Since graduating from Texas Tech University with a BA in Sociology, Samuel Guzman has dedicated his entire life, both professionally and civically, to programs and projects which involve people and the community. His knowledge, expertise, breadth and depth in working with communities are vast and notable for accomplishments and contributions. Mr. Guzman possesses an extraordinary ability to communicate and connect with people from varying walks and stations in life.
Mr. Guzman’s professional career which started while in college, as Director of a Community Action Agency Youth Program and led to the position of Deputy Executive Director of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, has traversed community youth programs, community action agencies, community economic development, community organizer, and numerous others. In addition, his entrepreneurial spirit which led him to small business endeavors and ownership, also resulted in his rise to the positions of Chairman of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and several terms as Chairman and President/CEO of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce. His civic involvement and leadership are clear and impressive evidence of his dedication to the improvement of the community’s quality of life.
Having been elected by the community, Mr. Guzman served two terms on the Austin Independent School District Board of Directors. In addition, Mr. Guzman has owned and managed several small businesses – a financial planning franchise (Money Concepts) and three (3) full service dry cleaners. Presently, Mr. Guzman owns an emerging building materials/supplies small business (Samson Building Materials). He has served as a consultant to the Mexican American School Board Association (MASBA) and has consulted and performed business development (procurement) functions for small businesses.