The Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was created when a small group of minority business and community members recognized the need for effective representation in the local business community. The organization was chartered August 3, 1973, as only the fourth Mexican-American Chamber of Commerce to be established in the State of Texas. Among the founding members of the chamber were Dick Salinas, who served as its first president; Pete Zepeda, president-elect; Ron Fernandez, vice president; and Manuel Jara, treasurer.


The first chamber office was located downtown in the Sinclair Building and the first meetings were held at various area restaurants. However, by 1982 interest in the organization grew enough to support a full suite of offices in the historic Stockyards section of the city. The Articles of Incorporation were amended November 25, 1985 and the name was changed to the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Since our founding, the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has grown from the initial 30 members to hundreds of businesses and professional leaders.
Today the FWHCC is a dynamic force, promoting international trade, education, opportunity and economic mobility for all and the continuous development of its members. The chamber particularly strives to serve its members through business and professional seminars, workshops, networking opportunities and business procurement assistance through its Economic Development Programs.
The chamber also works to give back to our community through the FWHCC Scholarship fund created in 1991. Since then, it has provided over a million dollars in scholarship awards.

The Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is proud to serve the business interests of the Metroplex community and will strive to seek opportunity for its membership and achieve economic benefit for all.


Mr. John Hernandez

John Hernandez brings more than 20 years of business experience to his role as President/CEO. John assumed leadership of the FWHCC in 2015 after having served two terms as a board member and running his own business. In addition to his entrepreneurial experience, Hernandez has worked as a relationship manager for both Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase. Hernandez holds a BA from Midwestern State University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.


Meet the Chamber’s Staff

Meet the Chamber’s Staff

Sandra Garcia
Director of Membership

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Sandra is a proud native of Fort Worth and a first-generation high school graduate. Through years of administrative and youth mentoring experience combined with natural leadership and a passion for helping others, Sandra has become an exemplary member of her community. Sandra’s excellent interpersonal skills allow her to build strong relationships with the Chamber’s members and partners, expanding our reach into the community and beyond. Sandra is also dedicated to healthy living, sports and most importantly, her family.

Jazmin Gutierrez
Business Coordinator

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Jazmin is a proud first-generation college graduate and native of Fort Worth. Making a positive change in the lives of others adds meaning to her life. Additionally, she is always seeking ways to grow and expand her own knowledge and capabilities. Jazmin holds a Bachelors of Applied Arts and Sciences degree focused in Business, Public Administration, and Communication Studies from the University of North Texas. Outside of her profession, Jazmin enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Ramona Guyden
Director of Operations

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Ramona is a proud native of Dallas, moving to Fort Worth in 2003. She has been in the Healthcare field since 2006, helping people with their Healthcare needs and working with physicians to get credentialed to work at hospitals, along with managing the physicians. Ramona’s Healthcare background will allow her to build strong relationships with the Chamber Members and partners. Ramona enjoys spending her time helping out her church children’s ministry, her husband, and watching her 2 kids play basketball & baseball.


Michael Dimas, Chairman
Customer Operations Executive

Gloria Starling, Chairman-Elect 
The Capital Grille Fort Worth
Managing Partner

John Gerdes, Parliamentarian 
BBVA Compass
Commercial Relationship Manager

Larry Anfin, Chairman Emeritus
K & L Enterprises

Juan Acosta
BNSF Railway Company
Assistant Vice President, State Government Affairs

Sylvia De Leon Alcala
J Anthony Group, LLC

Ish Arebalos
The Coca-Cola Company North America Group
Director Public Affairs & Communications

Rachel Arellano
Office of Tarrant County Judge B. Glen Whitley
Community Outreach Coordinator

Anelia Banda
Netplay Promotions

Miriam Frias
Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth
Director of Occupational Health & Travel Medicine

Joanne Garcia
DFW International Airport
Assistant Vice President of Procurement & Material Management

Michelle Green-Ford
JPS Health Network
Vice-President and Chief Diversity Officer

Elva LeBlanc
Tarrant County College
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Roxanne Martinez
Roxstar Marketing

Carolann Morris
Pinnacle Bank
Vice President

Jesus Piedra
Miravista Landscaping

Alexander Robledo
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
Rotor System Design Engineer

Florence Salazar-Bruner
Firehouse Auto Sales

Anette Soto Landeros
US Department of Transportation
Project Manager, Office of Inspector General

Mario Valdez
Quorum Architects, Inc.
Associate AIA


Becky Renfro Borbolla
Vice President, Renfro Foods

Chip Jones
General Manager, Bruce Lowrie Chevrolet

Rudy Lopez
Vice President for Contracts, Bell Helicopter

Sandra McGlothlin
Co-Founder, Empire Roofing

Teresa Montes
Vice President of Community Development, Frost Bank

Dr. Robert Munoz
Vice President for Continuing Education, Tarrant County College

Rosa Navejar
President, The Rios Group