The Best Place to Start! - El Paso Community College
The Best Place to Start!
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Administrative Services Center, 9050 Viscount Blvd.
Visual and Performing Arts presentation*
Welcome & Introductions
Economic Development Discussion
Richard Dayoub, CEO, El Paso Chamber of
Matthew McElroy, City Development Director
Thomas E. Munsey, F.t Bliss Garrison
Rolando Pablos, CEO, Bordeplex Alliance
Moderator: Roberto Tinajero, UTEP, Institute
for Policy and Economic Development
Welcome & Introductions
Cortney Niland, Mayor Pro Tempore and City
Representative, District 8
Ken Miyagishima, Mayor, Las Cruces, NM
Enrique Serrano Escobar, Mayor, Cd. Juarez,
*The Visual and Performing Arts Exhibit highlights the history of the
Americas. The display features collaborative student work from the Arts,
Mass Communication, and Theatre disciplines. The exhibit utilizes a
combination of visual art, video, and staged readings by actors in costume.
Richard E. Dayoub is the President and CEO of the El
Paso Chamber. He began his career in the chamber
world in 2003 as the Chief Operating Officer. In 2004,
he assumed the position of president and was selected
to be the Chamber’s President and CEO in 2007.
Since 2004, Mr. Dayoub has served on the
Collaborative for Academic Excellence, a nationally
recognized partnership headquartered at the University of Texas at El
Paso and chaired by its president, Dr. Diana Natalicio. He is currently
serving as co-chair of a special task force to assist the El Paso
Independent School District in its review of its governance model
Mr. Dayoub is a graduate of the Institute for Organizational
Management completing his coursework at the University of Arizona in
2009, and received his Certified Chamber Executive designation in
August 2014. He recently completed his service as the Chairman of the
Texas Metro Chambers of Commerce, serving in that capacity for two
years, in 2010 and 2011. He is an active participant on the Metro Cities
Council, and has served as a member of the U.S. Chamber’s Committee
In his prior career, Dayoub was the president and CEO of a large
regional travel company for nearly 30 years. In that capacity, he
oversaw the growth and expansion of the company that transformed
from a small local operation with 10 employees, to a company with 10
offices in four states and more than 100 employees.
Mr. Dayoub attended the University of Texas at El Paso majoring in
Speech and Theatre Studies and recently returned to complete his work
in Interdisciplinary Studies. Mr. Dayoub is an Air Force veteran,
serving two tours in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970.
Mathew McElroy, AICP, CNU-A, is Director of the
City Development Department (CDD) for the City of El
Paso and oversees the Planning, Building Permits and
Inspections, and Development One Stop divisions. In
his two years leading CDD, he oversaw the creation of
a Development One Stop Shop, implemented multiple
process improvements and large scale code reform
projects to reduce review and wait times by as much as 50 percent,
making El Paso among the fastest in Texas and comparable southwest
Mathew also serves on the national board for the Congress for the New
Urbanism (CNU) and has grown membership in the CNU in El Paso to
over 200 from across the public and private sectors while training those
200 to sit for and pass the CNU Professional Accreditation (CNU-A)
exam. He trains and speaks nationally, most recently training 50 city
department heads and managers for the city of Austin, Texas and 60
department heads, managers, private engineers and architects in
Oklahoma City to pass the CNU-A exam.
Prior to joining the City of El Paso, he served as the Associate Director
of the Institute for Policy and Economic Development (IPED) at the
University of Texas at El Paso. In his work at IPED, Mathew oversaw
research operations. His work extended from quantitative evaluation
research and redevelopment studies to econometric forecasting, inputoutput based economic impact analysis, survey research, and
geographic information systems (GIS). In his final year at UTEP, he co
-led the team that won the Council for Community and Economic
Research (C2ER) National Award for Excellence in Policy Analysis for
a binational industry cluster study. He is also the 2012 winner of the
Groves Award, one of the highest national honors for leadership in the
field of planning awarded by the CNU and Transect Codes Council.
Mathew is a University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) graduate of the
English (BA) (1997), Master in Public Administration (2000), and
Master of Science in Economics (2008) programs.
Colonel Thomas E. Munsey was commissioned as a
second lieutenant in the Field Artillery upon
graduation from East Tennessee State University.
His initial assignment was with 3rd Battalion, 320th
Field Artillery, in the 101st Airborne Division (Air
Assault) from 1992 to 1996. While assigned there, he
served as a Company Fire Support Officer, Battery
Fire Direction Officer, Battery Executive Officer, and Battalion Fire
Direction Officer. He was then assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Field
Artillery in the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas,
from 1996 to 1999. While there, he served as the Assistant S3, Task
Force Fire-Support Officer and Battery Commander. Following battery
command, he was assigned to the National Training Center at Fort
Irwin, California, where he served as the Light Task Force and
subsequently the Brigade Fire Support Trainer. From 2001 to 2003,
Colonel Munsey was assigned to Headquarters, United States Army
Forces Command at Fort McPherson, Georgia, serving as the National
Training Center Desk Officer.
