ALAMO CONSULTANTS LLC
Mario A. Vazquez is President of Alamo Consultants LLC. The firm provides consulting and other services to non-profit organizations in the areas of capital campaigns, major and annual gifts, corporate and foundation gifts, endowment development, grants, and events. He is also an expert in board governance, bylaws, strategic planning, and frequently conducts training sessions for boards and executive directors and staff. Mr. Vazquez’s executive experience includes: President & CEO of KLRN-TV, a PBS non-profit station covering 30 counties in the Central and South Texas region, Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement for Texas A&M University-San Antonio, leading all university fundraising efforts, and many years in the corporate sector (Valero, NuStar, Arguindegui), holding positions in corporate communications, external and government affairs, legal departments and international business. He also represents clients in government affairs and enjoys many solid relationships with city and county officials, in the corporate sector, and civic communities in Central South Texas and Mexico.
Mr. Vazquez has experience in the following areas:
Chief Executive Officer External & Government Affairs
Strategy, Vision & Mission Planning & Execution Mexico/NAFTA Experience
Budgeting & Cost Management Mexico Energy Reform Experience
Public Relations & Media Communication Strong Political & Corporate Relationships
Professional Fundraising Civic Non-Profit Board Experience
Legal Research & Terminology Board Governance
Commercial & Civil Legal Experience (not attorney) Strategic Sourcing & Procurement
Team Building & Leadership Development Corporate Experience
Mr. Vazquez accomplished the following at KLRN-TV as its President & CEO:
Completed first fiscal year with a surplus in addition to eliminating a $400,000 deficit and increased endowment fund by almost $700,000; Led KLRN to its first Emmy Award in its 50-year history and set in place a long-term positive cash flow sustainability plan;
Expanded viewer and donor base to South Central Texas establishing and fully funding a satellite studio at Texas A&M International University in Laredo; Established a quarterly newsletter with fundraising solicitation that has netted over $200,000;
Restructured annual auction and other events that led to reduced expenses while increasing revenue;
Restructured a Laredo community event that had netted an average $9,000 annually for many years to $65,000 under his leadership; and Nominated to the national PBS Board of Directors.
As the founding Board Chairman of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, Mr. Vazquez created a performance non-profit organization at the height of the recession (2009-2012) accomplishing:
Recruiting a distinguished board of directors; Establishing an organization structure from the financial and artistic areas to board governance; Raising several hundred thousand dollars within the first three years; Developing a strategic and fundraising plan that yielded a six-figure savings account for establishing a future permanent endowment fund in its first season; and The orchestra continues to thrive due to the strong organizational and financial foundation.
While Vice President of International Affairs & Corporate Communications at Arguindegui Oil Companies, Mr. Vazquez was responsible for oversight of the company’s international business, corporate communications including media, government affairs, community outreach and charitable giving. Mr. Vazquez continues to consult with this company.
Mr. Vazquez has deep roots in the San Antonio and Laredo communities having served on the following board of directors: the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (Chairman’s Advisory Board), the Alamo Area Telecommunications Council (dba KLRN-TV), University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Development Board (UTHSCSA), Cancer Therapy and Research Center Board of Governors, Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio (founding Chairman), San Antonio River Foundation (former Executive Committee), Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum (Cuero, TX), San Antonio Symphony, Ballet San Antonio (former Chairman), Co-Chair of the Ambassador’s Circle at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Las Misiones (now a UNESCO Heritage Site), Gemini Ink, and Co-Chairs the Mahendra & Kirti Patel Endowed Scholarship at the UTHSCSA. He personally raised over $300,000 at the UTHSCSA and served on the fundraising committees for American Sunrise, the Humane Society, the Finance Committee of the San Antonio River Foundation, NuStar’s Political Action Committee Board, and has been appointed to various other non-profit and political committees. He assisted the US-Mexico Foundation’s San Antonio efforts in Chiapas, Mexico to help connect medical needs in rural villages as well as help build playgrounds for school children and connect local artisans with U.S. vendors.
The La Prensa Foundation honored Mr. Vazquez with the Education Award for outstanding service to the community during their Diamond Awards Gala in April 2014. Mr. Vazquez’s successes have led him to be a recognized leader and sought out frequently for leadership and fundraising roles, as well as consulting services, and frequently hosts and organizes political fundraisers. Mr. Vazquez has been honored by invitations to the White House and a dinner gala with King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain.
Mr. Vazquez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from UTSA and has pre-requisite coursework at OLLU toward an MBA. He is fluent in Spanish and fully bi-cultural.