Preserving Valencia County traditions by promoting and enhancing local business development through civic, social, cultural, and employment training programs.

About Us

The chamber's ultimate goal is to create economic development. It believes that an educated workforce is a more productive workforce and that ultimately makes Valencia County a great place to start a business or attract existing companies.

HCVC holds it's "World's Largest Matanza" each January as a way to raise money to provide college scholarships to Valencia County college students. To date, the event has raised more than $130-thousand dollars in scholarships and helped more than 200 students meet part of their financial needs.

The matanza is a centuries-old tradition brought to the New World by the Spanish Conquistadors in the 16th Century and is quite possibly the oldest European tradition still practiced in the Americas.

Similar to a Hawaiian luau, it involves the butchering and cooking of an animal (in this case a pig). The meat is then shared by community members.

The Hispano Chamber of Valencia County (HCVC) re-introduces the matanza to community members each year as a way of recognizing and honoring this Hispanic tradition.

Chamber Officers

Chamber Board Members

  • President:             Julie Romero Benavídez, LL Schools Retired ​

  • President-Elect:    Daniel Chadborn, Attorney

  • Secretary:             Rita García, UNM-Valencia Campus

  • Treasurer:             Jeanne Luján, UNM-Valencia Campus

  • Past-President:     Jerry Mora, Retired Army Major  

  • Daniel Aguilar, Retiree Keter Plastics

  • Edward Archuleta, Melbourne Financial

  • Vicky Baldonado, Center for Ageless Living

  • Johnathan Grasser, Farmers Insurance

  • Penny Griego, Bloom Flowers and Gifts

  • Shireen McDonald, Retiree-UNM-Valencia Campus

  • Mike Ogas, School of Dreams Academy 

  • Keisha Rogers , Primary Residential Mortgage INC

  • Antonio Sedillo, Belén Consolidated Schools

  • Fernando Sisneros, Sisneros Brothers Manufacturing

  • Yvonne Tabet, Belén Consolidated Schools 

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