Hispanic chamber suspends president

Nashville Scene article last week brought the suspension

Prominent Hispanic businessman Robert Chavez has been suspended as president of the Tennessee Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for 90 days because of an article in the Nashville Scene last week detailing some nefarious business activities and poor chamber leadership.

The chamber's board voted unanimously to suspend Chavez pending further action. "The board's actions were based upon a recent cover story in the Scene which called into question certain actions of the president and the board's concerns over the resulting negative implications of the article on the chamber," the chamber said in a statement.

The Scene article, entitled "The Bad Man of Nolensville Road," reported that chamber board members thought he was running the organization into the ground while lobbying for a $10,000 per month salary. It also detailed some questionable business dealings by Chavez, including renting apartments at above-market rents to illegal immigrants.

Ramon Cisneros, the chamber's vice president and owner of the Hispanic newspaper La Campaña, was appointed acting president.