2017 Legislative Summit Speakers

Tuesday. March 14, 2017

Opening Reception

2017 USHCC Legislator of the Year; Majority Whip, United States Senate (R-TX)

Sen. Cornyn has earned a national reputation as an articulate and powerful voice for Texas and conservative values in Washington. Sen. Cornyn, a San Antonio native, strongly believes that we need more Texas solutions in Washington, which is why he consistently fights to bring the Lone Star State’s commonsense solutions to the federal level.

Director, Founder & Chairman Emeritus, Swift Transportation Company

Jerry Moyes relocated to Phoenix in 1966 and began hauling steel with his one truck, forming a partnership with a steel importer called Common Market Dist. Corp., which he later merged with a company he founded, Swift Transportation.

Wednesday. March 15, 2017

The State of Hispanic Small Business Breakfast

SVP, Sales Performance Executive, Southeast Division, Bank of America

Henry Agusti is the Sales Performance Executive for the Southeast Division. He is responsible for driving cross-division execution of our financial center sales transformation across 1,100 banking centers and 10,000 teammates.

Chairman, House Small Business Committee; United States House of Representatives (OH-01)

U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot has proudly served Ohio’s First Congressional District for 18 years. A lifelong Cincinnatian, Steve previously served as a Cincinnati City Councilman and Hamilton County Commissioner for four years each prior to being elected to Congress in 1994.

President & CEO of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC)

Omar is passionate about entrepreneurship and the role entrepreneurship plays in building community and in helping create a better world. He helped found the Center for Hispanic Entrepreneurship and ENTERpreneur – a summer youth entrepreneurship program for Chicago-area high-school students.

Senior Director, Global Government Relations, Visa

Carl Holshouser is Senior Director of Global Government Relations at Visa, handling a broad range of technology policy issues, including data security, privacy and cyber security. Carl joined Visa in 2013.

Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford State of Maryland (R-MD)

Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford is an accomplished attorney with a lifetime of experience in both the public and private sectors. He served as Associate Administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration, where he was responsible for increasing utilization of small businesses in government procurement, as well as continually improving the efficiency of the agency.

Mayoral Plenary

Mayor, City of Newark

Ras J. Baraka is the 40th Mayor of the City of Newark. He was elected in May of 2014 and sworn in on July 1, 2014.

Mayor, Miami-Dade County

Carlos A. Gimenez is the Mayor of Miami-Dade County, the largest County in Florida. As Miami-Dade’s highest-ranking elected official and chief administrator, Mayor Gimenez is responsible for the leadership and management of an organization with over 26,000 employees and an annual budget of approximately $7 billion.


Vice President, Regulatory Affairs American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, Washington, D.C.

As AFPM’s Regulatory Affairs Vice President, David is responsible for formulating and implementing the refining and petrochemical industries’ environmental, fuels, transportation, safety and security missions, including the development of Association policy on Congressional legislation and regulatory matters.

Vice President, External Affairs, NCTA

Nilda Gumbs is a seasoned government affairs and communications professional with more than 20 years experience in the political, government, public relations, community and coalition building arenas.

Manager, Supplier Diversity & Outreach, Small Business Liaison Officer, Shell Oil Company

Brian received his B.A. in Marketing and Computer Science at Sam Houston State University as well as post-graduate work at Texas A&M and Rice University. Brian started his career in energy with Diamond Shamrock (now Valero) in 1989, and recently completed his 23rd year with Shell Oil Company in Houston.

Senior Vice President, Head of Supplier Diversity, Wells Fargo & Company

Regina O. Heyward is Senior Vice President and head of Supplier Diversity for Wells Fargo. With more than 17 years of multi-industry global supply chain and supplier diversity strategy experience, she leads a team that is responsible for developing and engaging certified diverse suppliers to integrate them into the company’s sourcing and procurement processes.

Sr. Director, Generation Fuels and Market Analysis, Edison Electric Institute

Lola Infante is Sr. Director of Generation Fuels and Market Analysis at the Edison Electric Institute, where she focuses mainly on market and policy developments in clean and alternative energy resources as well as other critical fuels for power generation.

President & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

For a quarter of a century, Karen Kerrigan’s leadership and advocacy have helped foster U.S. entrepreneurship and global small business growth. She is president & CEO of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council and serves as the group’s chief advocate.

Director, Hispanic Research, Pew Research Center

Mark Hugo Lopez is director of Hispanic research at Pew Research Center. He studies the attitudes and opinions of Latinos, Hispanic views of identity, the political engagement of Latinos in the nation’s elections, and Latino youth.

Managing Partner, Small Business Community Capital, President & CEO, Altura Capital

Monika has over 25 years of domestic and international company building and investment management experience. She has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to building financial capacity in minority communities, and achieving social transformation alongside solid investment returns.

Principal & CEO, Rafael Marrero & Company

Rafael Marrero is a Stanford University and Cornell University trained senior corporate executive and acclaimed management consultant. This Inc. 500 CEO has 30+ years diversified experience in multiple verticals including: Government Contracting Solutions, Telecommunications, Construction, Information Technology, Professional Services, Renewable Energy, and High-Tech environments.

