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The United States-Mexico Cultural and Educational Foundation (USMCEF), is pleased to announce “Fiesta TecalISO” a Cinco de Mayo Celebration Concert, with the performance of the renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, and the Irving Symphony Orchestra.

This extraordinary concert will take place May 1st, 2016 at 6:00 pm, at the Irving Conventions Center. It will be the first time the three orchestras share the stage in the United States. Under the direction of Maestro Héctor Guzmán, this incredible ensemble will present traditional songs from Mexico, making it the perfect event to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the Dallas Metroplex Area. This is a family-friendly event, and we are expecting an attendance of no less than 2500 people.

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán was created in 1897, and is considered the best Mariachi in Mexico. In the decades that followed, it became the quintessential mariachi. It has made numerous recordings and appeared in more than 200 films. Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán was established in 1965, and they quickly gained notoriety given the quality of their interpretations, and have accompanied legendary Mexican artists such as Vicente Fernández and Lola Beltrán, among others. The Irving Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit organization originated as the Irving String Orchestra in 1961, and through the years it has established itself as one of the finest symphony orchestras in North Texas. In 1991, Héctor Guzmán was appointed music director of the symphony.

The USMCEF, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, with the mission to provide activities that promote enhanced knowledge and understanding of the educational and cultural differences between Mexico and the U.S. in order to establish closer and stronger ties, and is the sister organization of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce. We are delighted to have the opportunity to bring one of the finest Mexican musical traditions to North Texas.

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February 23, 2016

The Supply Chain Task Force of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host this forum in which you will learn about the OEM’s operations in Mexico, their localization efforts and about issues related to supply chain and supplier development.
Supply Chain Leaders from Caterpillar, John Deere, and Mazda with Whirlpool and more invited to share their thoughts about Mexico.
Come learn opportunities for you!

Hotel Safi Valle
Av. Diego Rivera No, 555
Valle Oriente
Monterrey, N.L. 66260


8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration / Network / Continental breakfast
8:30 am – 8:35 am Welcome by Joseph Chapa, VP Western Region, USMCOC
8:35 am – 8:50 am U.S.-Mexico Supply Chain Trends in Trade
Albert Zapanta, President & CEO, USMCOC
8:50 am – 10:00 am Logistics and the Sypply Chain. Cross Border Challenges
Moderator: Richard Roche, ROCHE International
USMCOC Supply Chain Taskforce Leader
John Deere – Kyle Uhen, Manager, U.S. Import Compliance
Caterpillar – Marco Villarreal, Mexico Supply Chain Manager
U.S. Customs – Bradd Skinner, Assist. Director
Trade Laredo Field Office
Mexican Customs – TBA
Landstar – Rod Theunissen, VP, Mexico Sales
TSNL – Alex Castaneda
10:00 am – 10:15 am Coffee Break
10:15 am – 11:25 am Supply Chain Development. Needs and Opportunities
Moderator: Haydn Powel, Caterpillar
Global Manager of Supply Chain
Caterpillar – Jim Barlow, Regional Site Manager
Mazda – Alejandro Alanis. Mexico Manager of Parts
John Deere – Roberto Figueroa, Manager Mexico Procurement
Plante Moran – Alejandro Rodriguez, Country Manager, Mexico
Blackhawk – Patricio Gil, CEO
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Nuevo Leon Supply Chain Expansion
Keynote speaker: Fernando Turner
Secretary of Economic Development, State of Nuevo León
12:00 pm – 12:05 Wrap up and adjourn
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Networking


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US-Mexico Real Estate Investment Summit 2016
Registration & Breakfast 7:30 AM
Conference 8:00 AM – 2:15 PM

Join us for our annual US-Mexico Real Estate Investment Summit 2016
Recognized specialists from Mexico and the USA will deliver a comprehensive analysis of Mexico’s Real Estate market, the current situation, outlook and its relation with the United States
Learn about business opportunities in real estate in Mexico open for USA and international industry players as well as comprehend trends and innovation on investing and financing real estate in Mexico
Come for prime networking opportunities with individuals currently participating or interested in the Mexican real estate market, including real estate specialists, institutional investors, bankers and developers from Mexico and the United States

Discussion Topics
Real Estate Investment and Financing in Global Capital Markets
Trends and Innovation in Real Estate: International Experience and Lessons for Mexico
Future of Urban Developments in Mexico: Niche vs. Diversified Cities
New Era of Construction & Development Services
The Real Estate Jewel next to Mexico City’s New Airport: Prospective Use and Opportunities Available at the Grounds of the Old Airport

Confirmed Speakers
Pedro Azcue, President, Jones Lang LaSalle
Raul Berarducci, Principal, Lend Lease
Daniel Brodkin, Principal, Arup
Salomon Chertorivski, Secretary of Economic Development, Government of Mexico City
Giovanni D’Agostino, President, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Lyman Daniels President, CBRE Mexico
Carlos Fernandez, Principal, Taller G
Fernando Herrera, Executive Director, Head of LatAm Transactions, Prudential Real Estate Investors
Spencer Levy, Director Global Capital Markets, CBRE
Jorge Mariscal, Chief Investment Officer, Emerging Markets, UBS
Francisco Martin de Campo, Director, Torre Chapultepec 1
Carlos Martinez, Partner, Creel Mexico
Gregory Murphy, Head of Real Estate Finance Americas, Natixis
Claudia Pavlovich, Governor of Sonora, Mexico
Tal Perri, Senior Investment Manager of the Americas, Union Investment
Roger Platt, Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning, GBCI
Albert Ronci, Head of Global Real Estate and Workplace Solutions, Willis Towers Watson
Peter Schubert, Partner, Ennead International
Eugene Towle, Director, Softec
Jose Vertiz, Director, Fitch Ratings
Seth Weinstein, Vice Chairman, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Global Corporate Services

