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USHCC Announces ABC’s Jim Avila as Moderator for 2017 CEO Panel Series

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is proud to announce that Jim Avila, ABC Senior National Correspondent, will serve as moderator for the CEO Panel Series taking place on October 2nd, at the USHCC 2017 National Convention in Dallas, Texas.

The CEO Panel Series brings together industry leaders from diverse sectors to engage in an informative discussion on management style, leadership philosophy, best practices, and their outlook on today’s global market.

“We are delighted to have Jim Avila moderate this year’s CEO Panel. He is a highly-accomplished journalist whose career includes award-winning coverage of historic events across the globe” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “We look forward to Jim’s insight and skill in directing what we know will be a relevant, informative, and thought-provoking conversation with our guest industry leaders.”

“The CEO Panel is a signature event which sets the USHCC National Convention apart. It is a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from top executives from a wide variety of industries about the personal and universal aspects of leadership in today’s economy,” said USHCC Chairman Don Salazar. “Having an accomplished professional such as Jim Avila leading the discussion is sure to elevate the conversation yet again.”

Jim Avila said, “I am honored to serve as moderator for this year’s USHCC’s CEO Panel Series. Throughout my career, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing business leaders from across the world. I have always lent my support to Hispanic organizations and am proud to donate my services and promote face to face interaction among thought leaders. I am looking forward to being with everyone in Dallas for this event.”

Prior panelists include* Bob Unanue, CEO of Goya Foods Inc.; Robert Sanchez, CEO of Ryder System; Jose Mas, CEO of MasTec; Marcelo Claure, President & CEO of Sprint Corporation; Tom Greco, President & CEO of Frito Lay; Manolo Sanchez, Chairman & CEO of BBVA Compass; Scott Anderson, President & CEO of Zions Bank; Joe Alvarado, CEO & Chairman of Commercial Metals Company; Ilene Gordon, Chairman, President & CEO of Ingredion Incorporated; Jonathan Johnson, Executive Vice Chairman of; Edward Rust, Chairman & CEO of State Farm; Anne Shen Smith, Chairman & CEO of Southern California Gas; Tim Leiweke, President & CEO of AEG; George Halvorson, Chairman & CEO of Kaiser Permanente; Anne Sweeney, President of Disney/ABC Television; Pamela Patsley, Chairman & CEO of Moneygram; and Matt Rose, Chairman of BNSF Railways. *

DISCLAIMER: All titles herein pertain to the dates of the respective CEO panels, and may/may not reflect the current positions or status of employment of the listed individuals.

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About the USHCC

The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development and interests of more than 4.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that combined, contribute over $668 billion to the American economy every year. It also advocates on behalf of 260 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter @USHCC.

Communications Team

United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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