La Cámara de Empresarios Latinos de Houston (CELH) fue fundada en 1994 con el objetivo de apoyar el crecimiento de los negocios establecidos en la ciudad de Houston.
Los miembros que integran la CELH, en su mayoría, son empresarios de origen latinoamericano. Nuestros miembros incluyen empresas de idiomas, restaurantes, tiendas de abarrotes, contratistas, seguros comerciales y personales, computación, mercadeo y publicidad, asesoría financiera, distribuidores mayoristas y minoristas, compañías de gas, compañías de comunicación entre otros.
Chairman | Moisés Solis
Moises Solis is an organizational team coach, talent-skill developer and Creative Interest business partner. He has over 21 years of experience in working for fortune 500 corporations in sales and management. Moises’ coaching career benefits many individual clients, group associations and corporations. His greatest impact is to help individual clients build enduring results – the kind that creates long-term success. Through skill-development and coaching, he is able to reinvigorate careers and show how to execute ideas into extraordinary success. His clients often say Moises has great ability to immediately impact individuals and groups to perform at their highest level. It’s rare to find a coach, speaker and talent-skill developer like Moises who blends passion with smart practice and the know-how to get things done.
Presidente y CEO | Adriana González
Adriana Gonzalez is the current President / CEO of Hispanic Entrepreneurs of Houston, a non-profit organization focused on education and growth of Hispanic businesses. Adriana, has her own business has been a partner of the same for the past 16 years. Its mission at the Chamber is to promote and support the development of companies, affiliates, as well as educate, represent and defend the rights of members through the organization.
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, moved to the United States in May 1980 and since then, together with his family, has been based in Spring, TX. Married 29 years ago with Mario Gonzalez and their son, Martin Gonzalez graduated of John Brown University in International Business as a Major and minors in Spanish, Finance and Accounting.
Her experience is in the hospitality and restaurant industry, but her passion is to be an entrepreneur and help others to become independent entrepreneurs. In 2000, Adriana and her husband initiated a traffic con-trol business, One Way Striping and Signs, LLC. The company gets contracts from General Contractors, and Asphalt companies, also working with landscaping engineers to beautify and improve existing and new traffic signaling at different colonies. When the company started 17 years ago, they made the installation of products in a small automobile with one employee. Currently, the company not only install the product, but also manufac-tures the product, have 12 employees, machinery and offers other services like striping and grew its customer base by 150%.
Adriana has also collaborated and actively participated in several non-profit organizations. It is one of the founders of “Nick’s Team,” organization that raises funds for the Cancer Research Center at Texas Chil-dren’s Hospital – She and her husband are leading the Ministry of Outreach at Grace Latino Church, The Wood-lands, where Adriana and her husband heads 7 minitries, the Events Committee and in charge of collecting non-perishable food , offer seminars health awareness, guide for grants and scholarships, immigration work-shops, business seminars and similar events that bring support and guidance to the Hispanic community.
Vice Chair | Daniel Wheeler
Daniel “Dan” Wheeler presently serves as VP with BBVA Compass Bank in their Small to Medium Enterprise department. Where he has continued to serve as an advisor, mentor, coach and relationship manager for over 6 years. With over 20 years of banking experience, years of mentorship, he has become a consultant in providing financial solutions and resources to help small business succeed.
He continues to manage relationships with a vast diverse network of business industries ranging from Manufacturer, Healthcare, professional business to mom and pop business in the community. In doing so he continues to help fulfill their business objectives at every life stage. Dan continues to leverage and grow his business through strong community relationship and influence with internal and external partners. Having an entrepreneurial spirit has allowed him to focus on small business across the Houston footprint and provide bank resources in education and solutions for the local business economy.
Dan received his Bachelor of Business Entrepreneur degree from the C.T. Bauer College of Business at The University of Houston. He continues to serve on a number of volunteer chapters, and civic clubs in his community. A 5th generation Texan born and raised in Houston. Proud father of 2 and humble dedicated family man who looks to serve people
Tesorero | Carlos Vega
V.P. Branch Sales & Service Manager of Mercantil Commercebank . With over 15 years of retail and commercial banking experience in Miami Fl and Houston Texas. Carlos has been working in Mercantil Commercebank since February 2013. Carlos is involved in many community events in the city.
Carlos Vega has a Master Degree in Finance from Florida International University.
