Let Go So You Can Grow


"Let go" is one of the most important lessons Hope Andrade learned as a small business owner.  Letting go and hiring qualified people to help manage and grow her business is what truly started her on the path to success.  Hope will tell of her impressive business journey, and how this important lessons helped her along the way.



Hope Andrade has always had the heart of an entrepreneur. After starting her career at IBM, Hope took a risk, and with the goal of providing a better future for her family at the forefront of her mind, she decided to open up a business of her own.


For nearly three decades, Hope successfully launched and led three highly regarded and profitable companies that provided medical and non-medical care in the home, capitalizing on the growth in the home health care industry and building a company from the ground up. She developed the concept, strategy, and business plan, launched operations, and led all phases of growth, migrating and expanding the business from in-home child care to non medical and medical elder care to hospice.


In addition to being an entrepreneur who has created, grown, and sold three high growth companies, Hope has also had an expansive career in state government having served as Texas' 107th Secretary of State, first Latina to serve in this position,  Texas Workforce Commissioner, and Texas Department of Transportation Commissioner. With a deep understanding of both the private and public sector, Hope brings a broad business perspective with particular expertise in healthcare, transportation, workforce, and economic development.

Hope has held multiple leadership roles in civic and community organizations, is the recipient of numerous personal, business, and community awards and recognitions, and is a determined and proactive ambassador for local and national economic development.

Most recently, Hope has played an integral role in the co-founding and operating success of GO RIO San Antonio River Cruises, which was awarded the ten-year contract from the City of San Antonio to operate the river barges and concessions on the historic San Antonio River Walk, and Andrade-Van de Putte & Associates which is a bipartisan consulting firm focused on bridging the gap between government entities and the business community.

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Hope Andrade

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