President and CEO at Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Mark L. Madrid is President and CEO at the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC). The GAHCC mission is to build its members’ personal, business, educational and financial wealth. The GAHCC vision is to be the center of excellence for businesses and entrepreneurs in the Central Texas Hispanic market.
The Austin American-Statesman named Madrid one of the People to watch in 2015. In 2012 the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business announced Madrid as the inaugural recipient of a national fellowship for Notre Dame’s Master of Nonprofit Administration. The Mendoza College is the only nationally-ranked business school to offer a graduate business degree designed to advance business leadership and managerial skills while keeping nonprofit leaders in their jobs. The United States Army Reserve 75th Training Command bestowed Madrid the title of Honorary Colonel. This designation “is not given without weighty deliberation of those with authority to bestow it. It is simultaneously an approval of your qualities and a lifelong obligation to uphold those qualities as you will forever more be judged as an honorary member of this proud organization.”
Madrid was recently named one of the inaugural Texas Modern Hispanic Gentlemen by Texas Monthly and Ketel One®. This celebratory campaign singles out men who embody an ideal: Hispanic leaders who pursue excellence in their professional lives and are empowering social change in their community. Madrid was one of four men chosen in the state of Texas for this honor. Through this distinct Texas initiative, Madrid has created the Mark L. Madrid Scholarships, which will be awarded to deserving college students majoring in business from the University of Texas at Austin, University of Notre Dame and Texas State University.
In 2011 the Houston Business Journal recognized Madrid as one of Houston’s 40 Under 40. Madrid is part of the prestigious few, selected as one of Houston’s most respected and innovative young leaders who show dynamic leadership in Houston. Latino Leaders Magazine named Madrid one of the nation’s top Latinos in the areas of finance, media, non-profits, law, education and entertainment and the arts. Since 2008 Madrid has successfully led a trailblazing movement to implement financial literacy curricula in Houston area high schools. For his ambitious efforts, Madrid was honored with the Jefferson Award in September 2011. The Jefferson Awards are a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America. They began in 1972 to create a Nobel Prize for public service.
Madrid graduated from the University of Notre Dame Cum Laude with a Master in Nonprofit Administration from the Mendoza College of Business in January 2015. He holds a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated in 1995 with Honors and earned the designation as an Endowed Presidential Scholar.