New Leadership Announced for Fuerza Local

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We launched Fuerza Local in 2011 with the mission to build and support the local Latino business community. We are thrilled to report growth of the organization's membership as well as 4 graduating classes from our business accelerator program. We value and appreciate your partnership as we could not have done this without you. Our future is positive and bright – “Thank you” for your part in growing the Arizona economy.

We would like to introduce the new Fuerza Local leadership team, comprised of local business and community leaders:

Get to know the new Fuerza Local Leadership:

Elaman Rodriguez, Fuerza Local Events Coordinator

ElamanElaman Rodriguez, whom many of you know, will be taking on an additional leadership role as the Fuerza Local Events Coordinator. Elaman will be looking to create more opportunities for members to engage with each other while continuing to ensure our mixers and graduation highlight successes! Elaman brings his passion for excellence and awesome customer service to our business community. Contact Elaman at [email protected].

Edgar Olivo, Fuerza Local Accelerator Program Director


We welcome Edgar Olivo as the Business Accelerator Program Director. Edgar's brings a vast experience in business development, training and coaching. His company Compass Career and Business Solutions, LLC, ensures he understands the entrepreneur spirit and his focus towards building smart business owners and community leaders. Edgar recently received the Hispanic Business Salute Award for his passion and dedication to small business. He also recently completed the [email protected]'s Business Roadmap Program in English and Spanish for the City of Phoenix during its inception. Contact Edgar at [email protected].

Tim Castro, Fuerza Local Liaison 

TimWe welcome Timothy Castro to help transition the Fuerza community, build an awareness campaign and increase membership. Timothy brings over 20 years of senior management experience, a “40 Hispanic’s under 40” alumni (2011), and community leader, Timothy brings his energy and desire to see the Latino Business community continue to grow and become part of the thread that makes Arizona great! Contact Tim at [email protected].

We are confident that this team will work together to build upon the important work that Fuerza Local has done so far. We would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Carlos Velasco, who has been with Fuerza Local since its inception and has resigned his duties to focus on growing his own company. As a supporter of Fuerza Local, you will continue to see Carlos at our mixers and in our community. We are indebted to Carlos for his dedication, vision, and faithfulness.

We look forward to a bright future of expanding successful businesses throughout Arizona. Please contact Local First Arizona Director Kimber Lanning directly should you have any questions, as she would be delighted to speak with you about these exciting advances.