Alabama State Council

John McMillan
Commissioner, Department of Agriculture and Industry

Greg Canfield
Commissioner, Alabama Department of Commerce
 
J.T. “Jabo” Waggoner
Former Senate Majority Leader, Rules Chairman
 
Sandy Stimpson
Mayor of Mobile
 
Vivian Figures
Former Senate Minority Leader, Finance Committee, Local Legislation

Victor Gaston
Alabama House of Representatives, Acting Speaker of the House
 
James K. “Jimmy” Lyons
Director/CEO, Alabama State Port Authority
 
Johnny Adams
Executive Director, Alabama Poultry Association
 
Billy Powell
Executive Vice President, Alabama Cattlemen Association
 
Jerry Carl
President, Mobile County Commission
 
Greg Reed
Alabama Senate, Senate Majority Leader
 
Quinton Ross
Alabama Senate, Senate Minority Leader
 
Hank Sanders
Alabama Senate, Banking and Finance Committees
 
Tom Whatley
Alabama Senate, Chairman, Agriculture Committee
 
Rusty Glover
Alabama Senate, Agriculture Committee
 
Clay Scofield
Alabama Senate, Agriculture Committee
 
Tim Melson
Alabama Senate, Agriculture and Tourism Committees
 
Gerald Dial
Alabama Senate, Energy and Veterans Affairs Committees

MICHAEL CIAMARRA
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT & POLICY TO SENATE RULES CHAIRMAN
 
SCOTTY COLSON
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BIRMINGHAM; SISTER CITIES
 
GEORGE HENRY
PRESIDENT, ALABAMA COUNTY MANAGERS ASSOCIATION

Mark Jackson
Alabama Honorary Consul General, Japan; Morrison Conference, Inc.
 
John Key
International Trade Consultant
Pan American Council on Trade, LLC
 
Jerry Lathan
President
Lathan Company
 
Scott Myers
Director
Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
 
Mitt Walker
International and Federal Regulations
Alabama Farmers Association
 
Scott Phillips
Strada Professional Services, LLC, Engineering
 
Mayra Diaz, International Sales
Amerex Corporation
 
Grey Redditt
Maynard Cooper and Gale Law Firm,
Mobile Sister Cities Commission

 
Stanley Murphy
Murphy & Murphy, LLC;
The Cuba Center, University of Alabama
 
Christina McInnis, Bilateral Trade with Cuba
GulfWise Commerce
 
D. Davies Hood, Jr., President
Induron Coatings
 
Springna Zhao, Partner
LAN Consulting LLC
 
Beth Chapman
Former Alabama Secretary of State, 
Beth Chapman & Associates, LLC
 
Mark A. Froehlich, Principal
Impact Partners
 
Sarah Kate Sullivan
Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

CAM WARD
ALABAMA SENATE, FINANCE, HEALTH AND JUDICIARY COMMITTEES, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
 
MICKY HAMMON
ALABAMA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, MAJORITY LEADER
 
RANDY DAVIS
ALABAMA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY COMMITTEES


ALABAMA & CUBA IN THE NEWS

Press release: Engage Cuba, State Leaders Launch Alabama State Council

 

AL.com: Op-ed: Travel, trade embargo on Cuba hurts Alabama businesses

Press Release: Alabama Legislature Unanimous Call for Congress to Lift Cuban Embargo Is 'Significant'

Bloomberg: Cuba's First American-Owned Manufacturer Will Make Tractors

Birmingham Business Journal: Cuba Market Would Be Lucrative to Alabama, Report Says

Miami Herald: Alabama Company Says Cuba Needs its Tractors, But Approval Process is Slow

People's World: Alabama Tractors Till the Soil of U.S.-Cuba Cooperation

Wear-TV: Area business to sell goods to Cuba

Alabama NewsCenter: The Cuba thaw will be big for Alabama and other producers of frozen chickens

WearTV: Area business to sell goods to Cuba

Politico: Cuba buys ag equipment from Alabama-based company

The Crimson White: New Exhibit from Chip Cooper Compares South Alabama and Cuba 

The Anniston Star: Alabama Entrepreneurs Hope Cuba is Fertile Territory for New Venture

Alabama News: Alabama Company Approved to Build Factory in Cuba

Agri View: Alabama Firm to Build Cuba Plant

The New York Times: Culture Gap Impedes U.S. Business Efforts for Trade with Cuba

Local 15: Local Business with Cuba

AL.com: Sewell Seeks Economic Opportunities for Alabama with Cuba Trip

AL.com: Cuba Embargo News: How Would Alabama Benefit From End to Travel, Trade Ban?

Alabama Public Radio: Alabama seeks to lift Cuba embargo, deadline for north AL Disaster Loans

Local 15: Alabama benefits from improved Cuba relations

Montgomery Advertiser: Cuba Trade Expansion Could Mean Good Things for Alabama Businesses

AL.com: Auburn University Signs Pact with Cuba: Why it Matters to Alabama

YellowHammer Radio: Byrne: Cuba Could be a Major Trade Partner for Alabama, But Has a Long Way to Go

Montgomery Advertiser: Alabama Could Benefit from U.S.-Cuba Thaw

Tuscaloosa News: Cuban Novelist Leonardo Padura Will Speak at University of Alabama

AL.com: U.S. Recognizes in Cuba What Mobile has Seen for Decades: Opinion

UA News: UA Establishes Center for Cuba Collaboration and Scholarship

The Crimson White: Alabama Student Studies Abroad in Havana, Cuba

Al.com: State, mobile leaders call for open trade with Cuba

AL.com: Alabama Has a Proud, Rich History with Cuba, We Should Capitalize On It

Alabama's Champions

Governor Robert Bentley (R)

Governor Robert Bentley (R)

Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL-1)

Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL-1)

Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL-5)

Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL-5)

State Senator J.T. Waggoner (R-AL-16)

State Senator J.T. Waggoner (R-AL-16)

Arkansas State Council

Hope Benedict
Bio-Tech Pharmacal, Inc.

Dow Brantley, Chair
USA Rice and Arkansas Rice Federation

Donald Bobbitt, President
University of Arkansas System

Bruce Burrow, Principal
U.S. Cuba Holdings

Wayne Callahan, Senior Advisor
Vestar Capital Partners

Mark Cochran, Vice President for Agriculture
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

Terry Freeman, Consultant; Former President
Bibler Brothers Lumber and Construction

David Gairhan, Vice Chair
Arkansas Rice Farmers

Tim Graham, President
HUNT Ventures 

Andrew Grobmyer, Executive Vice President
Agricultural Council of Arkansas

Derek Haigwood
Arkansas Farmer

Burt Hanna, President & CEO, Hanna's Candle Company

Gary Heathcott, President
CJRW

Dan Hendrix, President & CEO
World Trade Center Arkansas

Byron Holmes, Chair
USA Rice Nutrition Subcommittee

Mark Isbel, Farmer
USA Rice

Jennifer James, Chair, USA Rice Sustainability Committee

Bradley Manis, President & CEO
Mannco Fertilizer

Todd Martin, Executive Director & CEO
Independent Professional Seed Association

Kevin McGilton, Vice President
Riceland Foods

DeAnn McGrew, Director, Agriculture & Volunteer Programs
Winrock International

Janet Harris, Director of Programs
Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

Randy McNeil, President
Poinsett Rice & Grain

Mark Middleton, Principal
U.S. Cuba Holdings

Robert Moery, Agriculture Liaison
Governor Asa Hutchinson

Herbert Morales, President
Latin American Business Solutions

Ben Noble, President
Noble Strategies

Steve Orlicek, President
Arkansas Rice Council; Rice Farmer

Linus Raines, Vice President
ATA International;
Director of Business Development, 
Green Stamp America, Inc.

