MEXICAN ASSOCIATION OF THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY (AMIA)
Dr. Solís was responsible for the administration of NAFTA and Free Trade Agreements entered by Mexico with Latin American countries. In 2001 he joined the Ministry of the Economy to promote foreign trade and investment and he was head of the Investment Promotion Unit in the Ministry of the Economy during 2003. Since 2008, he is Executive President of the Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry (AMIA).
Vicepresident, Mexico Manufacturing Center
Carlos Robles was named Vice-president of Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services Mexico on August 21, 2017, in charge of all the manufacture operations of the company in the country, for the different business and commercial aircraft programs of Bombardier. Carlos joined Bombardier as Director of Operations in 2011, after serving throughout 12 years in different leaderships positions at Volkswagen Mexico. Carlos served as President of the Mexican Federation of the Aerospace Industries (FEMIA) from September 2016 until November 2018.
Mexico Institute, Deputy Director
Mr. Wilson leads the Institute’s research and programming on regional economic integration and U.S.-Mexico border affairs. He worked as a contractor doing Mexico analysis for the U.S. military and as a researcher at American University’s Center for North American Studies. In Mexico, he worked briefly with the international trade consultancy IQOM, Inteligencia Comercial, and with American students studying regional political and social issues. He has written opinion columns for the Wall Street Journal, Politico, CNN, and Reuters, among others.
FOKKER GKN AEROSPACE MEXICO
Mr. Rodriguez has more than twenty years of Management Experience, most of them on the Management of International Aerospace Companies. He has also been president of Chihuahua's Aerospace Cluster, President of the Maquiladora and Exporters Association of Chihuahua (INDEX), and currently, he is the director of the National Committee of INDEX for the Aerospace Industry. He started as the Director of Mexico Operations in Fokker / GKN Aerospace Plant in Chihuahua, MX from green field, three years ago, and is now a successful running operation with aggressive expansion plans.
MEXICAN FEDERATION OF AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES, A.C. (FEMIA)
Mr. Lizcano has more than 25 years of experience in industrial development from different perspectives (Government positions and Private Companies). He was in charge of Foreign Direct Investment for the Government of the northern state of Chihuahua Government where he had the opportunity to design and implement the Aerospace Industry Development Strategy to attract companies like Cessna, Honeywell Aerospace, Beechcraft and Bell Helicopter, to mention a few. His background is important in Economic Development, Automotive, Aerospace & Industrial Real Estate.
MEXICAN HOME APPLIANCES CLUSTER (CLELAC)
Mrs. Carrillo worked in Whirlpool in the purchasing area before joining the Secretariat of Economic Development of the Government of the State of Nuevo León in the area of foreign investment. She has more than 8 years of experience working in Clusters, 5 of them being director of the Cluster of Appliances. She is currently General Director at Mexico's Home Appliances Cluster (CLELAC)
NEW VENTURE RESEARCH
Randall Sherman is the CEO of New Venture Research Corp., a market research and business consultancy based in Nevada City, California. He is an internationally recognized analyst and consultant for the OEM electronics and contract manufacturing industries and has been widely featured in leading trade magazines, industry symposia and syndicated market research reports. He performed his undergraduate work in Astrophysics and holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado and an MBA from Edinburgh School of Business, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Sr. Manager, Americas- LV Sales Forecasting
Mr. Vildozo is the Associate Director responsible for covering the automotive industry in Latin America at IHS. He oversees vehicle sales, exports and production trends in the automotive industry within the region, follows investments and OEM strategy planning as well as developing the forecasts for the market. Prior to this role Guido oversaw manufacturers' product cycles for the Americas as well as closely following trends in all markets in the Americas.
Mr. Julio Chiu Olivares grew up in Ciudad Juarez where he attended elementary school and high school in Ciudad Juarez and in the capital of the State, Chihuahua, Chihuahua. Mr. Chiu Received his Electrical Engineering Degree from The University of Texas at El Paso and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Simon Graduate School of Business at The University of Rochester in New York.
Vice President in Charge and Senior
FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF DALLAS
Mr. Coronado serves as the Dallas Fed lead officer and regional economist for West Texas and Southern New Mexico. He works closely with the branch’s board of directors and provides leadership and oversight for the operating and administrative functions of the El Paso office. He is also a senior economist and a member of the regional group of the Bank’s Research Department. His research focuses on issues pertaining to the Mexican economy, the U.S.–Mexico economic integration and border issues.
HUNT INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS
Patrick Schaefer is the Executive Director of the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness, an economic development think tank located at the University of Texas at El Paso that focuses on the transboundary, Paso Del Norte region. Prior to founding the Institute, Patrick held positions with the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C., where he advised client-states on legal reforms to improve their commercial and financial sectors. He is an adjunct professor of NAFTA Law at the College of Business Administration at the University of Texas at El Paso and has coached two teams from the Law Faculty of the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez to two international arbitration competitions in Vienna and Los Angeles.
EC LEGAL RUBIO VILLEGAS
Mr. Ochoa has more than 28 years of experience counseling domestic and foreign companies doing business in Mexico, helping them with issues involving foreign investment, international trade, corporate law, real estate acquisitions and planning, labor law, complex negotiations, and mediation. Mr. Ochoa obtained his Mexican Law degree at the ITESM (allegedly the Mexican MIT) obtained an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School in 1987.
Mr. Ornelas has 35 years of experience in international trade and foreign direct investment. He has business degrees from Babson College, Southern Methodist University and Harvard. He was Head of the State of Chihuahua Industrial Promotion Agency in 1980-85 and General Director for Intermex Industrial Parks through 2000, and was responsible for promoting the establishment of over 100 industrial projects in Mexico. He is MEXICONOW’s founder and editor, a 15-year old private firm whose main purpose is to attract foreign industrial investment.