Seize the opportunity

About Chamber of the Americas

The Chamber of the Americas is a not-for-profit organization with a simple, profoundly important goal: To help you make the most of your business opportunity in the Americas. The Chamber’s mission is to facilitate commerce and understanding between the businesses and governments of the Western Hemisphere. We connect industries, businesses, and investors with each other, and with the government sector, and disseminate the information, education and cultural knowledge vital to the advancement of our collective goals.

Our History

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Through trade missions, educational classes and other initiatives, the Chamber facilitates your business contacts, promotes international networking and encourages cultural understanding. We connect you to the people, governments and companies that drive current and emerging cross-border opportunities in the Americas.

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A few years from now, the world will be wondering how certain firms were poised to seize the opportunity in the Americas so quickly and easily. Will you be one of those companies? The answer is "yes" if you have the foresight to become a member of COTA today. It’s easy.

Our Team

  Gilbert (Gil) M. Cisneros
  Chairman and CEO, Chamber of the Americas
Gilberto Cisneros  

As Chairman and CEO of the Chamber of the Americas, Denver, Colorado, Gil Cisneros is responsible for day-to-day operations. He is also President of the Chamber of the Americas Foundation.   Gil co-founded the Chamber of the Americas in 2001.   In 1993, he co-founded the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Rocky Mountain Region, and was first president and then executive director until April 30, 2001.  As president of Grupo Cisneros Internacional, Denver, Colorado, an international consulting firm, Cisneros helps U.S. companies develop Latin American markets.  With his broad range of contacts on both continents, he is also able to assist foreign firms wanting to export to the United States.

In August of 2002, Hispanic Magazine recognized Gil with the 2002 Hispanic Achievement Award, “U.S.-Latin American Friendship Award.”   The Mexican Government honored him as Businessman of the Year for the Rocky Mountain Region, 2000.  In 1991, Hispanic Business Magazine honored Gil as one of the most influential Hispanics in the United States.  In 2007, the Institute of International Education presented Gil with “Global Colorado Award.”  Prior to his position with the U.S.-Mexico Chamber, he enjoyed a seven-year term as regional administrator, United States Small Business Administration, Rocky Mountain Region, serving both presidents Reagan and Bush 41. Previously, he was community relations field manager, Rocky Mountain States, Adolph Coors Company, Golden, Colorado, and executive director, Denver Minority Business Development Center.  Gil also co-founded the Chicano Education Project in 1972 and was its co-director for 10 years.

Gil is the former Vice Chairman of the board of directors of the North American Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico.  He serves on the advisory board of the BNSL (Bi-national Sustainable Laboratory), based in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, which promotes economic development on the U.S.-Mexico Border. Gil also serves on the board of directors of the Colorado Community Colleges Foundation and the Ports to Plains Trade Corridor. He was recently appointed to be a director of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad working with the Economic Development Commission.   He is currently an ad-hoc member of the District Export Council for the Colorado/Wyoming Office of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  He is a member of the International Development Committee, World Trade Center, Denver;  former state chairman,  Colorado Republican National Hispanic Assembly, Denver, and was a vice-chairman of the John McCain campaign for president in Colorado, and a former member of the board of directors, Latin American Management Association, Washington, D.C.

Gil received his BA from Adams State College in 1970 and his MA from the University of Colorado in 1972.  Gil is a Vietnam veteran having served in the U.S. Navy from 1962-1966.  Gil and Rosie Cisneros reside in Golden, Colorado.

 

Gilberto (Gil) M. Cisneros
720 Kipling Street (Office)
Suite #13
Lakewood, CO  80215 USA
gil@chamberoftheamericas.com

  Dr. Ethan Raath
  Director of Operations and Management Consultant
Ethan Raath  

As part-time Director of Operations, Ethan brings uniquely varied leadership experience in business, professional, nonprofit, and academic settings. Some of his roles include serving as executive director, organizational consultant, leadership coach, employee relations consultant and mediator, and communications professor. As Management Consultant, Ethan offers services to COTA members in leadership development and organizational consulting. He is owner of Highwire Leadership (www.highwireleadership.com). Originally from South Africa, Ethan came to the U.S. in 1979 to attend college. He returned to his home country from 1980-85, serving as a Presbyterian minister and human rights activist. Ethan returned to the U.S. in 1986. Before coming to Denver, he lived in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has earned degrees from the University of South Africa, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Lee University.

  George Heinrich
  Chairman Emeritus, Chamber of the Americas
 

With a vision for building a company that would take direct response marketing to a new level of excellence and international respect, George Heinrich founded Heinrich Marketing 25 years ago. Today, the company is an internationally acclaimed, full-service direct marketing and advertising agency specializing in customer acquisition and retention for its clients. With deep roots in financial services direct marketing, Heinrich is master of a broad spectrum of advertising disciplines and serves clients across many industries and international borders.