Bill Reed Riceland, Vice President of Public Affairs
Riceland

Mike Roberts, Principal
U.S. Cuba Holdings

Jeff Rutledge
Arkansas Rice Council

Mark Simmons, Chairman
Simmons Foods, Inc. & Affiliates

Cameron Smith, President
Cameron Smith & Associates

Keith Smith, Founder
Keith Smith Company

Chuck Stutte
Bio-Tech Pharmacal, Inc.

Johnny Sullivan, Vice President Sales & Marketing
Producers Rice Mill

Randy Veach, President
Arkansas Farm Bureau

Larry Wallace, Principal
U.S. Cuba Holdings

Wes Ward, Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture

Melanie Wells,
ETW Enterprises, Inc. Shavings & Rice Hulls

Andrew Grobmyer
Executive Vice President, Agricultural        
Council of Arkansas

LSB Industries


Arkansas' Champions

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Arkansan sees path for Cuba trade bill; Crawford measure stalled in past, but key dissenters have since departed

The Hill: Opinion: Farm bill’s expansion of trade opportunities between the US and Cuba historic and mutually beneficial

The Hill: Opinion: American Farmers Need the Cuban Market

KARK: Arkansas Lawmaker Aims to Help US Agribusiness Boost Sales to Cuba

The Office of Sen. John Boozman: Boozman Recognizes National Rice Month

Southwest Times Record: Arkansas ag group supports Cuba exports

Southwest Times Record: Arkansans "engaging" Cuban business

Southwest Times Record: Coalition seeks grassroots support in Arkansas for end to Cuba embargo

Arkansas Times: Arkansas rice growers push for Cuba trade

Arkansas Business: Engage Cuba launches Arkansas council, calls for an end to trade restrictions

NWA: Cuban delegates talk trade & tourism at University of Arkansas

Talk Business & Politics: Cuba group visits northwest Arkansas, Hanna's Candle owner hopes to open a plant in Cuba

Arkansas Matters: Arkansas and Cuba officials kick off trade discussions

Delta Farm Press: Cuba working group goals and protecting farming operations

Delta Farm News: Arkansas leaders form new Engage Cuba state council to promote trade

University of Arkansas: World Trade Center Arkansas delegation makes second Cuba visit

Reuters: In Cuba, Arkansas governor seeks to chip away at embargo

Arkansas Business: Cuba, Arkansas officials to hold agriculture roundtable

University of Arkansas: Cuba ready to import Arkansas rice but embargo must go, diplomat says  

Democrat-Gazette: GOP senators seek partners across the aisle

KUAR: Meeting Discusses Markets For Arkansas Rice, Impact Of Government Shutdown

NPR: Crawford discusses Cuba trip & embargo on Talk Business & Politics

CBS Little Rock: Ark. Business: Engage Cuba, fiscal session, Dave and Buster's

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: In Little Rock, group calls for lifting of Cuba trade restrictions

NPR: Group for ending Cuba embargo launches Arkansas council

The City Wire: Rep. Crawford: Cuba on cusp of change, U.S. should help open up the nation

KFSM: Governor Asa Hutchinson arrives in Cuba for trade meetings

Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Gov. Asa Hutchinson urges easing of Cuba credit restrictions

Arkansas News: Crawford introduces bill to expand trade opportunities with Cuba

Arkansas Business: Rick Crawford "very encouraged" after Cuba trip

KASU: Crawford explains how Cuba trade embargo affects Arkansas agribusiness

Governor Asa Hutchinson (R)

Governor Asa Hutchinson (R)

Senator John Boozman (R)

Senator John Boozman (R)

Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR-1)

Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR-1)

Representative Bruce Westerman (R-AR-4)

Representative Bruce Westerman (R-AR-4)

Colorado State Council

MIKE FERRUFINO
INTERIM PRESIDENT & CEO, HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF METRO DENVER

COLE FINEGAN
MANAGING PARTNER, HOGAN LOVELLS

MIKE FRIES
PRESIDENT AND CEO, LIBERTY GLOBAL INC. & CHAIRMAN, BIENNIAL OF THE AMERICANS

CARLOS GARCIA
PRESIDENT/CEO, KIRA

MARIA GARCIA BERRY
CEO, CRL ASSOCIATES

KAREN GERWITZ
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WORLD TRADE CENTER DENVER

DANIEL C. GREGORY
CEO, POS-EN POSITIVE ENERGIES, LLC & BOARD MEMBER, COLORADO CLEAN ENERGY CLUSTER

JOHN HEREFORD
PARTNER, OAK LEAF ENERGY PARTNERS

JACQUELINE HINMAN
CHAIRMAN & CEO, CH2M

JOHN IKARD
PRESIDENT/CEO, FIRSTBANK HOLDING COMPANY

DOUG JACKSON
PRESIDENT/CEO, PROJECT CURE

DONNA LYNNE
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, STATE OF COLORADO

EMILY OSWALD COFFEY
OSWALD FAMILY RANCH ON RUSH CREEK

DON SHAWCROFT
PRESIDENT, COLORADO FARM BUREAU

TED TRIMPA
PRINCIPAL, TRIMPA GROUP LLC

KEN TUCHMAN
PRESIDENT/CEO, TELETECH

Elaine Ganz Berman
Former Member, Colorado State Board of Education and Trustee, Metro State University of Denver

Dan Lubar
Managing Director, Relay SErvices

Jeff Wasden
President, Colorado Business Roundtable

Anna Alejo
Owner, Alejo PR

Andrea Anderson
President, Colorado Pork Producers Council

Fiona Arnold
Executive Director, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Dr. Steve Berman
Physician, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Chuck Berry
President, Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry

Barry Biffle
President & CEO, Frontier Airlines

Kristy Soccarras Bigelow
President/Owner, Cuba Cuba

Don Brown
Commissioner, Colorado Department of Agriculture

Rebecca Chopp
Chancellor, University of Denver

Tom Clark
CEO, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation

Amy Parsons
Executive Vice Chancellor, CSU

John Cullen
President, Grand Heritage Hotel Group

Kim Day
CEO, Denver International Airport

Navin Dimond
Founder, Stonebridge Group

Hikmet Ersek
CEO, Western Union

Mark Falcone
Founder, Continuum Partners

STEPHANIE DONNER
CHIEF LEGAL AND PEOPLE OFFICER, GALVANIZE

JEFF POPIEL
CEO, GEOTECH AND BOARD CHAIRMAN, WORLD TRADE CENTER

ANDREA YOUNG, CEO
COLORADO TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION


Colorado & Cuba in the News

Press release: Engage Cuba, Sen. Bennet Launch Colorado State Council

 COLORADO'S CHAMPIONS

Georgia State council 

John C. Key, Executive Director
Pan American Council on Trade, LLC

Jerry Lane, President
Claxton Poultry

Jann Moore, Government Affairs Manager
Caterpillar Inc.

