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.
NATIONAL MAQUILADORA AND MANUFACTURING COUNCIL (INDEX)
Mr. Aguirre is VP of Logistics and Government Relations for Sanmina Mexico. He has 20 years of experience in Logistics, Trade Compliance and Lobbying activities with Government in all levels (federal, state and municipality) promoting new schemes for increasing the competitiveness of industrial Export manufacturing sector. Mr. Aguirre is currently President for the National Maquiladora and Manufacturing Council (INDEX)
NATIONAL AUTOMOTIVE DEALER ASSOCIATION (AMDA)
Mr. Rosales serves as General Director of the Mexican Association of Automotive Distributors, A.C. – AMDA, he is in charge of the coordination of lobbying activities, sectoral studies and social communications. He has contributed in Federal Government (SEPESCA), Government of Veracruz and development banking (BANRURAL), as well as private section companies.
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.
Vice President Ownership Solutions
ELECTROLUX NORTH AMERICA
24 years in consumer goods, of which 16 has been spent with Electrolux. 10 years spent in Mexico establishing operations & driving M&A activities globally. Led purchasing operation with annual turnover of 3.2 BUSD with a global supply base. Led Cooking business with multisites. Lead consumer experience and solutions for Electrolux North America
Manager, Latin America, Light Vehicle Sales Forecasts
Guido is the Associate Director responsible for covering the automotive industry in Latin America at Global Insight. Guido 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. His area of expertise is product planning and strategy and how these affect vehicle demand. Prior to this role Guido oversaw manufacturers' product cycles for the Americas as well as closely following trends in all markets in the Americas. Guido joined Global Insight in 2001 while completing an internship for graduate school and was brought onboard upon completion of his internship.
MEXICOS HOME APPLIANCES CLUSTER (CLELAC)
Currently she’s the general director of the Home Appliances Cluster of the State of Nuevo León (CLELAC), a civil association that represents more than 70 electric equipment and electronic manufacturing companies and its suppliers, as well as universities and government agencies, which together form the triple helix. With more than 10 years since its founding, CLELAC has consolidated itself like a reference in the home appliances industry, clustering more than 40% of the home appliances manufacturers in Mexico. CLELAC, as an organization seeks to position the sector, bettering the competitiveness and increasing the home appliance sector’s value chain not only in Mexico but on an international level. She served for 14 years as an official for the State Government, in the Ministry of Economy and Labor, achieving the execution of projects focused on the state’s economic development. In the same Ministry she was director of Productive Chains, which involved areas like Promotion of Exports, Productive Chains, Training and Clusters. In the private sector she has collaborated with multinational industries within the Import-Export area; in the international company TriPalm International (Oasis); working as consultant for the company Global Trends of Mexico, and in roles focused on customer service and after-sales service in Bulkmatic of Mexico.
U.S.-MEXICO FOUNDATION (USMF)
Mr. Perret is the Director of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation (USMF), since December 15, 2018. He has a history of deep commitment to the US-Mexico bilateral relationship. He is a former government professional with a strong track record of leading government engagement and business development strategies between Mexico and the U.S. Before joining the USMF, Enrique most recently served as a Director for North America at ProMeixco, Mexico's trade promotion agency, where he worked for more than ten years in several positions. Enrique also has a strong commitment to civil society endeavors and has served in leadership roles on a number of nonprofit boards including, serving as Chair of the Board of Enseña por Mexico, Teach for All’s Mexican affiliate, an organization dedicated to leadership development and promoting a better education for all.
He is currently the managing partner of the consulting and law firm Bufete Internacional, specializing in international business, foreign trade, and customs, and directs the Global Business University business school, both institutions belonging to Grupo Bufete Internacional México. He is the author of 119 books on various specialized subjects, with a total print run of nearly 1,000,000 copies. He is the editor responsible for the compendium of laws in the Electronic Customs System that is currently published electronically under the ISAM application. He is also a world-class speaker, giving conferences and courses in various public and private forums with an estimated audience of 20,000 executives per year. His personal philosophy is based on three guiding principles: Love for GOD, not to die with the music inside and to leave this world better than the way you received it.
Mayra is a Research Economist who leads the Institute’s work on binational, comparative commercial and financial analysis. She has worked as an Economist at the Central Bank of Mexico, where she led the economic and financial analysis of Mexico’s northeastern border region, and its linkages with the rest of Mexico and the U.S. Mayra has also worked for Morgan Stanley Capital International, where she led the Americas Index Research and Corporate Actions teams based in Mumbai, India, and Monterrey, Mexico. During her time at MSCI, she specialized in analysis of Inter-American financial markets inequities. She received her BA in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM Campus Monterrey) and her MA in Economics from New York University (NYU) through CONACYT and Fulbright scholarships. During her BA studies, she participated in an exchange program with the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP). Born and raised in a dynamic cross-border region (Texas-Nuevo Leon), Mayra is personally and professionally invested in contributing to the economic development of the Paso del Norte region.
Chair of the Study of Trade In The Americas - Professor of Economics
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO (UTEP)
Professor of Economics in the College of Business Administration at the University of Texas at El Paso where he also holds the Chair for the Study of Trade in the Americas. In addition to conducting research on Borderplex business conditions, Dr. Fullerton teaches courses in econometrics, managerial economics, urban economics, business forecasting, Latin American political economy, country risk analysis, and border economics. A native of Ft. Worth, Fullerton attended grade school in Latin America. As an undergraduate, he attended UTEP as a Stevens Scholar where he majored in Economics and Finance, and minored in Mathematics. Prior to joining UTEP, Fullerton was Senior Economist at the University of Florida Bureau of Economic & Business Research. Before moving to Florida, Fullerton was an International Economist with Wharton Econometrics in Philadelphia. At that post, he was in charge of modeling, forecasting, and policy analysis for the South American economies of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela
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.
