STAFF & BOARD MEMBERS
Hello, my name is Jennifer Anguiano! I was born and raised here in Amarillo, with my family originating from Jalisco, Mexico. I am a current student at West Texas A&M pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. I enjoy spending time with my family, exercising, boxing and painting. I look forward to creating greater relationships and continuing to provide helpful resources, especially to our Hispanic Community.
Throughout my time at the AHCC, I have been able to see our involvement and the impact we make, not only in Amarillo, but also in surrounding areas. It’s great to see how different businesses flourish, while allowing the AHCC to be a part of their success. I’m excited for what the future holds as we grow and work towards providing for our community!
Hola, mi nombre es Jennifer Anguiano! Nací y crecí aquí en Amarillo, con mi familia originaria de Jalisco, México. Soy un estudiante actual en West Texas A&M que persigue mi Licenciatura en Administración de Empresas. Me gusta pasar tiempo con mi familia, hacer ejercicio, boxear y pintar. Espero crear mejores relaciones y continuar brindando recursos útiles, especialmente a nuestra comunidad hispana.
A lo largo de mi tiempo en el AHCC, he podido ver nuestra participación y el impacto que hacemos, no solo en Amarillo, sino también en las áreas circundantes. Es genial ver cómo florecen las diferentes empresas, permitiendo que el AHCC sea parte de su éxito. ¡Estoy emocionada por lo que nos prepara el futuro a medida que crecemos y trabajamos para proporcionar a nuestra comunidad!
Hello, my name is Ann Romo! Recently, I was hired as the AHCC’s new Office Manager. Along with working alongside the Executive Director, I’m eager to support the growth of our organization and aid local businesses with the resources they need.
I am originally from Snyder, Texas, and have been living in Amarillo for the past 17 years with my husband Roland Romo and our two children, Ryan and Charlie. Due to my son’s autism, I have a huge passion for autism advocacy and inclusion. Additionally, I am one of the co-founders of our parent-teacher group Autism United, which supports and assists AU Resource teachers in AMAISD. Next May, our daughter will graduate from West Texas A&M with a degree in Music Therapy. I am so proud of our two children who have helped me become the person I am today. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for them as well as what I can bring to the Amarillo Hispanic Chamber.
Melissa Smith is a native of Dimmitt, Texas. She is currently a Certified Paralegal at Lovell, Lovell, Isern & Farabough, LLP and has been with them for over 16 years. Melissa is also a Licensed Court Interpreter and loves being in the courtroom. Melissa graduated from West Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. She enjoys doing video/audio production and graphic design in her spare time. Melissa is also on the board of Wesley Community Center and is involved in various community projects. She is married to Sergio and has 2 boys, Ivan and Edgar.
Antonia Ballejo is Senior Accountant at Pantera Energy Company and was born in Denver, Colorado, but has been a resident of Amarillo since she was 6 years old. This will be her second year for her to serve on the board for the AHCC. Antonia graduated from West Texas A&M University with her bachelor’s degree in accounting in 2014. She is mother of two, son and a daughter, her son will be graduating from West Texas A&M University in December of 2021.
Alex is currently an Assistant Vice President of Commercial Lending at Herring Bank. He was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas and graduated from Amarillo High School. He graduated from West Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in finance and economics (MSFE). He has been in banking for the last 6 years and prior to becoming a commercial lender, he was in accounting and credit analysis. He enjoys meeting new people, being involved in the community, and helping others succeed. In the past he has helped with different organizations such as Junior Achievement, United Way, High Plains Food Bank, Snack 4 kids and others. During his free time he enjoys working out, playing soccer, reading, and traveling with his wife Lili.
Jeremy Herrera is a Native from Eunice, NM. He moved to Canyon Texas in the Spring of 2003. He is a graduate of West Texas University as he earned his Bachelors in 2005 and MBA in 2008. He then moved to Amarillo TX, in 2008 and took on the GM-Bar Manager job at Buffalo Wild Wings as it was the #1 franchise location from 2006-2009. In 2011 he joined Great Western Distributing “Reed Beverage” as their Chain Account Manager. He graduated from MillerCoors Learning Solutions for Introduction to Space Planning and Advanced Space Planning. Has major clients/buyers such as United Supermarkets, Wal-Mart, Allsups, Toot n Totum, Pak A Sak, Lowes, Stripes and many others. Jeremy serves on the Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board, United Way of Amarillo & Canyon as a team Leader, Coors Cowboy Club, MGA at Tascosa/La Paloma and is a member of St. Mary’s church.
