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The BRAVO AWARD is presented to individuals  who have shown exemplary dedication to the community by their work for the betterment of El Paso.

Thursday October 18, 2018

BRAVO Award  Luncheon



Mark Barnett

Barnett Harley-Davidson

with the 2018 BRAVO Award for his contributions to non-profit organizations and causes and especially for his blood drives and continuing dedication and on-going support for efforts to treat and cure cancer.



Estela Casas

Journalist and well known KVIA-TV anchor woman
with the 2018 Lifetime Achievement BRAVO Award for years of bringing El Paso the best evening TV news, for her lifetime of advocacy for women and children's health care and well-being and now, her 'Stand with Estela' campaign that has brought cancer awareness and has raised impressive funds to help women with cancer.



 Reception 11:00 a.m.              Lunch 11:30 a.m.


Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel

2027 Airport Boulevard

El Paso, TX

$65.00 per person

$600.00 per table of 10

Please indicate if you are vegetarian


Reservations by check to


     10525 Texwood

     El Paso, TX 79925

Inquiries:  915-591-3562

     or         915-549-9230


RSVP by October 10, 2018


2017 BRAVO AWARD Recipient

Oscar Leeser

El Paso Business Man, Owner of Hyundai of El Paso,

 Former Mayor of El Paso

Oscar 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 2010. 

As 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

Richard Dayoub

President & 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

Nancy Hanson

Rosemary Castillo

Zuill Bailey

Ann Crawford McClure

Joyce Wilson

Emily Loya

Richard A Castro


Previous Life Achievement BRAVO Award Recipients

Coach Don Haskins

Anita Blair  

Janice Woods Windle

Hon Eliot Shapleigh

Tanny Berg

Major General Dana J.H. Pittard

Robert L Bowling, III  

Rosa Guerrero

GuyRex Associates


Last Updated 09/20/18

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