GHCC Leadership Team 2017-06-02T16:15:58+00:00

The GHCC Leadership Team

SANTIAGO MARQUEZ
SANTIAGO MARQUEZPresident & CEO
Mr. Marquez was born in Cuba and came to the United States in 1971. He is a graduate of Georgia State University; alumnus of the Buckhead Business Leadership Class; alumnus of Leadership Atlanta, best class ever-2013; and a member of the Gwinnett Rotary, and in 2015 and 2016 he served on the Gwinnett Citizens Review Board. He also serves on multiple boards including the Aurora Theatre and Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

Mr. Marquez joined GHCC in September 2008. His main functions included financial management, fundraising, membership development and partnership development. Mr. Marquez has been working in the non-profit sector since 1998, cutting his teeth with Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Inc., while attending graduate school at Georgia State University. After CCCS, Marquez served as the Director of Employment and Housing for the Latin American Association, starting the first housing department to focus on Hispanics in Atlanta. In 2004, Marquez joined Boys & Girls Clubs of America where he worked for four years as the Director of Latino Outreach. During this tenure his duties included implementing a Latino outreach strategy in multiple Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. The Latino outreach initiative focused on outreach to Latino youth and families, while helping Clubs increase the number of Latino staff and board members. Most recently, Mr. Marquez served as the Director of Development, NE region where his duties included fundraising and corporate relations in the northeast region of the United States.

In 2014, Mr. Marquez received an award from the National Diversity Council. He is currently a student at the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza School of Business. He is the proud husband of a beautiful wife and very proud father of two beautiful daughters.

NADIA BREDTHAUER HOEFEL
NADIA BREDTHAUER HOEFELVice President, Marketing and Business Development
Nadia, joined the Chamber staff in January 2017 and is responsible for marketing, social media, sales, and membership development, brings a global perspective to the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Her parents are Swiss and Salvadoran, and she grew up in Ecuador. She earned her bachelor’s degree in international hospitality management from the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland and her MBA from the Emory University Goizueta Business School in Atlanta. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and French, with a working knowledge of German and Portuguese.
She also is co-founder and CEO of Pro Pueblo Corp., which works with Ecuadoran artists to distribute products produced from sustainable harvested and recycled materials. Previously, she was co-founder and owner of leather goods manufacturer Tony Perotti Italy. She also was food and beverage assistant manager at the Four Seasons Resort in Dallas, and special events coordinator at the Peninsula Hotel in Bangkok.
Her husband Rodrigo is a native of Brazil, and they have a son, Luca. Nadia volunteers with Emory University’s Start- ME social enterprise program as an entrepreneurship mentor and serves on the board and is the conference co-chair of the Executive Women of Goizueta at Emory.
 JUANITA RIVERA
JUANITA RIVERAOperations Manager
Promoted to operations director in March 2017, Juanita handles the GHCC’s financial accounts and manages chamber events. She also oversees accounts for the GHCC affiliate Hispanic-American Center for Economic Development (HACED).

Juanita joined the GHCC in August 2002 as an administrative assistant and receptionist. Six years later, she was promoted to handle bookkeeping duties for the GHCC and HACED.

Juanita holds an associate’s degree in Business Administration from Caguas City College, in Puerto Rico. Originally from Guayama, Puerto Rico, Juanita grew up up in Caguas and her family have lived in Atlanta since 1988. Married 36 years to Isidro Rivera, she has 3 children and five grandchildren with another. She enjoys summer and watching her grandchildren play softball and baseball.

JIMMY MCDONALD
JIMMY MCDONALDGeneral Counselor | COO