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About CONGANAS

The first thing you might be wondering is what does "CONGANAS" mean? As a kid, I remember my mom and abuelita telling me to do my chores, eat my food, or anything else I was told to do but to do it con ganas. Often the infamous "chancla" wasn't too far behind but none the less I was to do it "con ganas mijo!" 

 

Loosely translated con ganas means to do something with enthusiasm or act with liveliness. I add to it further and feel when accomplishing a task or action with want or with passion is doing it con ganas. This is how I live and operate and it is how I work and partner with clients. Starting and running a business can be overwhelming, most small or micro business owners start with little to no staff or assistance. Having a clear plan, an effective strategy to meet or exceed your goals is critical to your success. That is where CONGANAS can assist by collaborating with you to untangle the myriad of items you need to understand, determine and implement to be successful. 

My Story

I was born in the beautiful city of Monterrey, Mexico. I came to the United States as a baby and settled down in Humble, TX attending and graduating from Humble High School. Two weeks after graduation I stepped onto the yellow footprints at Marine Corp Recruit Depot in San Diego, California where I embarked on my four year enlistment in the United States Marines. I served as a machine gunner in an infantry unit (1986-1990) and was honorably discharged in 1990. It is during my enlistment that I became a naturalized U.S. citizen, one of my proudest moments. Upon re-entry to the civilian world, and with assistance from the GI Bill, I enrolled at what is now known as Lone Star College. Eventually, I transferred to Sam Houston State University where I graduated in 1995 with a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice. 

I attribute my customer service etiquette and business astuteness to the 17 years in the banking industry, and the almost 5 years as the Executive Director for the Lone Star College-Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Combined I have over 20 years of partnering with hundreds of small and micro businesses, empowering them to start, grow or expand their business ventures.  I have been involved in and served in leadership roles with numerous non-profit organizations throughout my years in The Woodlands, where I have resided since 1994. 

Community Service

Giving back and being involved in the community is important and personal to me. I am currently involved with the following organizations; The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce (board member 2021-2024), The Waterway Arts Festival (Art Dash Committee 2022), The Lake Conroe/Conroe Chamber of Commerce (Professional Business Development Committee, 2022), Education for Tomorrows Alliance (Career Day, 2022), served as MC for the entertainment stage at the Waterway Arts Festival (2022), served as MC for the South County 4th of July Parade (2022).

 
I have been a part in some capacity with the organizations below over the years:

Acres Home Chamber of Commerce - SHSU Alumni Board - The Woodlands Warriors - Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - City of Shenandoah Industrial Development Corporation  - South County Community Clinic - Montgomery County March of Dimes  - South County YMCA - The Woodlands Lions Club - Education for Tomorrow’s Alliance - Distinguished Alumni Humble ISD (class of 1986)