The BRAVO AWARD is presented to individuals who have shown exemplary dedication to the community by their work for the betterment of El Paso.
2017 BRAVO AWARD Recipient
Paso Business Man, Owner of Hyundai of El Paso,
Mayor of El Paso
Leeser is the highly successful owner of Hyundai of El Paso.
He’s known to many for rescuing El Paso’s cherished Sun Bowl football
games by getting Hyundai Motor American and his dealership to sponsor it in
Mayor, Oscar became known for his focus on economic development.
He held roundtables with different industries and developed the “El
Paso Open for Business” initiative. During
his term as mayor, unemployment fell to 4.1% in 2016
Ninety companies either grew or expanded into El Paso bringing almost
$900 million in investment to the city. ADP
doubled its footprint in El Paso along with the expansion of Fred Loya insurance
and banking company Charles Schwaab.
The former mayor of El Paso says one way he worked to attract businesses to El Paso was by holding familiarization tours. El Paso officials visited other cities and officials from other cities visited El Paso. He highlighted new businesses that were recruited to El Paso during his term such as Whole Foods Market, Alamo Drafthouse and Topgolf.
Leeser was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. in 1976. His father and mother worked as English teachers there. Ironically, he says he didn’t know any English when he cam to the U.S. His automotive career began in 1979 as a salesman at Kemp Ford where he went on to become manager of the company. Leeser bought into the partnership that formed Hyundai in 2000. We are proud to present Oscar Leeser with the 2017 BRAVO Award.
2017 Lifetime Achievement BRAVO Award
& CEO, Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce
Having begun his career in the chamber world of El Paso as Chief Operating Officer in 2003, in 2004 he became the Chamber’s president and in 2004 he was selected to be the President and CEO of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce. Since then, Richard has served on the Collaborative for Academic Excellence, a nationally recognized partnership headquartered at UTEP and chaired by Diana Natalicio. He has served as board chair for the Child Crisis Center and board member of Junior Achievement and Big Brothers Big Sisters. He was honored as the Fort Bliss Citizen of the Year in 2009 for his work in support of Fort Bliss soldiers and their families. In 2013, he was inducted into the Fort Bliss Hall of Fame.
Richard has a history of taking every company and organization he has ever worked with over the top.
In his prior career of 30 years, he was the President and CEO of a large travel agency; 10 offices in 4 states and over 100 employees. Richard Dayoub has indeed brought incredible strength and power to the El Paso Business Community by spearheading business relations and Interactions between economic players in this city. We are pleased to present Richard Dayoub with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement BRAVO Award.
Previous BRAVO AWARD Recipients
Judge Sam Callan
Mayor Suzanne Azar
Representative Jack C. Vowell
Senator Peggy Rosson
Representative Nancy McDonald
David G. Marcus
Myrna J. Deckert
General Dennis D. Cavin
Adair & Dee Margo
Cecilia Ochoa Levine
Judy and J Kirk Robison
Colonel Heidi V. Brown
Sheriff Leo Samaniego
Judge Max Higgs
Mayor John Cook
Kathleen Staudt, PhD
Ann Crawford McClure
Richard A Castro
Previous Life Achievement BRAVO Award Recipients
Coach Don Haskins
Janice Woods Windle
Hon Eliot Shapleigh
Major General Dana J.H. Pittard
L Bowling, III
Last Updated 10/13/17