WASHINGTON, D.C. –The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) announced today the appointment of Ramiro Cavazos as its next President and Chief Executive Officer. The Board of Directors chose Cavazos to lead America’s largest Hispanic business organization representing over 4.3 million Hispanic-owned businesses. Cavazos is currently President and CEO of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and will replace Fernand Fernández, Interim President & CEO.

“After a search and selection process that spanned several months, we have selected Ramiro because of his strong financial acumen, servant leadership, and shared vision to serve the Hispanic business community, and put our community first in everything we do,” said Carmen Castillo, co-chair of the board of directors. “Ramiro shares our desire to build stronger relationships between the USHCC and the local chambers, our corporate partners, and members of Congress. I am confident that he will be a strong advocate for the resources needed to provide services and programs that will ensure the success of Hispanic businesses,” said Fernand Fernández, Interim President and CEO.

“I am grateful to the Board of Directors for selecting me to lead the USHCC, an organization that I have admired and supported for many years. It is an honor to have been given this opportunity to lead such a valuable and important American institution that positively impacts our nation’s economy and strengthens our fast-growing Latino business community,” said Cavazos.

Prior to joining the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber, Cavazos was Director of Research and Economic Development for the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and was also Director of Economic Development for the City of San Antonio. Previously, he was Global Public Affairs Manager for the Levi Strauss Foundation in Texas, Mexico, and Latin America.

“We extend our utmost appreciation to Fernand Fernandez, our colleague and fellow board member, who generously stepped up to lead USHCC as Interim President & CEO,” said Carmen Castillo. “We owe him a debt of gratitude for the commitment, stability, and leadership he brought to the USHCC over the past seven months.”

Cavazos’ appointment will be effective on October 1, 2018.

To learn more about the USHCC National Convention, please visit ushcc.com/convention.

About USHCC 

The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development, and interests of more than 4.3 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that combined, contribute over $700 billion to the American economy every year. It also advocates on behalf of 260 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide. For more information, please visit ushcc.com. Follow us on Twitter @USHCC.