HISTORY

The San Antonio-Mexico Friendship Council was established in 1996 as a non-profit corporation dedicated to strengthening and promoting the cultural and historical ties shared by the citizens of San Antonio and Mexico. The council hosts charitable, cultural, educational and literary events. The Grossman-Sada Endowment Fund was established to benefit the San Antonio-Mexico Foundation for Education and is administered by the San Antonio Area Foundation. The San Antonio-Mexico Friendship Council’s (SAMFCO) history dates back to 1995 when the Consul General of Mexico in San Antonio saw the need to renew the official “Grito” ceremony on the 15th of September, a tradition that had been discontinued over the years.  To accomplish this, the Consul General sought the support of local civic and cultural leaders.  Together they revived the tradition of the “Grito” ceremony on September 15, 1996.

 

MISSION

The San Antonio-Mexico Friendship Council (SAMFCO) has its historical roots in the 1960’s when Henry Guerra, WOAI radio personality and historian, recognized the need to preserve San Antonio’s history and ties with Mexico. He initiated a committee called the “Mexican American Friendship Committee” that would solicit donations and arranged with the Mexican Consulate to have the official “Grito” Ceremony on the 15th of September every year at the Mexican Consulate. Over time the Friendship Committee became inactive. In 1995, the new Consul General of Mexico in San Antonio, Carlos Sada, saw the need to reactivate this celebration. He sought the assistance of Veronica Salazar Escobedo, and together they obtained the necessary donations and commemorated the “Grito” Ceremony on September 15, 1996 at Municipal Auditorium. It became apparent to both of them that they needed a formal organization. The San Antonio-Mexico Friendship Council (SAMFCO) was formed as a 50l(c)(3) non-profit corporation on October 31, 1996.

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 SAMFCO’s board is comprised of San Antonio civic, governmental, cultural, educational and business leaders from both the United States and Mexico.  The Consul General of Mexico serves as the Honorary Chairman of SAMFCO during his/her tenure in San Antonio. Since its inception, SAMFCO has been very fortunate to have the leadership of the following Mexican government officials. SAMFCO’s Board of Directors is composed of representatives from the San Antonio community, the Consul General of Mexico, the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara and the Director of the North American Development Bank. The Board funds and participates in the civic ceremonies and educational activities that recognize the important events in Mexican history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Reyna Torres Mendivil

Honorary Chairman

Frances Ortiz Schultschik

President

Juan Antonio Flores

Vice President

 Eduardo Berain

Treasurer

Alejandra Bueno

Secretary

Cecilia Elizondo Herrera

Past President

Shahrzad (Sherry) Dowlatshahi

Immediate Past Vice President

Veronica Salazar Escobedo

President Emerita

Directors

 

Board of Directors


Cristina Bazaldúa

Community Affairs Director

Univision Communications, Inc.

 

Samuel Cantu

Director of Sales USA, Interjet

 

Mike Casey

Historic Preservationist

 

Ramiro Cavazos

President  & CEO

San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

 

Pete Cortez

CEO

Mi Tierra Cafe y Panaderia

 

Roberto Espinosa

Chairman of AEM San Antonio

Financial Advisor / Field Director

Assistant:  Anne Marie Gruebe Perkins

 

Juan Antonio Flores

Executive VP, Government Affairs

Port San Antonio

 

Carol Fimmen

Director of International Programs

Alamo Colleges

 

Marcos Fragoso

Vice President for International Affairs

University of the Incarnate Word

 

Yvannia Garcia

Director of Creative Content & TV Personality

 

Richardson (Dick) Gill

Businessman, Archaeologist

 

Leo Gomez

President & CEO

Brooks City Base

 

Sonia Veliz

Executive Assistant

 

Ricardo Guzman Hefferan

CEO-CRITUSA

 

Luis F. Hernandez

General Manager

Azteca America San Antonio

 

 

Directors

 

Board of Directors

 

Alex Hinojosa

Deputy Managing Director

North American Development Bank

 

Jennifer L. Jenks

Market Manager

AeroMexico

 

Martha Martinez-Flores

Community Leader

 

Katsuo Nishikawa

Director of Center for International Engagement

Trinity University

 

Amparo Ortiz

Community Leader

 

Frances Ortiz Schultschik

President

Schultschik Marketing Group

 

Leslie Palmer

Executive Director

 

Ana Celia Partida

Community Leader

 

Ezequiel Peña

Assistant Vice President for

Academic Affairs–Global & Strategic Initiatives

Our Lady of the Lake University

 

Raul Rodriguez-Barocio

Benson Chair in Banking & Finance

University of the Incarnate Word

 

Sylvia S. Romo, CPA

Certified Public Accountant & Business Advisor

 

Robert  Shemwell

Principal

Overland Partners Architects

 

Craig Stokes

Attorney at Law

 

Rene Zenteno

Vice Provost for Intrnational Initiatives

and Senior International Officer,

UTSA 501 W. One UTSA Circle

 

Advisory Board

 

Robert M. Barnett

Partner

 

Eduardo Bravo

President

Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos-US

 

José Antonio Larios

Deputy Consul General

Consulate General of Mexico

 

Nuria Olascoaga

Public Affairs & Economic Attaché

Consulate General of Mexico

 

Estela Gutierrez

Community Affairs Department

Consulate General of Mexico

 

Mónica Del Arenal

Cultural Attaché

Mexican Cultural Institute

 

Committees:

  • Executive Committee
  • Gala Committee
  • Nominations Committee
  • Scholarship Committee
  • UTSA Mexico Center Speaker Series Committee
  • Website Committee

 

 

 

 

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