|(Tucson, AZ) – Today, The LIBRE Initiative Action, a group committed to working with anyone to advance positive policies that promote the wellbeing of the Hispanic community, unveiled a coalition of Latino business owners, entrepreneurs and job creators who plan to support Juan Ciscomani – a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Arizona’s 6th congressional district.
The small business coalition will be chaired by Lea Márquez Peterson, an entrepreneur, and a former president and CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of commerce.
Co-chairing the coalition will be Jaime S. Chamberlain, president/owner of Chamberlain Distributing Inc., importer of Mexican Fruits and Vegetables, and former Chairman of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, an organization representing American importers who market over 5 billion dollars’ worth of Mexican produce thought North America.
Jaime has been in the produce business in Nogales Arizona for 35 years. He is the current President/Owner of Chamberlain Distributing Inc., a 51-year-old company established by his family in 1971. He is currently the Chairman of the BOD of Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County Port Authority and serves on the Boards of Tucson based SUN CORRIDOR Inc., and the Executive Board of Directors of the Arizona-Mexico Commission as Secretary and Co-Chairman of the Ports and Infrastructure Committee.
Jaime is also Past Chairman of the BOD of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas and Chairman Emeritus of St. Andrews Children’s Clinic. He is also a member of Southern Arizona Leadership Council and the Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments. Chamberlain was named 2015 Hispanic Business Man of the Year by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
The coalition will also include eight other Tucson Hispanic small business owners who are creating jobs and opportunity for the local Tucson community.
Lea Márquez Peterson and Jaime S. Chamberlain issued the following statement after announcing the small business coalition:
“The small business community is the backbone of Arizona’s economy. Unfortunately, Washington’s policies are making it increasingly harder for small business owners and entrepreneurs to grow and expand. We desperately need new representation in Washington to ensure that small business owners and local job creators can thrive and prosper. When this happens, we all benefit.”
Peterson and Chamberlain continued:
“Juan Ciscomani has a proven track record of fighting for small business owners throughout his professional career and know that he will push back against reckless spending, higher taxes and unnecessary red tape stifling economic productivity. Arizona small business owners cannot thrive under the current Washington leadership. Juan Ciscomani is the leader small business owners in Arizona desperately need.”
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Full List of Small Business Coalition
Lea Márquez Peterson
Chairwoman Márquez Peterson was elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission in November 2020. She was sworn-in on January 4, 2021 and elected by her fellow commissioners to lead the Commission as Chair.
Prior to November 2020, Chairwoman Lea Márquez Peterson was appointed to the Commission by Governor Doug Ducey in May 2019. With her appointment, she became the first Latina to serve in a statewide office in the state of Arizona. She is the only commissioner who is not from Maricopa County. Her first term ends in 2025. She will be eligible to run for a second in 2024.
Lea has been an entrepreneur in Arizona for many years and supports Arizona’s small business community and economic development. She was honored to be selected as the 2022 Hispanic Business Woman of the Year by the United States Hispanic Chamber. She served as the President/CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber from 2009 until November of 2018 and the Executive Director of Greater Tucson Leadership (GTL) from 2005 to 2009. While Lea was serving as President/CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber in 2013, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber was recognized by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as the Hispanic Chamber of the Year. Lea lives in Tucson with her husband and two children.
Jaime S. Chamberlain
Jaime has been in the produce business in Nogales Arizona for 33 years. He is the current President/Owner of Chamberlain Distributing Inc., an almost 50-year-old company established by his family in 1971. He serves on the Board of Directors of Tucson based SUN CORRIDOR Inc., and the Executive Board of Directors of the Arizona-Sonora Commission as Secretary and Co-Chairman of the Ports and Infrastructure Committee. Jaime is also Past Chairman of the BOD of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas. Chamberlain was named 2015 Hispanic Business Man of the Year by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Born in Tucson, AZ as a 6th generation Arizonan. Carlos attended the University of Arizona and earned a BS in Material Science and Engineering. After graduation he started a 35-year career in Materials Engineering and raw material Supply Chain Management.
