Mayor of El Paso
CITY OF EL PASO
Dee Margo, a longtime businessman and public servant, is the 51st Mayor of the great City of El Paso. El Paso has been Dee’s home for 40 years, and he is committed to the roots he has established in this community.
Municipal President of Ciudad Juarez
Is the independent Municipal President-elect of Ciudad Juárez. Cabada was elected to the position in June 2016; he previously had anchored newscasts on XHIJ Canal 44, a television station in Ciudad Juárez.
Director Engineering, Methods, Program and AES
BOMBARDIER AEROSTRUCTURES - MEXICO MANUFACTURING CENTER
Guillermo Muñoz is the Director of Engineering, Methods, Program and Operational Excellence of Bombardier Aerosctructures Mexico. Guillermo is currently responsible for managing the engineering, industrial engineering and manufacturing teams, tooling group and the continuous improvement and operational excellence team for the entire Manufacturing Site of Mexico.
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.
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF MAQUILADORA INDUSTRY (INDEX)
Mr. Vazquez began his professional career with the State of Baja California’s Secretariat of Economic Development. There, he assessed numerous companies in order to carry out business into the State. Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America was among the companies he advised, specifically during the establishment of its first manufacturing plant in Mexico in the city of Tijuana. From there, Toyota hired him to carry out external affairs activities. He is now the Executive Director of the National Council of the Maquiladora and Manufacturing Export Industry (INDEX).
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.
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.
Mr. Perez is currently Samsung Electronics Queretaro Vice-President, where more than 90% of its production is exported. He worked for nine years at Tenneco Automotive as Plant Director in 3 different places: Puebla, Queretaro and Celaya being in charge of the planning, construction and installation areas. He worked at Siemens for eight years as Operations Manager; he initiated his career at Renault working for this company for ten years
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.
El Paso Branch Vicepresident and Senior Economist
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.
President and CEO
THE TECMA GROUP
Alan Russell co-founded The Tecma Group in 1986 and serves as President and CEO. Since then, Alan has grown the company to more than 7,500 employees, over 50 Clients with over 3 million square feet of manufacturing space in Mexico. The Tecma Group of Companies provides shelter, manufacturing support, and consulting services throughout Mexico for foreign manufacturing and energy services companies across the world.
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.