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San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Lauds Selection of Local Congressman Joaquin Castro as new Honorary Chair of United States-Spain Council  


Announcement made in Washington, D.C. this evening, and will allow for better planning as San Antonio will host the XXIV U.S. Spain Council Forum later this year.

SAN ANTONIO (January 28, 2019) — The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC) applauds the United States-Spain Council for choosing San Antonio-native Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) as the successor of U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) as the seventh Honorary Chair of the United States–Spain Council, an organization focused on stimulating bilateral trade and investment between the United States and Spain.

The announcement was made public during a ceremony at Spanish Ambassador Santiago Cabanas Ansorena’s private residence in Washington, DC. The SAHCC’s Co-Chair of International Business Development Committee Louis Escareño represented the Chamber at the event.

“I am honored that Senator Kaine has asked me to join such a prestigious group of honorary chairs. As Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I know how important and significant our relationship with Spain is,” said Chairman Castro. “I look forward to building on Senator Kaine’s success and further strengthening our country’s relationship with Spain.”

Congressman Castro will share the title of honorary chair once held by former Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM), former and current Senators Bob Graham (D-FL); Christopher Dodd (D-CT); Mel Martinez (R-FL); Bob Menendez (D-NJ); and Tim Kaine (D-VA), who began his tenure as Honorary Chair of the United States–Spain Council in 2013.

Since its creation, the Council has worked in tandem with the Fundación Consejo España–Estados Unidos, its Spanish counterpart, to organize an annual forum where prominent government officials, corporate executives, and nonprofit leaders from both countries gather to discuss current affairs and topics of mutual interest.

“For over 10 years, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has been a catalyst in building a strong bilateral trade and economic tie between San Antonio and Spain having led more than 10 Trade and Economic Development Missions to Spain from San Antonio with former Texas Secretaries of State and past mayors of the city within the past decade,” said Rebecca Quintanilla Cedillo, Interim President and CEO, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “We are pleased that Congressman Castro is liaison to the U.S. — Spain Council as we and all of San Antonio’s economic development partners prepare to host the organization’s Forum later this year.”

SAHCC-led trade delegations include visits to: Madrid, Bilbao, Malaga, Sevilla, San Sebastian, Vitoria, Mondragon, Barcelona, Pamplona, and the Canary Islands.

Former President and CEO of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Ramiro Cavazos was selected to serve as the Honorary Consul of Spain in San Antonio in 2017.

For more information, please contact Jose Maria Gonzalez, Chief Economic Development Officer, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, at josemariag@sahcc.org.

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