Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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“I am excited to have such a dynamic group of individuals represent the Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce”

RICHARD AGUILAR,

Hispanic Chamber 2014 President

2014 Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors: Veronica Jurney, Pam Suarez, Sasha Azul, Santiago Soto, Ex-officio Kirk Clifton, Vice President Curtis Rosemond, President Richard Aguilar, Antoinette Fuentes, Treasurer DeRick Franco, Secretary Susan McGonnell and Belia Alvarez

PHOTO BY GONZALES PHOTOGRAPHY INC.

RICHARD

AGUILAR

PRESIDENT

BELIA

ALVAREZ

DIRECTOR

CURTIS ROSEMOND

VICE PRESIDENT

SANTIAGO SOTO III

DIRECTOR

DERICK FRANCO

TREASURE

SASHA AZUA

DIRECTOR

SUSAN MCGONNELL

SECRETARY

VERONICA JURNEY

DIRECTOR

KIRK CLIFTON

EX-OFFICIO

PAM SUAREZ

DIRECTOR




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