Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Presents New President and CEO Cici Rojas
DALLAS, TX – The Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GDHCC), one the country’s largest and oldest chambers in the country, announced that nationally recognized Hispanic business advocate CiCi Rojas as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer. Rojas, who will take helm of the GDHCC July 1, was introduced to city leaders during a press conference at America’s Latin Cuisine & Tapas (2900 McKinney Ave.).
Rojas has built a diverse track record of fostering Hispanic business on a local and national level. Prior to her appointment, Rojas served as Vice President for Strategic Alliances and Special Projects at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC. In Washington, Rojas was appointed to the National Advisory Board of the U.S. Small Business Administration by former Administrator Hector V. Barreto. Rojas also served as President and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City.
“The Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is proud and excited to announce a president so tenured and seasoned in the area of Hispanic business development,” noted Victor M. Zepeda P.E., chairman of the GDCHCC. “We had a responsibility to the Hispanic business community of this region and to the city of Dallas to find someone who could take this chamber to new heights. CiCi Rojas has a strong history of bringing value and adding new dimensions to the institutions she has been a part of, and we look forward to her replicating the same success for the GDHCC.”
Rojas, a native of Kansas City and graduate of the University of Missouri, Kansas City, began her professional career in the retail automotive industry in 1989 working in the area of sales and management. In 1997, she was named director of development for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City, later being appointed to the role of president and CEO. Rojas’ leadership was well sought out in Missouri with state and city leaders calling upon her to serve on important boards. Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes appointed her to the Kansas City Missouri Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners and was the first Hispanic to serve in that capacity. Missouri Governor Matt Blunt also appointed Ms. Rojas to the Missouri Commission for Government Review.
“I am excited and deeply honored to join the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,” said Rojas. “I want to thank the board of directors for giving me an incredible opportunity to lead one the most accomplished chambers in the nation into a new era. This is, without a doubt, one of the greatest honors in my career.”
In her remarks, Rojas delivered a preview of her vision for the GDHCC.
“We will focus on projects that create value for all of our stakeholders, and continue to advocate for the economic development of the Hispanic community in Dallas,” said Rojas. “With the support of the board, talented staff, and our committed membership, I plan to implement a progressive agenda with well-defined objectives that will ensure our continued growth and success.”
The mission of the 66 year old Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is to develop, promote and protect Hispanic businesses in the greater Dallas area and to support the advancement, education and economic growth of the Hispanic business community. The Chamber serves as a business resource, a forum and advocate for Hispanic business issues and a united voice for the Hispanic business community. The GDHCC is a nationally recognized institution having been recognized as the National Hispanic Chamber of the Year by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 1993, 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2003.