SACRAMENTO –Members of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, the premier organization promoting the development of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, entrepreneurs, and emerging Latino businesses in California, have elected Frank Montes as Chairman and Bob Gutierrez as Vice Chair of the organization’s Board of Directors.
Montes and Gutierrez were elected to their positions during this year’s Annual Convention in Sacramento.
Prior to being elected, Montes held the positon of Vice Chair of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce as well as chair of the Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. A Fontana resident of 30 years, Montes is a seasoned business owner in the Inland Empire region. He is the founder and co-owner of Inland Body & Paint Center in the city of Fontana.
Montes has received numerous awards and recognitions for his success and community leadership. He helped create J.O.B.S. initiative
, a historic moment where 40 chambers of commerce and associations collectively signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU)
to support one another through collaboration and sharing of resources.
“I am honored and ready to work hard for the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce,” Montes said. “With unity and collaboration, I believe that working alongside our staff, board members, local chambers, and corporate partners—we can better serve Latino businesses and help our communities grow and prosper.”
San Joaquin native Bob Gutierrez serves as the Director of Government Affairs for PAQ Inc., representing a family owned chains of Food 4 Less and Rancho San Miguel grocery stores in northern California. His commitment to the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce dates back to 2010 where he was one of the youngest board members in the history of the organization. He also serves as President-Elect for the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Gutierrez has 15 years of politics and advocacy experience with statewide and national groups including, Fueling California, the San Joaquin Partnership, the Business Council, and the Central Valley Leadership Fund. Last year, the California Grocers’ Association named Gutierrez the 2014 Advocate of the Year for an Independent Operator.
“It is my great honor to serve as Vice Chair of this great organization alongside Chairman Montes,” Gutierrez said. “I am committed to working hard and being an advocate for Hispanic Businesses statewide in a way that will encourage participation of our local Chambers to influence our legislators throughout California and unite our organization on a state and national platform.”
Also elected were:
• Northern Region Chair: Raul Hernandez
• Northern Region Director: Dr. Judy Castro
• Northern Region Director: Julio Baisa
• Southern Region Chair: Albert Clark
• Southern Region Director: Jaymee Del Rosario
• Southern Region Director: Julius Argumedo
About the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce
The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) has a network of over 65 Hispanic chambers and business associations throughout the State of California. Through its network of Hispanic chambers and business associations, the CHCC represents the interest of over 700,000 Hispanic business owners in California. The CHCC is the premier organization promoting the development of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, entrepreneurs, and emerging Latino businesses in California. For more information, please visit our website at www.cahcc.com