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Hispanic Heritage Month: Carlos Gomez

KCPS celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a photo of a Latino man in a suit and blue tie. He is smiling.


Since 2007, Carlos Gomez has led the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City. He holds dual bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration Marketing and Business Administration Management from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. In the late 1980s, Topeka was a test market for Best Buy’s new “big box” retail store concept. It took Gomez a year and a half to convince Best Buy’s vice president of marketing to stock Latin music. The Latin music section became wildly popular, increasing Best Buy’s market share among Hispanic customers.

Carlos’ mother had spent his childhood volunteering with various school and neighborhood organizations, March of Dimes and the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Topeka. When Best Buy encouraged Carlos to get involved in his community, he joined his mother at Fiesta Mexicana. His volunteerism led him to serve on the Topeka Planning Commission and other boards before he joined the Hispanic Chamber.

Under Carlos’ leadership, the Hispanic Chamber has focused on meeting the needs of small business owners and launched a successful contracting program that connects small businesses with corporate, government, medical and educational buyers. Additionally, the Hispanic Chamber facilitates many workshops and seminars in Spanish to connect with Spanish-speaking business owners.

 

Sources:

https://hccgkc.com/hcc-staff/

https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2016/09/02/bridging-communities-retail-job-teaches-gomez.html

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