We are pleased to welcome Santos Alarcon, an accomplished and experienced professional, as the newest addition to the San Antonio Chamber team this month. Santos joins us with more than 30 years of experience as a public accountant and auditor for a multitude of governmental entities and non-profits. Some of his most recent jobs include Vice President of Finance for Texas Southmost College in Brownsville and Assistant City Manager of Pearsall, Texas.
A native of Brownsville, Santos grew up in a small business environment. His father owned several Sonic franchises, allowing him to learn the minutiae of operating a business firsthand. As a young man, he played football, eventually playing for the University of Texas at El Paso. While in school, he shifted his focus to accounting and has excelled in the field ever since. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Brownsville (now known as University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix.
“Being able to provide appropriate financial reporting and transparency is essential to build trust,” he said. “If you can’t build trust, you can’t be in business.”
Although his work at the Chamber is a little different than his work as an Assistant City Manager, Santos is confident the new job provides an excellent challenge to use his accounting knowledge and experience.
“As a non-profit, the Chamber is different than working in government,” he said. “But even with what I don’t understand now, operations are the same. I fully expect that to come with time. This job has been an amazing experience so far. The passion my coworkers have is amazing and refreshing.”
Santos hit the ground running in his first month on the job, including presenting the Chamber’s mid-year financial report to the Board of Directors at their July meeting. He is assisted by our Bookkeeper and Accounting Assistant Amy Reyes, who has been with the Chamber since 2017.
“Getting started, I have depended on Amy and her experience,” he said. “We work together to successfully convey what’s on paper to the rest of the organization. We learn from each other and our insights. Without her, it would be very difficult.”
In his spare time, Santos likes to hunt, fish, shoot pistols at the gun range, watch sci-fi and action movies, attend church, and relax with his family. He is a father of three grown children, the eldest of whom lives in San Antonio too.