Mission: As business and civic leaders we are united in our purpose to improve the lives of el pasos latino community by instilling pride and providing leadership. We prioritize the issues impacting our latino community and proactively come up with solutions that promote the culture, education, social and economic well-being of our latino community. 2015
Programs: We provide contributions to selected non-profits our our area who provide much needed services in the area of education, culture and social services.
through its programs cea provides timely information to its members on economic, arts & culture and education issues enabling members to make better informed decisions in the community and organizations. Through the young achievers forum we provide mentoring opportunities to over 1,000 students in the el paso area. We encourage advanced degrees to these students and parents. Through our stem initiatives we lead a group of volunteers in offering "are you smarter than a 5th grader" curriculum to area schools impacting over 5,000 students, teachers and parents annually. We highlighted the contributions of latino artists at the smithsonian american art museum in washington, dc by hosting an event with elizabeth daoust, senior development officer. This provided a kick off to a traveling exhibit entitled, "our america: the latino presence in american art", which included artists from el paso, texas.
In 1946,returning from WWII(infantry/medic)Victor M. Teran Sr.-began Economy Plumbing & Hardware Store-at 620 S. El Paso St.-with his wife Carmen,managing book-keeping-he went on and opened 4 other stores-Copia & Alameda-6519 Alameda-Five-points-and Dwyer St.-with brothers,Edward,Ernesto & son,Victor M. Teran,jr. as store managers. The only remaining store at 3601 Alameda and Copia is owned and managed by 3rd generation grandson-Victor M. Teran III-the store on El Paso St. was closed in 2001-believed to be one of the oldest hardware store in El Paso,Tex.