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GDHCC announces the selection of new president and CEO

Ricardo Ortiz (Photo courtesy of gdhcc.com)

Local business attorney and former chairman steps into leadership role

The Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Ricardo Ortiz has been named president and CEO of the organization by the unanimous vote of the board of directors.

Ortiz, a Dallas attorney who specializes in business and tort litigation at the state and federal levels, has been serving on the board of directors of the Hispanic Chamber as immediate past chairman. He served as chairman from June 2009 to December 2010. He will take over as president and CEO of the award-winning business organization Monday, Feb. 20. “The board of directors is thrilled to have Ricardo Ortiz at the helm of the Hispanic chamber,” said Angel Reyes, chairman of the board. “His extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of business development and advocacy will be invaluable in leading the Hispanic chamber and its 1,200 active members. The organization continues to be a vital part of the economic and business development of the greater Dallas region. His intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the chamber through his many years of participation and his leadership as chairman will ensure a smooth and successful transition.”

A past chairman of the board, Ortiz has first hand management experience of the everyday functions of the chamber. He assisted with the operations, financial, and budgetary management of the organization and instituted an updated employee handbook. He provided grant and programming oversight, instituted internal audit procedures, oversaw corporate relations andm fundraising, established entrepreneur partner relationships, and participated in small business advocacy.

“I am honored to be president and CEO of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,” Ortiz said. “The Hispanic chamber is an organization rich with history, tradition, and prestige. I am very passionate about the chamber’s mission and look forward to furthering it by promoting, serving, and advocating on behalf of its members.”

The Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce began 2012 by celebrating the previous year’s accomplishments—including the distribution of $3.4 million in scholarships to 210 students through Stars on the Rise; the continued growth of the business assistance centers on Maple Ave., West Dallas and Oak Cliff; and the inauguration of the Small Business Center of Excellence, opened with the generous support partner Citi.

The Hispanic chamber also continues to implement a Department of Transportation grant to provide outreach and resources to small businesses to help them become competitive for contracts containing federal transportation dollars for projects with DART, DFW Airport, the Texas Department of Transportation DOT, and other organizations. Based on the needs of these small businesses, the Hispanic chamber provides counseling and technical assistance in the areas of certification, access to capital, procurement, and bonding. When a business owner has a need that the chamber cannot fulfill, referrals are made to other resource agencies. As the GDHCC continues to focus on its mission 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 Hispanic chamber is looking forward to working with new partners and new programs.

For more information about the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce , visit http://www.gdhcc.com/.

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4 Comments on “GDHCC announces the selection of new president and CEO”

  1. February 24, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    Great news! Rick is an awesome leader!

  2. February 24, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    Great story! Thank you Dora

  3. February 24, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    Congratulations Rick Ortiz! We have your favorite cigars waiting on you.

    ~Willie & Nicole Martinez, House of Cigars Factory

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