Secretario | Rafael Freire
As the President of Lineup Services Corporation, Rafael Freire is responsible for running all facets of the business. Rafael has a proven executive management track record and over 30 years of experience driving sales growth in the facility services industry. Prior to funding Lineup Services Corporation, Rafael was a Director of Operations for ARAMARK Facility Services, responsible for all aspects of the complex portfolio. At ARAMARK he led the transformation of the Texas market focused in service improvements while growing sales 15% year over year. Previously, he served as General Manager of the City of Houston, where he led the growth of the market to unprecedented levels for ARAMARK. Rafael also served as Jefe at Instituto de Estudios Municipales (Montevideo Uruguay), Rafael participated in the first human rationalization program recognized by several international organizations. He earned a Construction Superintendent degree at the University of Uruguay.
Pro-Secretario | Chris Brown
Christopher Brown, a native Houstonian, graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and received his Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. After graduation Christopher joined in the family business and began practicing law with his father. He spearheaded the expansion of the firm into other areas outside of Personal Injury like Real Estate, Business Formation, and Contracts.
In addition to his work at the firm, Christopher has been involved with Houston area non-profit organizations since becoming a licensed attorney. At the non-profits, Christopher volunteers and gives free consultations to individuals that may not understand how to navigate the complex legal system alone. Today he is also serving as Pro-Secretary at the Latin Entrepreneur of Houston.
Consejeros / Advisors
Education Comitee | Natalia Garcia
Natalia facilita entrenamiento en liderazgo, operaciones y desarrollo administrativo de negocios. Ha desarrollado cursos personalizados y técnicas de aprendizaje basadas en necesidades específicas para las organizaciones con las que ha trabajado. Entrenada para desarrollar proyectos de liderazgo orientados a resolver problemas bajo presión utilizando iniciativa para mejorar procesos e implementar estrategias y técnicas de monitoreo continuo para analizar la información y mantener las metas de presupuestos alcanzando las demandas competitivas de forma exitosa. Natalia refuerza la comunicación, colaboración y habilidades interpersonales de los empleados para crear un ambiente positivo en la cultura de las compañías. Licenciada en Administración de Empresas con especialidad en Finanzas, tiene entrenamiento Seis Sigma y auditor de ISO 9001 y 14001, y con más de 15 años de experiencia en el área administrativa, de ventas y de gestión de proyectos en Estados Unidos y 6 años en el área de Educación en México, Natalia se especializa en facilitar información y ofrecer soluciones en la toma de decisiones financieras y operacionales para empresas. Integridad, servicio, y compromiso son algunos de los valores que definen la ética profesional con la que trabaja.
Event Comitee | Adrian Potter
Membership Comitee | Pablo Valle
Pablo F. Valle is a Program Manager in the Planning, Engineering, and Construction Department at The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County.
He manages diverse transportation engineering projects ranging from between $500,000 to $25 million in various engineering areas for the Houston metropolitan region.
Pablo is also an entrepreneur at heart. He is the Founder and President of Small Business Connexion, a Professional Business Organization helping businesses Learn, Grow, and Connect. He has served in numerous leadership roles including; Treasurer and President of the American Society of Civil Engineers – Student Chapter, Board Member of the Chamber of Latino Entrepreneurs, President, Membership Co-Chair, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Texas Institute of Transportation Engineers Houston District.
Pablo received his Bachelor of Engineering from the City College of New York and his Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from The City University of New York – Graduate Center. He is the recipient of numerous awards including; The Minority Research Careers for Minority Scholar, the Hispanic Serving Institute Scholarship, and the City College of New York President’s award for outstanding leadership.
New Member Comitee | Juan Carlos Ruiz
Cuando subes una montana pareciera que llegar a la cima es el objetivo, sin embargo, el verdadero objetivo es bajar y llegar al punto de partida sano y salvo.
En el contexto de las finanzas es exactamente igual. El subir la montana es el equiparable al proceso de acumulación, esto en tu vida financiera son todos los anos que inviertes en acumular bines y dinero para un día tener la opción de retirarte. Y el proceso de bajar la montana, es el equiparable al proceso de distribución, que es el como segmentar lo acumulado durante el retiro. Este ultimo es sumamente importante para tus finanzas, ya que no se sabe cuantos anos vas a vivir, cuales son las probabilidades que quedarte sin dinero, y en dado caso, que hacer si esto pasa.
Trabajemos juntos y definamos una estrategia que te ayude a mejorar las probabilidades de éxito en tus metas financieras. Estoy seguro de que estarás muy contento con el resultado.