Jorge Haddock, Chair
Dr. Haddock is the Dean of the School of Management at George Mason University. He has extensive educational background in the areas of business, information technology, and corporate culture. He has authored, and co-authored over seventy publications, and has been the recipient of several awards including Outstanding Young Industrial Engineer Award and Excellence for Minority Advancement Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers.
Caroline Sanchez, Co-chair
Mrs. Sanchez is currently Senior Relationship Manager, Latin America and Caribbean Region, Government and Institutional Banking at HSBC Bank USA N.A., an indirect subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations. In this role, she is responsible for the management of foreign government entity relationships in the regions she oversees. Mrs. Sanchez is also the Chair of HSBC Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Latino Diversity Employee Resource Group. Mrs. Sanchez has 16 years of experience in the embassy banking business and before joining HSBC in 2006 she worked in leadership roles at Wachovia Bank in Washington DC, SunTrust Bank in Atlanta, GA and Miami, FL.
Jose Niño is the President of El Niño Group, an international business development and relationship marketing company. He has many years of experience working with Entrepreneurs, Federal Government, Corporations and the Hispanic business community. He is a former Advisory Board member for small business of the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank. Mr. Niño also serves on the board of directors and holds leadership positions at the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts of America, Basilica de Guadalupe Foundation, Hispanic Alliance for Prosperity Institute, Mid-Atlantic HCC and the US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce. He holds a BS degree from the University of Maryland.
Mauricio Vera is a career member of the Senior Executive Service and serves as the Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Vera also served as Chair of the Federal OSDBU Directors Interagency Council. Previously, Mr. Vera managed the Small Business Program at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) where he was awarded the NRC’s Meritorious Service Award in recognition of his accomplishments in the small business program area. Other experience includes the establishment and management of the Smithsonian Institution's Supplier Diversity Program. Mr. Vera holds a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Maryland and an MBA on Management, Finance, and Marketing from George Mason University.
Gabriel Pascual is the Founding Director of Agency for Development of Export Markets (ADEM). Mr. Pascual is an industry and marketing strategy specialist, entrepreneur, manager, designer and private enterprise activist with over 25 years of professional experience and international exposure that spans over 30 countries. He has served the US Hispanic community in numerous capacities including: member of the board of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (former Secretary & current Chairman of the Int’l Committee); Vice Chairman of the Hemispheric Congress of Latin American Chambers of Commerce; President of the Central America U.S. Chamber of Commerce for almost a decade; and is an active board member of the Salvadoran American Health Foundation, the University of Miami’s International Advisory Board, the US Chapter of the International Dairy Federation (US-IDF) and the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce.
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