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Awardees Biographies


Recipients of the 2017 Good Neighbor Awards Bios

Public Sector U.S.

Rick Perry

Honorable Rick Perry
U.S. Secretary of Energy and Former Governor of the State of Texas

Rick Perry currently serves as the 14th United States Secretary of Energy. He leads an agency tasked with maintaining a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent and reducing the threat of nuclear proliferation, overseeing the United States’ energy supply, carrying out the environmental clean-up from the Cold War nuclear mission, and managing the 17 National Laboratories, home to the country’s best scientists and engineers.
Secretary Perry is a veteran of the United States Air Force, a former farmer and rancher, and the longest-serving governor In Texas history, having led the world’s 12th-largest economy from 2000 to 2015.
Prior to joining the Administration as Secretary of Energy, Perry served as the 47th Governor of Texas. Under Perry’s leadership, Texas became a national leader for job creation, innovation, and population growth.
Perry’s leadership of Texas proved that economic growth and protection of the environment can be achieved simultaneously. While adding population and more than 2.2 million jobs during his tenure, Texas also experienced major reductions in carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxide emissions. Despite having a rapidly growing population and one of the largest petrochemical refining industries in the world, Texas saw its air quality improve.
Perry grew up the son of tenant farmers in the tiny West Texas community of Paint Creek. He was one of the first in his family to go to college, earning a degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University. Between 1972 and 1977, Perry served in the U.S. Air Force flying C-130 tactical airlift aircraft in Europe and the Middle East. He is a lifetime member of both the NRA and American Legion Post #75. Prior to being elected Lieutenant Governor in 1998, he served two terms as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture and three terms in the Texas House of Representatives.



Public Sector Mexico

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Mexico Secretary of Economy

Mr. Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal was born in Monterrey, Nuevo León, on April 19, 1957. He obtained his B.A. in Economics at the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, and later pursued graduate studies in Economics at the Arizona State University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Guajardo was Chief Economist of the Brazil Section, and Associate Economist in the Fiscal Affairs Department at the International Monetary Fund (1988-1991), before becoming Director of the North American Free Trade Agreement Affairs Office, based at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D. C. (1994).
At the Federal Government, Mr. Guajardo has held different positions. From 1994 to 1997 he was Chief Clerk at the Foreign Affairs Ministry; in 1997 he became Undersecretary of Tourism Development; and in 1998 he was appointed Technical Secretary for Planning, Communication and Liaison for the Trade and Industrial Development Ministry, positioned he held until 1999.
Mr. Guajardo was elected Federal Deputy in the LVIII Legislature (2000 – 2003), before being appointed in Nuevo Leon as Head of the Governor’s Executive Office (2003 – 2006). In 2006, he ran as candidate for Congress for the First Local District of Monterrey, position that he won, becoming leader of the Minority Group of the Nuevo Leon State Congress, in the LXX Legislature.
His latest positions were as Federal Congressman for the Second District of Nuevo Leon; Chairman of the Economics Commission; Member of the Treasury and Public Credit Commission; and President of the Mexico-U.S.A. Friendship Group at the LXI Legislature of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies; Coordinator of the Entrepreneurial Liaison in the Presidential Campaign of Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto; and Vice Coordinator of Political Economy in the Transition Team of President-elect Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto.
He has been a full time Professor at the Autonomous University of Nuevo León; and Assistant Professor at the Arizona State University and the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania.



Private Sector Leadership Award

Juan Antonio González Moreno

Lic. Juan Antonio González Moreno
Chairman and CEO of Gruma, parent company of Mission Foods and Founder of Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center at Southern Methodist University

Juan Gonzalez has been the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of GRUMA since 2012. The leading manufacturer of corn flour and tortillas in the world, with operations in Mexico, the United States, Central America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Over the last four years, Juan has been leading the total transformation of GRUMA into an international food powerhouse.
As a result of this transformation strategy, GRUMA’s consumer business in the United States, is considered today the most successful United States operation of any Mexican company. Mission Foods currently operates 20 plants with over 24,000 employees and enjoys nationwide coverage.
In addition to these accomplishments, through Mission Foods, Mr. Gonzalez has led the development of programs to help and support the Hispanic communities throughout the United States.
Mr. Gonzalez is a member of the Consejo Mexicano de Negocios, and has presided over the High-Level Mexico-China Group. In May 2014, the Association of Mexican Entrepreneurs in the United States (AEM) gave him was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, for the excellent financial and operational results of GRUMA. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Southern Methodist University (SMU), and a member of the Board of Directors of Banorte, the third largest financial institution in Mexico.
Mr. Gonzalez has also been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Museum of Art, as well as of the Board of Trustees of the Episcopal School of Dallas.
Mr. Gonzalez holds a degree in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of San Diego, California in the U.S.



