Heriberto “Berto” Guerra Jr. was appointed chairman of the SAWS Board of Trustees in 2011. His most recent accomplishments include his work as chairman and chief executive officer of Avanzar Interior Technologies GP, LLC, which partners with JCI to manufacture interior parts for trucks at the Toyota truck plant in San Antonio. Guerra also co-owns Toyota of Boerne.
Guerra retired as vice president of legislative and constituency affairs for SBC (now AT&T). His responsibilities included oversight of legislative activity in SBC’s U.S. region, political action committee solicitation and monitoring, and external education for elected officials, regulators and third party constituency groups. He began his career with Southwestern Bell in 1978 as a business office supervisor, progressing through a number of positions in customer service and external affairs including executive vice president of national constituency relations, executive vice president of external affairs, managing director of corporate development for SBC Communications Inc. and president of Southwestern Bell International Development.
Guerra devotes much of his time to professional, civic and educational organizations. A former chairman of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, he also serves on the boards of CentroMed, MTC Inc. (Mi Tierra Café) and Conceptual Mindworks Inc., as well as the development board for The University of Texas at San Antonio. He also was an organizer and serves as vice chairman of San Antonio National Bank.
Since 2002, Guerra has served as a member of the board of trustees for Abilene Christian University and currently is a deacon at Northside Church of Christ. He has received numerous awards and was recognized as distinguished alumnus by Texas State University in 2007 and 2007 Business Owner of the Year by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Guerra was recently named Master Entrepreneur as part of Ernst & Young’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards.
Born in Roma and raised in Corpus Christi, Guerra received a Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences in interdisciplinary management from Texas State University in 1984. He also completed the Penn State Executive Management Program in 1991.
Guerra and his wife, Tammy, have four children and 10 grandchildren.
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