Manuel was the Chief Operating the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the largest Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in the country. As an entrepreneur, Manuel’s field of experience spans from finance, public sector construction, to transportation logistics. He has consulted for private companies in downstream in the Oil & Gas sector to technology startups. Manuel served as Outreach Director for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Initiative and as a Business Analyst for Vendor Credentialing Service, a healthcare company that achieved a successful private equity majority recapitalization and developed into the second largest healthcare credentialing firm in the United States. Manuel has previously served as the Commercial Lending and Small Business Vice President for Oasis Bank, SSB, a locally chartered de novo bank in Houston’s own East End area, which served the local Latino under-banked and under-served community. As a Community Re-investment Officer, he was a member of the CRA Council of Houston with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Manuel’s professional banking career also includes; Chase Bank (Bank of Texas) and BBVA Laredo National Bank.
Manuel volunteers by currently serving as Finance Council Chairman for St. Pius V Catholic Church and has partnered with the United Way of Houston as a Pro Bono Consultant for Nonprofit Connection and currently advises the National Society for Hispanic MBA’s Houston Chapter. Manuel was previously a member of the Alliance for Economic Inclusion (AEI); an FDIC national initiative focused on expanding basic retail financial services for underserved populations. Manuel previously served on the Texas Center as treasurer on the board of the Missing. He graduated in Class XXV of the United Way of Houston’s Project Blueprint, an ethnic minority volunteer development program designed to help United Way, its member agencies, and other nonprofit organizations become more inclusive, responsive, and reflective of the culturally diverse communities which they serve. Manuel also graduated as a Protégé with JPMorgan Chase’s Diversity Mentoring Program. In addition, Manuel participated in study abroad programs in both Mexico and Europe. He graduated in 2005 from the University of St. Thomas via a BBA/MBA program, both concentrated in Finance.