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, 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.
Executive Administrative Assistant