Sam Pardue, Dean 
UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Sean Register, Founder & CEO
Register International

Tas Smith, National Affairs Specialist
Georgia Farm Bureau

Ron Stephens, Chairman
House Economic Development & Tourism Committee

Dennis Wynn, Director
Membership Development, Choice Hotels

Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Stephen Humphreys, President
Athens Imports

Malory Atkinson, Head of Sales & Marketing
1Q- Know Now

Gary Black, Commissioner
Georgia Department of AgriculturE

William F. Bina III, MD, MPH, Dean
Mercer University School of Medicine

Mark Butler, Commissioner
Georgia Department of Labor

Justin Clay, Director of Government Relations
NCR Corporation

Terry Coleman, Former Speaker
Georgia House of Representatives

Billy Crider, Chairman
Crider Inc. 

John Cushnie, SVP, Investor Engagement
Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Larry H. Hanson, City Manager
City of Valdosta


IDAHO STATE COUNCIL 

Chairman: Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter

ERIC ANDERSON, COMMISSIONER
IDAHO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION

BRODY ASTON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
IDAHO ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS

IVAN CASTILLO, CHAIRMAN
IDAHO HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

BISHOP PETER F. CHRISTENSEN,
DIOCESE OF BOISE

BILL CONNORS, CEO
BOISE METRO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

JUAN CARLOS DUQUE, CEO
CAPITALWORKSHOP

MATT ELLSWORTH
AMERICAN MINING & EXPLORATION ASSOCIATION

REPRESENTATIVE MAT ERPELDING, ASSISTANT MINORITY LEADER
IDAHO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

KARIANNE FALLOW, CEO
UNITED DAIRYMEN OF IDAHO

MARC GIBBS, FARMER AND REPRESENTATIVE
IDAHO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

CELIA GOULD, DIRECTOR
IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Peter Grubb, Cuba Travel Specialist
ROW Adventures/Cuba Unbound

MIKE KENNEDY, PRESIDENT
INTERMAX NETWORKS

GREG KOENIG, OWNER
KOENIG VINEYARDS

RYAN STurMAN, OWNER
STURMAN’S SMOKESHOP

KEVIN LOVELESS, OWNER
GLOBAL TRAVEL

Dr. Uwe Reischl, Professor, Community and Environmental Health
Boise State University

Frank Muir, President
Idaho Potato Commission

Arthur F. "skip" Oppenheimer, Chairman/CEO
Oppenheimer Companies Inc.

Senator Jim Patrick, Chairman of Senate Commerce Committee
Idaho State Senate

Marty Peterson, former state budget director
The Hemingway Society

Port of Lewiston

Dan Prinzing, Executive Director
Wassmuth Center for Human Rights

Chance Requa, Farmer
Requa Farms

Jim Rice, Chairman
Idaho Senate Agricultural Committee

Megan Ronk, Director
Idaho Department of Commerce

Dr. Mark Rudin, Vice President, Research and Economic Development
Boise State University

Stacey Satterlee, Executive Director
Idaho Grain Producers Association

Terri Schorzmann, Director, Department of Arts & History
City of Boise

Bryan Searle, President
Idaho Farm Bureau

KARINA SOteras
Casablanca Cuban Grill

 

 


Idaho & Cuba in the News

Press release: Engage Cuba, State Leaders Launch Idaho State Council

Idaho's Champions

Iowa State Council

Karey Claghorn, Chief Operating Officer
Iowa Soybean Association

Kirk Leeds, Chief Executive Officer
Iowa Soybean Association

Kurt Hora, Vice-President
Iowa Corn Growers Association

Leslie K. Wilson, Dean
University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration

Mark Settle, Educational Consultant
Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Mike Tousley, Executive Vice President
The Weitz Company, LLC

Rand Fisher, President
Iowa Area Development Group

Ryan Carroll, International Trade Manager
Greater Des Moines Partnership

Steve Dust, President and CEO
Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and TechWorks Campus

Tim Woods, President, Central Iowa Chapter
International Traders of Iowa

Tom Chapman, Executive Director
Iowa Catholic Conference

Tom Swegle, CEO
MedCara Pharmaceuticals

Valerie Newhouse, President
Iowa Lakes Community College

Wes Ehrecke, Board Member
Travel Federation of Iowa

Mike Ralston, President
Iowa Association of Business and Industry

Bill Northey, Secretary of Agriculture  
State of Iowa

Bishop Richard Pates
Catholic Diocese of Des Moines

Bob Hemesath, President
Iowa Corn Growers Association

Chad Kleppe, President and CEO
Master Builders of Iowa

Charlie Norris, Director
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

Cheryl Langston, Chair
Iowa Association of Community College Trustees

Craig Hill, President
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

Daniel Seufferlein, Partner
Ackley, Kopecky & Kingery LLP

David Holm, Executive Director
Iowa Institute for Cooperatives

Dimy Doresca, Director
University of Iowa Institute for International Business

Downing Thomas, Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs
University of Iowa

Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, Dean
Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Evan Berquist, Attorney
Frederikson and Byron

Farzad Moussavi, Director of Global Programs
University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration

Grant Kimberley, Executive Director
Iowa Biodiesel Board

Jay Byers, Chief Executive Officer
Greater Des Moines Partnership

Jerry Mohr, Chair
Iowa Corn Growers Association



Iowa's State Champions

Des Moines Register: Opinion: Restrictions on Cuba Hold Iowans Back

Cedar Rapids Gazette: Some Iowans worried about Trump's new Cuba restrictions

Des Moines Register: Iowa Lawmakers See Trade Opportunities in Cuba 

Times-Republican: Iowa-Cuba Relationship Continues to Develop

Daily Iowan: Cuba May Aid Iowa Farmers

Counterpunch: Cuba Reflections: On life and death

Iowa City Press-Citizen: Local family's Cuba video shows vintage taxis, heart

ABC News: Agribusiness Report: Farm Sales to Cuba increased without embargo lift

The Gazette: University of Iowa eyes Cuban study

The Des Moines Register: Will Cuba be a gold mine for Iowa business? 