Lisa Torres is a Black Belt in the Lean Six Sigma organization where she manages the Escalation and Value Stream Element Team Program at CNS Pantex. Lisa is responsible for project management and has a strong background in facilitating teams through critical thinking and problem solving, coaching, and training. She is a skilled Change Manager and embodies the leadership, soft skills, and strategic analysis necessary to cultivate change. Lisa is passionate about helping others. She serves on the board of a Veterans Affinity Group; Serving our Service members. Outside of work Lisa enjoys volunteering at her church, running, and watching her kids play sports.
Gustavo Sanchez was born and raised here in Amarillo, Tx to hard working immigrant parents from Guadalajara, Jalisco. He started his working career at the early age of 15 at meat plants. He worked ten years in the home and life insurance industry from sales agent to office manager. In 2015, Gustavo joined the Street Toyota Auto Group on the sales floor. In 2019, he was promoted to sales manager. Gustavo has been married to his wife Eliana for 16 years. They have two teenage boys ages 14 and 15. They enjoy being involved in the community, school, sports, church and enjoy spending time with family and friends.
COLONIAL LIFE INSURANCE DIRECT SALES MANAGER
Helen Burton has been District Sales Manager for Colonial Life since 2005. Helen has maintained one of the top sales districts for the Southwest Region. Helen served on the Executive Board of Directors for the Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves in the following: Amarillo Museum of Art Board of Directors, The Bridge, Colonial Hispanic Advisory Committee. Her community involvement includes: Los Barrios de Amarillo, Rotary and others. Helen has been a member of Grace Calvary for over ten years. She enjoys oil painting, reading, scrapbooking, and anything that allows her to be creative. Helen has one daughter, one granddaughter, and resides in Amarillo with her husband, Ray Burton.
AMIGOS UNITED STORE DIRECTOR
Raymond Gaitan is a native of Hereford, TX. Raymond is the Store Director at Amigos. Raymond serves on the Advisory Council for the Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He is on the Board of Directors with The Wesley Community Center and serves on the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) committee for Caprock High School. Raymond is the father of four sons and has seven Grandchildren.
FIRSTBANK SOUTHWEST SVP OF OPERATIONS
Annette Asencio is a native of Hereford, TX. Annette is a SVP, Bank Operations Manager and BSA Officer for FirstBank Southwest. She has over 34 years of banking experience. She currently oversees back office deposit processing, electronic banking, identity theft prevention, Bank Secrecy Act compliance, vendor management and risk management. She served as a representative for FirstBank Southwest on the Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 2008 to 2015. She also served as Chairman of the AHCC Board in 2011 and 2012. She currently serves on the Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board.
Charlie Sanchez is a lifelong resident of Amarillo, TX. He obtained his Safety Certification in CHST-Construction Safety Health. He is an instructor at UT Arlington teaching safety courses. He is a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral where he is a lecturer and an audio/visual technician. He is actively involved in the Amarillo community through the United Way Campaign and Los Barrios de Amarillo. He is the past president of Amarillo Center City and past chairman of Center City Block Party. His hobbies include playing golf, watching Turner Classic Movies and gourmet cooking.
LA FIESTA GRANDE
Betty and her husband, Roy, have owned and operated La Fiesta for 32 years and they have 3 wonderful children and 4 amazing grandchildren. They have lived in Amarillo since 1983. Betty has served on many boards in the Amarillo area. She has served on the Amarillo Area Foundation Internal Relationship Committee, Wesley Community Center Board, Amarillo Opera Board, Amarillo Independent School District’s Citizens Facilities Committee, Girl Scouts Five Star Council, and she is involved with many more community organizations. Education and Community are important to Betty.
Chris Villegas is a native of Amarillo, TX. Chris is the Digital Marketing/Grill Division Mgr at Boyd’s Equipment. He has been heavily involved with the community for the past 4 years working for United Way of Amarillo & Canyon. He sits on the board of directors for the Amarillo Wesley Community Center and has also sat on the boards of Los Barrios de Amarillo, American Advertising Federation, Young Professionals United. Chris is a graduate of Caprock HS where he met his wife Tosha. They have 2 boys Maddox 13 and Nolan 7.
