Representatives of The Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce gathered in El Paso and its surrounding communities plus Irving, Corpus Christi, McAllen, Seguin, Killeen, Austin, Brazoria, Fort Worth, Midland/Odessa, and the Lower Rio Grande Valley, to name a few, for the 41st Annual Convention and Business Expo of TAMACC, the leading Hispanic business organization in Texas since 1975. The Del Rio delegation consisted of DRHCC President Otila Gonzalez, immediate past vice president Dora Alcala, and DRHCC secretary Judith Montalvo. The delegation carried a variety of promotional items for distribution at the exhibit hall along with local products such as copies of the Grande Magazine and locally produced Peanut brittle which was donated by Kurt Lemp of Ranch Candies. Drawings were held every hour for bags of candy and bottles of Val Verde wines which drew folks to the booth, where they were able to view a video of Del Rio and surrounding area attractions such as the Amistad National Recreation Area, San Felipe Creek, Val Verde Winery and its vineyards and olive orchards, Laughlin AFB, Ciudad Acuna, and local events.
Along with networking opportunities, workshop sessions were attended as time permitted away manning the DRHCC booth. One of the presentations discussed how the Overtime Expansion law will affect businesses when it goes into effect December 1. This new law is raising what’s known as the overtime salary threshold. The salary threshold is the number below which all workers have as right to overtime pay, regardless of their duties. As of December 1, the new threshold will be $47,476, which is roughly double the present threshold.
Next year’s Convention will be held in Irving Texas and we hope that our members can make plans to attend.