Texas Secretary Of State To Speak At Mission Chamber

Rolando Pablos, 111th Texas Secretary of State, will help The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce kick off 2018 as the keynote speaker for the Chamber’s “Buenas Tardes Luncheon” on Thursday, January 11, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Cimarron Country Club on South Shary Road in Mission.

In announcing Pablos as its first “Buenas Tardes Luncheon” speaker for the year, the Chamber described him as “an economic development expert who understands the importance of leveraging strategic community capacity building for the purposes of attracting investment to Texas. Join us as Secretary Pablos shares with our members, partners and community his expertise in economic development and insight on how to attract more investment to the State of Texas.”

According to Robert Rosell, President and CEO of the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce, “We want to bring speakers who can offer something different to our members. We look people who have a connection to the area or to the border and for speakers who have been successful either at the state or national level.”

In January 2017, Governor Greg Abbott appointed Rolando Pablos as the 111th Texas Secretary of State. Secretary Pablos is one of six state officials named by the Texas Constitution to form the Executive Department of the State. In addition to serving as Chief Election Officer for Texas, Secretary Pablos is also senior advisor and liaison to the Governor for Border and Mexican Affairs, and is the state’s Chief International Protocol Officer.

Pablos formerly served as a Texas Public Utility Commissioner and then chaired the Texas Racing Commission. Secretary Pablos is an economic development expert who understands the importance of leveraging strategic community capacity building for purposes of attracting investment to Texas. As a state official, and in his private practice, he has played critical roles in the advancement of direct investment, international relations and trade with Texas’ partners across the globe.

Secretary Pablos is a strong advocate for North American manufacturing integration and cross-border collaboration among the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He has also served as Honorary Consul to Spain, where he worked to ensure the formation and development of business and diplomatic relationships between Texas and Spain.

Throughout his career, Secretary Pablos has been heavily involved with efforts designed to help bring prosperity to his community. His passion for public service and education has led him to serve on countless nonprofit and governmental boards and commissions. Secretary Pablos has been instrumental in the success of many community development projects designed to improve quality of life, deliver educational opportunities and help bring prosperity to the people of Texas. Pablos has been described as the “driving force” behind the creation of the San Antonio campus of Hilton College, at which he formerly served as adjunct lecturer of hospitality law.

Pablos grew up in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, and El Paso, Texas. After obtaining a B.A. from St. Mary’s University, Secretary Pablos earned an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business, and an M.H.M. from the University of Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management. He subsequently earned a J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law and has been a member of the State Bar of Texas since 2000.

Mr. Pablos and his wife, Dr. Laura San Martin, live in Austin with their four children: Cristina, David, Mia and Andrea.

The Cimarron Country Club is located at 1200 S. Shary Road. For more information on tickets, call the Chamber at (956)-585-2727 or email at for tickets, tables, and sponsorship opportunities.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets are first come, first served. Reservations are limited.

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