MCALLEN, Texas – The incoming president and CEO of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce says he is looking forward to helping the city of McAllen achieve great things in the future.

Josuhe “Josh” Mejia is an economic development executive with over ten years of experience in economic development, entrepreneurship, government relations and marketing. He won national awards during his time as CEO of the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation. 

Mejia, pictured above, may be best remembered at BCIC for creating the much-anticipated eBridge Center for Business and Commercialization. The center, the largest entrepreneurial hub south of San Antonio, has received plaudits from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Co-developed with UT-Rio Grande Valley, the center is due for a soft launch in July. 

Mejia was announced as the next president and CEO of the McAllen Chamber earlier this week. He plans to relocate from Brownsville to McAllen and will start in his new post on June 29.

“I am beyond thankful to have been selected as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the McAllen Chamber and I look forward to working alongside stakeholders and partners to help define a new chapter in economic growth and tourism for the community,” Mejia said. 

“I firmly believe in the potential McAllen can achieve through collaboration and renewed innovation to collectively achieve a new level of success for the business community. The McAllen Chamber is one of McAllen’s greatest assets, and there is nothing more exciting than seeing it become an even greater asset alongside the team I will be working with and the leadership that continues to serve the community.”

Mejia already knows what he must first do when he takes over at the chamber.

“My first actions upon my arrival will be to meet with each invested stakeholder to learn about their views and suggestions on how we can enhance the organization for the immediate future,” Mejia said. 

“I highly encourage anyone who would like to contribute to this new chapter to reach out directly by emailing me at [email protected] Each individual’s input is greatly appreciated as we build something truly relevant and impactful for the community together.”

Mr. Mejia’s strategies to drive economic development towards new frontiers in Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley have been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the Development Counsellors International (DCI).

He won the 2020 Young Economic Development Professional award from IEDC and the 2021 “40 Under 40” award from DCI.

The previous president of the McAllen Chamber was Steve Ahlenius. He resigned somewhat abruptly last October. Since then, vice president Blanca Cardenas has been serving as interim president. Cardenas, a longtime employee, will continue her role as vice president of membership services. 

Annette Franz is the current chair the McAllen Chamber. Franz believes Mejia can forge an exciting new chapter in the history of the chamber.

“I look forward to working with Mr. Mejia as he starts a new chapter in the history of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Mejia’s years of economic development experience and knowledge of the border’s diverse business environment will help further our mission of serving the McAllen business community,” Franz said.

“We are confident that with his leadership and management skills, he will take the Chamber to new heights. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are delighted to welcome him and his family to our beautiful McAllen community. Additionally, the Board appreciates the service of Blanca Cardenas and the Chamber staff during this period of transition.”

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