The Gazette: Iowa lawmakers open Cuban doors

Radio Iowa: Engage Cuba Coalition Launches in Iowa

WHOTV: Engage Cuba Coalition Urging Iowans to Put Pressure on Politicians

Des Moines Register: Vilsack Hopes Meeting Will Push Congress on Cuba Trade Deal

AgWeb: Trade Groups Push Promise of Cuba for U.S. Farmers

CBS: What Do Iowans See in Cuba? Opportunity

Iowa Public Television: Vilsack Hosts Cuban Agricultural officials in Iowa

KCRG: Agribusiness Report: Cuba Delegation Explores Ag Science and Technology

WNAX: Engage Coalition Formed in Iowa

WHO-TV: Historic Visit By Cuba Delegation

KCRG-TV: Lobbying Group Forms Iowa Council on Lifting Cuba Trade Embargo

Sioux City Journal: Vilsack, Cuban Counterpart Visit Iowa

The Quad-City Times: Vilsack gives Cuban Minister Taste of Iowa Ag

Our Quad Cities: Engage Cuba Launches its Iowa State Council

Radio Iowa: Cuban Ag Secretary Visits Iowa Farm to Talk Trade

Des Moines Register: Iowa Farmer Hosts Top Cuba officials, Gets Cigars

We Are Iowa: Cuba & Iowa Officials Meet, Talk Agribusiness in Central Iowa

Tama News-Herald/Toledo Chronicle: Iowa Delegation Pleased with Trade Mission Efforts in Havana, Cuba

Trust, confidence and forging lasting bonds that will benefit both Iowans and Cubans. That's the message from Iowa legislators and participants who just returned from a trade mission to Havana, hoping to create economic and business agreements between Iowa business owners and entrepreneurs and the Cuban people.

The Gazette: Two Iowa lawmakers leading trade mission to Cuba

State Senator Steve Sodders (D-IA-36)

State Senator Steve Sodders (D-IA-36)

KANSAS STATE COUNCIL 

MIKE MCCLELLAN, VICE CHAIRMAN
KANSAS WHEAT COMMISSION

MARK NELSON, DIRECTOR OF COMMODITIES
KANSAS FARM BUREAU

AARON POPELKA, VP OF LEGAL AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
KANSAS LIVESTOCK ASSOCIATION

IVRY KARAMITROS, DIRECTOR
WORLD TRADE CENTER KANSAS CITY

DAVID SCHEMM, VICE PRESIDENT
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WHEAT GROWERS

BOB TIMMONS
KANSAS CORN GROWERS ASSOCIATION

TERRY VINDUSKa
KANSAS CORN COMMISSION

Ken Wood, Vice President
Kansas Association of Wheat Growers

Chris Gutierrez, President
KC SmartPort

Jay Armstrong, Past Chairman
Kansas Wheat Commission

Pat Damman
Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association

Kevin Ekstrand, Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Scarbrough International

Lucas Heinen, Vice President
Kansas Soybean Association

Dennis Hupe, Director of Field Services
Kansas Soybean Commission

Brian Linin, Chairman
Kansas Wheat Commission

Mike Jordan, President
Kansas Association of Wheat Growers

Leslie Kaufman, President/CEO
Kansas Cooperative Council

DOUG KEESLING, CO-CHAIR
USACC STATE SUPPORT COMMITTEE


Kansas' STATE CHAMPIONS

kentucky state council

Leadership:

Jonathan Blue
Chairman & Managing Director, Blue Equity (Co-chair) 

Ryan Quarles
Commissioner of Agriculture, State of Kentucky (Co-chair)

James Comer
U.S. Congressman (Honorary chair)

Jon Yarmuth
U.S. Congressman (Honorary chair)

Robert Brown
Chairman, District Export Council of Kentucky (Vice Chair)

Richard Grana
Owner, Impex (Vice Chair)

Nathan Cryder
Director, Edelen Strategic Ventures (Vice Chair)

 

Council: 

Interfaiths Path to Peace

Archbishop Joseph Edward Kurtz
Archdiocese of Louisville

Andrew McMichael
Associate Dean of Potter College, Western Kentucky University

Bill Miller
Executive Director, Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority

Sam Rock
Cofounder, Bluegrass Distilling

Sister Cities of Louisville

Jonathan Steiner
CEO, Kentucky League of Cities

Griffin Van Meter
Founder, Kentucky for Kentucky

Bryan Warren
Director of Globalization, Louisville International Organization Network

J. Edwin Webb
President & CEO, World Trade Center of Kentucky

Xiao Yin Zhou
Director, Kentucky World Affairs Council

Kaveh Zamanian
President, Rabbit Hole Distillery

Barrel House Distilling Co.

Steven Beam
President, Limestone Branch Distillery

Barbara Boyd
Chair, Kentucky Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression

Keith Bundy
President, Silent Brigade Distillery

Adam Caswell
Asst. Vice President for Government & Corporate Engagement, Northern Kentucky University

Lisa Crutcher
CEO, Catholic Charities of Louisville

Adam Edelen
CEO, Edelen Strategic Ventures

Dr. Robert Farley
Professor, University of Kentucky Patterson School of Diplomacy

Jim Gray
Mayor, City of Lexington

Craig Greenberg
President, 21C Hotel and Museum

Alison Lundergan Grimes
Secretary of State, State of Kentucky

Mark Haney
President, Kentucky Farm Bureau

Phil Holoubek
CEO, Lexington Real Estate Company


Kentucky's Champions

Kentucky and Cuba in the News

Senator Rand Paul (R)

Senator Rand Paul (R)

Representative James Comer (R-KY-01)

Representative James Comer (R-KY-01)

Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY-04)

Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY-04)

LOUISIANA STATE COUNCIL

Randy Haynie, President
Haynie & Associates

Jonathan Hobbs, 
Rice Export Logistics,
Russell Marine Group

Pres Kabacoff, CEO
HRI Properties

Caitlin Cain, CEO
World Trade Center of New Orleans

Brandy Christian, President
Port of New Orleans

Dr. Ana Lopez, Director
Tulane University Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute

Cesar Martino, Director
Intl. Cuba Society,
Owner, Vega Group

Saul Newsome, Attorney
Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, LLP

Mike Olivier, CEO,
Committee of 100

John Owen, Rice Farmer
Northeast Louisiana Rice Growers Association

Bill Rase, Executive Director
Port of Lake Charles

Mike Strain, Commissioner
Louisiana Department of Agriculture

John Suarez, Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch

Robert Trahan, Rice Miller
Falcon Rice Mill

Robert Verchick, Environmental Law Chair
Loyola University

James Warshaw, Rice Miller
Farmers Rice Milling Co.

