Hispanic Heritage Spotlight 2020
About Raul “Danny” Vargas
The RNHA is proud to recognize Raul Danny Vargas for Hispanic Heritage Month. He is an American businessman, political activist, and U.S Air Force veteran. Raul Danny Vargas was born in New York City and grew up in Brooklyn New York. His parents were from Puerto Rico and by the age of two, his parent was divorced. His mother raises him and his three siblings as a single parent. In his youth, Raul Danny Vargas excelled at academics graduating with honors from New York State Board of Regents. After he graduated he joined the U.S Airforce and scored well enough on the exams that they allowed him to choose his career path.
Raul Danny Vargas enlisted in the U.S Air Force in November of 1983 and decided to enter the intelligence field. After being stationed at Panama for five years he was stationed in San Antonio, Texas. He was honorable discharged and began to work as a civilian contractor with the government. In 1995, he began to work in telecommunications when he started working for Sprint International which later merged with France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom to form a joint venture Global One. He stayed on with France Telecom as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for their Americas region.
In 2004, he started his own business called VARCOM Solutions which is based in Virginia. VARCOM provides strategic marketing and communications, public relations service, and business consulting to a variety of clients including government contractors, technology, telecom firms, and government agencies. In 2006, he accepted an executive with AOL and served as the VP of Global Sales for Voice Services and later as the VP of Latin America. In February 2011. he was named one of 2011 was named by Washington Business Journal one of its Minority Business Leaders and he was recognized by the Small Business Administration as a Minority BUsiness Champion for both the Washington D.C and Mid-Atlantic Regions.
A Legacy of Leadership and Service
Raul Vargas is currently one of the directors of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and served on its executive committee. He was also the Chairman of the Dulles Regional Chamber of commerce from 2007 to 2008. During this time he was the first Hispanic to chair the mainstream chamber in the history of Virginia. In 2007, he was elected to the National Chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly from 2007-2009. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Northern Virginia Family Service a non-profit that focuses on empowering families. Vargas served on the board for Fair Fax Partnership for Youth. He founded the Hispanic GovCon Network and speaks to students often to courage them to get an education.
Vargas also founded the Hispanic Advisory Group for Congressman Frank Wolf and was active in efforts to reduce gang violence in the Herndon area. In 2009, Vargas was appointed by Congress to serve on a bipartisan commission to study the creation of an American Latino Museum under the Smithsonian Institution. in September 2010, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell appointed Vargas to the Virginia Board of the Workforce Development. In 2013, Vargas was appointed Chairman of the Board and has since taken a national leadership role in the transformation of the workforce system into an employer-oriented and demand-driven.
Raul Danny Vargas has a long history of service and leadership. He has been a mover and shaker in the Conservative Hispanic Community and has been instrumental in encouraging a generation of young Hispanics to pursue their dreams through education. For his many years of service to the Republic, we recognize him for Hispanic Heritage Month.