A desire to start his own business resulted in developing a raw material business model and researching Tucson as a location to start the business. He founded HT Metals in 2003 as a distributor of ready to manufacture custom transformed raw material. The business has 5 full-time employees. While most customers are in the Tucson and Phoenix area, HT Metals has had some success exporting to Sonora, Mexico.
Carlos became active in the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2010 and was elected to its Board of Directors where he served as the Treasurer and Chairman. In 2012 he was appointed to the Tanque Verde Unified School District Governing Board. In 2016, he was re-elected to the TVUSD Governing Board and was chosen to be its Board President. Carlos currently serves as the Chair of the Pima County Small Business Commission and is a member of the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools.
Dominic J. Escamilla
Dominic is a husband, father of three, a business owner and volunteer with local charities. Born and raised in Tucson Dominic grew up working at his father’s welding business, Escamilla’s Welding. He later started a twenty-year career in the restaurant industry including El Charro Café, Sysco Foodservices and Dominic’s Downtown Café. In 2007 he opened his current business, a COUNTRY Financial agency and now works as a Financial Advisor specializing in Business Retirement Services and life insurance. He serves on the Whish Makers’ Council for Make-A-Wish of Southern Arizona, the board for Boys & Girls Club of Tucson, and the planning committee for the AZ Bowl.
Owner Carlos Ruiz
Goldman Sachs 10,00 Small Businesses Alumni. Our vision is to be Arizona’s premier provider of ready to manufacture custom transformed raw material. We achieve this by providing the raw material sourcing along with a variety of value-added services so that you, our customer, can focus on the manufacturing processes, growth and prosperity of your business.
Distributor of metals and raw materials for use in various manufacturing industries- aerospace, medical, machinery. Since 2003, HT Metals has helped a wide range of people, businesses, and organizations get the raw materials they need to thrive.
EmV Design Build – Tucson
Owner- Edith Villalobos-Zamora
When I started EmV Design Build, LLC., my idea was to marry beautiful and unique design elements into spaces through the use of finishes and color, with the technical side of construction to produce designs that can stand as art pieces and can be constructed at any given price point.
I believe that every remodeling and construction job can be fun, but only when planned appropriately and budgeted with the final design concept and selections in mind. Project after project, my belief is proven correct, leaving my clients happy in their space.
~ Edith Villalobos-Zamora
Small design and home improvement consulting company. EmV Design Build provides clients a “turn-key” project by providing a one-stop professional and one point of contact for the design and construction process.
Owner- Vanessa Larios
Commercial and Residential roofing contractor. Construction and repair. Mrs. Roofing is a woman ran roofing company that specializes in flat roof coatings and shingle roofs.
Our mission is to help woman become self-dependent and get all types of resources to become a better version of themselves.
Turn Downtown Spa
Owner Crystal Arvizu
Spa provides beauty and relaxation skin care services, waxing, massages, permanent makeup, and their own line of skin care products.
Crystal Owner, Licensed Esthetician and Nail technician, is passionate about skincare and knowledgeable about the nature and appreciation of natural beauty. She enjoys educating her guests, through good habits, small lifestyle changes and mindfulness you can have the skin you’ve always wanted.
Academy for Caregiving Excellence
Owner Laura Oldaker
Offers courses for people interested in working at adult care facilities; Certification courses include Nursing Assistant, Assisted Living Care, and Assisted Living Management.
Gannde Business Associates
Owner Elizabeth Gonzales Gann
Elizabeth Gann MBA BA CNC was named the National Minority Female Entrepreneur of the United States in 2005. She created a multi-million dollar company, JanCo Janitorial, which started with one part-time employee (herself). She has been recognized as the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Women of the Year. She has also received the YWCA Leadership Award, Ana Maria Arias Award and numerous other honors.
The Real Estate Resource Center
Owner Tina Cramp
Real Estate school. Courses meet the requirements set by the state for those interested in real estate professions in Arizona. Also provides required Continuous Education classes for license renewals. Classes are provided live, mostly in Pinal and Pima counties, or online for students that live in remote areas of the state or prefer the virtual setting.
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