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, 1974, 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.
MEET OUR PRESIDENT and CEO
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
Director of Events
Nicole is a Fort Worth native who serves as the Chamber’s Director of Events. Nicole brings experience from a leading company in the automotive industry and a family-owned startup, giving her insight into how both entrepreneurial startups and established companies operate. Nicole is a graduate of Baylor University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
Director of Economic and Technological Strategy
Cintya brings an array of tools to the Chamber, which allow her to offer support in multiple areas. In addition to a Bachelor’s of Science in Business IT Management, she holds Microsoft Networking, Microsoft Database, CompTIA Project+ and CompTIA A+ certifications. Furthermore, Segoviano brings years of customer service, project coordination, administration and organizational experience. In her spare time Cintya enjoys: yoga, running, documentaries, reading and family time.
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.
Stephanie serves as the Executive Assistant to the President. She brings more than 10 years of office management, volunteer work and finance experience to the Chamber. Stephanie has spent most of her life in the Northside of Fort Worth, giving her a passion for the community in which she works. Outside of work, Stephanie likes to spend time with her family, learning about history and math and visiting museums.
Maria serves as the Chamber’s bilingual receptionist, assisting the staff with numerous projects and administrative duties. Maria brings excellent customer service experience to the team, which she acquired from serving diverse personnel in previous positions. Maria is currently a student at TCC and will be graduating with a Bachelor’s of Architecture in 2020. Outside of work, Maria enjoys staying active and spending quality time with family.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Al Saenz, Chairman
President & CEO
Michael Dimas, Chairman-Elect
Customer Operations Executive
Diana Troy, Secretary
Sonia Rodriguez, Treasurer
Northside Branch Manager
Gloria Starling, Parliamentarian
The Capital Grille Fort Worth
BNSF Railway Company
Assistant Vice President, State Government Affairs
The Coca-Cola Company North America Group
Director Public Affairs & Communications
DFW International Airport
JPS Health Network
President, Chief Executive Officer
Texas Health Harris Methodist
Director of Occupational Health & Travel Medicine
Unica Janitorial Services
Bank of America
Business Development Manager
Tarrant County College District
Vice Chancellor for Finance
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
Rotor System Design Engineer
Firehouse Auto Sales
US Department of Transportation
Project Manager, Office of Inspector General
Chief Creative Officer
Becky Renfro Borbolla
Vice President, Renfro Foods
General Manager, Bruce Lowrie Chevrolet
Vice President for Contracts, Bell Helicopter
Co-Founder, Empire Roofing
Vice President of Community Development, Frost Bank
Dr. Robert Munoz
Vice President for Continuing Education, Tarrant County College
President, The Rios Group