Following Air Command and Staff College, Colonel Munsey was
assigned to 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade, 2nd
Infantry Division, in the Republic of Korea and deployed in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Brigade Fire Support Officer from 2004
to 2005. Upon the unit’s redeployment to Fort Carson, Colorado, he
served as the Battalion Executive Officer and deployed in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom and subsequently became the Brigade Effects
Coordinator in 2007. Following the Brigade’s return to Fort Carson and
reflagging as 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division,
Colonel Munsey became the Brigade Deputy Commanding Officer and
deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2009. Colonel
Munsey commanded 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery in 2nd Armored
Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and deployed in support
of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2011 to 2012. Colonel Munsey
assumed command of the US Army Garrison, Fort Bliss, on June 20,
Colonel Munsey has attended the Field Artillery Officers Basic and
Advanced Courses, Air Command and Staff College, and the U.S.
Army War College.
Rolando Pablos is CEO of the Borderplex Alliance,
where he is in charge of overseeing a unified binational effort to foster comprehensive regional
economic development cooperation and collaboration
within the North American Borderplex. The North
American Borderplex is an international metropolitan
area on the border of Mexico and the United States,
and is centered around the nexus where West Texas,
Southern New Mexico and Northern Chihuahua meet.
Prior to his arrival at the Borderplex Alliance, Mr. Pablos served on the
Public Utility Commission of Texas. As Commissioner, Mr. Pablos
regulated the state’s electric and telecommunication utilities and had
primary jurisdiction over activities conducted by the Electric Reliability
Council of Texas.
Mr. Pablos has extensive practical experience in economic
development and trade promotion. His bicultural and bilingual
background has enabled him to work extensively in U.S. and foreign
Mr. Pablos’ substantial public service has afforded him the opportunity
to serve in various leadership roles ranging from serving as chairman of
the Texas Racing Commission; the Free Trade Alliance and the San
Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
After obtaining his BA from St. Mary's University, Mr. Pablos earned
an MBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and an MHM
from the University of Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel &
Restaurant Management. Subsequently, Mr. Pablos earned his JD
degree from St. Mary's University School of Law. He has been a
member of the State Bar of Texas since 2000.
Mr. Pablos and his wife, Dr. Laura San Martin, have four children –
Cristina Elizabeth, David Alan, Mia Noelle and Andrea Nicole.
Moderator: Rober to Tinajer o is an Associate
Director at the UTEP Institute for Policy and
Economic Development (IPED) where he plans,
budgets, and manages all research activities. His
research experience is extensive and includes
conducting applied economic research on regional
economic conditions with an emphasis on economic
impact analysis, survey research, econometric
modeling and forecasting, and statistical analysis. Mr. Tinajero also
has experience teaching graduate courses of Research Methods and
Applied Statistics as well as undergraduate courses of Microeconomics.
In addition to numerous technical and special reports, Mr. Tinajero has
co-authored several academic journal articles and book chapters. Some
of his research has been published in the Atlantic Economic Journal,
Journal of Forecasting, Comercio Exterior, International Journal of
Transport Economics, and the Journal of Business & Economic
Studies. Prior to accepting his position at IPED, Mr. Tinajero worked
as Transportation Economist for the UTEP Center for Transportation
Infrastructure Systems and El Paso Metropolitan Planning
Organization. He also held an Associate Economist position at the
UTEP Border Region Modeling Project. He received a B.B.A. in
Economics and Finance and an M.S. in Economics from UTEP.
Cortney Niland is a longtime El Paso resident who is
honored to serve the citizens of El Paso. Her civic
involvement in El Paso runs deep, and features work
on the Board of Directors for the United Way, the
Women’s Fund of El Paso and St. Clements School.
Cortney graduated from the University of TexasAustin with a degree in Economics and a dual minor
in Business and Spanish.
Upon graduation, she moved to El Paso and began a career in financial
services. She completed the Morgan Stanley Dean Witter training
program in New York City, receiving her licensing in Series 7 and
Series 63, among others. She had a successful career for over five years
when she made the decision to focus on her family.
She currently resides in El Paso with her husband, Jack, and their two
sons. She is a member of the Rio Grande Council of Governments, the
Pension Board, the Quality of Life Bond Committee, as well the City of
El Paso LRC’s Economic Development, Planning & Tourism,
Environmental Services LRC, and the Council Rules &
Intergovernmental Relations LRC.
Kenneth Daniel Gallegos Miyagishima was born
in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1963. He is of both
Japanese and Mexican descent. He has lived in
Las Cruces since 1971. He attended public schools
and in 1985 graduated from New Mexico State
University with degrees in finance and real estate.
In 1984 – while still attending NMSU – he began his insurance and
financial services business, which he still owns today. Mayor
Miyagishima has one child - Danielle.
