Board of Directors

BOARD CHAIRMAN

John Montez is a partner at the law firm of Montez & Williams PC, Waco, TX.  He graduated from Baylor University & Baylor School of Law.  John and his wife, Antonette, have three children and five grandchildren.  John actively runs a real estate company.  He is the President of LULAC Council #273 and serves on the board of Community Projects Inc.  John has proudly served on the CTHCC Board of Directors for many years, and continues to focus on helping men and women pursue business ownership.  His goals include doubling the Chamber membership, and increasing Hispanic business ownership across Greater Waco.

 

BOARD VICE CHAIRMAN

Miguel Valverde retired from the United States Navy, and is now a realtor with ERA Courtyard Real Estate.  He owns Valverde United Inc. and a private construction business.  He serves as City of Waco Building Standards Committee Board Member and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2148 Chaplain.  Miguel is a proud dad to Victoria, and a great friend and uncle to Jerimiah.  He graduated from Waco High School and Park College.  He enjoys sports, deep sea fishing, and playing music.  As CTHCC Board Secretary, he has enjoyed forming relationships with both chamber and community members.  He is proud of the Chamber’s commitment to give back to the community whether its providing hosted events or college scholarships.  His personal goal is to help those wanting to make a difference in the community.

 

BOARD SECRETARY

Noey Meza has been with Harmony Science Academy for ten years. He started his career as the Athletics Director, coaching several Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. His passion for community engagement led to a new career as Campus Outreach Coordinator, a job that allows him to develop community relationships, manage media relationships, and create events. Noey graduated from the University of Texas San Antonio. He, his wife, and four children are all very active in church, sports, and local events.  Noey is a leader with the Harmony Christian Athlete Organization and works as a baseball umpire during spring tournaments.  Noey utilizes Chamber activities to increase contacts and networking opportunities, always looking for ways to connect better for greater impact.  His goals include increasing small business memberships & event attendance.

BOARD TREASURER

Mark Arias is an Assistant Vice President and lending officer with Texas First State Bank. He is a life-long Wacoan. After graduating Texas Christian Academy, Mark attended MCC for two years, then transferred to Baylor University to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and a degree in Risk Management and Insurance. He is very active in the community, serving as a member of both the Hedonia Club of Waco and Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He is passionate about donating resources to Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Central Texas Muscular Dystrophy Association. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors, playing sports, or relaxing with family and friends. Mark is proud to represent his employer and family, both having long ties to Chamber growth and community development. Mark looks forward to building professional and personal relationships with all Chamber members, seeking opportunities to work together on mutual goals. He is happy to lend a hand with upcoming projects, growing the Chamber one experience at a time.

 

BOARD DIRECTORS

Josh Blake is a full-time Funeral Director at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey. He grew up in Waco, graduating Waco High School and Baylor University, before earning a Mortuary Science Degree from Amarillo College in 2015. Between college degrees, Josh moved to Thailand for a year to teach English as a second language. He has several years’ experience working with local families and individuals impacted by intellectual and development disabilities. Josh enjoys spending quality time with his family, especially his nephews and niece. He works out with the TUF Bootcamp, runs trails at Cameron Park, and enjoys playing tennis, traveling, and supporting the Baylor Bears. Josh is an active member of University Baptist Church in Waco. Josh enjoys Chamber opportunities to work with professionals from other industries, coordinating services and events that make the Waco community a better place. His top goal for the next year is to help improve on last year’s success for an even better 2017.

 

Henry Carbajal is a Manager at Sam’s Club in Bellmead, TX.  He graduated University High School & Baylor University.  Not only is Henry the ultimate sports fan, but he has also worked to help generations of community children learn and love sports as well. He enjoys watching the Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys, & Baylor Bears take the field.  He personally takes the field as UIL/TASO game official with volleyball, basketball, baseball, and Waco ISD football.  Henry has served the CTHCC Board for several years, but he has also served as a leader in many community groups including Little League Baseball, WISD CDMC Committees, Optimist Club, Greater Waco Sports Commission.  Henry enjoys his work with the CTHCC for the opportunities to network with businesses and the Hispanic Community.  His goals are to help promote the use of local businesses and member businesses to meet growing community needs.

 

Linda Rubio Frausto served as a Certified Nurse’s Aide for over twenty years before becoming a full-time Insurance Agent for Direct Auto and Life, where she has been for 4 ½ years. In that short amount of time, Linda has actively led a high-performance team, earning the 2013 Team Player Award, 2014 Top Performing Agent Regional Award, 2014-2015 Top Performing Store, 2014 Agent Marketing Award, 2014 Store of the Year, 2014 Dealership Marketing Award, 2014 Bright Idea Award, and 2014 CTHCC Corporate Business of the Year Award. She and her late husband, Raul Frausto, have five children and four grandchildren. Linda is very involved with her families’ school interests and activities in addition to church activities at First Baptist Church of Elm Mott. In her spare time, she loves to read and volunteer with community events. Linda looks forward to engaging Chamber members and community partners in upcoming events, making a difference one connection at a time. Linda also serves on the Direct Auto and Life Hispanic Advisory Board and First Baptist Church of Elm Mott Youth and Personal Committees.

 

Mark Heslep has owned Luxury Limousine of Waco for ten years, and won the 2014 CTHCC Small Business of the Year Award.  He attended MCC, Clear Creek Seminary, and Warren Robbins University. He and his wife, Margie, have two sons:  Mark, Jr. and Brent.  Mark serves as a church minister at Grace Gospel Church in Axtel where he shares a strong passion for God and love of music.  He has enjoyed Chamber membership for years, appreciating how staff & leadership focus on helping small businesses succeed.  He looks forward to serving as a Board Director to increase his opportunities in helping others achieve their personal and business goals.

 

Jonathan Olvera is a Member Services Representative with Heart O’ Texas Federal Credit Union. He serves the community as Worship Leader at Voice of Jubilee. Jonathan and his wife, Alex, have two daughters: Priscila and Ximena.  In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys playing and listening to music. HOTFCU has been a proud supporter of Chamber events for many years, and Jonathan is proud to formally represent the organization through Board and community roles. He looks forward to creating a positive impact in the Hispanic Community, increasing the Chamber’s influence within today’s growing neighborhood and business sectors.