2007 Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit:
“Portraits of Alumni Achievement”
Miguel A. Conchas ‘76
“Find a job you like, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”
Miguel A. Conchas ‘76, MSED
The Laredo Chamber of Commerce
The words of Miguel A. Conchas’ father, “Hijo, la educación y tu palabra son cosas que nadie en este mundo te puede quitar,” still echo in his head as if they had been uttered yesterday. His father’s advice that education and being true to your word are things that no one can take from you has impacted Conchas deeply. His mother was determined that her children attend schools in the U.S., but not knowing English proved difficult and did not make school an enjoyable experience. Because of his personal experience, Conchas is a firm believer in a structured bilingual education program.
Knowing the value of higher education, he earned a bachelor’s degree which he followed with a master’s degree from TAMIU. He then began a career in management and his professional life was guided by the wisdom of several mentors.
His love of this city has also influenced his career. In 1986, he was named director of the Laredo Convention and Visitors Bureau and, in 1992, he took the helm of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce. While at the Chamber, he was invited to participate in a group that met with former Vice President Al Gore to promote the enactment of NAFTA.
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