California Digital Trade Mission – MEXICO

trade mission agenda

Wednesday, September 23

08:15 – 1:45 PDT

08:15 – 08:30 Event log in Registration / Troubleshooting

8:30 – 8:35 Call to Order / Delegate Instructions
Jamaela Malhotra, Project Coordinator, Kallman Worldwide

8:35 – 8:38 Event Inauguration
Carlos Valderrama, Latin American Trade and Investment Representative, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)

8:38 – 8:42 California State Welcome Remarks
Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis, Lieutenant Governor of California

8:42 – 8:45 Kallman Worldwide, Inc. Welcome Remarks
Tom Kallman, CEO, Kallman Worldwide

8:45 – 8:55 U.S. Embassy Welcome Remarks
Stephen E. Alley, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy Mexico City

8:55 – 9:05 USMCA Effects on Aerospace and Defense Industry
Braeden Young, Commercial Officer, Standards Attaché, U.S. Embassy Mexico City

9:05 – 9:15 Mexico Market Briefing
Carey Arun, Commercial Officer, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Embassy Mexico City

9:15 – 9:25 Q&A

9:25 – 9:35 Opportunity: Mexico – “Insider Insights”, Mexican Federation of Aerospace Industry (FEMIA)
Luis Lizcano, Director General
Moderated by Tom Kallman, CEO, Kallman Worldwide

9:35 – 9:45 Q&A

9:45 – 11:10 Plans, Priorities and Process Agencia Federal de Aviacion Civil (AFAC)
Rodrigo Vasquez, Director General
Moderated by Tom Kallman, CEO, Kallman Worldwide

11:10 – 10:20 Q&A

10:20 – 10:45 Plans, Priorities and Process, Mexican Air Force (SEDENA/FAM)
Col. Antonio Bravo, Logistics Officer for Army & Air Force, Ministry of National Defense*
Moderated by Tom Kallman, CEO, Kallman Worldwide
*To be confirmed

10:45 – 10:55 Q&A

10:55 – 11:40 Plans, Priorities and Process, Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares (ASA)
Mtro. Mauricio Arellano, Coordinator of Business Unit
Spotlight: Aeropuerto International Queretaro (AIQ)
Marco A. Del Prete Tercero, Secretary of Sustainable Development of the State of Queretaro
Moderated by Barbara Reyes, Managing Director, Kallman Worldwide Latin America

11:40 – 11:50 Q&A

11:50 – 12:30 Refreshment – Lunch Break

12:30 – 12:55 Priorities, Plans and Process Volaris or TAR
Speaker: To be confirmed
Moderated by Barbara Reyes, Managing Director, Kallman Worldwide Latin America

12:55 – 1:05 Q&A

1:05 – 1:25 Plans, Priorities and Process, Mexicana MRO
Mr. Emilio Otero, General Director and Director of MRO Commission
Moderated by Barbara Reyes, Managing Director, Kallman Worldwide Latin America

1:25 – 1:35 Q&A

1:35 – 1:40 Ongoing Business Support from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
Diana Dominguez, Special Advisor for Export Development, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)

1:40 – 1:45 Closing Remarks
Peter McKenna, Vice President, Business Development, Kallman Worldwide

Thursday, September 24

09:00 – 3:00 PDT Break-Out Sessions
One-on-One Business Discussions
Pre-arranged by appointment

Friday, September 25

09:00 – 12:00 PDT Break-Out Sessions
One-on-One Business Discussions
Pre-arranged by appointment


participating companies


Based in San Diego, California, VMS Aircraft Company is an international supplier of aviation and aerospace consumables. Serving the military and commercial sectors, our clients include aircraft and satellite production facilities along with their subcontractors. As a large supplier of structural materials, our comprehensive product portfolio facilitates convenient delivery of Structural Material, Film Adhesive, Bond Primer, Spray Adhesive and Prepreg. Pressure Sensitive Tapes: For exterior, interior, and high temperature bonding. Finishing Products: For abrasion, clean-sanding, metalworking, and tooling, and Chemicals including Adhesives, Cleaning Compounds, Greases, Coatings, Corrosion Preventatives, Hydraulic Fluids, Lubricants, and Sealants.

