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Community and Civic Leader Arturo Violante Bids Farawell to the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce!

Dallas, TX —The Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GDHCC) announced today that President Arturo Violante will resign from his current position to pursue other professional interests and dedicate more time to his family. Mr. Violante led the Chamber since July of 2002. During his tenure, the Chamber rose to be among the best in the nation, some highlights include:

Legacy of Leadership: a business and civic leader, both locally and nationally

Largest Hispanic Chamber: the GDHCC is now recognized as the largest Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in the nation as ranked by USHCC

State and National Recognition: Texas Association of Mexican American Chamber of Commerce recognized the GDHCC as Chamber of the Year both in 2003 and 2004 and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce recognized the GDHCC as the National Hispanic Chamber of the Year in 2003.

Record Breaking: record breaking Chamber participation and sponsorship dollars

VIVA Dallas: assisted in the development and phenomenal growth of Viva Dallas – the largest Hispanic consumer expo in the Metroplex

National and International Advocacy: traveled thousands of miles on behalf of the Hispanic business owner; breaking international economic barriers and garnering corporate support

Role Model and Mentor: to countless Hispanic business owners and corporate professionals

Prominent position: the Chamber is seen as a premier organization as a result of its increasing membership, small business programs, community and civic participation and advocacy, and its increasing partnerships with major corporations and public entities across the country

“I feel blessed because this is not the first time in my life that I have had the opportunity to choose what to do, or where to go… Yet, today I have mixed feelings because I love my Chamber and my job, but an incredible opportunity is knocking at my door that will allow me to do the things I always wanted to do,” noted Mr. Violante. “After a thorough analysis and after consulting my wife, Eugenia, who is my life partner and true mentor, we decided to pursue my dream and follow my heart”.

Mr. Violante has agreed to put his plans on hold for a few months and help the GDHCC in the transition process. The GDHCC Board of Directors has commended Mr. Violante for his decision to assist in the transition, as his actions only serve as one more testament of a Hispanic leader that truly cares for his community.