Keynote Speaker: Israel Hernandez, Assistant Secretary for Trade Promotion and Director General of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service


Israel Hernandez

  Israel Hernandez was nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director-General of the U.S. Commercial Service. The U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service was created by Congress to assist small and medium-sized American businesses to export and to protect the business interests of American companies overseas.
In this capacity, Mr. Hernandez is accountable to Congress for a number of mission-critical programs and initiatives. As the single point of contact in the U.S. government for trade promotion and business advocacy assistance, Mr. Hernandez oversees a global operation of more than 1,700 employees—both American and in-country staff—operating in 47 states and 80 countries.
Mr. Hernandez also works to improve the reach and exposure of the Commercial Service throughout the business community at the state and local levels.

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