Meet Roland Murphy, President of the United States Disability Chamber of Commerce and Naval Chief Petty Officer Retired

Meet Roland Murphy, President of the United States Disability Chamber of Commerce and Naval Chief Petty Officer Retired


Roland Murphy’s cultural competency is built on a lifetime of military leadership and international experiences. Acknowledging the strong connection between disability, innovation, diversity and inclusion; the challenge he faces as the founder of the Disability Chamber of Commerce is to help future leaders and fellow professionals understand that connection.

The United States Disability Chamber of Commerce is a national business organization representing the interests of more than 64 million people with disabilities and the 8 million small businesses designated as

Disabled Owned, Certified disability-owned business enterprises (DOBEs), Veteran disability-owned business enterprises (V-DOBEs), Service-disabled veteran-owned business enterprises (SDV-DOBEs), Certified Disability Confident U.S.A. businesses, and Organizations that assist people with disabilities.

In less than three years, the The United States Disability Chamber of Commerce has assisted their now 500 members, 75 disabled and veteran owned companies. With Roland’s strong leadership the chamber has helped these businesses with ideation, built their websites (with additional training to update the web sites), assisted with marketing tools, set-up their business in accordance with SSI, SSDI, medicaid income rules, and introduced business owners to grants to apply for or fundraising ideas to make their businesses a reality.

In his professional opinion, diversity means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing individual differences, which can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio economic status, age, physical ability and religious beliefs. Accepting and exploring these differences in a safe, positive and nurturing environment to him is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.

Roland,Murphy (80 % disabled )

Naval Chief Petty Officer Retired (Naval Expeditionary Forces Sailor of The Year)

President United States Disability Chamber of Commerce

President The Disability Chamber of Commerce (Non-Profit)

Workforce Development Manager Housing Authority Of The City Of Austin

TAMACC to Host Statewide Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon


The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) will honor 13 outstanding Latina business and community leaders from across Texas at the fifth annual Women of Distinction Awards luncheon Friday, May 13, 2016 at the AustinClub, 110 East 9th Street, Austin, Texas from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce was founded in 1975 by a small group of Hispanic businesspersons interested in increasing business opportunities for themselves and other similar business owners.

“I know I speak for all our Chamber and business members in congratulating this year’s Women of Distinction award recipients,” said TAMACC Chairman of the Board Sam Guzman. “Year after year we are proud and honored to recognize and celebrate the outstanding successes and contributions that Hispanic women make to our communities, state, and indeed our nation.”

The 2016 Women of Distinction are:

Aliana Apodaca, President, Positive Directions Co., El Paso

Rosemary H. Banda, Community Volunteer, Austin

Barbara Ann Canales, Secretary, Port of Corpus Christi Authority Commission, Corpus Christi

Judith A. Canales, State Executive Director, United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, College Station

Dr. Catalina E. Garcia, M.D., President, Dallas Anesthesiology Group, Dallas

Virginia “Viky” Garcia, Community Volunteer, Laredo

Dr. Eva Garza-Nyer, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Texas College Advisor, Austin

Genoveva G. Gomez, Vice President of Engineering and Construction, San Antonio Water System, San Antonio

Alida Y. Helgerman, Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Border Federal Credit Union, Del Rio

Helen Soto Knaggs, Office Manager, Texas Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., Austin

Cristina Rivera, Chief Executive Officer, Rio Grande Regional Hospital, McAllen

Alice Rodriguez, Councilwoman, City of Waco, Waco

Major General Angela “Angie” Salinas, United States Marine Corps (Retired), Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, San Antonio

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Women of Distinction


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