TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced a selection of speakers for the 2017 Latin American Summit on October 2 in Miami. The Latin American Summit will bring together world leaders to improve current partnerships and build new relationships that will better serve Florida families, generate economic prosperity and enhance democracy and human rights throughout Latin America.

Below is a selection of speakers that will be at the summit. Additional speakers will be announced over the coming weeks.

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen serves Florida’s 27th Congressional District, and was the first Hispanic American woman elected to Congress. Born in Havana, Cuba, Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen and her family were forced to flee from the oppressive communist regime of Fidel Castro. She is a strong supporter of the state of Israel and human rights, including her opposition to Castro’s dictatorial regime in Cuba. Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen has led the fight in the House of Representatives to impose sanctions on human rights violators in Venezuela and pressing foreign policy issues including the fight against Islamist extremism, and support of free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea.

Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart
Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart served Florida’s 21st Congressional District from 1992 to 2011. In 1994, he became the first Hispanic in history to be named to the House Rules Committee and continued on to take historic pieces of legislation to the House Floor for passage, including the legislation creating the “Department of Homeland Security”, and the 25-year extension of the Voting Rights Act. In 1996, Congressman Diaz-Balart drafted legislation that strengthened U.S. sanctions against the Cuban dictatorship and authored the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act of 1997 (NACARA), which granted legal residency to hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the United States who were previously at risk of deportation.

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart
Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart serves Florida’s 25th Congressional District. He is well known for his advocacy of human rights and democracy around the world, as well as for his staunch support of our global allies.  Congressman Diaz-Balart passionately serves his constituents, acting tirelessly in defense of individual rights and liberties, promoting economic prosperity, and supporting a strong national defense.

Congressman Francis Rooney
Congressman Francis Rooney serves Florida’s 19th Congressional District, bringing decades of private sector experience to Washington. He and his family started Rooney Holdings, Inc., a diversified, international group of companies based in Naples, Florida. Congressman Rooney was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as U.S. Ambassador to The Holy See from 2005 to 2008 and has also served on numerous public and private boards, including The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and the Advisory Commission of the Panama Canal.

Donna Hrinak, President of Boeing Latin America
Donna Hrinak was appointed president of Boeing Latin America in November 2014 and is responsible for the development and implementation of the Boeing strategy in Latin America and leads the company’s strategy to grow regional market opportunities in Latin America. Prior to entering the private-sector, Hrinak served as the U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic and as deputy assistant secretary of state for Mexico and the Caribbean.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski
Archbishop Thomas Wenski was appointed Archbishop of Miami and Metropolitan of the Province of Miami in 2010.  Archbishop Wenski was ordained as a priest in 1976 and, after briefly ministering in Haiti, was assigned to the newly established Haitian Apostolate of the Archdiocese and served as pastor of three Haitian mission parishes. In 1996, Archbishop Wenski was appointed the Archdiocesan Director of Catholic Charities. In this role, he helped forge a collaborative relationship with Caritas Cuba and directed relief operations to Caritas Cuba as well as Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Central America, and Colombia. Among Catholic bishops of the United States, he is regarded as a leader on Latin American affairs.

Emilio T. González, Director and CEO of Miami-Dade Aviation Department
Emilio T. González, Ph.D., is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department. He oversees operations at Miami International Airport (MIA), one of the nation’s busiest international passenger and cargo airports, and four general aviation airports in the Miami area. Gonzalez previously served as Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House and was later appointed as Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services within the Department of Homeland Security.

Paul F. Browning, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas
Paul F. Browning was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas (MHPS-AMER), Inc. on April 1, 2016 and oversees all Western Hemisphere business activities. In less than a year’s time, Mr. Browning has led MHPS-AMER’s expansion into Central and South America, assembled teams and opened regional offices, positioning MHPS-AMER as a top competitor in the LATAM energy market.

Romaine Seguin, President of UPS Americas Region
Romaine Seguin, president of UPS Americas Region, is responsible for all UPS package and cargo operations in Canada and more than 50 countries and territories across Latin America and the Caribbean. Additionally, she has oversight of the UPS Supply Chain Solutions operations throughout Latin America, Miami and the Caribbean.

Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, CEO of Embraer S.A.
Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva has been the CEO of Embraer S.A. since July 2016, leading a global organization headquartered in Brazil, with businesses in Commercial and Executive Aviation, Defense and Security and Customer Services and Support. Before becoming Embraer S.A. CEO, Paulo was the CEO of Embraer´s Commercial Aviation business unit. Under his tenure, the company has expanded its footprint in Commercial Aviation, consolidating its leadership in the segment with up to 130 seats.

Susan Segal, President and CEO of Americas Society/Council of the Americas
Susan Segal was elected President and CEO of Americas Society/Council of the Americas in 2003 after having worked in the private sector with Latin America and other emerging markets for over 30 years. Prior to her appointment, Susan was a partner at Chase Capital Partners/JPMorgan Partners focusing on private equity in Latin America and pioneering early stage venture capital investing in the region.

Marcelo Mindlin, Chairman and CEO of Pampa Energía S.A.
Marcelo Mindlin is Chairman and CEO of Pampa Energía S.A., the largest independent integrated energy company in Argentina, listed in the NYSE and Buenos Aires Stock Exchange. He is a member of the Americas Society Chairman’s International Advisory Council and also serves as chairman and founder of ‘Todo Por Los Chicos’ and Fundación Pampa charity organizations.

Juan M. Kuryla, Director and CEO of PortMiami
Juan M. Kuryla is Port Director and CEO of PortMiami where he oversees the growth and development of the cruise capital of the world and cargo global gateway. PortMiami is among America’s busiest ports and contributes more than $41.4 billion annually to Miami-Dade County and generates 324,352 direct, indirect, and induced jobs.

For more information about the 2017 Latin American Summit, click HERE. Additional speakers will be announced leading up to the event.



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