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Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce appoints Andrea Kosar as new President and CEO

The business entrepreneur and former media personality was appointed to takeover on May 2.

Andrea Kosar | Courtesy photo

WACO, TX — The Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has selected Andrea Kosar (formerly Andrea Morgan) as the new president and CEO, effective May 2, 2022.

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The Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce serves as the region’s leading advocate for economic and civic interests, with a key focus on promoting economic, educational and social development of the business community in Waco, Texas. It is no surprise the newly appointed President and CEO, Andrea Kosar, will be continuing the chamber’s impactful work within the city.

Kosar, an entrepreneur herself, serves as co-owner of Twisted Nail LLC., alongside her husband, Hunter Kosar. They are also investors in Artesano, a Paraguayan restaurant located in Paraguay. Before joining the family business, Kosar gained experience in marketing and public relations as she worked in local media. During her tenure at 25 News KXXV, she created and launched a new weekly segment, Positively Central Texas, where she developed a platform of storytelling for Waco’s organizations and businesses doing good in the community. As a Baylor University graduate in Journalism, Public Relations, and Education, she has stayed active in the Hispanic Chamber’s community for seven years. Finding herself in the entrepreneurial community, the Hispanic Chamber’s resources were especially helpful as she and her husband grew their business. “We have a booming locally-owned business community,” says Kosar, “I am humbled by this opportunity to work closely with prospective entrepreneurs and businesses in the Greater Waco community.”

She plans to lead the organization with an emphasis on unique storytelling of the chamber’s members and create economic development-focused programming to continue the mission of the Hispanic Chamber. “We are uniquely positioned as a leader for economic development within the Hispanic community,” says Kosar. “While part of our mission places an emphasis on growing our Hispanic leaders, our goal will be to continue to take an all-inclusive approach to supporting our community’s small businesses,” states Kosar.

Board Chair, Jonathan Olvera, has been serving as the acting president since Alfred Solano ended his three-year term. “We are so excited to have such a talented businesswoman lead this organization,” says Olvera. “There has been great faith and trust bestowed upon Ms. Kosar as the incoming president. Her leadership has already shown her intentional focus on our three strategic initiatives. This is exactly what our community needs and we cannot be more thrilled for our Chamber’s direction.”

Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Three Strategic Initiatives:

The Hispanic Chamber is the leading advocate for the development on Historic La Salle Avenue. Eric Terrazas, the chamber’s recent hire, serves as the Director of Economic Development with a key emphasis on La Salle’s growth.

CoStarters, an inclusive program that serves the Hispanic entrepreneurial ecosystem, provides development opportunities for entrepreneurs with limited English proficiency. This program’s goal is to provide language justice, grow with a network of mentors and shape the way our Hispanic-owned business ecosystem is supported.

Hispanic Leadership Network serves to equip and empower our Hispanic leaders so we continue to see diversity on organizational boards, leadership positions, and the necessary change within the Greater Waco community.

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