Saturday, September 10, 2011

Monreal-Cameron To Leave Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin

Maria Monreal-Cameron

Photo: HCCW/Cy White

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconson CEO will leave the chamber by 2013.

By H. Nelson Goodson
September 10, 2011

Milwaukee - Last Wednesday, Maria Monreal-Cameron, 65, the President and chief executive officer announced she will leave the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin (HCCW) by September 2013. Monreal-Cameron officially submitted her intend to retire to the HCCW Board during a meeting last week, according to Joaquin J. Altoro, a Board member of HCCW.
Monreal-Cameron will work with the Board to find a successor within the next two years. The Board will initiate a successor search in the next 30 days.
Monreal-Cameron became the director of HCCW in 1989. She helped create the Philip Arreola Scholarship Fund and has awarded over $450,000 in scholarships and has more than 665 chamber members. She oversaw the $2.1 million construction of the HCCW headquarters at the 1000 block of W. National Ave.
The HCCW was incorporated as a non-profit business in 1972 and in 2005 the chamber only had three staff members. That same year, under Monreal-Cameron's leadership she was able to bring the 26th Annual United State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Convention and Business Expo to Milwaukee. In 2005, the HCCW netted $1.4 million in event funds breaking any prior event fund raising in its history.
The City of Milwaukee generated about $15 million in revenues, according to VISIT Milwaukee.

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