Pilar Sanchez, currently director of Compliance Oversight for the Housing Authority of Austin, was instrumental in founding the Housing Authority’s first subsidiary corporation in 2000, bringing over 70 new jobs to Austin. She was responsible for developing the agency from the ground up—developing all policies and procedures, hiring and training over 50 employees, and monitoring the program’s regulatory compliance. Sanchez is responsible for auditing and evaluating all programs and making recommendations on program re-engineering to ensure efficiency, integrity, customer satisfaction, and regulatory compliance. Her most recent accomplishment has been co-founding the agency’s consulting arm, which signed its first client in January
Sanchez’s entrepreneurial spirit was also instrumental in creating a business development resource center, Emerging Enterprises (EE). EE is located in East Austin and provides business development classes for start-up businesses who need assistance with writing business and marketing plans or who need business counseling. Sanchez brokered a three-tiered partnership between her employer, the Austin Housing Authority (HACA), the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC), and the Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI). HACA provides the space and funding for operations, while GAHCC and EGBI operate the center.
Yolanda has more than ten years of education and professional experience in public policy research and data collection, with an emphasis on fiscal and policy analysis. She currently serves as Community Relations Officer in the central and Texas region for BBVA Compass. She supports the bank’s corporate responsibility objectives for community outreach, reputation building, and business development.
Most recently, Yoly was a performance analyst for the Texas Legislative Budget Board. This work involved the planning and development of performance reviews of governmental agencies, including evaluations for program economy, efficiency, and effectiveness. She conducted reviews to determine compliance with laws, regulations, policies, and procedures and reports findings and recommendations to legislators. Prior to this Yolanda worked with Fitch Ratings, Charles A. Dana Center, Senator Shapleigh and Foundation Communities where she also served as chair of the board of directors. Born in El Paso to Mexican immigrants Yoly is a first-generation college student.
She holds a master degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and an undergraduate degree in political science from Williams College.
Ryan Melendez is Market Leader and Banking Officer for BB&T. He is responsible for instilling the BB&T Mission, Vision, and Values within the branch team. He is responsible for sales management and revenue generation within the branch. Provide quality leadership, encouragement and guidance to all branch personnel, while ensuring clients receive superior client service quality.
Mike Lancaster was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. He attended the University of Texas at San Antonio and earned a degree in Business Management. Mike is a 22-years veteran in the banking industry. He is currently the Round Rock Business Banking Manager at Wells Fargo Bank. His responsibilities include managing a team of bankers who acquire new business, manage business relationships, commercial lending, SBA lending, medical & equipment lending, working capital management and Treasury Management.
Mike started his career with Norwest Bank in October 1996, which later transitioned to Wells Fargo Bank thru merger in November 1998. Mike has held many leadership positions in the consumer and business lending division of Wells Fargo across Texas, New Mexico, and Louisiana. Mike also is a mentor to many junior bankers. Some of his accomplishments at Wells Fargo are: Chairman of the Wells Fargo Sales Council in 2011, Top Volume Producer in 2012 and Star Performer in 2008 and 2014.
Mike lives in Round Rock, TX with his wife Kelly, their twin boys Zane & Tyler, and his dog Frank. In his free time, Mike likes doing outdoor activities with his family, Coach YMCA Soccer, as well as traveling and trying out new restaurants. He is a graduate of Leadership Round Rock Class of 2014. He also does volunteer work for Habit for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, he is the Board Chairman for a local non-profit Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI) and a Board Member of the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce.
Roderick Robeson is a Certified Public Accountant and entrepreneur with over 20 years of entrepreneurial, accounting, and finance experience. A proud US Army veteran, native Austinite, and PriceWaterhouseCooper LLP (PwC) alum, he currently owns and operates two businesses: Roderick Robeson CPA LLC, a virtual accounting firm that serves small businesses from around the world and Aspire Online Academy LLC, an online educational platform that teaches entrepreneurs how to develop and grow their businesses.
Roderick has a passion for teaching, having taught at the collegiate level. His unique teaching style garnered the attention of students and academics alike, being selected by both in the summer of 2012 to teach business courses at one of China’s largest and most prestigious universities, Sichuan University in Chengdu, China. During his spare time, Roderick enjoys reading, traveling, kayaking, and fishing.
Al Lopez, served as Executive Director, Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI) from late 2010 through mid-2017, which was the highest growth most successful period of EGBI to date. He currently volunteers for the organization and will be joining the board of directors in 2018. Prior to joining EGBI, Lopez was a finance executive at Dell, Inc. for 11 years, most recently reporting to the company’s CFO and serving as vice president of finance for Global Services and IT organization. Previously, he spent 21 years at IBM in a host of financial management and executive positions, including two years overseas in France, after starting his career as a sales representative.
In addition to his extensive executive corporate background, Lopez has a strong history of community outreach and service. He has served with the St. John Neighborhood Association and is very involved with the John H. Reagan Early College high school AVID program that led to being named the AISD Latino Volunteer of the Year in 2012. Lopez currently serves as Secretary of IDEA Public Schools governing board. IDEA Public Schools is an open enrollment high performing public charter school district serving over 30,000 predominately low-income students.
Lopez holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the University of Northern Colorado. He also previously served on the University of Texas at Austin Accounting Advisory Council for several years. He and his wife, Judy are very active at the Austin Stone Community Church and have three married children (and eleven grandchildren.)
Robert Shipman is a Vice President in Frost’s Corporate Banking Group for Austin and the surrounding areas. In this capacity, Robert has responsibilities including business development, commercial lending, client management and community engagement. Robert also serves as Community Leader in North Austin.
During his 15-year banking career, including 7 years with Frost Bank, Robert’s primary focuses are to build long-term relationships as a trusted advisor with his clients and the community, to manage a portfolio of commercial clients and have a strong understanding of his client’s banking, investment and insurance needs.
Robert is a multi-generational Texas native and a graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX.
Robert is an engaged community volunteer who currently serves on the board of EGBI Austin and supports various other community organizations in the North Austin area.
Past Board Chairs:
- Mike Lancaster, Wells Fargo
- Javier Valdez, Oracle
- Luisa Gavino-Martinez, Wells Fargo
- Thomas Miranda, SparkovationIT
- Pilar Sanchez, Housing Authority for the City of Austin
Past Board Members:
- Nora Comstock, ACC Board of Trustee, Place 6
- Dr. Denise Villa, Center for Generational Kinetics
- Michele Dishongh, First Citizens Bank
- Ray Andow, Walmart
- Glenn Robinson, IC2 Institute
- Juliana Sciaraffa, Sciaraffa Law Office, PLLC
- Henry Flores, Madhouse Development Services, Inc.
- Rolando Balli, RRB Ventures
- Jarrett Avery, Cisco
- State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez
- Judge Gisela Triana
- Manuel Zarate, HBMG, Inc.
- Henry Flores, CenturyLink
- Teo Tijerina- Onko Solutions
Meet the Committee Members
- Al Lopez
- Barbra Boeta
- Mike Lancaster
- Robert Shipman
- Yolanda Davila
- Luis Delgado- Committee Chair
- Andrianne Wempe
- Anwuli Chukwurah
- Barbra Boeta
- Diana Sanchez
- Estella Galan
- Jose Salas
- Larissa Davila
- Monica Peña
- Nayeli Gallegos
- Roderick Robeson
- Ryan Melendez
- Sahabel Porto
- Sharon Ghim