Mark Madrid of Houston Honored with Jefferson Award

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Mark L. Madrid, Senior Director of Business Development at the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is Houston's latest Jefferson Award winner.

Mark L. Madrid, Senior Director of Business Development at the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is Houston’s latest Jefferson Award winner. The Jefferson Awards are a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America. They began in 1972 to create a Nobel Prize for public service.

Madrid continues to fulfill his most trailblazing community service work: high school student financial literacy. To date, he has delivered financial literacy curricula to more than 1,000 high school students and has been featured on numerous media for his charitable and leadership work. In May 2011, Madrid was named to the prestigious Houston Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40 - Class of 2011; an honor awarded to the most respected and innovative young leaders in Houston.

"I am fiercely optimistic that our high school students, not political rhetoric or bickering, are going to be the difference in rejuvenating our economy," Madrid said. “Soon these high school students will be our next first-time home owners, GDP boosters, entrepreneurs, and job creators.”

Madrid’s journey began on New Year’s Eve in 2007 when his employer, a regional bank, notified him and other senior managers they would be shutting down.

"This was right in the middle of major banking industry turbulence,” Madrid said. “I thought, 'What? Really? I'm going to be unemployed?'"

When Madrid interacts with students, it is truly a testimony of his own life. An Eastwood Academy student who works part-time while still a junior in high school, confirms the value of his efforts: "My responsibility is to pay the light bill, but I realize today that maybe I can save $5 from each paycheck,'" she said.

Madrid gets emotional when he talks about his students and his program. Additionally, he promotes sustainable home ownership and healthy living to end obesity.

According to Houston NBC affiliate KPRC Local 2, “His commitment and passion for sharing these messages of hope, inspiration, and information are precisely why he is a Jefferson Awards winner.”

While very proud of the honor, he was also quite humble.

"This is an unbelievable moment for me," Madrid said. "That's all I can say. I'm speechless. Thank you."

More about Mark L. Madrid
Mark Madrid is an accomplished businessperson and philanthropist. Despite coming from a “one-stoplight community where the cattle outnumber the people,” he inspires business growth and makes a “real” difference on prominent stages.

In 2011, Let the Fashions Begin, Inc., benefiting the Texas Children’s Hospital Sickle Cell Center, named Madrid as one of Houston’s Men of Style, which honors men in the Houston community who have illustrated fashion savvy and enduring dedication to community service.

Although Madrid relishes in his philanthropic endeavors, he began his career in banking on Wall Street in the mid 90s, which led to numerous achievements, such as International Best Practice for J.P. Morgan offices worldwide. He also became the youngest Hispanic National Director at Temple Inland, a Fortune 500 conglomerate.

Madrid holds a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated in 1995 with Honors and earned the designation as an Endowed Presidential Scholar.

At the beginning and at the end of the day, Madrid’s career, community, and personal efforts leverage his trademarks of unbridled enthusiasm, fierce consistency, steel composure, explosive innovation, engraved integrity, and contagious spirit.

For more information, please contact Mark L. Madrid directly:
E: integrity.35(at)hotmail(dot)com

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