Heinrich Marketing’s services include strategic and creative development, marketing research and response analysis. The agency’s exceptional work in direct mail, print advertising and web development has earned relationships with some of the best-known companies in the Western Hemisphere, including First Data Corporation, Wells Fargo, Federated Department Stores, Visa®, Banorte Bank of Mexico, Citibank Puerto Rico, GE Capital and many others.

Heinrich Marketing is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, with a satellite office in Mexico City. This office assists clients in Mexico and throughout Latin America with marketing in their own countries and with efforts that extend beyond their borders. Heinrich’s United States Hispanidad division specializes in marketing to the Latino population in the United States, which has grown by an incredible 60% in the past decade alone. Equally important, Heinrich Hispanidad assists Western Hemisphere companies outside the U.S. that wish to market their products and services in the United States. In addition to his role as President and Owner of Heinrich Marketing, George Heinrich is also the founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of the Chamber of the Americas.


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  Chamber of the Americas Boards
  and Committee Leaders
 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

ERIC ATWOOD
Harrison Western Group of Companies, 1208 Quail Street, Lakewood, Colorado 80215, 303.234.0273, 303.237.9868, EMAtwood@harwest.com, www.harwest.com

GERMAN CEREZO, COTA Vice President for Guatemala
Trade Specialist, Guatemala City, Guatemala, qacerezo@gmail.com, 502 4002.1435

GIL CISNEROS, COTA Chairman and CEO
Chamber of the Americas, 720 Kipling Street, Suite 13, Lakewood, Colorado 80215, 303.462.1275, 303.462.1560 fax, gil@chamberoftheamericas.com

DR. JOHN COCHRAN
Metropolitan State College of Denver, Dean, School of Business, P.O. Box 173362, Denver, CO, 303.556.3123, 303.556,4429

BRADFORD COOKE
Canrac Resource Corp.; Endevour Gold Corp; Minera Aztec Silver Corp. Chairman/CEO, Suite 800, 850 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 604.685.9700, bradcooke@edrsilver.com, www.canarc.net

PAT CORTEZ, COTA Senior Vice President
Wells Fargo Bank, C7301-014 MAC, 1740 Broadway, Denver, CO 80274, 303.863.4706, 303.863.6066, Private Banking

ADELA DURAN
Attorney at Law, Santa Fe, New Mexico, amduran00@yahoo.com, 505.699.4249

EDUARDO A. FORTUNATO, COTA Vice President for Brazil
Goodyear Latin America, President, Latin American Region, Au. Paulista, 854 10 andar Bella Vista, 01310-913 Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil, 55.1.2104.6013, Eduardo.fortunato@goodyear.com

STEPHEN GOTTESFELD
Newmont Mining Corporation, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, 6363 South Fiddlers Green Circle, Greenwood Village, CO 80111, stephen.gottesfeld@newmont.com, www.newmont.com, 303.837.5737, 720.936.7231

GEORGE P. HEINRICH, COTA Chairman Emeritus
Heinrich Marketing, President/CEO, 1350 Independence Street, Denver, CO 80215.4629, georgeheinrich@live.com, Advertising and Direct Response Marketing

KENNETH D. (KEN) HUBBARD, COTA General Counsel
Fognani & Faught, PLLC, Of Counsel, 1700 Lincoln Street, Suite 2222, Denver, CO 80203, 303.382.6234, 303.382.6210, khubbard@fognanilaw.com, www.fognanilaw.com

JOE KIELY
Ports to Plains Trade Corridor Coalition, Vice President, P.O. Box 9, Limon, CO 80828, 719.775.2346, Joe.kiely@ports-to-plains.com, www.porttoplains.com

CARLOS KLINGER, COTA Vice President and Treasurer
C. Klinger & Sons, President, 1454 Kenton St., Aurora, CO 80010, 720.859.7168, Carlos@cklinger-and-sons.com, Accounting Services

FRANCISCO E. MIRAVAL, COTA Vice President and Secretary
Project Vision 21, Founder and President, 18121 E. Hampden Ave., 120-C, Aurora, CO 80013, 720.936.1769, 1.866.443.2797, fmiraval@newsandservices.com

NORMA MOZEE, COTA Secretary of the Board
World Mundial, LLC, Principal, 303.322.2002, 303.618.6324, 303.322.1881 fax, NormaMozee@msn.com

