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Awardees Biographies

Binational Board of Directors Meeting, Conference & Good Neighbor Awards Gala

May 13-14, 2015

Awardees Biographies

Claudia Ruiz Massieu

Claudia Ruiz Massieu
Mexico Secretary of Tourism

Born in 1972, Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas has an educational background in Law and is currently the Secretary of Tourism. Between 2003 and 2006 she was Federal Representative in the 59th Session, President of the Justice and Human Rights Commission, and Secretary to the Government Commission. Between 2009 and 2012 she was Federal Representative in the 61st Session, also continuing her role as Secretary to the Government Commission. She also has experience in public service. Between 2006 and 2008, she was Planning, Development and Institutional Innovation Coordinator for the Attorney General (PGR), and in 2006 was Coordinator of Advisors to the Executive Secretariat for the National Security System of the Secretariat of Federal Public Security (SSP).



Gerardo Gutiérrez Candiani

Gerardo Gutiérrez Candiani
President, Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE)

Gerardo Gutiérrez Candiani is the president of the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial in Mexico. The main objective of the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial is to coordinate actions and politics of business agencies and to identify strategic solutions that contribute to the design of public policies to promote economic growth and increase competitiveness in Mexico. He was previously president of the Confederación Patronal de la República Mexicana. Gutiérrez received a BA in economics from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. He was General Manager for North American VoIP, and Vice President of Marketing for Motorola Broadband’s Transmission Network Systems business unit.



DLA Piper Gallástegui y Lozano

DLA Piper Gallástegui y Lozano

DLA Piper and Gallastegui y Lozano, S.C. (GyL), have completed their combination in Mexico City. Eduardo Gallastegui has assumed the role of managing partner of the combined Mexican firm, which will operate in Mexico with the name of DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano.
The GyL partners who have joined DLA Piper’s global platform are Gallastegui (business, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and M&A), Gerardo Lozano (banking, finance, arbitration and maritime law), Maria Eugenia Rios (M&A, corporate, real estate and finance), Jorge Benejam (M&A, healthcare, corporate and banking), Gabriela Alaña (real estate and finance), Marcelo Paramo (energy, oil and gas) and Cecilia Azar (arbitration and alternative dispute resolution), as well as eight associates.

The combination brings DLA Piper’s global platform and breadth of practice areas together with the longstanding and distinguished reputation of GyL, which has a 30-year history in the Mexican legal market. It also enhances DLA Piper’s growing capabilities and strategy in Latin America, including the firm’s presence in Venezuela with DLA Interjuris Abogados in Caracas, and its cooperation agreement with Campos Mello Advogados and foreign consultancy in Brazil.



Richard Fisher

Richard Fisher
Governor and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas*

Richard W. Fisher served at the twelfth president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from April 4, 2005 to March 19, 2015. Fisher was born in Los Angeles, California. He spent his childhood years in Southern California, Mexico City, and Miami, Florida. Fisher with honors from Harvard University with a degree in economics in 1971, studied Latin American politics at Oxford from 1972 to 1973, and received a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University in 1975. Fisher began his career in 1975 at the private bank of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., where he specialized in fixed income and foreign exchange markets. He became assistant to the secretary of the Treasury during the Carter administration, working on issues related to the dollar crisis of 1978–79. He then returned to Brown Brothers to found their Texas operations in Dallas. In 1987, Fisher created Fisher Capital Management and a separate funds-management firm, Fisher Ewing Partners. He sold his controlling interests in both firms when he rejoined the government in 1997. From 1997 to 2001, Fisher was deputy US trade representative with the rank of ambassador. He oversaw the implementation of NAFTA and various agreements with Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Chile, and Singapore. He was a senior member of the team that negotiated the bilateral accords for China’s and Taiwan’s accession to the World Trade Organization.
Fisher is former vice chairman of Kissinger McLarty Associates, a strategic advisory firm chaired by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. During his time at the Dallas Fed, Fisher has focused the Reserve Bank’s work on prominent economic policy issues.  The Reserve Bank’s Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute was established in 2007 with the purpose of better understanding how the process of deepening economic integration between the countries of the world, or globalization, alters the environment in which US monetary policy decisions are made.
Fisher has also positioned the Reserve Bank at the forefront of the debate on “Too Big to Fail” financial institutions, advocating for an environment that allows the largest banks to fail and returns market discipline to the banking system.
Throughout his career, Fisher has served on numerous for-profit and not-for-profit boards. He also has maintained his academic interests, teaching graduate courses and serving on several university boards. Fisher serves on Harvard University’s Board of Overseers, one of the university’s two governing boards. He was a Weatherhead Fellow at Harvard in 2001, is an honorary fellow of Hertford College at Oxford University, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A first-generation American, Fisher is equally fluent in Spanish and English. In October 2006, he received the Service to Democracy Award and Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal for Public Service from the American Assembly. In April 2009, he was inducted into the Dallas Business Hall of Fame

*Award to be conferred at a later day.