Mehul Sheth, CEO
(760) 419-1254
9755 Birch Canyon Place
San Diego, CA 92126

ADS Aero Distribution Service

Aero Distribution Services(ADS) have been in the business for more than 10 years. With Experience and Efficiency our company has become one of the top competitors of sales, overhauls, repairs, and exchanges of all aircraft and rotor wing parts. We stock from nuts and bolts to servos and FCU’s and governors to even landing gear for aircrafts. Our company strides to give great customer service.

We sell parts for Bell, Airbus, Sirkorsky, and MD etc. We work closely with our parent companies who help us distribute loads of quantity for great customer satisfaction and maintaining a high return volume for repairs to exchanges and outright sales with FAA Certification Repair Stations. We sell and overhaul a mass quantity of parts for Latin America and around the world. Anything you need we are here at ADS striving to help and achieve your goals. We lend a hand to anyone who needs it. Your one stop shop!

Maria de Armero, Sales and Marketing
(661) 295-2064
25510 Avenue Stanford #105
Valencia, CA 91355

AerialZeus, LLC

1. Aerial technology (drones and high-definition cameras) and software for the detection of illegal plants.
2. Drones and infrared cameras for 24/7 surveillance of Banks, Commercial Centers, Government Buildings and Sensitive Infrastructure.
3. Anti-drone equipment for Prisons and Airports.

Luis Robles, CEO
(916) 768-4109
1333 Howe Avenue, Suite 211
Sacramento, CA 95825

Aero Cabin Interior, LLC

We are an FAA certified repair stations, approved to perform aircraft passenger, crew seat and component repairs and alterations. We also manufacture replacement components in support of seat repairs.

Mario Zermeno, President
(424) 299-77531350 W. 228th St. Unit 7
Torrance, California 90501

Aero Pro

Painting, Modifications, Interiors, Customs Tooling, Helicopter Rotor painting. We paint all aircraft with emphasis on VIP and wide-body jets

Ovi Popescu, Business Development Manager
(909) 382-0080
255 S. Leland Norton Way, Suite 4
San Bernardino, CA 92408

Antikythera Technologies

We provide a fully digital ECO system for Airport. *Help ADA/PRM passengers request a wheelchair. *Wayfinding so passengers can navigate within the airport, find points of interest and more. *Order food within the airport while waiting in the boarding area. *Tracking staff within the airport to increase efficiency and provide a better passenger experience

Ruben Kazantsev, CEO
(310) 626-7005
324 S Beverly Boulevard #367
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Arrgh Manufacturing Inc.

Hazardous gas explosion prevention equipment.

Al Coddington, VP
(415) 897-0220
831 Vallejo Avenue
Novato, CA 94945

Caylym Technologies International LLC

1) The “Guardian” Container Aerial FireFighting System (CAFFS), consisting of corrugated container with 2-ply bladder, for deployment from standard rear-ramp transport aircraft (rotary and fixed wing), using existing Container Delivery System (CDS) aerial protocols. Contains no metal or pyrotechnics. Capacity 264 Gallons of water or fire retardant. Assembly and fill training provided
2) The “Fontana” portable potable water system, consisting of corrugated container with replaceable bladder, for deployment from standard pick-up truck. Capacity up to 330 Gallons of water.
3) Corrugated boxes for packaging – agricultural and food industry.

Toni Przybylski, Client Services Manager
(559) 967-6161
5336 E. Home Avenue
Fresno, CA 93727

Compressed Gas Systems

FAA approved aircraft emergency equipment overhaul and repair for Fire Extinguishing, Oxygen, and Pneumatic systems. DOT hydrostatic testing. Distributor for FAA-PMA and components such as fire extinguisher cartridges (squibs), cylinders, and ground support equipment.

Brian Tyminski, Owner
(855) 875-2226  
21481 Ferrero Pkwy10650 Humbolt Street
Los Alamitos, CA 90720

DP Technology Corp.

We are developers of a CAM (computer aided manufacturing) software which is used to program CNC (computer numerical control) manufacturing equipment, which produce parts for wide variety of applications across all industries.