Mayor Miyagishima has achieved many milestones in his
distinguished career in public service:
In 1992 Mayor Miyagishima became New Mexico’s first American of
Japanese descent to be elected to public office. Following his election
to City Council, he became one of only a handful of officials ever
elected to both the Las Cruces City Council and Doña Ana Board of
County Commissioners. Mayor Miyagishima’s accomplishments were
included in the book, Distinguished Asian-American Political and
Governmental Leaders, printed by Greenwood Press. In 2005 he won
two different general elections while running “unopposed,” with the
other election being November 1992.
Mayor Miyagishima is a graduate of Las Cruces High School and
earned a BBA from New Mexico State University, He also has degrees
in Finance & Real Estate
Mayor Miyagishima has a long career in public service and has been a
small business owner since 1985. He has been a Commissioner and
Chairman of the County Board of Commissioners, President of the Rio
Grande Council of Government, Chairman of the Las Cruces Public
Safety Committee, Councillor of District 6 and Member of the U.S –
Mexico Border Mayor’s Association.
Mayor Miyagishima was awarded The White House Champions of
Change Award and the Department of Army Commanders’ Award for
Enrique Serrano Escobar was born on 15 May 1958.
He is a member of the institutional Revolutionary
Party. He was inspired by public service at a very
young age by family experiences and the philosophy
of community service.
Mayor Serrano is an economist graduate from the
Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez and has a
BA in Public Administration and Political Science from the
Autonomous University of Chihuahua. He has an MBA from the
Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.
He served in Federal Civil Service as a Technical Adviser of both the
Secretary of Programming and Budget (1981-1983) and the Secretary
of Commerce and Industrial Development
He was appointed the Mexican Foreign Sub Delegate from 1984 to
1986 in the Local Public Service Institute of Commerce. He was
Private Secretary to the Mayor and later Chief Clerk of the
Municipality of Juárez from 1987-1989.
Within the private sector, he served as Manager of the Antonio J.
Bermudez Industrial Park and president of the company Inmobiliaria
Saman, SA de CV. As an entrepreneur he has served as a Member and
Chairman of the Governing Body of Yogi Product, SA de CV.
Mayor Escobar has been Member of the Rotary Club (1982-1993);
Member of the National Association of Economists; Member of the
League of Revolutionary Economists (PRI); Member of the National
Political Institute of Public Administrators; Member of the National
Chamber of Industry (CANACINTRA); Member of the National
Chamber of Commerce (CANACO); Member of the Chamber of the
Restaurant Industry (CANIRAC); and Founder and President of
"Family Care and Development AC" and Chairman of the MexicoChina Friendship.
Mayor Escobar has more than 30 years of active membership in the
Institutional Revolutionary Party, in which he served in various
positions such as member and activist of election campaigns; Founder
and Vice President of the Student Federation Juárez and Program
Coordinator for Political Commitment to Ciudad Juárez.
He has been a Member of the Federal Legislature LX I Federal
Electoral District of Chihuahua where, among other responsibilities, he
participated in the Economic Committee and the Committee on Budget
and Public Accounts. He was also involved in a special commission to
investigate the Tragedy of Coal Mine Pasta de Conchos, as well as the
Committee on Cooperative Development and Social Economy.
Enrique Escobar Serrano became the PRI candidate for mayor of Juarez
for the period 2013-2016.
Hispanic Heritage Committee
Olga C. Chavez, Committee Chair
Lopez De Lara
Student Ar t & Local Ar tist Display
Administrative Services Center Foyer from September 15 to October 15.
Featuring work by El Paso artists Gabriel S. Gaytán and Frank Rosales and
student work from the class of EPCC art instructor Michael J. Thornton.
Lucy Acosta: was the fir st Hispanic woman EPCC
Board of Trustees. She is the Co-founder and
Developer of Project Amistad. Lucy was elected to
The Women’s Hall of Fame in 1987. The Lucy G.
Acosta Humanitarian Awards were named in her
honor, and have been presented every year since
Dr. Lucy Scarbrough has received numerous
awards including the Burlington Foundation Teaching
Award, the National Teaching Excellence Award of
U.T. Austin and the coveted Minnie Stevens Piper
Higher Education Award of Texas.
Honorable Paul C. Moreno, State Representative
1967 – 2008, Co-founder of El Paso Legal Assistance,
and Founder of Tejano Democrats. He has been a
passionate and outspoken advocate for the poor, the
disabled, and education.
Denise Chávez, author, playwr ight, stage director,
actor and teacher, presents workshops for multicultural and multi-generational groups. Ms. Chávez is
the director of The Border Book Festival, a major
festival in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
William Serrata, Ph.D.
Ernst E. Roberts II, Ph.D.
EPCC Vice President of Administration & Financial Operations
Olga C. Chavez, M.A., LPC
Diversity Programs District Director
Diversity Program, Assistant Director
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