Vice President

Rand Oliver joined WENCO’S team as Director of Business Development in 2014. Rand’s responsibilities include serving the organization as liaison to the economic development community. Rand represents the company at a host of professional, community, and academic venues. He works closely with architectural and engineering professionals, business leaders, governmental agencies, and subcontracting entities to identify partnering opportunities. In addition, Rand provides leadership in developing tools, strategies and materials to promote our many services to the region.

 

Previously, Rand has served as a project manager overseeing a variety of projects throughout the world; including Russia, Romania and Kazakhstan in support of USAID programs. He has been involved with strategic business development, management and marketing for more than 30 years domestically and abroad. Rand has provided the leadership for many nationally-recognized endeavors including the 1994 World Cup, Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory, Internal Revenue Services’ Tax System Modernization, and the Miami Valley Entrepreneur’s Center. In addition to being a U.S. Navy veteran, Dr. Oliver holds a BS degree in Architecture, a MBA in Marketing, MA in Advanced Leadership Studies, and a Doctorate in Organizational Management. He continues to teach and serve the academic community domestically and abroad. He and his wife Penny enjoy travel, the arts, and time with family. His interests include sailing, diving and golf.

President

Robert was born in General Trevino, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas, and became a naturalized US citizen in 1963. Robert has lived in the Dayton area for 25 years and started Salinas Industries as an automotive supplier in 2000. To diversify, Robert purchased a paper converting business in 2007.He employees 20 people in this family owned business. He has been an active member of the Dayton Hispanic Chamber for 4 years??? and was a OHCC finalist for “Businessman of the Year” at the Ohio Hispanic Business Summit this year.

Executive Director

Claudia was born and raised in Sonora, Mexico and immigrated to Los Angeles (LA) CA in her mid-teens. She obtained a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from Cal State University LA, and an MA in Government and Political Economy & Government of Latin America and the Caribbean from Georgetown University. Claudia also completed graduate studies in Strategic Business Alliances at Santiago de Chile’s United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC/CEPAL), and specialized in International Protocol and State Ceremony at Universidad Diplomática de Madrid and Universidad de Oviedo in Spain.

Secretary

Claudia was born in Tijuana, Mexico, immigrated to San Bernardino, California at the age of two and was raised in Southern California most of her life until recently moving to Ohio in mid-2013. Claudia worked as a legal secretary in a prestigious law firm in Riverside, California, Dye, Thomas, Luebs & Mort. She continued working in a legal field with the County of San Bernardino District Attorney’s office, assisting Grover Merritt, Esq. on the “Three Strikes Law” appeals case.

 

Utilizing her legal background, Claudia was contracted with a General Construction Contractor from Brazil, Odebrecht, to facilitate with the Federal government contracts and procurement department. After dealing with many subcontractors and government entities, Claudia opened up Jani-Trol, Inc., her own janitorial supplies and services company in 1999, getting certified 8a, Small Disadvantaged, Minority and Women owned Business Enterprise (SDBE/MBE/WBE) through the Small Business Administration Office.

 

In addition, to her legal, managerial and business entrepreneurship skills, Claudia is a Realtor/Notary Public in California, and a Financial Investment Advisor Representative for Primerica Financial Services in California and Ohio. In addition, Claudia has committed herself to community involvement and service. She is the treasurer for the Jacob Coy Middle School Parent Teacher Organization. She and her husband attend First Baptist Church, Kettering where they facilitate Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University courses.

 

Claudia fosters increased social development opportunities throughout the Hispanic community, by volunteering at St. Mary Church in downtown Dayton as an English teacher. She is a member of the Downtown Toastmasters, improving and becoming a proficient public speaker. She lives in Beavercreek, Ohio with her Marine Veteran husband, Bryan Williams, her son Hayden Michael, 13 and daughter Savannah Lee, 12. She also has two adult children from her previous marriage. They are going to college in California, Hector Manuel Cachu the III, 22 and Erika Amanda Cachu, 20.

Marketing Committee Chair

Malinda is a recent graduate from the University of Dayton with a BA in Communication and Spanish and a minor in psychology. She began volunteering at the Dayton Hispanic chamber in June of 2013 as an assistant to past executive director, Yvonne Wathen, and has recently moved into her current role as the Marketing and Social Media Chair in April of 2014. In addition to her chamber role, Malinda is also working as a Digital Marketing Associate at One Call Now.

Event Communications Volunteer

Jackelin was born and raised in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and immigrated to the US in 2006. She obtained her Marketing degree in Honduras and completed her MBA in 2008 at the University of New Orleans. She has lived in the US for 9 years and her professional experience has been focused in the fields of higher education and healthcare. Her passion to serve the Hispanic community never ends.

Shortly after she moved to Dayton with her husband, she started volunteering for the Dayton Hispanic Chamber’s Marketing committee in January of 2015. She supports the chamber in website and social media management as well as with event planning. She currently works as a part-time bilingual medical interpreter in the Greater Dayton area but is looking forward to returning to supporting service industry fields as a full-time marketing professional. Jackelin and her husband Jose reside in Dayton. They enjoy road trips, biking, camping, and hiking.

Volunteer Content Writer

Nyon Smith holds a BA in Communication from the University of Cincinnati where he held the honor of being a Darwin T. Turner Scholar. He currently writes freelance for many website publications including SoapboxMedia.com.

 

He also has experience creating press releases and annual reports. For much of his professional career, Nyon has been a liaison, consulting with SMEs to distill highly involved processes into training and technical documentation.

Website Maintenance Volunteer

Jose R. Monegro is a retired Army’s First Sergeant with over 24 years of military service. During his service, he participated in numerous combat tours to include Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. His lastassignment was as the Senior Military Instructor at Wright State University Army ROTC Department.

 

After his retirement, he joined numerous organizations as a volunteer to include the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8312, The Dayton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and The League of United Latin American Citizens(LULAC), where he serves as Deputy State Director of Communications and Technology. He is currently the Senior Army Instructor\Teacher for a Junior Reserved Officer Training Corps(JROTC) at David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center. He is also the Web Designer\ IT guy for LULAC Dayton Council #39000 and Web Manager for The Dayton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Board Member

Shahrzad is an Of Counsel attorney with Pickrel Schaeffer & Ebeling and practices in the area of Immigration and Naturalization law. Shahrzad has an in depth understanding of the immigration process both nationally and globally. The area of Immigration and Naturalization is constantly changing and very complex. Shahrzad keeps abreast of changes in the law, providing clients with the confidence that their matter will be handled by an attorney who is knowledgeable and understands their needs.

Board Member

Mr. Larson is a shareholder at Altick & Corwin, a general practice law firm of eleven lawyers. He has worked on a wide variety of legal matters during his thirty plus years of practice. He spends over half of his professional time on immigration law issues and has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) for over twenty years.

Member at Large

José “Rafi” Rodríguez is a retired Colonel, United States Air Force. He presently serves as Executive Director, Ohio Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. After culminating his successful military career in March 2004, he then pursued a career as a Financial Advisor and now presides over “Rodríguez Financial Strategies, Limited Liability Company”.

 

He focuses on comprehensive financial planning for professionals, small businesses and affluent clients. He holds FINRA series 6, 63, 65, & 7 licenses. He is securities licensed in Ohio, Florida, New Jersey, and Texas and insurance licensed in Ohio, Florida, and New Jersey.

 

He is the Past-Chairman, Ohio Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and Past-President, Dayton Hispanic Chamber. He has been appointed by Ohio Governor John R. Kasich to the Minority Business Advisory Council Executive Committee. He is also recognized in the “2012 Latino American Who’s Who”.