Ivan Krstic, Director of Special Projects
(805) 388-6000
1150 Avenida Acaso
Camarillo, CA 93012

Eaton Aerospace Los Angeles

We manufacture aircraft parts for military and commercial aviation.
– Landing Gear systems: Nose wheel steering, Brake control, Landing gear actuation, controllers
– Door Systems: Cargo door, Passenger door, Weapons bay door, Door Motion control
– Fluid Storage & Filtration: Reservoir, Accumulators, Filter modules
– Flow Control: Switching valves, Flow limiting valves, Shut-off valves, Solenoid valves

Julie Bamrick, Aftermarket Customer Support Manager
(818) 409-0267
4690 Colorado Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90039


ePAVE manufactures innovative and environmentally friendly asphalt and concrete resurfacing material. Our patent pending product is a pavement preservation solution that extends pavement lifecycle, is cost effective, and addresses the challenge of lowering the Urban Heat Island and therefore reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Sarkis Noray, Managing Director, International
(818) 653-0503
9439 Haines Canyon Avenue
Tujunga, CA 91042

Hill Flight Support

We provide high quality parts and accessories to support fixed and rotary wing US Military aircrafts. We provide procurement, repair and support for nonstandard aircraft parts; specializing in locating and overhauling rare and scarce parts. These products and services are for local and international Armed Forces that operate US Military fixed and rotor wing aircraft worldwide; as well as naval and ground defense military equipment and hardware. Our aviation logistics specialists are experienced in maintenance and support requirements and will locate parts, systems and equipment quickly, and at competitive prices. We are committed to providing outstanding customer service and our logistics experts understand the needs and requirements of all our clients. We have a network of Regional Offices, as well as consultants and representatives who readily available to assist with our clients’ logistical procurement and support programs.

Terry Lee, COO
(818) 785-4242
9400 Eaton Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311

Intellisense Systems, Inc.

Intellisense Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of advanced sensing and display solutions supporting a data continuum from acquisition to visualization. We enhance our hardware with software that adds intelligence to our systems and can turn raw data into useful information for improved decision-making and process automation. We are a technology innovator and advanced systems integrator that solves some of our customers’ toughest challenges by designing, developing, and manufacturing, solutions that sense, transmit, process, and display information. Our innovative technologies include integrated sensor systems, wearable technologies, visualization and display systems, and augmented intelligence software solutions.

Intellisense creates value for customers by providing a variety of capabilities like advanced intelligence solutions that improve awareness, decision-making, and safety. We offer both off-the-shelf products and custom development services. These services include research and development, requirements analysis, design, systems integration, prototyping, production, testing, field support, and training.

Headquartered in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, we occupy over 100,000 square feet across two facilities. Our manufacturing capabilities include electronics fabrication, unit qualification testing, systems integration, and volume production with full quality assurance to serve both government and commercial customers. There is a deeply embedded culture of continuous improvement here at Intellisense, and it is the driving force that makes our company agile and helps ensure our continued high performance. We have the agility of a small business that can provide timely and innovative solutions to our customers, with the stability of an established corporation that can support the entire technology and product development life cycle.

Michael Burke, Director, Business Development
(310) 320-1827
21041 S. Western Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501

IXI Technology

IXI is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business that has been providing advanced electronics and software solutions for MilAero and Industrial applications worldwide for over 36 years. Products and technology include: Ruggedized Electronic Systems, Counter-UAS Technology, Software Defined Radio Technology, Frequency Modulation Low Power Consumption 3U VPX General Purpose Processors, ARM Processors, Embedded Computers, Time Synchronization, Custom Chip Sets, Wavelength Division Multiplexers, Video Processors, Test Systems, and Software for Hardware Virtualization. IXI provides data I/O management and converter solutions for NTDS, Ethernet, 1553, RS-232, RS-422, STANAG, ARINC-429 and other protocols. IXI also designs hardware and software to emulate legacy systems to enable their elimination.

Amy Broschak, Account Executive
(714) 221-5011
22705 Savi Ranch Parkway, Suite 200
Yorba Linda, CA 92887

Kelar / x-Spatial

Software and associated consulting services for: GIS Asset Tracking Lease Management Aviation Statistics Laser scanning and 3D modeling BIM

Kambiz Taleghani, Founder
(310) 693-2048
5777 West Century Boulevard Suite 1575
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Lean Technology Corporation

Lean Technology Corporation dba Lean Engineering (LEAN) offers a full range of electrical, lighting, NAVAID, power, airspace, and flight operation engineering services. Since its inception over 16 years ago, LEAN has performed over 200 electrical and airspace projects at 100 major hub and regional airports, including LAX, SFO, OAK, SLC, DEN, SEA, SMF, TUS, RNO, MRY, SMO, and BUR. We are a frequent contributor to the FAA, TRB, and other government agencies in the development of airport innovations, operational best practices and standards. Our engineers are committed to providing airfield and airspace solutions that improve safety and promote sustainability, and our vast experience at multiple airports proves that we can deliver large-scale projects in a timely, cost-effective manner.