Governor Leadership Award


José Calzada Rovirosa

José Calzada Rovirosa
Governor of the State of Querétaro

Calzada Rovirosa was elected governor of Querétaro in July for a six-year term that began in October. His father, Antonio Calzada Urquiza, held the same office 30 years ago. Calzada Rovirosa also served the state as senator in Mexico’s legislature from 2006 until 2009. While in office, he focused on economic reforms, including crafting a consumer protection law that provided better customer access to information such as bank fees and blocked pre-approvals for credit cards.

He previously served as a federal delegate for Mexico’s secretary of labor. While there, he worked to improve the rights of workers – an issue that remains one of his main objectives today. Calzada Rovirosa holds a bachelor’s degree in administration from the Universidad del Nuevo Mundo, an MBA from New Mexico State University and a graduate specialization in government and metropolitan and regional administration from Mexico’s National Institute for Public Administration. He regularly teaches a course on international treaties at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education.



Gary Herber

Gary Herbert
Governor of the State of Utah*

Governor Gary Richard Herbert has led Utah’s recovery from the Great Recession to a position of national economic prominence. His unwavering focus on economic development includes attracting businesses and investment to the state while helping homegrown businesses flourish.
The Governor is focused on four cornerstones to strengthen Utah’s economy: education, jobs, energy, and self-determination. As a result, Utah has become a premier destination for business, jobs, and an unsurpassed quality of life. The Governor currently serves as Vice Chair of the National Governors Association (NGA), and will chair the organization in 2015-2016.
As Utah’s 17th Governor, he took the Oath of Office on August 11, 2009. Prior to becoming the state’s chief executive, Governor Herbert served as Lieutenant Governor for five years. In 1990, Mr. Herbert was appointed to the Utah County Commission and concluded his service in 2004. Governor Herbert and his wife, Jeanette, are the proud parents of six children and 16 grandchildren.

*Award to be conferred at a later day.


Special Recognition


Gustavo Hernández García

Gustavo Hernández García
Director General of Exploration and Production. Petroleos Mexicanos, PEMEX

Mr. Hernandez-Garcia was appointed as general director of exploration and production by Mexican president, Enrique Peña. Mr. Hernandez-Garcia held several positions at the Mexican Petroleum Institute as professional and specialized staff and researcher from 1979 to 1992. He later joined Petróleos Mexicanos as head of reservoir characterization in Ciudad del Carmen. Among other positions, he has served as deputy manager of exploitation design in the marine region, manager of the Ku-Maloob-Zaap business unit, and head of planning and evaluation of the northeastern marine region.
In 2009, he became deputy director of the southwestern marine region, focusing on the production of light crude oil fields and on the definition and development of fields in deep waters such as Lakach, Piklis and Kunah. In 2010, he was appointed deputy director of planning and evaluation, where he was responsible for guiding E&P’s strategy, investment allocation across the project portfolio, certifying the hydrocarbon reserves, and ensuring that the entity complied with regulation standards set by the National Hydrocarbons Commission.
Mr. Hernandez-Garcia has also served as the national president of the Mexican Petroleum Engineers College from 2010 to 2012, and as secretary of the Mexican Petroleum Engineers Association from 2002 to 2004. He is currently president of the Specialized Commission on Petroleum Engineering of the Academy of Engineering. He has written more than 60 technical works which he has presented in several local and international forums. Mr. Hernandez-Garcia has teaching experience in the Energy Program at the Colegio de México, and at the Research Institute in Applied Mathematics and Systems in the School of Engineering of the UNAM.



Oaxaca Aerospace

Raúl & Julio Fernández
Oaxaca Aerospace & Cinetransformer

Oaxaca Aerospace said it unveiled the first prototype of a modern aircraft developed in Mexico with proprietary technology and designed primarily for use by the security forces.
Project Pegasus PE-210A was started in 2011 to design an agile, fast and inexpensive two-seater aircraft, and the first runway trials took place in mid-2013. Their goal was to make an innovative aircraft, completely different from what already existed, and with modern engineering, using software and advanced tools.
To create Pegasus, Rodrigo Fernandez and Oaxaca Aerospace CEO Raul Fernandez put together a team of highly qualified engineers and employed the latest technology both for design and modeling, as well as for simulations of aerodynamic performance.
The company, based in the southern state of Oaxaca, sees the military and police as potential buyers both in Mexico and other Latin American countries, with possible customers among private pilots.
Oaxaca Aerospace has set a production target of at least 12 PE-210As by 2019.





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