Our History

1997

1997 – Greg Rodriguez, Jr., visionary leader of the Hispanic community in Tennessee, starts the Tennessee Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and serves as President of the Chamber until his passing on June 8, 2005.

2000

August 31, 2000 – The Tennessee Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce is formally incorporated in the State of Tennessee with its headquarters in Nashville.

2005

2005 – 2007 Robert Chavez served as President.

2008

2008 – 2009 Ramon Cisneros served as President and Chairperson of the Board of Directors.

2009

2009 – 2011 Tera Vazquez served as President and Chairperson of the Board of Directors.

2010

2010 – The TNHCC forms alliances with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee, the National Hispanic Professional Organization – Memphis Chapter, and The West TN Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

2011

2011 – The organization changes its name to The Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce to better represent the diversity of its members and community.

2011 – The first statewide Census Summit took place in Nashville under the TLACC’s leadership with the participation of the Pew Hispanic Research Center, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee, the National Hispanic Professional Organization – Memphis Chapter, and The West TN Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

2011 – TLACC launches FUTURO, a program for Latino college students, their mentors and program collaborators, with financial support of StateFarm Insurance.

2012

2012 – 2014 Nelson Remus served as President and Chairperson of the Board of Directors.

2012 – TLACC formed an alliance with the National Black and Latino Alliance based in Atlanta, Georgia.

2013

2013 – TLACC adds two Junior Board Members to its Board of Directors, inviting FUTURO members to fill those seats.

2014

January – November, 2014 – Mayra Zimmer served as President and Chairperson of the Board of Directors.

2014 – 2018 Marcela Gómez served as President and Chairperson of the Board of Directors.

2015

2015 – FUTURO is launched as its own 501-c-3 under the TLACC.

2015 – The ELLA program for women entrepreneurs was launched with the financial support of HCA TriStar Health.

2015 – The Empanada Tasting Event to support and feature Latino food entrepreneurs and restaurants was launched with the support of Salsa Restaurant.

2015 – Cultural Fusion Program was launched, which combines elements of Spanish as a Second Language and Latino Culture. The program is offered to TLACC sponsors and corporate members.

2015 – The TLACC formed an alliance with The Hispanic Business Alliance of North Alabama.

2016

2016 – PANORAMA TV SHOW hosted by Marcela Gómez was launched. Produced by the TLACC, taped and aired on Channel Five Plus with the financial support of NISSAN North America and HCA TriStar Health.

2016 – FUTURO becomes an independent non-for-profit organization.

2016 – The TLACC Second Annual Empanada Tasting Event is co-hosted and takes place at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

2016 – Julia Vallejos Browne wins the first ELLA business award, receiving a $2,500 grant to invest in her business.

2017

2017 – The Third Annual Empanada Tasting Event is co-hosted and takes place at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center sponsored by AmeriAgency.

2017 – Itzel Gonzalez Zavaleta wins the ELLA business award, receiving a $2,500 grant to invest in her business.

2018

2018 – The Young Entrepreneur Student Society (YESS) is launched in collaboration with FUTURO. A mentoring entrepreneurship program for college students.

2018 – The Fourth Annual Empanada Tasting Event is co-hosted by the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and takes place at War Memorial Auditorium, sponsored by AmeriAgency and United Health Community.

2018 – Alejandra Patiño wins the ELLA business award, receiving a $2,500 grant to invest in her business.

2019

2019 – Victor Berrios begins his three-year term as President of the TLACC.

2019 – Karla Vazquez begins her three-year term as Vice-President of the TLACC.

2019 – Delfine Fox begins her three-year term as Chair of the Board of Directors.

2019 – The ELLA program changes its name to Entrepreneur Latina Leaders of America and it becomes a 501-c-3 under the TLACC.

2019 – The Entrepreneur Latina Leaders of America (ELLA) begins its micro-loan program with the financial of First Citizens Bank.