Our Specialties: Airfield Lighting Constant Current Regulators (CCRs) | Security & Special Systems Operations Engineering & Procedure Development | Photometric Testing | Solar Systems Airfield Electrical Design | Navigational Aids (NAVAIDs) & Visual Aids (VISAIDs) | FAA Standards & Evaluation | Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS) Implementation | Power Distribution.

Doron Lean, CEO
(949) 407-6373
18850 Von Karman Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92612

Mag Instrument, Inc.

Manufacturer of Flashlights and Accessories

Jurgen Oliver
2001 South Hellman Avenue
Ontario, CA 91761

Maxxess Systems

Software based security systems for coordinated response to unplanned events.

Alex Ayala
(714) 772-1000
22661 Old Canal Road
Yorba Linda, CA 92887

Optic Clear Solutions

We designed ruggedized material revolutionizing – light plate cover, lens for electromechanical switches, placards, signs, case covers, optical filters, shields and ballistic protectors, to exist in environments that are not possible in today market. Our product has virtually limitless applications. Our revolutionary material is unique from present-day acrylic polymer. KleArmor(TM) was developed to give the polymer chemistry a molecular cross link (patented). KleArmor is a high-tech, state-of-the-art material performing in areas including optical, mechanical strength, durability and pliability.

Sam Truong, Co-Owner/Founder
(949) 546-7842
462 S Paseo Real
Anaheim, CA 92807

Rogerson Kratos

Rogerson Kratos (RK) provides turnkey solutions for electronics, electromech, mission systems integration, C4i products, and cockpit sensing through advanced technology features and lower cost. Products: Fixed-wing and Rotorcraft Integrated Turnkey Avionic Solutions, Aircraft Systems, Cockpit Displays, Sensors & Imaging, Cyber Solutions, Modernizations and Monitoring Systems.

Michael Finnegan, Director of Business Development
(949) 660-0666
16940 Von Karman
Irvine, CA 92606

SPM Sales and Solution, LLC

SPM Sales and Solution, is a worldwide supplier of aircraft parts to aircraft operators, airframe manufacturers and MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) operations. SPM Sales and Solution is a reseller of Computers and Peripherals, Lenovo, CyberPower, Seagate SPM Sales and Solution also supply raw materials such as Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Titanium, Nickel Alloy and Super Alloy in all forms of sheet, plate, rod, tube, extrusion, forged block and also non-metal materials like Phenolic, Rubber, Plastic, Neoprene.

Manoj Patel, President
(925) 397-1610
3155 Half Dome Drive
Pleasanton, CA 94566


Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis | Lieutenant Governor of California, State of California

Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis was sworn in as the 50th Lieutenant Governor of California by Governor Gavin Newsom on January 7th, 2019. She is the first woman elected Lt. Governor of California. A native Californian, she visited each of the state’s 58 counties during her historic campaign.

From 2010 to 2013, Kounalakis served as President Barack Obama’s Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary. Kounalakis was the first Greek-American woman – and at age 43 one of America’s youngest – to serve as U.S. Ambassador. Her highly acclaimed memoir, “Madam Ambassador, Three Years of Diplomacy, Dinner Parties and Democracy in Budapest” (The New Press, 2015), chronicles the onset of Hungary’s democratic backsliding.

Governor Jerry Brown appointed Kounalakis to chair the California Advisory Council for International Trade and Investment in 2014. Kounalakis was a Virtual Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) between 2014 and 2017, specializing in international trade and immigration. She is currently a director of the Association of American Ambassadors and a National Democratic Institute (NDI) “Ambassadors Circle” advisor.

Prior to her public service, Kounalakis was president of one of California’s most respected housing development firms, AKT Development, where she worked for 18 years. She built master-planned communities and delivered quality housing to the Sacramento region’s working families – recognizing her as one of the capital region’s most prominent businesswomen. Passionate about early childhood development, Kounalakis served as a member of California’s First 5 Commission and the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism.

