Gary L. Springer,
International Council of the Tampa Bay Region (current)
· President, Gulf of Mexico States Partnership
· Secretary-General, Gulf of Mexico States Accord
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
· 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
· 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.
· 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
· 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
· Policy Advisor to Latin American governments and private
industry on matters related to unfair trade practices, while at Shearman &
· 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
· 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
· 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
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
· 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.