Vice President, Government Affairs for Lending & Leasing, Financial Services Roundtable

Georgette Sierra is Vice President of Government Affairs for Lending and Leasing at the Financial Services Roundtable. Her role includes overseeing public policy issues related to consumer and small business lending, innovation and trade.

Hispanic Business Luncheon

United States House of Representatives (WA-03)

Jaime Herrera Beutler was first elected to Congress at the age of 31 to represent Southwest Washington’s 3rd District. Jaime was raised in Southwest Washington and brings legislative experience, an independent voice and a desire to serve her home community to Washington, DC.

United States House of Representatives (CO-06)

Mike Coffman began his distinguished career of serving our nation at a very young age. At age seventeen, after finishing his junior year at Aurora Central High School in 1972, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Through the Army, Coffman was able to earn a high school diploma.

Senior Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation

David L. Cohen is Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation. David has a broad portfolio of responsibilities, including corporate communications, government and regulatory affairs, public affairs, legal affairs, corporate administration and community investment, and serves as senior counselor to the CEO.

United States Senate (R-TX)

In 2012, Ted Cruz was elected as the 34th U.S. Senator from Texas. A passionate fighter for limited government, economic growth, and the Constitution, Ted won a decisive victory in both the Republican primary and the general election, despite having never before been elected to office.

United States House of Representatives (FL-06)

Ron DeSantis is a native Floridian of humble beginnings who knows the value of hard work. To put himself through school, he performed every odd job imaginable — sweeping floors, collecting trash, moving furniture, parking cars, serving as an electrician’s assistant, and coaching baseball clinics.

United States Senate (R-CO)

Senator Cory Gardner is a fifth-generation Coloradan who was born and raised in Yuma, a small town on the Eastern Plains of Colorado where his family has owned a farm implement dealership for over a century. He lives in the same house his great-grandparents lived in.

United States Senate (R-NV)

Dean Heller was sworn in to the United States Senate on May 9, 2011. Prior to Heller’s service in the Senate, he was the Representative for Nevada’s Second Congressional District.

Chairman, House Financial Services Committee; United States House of Representatives (TX-05)

First elected to Congress in 2002, Jeb Hensarling is a recognized conservative leader in Congress and an outspoken advocate for economic opportunity, individual liberty, and religious freedom.

At the Table Speaker Series

Co-Founder & CEO, She Should Run

Erin Loos Cutraro is Co-Founder & CEO of She Should Run, an organization working to increase the number of women and girls who see the possibilities in elected office. Born and raised in Missouri, Erin is now based in New York City where she develops and manages She Should Run’s strategic growth and development.

Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, BP America; President, BP Foundation

Ray Dempsey, Jr. is vice president & chief diversity officer for BP America and president of the BP Foundation. He works out of BP’s Houston and Washington, D.C. offices.

Executive Director, Future Majority Project, Republican State Leadership Committee

Neri Martinez is the Executive Director of the Republican State Leadership Committee’s Future Majority Project, which has recruited hundreds of new women and minority candidates and spent over $11 million to elect 72 new minority candidates and almost 250 new women.

Principal, Public & Political Leadership, Wellstone

A very proud ACMS alumna, and a former candidate for the Arizona legislature, Mónica comes to us from her role as Principal and Owner of Ocotillo Group, where she worked with elected officials, nonprofit leaders, teachers’ unions, and PACs.

Thursday. March 16, 2017

Breakfast On The Hill

United States House of Representatives (CA-44)

Nanette Diaz Barragán is proud to represent California’s 44th Congressional District, which includes the cities of and communities of Carson, Compton, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, San Pedro, South Gate, Walnut Park, Watts/Willowbrook, and Wilmington.

United States House of Representatives (TX-28)

Born as one of eight children to migrant farm workers in Laredo, Texas, Congressman Cuellar was raised with strong family values and an unwavering work ethic to attain an advanced education. As the most degreed member of Congress, he points to education as the platform for his two decades of public service in Texas.

United States House of Representatives (MD-5)

In the Fifth Congressional District, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer is a tireless fighter for economic development and a leader in creating jobs. He has helped create and save nearly 23,000 jobs by supporting federal facilities and associated businesses located in and around the Fifth District.

United States House of Representatives (FL-09)

Elected in 2016, Darren Soto represents Central Florida in Congress. The first Floridian of Puerto Rican descent to serve in Congress, Darren is proud to represent all the diverse people of the 9th District.

Annual Legislative Summit Pre-Gala Reception

Director of Government Affairs, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

Robert Chiappetta is currently director of government affairs at Toyota Motor North America, Inc. He is responsible for enhancing the company’s reputation and advancing its legislative agenda with Members of Congress and the Administration.

The Annual Legislative Summit Gala

Mexican Ambassador to the U.S.

Geronimo Gutierrez is the Mexican Ambassador to the U.S.

Sr. Director, National Strategic Relationships & Initiatives Office of Diversity and Inclusion, BP America Inc.

Kathleen M. Martinez is senior director of national strategic relationships and initiatives for BP America. Martinez is based at the company’s headquarters in Houston. Martinez plays a central role in the advancement of BP America’s national external affairs efforts.

General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, TOYOTA Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA)

Adrienne Trimble is General Manager, Diversity & Inclusion at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA) located in Erlanger, Kentucky.