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Hispano Chamber headed by new president

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The Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce is going through some changes. One involves relocating from offices located at the corner of Southeast Main and East Hobbs streets to temporary offices on North Richardson Avenue. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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Other changes planned for future

The Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce has elected a new president, relocated and is planning other changes in the near future.

Sergio Jimenez, a state employee and owner of Let’s Play Entertainment, confirmed that he was voted into the office of president recently following the mid-July resignation of Christie Mann, who served as both president and unofficial executive director for several years.

Jimenez had been vice president of the organization, which is an all-volunteer group at this time.

The organization also has moved. It was located at 1701 S.E. Main St. at the corner of East Hobbs Street, but, for the time being, the group will be housed at 412 N. Richardson Ave., in the Farmers’ Insurance agency offices operated by Bobby Villegas.

“That’s our new office temporarily,” Jimenez said. “There are a lot of changes coming. Unfortunately we won’t be having Piñata Fest this year, but we do have a lot of new projects and festivals in mind, and Piñata Fest will be back next year.”

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Piñata Fest typically is held in September as a celebration of local Hispanic heritage and Mexico’s independence. Last year was the festival’s 30th anniversary. Jimenez indicated that more information about the organization’s plans will be available soon.

Mann said that she made the decision to resign because she felt a need to focus on her professional pursuits as an AFLAC insurance representative and the owner of a new insurance agency.

“My biggest reason for leaving is that my personal business — I sell insurance — has really blown up. It’s become very successful. And it had become very difficult to do both,” said Mann. “I made the decision after heart-wrenching deliberation because I truly believe in the Hispano Chamber of Commerce and the work we were doing for the community. I know that it is in good hands, though.”

Mann said she intends to continue volunteering with the chamber and holding leadership roles with MainStreet Roswell and the Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corp.

The former chamber offices will return to their former use as the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Chaves County, party chair Paul Romero confirmed.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.