US Diplomat Keynote At International Business Expo

Sunday 23rd, September 2012 / 19:58 Published by

Distinguished keynote speakers for the 2012 9th Annual International Business EXPO to be held Thursday, October 4 in Lauderhill, FL, include U.S. State Department Deputy Director José Santacana, and Jerry C. Butler, a leading expert in Caribbean project investment opportunities.

José Santacana has served for 13 years as an American diplomat at postings in Latin America, Africa, and Europe.   He just finished a year working as a foreign policy adviser to Senator Robert Menendez, (D-NJ), focusing on Latin American issues.   Currently, he is working as the Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Policy and Summit Coordination in the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, focusing on the implementation of a number of White House economic initiatives agreed to at the recent Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia.

Jerry C Butler currently serves as the Executive Director and CEO of Global Equity Consultants Ltd., a Bahamas firm managing a network of Caribbean bankers, lawyers, and accountants specializing in identifying and executing Caribbean project investment opportunities. He is the founding Chairman of CREF and Board member of the Latin American Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC – ACORE).

The Expo is hosted by the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) in partnership with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and the Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee. Davie-based event company, Unique Productions handles logistics.

On Wednesday, October 3, there will be a sponsors and dignitaries VIP reception. On Thursday, October 4, activities include the Floor Trade Show; Educational Sessions; International Trade Breakfast; Luncheon; VIP Reception; and Taste of Lauderhill. Additional events to follow throughout the weekend.

“The Expo encourages and educates our Central Broward County businesses how to expand beyond our borders, increase sales, potential business opportunities, and grow international networks,” said event organizer, Maria Munro.

“Hundreds of attendees are once again expected and they tap into contacts with Caribbean, Latin American and multi-national companies and executives. Participants have numerous opportunities for economic development, cultural enrichment, and social and recreational engagement.”

The EXPO is free and open to the public. The Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce is located at 5557 West Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderhill, Florida 33313. Call the office at 954.318.6118 or email, expo at


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