Dr. Aaron Wolfson, Clinical Psychologist
Jefferson Neurobehavioral Group

Lenny Wormser, Senior Managing Director
Latter & Blum

Avery J. Davidson, Assistant Director of Information & PR
Louisiana Farm Bureau

Buck Gladden, President
Gladden Sales LLC

ROBERT BRIGNAC, PE, DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING
BRAEDEN ENGINEERING

Joe Accardo, Executive Director
Ports Association of Louisiana

Paul Aucoin, Executive Director
Port of South Louisiana

Kevin Berken, Rice Farmer
Southern Louisiana

Ken Bickford, President
Chappapeela Development Corporation

Dr. Pierre Buekens, Dean
Tulane School of Public Health

Joe Morris Doss, President
the Threshold

Mary Dumestre, Attorney
Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC

Ken Duncan, Attorney/Consultant/Businessman,
Former Louisiana State Treasurer

Alina Fernandez, President
Cuba Travel-USA

Michael Fruge, Rice Farmer
Central Louisiana Rice Growers Association

Betsie GambeL, President
Gambel Communications

Annie Gibson, Professor
Tulane Department of Global Education

Sergio Girau, Vice Presidnt, Principal Engineer
Lin eld Hunter & Junius Inc.

Romi Gonzales, Chairman,
Intl. Cuba Society, 
Attorney, Braden Gonzales & Associates

John Haffner, President
Cuba Trade and Travel

Jay Hakes, Former Head
US Energy Information Administration

Bobby Hanks, CEO
Louisiana Rice Milling Co.

Meryl Kennedy Farr
Kennedy Rice Mill, LLC, 
Planters Rice Mill, LLC

José Cot, Attorney/Partner
Hurley & Cot, APLC

Holden Hoggatt, President
Hoggatt Law Group

Don Pierson, Louisiana Secretary
of Economic Development


Louisiana and Cuba in the News

PRESS RELEASE: LOUISIANA LEADERS LAUNCH ENGAGE CUBA STATE COUNCIL

KADN: Louisiana rice producers join over 60 groups to support Farm Bill Cuba Provision

Times-Picayune: Op-Ed: Louisiana and Cuba are natural trading partners

The Advocate: President Trump's stance on Cuba trade comes with high stakes for Louisiana, ag chief Mike Strain says

The Town Talk: Louisiana can get "lion's share" of Cuba trade

Business Report: Louisiana Ag Commissioner Mike Strain on the state's relationship with Cuba

KATC-ABC: Cuban Connection: Agricultural Delegation Takes a Historic Flight

The Advocate: Louisiana alliance for Cuba holding workshops on establishing trade with Cuba

The Advocate: Our Views: Cuba is poor but a new market for Louisiana

The News Star: Strain: Lots of Potential in Trade with Cuba

Ship-Technology: Port of South Louisiana to sign deal with Cuba's NPAC in October

American Journal of Transportation: Port of South Louisiana partakes in Louisiana trade mission to Cuba

Prensa Latina: Agricultural Delegation from Louisiana, USA, Travels to Cuba

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report: Emerging Latin American Markets Seek More Louisiana Business with Incentives

Associated Press: Louisiana lawmakers encourage trade relations with Cuba

TALK 107.3: Free trade with Cuba could mean billions for Louisiana

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report: Louisiana companies contemplate new business prospects with Cuba

The Times-Picayune: Louisiana rice farmers hope to cash in on trade with Cuba, newspaper reports

ABC-Baton Rouge: Agricultural Trade Mission to Cuba

New Orleans CityBusiness: South Louisiana ports prepare for possible rekindling of Cuban relations

The Advocate: Ending Cuba Embargo Offers Opportunities for Louisiana Farm, Petrochem and Tourism Industries, Coalition Says

New Orleans Advocate: Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain leads 940member trade mission to Cuba

WBRZ ABC: Cuba could be powerful trade ally for Bayou State

Associated Press: Coalition: Ending Cuba embargo would help LA farmers

WBRZ ABC: Promoting economic development for LA, group seeks to end Cuban embargo

Fox News Latino: President Obama urges business leaders to press Congress to lift Cuba embargo

Times Free Press: Tennessee Council joins effort to end U.S.-Cuba trade embargo

Times Free Press: Tennessee Council joins effort to end U.S.-Cuba trade embargo

The Times-Picayune: Sailboat Diplomacy: New Orleands sailors blow into Havana with historic race

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report: Cracking the . Cuban market: Land of opportunity for Louisiana

The Advertiser: Here's how Cuba can help Louisiana flourish

Louisiana's Champions

Senator Bill Cassidy (R)

Senator Bill Cassidy (R)

Representative Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-LA-5)

Representative Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-LA-5)

Representative Clay Higgins (R-LA-3)

Representative Clay Higgins (R-LA-3)

MINNESOTA STATE COUNCIL

Kevin Paap, President
Minnesota Farm Bureau

Doug Peterson, President
Minnesota Farmers Union

Robert Riley, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
University of St. Thomas

Matt Kramer, Ed.D, Vice President for University and Government Relations
University of Minnesota

Kevin Smith, President & CEO
Minnesota Orchestra

Natalie Volin Lehr, Director of Corporate Affairs
Carlson Rezidor Hotels Group

Aasha Wanless, Director of Trade Compliance
Polaris Industries, Inc.

John Wiehoff, CEO
C.H. Robinson Worldwide

Bob Zelenka, Executive Director
Minnesota Grain and Feed Association

Marvin Zutz, Executive Director
Minnesota Barley Council

Jason Adkins, Executive Director & General Counsel
Minnesota Catholic Conference

Patrick Mulvihill, Asst. Provost for Global Education & experience
Augsburg College

Tom Carman, VP Human Resources & Administration
Wenger Corporation

Dave Frederickson, Commissioner
Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Jeff Grev, Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Hormel Foods Corporation

John Guttery, Senior Vice President
Ecolab Inc.

Rodolfo Gutierrez, Executive Director
Hispanic Advocacy and Community

Lyndel King, President
Weisman Art Museum

Mike Noonan, Vice President
Red Wing Shoe Company, Inc.

John Oswald, PhD Global Health Committee Co-Chair
Minnesota Public Health Association

STEVEN OLSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
MINNESOTA TURKEY GROWERS

 


Minnesota's State Champions

Twin Cities Pioneer Press: St. Paul City Council to federal government: Lift embargo on Cuba

By a vote of 5-0, the St. Paul City Council approved a resolution asking the federal government to lift the embargo. The resolution was sponsored by Council Members Rebecca Noecker, Jane Prince and Dai Thao.

