The Alamo City Black Chamber of Commerce elected new leadership on Wednesday, February 16, 2017. Deborah Omowale, Owner of Eva's Escape at the Gardenia Inn, a top San Antonio Bed & Breakfast located in the famous King William Historic District, is the new Chairwoman of the Board of Directors replacing Wayne Terry from HEB. Terry completed almost 2 1/2 years in the position. Omowale joins the most recent list of chairs to include Terry, Attorney Andy Tiwari, who made history as the first elected non-Black Chairman of the chamber, and Theodore Guidry of Valero.
Deborah Omowale is the first Chair elected as a legitimate Black business owner since two term chairman, Dr. Morris Stribling, a local foot podiatrist. Omowale's two Vice Chairs include Dr. Eddie Kirby (CPS Energy) and Sha-Rone Caffie-Reyes (Veniese International Ventures LLC).
In September 2016, Omowale's company was selected above the rest in Texas as the 2016 Robert Gates "Best of the Best" Business Award recipient of the Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce (TAAACC). Pictured at the annual conference is Charles O'Neal, President of TAAACC, guest speaker, Robert Gates, Deborah Omowale, past Alamo City Black Chamber president Christopher Herring, who is the current Chairman for TAAACC, and Jim Wyatt, Past Chairman of TAAACC.
Our publishing company has very high hopes for Chairwoman Omowale leading the chamber. We hope she leads in the same fashion as founder Euretta Fairchild did in 1938. In that historic year, our newspaper, the San Antonio Register Newspaper became the first business to pay and join the new San Antonio Negro Chamber of Commerce. As Honorary life members, we will look forward to the new leadership and the chambers approach to meet the big challenges that constantly face the Black business community.