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GDHCC appoints Victor M. Zepeda P.E. Chairman of the Board

DALLAS – The Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce announced today Victor M. Zepeda P.E., President and CEO of Arredondo, Zepeda & Brunz, as it’s newly appointed chairman of the board. Zepeda, who served as Chair Elect and Chair of Procurement for the GDHCC prior to his appointment, is a proven leader in creating opportunities for Hispanic enterprises. Dr. Nina Vaca, CEO of Pinnacle Technical Resources and the Chamber’s Immediate Past Chair, commented, “Victor is well-respected as a man deeply committed to the expansion of Hispanic enterprise. Through his actions, he has demonstrated the innovation and skill to create real opportunities for Hispanic businesses. I am confident that his leadership will energize the GDHCC and benefit Hispanic-owned firms in the greater Dallas region.”

Zepeda is a founder and former board member of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In Austin, he served as a board member of the Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for five years. There, he created the Minority Purchasing Council (MPC) where minority businesses were afforded the opportunity to vie for procurement opportunities with large corporations. Zepeda has a proven history of empowering small businesses in Austin and El Paso, and the Chamber maintains that he will bring those best practices to the table in Dallas as chairman of the board. In addition, the Austin MPC provided minority firms with the professional support of attorneys, accountants and marketing staff at no cost to small businesses.“It is one of my greatest honors to be appointed chairman of the board of the GDHCC, an institution that boasts a dedicated board of directors with a great diversity of ideas and vision, as well as a staff that is vigorously committed to excellence,” said Zepeda. “The entrepreneurial sprit of Dallas’ Hispanic community is an important driver of the economic engine of this city, and it is our responsibility that the contributions Hispanic businesses make to our community are maintained, nourished, and, most importantly, grown to new heights.”

Zepeda has first-hand knowledge of growing a small business into a thriving institution, as he runs his own firm that offers professional services in civil engineering and surveying.Arredondo, Zepeda & Brunz today has more than 49 employees and has offices in Fort Worth and Dallas.

“The current state of the Chamber is one of exciting growth, new direction that builds upon our current success and addresses challenges head on,” said Zepeda. “For any successful institution that instills real, positive change, challenges lay ahead, and I firmly believe that if there are no challenges then there is zero growth. As a Chamber, I know we are heading in the right direction, and we owe that to our board leadership, my chair predecessors and the staff that lives and breathes Hispanic business everyday of their lives.”

A native of Houston, Zepeda graduated from the University of Houston with a civil engineering degree in 1974 and quickly climbed the ranks of that industry until 2000 when he took his expertise and started his own successful business. Zepeda is also a dedicated family man, a proud father four children who has been married for thirty years.