June 11, 2015, Chicago, IL.- The U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Mid America Chapter celebrated its annual Double Eagle Awards dinner at the historic Palmer House Hotel in Chicago. The Double Eagle award recognizes leadership in business and public service of those working towards strengthening the commercial ties between the U.S. and Mexico.

The Chapter President, Gery Chico, served as the Master of Ceremonies, and Mr. Al Zapanta, President and CEO of the U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce was present to give the award along with Mr. Chico. The selected recipients of this year’s award were Ingredion, led by its CEO Ilene Gordon, and Commissioner Mikel Arriola, head of the COFEPRIS (Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks, also known as Mexican FDA.)

The event hosted close to 200 people, mostly companies and individuals with ties and interest in Mexico. The Holy Cross Marimba Ensemble entertained the reception at the phenomenal Palmer House mezzanine with its unique marimba tunes. After the reception guests proceeded to the Empire room for the dinner and awards ceremony.

It was an evening where the Chamber was proud and honored to recognize a private company and a public official who work towards a better North American partnership and reflect the essence of what the Chamber works for every day.