New Motor Vehicle Board Members
Ramon Alvarez C.
Vice President, Dealer Member
Mr. Ramon Alvarez C. was elected to serve as the Board’s Vice President in 2020. Mr. Alvarez was appointed to the Board by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in March 2007, and reappointed in November 2010. Governor Edmund G. Brown reappointed Mr. Alvarez in April 2014 and again in July 2018. Mr. Alvarez has served as the Chair of the Administration Committee, and as chair and a member of the Fiscal Committee, Board Development Committee, and Government and Industry Affairs Committee and the Executive Committee. He is currently the Chair of the Government and Industry Affairs Committee. Previously Mr. Alvarez served two terms as Vice President, and three terms as President.
Mr. Alvarez founded the Alvarez Lincoln Mercury dealership at the Riverside Auto Center in October 1995 and added Jaguar in October 2001. He is also the first Hispanic to own a Jaguar dealership in the western United States. In 2010, Mr. Alvarez founded Alvarez Electric Motors Company, a distribution company for electric cars. On January 15, 2011, Mr. Alvarez launched a Hispanic car radio show in Houston, Texas, "El Show de Don Ramon", that addresses the need for information in the Hispanic community on how to buy new and used cars and trucks. The Show was presented in partnership with Univision Radio. Mr. Alvarez is widely recognized as one of the leading Hispanic entrepreneurs in the United States.
Mr. Alvarez is a past member of the board of directors of the California Chamber of Commerce and has served on the boards of the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce, Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (past president), Inland Empire Economic Partnership (past president), Riverside Community Hospital, YMCA, March of Dimes and Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Advisory Committee. Mr. Alvarez was a commissioner for the Access to Justice Commission in California, and was the past president of the Western United States for the Boy Scouts of America. He has also been a member of the Riverside Community College Foundation and the Raincross Club.
Mr. Alvarez has been recognized for his professional and community service, including the Riverside Hispanic Business of the Year (1996-2015), Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year (1996), Ford Motor Company Society of Leasing Professional Dealer Award (1996), Ernst & Young Outstanding Entrepreneur (1999), and the National Latin Business Association Business of the Year (2016). Mr. Alvarez's term will expire in January 2022.