Eleni Kounalakis graduated from Dartmouth College in 1989 and earned her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in 1992. She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the American College of Greece. She is married to Dr. Markos Kounalakis and the couple has two teenage sons, Neo and Eon.

Tom Kallman  |  President & CEO, Kallman Worldwide, Inc.

Thomas J. Kallman is the President and CEO of Kallman Worldwide, Inc. an international marketing and exhibition management firm headquartered in Waldwick, New Jersey, with affiliate offices in Washington, DC; Charleston, SC; Dallas and Houston, TX; Santiago, Chile; London, UK and Tokyo, Japan. In 1989 Tom joined the predecessor company, Kallman Associates, founded by his father Jerry Kallman Sr. in 1963, and created the Aerospace Division. Under his direction, the company succeeded in organizing the largest-ever U.S. Pavilions at the Paris Air Show in successive events beginning in 1997 through 2019. Similar marks were set at the Farnborough Air Show from 1998 through 2018, and at other aerospace industry events spanning the globe. 

Over the last three decades, Tom has applied the same successful formula for portfolio growth to other industry sectors, recruiting and assisting U.S. companies in healthcare, environmental, mining, oil and gas, renewable energy, water, maritime & security, agricultural equipment and food. Kallman Worldwide presently supports nearly 1,500 companies each year in destinations around the world, often partnering with the U.S. Department of Commerce and other federal and state government agencies. 

Kallman Worldwide’s work with the aerospace industry grew out of Tom Kallman’s love of flying nurtured during four years at the U.S. Air Force Academy. A graduate of the Class of 1981, he went on to tally over 1500 flying ours in the T-33 and nearly 1000 hours as an F-15 instructor pilot over his nine year tour of duty.

Tom is married with four children and four grandchildren. He is active in the International Association of Exhibition and Events, the Society of Independent Show Organizers and The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI).

Carlos J. Valderrama  |  California Trade & Investment Representative in the Americas at the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, GO-Biz

Carlos J. Valderrama is the California Trade & Investment Representative in the Americas at the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz). He is responsible for strengthening and promoting California’s economic and industrial presence in Canada, Mexico and Latin America. Promoting exports to these country partners and attracting foreign investment into California is one of his key priorities. Prior to joining Go-Biz, Carlos was the President of the Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. He was responsible for developing and implementing programs to create employment and economic growth by fostering global trade and investment for the Los Angeles Region. In the private sector,

Carlos served as the Director of Latin American Operations for two prominent law firms in Los Angeles. He was responsible for structuring joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, exporting, importing and investment business relationships between U.S., European, Pacific Rim and Latin American firms. Mr. Valderrama was appointed by and represented Governors George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson as the California Trade Representative in Mexico and Latin America. He was assigned with the opening and organization of the California Trade and Investment Office in Mexico City where he promoted state exports and joint ventures between California and Mexico. He also served as the Director of the Office of Export Development, managing programs promoting California products and services worldwide, in addition to overseeing the operational activities of the state’s overseas trade and investment offices. He has held executive positions with General Telephone Electronics, GTE Overseas Groups in Brazil and  Panama, as the Marketing Manager and General Manager respectively. Carlos has worked closely with former Mayors James Hahn, Antonio Villaraigosa, and currently with Mayor Eric Garcetti in developing, organizing and implementing foreign trade missions, and attracting foreign investment to the region. He is one of the founders of the Los Angeles Regional Export Council (LARExC), an outcome of the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. Mr. Valderrama was appointed by Gov. Edmund G. Brown to the International Trade and Investment Advisory Council. The council advised GO-Biz on strategies to expand international trade and investment for California businesses. He serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s International Policy Committee.

Diana Dominguez  |  Special Advisor for International Affairs and Trade, GO-Biz

Diana joined the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GOBiz) as the Special Advisor for International Affairs and Trade in October of 2015. Diana manages the export strategy of GO-Biz’s International Affairs and Trade team with Senior Advisor Kaina Pereira. Diana is also the primary manager between GO-Biz and the California Department of Food and Agriculture in overseeing the implementation of California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) funded activities. She works closely with regional specialists at the U.S. Commercial Services, Foreign Consulates, industry trade associations and country contacts to promote California exports of goods and services, as well as encouraging the location and expansion of companies from around the world into California.

