The Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce (www.tlacc.org) has named Hispanic Marketing Group CEO Marcela Gómez as its new president, the TLACC board of directors announced on Thursday.
“One of my biggest passions is helping people to grow and succeed along the path that they have chosen for themselves, and that’s why I’m passionate about TLACC,” Gómez said. “That’s precisely what we do as a chamber, both for the Latino workforce and entrepreneurs in Tennessee and for the businesses who want to connect with us.”
Gómez, a longtime TLACC board member who had been serving as vice president, replaces past President Mayra Zimmer of AIG Financial Network. Zimmer withdrew from the presidency due to increased demands on her work schedule and other community responsibilities. All TLACC executives are unpaid volunteers.
“It’s with a very heavy heart that I’ve made this decision,” Zimmer said. “I believe in the TLACC mission, and it’s too important an organization to allow anything less than my full commitment. I fully support Marcela, and I know TLACC is in great hands.”
A native of Bogotá, Colombia, with a background in communications, Gómez established her own bilingual and bicultural marketing and communications agency, Hispanic Marketing Group, in 2002. Gómez has served on the board of the TLACC since 2006. She was a member of the inaugural board of directors of Conexión Américas in 2002 and president of the board from 2004 to 2006.
Based in Nashville but serving the entire state, the Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce is an inclusive, nonprofit organization that welcomes all interested members across Tennessee. TLACC’s vision is to be the leading voice on business issues relating to the Latino community across Tennessee.
TLACC serves members with the leadership and support required to create opportunities for Latino-owned companies, Latino professionals and students, while also opening new markets for non-Latino organizations willing to become engaged with the growing Latino communities. TLACC establishes programs that advance achievement in education, health care and business development in the Latino communities in Tennessee. For more information, visit www.tlacc.org.