Project Manager, Retail Sector Initiative
Orlando Cazarez a native of Sinaloa, Mexico has lived in Arizona since 1988. Orlando is a graduate of ASU WP Carey School of Business with a degree in Computer Information Systems. The past 16+ years of professional experience include roles as IBM's Arizona state & local government client representative, territory sales/trainer at First American Title and more recently held the position of Sr. Director of Business Development at the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Orlando has recently served as a volunteer instructor and mentor for the Young Entrepreneur Academy at Phoenix Community College; he is appointed to Congressman Ruben Gallego’s AZ District 7 as his Federal Political Coordinator on real estate policy. Orlando proudly served in the ARMY National Guard’s 159th Finance Detachment, and is also a graduate of the Hispanic Leadership Institute.
Orlando, his wife Irma and their 3 children, Ethan, Aden (the soccer players) & Eliza (the Girl Scout Daisy) live in the South Mountain community of Laveen. They enjoy family outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, camping, and trips to the beach.
Why does working at CFA support what you are passionate about professionally?
It's a very encouraging and hopeful feeling coming to a place like CFA after spending the majority of my career in the corporate world. CFA is actively impacting the way processes and practices happen and continues to produce results in our state. As a father and a civically engaged member of my community, it matters more and more each day that organizations like CFA exists and advance in their efforts to identify and bring solutions to our education system and our economy. I’m passionate about being a part of a work in progress that can be replicated in other parts of our globe to improve lives and strengthen communities.
What do you enjoy in your personal time?
Traveling is essential to my joy in life, I live by the mantra of taking the long way there and a different route back. The more people, cultures and foods I come across the more fulfilled I feel. Seeing my children grow and creating memories with them is a blessing in itself.
Why do you love Arizona?
I've lived in Arizona the majority of my life and it has been a great state to experience nature and cross cultures while learning and building long lasting relationships.