reprinted courtesy of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, special
supplement honoring 40 successful business people, all of them under age
BY JEFF WEISS, SFVBJ Staff Writer
Jesus Ochoa first realized his passion for community activism when
he became involved with the local Kiwanis Club as a student at Mission
Joining the Kiwanis became my driving force. It was amazing to get
to see accomplished professionals in their fields, giving their time out
to give back to the community. They have been my inspiration and role
models, Ochoa said.
The relationships that Ochoa built in the Kiwanis helped spark Ochoas
decision to run and win in the election to become the student body president
at Mission. Nearly two decades later, Ochoas sense of community
involvement has yet to diminish.
After graduating from Mission, the Mexico-born Ochoa joined the Navy as
a way to better assimilate himself into American culture.
I wanted to do my part for the country, Ochoa said. I
didnt even receive my citizenship until two years after I left the
Navy. When I was in the service, I received several awards including the
Navy Achievement Medal, one of the highest peacetime awards that the Navy
After leaving the service he has thrown himself into community service
in the Valley, serving as the president of Holidays in the Park, a charity
organization that hands out toys to disadvantaged families during the
holiday season. Ochoa remains an active member of the Kiwanis, as well
as serving on the governance council for the Metropolitan Transit Authority
in the Valley.
Professionally, Ochoa runs Teconectamos, a branch of San Fernando-based
IT support firm, Tekwerks. As the founder of this branch of the company,
Ochoa had the onerous task of organizing its basic infrastructure, establishing
a client base and ensuring continued customer support.
As for the future, Ochoa plans to grow with the company and help make
it a force in the Valley.
I want to ensure that our companys name will be recognized
in the area. But I dont want people just to know the name. I want
them to know that we stand for quality.