Diana formerly served as the International Special Projects Manager at the Northern California Center for International Trade Development (CITD). As the Special Projects Manager, Diana organized export/import seminars and foreign training delegations. She assisted the Director to lead over one hundred trade missions to and from California. In 2010, Diana served as the Statewide Ag Co-Coordinator to implement the Memorandum of Agreement the CITD entered with the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Diana Dominguez is a resourceful leader with more than eight years of experience in coordination of international market development activities, program implementation, and preparation of federal and state government grant proposals. Diana earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in international relations from the University of California, Davis.

Stephen E. Alley  |  Minister Counselor for Commerical Affairs, U.S. Embassy in Mexico

Stephen (Steve) Alley is the Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. As the Senior Commercial Officer in Mexico, he directs three U.S. Commercial Service offices located in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey.
Previously, Mr. Alley served as the Regional Senior Commercial Officer for Western and Southern Europe, based in Paris, France at the American embassy (2016-2020). In that position, Mr. Alley lead a staff of 57 U.S. foreign commercial service officers and locally-hired specialists in the promotion and protection of U.S. commercial interests in Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. With 25 years of experience helping U.S. companies expand into new markets, Steve has a track record of building high-performing teams that meet or exceed organizational goals, and he has been recognized for his teams’ outstanding morale. Mr. Alley received his graduate degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and his undergraduate degree from Boston University. He is professionally fluent in both Spanish and French, and formerly fluent in Malaysian and Greek.

Carey Arun  |  Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy in Mexico

Carey has served as a Commercial Officer since 2017 and joined the CS Mexico team in 2020. She is responsible for the Aerospace & Defense, Infrastructure, Construction and Travel & Tourism sectors. Carey’s previous tour at  the US Export Assistance Center in Baltimore she assisted ICT, Marine, Textile, Transportation and Chemical firms with their export efforts. While in Maryland she developed multiple programs to bring CS services to SMEs  covering topics such as market selection, legal considerations & IP, trade financing, payment & terms and digital strategy. Prior to joining FCS Carey held positions within the USG and fortune 100 firms supporting program  management, business development and contracting. Carey has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore and holds multiple certifications including Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) and Certified International Credit Professional (CICP). 

Braeden Young  |  Commercial Officer & Regional Standards Attaché, U.S. Embassy in Mexico

Braeden Young is a Commercial Officer and the Regional Standards Attaché for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. In his role as Standards Attaché, Braeden promotes stakeholder consultation and transparent regulatory policymaking in the region. Braeden also oversees the energy, water, environmental technologies, financial services, textiles and apparel, and industrial chemicals portfolios. Braeden first joined ITA as an intern in 2011 before serving over six years as a Brazil Desk Officer. Previously, he was a senior consultant at the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices of risk management firm Protiviti, where he focused on business process risk  management. He holds a BS in Finance from the University of Utah and an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

Silvia I. Cárdenas  |  Senior Commercial Specialist, U.S. Embassy in Mexico

Ms. Silvia Cárdenas joined the U.S. Commercial Service in February 2007. For more than 35 years, she has specialized in international businesses and has worked with several agencies, both at the public and private sectors. Ms. Cárdenas current industry portfolio includes security and safety, defense, aerospace, airports, and aviation. Prior to her current position, Ms. Cárdenas worked for almost five years with the Commercial Section of the Austrian  Embassy in Mexico (2002 to 2006), working on Environment, Plastic and Wood sectors. Ms. Cárdenas was Commercial Attaché of the State of Illinois in Mexico (1993-1998), and had other positions at AmCham Mexico, Barsa International, and Remex. She was a professor at the National Autonomus University of Mexico (UNAM) and at the University of the Valley of Mexico (UVM). She also collaborated with the international areas of the Mexican
Ministry of Economy (SE) and at the Mexican Ministry of Treasury (SHCP). She has a Bachelor´s Degree in International Relations (UNAM) and two postgraduates in Foreign Trade (Anahuac University) and in International Public Law (UNAM Law School).