MICHAEL MUNOZ
Alta Design Corporation, President, 1432 Elmhurst Ave., Duarte, CA 91010.2611, 626.305.0747, 626.305.0748 fax

JUAN MANUEL GONZALEZ OLGUIN
Bufete Gonzalez Olguin, S.C., Attorney at Law, Bosque de Alisos 47B Planta Baja, Local A1-02 Officina 30, Bosques de las Lomas, 05120 Mexico, D.F., Mexico, (5255)5148.3223/3224, 5255.5413.2495 cel, jmgonzaleso@prodigy.net.mx

ARQ. XAVIER ORENDAIN SR.
Grupo Dmx, Promodesarrolladores, President & CEO, Jose Andres Orendain de Obeso, Director General, Av. Vallarta No. 6503, Suite B-6, Concentro, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico 45010, 011.52.333.120.9120, arqorendain@qrupodms.com.mx, jaorendain@grupodms.com.mx, www.grupodms.com.mx

JUAN FERNANDO PERDOMO, COTA Vice President for Mexico
Senator of the Republic, representing the State of Veracruz, Cordoba, Veracruz, Mexico, jperdomo@terra.com.mx, 011.52.271.712.8080

TED R. RIEPLE
1st West Mergers and Acquisitions, Partner, 32186 Castle Court, Suite 220, Evergreen, CO 80439, 866.670.3443, www.1stwestma.com, t.rieple@1stwest.com

JORGE SANCHEZ
Mena Tours and Travel, Inc., Operations Manager, 5209 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640, 773.275.2125, info@MenaToursChicago.com

LAURA SONDERUP, COTA Chair
Hispanidad, Director, 1350 Independence Street, Denver, CO 80215.4629, 303.239.5235, Isonderup@heinrich.com, www.heinrichhispanidad.com, Marketing

AWILDA MERCADO TORRES
Trade Puerto Rico, Executive Director, Latin America, Apartado 0831-02298, Panama, Republica de Panama, 507.269.2412, amercado@tradepuertorico.com, www.tradepuertorico.com

PAUL ZECCHI
Central Resources, Inc., President/CEO, Mellon Center, 1775 Sherman Street, Suite 2600, Denver, CO 80203.4313, 303.830.0100 303.830.9297, zec@centralresources.com

COTA BOARD OF ADVISORS:

CONSUL DE COSTA RICA
3356 S. Xenia Street, Denver, CO 80231, 303.696.8211, 303.696.1110, cronsul@hypermail.net

CONSUL GENERAL DE MEXICO
48 Steele Street, Denver, CO 80206, 303.331.1110, 303.331.0169, mexico@terapath.com, www.terapath.com/˜mexico

CONSUL GENERAL DE NICARAGUA
J. Bronwyn Bateman, M.D., Honorary Consul General, 1133 Race 17N, Denver, CO 80206, 303.916.1888, bronwyn.bateman@comcast.net

CONSUL GENERAL DE PERU
1001 South Monaco Parkway, Suite 210, Denver, CO 80224, 303.355.8555, Consulate

CONSUL GENERAL DE URUGUAY
429 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 400, Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310.394.5777, 310.394.5140

CONSULATE OF CANADA
1400 16th Street, Suite 400, Denver, CO 80202, 720.932.8222, 720.932.8271 fax

EMBASSY OF BRAZIL
3006 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, 202.238.2700, 202.238.2827

EMBASSY OF COSTA RICA
2114 St. Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, 202.234.2945, 202.266.4795

EMBASSY OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
1715 22ND Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, 202.332.6280, 202.265.8057

EMBASSY OF MEXICO
1911 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20006, 202.728.1600, 202.728.1698

JUAN CARLOS NAVARRO
Former Mayor of Panama, Panama, Republica de Panama, jnavarro@sinfo.net

EMBASSY OF PERU
1700 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202.833.9860, 202.659.8124

AMB. ANDRES ROZENTAL
Mexico, D.F., presidencia@consejomexicano.org

DR. JOHN U. TREFNY
Colorado School of Mines, President Emeritus, Golden, CO 80401.1887, 303.278.7134, itrefny@mines.edu

COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP:

LEONARD HARRIS
The Americas Mining, Energy and Petroleum Task Force Chairman Emeritus, Americas Mining, Energy and Petroleum Task Force, Consultant, 9534 La Costa Lane, Lone Tree, CO 80124, 303.790.0952, 303.649.9625

PUBLIC RELATIONS/AFFAIRS:

FRANCISCO E. MIRAVAL
Project Vision 21, Founder and President, 18121 E. Hampden Ave., 120-C, Aurora, CO 80013, 720.936.1769, 1.866.443.2797, fmiraval@newsandservices.com