Arturo “Art” Perez is the owner of Scottie’s Transmission in Amarillo, Tx. He was born in Ciudad Juarez,
Chihuahua, Mexico. He graduated from Hereford High School, then attended TSTI in Amarillo for
Automotive. His experience with the automotive field is significantly higher, with ATRA, ASE certifications
and awards to his name. Art has been married to Brenda Perez for 22 years. They have three children,
Brandon, Ashlin and Ashtin. He is an active member of the Knights of Columbus #4621 and the
Downtown Amarillo Kiwanis Club.
CITY OF AMARILLO
Michael is a lifelong resident of Amarillo; he is married and has three children. He has attended Amarillo College, West Texas State University and is a recent Graduate as a Certified Public Manager from Texas Tech University. He is employed with the City of Amarillo (26 years) and currently holds the position of Transportation Superintendent. He is also a board member of Southwest AMBUCS and has participated in America’s Promise with AISD since 2000 and is currently an advisor to Amarillo College Industrial Technology Program.
AMARILLO NATIONAL BANK
Asiria Torres was born in Los Angeles, California and was raised in Mexico. She came to the United
States at 17 and faced many struggles. While working and paying her own way through school she was
able to graduate from Palo Duro High School. She continued to work while pursuing her Bachelor’s
degree in Accounting from West Texas A&M University. During that time, she met her husband and had
her first child all while trying to finish her education. During her time at West Texas A&M University, she
started working at Amarillo National Bank as an Internal Auditor and had her second child. Asiria is now
the Mortgage Loans Servicing Collections Manager at Amarillo National Bank.
Manuel Tovar is the Director of Ethnic Marketing at Affiliated Foods Inc., with responsibilities for marketing programs, brand management and corporate sponsorships. Prior to Joining Affiliated Foods, he worked in strategic business development and marketing at several companies and served in different staff positions. Notable is his 11 years with HEB Supermarkets and his 5 years as Localized Manager. Manuel’s greatest strength is his creativity, drive and leadership. His most recent project involved a strategic program to increase the international product lines offered at Affiliated Foods. Manuel is a past Board Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters in San Antonio and currently involved in Amarillo’s program. He has also been involved with United Way, YMCA, Church Organizations and many volunteer programs.
Tirso Iglesias is a native of Southern California, now residing in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. He is currently the Sr. Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Cacique Foods LLC, has been with them for 29 years and is part of the management team leading their expansion into Amarillo. Tirso graduated with his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California and graduate degree from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business with focus on Strategy and Marketing. He enjoys live sporting events and is a BMW aficionado. Tirso is married to Laura and has two Doberman puppies that made the move with them to Texas, Senna & Garvey.
NEWSCHANNEL 10/ TELEMUNDO AMARILLO
Dirk W. Johnston, a Texas resident and graduate of Southern Methodist University. Dirk has successfully provided leadership for many businesses serving as Senior Vice President of the National Cheerleaders Association and Cheerleader Supply Company, as Senior Vice President of the Hilliard Group, served as Vice President & General Manager of KTEN Television, Sherman-Ada, Vice President of Columbia Tri-Star Television, Senior Vice President of Sony Pictures Television, Vice President of NBCUniversal Television Distribution and currently serves as Director of Sales for NewsChannel 10 Media in Amarillo, Texas. Dirk is active in many industry organizations including the Texas Association of Broadcasters, National Association of Broadcasters, NATPE, Television Academy and Dallas Press Club, March of Dimes and American Red Cross to name a few.
HAPPY STATE BANK
Raised in Cactus Texas from the age of 2, Mirna graduated from Dumas High School then moved in 2003 to Amarillo Texas. She has been happily married to Martin Hernandez for 12 years and has a sweet 8-year-old boy, Abrian Hernandez. She joined the banking world in 2005 at Wells Fargo as a teller and transitioned later to a Personal Banker. During her career at Wells Fargo, she realized how much she enjoyed serving and helping their clients with their finances, educating them on what they had to offer and setting them up on what worked best for their financial status. In 2011, she had an opportunity to join Happy State Bank in the mortgage department where she has been for almost 11 years. This career has taught her how rewarding it is to be a part of their client’s biggest transaction of their lives, turning a house into a home.
BUDWEISER DISTRIBUTING COMPANY
Paul is a Sales Manager for Budweiser Distributing Company and has worked with the company for 14 years. Paul is married to his wife; Melissa Warner Rodriguez and they have four children. In his free time, he enjoys umpiring baseball on the weekends and enjoys playing golf and poker.