Luis Lizcano  |  Director General, Mexican Federation of Aerospace Industry – FEMIA

Mr. Lizcano has more than 25 years of experience in Industry Development from different perspectives (Government positions and Private Companies). Mr. Lizcano was in charge of Foreign Direct Investment Attraction for the northern state of Chihuahua Government where he had the opportunity to design and implement the Aerospace Industry Development Strategy to attract companies like Cessna, Honeywell Aerospace, Beechcraft and Bell Helicopter to mention a few. His background is important in Economic Development, Automotive, Aerospace & Industrial Real Estate. Mr. Lizcano holds an Industrial Engineering degree from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.

Lic. Rodrigo Vásquez Colmenares Guzmán  |  Director General, Federal Civil Aviation Agency – AFAC

Mexican, born on July 20, 1963, studied a Major in Economics at ITAM University. Extensive experience in the Aeronautical Sector of our country. Received the Emilio Carranza Medal in 2017 for his performance of 25 years in the Aviation Industry. He joined Mexicana de Aviación in 1985 where he held various managerial positions for 7 years, later participated in the creation of TAESA, where he held the Commercial Management for 9 years. He took various courses on Fleet Analysis and Selection, Rates, Revenue Management and a Diploma in Airline Management at IATA in Geneva and developed the Business Plan and obtained the Concession of three airlines: Vuelamex, Avolar and TAR Aerolíneas, a company in which he he served as General Director. In the field of Executive Aviation, he established Air Taxi operations in the Yucatan Peninsula and coordinated the activities that allowed the  development of air operations with Mexican aircraft, crews and technicians in various countries in Africa and the Middle East for the United Nations World Food Program. He is currently venturing into the public sector, making  contributions to transform the Aeronautical Sector, since he knows the problems in depth, having lived with its strengths and limitations from different perspectives. This experience has allowed him to provide added value, by  infusing the perspective of the Service in the different activities carried out by the AFAC and contributing towards the establishment of more efficient processes in favor of the Industry. Mr. Vásquez Colmenares has carried out the transformation of the General Directorate of Civil Aeronautics into the Federal Civil Aviation Agency, complying with the recommendations of the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States of America and of the  International Civil Aviation Organization, by having a regulatory body for the aeronautical sector, with technical and supervisory authority and with greater autonomy from the SCT. 

Colonel. F.A.P.A D.E.M.A. Jose Luis Zamora Silva  |  Chief of the Fourth Section (Logistics) of the Air Force, General Staff Mexican Air Force – FAM

Date and Place of Birth: December 4, 1968, in La Quebrada, Pueblo Nuevo, Durango
Entry date: September 1, 1985.

Education: Training Course for Air Force Officers of Air Material Suppliers area at the Military School of Maintenance and Supply. Training course for Military Pilots at the Military Aviation School. Teacher Training Course at the Directorate of Military Education. Tactical Application and Training Course at the Air Force Military School of Aero-Tactical Application. Course of Command and Air Staff and Licentiate in Military Administration, in the Superior War Academy. Course on Human Rights and the Armed Forces. Joint Staff Course at the War Academy. Specialization in Geopolitics at the Center for Higher Naval Studies. Master’s Degree in Military Administration for Internal Security and National Defense at the National Defense College. 

Commissions abroad: Air Intelligence Course, Lackland Air Base, San Antonio Texas
Other Commissions: Representative of S.I.V.A. at the S.D.N. in the exercise AMALGAM EAGALE 2018, carried out with the U.S. Northern Command. Charges and Operational Activities: Junior Officer in Air Squadron 203, La Paz, B.C.S. Chief of the Information, Training and Operations Section of Air Squadron 203, La Paz, B.C.S. Second Commander of Air Squadron 108, Apodaca, Nuevo León. Commander of Air Squadron 108. in Apodaca, Nuevo León. Second Commander of the Military Air Base Number 9 in La Paz, B.C.S. Chief of the Operations for the Integral System of Air Surveillance Subsection.

General Staff activities: Chief of the Second Section of the 2nd Air Group at Pie de la Cuesta, Guerrero. Chief of the Subsection of Strategic Plans of the Fifth Section of the Air Force General Staff. Chief of Staff of the 5th Air Group in Culiacán, Sinaloa. Deputy Chief of the First Section of the Air Force General Staff. Chief of the Fourth Section (Logistics) of the General Staff of the Air Force. 

