Hispanic Profiles Magazine – New Chamber President Focuses On New Year: Brandie Carpenter

It is a new year and the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has a new president. Brandie Quintanilla Carpenter is a Fresno native and a graduate of Hoover High School. Brandie has always been a hard worker and after high school decided to attend college at UC Berkeley. There she earned a BA degree in sociology. Her goal after college was to be involved in education and become a teacher that eventually become a school principal. After her college experience, she was ready for a new challenge and returned to Fresno to see what opportunities presented themselves. She had a chance to be an administrator at a radio station and accepted it upon being offered the job. It was while at the radio station that she learned to be a sales professional. The year was 2002 and she truly enjoyed what she was doing and it was an opportunity that opened many doors. She is currently a marketing consultant for the Business Journal here in Fresno. Brandie is one of the most experienced presidents to run the chamber because after joining as a member in 2004 she rose through the ranks as secretary, treasurer, vice president and now president. Now, that is dedication. The local chamber is in good hands. Not only is she a professional, head of the chamber and acting executive director, but she is also a wife and mom to a four-year-old bundle of energy baby boy. Speaking of energy, where does she get hers? Her goals for the chamber are for new growth and to let the Hispanic community know that the chamber is a resource for them to utilize and improve their lives and businesses. She says there will be a search for a new executive director. She also looks forward to working with the new board of directors to take the chamber to the next level. “We have a great board and we are committed to exiting things like expanding the number of special events held each year.” Her advice to students is to do research and find answers to your questions and ask your peers, you may be surprised by what they know. Ask an experienced person in that field, they would love to offer advice She also wants community members to know they can call the chamber office if they have questions or would like to participate. It is going to be a great year at the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.