Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Business Exchange Welcomes New Executive

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The Gay and Lesbian Business Exchange (GLBX), a Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, is excited to welcome Rene Cantu as the new business development executive dedicated to the growth and success of the GLBX membership. The addition of this position at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce signals its continued commitment to the advancement of the GLBX Council and to providing an all-inclusive business networking platform for the LGBT community in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area.

Cantu is a recent transplant to Fort Lauderdale from Houston, Texas and brings with him 20 years of non-profit and chamber of commerce management experience. Most recently, he served as the executive director of Leadership Houston and was responsible for all aspects of the organization, including fundraising, community outreach, administration and program development.  Prior to that, Cantu served as the vice president of Programs and Services as well as director of communications with the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  During his tenure with the chamber, it was awarded ‘National Large Hispanic Chamber of the Year’ by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, Cantu holds his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University. His community involvement includes serving on boards for the Education Service Center - Region 2, the Corpus Christi Minority Business Opportunity Center, the Houston & Corpus Christi Yale Alumni Schools Committee, Ambassador for the Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Heights (Houston) Chamber of Commerce and the Houston Hispanic Chamber.

Cantu’s vast experience with chambers of commerce make him a very welcomed and ideal candidate for his new position with the GLBX Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.  If you are interested in joining the GLBX, please contact Rene Cantu directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mark your calendars - Upcoming GLBX events:

Thursday, April 18 - 5:30 p.m. — Richardson Park, Wilton Manors – Chamber Afterhours in conjunction with GLBX and Oakland Park-Wilton Manors Councils.

Thursday, April 25 - 11:30 a.m. — B Ocean Hotel the GLBX 1st quarter Luncheon sponsored by Edward Jones.  Speaker Ralph Quintero presents “The $35MM Tip - How Three Simple Things Transformed My Business.”

Thursday, May 9th - 5:30pm — Grill 401 on Las Olas Blvd. - GLBX Afterhours and War Horse at Broward Performing Arts Center in conjunction with the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

For further information about GLBX, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and upcoming events, please check out the chamber’s website at and don’t forget to "Like" GLBX on Facebook (GLBX – Gay Lesbian Business eXchange).GLBX – Gay Lesbian Business eXchange