Raymond Palacios is the dealer/operator of Bravo Chevrolet Cadillac dealerships in El Paso and Las Cruces. He was appointed dealer/operator of the El Paso dealership in 2000. Within his first year there, he managed to see the company go from unprofitability to significant increased sales volume, CSI and profitability. After two and a half years of operation, Palacios bought out General Motor’s interest and became the sole owner of the dealership. By May 2004, he became dealer/operator of Bravo Chevrolet Cadillac in Las Cruces.
Palacios has been elected and appointed to numerous professional advisory boards. Some of those boards include the Hummer Dealer Advisory Council, the Texas Automotive Dealer’s Association, the General Motor’s South Central Dealer council, the El Paso New Car Dealer’s Association, General Motor’s Minority Dealer Advisory Council, and the National Chevrolet Dealer Advisory Council. In 2011, Gov. Rick Perry appointed Palacios to the Board of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.
In the community, Palacios has held various leadership positions. Most of his volunteer time has been devoted to assisting the underprivileged, particularly, disadvantaged youth. Some of the organizations he has volunteered with include the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans, Leadership Houston, and the University of Houston Alumni Association. In El Paso, he participated in Leadership El Paso; and he served on the board of the Yucca Council-Boy Scouts of America and the El Paso Better Business Bureau. Currently, he serves on the Advisory Council of the Dona Ana Community College and the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Texas Tech Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.
A native Houstonian, Palacios is a CPA and certified financial planner. He is a graduate of the University of Houston where he earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. He completed a tour of service with the Marine Corp Reserves.