Who Should Attend?
Institutional Investors
Real Estate Developers
Project Finance Specialists
Real Estate Funds
Real Estate Brokers
Asset Managers
Fund of Funds
Commercial & Investment Banks
Law Firms
Tax Advisors
Engineering & Architectural Firms
Mortgage Banks

Members $295
Non-Members $370
Qualified Investors $175



Eighth Celebration of the International Trade Community in Los Angeles
Best Trade Event in Los Angeles

A forum enabling participants to engage in professional networking and international trade experts. Come and discuss import and export opportunities with diplomatic officers and business representatives from various countries. Last year’s event we had around 300 participants of all countries and guests had the opportunity to taste international food and wines as well as enter into our gift raffle.

Most Exciting Trade Event Ever in Los Angeles!!!

Venue graciously provided by the Consulate General of Mexico.

Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles
2401 West 6th Street, Los Ángeles, CA 90057, United States

Free Entrance, please call to confirm your attendance at (310) 922.0206 or (310) 598.4188
Please bring your printed confirmation, without your registration we would not be able to accomodate you, we apologize for the inconvenience.

Friday February 26, 2016 From 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM (PST)

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For more information, please contact us at: (310) 598-4188 or (310) 922-0206.

Automotive Logistics Mexico

Investment for a world-class supply chain, and still more growth

If the steep growth in Mexico’s vehicle production is impressive then, in the words of the 1970’s rock classic, ‘you ain’t seen nothing yet’.

Five all-new plants have been announced which will have output on top of surging production from existing investment. Just three examples of what is already scheduled to come on stream: Kia’s Nuevo Leon plant will open in May 2016; Nissan’s Infiniti will go into production in 2017; and Mercedes-Benz will build passenger cars in Mexico by 2018, along with Nissan at their joint Aguascalientes facility.
Meanwhile, however, the supply chain and logistics show plenty of red flags.

“How can a country that will produce 4.6m vehicles annually lack specialised automotive terminals?” asks Roberto Zavala, head of Mexico for Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, commenting on the limitations of the critical port of Veracruz for short-sea traffic to the US.

Almost a year ago Zavala said: “We need at least 2,000 more railcars in addition to what we have today as production rises. Is that really going to happen? We are concerned.” GM’s vehicle logistics manager for Mexico, Alfonso Rodriguez, added: “What keeps us up at night? First off it’s rail, especially border capacity and congestion.”

The challenge of creating a world-class supply chain to go with Mexico’s world class automotive investment boom is at the heart of the second Automotive Logistics Mexico conference.

The first, in January 2015, saw speakers including senior political figures like federal government Secretary of the Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo, and US Ambassador to Mexico Earl Wayne. They engaged alongside heads of OEMs and Tier 1s like the president & CEO of Ford Mexico, Gabriel Lopez, and the president of Delphi Mexico, Hector Gutierrez.

Direct OEM operational executives present at the 2015 event included Ford’s MP&L director Rafael Lopez, Nissan North America’s director of logistics and purchasing Chris Styles, and GM’s director of North American vehicle logistics Bryan Burkhardt along with GM Mexico’s purchasing director Raymundo Garza. Similar managers from Tier suppliers included Robert Ryan, director of supply chain for the Mexico region for Cummins, and John Godfrey, director of logistics for Pirelli Tires North America.

They came together to share, to gain intelligence and to seek solutions. “You will learn about what’s happening in the industry,” said Toyota’s transportation and customs manager Karen Olveda after the 2015 conference. “Excellent experience and incredible logistics networking,” added Oscar Garcia, supply chain manager for tier supplier HUF de Mexico.

From L to R: GM’s Raymundo Garza, Nissan’s Chris Styles and Ford’s Rafael Lopez
This year’s event features a cocktail reception on the evening before the conference for all delegates and two days of intense discussions over lunch, coffee breaks and a mid-conference gala dinner.
There will be presentations and Q&As with senior speakers and panelists, interactive voting, video and online comments via the conference’s Live service, LSPs displaying their experience and capabilities, and the benefit of downloading speaker presentations after the event to share within your organisation. All as part of a single, all-inclusive delegate fee.

“Fabulous quality and professionalism,” said castings supplier Hitchiner’s Alan Rodriguez. “Totally recommended; it’s an event you shouldn’t miss,” concluded Rolando Chio, logistics and materials manager for Rassini Suspensions. Both were commenting on the 2015 conference.

Mexico is launching the next phase of its automotive growth and needs logistics to match it. Register here to join your customers, suppliers and competitors for the country’s most important automotive supply chain event of 2016.

The conference is part of the worldwide Automotive Logistics series, which in 2015 includes Europe, China, Russia, Global (Detroit), UK, South America and India. In addition in North America there is a dedicated inbound conference, The Supply Chain Conference, and two dedicated outbound conferences; Finished Vehicle Logistics North America in California and Finished Vehicle Logistics Import-Export in Baltimore.

The USMCOC is proud partner of this extraordinary event. USMCOC members have a special discount. Please contact for additional information.

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