Rosa Navejar, founder and president of Fort Worth-based utility engineering firm The Rios Group, has been named to the national board of directors of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Navejar’s appointment was announced by Alice Rodriguez, chair of the board of directors of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC). Navejar joins Robert Martinez, founder and CEO of Braven Agency, and Sil Gonzales, CEO of Ford of Ventura, Calif., as new board members.
“The USHCC Board of Trustees is extremely proud to welcome Rosa, Robert and Sil to the Chamber’s growing national presence and impact,” Rodriguez said. “These three great entrepreneurs bring with them a dynamic entrepreneurial spirit and a unique experience developed over years of economic success by creating jobs and supporting their local communities. They will support the 5 million Hispanic businesses in our country and their needs.
The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the largest small business advocacy group in the United States, representing more than 260 local chambers and trade associations nationwide, the chamber said in a news release.
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Navejar served as president of the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for 11 years before founding the Rios Group in 2012. The company more than doubled its annual revenue from $5.3 million to $12.2 million in during its first five years of operation and today has offices in Fort Worth, Dallas, Austin, Houston and San Antonio.
In announcing Navejar’s appointment to the national board, the USHCC noted that her company “emphasizes the importance of continuing education and professional development for its employees, a perspective she will bring to the board.” . During her tenure as president of the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Navejar oversaw the creation of a mentorship program to engage recent college graduates in civic and nonprofit leadership.
The Rios Group was honored as the 2020 Woman-Owned Business of the Year by the Fort Worth Business Press and Navejar was named to the FWBP Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2016. Prior to joining the Chamber of Commerce A Hispanic from Fort Worth, Navejar has a successful 25-year career in banking.