Meet the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
About the West San Antonio Chamber
Established in 1994 by Col. Jimmy Casiano and a group of well-intentioned Westside business owners and stakeholders all in an effort to provide the Western Sector business community with a voice to help promote growth and commerce.
About the Staff
The West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce is led by Interim President, Kristi Villanueva. A former board member with a background in Public Relations, Government Affairs, and Small Business Advocacy.
Mrs. Kristi Villanueva, Interim President of the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and former board member. Prior to her role at the chamber, Kristi worked as Deputy Program Manager for a small, minority-owned construction company managing two overseas projects under a Department of State contract.
Kristi brings with her over seventeen years of experience in public relations, government affairs, and Small Business Advocacy. She is well known for her tenacity, community engagement, and love of the outdoors. She advances any team’s mission through her work ethic, expertise, and dedication. http://www.LinkedIn/in/kristigarzav
Julie Jimenez sits as the Office Administrator for the West Chamber. With over 10 years of experience in the private sector, Jimenez brings a strong work history of office management to the organization.
About the Board of Directors
Comprised of a diverse group of Western Sector leaders, the Board of Directors of the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce proudly boasts a strong record of service.
Led by Rudy Rodriguez, born and raised in San Antonio, Rudy leads the CRG Community Resource Group team as the senior officer and lead consultant. CRG represents a diverse portfolio of clients that seek to maintain or advance their business endeavors in the public sector. CRG specializes in Business Development and Government Affairs consulting services. The CRG business model is based on long-standing relationships – both with the client and the key stakeholders that impact the success of those business and policy interests. Please visit the CRG website at www.crglobby.com
CRG is proud of its ongoing consulting relationships with companies such as:
- HMS Host International
- True Flavors Catering/Restaurants
- Texas Taxis Inc.
- Utility Revenue Management
- Guido Construction
- Seven Seas Water
- River Walk Associates
- San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Capital Electric and Construction
Rudy is married to his wife Nancy of 32 years and they have four sons. Benjamin who graduated from the Universality of Alabama and works as the Marketing Manager for Kaco Solar, Jacob who graduated from the University of Southern California and received his Master Degree from the London School of Economics and now works as a Senior Analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank Board of Governors, Thomas a college Sophomore at San Antonio College and James who recently enrolled as a freshman at New York University.
The West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce currently boasts a membership of 345 members. This includes a diverse, dedicated and participatory group of both Small and Large business from the Greater San Antonio area.
Chamber Coverage Area
The West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce covers a large sector of San Antonio which includes 29 different Zip Codes and eight different City Council Districts. The boundaries include everything west of Downtown and I-10 on the northwest side of San Antonio and of IH-35 on the southwest side of San Antonio leading to Loop 1604.
West Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies & Anniversary Celebrations
The West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce offers free ribbon-cutting ceremonies for its members! We also celebrate Chamber member grand openings, re-openings, remodels, and anniversaries with fun, exciting events at your business location.
Typically, the celebrations are held during normal business hours and feature light refreshments provided by the business. The Chamber brings the ribbon and scissors and publicizes your celebration. The Chamber advertises your event with an invitation e-mail to the Chamber community, in the online calendar, and on the Chamber website.
West Chamber Events
The West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce offers several events and networking opportunities that are both well attended and reasonably priced. These events offer our members and prospective members with opportunities to network and market their business.
The West Chamber events range from small networking breakfast opportunities to large banquet and gala-style events. With our benchmark events like the State of the District Banquet featuring Congressman Charles Gonzalez and our West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Legacy Gala to our Annual Golf Tournament to our Social Mixer series, there is an event for everyone at the West San Antonio Chamber.
West San Antonio Chamber’s partial event list includes the following:
- State of the Chamber/Installation of Officers Breakfast
- State of the District Featuring Congressman Joaquin Castro
- West Chamber’s Annual Golf Tournament
- Annual Breakfast with the Mayor
- City Council Breakfast Series
- West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Annual Legacy Gala
- West San Antonio Chamber Annual Holiday Season Christmas Mixer
- West Chamber Spring Fiesta Mixer
- West Chamber BEEP Small Business Education Series
- State of the Port