The Hill: Opinion: American Farmers Need the Cuban Market

MinnPost: Cuban diplomat Miguel Fraga: ‘The door is open on our side’

KEYC: Cuban Ambassador Visits Southern Minnesota Farm

WCCO CBS Minnesota: State leaders launch Minnesota Engage Cuba State Council

CBS Minnesota: State Leaders: Trade between U.S., Cuba would boost Minnesota

Minnesota Farmers Union: Minnesota Farmers Union president nominated to Engage Cuba Minnesota State Council

Star Tribune: End the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba

Northlands New Center: St. Scholastica students to visit Cuba as relations with U.S. improve

Daily Globe: Minnesota ag commissioner hopeful for more trade with Cuba

Minnesota Daily: Carlson students return from Cuban business trip

WJTV 12: Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota senator, urges rule changes so U.S. hotels can operate in Cuba

Mankato Free Press: Our View: Pragmatism and profit in Cuba

Minnpost: Let's beef up trade with Cuba, ag commissioner says

Twin Cities Business Journal: MN Businesses, Leaders Join Forces To Support Open US-Cuba Relations

KSTP ABC 5: Minnesota Businesses Looking to Increase Opportunities in Cuba

Brownfield: Group travels to DC touting trade with Cuba

The Desert Sun: Officially end the embargo, let the sun shine on Cuba

Brainerd Dispatch: After Push from Minnesota Congressional Delegation, DOT Approves Flights from Minnesota to Cuba

MinnPost: Have the Political Winds Finally Shifted on Lifting the Cuban Embargo?

Minnesota Farm Guide: Minnesota Soybean Growers Hope to Provide Soybeans to Cuba

Minnesota Farm Guide: Ending Cuba Embargo Could Benefit Region

Twin Cities Pioneer Press: With historic visit, Cuba takes center stage in Minnesota politics

Duluth News Tribune: Minnesota lawmakers getting warm welcome in Cuba

CBS Minnesota: Sun Country may offer nonstop flights from Minneapolis to Cuba 

CBS Minnesota: Klobuchar, Emmer headed to Cuba alongside Obama

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D)

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D)

Representative Tom Emmer (R-MN-6)

Representative Tom Emmer (R-MN-6)

Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN-4)

Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN-4)

MISSISSIPPI STATE COUNCIL

BRAD MASON, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
JOHNSON CONTROLS

DR. KAREN MATTHEWS, CEO
DELTA HEALTH ALLIANCE

MARK L. ANDREWS
PORT OF PASCAGOULA

MIKE MCCORMICK, PRESIDENT
MISSISSIPPI FARM BUREAU FEDERATION

GLENN MCCULLOUGH, JR., EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
MISSISSIPPI DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

JOHN NEWCOMB, CEO
NEWCOMB FARMSMONA NICHOLAS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
USA INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION

JACK NORRIS, SR. PROGRAM MANAGER
COVINGTON CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

DR. WILSON PARRY, NEPHROLOGIST
CENTRAL NEPHROLOGY CLINIC

CHIP PETERSON, PRESIDENT, CMS MANAGEMENT

DR. DAVID SHAW, PROFESSOR, VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

PHILIP SHIRLEY, PRESIDENT
GODWIN GROUP

STEWART SPEED, PRESIDENT
LEAF RIVER GROUP LLC

GIBB STEELE, PRESIDENT & CEO
STEELE FARMSTIM TIMBS, PRESIDENT & CEO
INDIANOLA PECAN HOUSE

CLAY WAGNER, SR. VICE PRESIDENT FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
HANCOCK BANK

DAVID WATKINS, JR., MANAGER
SOUL CITY HOSPITALITY

JACK WINSTEAD
MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND COMMERCE

REPRESENTATIVE HANK ZUBER III
MISSISSIPPI HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

TONY JEFF, PRESIDENT
INNOVATE MISSISSIPPI

MARK LEGGETT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
MISSISSIPPI POULTRY ASSOCIATION

BRAD MASON, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
JOHNSON CONTROLS

DR. KAREN MATTHEWS, CEO
DELTA HEALTH ALLIANCE

MARK L. ANDREWS
PORT OF PASCAGOULA

MIKE MCCORMICK, PRESIDENT
MISSISSIPPI FARM BUREAU FEDERATION

Arden Barnett, President
Ardenland Entertainment

Frank Bordeaux, Vice President
Steward Sneed Hewes/BancorpSouth
Insurance Services


Rose Boxx, International Trade Division Director
Mississippi Authority

Dr. Kim Burke, Dean
Millsaps College Else School of Management

Philip Burnett, Financial Advisor
Coker & Palmer Inc.

Rob Coker, Farmer

Alveno Castilla, Partner
Butler Snow

Hayes Dent, President
Hayes Dent Public Strategies LLC

World Trade Center of Mississippi

Ashley Edwards, President
Gulf Coast Business Council

G.G. Ferguson, President
Ferguson & Associates Architects

Dr. George Hopper, Dean
Mississippi State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


MISSOURI STATE COUNCIL

Gary Murphy
Murphy Farms, Sandy Ridge Cotton

Don Nikodim, Executive Vice President
Missouri Pork Association

Ivry Karamitros, Director
World Trade Center Kansas City

Kevin Ekstrand, Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Scarbrough International

Michael Talboy, Director of Government Affairs
Burns & McDonnell

Steve Taylor, Executive Director
Missouri Agribusiness Association

Gary Wheeler, Executive Director
Missouri Soybean Association

Greg Yielding, Executive Director
Missouri Rice Council; Director of Special Projects/Emerging Markets, 
US Rice Producers Association

Chris Gutierrez, President
KC SmartPort

Dr. Scott Brown
University of Missouri

BJ Campbell
Campbell Farms

Alex Clark
Clark Farms

Michael Collins, President & CEO
Port Kansas City

Paul T. Combs
MO Rice Farmer

Rance Daniels
MO Rice Farmer

BLAKE GERARD, CHAIRMAN
USA RICE FARMERS

BLAKE HURST, ATCHISON COUNTY BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT
MISSOURI FARM BUREAU

MIKE MARTIN, OWNER
MARTIN RICE MILL

DAN MEHAN, CEO
MISSOURI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


MISSOURI'S CHAMPIONS

New Mexico State Council

Jeff V. Lopez
President, NM Cattle Growers Association

Alex O. Romero
President and CEO, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce

Herb Thomas
Board President, Santa Fe Council on International Relations

Raymond G. Sandoval
President, Santa Fe Hispano Chamber of Commerce

Art McHaffie
Santa Fe Council on International Relations

Paul J. Gessing
President, Rio Grande Foundation

Melinne Owens
Former Peace Corps Volunteer & Artist

CHARLENE CERNY
INTERIM DIRECTOR, MUSEUM OF INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART

 

 

Simon Brackley
President, CEO, Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce

Vicki Huddleston
Former US Ambassador to Mali

Roselyn Yazzie
Navajo Agriculture Products Industry

Governor Gary Pyne
Pueblo of Picuris

Stuart Ashman
Executive Director, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe

Marie Longserre
President, Santa Fe Business Incubator

Tony Archuleta
Superintendent, Cuba Independent School District

Xavier Zamarripa
Nativegrown Wines

Vicki M. Nelson
Associate Director for Business Operations, UNM Latin America and Iberian Institute

Gil Vigil Executive Director/Tribal Council Member, Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council Inc 


