San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz received the “Profiles In Power” award from the Austin Business Journal this week at the 14th annual event, held in Austin.
Narvaiz was presented with the award during a luncheon ceremony as one of five winners selected from 25 women finalist whose achievements in business and community leadership exemplify being a powerful figure in the Central Texas region.
“The caliber of women that are nominated for this award is incredible; I am humbled and honored to have my name among them. Building a business from the ground up was challenging, but my highest calling has been my work within the San Marcos community,” said Narvaiz. “I have been blessed to have the opportunity to serve this beautiful city.”
City Manager Rick Menchaca nominated the Mayor for this honor that recognizes exemplary business, community and personal achievement. “Mayor Narvaiz’s community involvement doesn’t stop with her role as Mayor. She lends her time and talent to many other charitable activities including literacy, education, hunger, community fitness and honoring military veterans and their families,” Menchaca said.
Narvaiz is featured in a special July 2008 Profiles In Power edition of the Austin Business Journal, along with other recipients Becky Beaver, family law attorney; Nikelle Meade, real estate attorney; Jane Smith, attorney; Irene Williams, software company CEO; and lifetime achievement winner Laura Kilcrease, venture capital fund founder.
San Marcos had a big profile at the event, held at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. More than a dozen attendees, representing local business, city government and Texas State University, participated.
Keynote speaker Nina Vaca, chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Technical Resources and a Distinguished Alumni of Texas State University, shared her positive experiences from San Marcos as an undergraduate with the crowd of several hundred. “San Marcos stole the show,” Narvaiz said.
Narvaiz has been Mayor of San Marcos, Texas since 2004 after first serving as a City Council member from 2002-2004. She was re-elected in 2006 to a second term at the helm of San Marcos city government.
Mayor Narvaiz is the Chair of the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) where she has served on the Executive Committee since 2004. She also has served on the Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations (FAIR) Policy Committee for the National League of Cities and on the Intergovernmental Relations Task Force for the Texas Municipal League. Narvaiz serves as Chair of the Hays Caldwell Public Utility Agency and is Vice-Chair of the Capital Area Council of Government Economic Development District.
In March 2008, Narvaiz was appointed by the Texas Transportation Commission to serve on an advisory committee for the Trans-Texas Corridor. The committee will prepare reports on the effects of corridor development and economic, political, societal and population trends.
Narvaiz is very active in a wide variety of community organizations. She has served on a number of city-related boards, including the Youth Commission, Economic Development Board, and Convention and Visitors Bureau, and on boards of many civic organizations.
She is President and CEO of Core Strategies, Inc., and consults with Sedona Staffing in San Marcos.
Narvaiz is the recipient of numerous honors, including the San Marcos Board of Realtors – Citizen of the Year, the Sam Walton Business Leader Award, the Small Business Person of the Quarter-Chamber of Commerce, Citizen of the Year-San Marcos Area Board of Realtors; Certificate of Appreciation-Youth Summit; Badge of Recognition-San Marcos Police Department; Salute to Women Entrepreneurs; Outstanding Member-Hispanic Chamber; Community Service Award-Hispanic Chamber; the United Way Volunteer of the Year Award, and Woman of Distinction Award, Lone Start Girl Scout Council.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, she moved to San Antonio when she was young. She is married to Mike Narvaiz and they share in the lives of their children and six grandchildren.
By MELISSA MILLECAM
Communications Director – City of San Marcos
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