By Marc Campos

Summit Success

Over 300 Latinos/Latinas and non Latinos/Latinas were in attendance at last Saturday’s Houston Area Latino Summit that was held at Minute Maid Park. A report on the Summit’s proceeding will be sent out to all attendees in the next couple of weeks. Power point presentations by some of the presenters will be made available on this website in a couple of days. The Summit was televised and once we learn when and where the Summit will air, we will let everyone know. We will also post on this website the financial support provided by sponsors and the costs associated with putting on the event. Aside from the somewhat incoherent and childish swipe taken at one of the sponsors by one of the participants, things were pretty much upbeat throughout the day.

Commentary would like to thank the Houston Astros and ARAMARK for their cooperation. I would also like to thank Monica Flores Richart for coordinating the Summit agenda. We couldn’t have done it without Monica’s guidance, advice, and assistance. Commentary would also like to thank the presenters and speakers for their participation.

Of course, the leadership provided by H-Town Council Member James Rodriguez was essential in getting the Latino community’s leadership to buy in on this idea. James will be in discussions with leaders and groups over the next few weeks to determine the next step - the next Summit that will probably be held sometime in the late Spring.

The following are some comments related to the Summit that have come our way:

“the summit was a success by any measure, the number of high level of Hispanic and non-Hispanic decision makers your organization was able to gather together was impressive; the US Census Bureau was able to network and develop partnership opportunities with many of the upwards of 300 Hispanic leaders in attendance. The mix of colors and ethnicities gathered who support equal opportunities for all did not go unnoticed. The expert knowledge of presenters was undeniable and the information imparted was crucial to better decision making and policy development. I requested of the presenters their PowerPoint presentations and they were all gracious in their generosity to share their knowledge. You created an environment that promoted approachability on your part and that of the presenters.”

“Dear Hon. Councilman Rodriguez: Again, thank you for organizing this informative and well attended Houston Area Latino Summit. Thanks are due to your staff for their dedication.”

“Please extend my thanks to the sponsors and organizers of the Houston Area Latino Summit. In 1985 and 1987, the Houston Hispanic Forum organized Educational Summits which were attended by hundreds of Hispanic leaders. The University of St. Thomas hosted those events, each held on a Saturday. I am sure that the Univeristy of St. Thomas, Rice or one of the Universities of Houston would agree to host a 2009 Hispanic Education Summit and some of us could provide the refreshments and of course help in the organizing chores. This Educational Summit was requested by Mr. Richard Farias and I totally agree with him. However, all the references that concerned education are still the ones that were prevalent in the 1980's. It is time to say enough and bring solutions not just analysis. My telephone is xxxxxxxx.”

“First of all, congratulations on a successful event! I am with Foster Quan and several of my colleagues, including Rob Caballero, have told me that the event on Saturday was well-attended and well-publicized. I would like to know if there were any videos taken of the presentations. If so, I would like to see if it would be possible to obtain a copy. I am specifically interested in the immigration presentation.”

“Just wanted to say again-- nice job on Sat. I only wish that there would been a segment run by you (Commentary). You certainly know more about Houston politics and particularly Houston minority politics than anyone. The way the demographics are going, Houston politics and Houston minority politics will soon be the same thing.”

“I have received e-mails saying the Summit was a great success. Congratulations.”

“congratuations on the Latino Summit this weekend. Great topics.... great attendence.... I know James is going to move the MOUNTAIN!. Very insightful.”

My sincere thanks to you (James) and the Campos Communications team for planning today's Latino Summit.


Not bad at all.

Final List of Sponsors

• Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP

• Taxis Fiesta

• Texas Hispanic Peace Officer’s Association

• Houston Astros

• Janiece Longoria (Port Commissioner, Port of Houston Authority and Board of Regents, University of Texas System)

• CDM • Yolanda Navarro Flores, Houston Community College

• Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

• Peter Brown, Houston City Council Member

• UA Plumbers Local Union 68

• Compean Funeral Home

• Emil Pena • McKinney and McKinney

Commentary’s Goddaughter who never needs touching up is celebrating her last twentysomething BD today – yikes! Happy Birthday Lisette!

The full squad reports today for spring training.

February 17, 2009 9:00AM

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