BIOGRAPHY:

Rudi R. Rodriguez

Rudi R. Rodriguez

Rudi R. Rodriguez is single and a life-long resident of San Antonio. He attended Central Catholic High school, UT at Austin, and attended UT at San Antonio. From 1974 to present he has been employed by EPI-Electrical Enclosures, Inc., a forty-three year old manufacturer of electrical enclosures in San Antonio. EPI manufacturer’s electrical and electronics cabinets that house all forms of control devices, wiring apparatus, and hi-tech equipment. The products have applications in the contractor, commercial, utility, industrial, Tel-com, Hi-tech, Medical and scientific markets. Rudi Rodriguez is the principal stockholder and Chief Executive Officer with twenty-eight years tenure. In this position he is responsible for administration, marketing and new product engineering. Rudi R. Rodriguez community service area of interests have been; educational, social, and nutritional involvement with needy children. Other areas of special interests are cultural enrichment and business developments in the community.

Rudi R. Rodriguez is a businessman and community leader whose passion for Texas history has led him on a fascinating journey for over twenty-five years. Throughout his life, Rudi has had an interest in the lives of his ranching ancestors and has spent thousands of hours researching and documenting the lives of the state's first settlers. Texas Tejano.com is the result of Rudi's dream to create awareness about the contributions of early Tejano pioneers. As founder, he designed the company to serve as a research and publishing vehicle in which to tell the stories of their lives and legacies. Also, outreach throughout Texas has been a large and successful part of the mission.

To date, accomplishments include creator of “Tejano Heritage Month”, “A Tejano Son of Texas” Exhibit, “A Tejano Son of Texas” Documentary, “Tejanos in Texas” Heritage Exhibit, “Texas Tejanos A Revolution Remembered: 1835-1836” Play, “Tejano Historical Portrait Series” “A Tejano Son of Texas” Book Series”, “Texas Tejano Living History Association” and countless of presentations throughout the state. Also, founding the THSA Hispanic Heritage Student Awards now in their second year.

As a result, over six years two million persons have seen the exhibits, more than five hundred thousand visits to the Texas Tejano com website, three hundred thousand persons have seen the documentary, over two hundred thousand people have attended special events or presentations at schools and universities and tens of thousands of books, brochures, and calendars have been circulated. Also, national, state and local publications have done major articles on the subject matter as well as, radio and TV stories have been aired.

Some of Rudi’s affiliations are: past Board Member of The Texas Historical Foundation, past Board Member of the Institute of Texan Cultures, current member of the Texas State Historical Association and is a member of the Atascosa County, Leon Valley, Somerset, Selma Historical Societies, and current member of the Bandera County Historical Commission and historian and board member of the Polly Texas Pioneers Association.

Some of Rudi’s awards and recognitions are: Recipient of the ’06 Hidalgo Award (Highest Civic Award Given by Bexar County), 02 Governor’s Volunteer Award (State Community Service Award), ‘01 La Prensa Hispanic Heritage Awards (Community award of the year), ’97 San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Success Series Award. Exec-Officer El Rey Feo/Lula c Fiesta Activity.

Also, he is the Chairman/Founder for The Hispanic Heritage Center of Texas a first ever Hispanic Heritage and Legacy center in Texas. The center’s mission will be to champion the true lives and stories of our unsung and forgotten Tejano heroes. Tejanos are defined as the descendants of the first Spanish, Mexican and indigenous families on the Texas frontier. Starting in 1690, Tejanos built the first roads and towns, created the first governments and laws, started the first ranches and ranching economy and provided the rich culture that helps define us today.

The Center will consist of a museum, research library and Tejano Living History Village. The programs the center will offer will be educational, awards, markers, oral histories and genealogy. The center will also offer symposiums and conferences along with multi media capabilities for distant learning. Also, through Rudi’s efforts, the Consul General of Mexico, San Antonio, and the Consul General of Spain, Houston, have both endorse the Center and are considering the role they will play in it. Additionally, sister cities in both Mexico and Spain will be designated to continue the development and depth of cultural and historical ties.

The Hispanic Heritage Center of Texas will be one of the most important and enduring contributions of our era. Please join us as we begin to define all the programs, raise the funds for the buildings and lastly help us lobby the Hemisfair Park Development Agency to place the Center there. For more information please visit www.hispanicheritagecenteroftexas.org

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