Luis Delgado – The Critical Update (CHAIR)
Luis Delgado was born in El Paso, Texas and had the rich experience of growing up in Mexico City. After moving back to El Paso, he graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso. Luis and his wife Aixa moved to Austin shortly after graduation.
Many people recognize him as a loving husband, dedicated father, community resource, speaker, and the entrepreneur who founded The Critical Update, Inc (TCUINC) in 2003. TCUINC is a technology consulting firm that has evolved from basic computer support to affordable technology consulting, network management, outsourced IT solutions and cybersecurity.
Luis is a certified HIPAA professional who is focused on helping business owners create more jobs for Texas families. He is also deeply passionate about helping people find their purpose and is committed to a life of leadership through service. Luis is a devoted friend, Man of faith, and a coffee drinker who is never without his favorite tumbler.
Yolanda Davila – BBVA (PAST CHAIR)
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 – Truist Financial (chair elect)
Ryan Melendez is a Assistant-Vice President and Market Leader for Branch Banking & Trust Company (BB&T), a community banking group for Austin and the surrounding areas. In this capacity, Ryan has responsibilities including business development, small business lending, client management and community engagement. Ryan also serves as a community leader in Austin. During his ten-year banking career, including 8 with BB&T Bank, Ryan’s primary focuses are to build long-term relationships as a trusted advisor with his clients and the community; manage a portfolio of retail and small business clients; and have a strong understanding of his client’s banking; investment and insurance needs.
Ryan was born in Caracas, Venezuela, has been in Texas since 1995, and attended Columbia Southern University. Ryan is an engaged community volunteer who currently serves on the board of EGBI Austin and supports various other community organizations in the Austin area. Ryan lives in Kyle, TX with his son Stuart and his daughter Rihanna, and their dog Scotts. In his free time, Ryan likes doing outdoor activities with his family.
Robert Shipman -Frost Bank (Treasurer)
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.
Sade Ogunbode- Law office of SadÉ Ogunbode (secretary)
Sade attained her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Houston and received her juris doctor from South Texas College of Law. She’s been licensed to practice law since 2010 and holds a Texas state Mediator certificate. She served as Past Chair of the Solo/Small Firm section of the Austin Bar Association. She helped launch and Co-Chaired the Austin Bar Mentoring Program for lawyers between 2011 and 2015. She is also a 2013 graduate of the Austin Bar Leadership Academy.
She founded her law firm in 2010 where she is able to help consumers with Real Estate needs, Foreclosure Defense, Collection Defense, and Civil Litigation cases. Prior to practicing law, she worked as a special education teacher, and as a software analyst.
Sade enjoys encouraging fellow lawyers and business-owners to continually improve themselves and their craft. She enjoys volunteering time with the Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas and the Volunteer Legal Services and have given presentations to the public through the People’s Law School program on topics such as Consumer Law and Collection Defense.
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. Prior to joining EGBI, Lopez was a finance executive at Dell, Inc. for 11 years, where he reported to the company’s CFO and served 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 Treasurer 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.)
Mike Lancaster – Wells Fargo
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 past Board Chairman for a local non-profit Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI) and a Board Member of the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce.
Edwin TreviÑo – Signarama Austin
Born in Roma TX, Edwin E. Treviño, is proud of his family which includes his wife and his 4 children. Edwin is an enthusiastic and creative businessman with a high sense of responsibility, teamwork, and devotion to customer service. He has an innate ability to negotiate in the sales arena, a refined sense of understanding what customers seek, and is consistent seeker of “how we can” LOS COMO SI! He has also graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.
From 1989 to 2016 Edwin founded in Mexico two companies and ventures into the fascinating market of the graphic arts. Global Quest de Mexico SA (GQ) where to-this-date, he is the CEO and Managing Director. The company is dedicated to digital printing with outstanding graphic design offering clients a complete solution that starts with the design (Diseño), printing (Impresión) to assembly (Montaje) … DIM. With the company’s robust service culture in all aspects of the business, GQ found a natural niche in the retail and supermarket industry. GQ participated in the design development and production of important nation-wide projects.
In 2016, With a desire to expand its presence in the US market and looking to settle in Texas, Edwin opened–with his family- a new company GlobalDIM Services LLC / Signarama Austin, offering the same service, support and experience in Signs, Digital Print and Design solutions.
Currently he is working on the editing and production of a book about the application, influence, the importance of design and his own experience in the self-service retail market industry.
Pilar Sanchez – Housing Authority of the City of Austin
Pilar Sanchez, currently director of Compliance Oversight for the Housing Authority of Austin (HACA), 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.
Alejandra de la Torre – Alejandra de la Torre State Farm insurance
Alejandra de la Torre is a 19-year veteran of the insurance industry, community servant and leader, and small business owner. She has served her clients in multiple roles as both a manager and business owner. Her varied experience has made Alejandra one of the most sought after experts in small business and consumer insurance.
Alejandra currently serves as the owner of Alejandra de la Torre State Farm. As an Agent, she has received multiple awards including Ambassador Club, Legion of Honor and Mutual Fund Leaders Program. Prior to her role as a business owner, Alejandra thrived in leadership roles within State Farm, leading teams in underwriting and in the Customer Care department. In 2010, Alejandra was appointed Manager of the Agent Training Team for State Farm’s South-central Region. There she spearheaded the training and development of new Agents in 6 states. Under her leadership, the training department routinely produced some of the nation’s top agents and most successful business owners.
Alejandra believes in serving the community. She is a supporter of animal rescue groups, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and groups that facilitate a stronger and better educated community. She is a community leader, assisting local area schools in obtaining scholarships for disadvantaged students. Her knowledge and expertise helps customers insure their future and give them piece of mind. Alejandra’s relationships are grounded on quality service, mutual trust and integrity. She focuses her efforts on continuous growth, community involvement, and doing business the way the customer wants to do business.
Alejandra was born and raised in El Paso, TX and moved to Austin in 2003. She has a Master’s Degree in Business Management and is the proud mother of two beautiful children Valentina Paloma 5 years and Michael Carlos 2 years.
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
- Roderick Robeson, Certified Public Accountant
- 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
- Edwin Treviño – Committee Chair
- Amber Kani
- Andrianne Wempe
- Barbra Boeta
- Dami Kim
- Emafely Garcia Amador
- Estella Galan
- Jose Salas
- Monica Peña
- Nayeli Gallegos
- Sahabel Porto
- Shelly Cruz
- Veronica Trevisan