Interview with Rafael Garcia


Interview with Rafael Garcia about his life and experience with the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. He discusses navigating racism and discrimination as a young person, the historical exclusion of Hispanic businesspeople from the traditional chambers of commerce, his experience of the early days of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the differences between it and the Kansas City chamber. He also shares memories of Hector Barreto giving him encouragement, introductions, and coaching in how to engage with the business and civic community, leading to an opportunity with Hallmark. He was later invited by board president Estella Morales to join the chamber's board, and shares additional thoughts about the role of the chamber in the community.

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