Academic Activities: Cadet at the Military School of Maintenance and Supply. Officer in Instruction at the Military Aviation School. Officer in Instruction at the War Academy. Head of the Educational Section of the Military Aviation School. Chief in Instruction at the War College. Chief in Instruction at the Center of Higher Naval Studies. Chief in Instruction at the National Defense College. 

Special decorations: Optional merit of 2nd. class.
Decorations of Perseverance: Decorations from 1st. to 5th. Class.

Mauricio Omar Arellano Villavicencio  |  Coordinator of Business Unit, Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares – ASA

Mauricio Arellano is the Director of Fuels for Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares (ASA), a Mexican government entity that operates 60 aviation fuel farms and 62 into-plane locations in Mexico’s main airports, including Mexico City and Cancun. He has a BS in Systems Engineering from La Salle University and an MBA from the Instituto Panamericano en Alta Dirección de Empresas (IPADE). Within ASA, he is responsible for the management and operation of the fuel supply, storage and into-plane services nationwide and has participated in various projects related to the development of infrastructure, maintenance, equipment and technology implementation for the fuel operation.
Since July of 2019, he is also in charge of the Business Units Coordination in ASA, the area that coordinates the operation of the airports, technical and consultancy services, infrastructure development and specialized training.
Mauricio has over 16 years of experience in the aviation industry. 

Marco Antonio Del Prete Tercero  |  Secretary of Sustainable Development of the State of Queretaro, Aeropuerto International Querétaro (AIQ)

Marco Antonio Del Prete Tercero, was born in Mexico City on December 30, 1970. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Information Systems Engineering, as well as an MBA with an E-commerce specialization, from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (Tecnologico de Monterrey, ITESM) in Querétaro. Private sector: General Manager within the hotel sector (1994-2003) Public Service: Tourism Development Director in the Secretary of  Tourism, Querétaro State Government (2003-2005). He was in charge of Secretary of Tourisms general activities during 2005. Commerce Director, Intercontinental Airport of Querétaro(2006-2008). In the local government of the Municipality of Querétaro, he became the Secretary of Sustainable Development (2009-2012). Staff Director in Senator Francisco Dominguez’ Office in Queretaro, (2012-2015). He was appointed as Secretary of Sustainable Development of the Querétaro State Government on October 1, 2015.

Ricardo Baston  |  Chief Executive, TAR Aerolíneas

Ricardo is currently the CEO TAR Airlines in Mexico, a regional carrier out of Queretaro, operating eleven ERJ145 aircraft, serving 26 destinations and 72 city pairs. The airline started commercial operation in 2014 and – despite of COVID – it is expected to breakeven in the month of December 2020; although not on annual basis. During his +30 years aviation experience, of possess an international career, having held a variety of aviation management executive positions; including the functions of strategic planning; business development; route network design & optimisation; capacity & fleet planning; business economics & financial analysis; and large-scale asset transactions (flight equipment), joint ventures and alliances. Ricardo has provided Strategic, Fleet Planning and Aircraft Negotiation Consulting services for airlines in three continents and a leasing company in Asia (China). On the OEM side, he was responsible for Strategic Planning, at Bombardier Commercial Aircraft (“BCA”) and for Sales in Latin America. As for the airline side, Ricardo held several top-management positions, including EVP roles for Network, Fleet,
Strategy, Operations and Procurement, in both Grupo Mexicana and Aeromexico. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and he obtained his Engineering degree from the National University of Mexico. He also holds certificates in: Business Strategy and Business Development from La Salle University and ITAM (“Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México”) in Mexico City, respectively. 

David Gutierrez Camargo  |  V.P. of Marketing and Sales, Mexicana MRO

Aeronautical Engineer, graduated from the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico. Currently working as V.P. of Marketing and Sales of Mexicana MRO in Mexico City. Director of Operations, Kenya-Somalia Flights for the United Nations under the World Food Program, 2008 to 2011. Technical V.P of Avolar Airlines, 2005 to 2008. Other positions: Technical Representative, Airworthiness Worldwide, Miami, USA. Director of Engineering, Allegro Airlines,  Cancún, México. Director of Quality Control, A&P Mechanics, Cancún México. Technical Consultant TAME Airlines, Quito, Ecuador. Director of Maintenance Planning and Special Projects Leader, TAESA Airlines. A&P Mechanic, Technical Instructor and Director of Maintenance Planning and Control, Mexicana Airlines, Mexico City.