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