Governor Leadership Award

Miguel Márquez Márquez

Hon. Miguel Márquez Márquez
Governor of the State of Guanajuato

A native of Purísima del Rincón, Guanajuato, Miguel Márquez Márquez was born in a family that worked the land, he grew up familiar with the philosophy of the National Action Party (PAN), since his father had belonged to that party for more than 50 years.
He completed a Bachelor’s in Philosophy at the Seminario Conciliar de León, where he studied for nine years. When he finished his B.A. decided to continue with his academic preparation and earned a Law degree from Universidad de la Salle Bajío.
He also holds a Master’s degree in Constitutional Law and Amparo at the Universidad Iberoamericana and graduate studies in Constitutional Law at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain. There he also studied Legal Administration Control and Fighting Corruption at the Instituto de Estudios de Iberoamérica, as well as Municipal Public Administration at the Fundación Civitas, in Granada, Spain.
He joined the political life of the state, winning a local Deputyship for District 10 in the LVII Legislature, where he was Chairman of the Commission on Sports and Attention to Youth, as well as a member of the Commissions on Human Rights, Agricultural Development, Economic Development, Interior and Constitutional Points.
At the end of his term as Deputy, he ran for Mayor of Purísima del Rincón, an office he held from 2000 to 2003. After his period in Purísima, his work led him to Under-Secretary for Promotion and Social Investment of the Secretary of Social and Human Development of the Government of the State of Guanajuato in 2003.
He went on to become Director General of the System for the Integral Development of the Family (DIF) in the state of Guanajuato and to become the first National Action Party member to act as National Coordinator for the Permanent Commission of State-Federation Comptrollers.
Miguel Márquez Márquez was appointed Secretary of Public Management for the Government of the State of Guanajuato in 2006 and, subsequently, Secretary of Social and Human Development in March of 2010.
He decided to relinquish that office to run for Governor of the State of Guanajuato, winning the candidacy of the National Action Party. Demonstrating that he is a man who accomplishes what he sets out to do, Miguel Márquez Márquez is, today, Governor of the State of Guanajuato.



6th Jose Juan de Olloqui Award for Hemispheric Leadership

Juan B. Sosa

Ambassador Juan B. Sosa
Consul General of Panama and former Ambassador of Panama to the U.S. (1987-1989)

Juan B. Sosa arrived in Washington, D.C. in October 1987 as Ambassador of Panama to the White House representing the Government of President Eric A. Delvalle. In February of 1988 he denounced Noriega’s ousting of Delvalle and led a coalition of forces in the United States, in a fight to overthrow the dictatorial regime of Noriega. He continued to be recognized by the United States as the legitimate Ambassador of Panama and served until August 1989 upon termination of President Delvalle’s constitutional mandate.
Ambassador Sosa has been in the private sector since 1963, having worked for Colgate Palmolive Company at the beginning of his career as an international marketing executive, and from 1969 to 1988 as Chairman of the Board of his own business and marketing consulting company. Between 1985 and 1987 he served as Chairman of the Board of Air Panama, the national airline, and between 1987 and 1989 as Member of the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Commission.
In 1994 Amb. Sosa, together with other prominent leaders, founded the U.S.-Panama Business Council, the business organization that took the initial step for a U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreement. He served as its CEO until August 2014 when he became President Emeritus.
In November 2014 Ambassador Sosa was appointed Consul General of Panama in Houston, Texas with responsibility over Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arkansas.
A graduate in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma, Ambassador Sosa is married to Margaret de Sosa. The Sosas have fraternal twins, Enrique and Elisa, and reside in Houston, Texas.