NEW MEXICO'S CHAMPIONS

Ohio State Council

Procter & Gamble

Ohio Farm Bureau

Ohio AgriBusiness Association

Luis Alcalde, Attorney, CUBAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY LEADER
Kegler BrowN

Ryan Augsburger
Ohio Manufacturers Association

Jane Campbell, Former Mayor
City of Cleveland

Rev. Joan Campbell, DIRECTOR OF RELIGION
CHAUTAUQUA INSTITUTION,
former President, World Council of Churches

Dr. James W. Campbell, Director
Geriatric Center, The MetroHealth System

Luis Cartagena, Chairman
Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development

Chris Cua, Choice international Hotels

Dr. Michael V. Drake, MD, President,
Ohio State University

José C. Feliciano, Jr.,
Board of Directors of The Hispanic Roundtable

Jim Hartung, President
Toledo Sister Cities, 
Former CEO, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority

Dave Hershberger, President
Prestige Travel Leaders Inc.,
ASTA National Board Member

Todd King, President
Sky Climber LLC

Richard Konick, Charter member
Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Coalition

Kirk Merritt,
Ohio Soybean Association

Danielle Milam, Vice President of Latin America
Franklin International

Brad Moffitt, Director of Market Development
Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers

August A. Napoli, Jr., Chief Advancement Officer
Cleveland Museum of Art

Ike Reynolds, CTC-President,
Owner and ASTA Mid-America Board Member

Patrick Reynolds, Vice President
Reynolds Travel,
ASTA Mid-America Treasurer

Ronald B. Richard, President & CEO
The Cleveland Foundation

Dr. Milton Sanchez-Parodi, Doctor and Cuban-American community leader

Steven D. Standley, Chief Administrative Officer,
University Hospitals

Scott Schertzer, Mayor
City of Marion

Lee Weingart, President
LNE Group


Pennsylvania State Council

Jay Howes, Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture, Pennsylvania Association of Dairy Cooperatives


Robert Hurley, Director, Allegheny County Department of Economic Development


Dave McElhaney, Board Member, National Institute for Animal Agriculture


Mathew Meals, AgChoice Farm Credit

Tom Mehaffie, Pennsylvania House of Representatives


John Nichols, Professor Emeritus of International Affairs, The Pennsylvania State University


Donna Oberlander, Republican Policy Committee Chair, Pennsylvania House of Representatives


Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry


Pennsylvania Farm Bureau

Mike Pries, County Commissioner, Dauphin County


Greg Rothman, Pennsylvania House of Representatives


Joe Scarnati, President Pro Tempore, Pennsylvania Senate


Lisa Valenti, Pittsburgh-Cuba Partnership


Elder Vogel, Pennsylvania Senate


Judy Wojanis, Former CEO, Wojanis Hydraulics


Dennis Wolff, Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture

David Argall, Policy Committee Chair, Pennsylvania Senate


Jim Cawley, Former Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania


Deno DeCiantis, Former Director, The Pennsylvania State University Center Pittsburgh


Pam DeLissio, Pennsylvania House of Representatives


James Diamond, Former Dean, Delaware Valley University


Mike Diven, Former Representative, Pennsylvania House of Representatives


Jennifer Eckinger, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Winery Association


Jim Ferlo, Former State Senator; President, Pittsburgh-Cuba Partnership


Rich Fitzgerald, County Executive, Allegheny County


Kurt Fuchs, Government Affairs Officer, MidAtlantic Farm Credit


Vince Gasteb, VP of Government Affairs, Allegheny County Airport Authority


Jack Gombach, Manager of Public Policy Outreach, Pennsylvania Association of Realtors


Chris Heck, President, Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce
 


TENNESSEE STATE COUNCIL

Tennessee Farm Bureau

Kent Adams, President
Caterpillar Financial

Marcela Gomez, President
Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce

Bradley Jackson, President
Tennessee Manufacturers Association

Buddy Teaster, President and CEO
Soles for Souls

Catherine Glover, President
Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Joshua Smith, Owner
Standard Club of Nashville

Kealie Williams, Vice President
Hands on Nashville

Kent Merritt, President
Thunder Road Distillery

Dr. Manny Sethi, Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Stacy Widelitz, Board of Directors
Nashville Opera 
Past President of the Nashville Film Festival

Darek Bell, Owner
Corsair Distillery and Bell Construction

David Williams II, Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs, Athletics Director
Vanderbilt University

Geoff MacDonald, Women’s Tennis Coach
Vanderbilt University

Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt, Founder & CEO
Pigeon Forge Tourism

Lisa Janke, Founder and President
Short Bark Industries

Louis Buck, Development Specialist
Tennessee Department of Agriculture

Tom Negri, former officer and board member
Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association

José Angel Rodríguez Fernández
Emerging Markets Development and Strategy


Texas State Council

GERARDO INTERIANO, HEAD OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, SOUTHWEST U.S.
GOOGLE, INC. 

GLEN JONES, DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND POLICY DEVELOPMENT
TEXAS FARM BUREAU

JOHN P. LARUE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
PORT OF CORPUS CHRISTI AUTHORITY

G. GRANGER MACDONALD, CHAIRMAN AND CEO
MACDONALD COMPANIES

DR. MOLLY BETH MALCOLM, VICE PRESIDENT EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

CAPPY MCGARR, PRESIDENT
MCM INTERESTS

MUSTAFA TAMEEZ, ADVISORY BOARD CHAIRMAN
SOUTH ASIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

WOLFGANG NIEDERT, PRIVATE EQUITY MANAGING CONSULTANT

BRIAN OTTIS, PH.D., GLOBAL SOLUTIONS DEVELOPMENT LEAD, 
RICETEC, INC

DICK OTTIS
TEXAS RICE BELT WAREHOUSE, INC

JOE OUTLAW, PROFESSOR & EXTENSION ECONOMIST, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

SANJAY RAMABHADRAN, MANAGING PARTNER
VERSA GROUP

LG & LINDA RAUN, RICE FARMERS
TEXAS RICE PRODUCERS LEGISLATIVE GROUP/USA RICE

JENNIFER RANSOM RICE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST

jenifer Sarver, Principal
Sarver Strategies

DAVE SHAW, PRESIDENT
TEXAS LYCEUM

WALT SMITH, PRINCIPAL
THE MALLARD GROUP, LLC

ERIK STROMBERG, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR ADVANCES IN PORT MANAGEMENT
LAMAR UNIVERSITY

ZANE J. VAUGHN, GENERAL COUNSEL
ARMTECH INSURANCE SERVICES, INC. 

MICHAEL YOUNG, VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS & PUBLIC POLICY
DELL INC. 

PAT YOUNGER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
GULF PORTS ASSOCIATION OF THE AMERICAS

Dean Corgey, Commissioner
Port of Houston Authority

Chris Wallace, President
Texas Association of Business

Aimee Sanborn, Senior Associate, Director of Sustainability
Merriman Anderson/Architects, Inc.

Jerry Merriman, President
Merriman Anderson/Architects, Inc.

