The business development program team members are committed to:

    • Professional technical assistance
    • Bilingual entrepreneurial education and information
    • Client driven programming
    • Strategic partnerships
    • Personal / professional growth and development
    • Providing quality bilingual programs

Below is a listing of our current team members.

Pedro Zamora – Executive Director

Mr. Zamora is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of leadership and management experience from

both the corporate for-profit and not-for-profit worlds. An enthusiastic entrepreneurial leader, he has

established strengths in strategic planning, fundraising and financial management, product and program

introduction, marketing, organizational transition management, and board development.

Pedro was appointed the Executive Director of the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation of

Greater Kansas City (HEDC) on April 1, 2015. Prior to his appointment, Pedro had served as the agency’s

Interim Executive Director for 5 months. His service as “interim”, allowed this 21 year-old non-profit’s

Board of Directors the luxury of time of refining their strategies for the entrepreneur incubator,

improving their operating and economic models, enhancing their performance measurements

approaches and growing HEDC’s Micro Enterprise loan fund. This transformation will lead HEDC to

viability, and establish systems that enable the organization to better achieve their mission and long-

term sustainability with motivated embracing organization change.

Pedro’s career story is divided into two distinct chapters with a common theme, organizational

leadership. In the first chapter of his professional life, he served as the leader in research and

development in the telecom communications industry. In 2007, he founded and served as CEO of a

company named Kyland USA an industrial Ethernet communication manufacturer. Pedro has experience

in R&D, product development, traditional manufacturing organizations and has international sales and

marketing experience from his thirty year professional career. More recently, in his second chapter as an

executive, Pedro has dedicated his leadership energies to the non-profit arena, particularly with the

Kansas City Latino organizations, like Guadalupe Centers Inc. where he served as Board Chair, Alta Vista

Charter School and the Terminal Railroad Guadalupe Credit Union. Pedro’s interim assignment at HEDC

drew upon his former significant roles in both his for- and not-for-profit experiences.

Michael S. Carmona

Michael works as the Community and Business Development Specialist for the Hispanic Economic

Development Corporation (HEDC) of Greater Kansas City. Michael oversees HEDC’s Business

Development Program, offering services for economic inclusion to Latino entrepreneurs in the states of

Kansas and Missouri.

Michael graduated from Rockhurst University’s Helzberg School of Management in Kansas City,

Missouri. Michael’s experience with the Latino community includes cultural immersion study abroad in

Costa Rica and bilingual tutoring to elementary students at El Centro, Inc.’s after-school program.

Michael also organized and led two Global Research Initiative projects – a partnership between the

International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City and Rockhurst University-HSOM – developing

international strategic plans for KC-area construction company’s expansion into Latin-American markets.

Ernesto Marquez

Ernesto Marquez, Community & Business Development Specialist: Ernesto currently

serves as Community and Business Development Specialist for the Hispanic Economic

Development Corporation (HEDC). He joined the HEDC team in 2013, after receiving

his BSBA with a concentration in International Business and Accounting from Rockhurst


Ernesto joined HEDC after being inspired by the great work the organization does,

beginning as a computer lab instructor through HEDC’s Digital Literacy Program.

Ernesto currently oversees the day-to-day operations of the Digital Literacy Program, and

provides technical assistance to business owners and individuals in HEDC’s Business

Development and Financial Education Programs.

Having worked retail for over 4 years, Ernesto learned very valuable customer service

skills that have allowed him to help HEDC’s entrepreneurs be better prepared to take care

of their clients. Ernesto is also a valuable asset in assisting the Executive Director with

management of daily financial transactions.

Gloria Zárate

Executive Administrative Assistant