CHIHUAHUA AEROSPACE CLUSTER
Mr. Espinosa has more than 15 years of experience in the industry, especially in the chemical processing and surface finishing for metal and aluminum parts sector. He is currently in charge of Metal Finishing Co.’s operation in Chihuahua, Mexico, positioning the company as Mexico’s largest aerospace process shop with more approvals for major OEMs than any other company in the country. Rene is currently studying his master degree in Project Management through the ESDEN Business School in Madrid and is the current President of Chihuahua’s Aerospace Cluster, highlighting his participation in diverse initiatives such as education, supply chain and certifications.
Distribution & Channel Sr. Sales Manager, Latin America
Mr. Acosta has 18+ years expertise on intelligent automation, robotic platforms, face biometrics, artificial intelligence applied on industry, embedded machinery ERP’s, industrial automation and industry 4.0 implementation. Inventor of technology tools for Industry 4.0 power by Artificial Intelligence; face biometrics, traceability 4.0, TEA, Sonni Robotics, DIM & Track Smart. Speaker in TEDx, Instituto Politécnico Nacional de México, Bio Medical Cluster Texas, UTEP, UACJ, ITCJ and Tecnológico de Monterrey.
PAULO HEAT TREATING MEXICO
Aldo Rodríguez has an over 20 years’ experience in manufacturing, supply chain, business development and international project management in Aerospace, Automotive and Energy sectors. Successful P&L responsibility assignments in recent years with Senior Aerospace, PCC Aerostructures most recently as General Director of Paulo Heat Treating Mexico leading the greenfield startup project. He’s a founding member and former VP of the Mexican Federation of Aerospace Industries, A.C. (FEMIA) also advisor to industrial and academic bodies such as Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and Aeronautics University in Queretaro (UNAQ).
Purchasing and Materials Manager
VTC WEST CHIHUAHUA
Mr. Estrada is Manager of Purchasing and Materials Departments for Virginia Transformer, Mexico Plant. He has 19 years of experience in the Automotive and Electrical industries, Logistics, Material Administration, Quality and Purchasing areas are part of his background. He has implemented MRP systems and developed internal software in benefit of Warehouse administration and its metrics. Has worked with and developed new partners globally, has started and established strategic sites for supply and warehousing operations. Developed flexible stock agreements with vendors to control inventory levels and material on time availability.
President and CEO
THE TECMA GROUP
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Palacios is a visionary and results-oriented Senior-Level Global Business Executive with extensive progressive crossfunctional experience driving global business development, operations, sales, manufacturing, quality assurance, purchasing, and supply chain in multi-national, market-leading organizations. Possesses a proven record of success exceeding goals and expectations, implementing change management principles, building matrix business operations from the grassroots level, and creating alignment cross-departmentally to realize the company’s vision and mission. Thrives when serving as a coach and mentor to culturally and geographically-diverse teams while simultaneously engaging in strategic planning, new product line development and launch and process development and integration to enable the growth of self-sustaining organizations. Recognized as a skilled communicator who motivates, inspires, consistently looks for the best opportunities in the service of the company.
VILLEDA CONSULTING GROUP, INC.
Ramiro Villeda, is managing director of Villeda Consulting Group, Inc. His firm has been assisting Canadian, U.S., Mexican and German companies to assess their Operational Excellence and Lean Six Sigma improvement processes to identify key gaps and opportunities for sustainable initiatives. Dr. Villeda is a member of Texas Tech University's Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering Academy. He has held consulting engagements in Canada, United States, Mexico, Singapore, Japan, China, India, Philippines, Spain, Belgium, United Kingdom, South Africa, Colombia, Argentina and Chile. His firm is an active member of Canada's Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, based in Ontario.
Managing Partner & Founder
David Fishman is the Managing Partner & Founder of Sparrow Company, a bi-national executive search & staffing firm fully incorporated in both the United States and Mexico via Sparrmx Servicios de Mexico S.A. de C.V. David has recruited for over 20 years, including acting as the Vice President of a large recruiting firm for eight years. In August 2009, David launched Sparrow Company, an executive search and staffing firm and in 2013 he incorporated in Mexico. He has worked to establish Sparrow as a prominent recruiting company in both the U.S. and Mexico by pushing himself and his team relentlessly to provide top talent for their clients. He has built strong relationships with them by recruiting at all levels from C Suite executives down to the plant. Sparrow has successfully filled CEO’s, CFO’s, COO’s Vice Presidents, Directors, Plant Managers, Departmental (Quality, Maintenance, Production, Operations) Managers, and Supervisors. Sparrow’s portfolio of clients includes a variety of NYSE Publicly Traded Multi-Nationals, Private Equity, Privately Held, and Companies operating in the U.S., Mexico, Switzerland, France, Germany, as well as other countries throughout the Americas, and Europe & Asia. David’s success has been recognized with a membership to the Pinnacle Society, a premier consortium of top recruiters within the permanent placement and search industry.
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.
Over 40 years experience in international trade & foreign direct investment; responsible for establishing over 100 industrial projects in Mexico. He has business degrees from Babson College, Southern Methodist University and Harvard Business School.