Gary L. Springer, President


· President, International Council of the Tampa Bay Region (current)

· President, Gulf of Mexico States Partnership (current)

· Secretary-General, Gulf of Mexico States Accord (current)

Mr. Springer is a specialist in global business, trade, regulatory, and public policy issues. In his thirty-year career as an executive in large professional services firms and as a private consultant, he has advised governments (Federal, state and local) and private corporations on trade and investment promotion, international trade policy, trade negotiations, government affairs, business and trade strategies, strategic communications, image-building, corporate market expansion, and crisis management. Mr. Springer holds a M.A. in Government (international relations and political philosophy) from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Political Science (international relations, Latin America, and Spanish) from West Virginia University. He is fluent in Spanish, and reads Portuguese. Highlights of his career include:


· Co-founder of the International Council of the Tampa Bay Region (and its predecessor organization), the official host organization for the US Department of State “International Visitor Leadership Program.” The organization has brought in excess of 1,500 emerging leaders from over 100 countries to the Tampa Bay region since 2000.

· Consultant to The World Bank for worldwide “Country Image Building” Development Module for foreign direct investment attraction, as a private consultant.

· Principal author of “International Cornerstone”, the Florida Chamber Foundation’s first strategic plan for international market expansion for Florida government and business, while Senior Director, International Trade & Customs Services, KPMG. Also principal author of the international chapter of the Chamber Foundation’s “New Cornerstone” study as a private consultant.

· Lead Author of “Critical Factors of Success in Attracting Foreign Direct Investment”, a strategic plan for a consortium of private companies in a major Latin American market while at KPMG.

· Project originator and site selection consultant for $400 million investment for a major scientific research organization, as a private consultant.

North America

· Lead Counsel to the Mexican Government for the NAFTA Negotiations, while Senior Advisor for Latin America at the law firm of Shearman & Sterling.

· Principal author of the first “Memorandum of Cooperation on Maritime Transportation” between the Governments of Canada, Mexico and the US

· Liaison between the US and Mexican private sectors, during the interregnum between the Mexican foreign debt crisis and the onset of the NAFTA negotiations (1984-1990) as executive secretary for the Mexico-US Business Committee, the oldest binational organization between the two countries.

· Advisor on foreign direct investment promotion, strategic communications and crisis management for a Mexican public/private partnership, the Mexican Investment Board, for a decade.

· Principal author of “The Mexican Financial Crisis: Genesis, Impact and Implications” for the University of Miami’s Journal of Inter-American Studies and World Affairs (1995).

Western Hemisphere

· Advisor to Latin American governments on issues related to free trade agreements and negotiations, as an executive in major professional services firms (Fleishman-Hillard and KPMG) and as a private consultant.

· Policy Advisor to Latin American governments and private industry on matters related to unfair trade practices, while at Shearman & Sterling.

· Manager and facilitator of hundreds of meetings between Latin American Presidents, Cabinet and sub-Cabinet officials and senior US business executives, while at the Council of the Americas, the preeminent US business organization dedicated to the Latin American market with offices in New York and Washington. While at Shearman & Sterling, Mr. Springer was a member of the Council of the Americas Corporate Advisory Board.

· Principal speechwriter on matters related to US-Latin America trade and economic policy for Mr. David Rockefeller, Mr. Rodman Rockefeller, Amb. George Landau, and Council member Fortune 500 senior executives while at the Council of the Americas/Americas Society.

· Author of the original “white paper” for President George H.W. Bush’s “Enterprise for the Americas Initiative”, the trade and investment initiative that became US policy in support of the Brady Plan.

· Advisor to the Venezuela-US Business Council/CEVEU, a binational business organization which he helped to establish in 1990 in New York and Caracas.

· Author of hundreds of business and policy articles on Latin America, as associate editor for “Business Latin America” (now the Economist Intelligence Unit).

· Author of major “think-tank” policy paper supporting the organization’s advocacy activities on behalf of free trade agreements, Trade Promotion Authority, and the Free Trade Area of the Americas, for the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington, DC. The paper – “The FTAA and the National Interest” – was featured on the Organization of American States trade unit website for distribution throughout the Western Hemisphere.

· Advisor to Florida Lt. Governor Buddy McKay and trade mission delegation member to the United Kingdom, positioning Florida as a location for UK investors with Latin America interests.

· Developer of MBA-level courses on Latin America, while adjunct professor at the University of South Florida College of Business, including “Managing in Latin America” and “International Business Assessment and Analysis.”

· Lecturer on Latin American politics, economics and trade at Georgetown University, the Stetson University College of Law, the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, the University of New Mexico, the University of Central Florida, the Foreign Service Institute of the US Department of State, the US Department of Commerce, and the law school of the Universidad Panamericana (Mexico), and hundreds of seminars and conferences.

Gulf of Mexico Region

· First Secretary-General of the Gulf of Mexico States Accord (GOMSA), elected by the 11 state governors of the Gulf of Mexico border states in Mexico and the US.

· Gulf of Mexico Regional Representative, Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Council, United States Department of Transportation.

· Launched the first Gulf of Mexico Congressional Caucus, and the first Federally-funded Gulf of Mexico regional trade corridor study as the founding President of the Gulf of Mexico States Partnership, a business association counterpart to the GOMSA.

· Principal author of the first “Memorandum of Cooperation on Environment and Public Health” between Mexico and the US

· Principal negotiator of the first “Memorandum of Cooperation on Short Sea Shipping” between the US Maritime Administration and its Mexican counterpart, and a similar agreement between MARAD, the GOMSA and the Gulf of Mexico States Partnership.

· Lead organizer of Governor Jeb Bush’s “Team Florida Mexico”, the largest trade mission in Florida’s history (1999), including private meetings for Gov. Bush with President Ernesto Zedillo and Members of his Cabinet.

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