Jimena Perez Cordova
By: Gladys Villarreal | Photography by: Sinthia Vera
Tell us a bit about your field of study?
I have a Bachelor’s Degree from Our Lady of the Lake University San Antonio in Communications. I decided to get into the Communications field because I believe it’s extremely important for every organization to communicate with the community in order to promote what it does. Communication is essential in any part of life for instance in a business, friendship and just in any social relationship communicating is fundamental in order to have a positive, successful result.
What encouraged you to be a part of the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce?
When I moved back to Brownsville I started looking for a job and researched the different institutions in the area, the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce (BCOC) caught my attention because of its mission within the community and since I have a degree in Communications I thought it was the perfect fit for me. I’m able to meet new people, communicate to them about what the Chamber is doing and most importantly I’m able to help the business community within my resources.
What are your duties in the Chamber?
I’m the Director of Communications & Special Projects and I also take care of the Chamber’s International Relations. Special Projects entitles coordinating the numerous events the Chamber offers to its members. As the Director of Communications I’m able to keep a relationship with the local and international media, I’m interviewed about what the Chamber is doing as well as I get to interview others and write stories for our newspaper The Progress. In the International Relations field I get to attend functions in our sister city of Matamoros as the Chamber representative and establish and maintain a positive relationship with different Matamoros’ institutions. I believe International Relations are essential to the well being of our community not only because we are a border town but we are all interlinked, one community interests depends on the other one and vice versa.
What are your future plans for the chamber?
We are working hard to make events for our members in which they can network and expose their business in a fun, unique way. We have to keep our members motivated and come up with different ways to do that in order to help their businesses succeed. The Chamber is working hard to cater events for our members, we are here to help them in anything possible.
What future projects do you have planned for the fall?
Our major event for the fall is the Business to Botana Expo 2013 which will be on Thursday, September 26 at the Brownsville Events Center. We have numerous exhibitors and it is open to the public from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. We encourage everyone to attend to network and meet vendors in a fun environment!
How has working with the chamber helped you your career?
This has been my second job since I graduated college, my first one in the Valley and believe me I’ve learned a lot professionally. Working for the Chamber has helped me gain on-hand experience that I wouldn’t be able to get elsewhere. I’m definitely not the same person I was when I arrived at the Chamber because as a small staff we get to multitask and do a little bit of everything besides our duties. Although, I have done numerous interviews, events, I’m still learning and growing professionally every day.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
I see myself finished with my master’s degree and God willing still serving the Rio Grande Valley community. I have a passion for what I do and I thank God with all my heart for allowing me to continue doing what I enjoy the most.
Do you do anything else besides working for the Chamber?
I graduated with a Biliterate Certificate and a minor in Spanish which brings me to another passion of mine and that is translating. I started doing writing translations and commercial translations out of favors and I really enjoy that. In the past I’ve done live translations for Christian missionaries for six Summers and now I’m focusing more on writing translations. Writing is a fundamental part of communications. I guess that is why I enjoy doing translations so much because I love writing and helping people.
What message do you have for the City of Brownsville?
Brownsville has a lot to offer to its residents, visitors and business community. We need to continue to focus on important factors as education, healthcare, economic development, international trade and to provide the proper tools for the community to keep growing in a positive direction. An important factor of our economic stability is small businesses because they provide employment and local economic growth. If we all keep united and focus on one positive goal, our community will continue to prosper, grow and all that it requires is for each and every one of us to do our part, stay positive and focus on the wellbeing of our community.