Diplomat Luncheon: Mexican Ambassador to the U.S.
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Diplomat Luncheon: Mexican Ambassador to the U.S.

The International Relations Council and the World Trade Center–Kansas City, together with the Head Consul of the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City, Alfonso Navarro, invite you to join us in welcoming to Kansas City His Excellency Gerónimo Gutiérrez, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States. A luncheon with remarks by Ambassador Gutiérrez will be held at Union Station on Thursday, October 26, with registration at noon. A smaller business round table will follow the lunch program.

When: Thursday, October 26, 2017
12-2 p.m.
Where: The KC Chamber Board Room at Union Station (main level)
30 W. Pershing Rd.
Kansas City, Missouri  64108
United States
Contact: Matthew Hughes

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12:00   Registration
12:30   Luncheon begins
12:50   Welcome and introductions
1:00     Remarks by Ambassador Gutiérrez, followed by questions from the audience*

* Questions from the audience should be submitted in advance by e-mail to Matthew Hughes ».

$40     General Admission
$30     Member Rate for IRC or World Trade Center individual or organizational members
$20     Student Rate for students age 25 and under

Attendees will sit at tables of ten. If you wish to purchase a full table, please contact Matthew Hughes ». Groups purchasing a full table will be guaranteed one seat at the business round table following the luncheon.

Event sponsorships are available for $750 and include a reserved table of ten in a premium location, signage and sponsorship recognition, podium recognition, and two guaranteed seats at the business round table following the luncheon. If interested, please contact Matthew Hughes ».

Capacity for this event is 200 seats.

Business Round Table
A smaller business round table will immediately follow the luncheon. Because of limited seating in the venue, admission to the round table is by invitation only and will be limited to one seat per organization; luncheon sponsors will receive two seats at the round table.

After invitations have been sent, some seats may still be available at the round table and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. To indicate your interest, please send an e-mail to Matthew Hughes » no earlier than Monday, October 16. Due to the nature of the round table, we are unable to guarantee that seats will be available, and early requests cannot be honored. We appreciate your understanding.

About Ambassador Gutiérrez
President Enrique Peña Nieto named Gerónimo Gutiérrez Ambassador of Mexico to the United States on January 13th, 2017, and after his ratification by the Mexican Senate on February 23rd, he took possession of the embassy on March 2nd of the same year.

Gerónimo Gutiérrez Fernandez served as Managing Director of the North American Development Bank (NADB) headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, where his professional activity was focused on infrastructure development and financing along the U.S.-Mexico border. Under his leadership—centered on strategic planning, business development and project management—NADB grew its loan portfolio at an average annual rate of 32%, reaching US$1.4 billion in 2016, and placed several successful bond issues in the U.S. and European markets, while maintaining a strong financial position and AA credit ratings.

With a diverse 15-year career in the Mexican federal government, Gutierrez previously served in prominent positions in the areas of trade, finance, diplomacy and national security under four presidents. In 2009 and 2010, he served as Deputy Secretary for Governance and Homeland Security, where his main responsibilities were identifying threats to the country’s democratic governance and national security, and coordinating prevention and response measures. He was also part of the National Security Council’s Executive Committee.

From 2006 to 2009, he served as Under Secretary for Latin America and the Caribbean in the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (State Department). In that capacity, Gutierrez was responsible for normalizing the Mexico-Cuba relationship following a period of strained relations, including the signing of agreements on migration and economic cooperation, as well as the re-establishment of ambassadors with Venezuela. He led Mexico’s negotiations with Mesoamerican countries (Mexico to Colombia) for the creation of the Mesoamerican Project (Proyecto Mesoamerica), a multilateral cooperation mechanism for the development of regional infrastructure. Also, he actively worked, along with other government agencies, on strengthening security and anti-narcotics cooperation with several Latin American and Caribbean countries.

As Under Secretary for North America, from 2003 to 2006, he coordinated day-to-day trilateral and bilateral affairs with Mexico’s North American partners (United States and Canada) and supervised the operations of over 50 Mexican consular offices in the region. He led negotiations for the creation of the Security and Prosperity Partnership for North America (SPP)—a prelude to the present day North American Leaders Summit—and also worked closely with other agencies on border and regional security cooperation with the U.S. and Canada.

Gutierrez has also held other federal government positions as Under Secretary of Governance in the Secretaría de Gobernación (Interior Ministry), Secretaría de Economía (Commerce Department), Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público (Treasury Department), the Office of the President, and Banobras (Mexico’s national public works bank).

On the political front, he worked as part of President-elect Vicente Fox’s transition team; as Director of the Miguel Estrada Iturbide Foundation, the think-tank wing of Mexico’s center-right party, PAN (Partido Acción Nacional); and as Chief of Staff of the party’s Parliamentary Group.

Gutierrez holds both a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Political Science from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, for which he received a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholarship.

He has contributed editorials to several Mexican and U.S. newspapers and magazines, and also participates regularly as a keynote speaker in conferences related to U.S.-Mexico relations, border affairs and international business.

Venue and Parking
The luncheon will be held at the KC Chamber Board Room on the main level (southeast corner) of Union Station. Parking is available in the garage to the west of Union Station. We regret that we are unable to validate parking. The streetcar offers a free alternative to parking at Union Station.

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