Annual Conference and Good Neighbor Award Gala 2023 Agenda


Tuesday, May 23, 2023

3:00 pm

Arrival / Hotel Check-in

Capital Hilton
1001 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Board of Directors Meeting

Verizon Technology and
Policy Center
1300 I Street NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20005

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

8:30 am

Registration & Continental Breakfast

Decatur House
1610 H Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

8:30 am – 9:45 am

Panel I. Democracy in the Americas

  • Amb. Earl Anthony Wayne, Former Career
    Ambassador to Afghanistan, Argentina, and Mexico
  •  Amb. Miguel Basáñez E., Former Ambassador of
    Mexico to the U.S.
  •  Amb. Juan Sosa, Former Panama Ambassador
    to the U.S. in Exile, President & CEO, US-Panama
    Business Council

Moderator: Steve Lande, President, Manchester
Trade, LTD

9:45 am – 11:00 am

Panel II. Supply Chain & Reshoring

  • Javier Velez Bautista, CEO, El Dorado Foods
  • Oscar Del Cueto Cuevas, President and
    Executive Representative, Canadian Pacific
    Kansas City de México
  • Haydn Powell, Senior VP, Manufacturing and
    Supply Chain, Onward Technologies
  • Andy Birken, Partner, Intco Medical
    Technology Co. Ltd., Former SVP Global
    Sourcing – Medical, McKesson Corporation

Moderator: Marisela Caraballo DiRuggiero,
Director of Trade Development, Port of Los

11:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Panel III. Security & Immigration Democracy in the

  • Tommy Gonzalez, City Manager, City of El
    Paso, Texas
  • Robert E. Perez, Founder and CEO, P4
    Partners, LLC
  • David Aguilar, CEO, DVA Group, LLC
  • Edgar Zurita, Managing Director, Latin
    America, Nardello & Co.


Moderator: Sergio Garcia, Senior Advisor
Binational Trade Relations, USMCOC

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

Mexico’s Economic Development: Oaxaca and Queretaro

  • Marco A. Del Prete, Secretary of Sustainable
    Development of the State of Queretaro
  • Raúl Ruiz, Secretary of Economic Development of
    the State of Oaxaca
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Organization of American States
200 17th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

8:00 pm –10:00 pm

Good Neighbor Awards
Dinner Gala

Welcoming Remarks

  • Hon. Albert Zapanta, President and CEO,
  • Dr. José Zozaya, Chairman, USMCOC



  • Rabbi Levi Shemtov


Special Message

  • H.E. Francisco O. Mora, Ambassador,
    Permanent Representative of the U.S. to the
    Organization of American States
  • H. E. Esteban Moctezuma Barragán,
    Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S. and Honorary
    Chairman, USMCOC
  • H. E. Kenneth Salazar, Ambassador of the U.S.
    to Mexico, and Honorary Chairman, USMCOC


Private Sector Leadership Award

  • Mr. Keith Creel, President and CEO, Canadian
    Pacific / KCS
  • Mr. Jean Claude Tissot, President and
    CEO, Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages – Arca
    Public Sector Leadership Award
  • The Honorable Xavier Becerra, U.S. Secretary
    of Health and Human Services
  • The Honorable Marcelo Ebrard Casaubón,
    Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico


Hemisphere Leadership Award

  • Vice-Admiral Alexandre Rabello de Faria,
    Chairman of the Council of Deleg