David Lizarraga: a man with a positive attitude

The US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has gone through some troublesome and discouraging times following a disturbing embezzlement scandal, but that is about to change thanks to the return of optimism and vision to the Chamber in the form of one man, David C. Lizarraga, the organization’s new chairman.

In his inaugural address, Lizarraga told the audience that they were the reason the Chamber existed, and that “We pledge to assist, support, and advocate for you, representing you at the local, state, regional, and national levels.”

Lizarraga arrived on the scene at the right moment to polish the silver in the silver anniversary of the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce by building on what the founders so proudly created, reflecting on their successes, and celebrating the promise of an even shinier future. He has reminded the Chamber members that they are the stewards of the American Dream: a version of the dream especially suited for the close-knit and hard-working Latino families that come here from Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean in pursuit of opportunity and a piece of the American Dream.

They come to wherever there are opportunities for hard-working people to provide for their families, whether by starting small businesses, or working in the growing fields of California, Texas, or Florida, or in the textile mills of Dalton, Georgia, or on the hog farms and chicken farms of Alabama. Hispanics all over the US fill jobs that often no one else wants–in restaurants, hotels, factories, fields, and on assembly lines. But they do this often low-paying and sometimes back-breaking work to provide for their families in ways they couldn’t in their home countries and to give their children an education and a language so they can reach for a bigger piece of that Dream.

Lizarraga reminds the members of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that they too are a family, an extended family, and although we have our differences like all families members do, we must come together for the benefit of all. We must remember what we are for, not what we are against; concentrate on what unites us, not on what divides us; and bury old rivalries as we forge new alliances.

“It is our duty”, he affirms, “as holders of the torch our predecessors have handed to us, to transform their hope and promise of a brighter tomorrow into a celebrated reality.”

Lizarraga is a dynamic and visionary leader who has dedicated his life to rebuilding communities through his company, TELACU. He is an advocate of empowering people so that they may improve their quality of life, and he has worked tirelessly to assist economically challenged families and young people in the Latino community in the US.

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