Michael Skalicky, Treasurer
Texas Rice Producers Legislative Group

Jagdip S Ahluwalia, Founding Secretary/Executive Director
Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston

Carlton Anderson, CEO and Co-Founder
Mercurio Biotec

Tony Bennett, President/CEO
Texas Association of Manufacturers

Daniel Berglund
Texas Rice Farmer

Ric Bonnell, MD, Director of Global Health
Dell Children's Medical Center

Theldon R. Branch, III, Commissioner
Port of Houston Authority

John Sibley Butler, The J. Marion West Chair in Constructive Capitalism
The University of Texas at Austin

Herb Butrum, Asst. Vice President, Government Relations
Baylor College of Medicine

BOBBY BRIGNAC, PE
BRAEDEN ENGINEERING

J Allen Carnes, Farmer
Carnes Farms, Inc.

Felix Chevalier, Partner
The Chevalier Law Firm, PLLC

Brian Craig, PhD, PE, CPE, Professor and Chair, Department of Industrial Engineering; Director, Mariner, Safety Research Initiative
Lamar University

Randy Cubriel, Attorney and Counselor at Law
Law Office of Randy Cubriel

Dr. Bill Cunningham, James L. Bayless Chair for Free Enterprise
The University of Texas

Erika de la Garza, Program Director, Latin America Initiative
Rice University’s Baker Institute

Lex Denherder, Vice President Government and Industry Affairs
Universal Weather and Aviation

Jason Roth Fuller, Government Affairs Consultant

The Honorable Antonio Garza, U.S. Ambassador (Ret.), Counsel
White & Case, Mexico City

Keith Gray, Director
Riviana Foods

Bill Hammond, CEO
Bill Hammond & Associates 

ANDY ICKEN, CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
CITY OF HOUSTON

BOB INMAN, CHAIRMAN
LIMESTONE CAPITAL ADVISORS

Josh Bryan, Operations Manager
Braeden Engineering

 Steve Van, President & CEO
 Prism Hotels & Resorts

Robert Brignac, PE, Director of Engineering
Braeden Engineering


Texas and Cuba in the News

Press Release: Cuba Advocacy Group Launches Engage Cuba Texas State Council

Houston Chronicle: Opinion: Texas will benefit from better U.S.-Cuba relations

Texas Tribune: Starbucks in Havana? Close, But No Cigar

Houston Chronicle: Texas Leaders Join Coalition to Lift Cuba Embargo

Austin Business Chronicle: Texas coalition wants to boost trade with Cuba

Texas Tribune: Texans Enlisting with Pro-Cuba Trade Group

Austin Business Journal: Engage Cuba Wants to Boost Texas' Trade with Cuba

WBAP: Texas Group Tries to Build Relations with Cuba

Houston Chronicle: Cuba and the U.S. need to End Entrenched Positions that No Longer Make Sense. 

KUT: For Texans, Building Business Ties With Cuba Isn't a Sprint – It's a Decades-Long Marathon

Fox News Latino: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott heads delegation to Cuba, explores $57M trade deal 

Houston Chronicle: Texas Ready to Feed Cuba's Tourists

Houston Chronicles: Texas could benefit from Houston-to-Cuba air service

Houston Public Media: Texas Eyes Expanded Export Ties With Cuba 

KXAN: Abbott on Cuba: laying foundation despite trade embargo 

The Houston Chronicle: Gov. Abbott in Cuba refuses to back end of U.S. trade embargo 

The Dallas Morning News: Gov. Abbott: Abundance of economic opportunities in Cuba

Dallas Morning News: Texas Business Leaders Push to Open Cuba for More Trade and Travel

Dallas Morning News: Texas Sees Business Potential in Trade with Cuba

Reuters: Texas governor seeks business opportunities in Cuba

The Texas Tribune: Texas Ag Industry Seeks Swifter Action on Cuban Thaw

Houston Chronicle: Abbott's trip to Cuba good for Texas business  

The Dallas Morning News: Editorial: Abbott’s Cuba trip challenges conservatives to rethink embargo 

Texas Tribune: Abbott's Trip Shows New Politics of U.S.-Cuba Relations 

My Statesman: Gov. Greg Abbott to lead Texas trade delegation to Cuba 

The Texas Tribune: Abbott Leading State Trip to Cuba Next Week  

The Dallas Morning News: Gov. Greg Abbott heading to Cuba 

The Texas Tribune: Abbott: Texas ready to deal if Cuba embargo lifted

CBS Local: Abbott Wants More Cuban Trade 

Jacksonville Progress: Businesses see green in prospects for Cuban trade

My Statesman: Greg Abbott: Cuba dedicated to expanding private sector 

texas' Champions

Governor Greg Abbott (R)

Governor Greg Abbott (R)

Representative Mike Conaway (R-TX-11)

Representative Mike Conaway (R-TX-11)

Representative Randy Weber (R-TX-14)

Representative Randy Weber (R-TX-14)

Representative Roger Williams (R-TX-25)

Representative Roger Williams (R-TX-25)

Representative Brian Babin (R-TX-36)

Representative Brian Babin (R-TX-36)

Representative Blake Farenthold (R-TX-27)

Representative Blake Farenthold (R-TX-27)

Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX-18)

Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX-18)

Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30)

Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30)

Representative Marc Veasey (D-TX-33)

Representative Marc Veasey (D-TX-33)

Representative Filemon Vela (D-TX-34)

Representative Filemon Vela (D-TX-34)

Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX-35)

Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX-35)

Virginia State Council

Chair: Former Governor Terry McAuliffe

PJ HAYNIE, OWNER, HAYNIE FARMS LLC; TREASURER, NATIONAL BLACK GROWERS ASSOCIATION

Jason Heckathorn, CEO, Forever Oceans Corporation

Susan Jennings, President, Virginia Forest Products Association

Alex Nyerges, Director, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Wayne Pryor, President, Virginia Farm Bureau

Mark Treadaway, Vice President of Business Outreach, Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority

David White, Vice President
Virginia Maritime Association

Dawson Williams, Director of Sales and Logistics, Turkey Knob Growers

Dr. Richard Wokutch, Professor, Virginia Tech Pamplin Business School

Dr. Van Wood, Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

Ross Butler, President & CEO, Wanchese Seafood

Tom Capozzi, Chief Commercial Officer, Port of Virginia

Zandra Chestnut, Nature's Friends

Henry Chiles, Owner, Crown Orchard

Dr. Greg Fairchild, Professor, UVA Darden School of Business

Katie Frazier, President, Virginia Agribusiness Council

Jeffrey Ganthner, Mid-Atlantic Manager, Burns & McDonnell

David Glaize, Glaize Packing

Phil Glaize III, Vice President, Glaize Packing

Basil Gooden, Secretary, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Forestry

Joe Haggerty, President & CEO, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce

Todd Haymore, Secretary, Virginia Department of Commerce & Trade