President, Salvadoran American Chamber of Commerce of the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area (SACOC)
Carlos Romero is president of the Salvadoran American Chamber of Commerce. Since assuming this position in 2014, Mr. Romero has built the Chamber into a reputable and vibrant powerhouse with expanded influence across the Washington region.
In addition to serving as president of the chamber, Mr. Romero is the owner and president of two successful businesses: CRG Financial Services (independent insurance agency) and CRG Investment Services (independent wealth management firm.) –www.mycrgpolicy.com – Since 2003, Mr. Romero has been providing investment and insurance solutions to business owners and individuals in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, North Carolina and California. Mr. Romero has over seventeen years of experience in investment banking, credit and insurance.
He has worked for the World Bank, USAID and the Inter-American Development Bank. Among his missions around the world include two years as in-country Bank Advisor for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, UK. He has also assessed banks and microlending institutions in Latin America. He also worked for major banks as Senior Financial Advisor and Vice President of Suntrust Bank, M&T Bank and PNC Bank. In college he worked as teller for NationsBank (if you all can remember that bank, currently Bank of America). You can deduce that Mr. Romero´s career has revolved around finances and risk management. He is a banker at heart.
Mr. Romero grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland and holds a bachelor´s degree in economics and political science from the University of Maryland at College Park (1998) and since 2003, is securities and investment licensed Series 7, Series 66, Life, Health, Property and Casualty licenses.
In the media, he is frequently interviewed on CNN, Univision, and RT on matters relating to Latin America and international financial markets.
His hobbies and interest include fútbol (soccer), politics and history.
He and his wife. Griselda, are devoted Catholics and have a son and a daughter.
Let me begin by thanking you for supporting our organization. Without your financial and continuous support the Salvadoran-American Chamber of Commerce would not exist and it would not be where it is today. Thank you!
We have come a long way. Our Annual Gala in 2014 held at the Organization of American States said it all. We have set a new standard by which organizations are assessed in the Washington Metropolitan region. We had over 250 distinguished guests attend; from Ambassadors to SBA Directors.
However, let me be clear, the chamber is not only the annual gala. As many of you already know, we have much more to offer such as training seminars, expos, business mixers, among other activities.
In 2015, The Salvadoran-American Chamber of Commerce commenced a new era. An era of much growth and development on all fronts. We have set out to accomplish several ambitious goals. Goals that are critical if we are to set a precedent for generations of Salvadoran-American business owners to come. Among these goals are to:
- Nationalize the Salvadoran-American Chamber of Commerce;
- Establish a permanent office in San Salvador, El Salvador;
- Launch a new and redesigned website: www.sacoc.org; and
- Diversify our membership pool
My friends, we have and will continue to encounter rough terrains. But make no mistake, with your dedication, we will prevail and will increase our organization’s outreach and footprint. Let us not settle for Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Together, with our Salvadoran business owners in other states such as New York, Florida, Texas and California, we can take SACOC to the next level. SACOC needs you!
I only ask that you please continue to promote our Salvadoran-owned businesses. I ask that you please remember to:
- Always speak highly of all Salvadoran business owners; member of SACOC or not;
- Always treat Salvadoran business owners with your utmost respect;
- Always promote and contribute to the growth of Salvadoran business owners;
- Always motivate your fellow Salvadoran business owner to excel in all endeavors and
- Always place God before all else.
We are all volunteers and we expect that our members will lend a hand throughout the year with their time, talents and great ideas to continue discovering ways to promote business in our community. Any suggestions or ideas, please e-mail these to: firstname.lastname@example.org.