The Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Staff work to deliver exciting programs and engaging events for members and partners to enjoy. The staff enjoys establishing relationships with all stakeholders to identify needs and issues while collaborating on opportunities and solutions. With nearly thirty years combined Chamber service and seventy years’ professional experience, the Chamber Staff understands the challenges and dreams of growing a business and community. Together, we can work to achieve all goals and prosperity.
JOE M. RODRIGUEZ has served as Chamber CEO & President for nearly 20 years. He stepped into that role after serving as EOAC Director and Local #312 Union Representative at General Tire. As EOAC Director, Joe managed all McLennan County branches, improving services, increasing professional certification, and reducing operation costs. At General Tire, he represented 475 employees, improving working conditions and quality of lives for those around him. As Chamber CEO & President, Joe utilizes those management, leadership, and networking skills to foster positive relationships with elected officials, community leaders, and chamber members; connecting leadership goals to chamber resources and contacts for win-win solutions. Joe serves the community in additional leadership roles including City of Waco Zoning Board of Adjustment Chairman and Heart of Texas Council of Governments Board Director. Joe is married to City of Waco Councilwoman District II, Alice Rodriguez. Combined, they have three daughters, one son, three sons-in-law, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Joe enjoys attending Rampage Select baseball games, antique treasure hunting, and travelling.
CHRISTINA SWANSON, CMP served as a Chamber Board Director for 3 years before joining the staff full-time as the new Communications & Development Manager. Christina brings 13 years of professional sales, event management, and marketing experience from her previous role as City of Waco Convention Sales Manager for the Waco Convention Center. Since 2015, Christina has served the Chamber by managing special events, creating program content, and directing communication platforms. Christina works to increase membership engagement, improve community relationships, and foster collaborative networking. She is a 2016 Leadership Plenty Graduate, with her work and contributions leading to a role on the Today’s Action Tomorrow’s Leader Steering Committee. Christina has served the community as a volunteer with groups including the Family Abuse Center, South 40 Scholarship Committee, and American Heart Association. Christina graduated from Waco High in 1991 and received two Associate Degrees from McLennan Community College. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Tarleton State University in 2013. Christina is married to Majdi Tannous and has two sons and three fur-babies. She loves to spend free time reading, cooking, travelling, attending live music concerts, and enjoying life’s hidden adventures.
DYTRUN THIRKILL has served as the Chamber’s Finance Intern for over 4 years. Dytrun graduated McLennan Community College in 2014 with an Associate Degree in Accounting and transferred to Tarleton State University to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He has held a variety of positions across many industries including hospitality, food service, and warehouse systems with each job giving him valuable insight to the different needs of our members. Dytrun and his two children have lived in Lacy-Lakeview since 1992. In his spare time, he enjoys all forms of sports from playing basketball with friends to cheering his kids at competitions and games.