Our History

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

  • 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

  • The organization changes its name to The Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce to better represent the diversity of its members and community.
  • 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.
  • TLACC launches FUTURO, a program for Latino college students, their mentors and program collaborators, with the financial support of StateFarm Insurance.

2012

  • 2012 – 2014 Nelson Remus served as President and Chairperson of the Board of Directors.
  • TLACC formed an alliance with the National Black and Latino Alliance based in Atlanta, Georgia.

2013

  • TLACC adds two seats on their Board of Directors for Junior Board Members, electing 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

  • FUTURO is launched as its own 501-c-3 under the TLACC.
  • The ELLA program for women entrepreneurs was launched with the financial support of HCA TriStar Health.
  • The Empanada Tasting Event to support and feature Latino food entrepreneurs and restaurants was launched with the support of Salsa Restaurant.
  • 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.
  • The TLACC formed an alliance with The Hispanic Business Alliance of North Alabama.

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.
  • FUTURO becomes an independent not-for-profit organization.
  • The TLACC Second Annual Empanada Tasting Event is co-hosted and takes place at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.
  • Julia Vallejos Browne wins the first ELLA business award, receiving a $2,500 grant to invest in her business.

2017

  • The Third Annual Empanada Tasting Event is co-hosted and takes place at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center sponsored by AmeriAgency.
  • Itzel Gonzalez wins the ELLA business award, receiving a $2,500 grant to invest in her business.

2018

  • The Young Entrepreneur Student Society (YESS) is launched in collaboration with FUTURO. A mentoring entrepreneurship program for college students.
  • 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.
  • Alejandra Patiño wins the ELLA business award, receiving a $2,500 grant to invest in her business.

2019

  • Victor Berrios begins his three-year term as President of the TLACC.
  • Karla Vazquez begins her three-year term as Vice-President of the TLACC.
  • Delfine Fox begins her three-year term as Chair of the Board of Directors.
  • The ELLA program changes its name to Entrepreneur Latina Leaders of America and it becomes a 501-c-3 under the TLACC.
  • The Entrepreneur Latina Leaders of America (ELLA) begins its micro-loan program with the financial of First Citizens Bank.
  • Rachel Rodriguez wins the ELLA business award, receiving a $3,000 grant to invest in her business.