TAMPA, Fla. (July 13th, 2015) – One of the biggest national and international proponents of increasing trade with Latin-America, the Honorable Francisco Sanchez, the former undersecretary of commerce for international trade, will discuss why the business world needs to pay attention to Latin America at a dinner gala on Sept. 1, 2015 at the Doubletree by Hilton, 4500 W. Cypress Blvd. in Tampa.
Hosted by the Course of Action Foundation, an emerging Tampa-based economic development group focusing on Latin America, the gala will bring together top business leaders in the region. Because Tampa Bay is in a favorable position, both geographically and culturally, to be a leading market for U.S.-Latin American trade, the group’s vision is to maximize the economic growth potential of Florida’s west coast. Organizers want to accomplish the goal by reaching out to largely ignored markets and investors in Latin America and beyond.
Latin America is in the center of any future economic initiatives whether it is improved relations with Cuba, Brazilian investments, energy demands in Latin America, Panama Canal new horizons, or 4 signed Free Trade Agreements among many other themes. Course of Action think tank will research and study any issues benefitting strong business initiatives developed by the dynamic business entities in Tampa Bay. We want to help organizations build business proposals that will positively reflect our creative and natural opportunities, maximize the robust ports, airports, real estate, medical, and military resources for economic growth. All this in addition to an exceptional university system.
University of South Florida Muma College of Business, Dean, Dr. Moez Limayem noted that this initiative is historic for the business and economic research within Tampa. Dean Limayem said, “I am excited to be part of Tampa Bay’s first business and economic think tank.”
The Course of Action Foundation will also present scholarships to four University of South Florida students at the gala, presenting them to students pursuing careers in international finance, business, economics, and law.
As a foundation, we are committed to facilitating two-way centers of excellence and we have been working hand-in-hand with USF Muma College of Business Dean Moez Limayem to do so. We understand that research and academic strength is key in support of successful trade initiatives. Within this framework we will also recognize students in international business related fields via scholarships and overseas internships at top tier business settings.
The group believes that Sanchez, now a Fellow at the Brookings Institution, an American think tank based in Washington, D.C., is an ideal keynote speaker for the second annual gala.
We want this event to spark conversation about the future business options and we are grateful that an important leader like Mr. Sanchez will join us to share his expertise and get the conversation started.
A favorite “Tampa son,” Sanchez was appointed to several national key leadership posts, once by President Barack Obama and twice by President Bill Clinton. He previously served as the undersecretary for international trade post at the U.S. Department of Commerce and led the International Trade Administration, an organization of 2,400 employees in more than 70 countries. Prior to that, Sanchez served as the assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation. He also previously served in the White House as a special assistant to President Clinton. In addition to his public service, Sánchez spent more than 15 years working with several leading consulting companies on projects involving negotiation strategy and training, most recently as a partner with CMPartners. Among his private-sector achievements, he served as a consultant to the President of Ecuador in negotiations that led to the resolution of a long-running border dispute with Peru.
The gala, which will have a “tour of Latin Americas” theme, includes a VIP Reception that begins at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets from $90.00, and sponsorship packages are available online at http://www.coafoundation.org/. For more information, contact Gonzalez-Padilla at Jolie@Latin-Time.com, (813) 407-6866 or Victor Padilla, VPadilla@Latin-Times.com, (813) 407-7191.
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About Course of Action Foundation: Course of Action Foundation was founded in 2014 with the objective of enhancing trade with Latin America. The Course of Action Foundation is committed to supporting sound policies, local, state, and national, that will result in a closer relationship with Latin America and economic growth. The group’s primary objective is to main objective is to host Tampa Bay’s first think tank dedicated to business with Latin America. Additionally, the foundation is committed to providing scholarships for needy university students pursuing professions in international finance, business, economics, and law. In addition to a robust scholarship program, Course of Action Foundation is committed to facilitating two way internships with centers of excellence in Tampa Bay and overseas. The group aims to host international students from international academic institutions as well as send domestic students to the best centers of international trade.
About USF Muma College of Business: The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. The USF Muma College of Business, one of its largest colleges, boasts one of the nation’s best accounting schools, a top-ranked entrepreneurship center, a nationally ranked part -time MBA program, world-class research faculty, and a comprehensive portfolio of business education programs. As Florida’s premier business school within a large metropolitan public university, it serves more than 6,000 business students in eight undergraduate programs, nine graduate programs, and two doctoral programs.