Mr. Lara is the founder and President of Lara & Associates
LLC, a company he formed in October 2000 and which is dedicated
to providing strategic analysis, advice, and business plan implementation
to private companies, organizations and government agencies in
all matters related to investment and business opportunities in
the U.S.-Mexico marketplace. Recent accomplishments include the
facilitation of OPIC's (Overseas Private Investment Corporation)
first financial operation in Mexico.
Mr. Lara is a Director on the Board of the Houston Hispanic Chamber
of Commerce, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Texchange
" August 1999 - August 2000. President of To2 Corporation,
the Houston, Tx. based U.S. affiliate of Infoaccess/To2 Mexico
S.A de C.V., Mexico's fist internet provider and portal. In this
capacity, Mr. Lara was responsible for the creation and launching
of a portal that provided information about the Hispanic market
in the U.S. and featured specific news and economic information
" March 1995 - August 1999. Held the position of Counselor
for Business Development, SECOFI-NAFTA Office at the Embassy of
Mexico in Washington, DC. In this capacity he traveled throughout
the United States making US companies aware of the business opportunities
in Mexico. He developed and implemented programs to assist US
companies to identify and create partnerships with Mexican companies.
In addition to many other activities, Mr. Lara also served as
liaison and coordinator of official visits to the U.S. by high-level
Mexican Government officials, including the President of Mexico,
and the Secretary of Commerce.
Mr. Lara was instrumental in the creation of the NAFTA Internship
Program for the Washington Center. He has been the Chairman of
its Advisory Committee, since 1996. To date the NAFTA Internship
Program has schooled over 600 young people in the workings and
opportunities of tri-lateral trade under NAFTA.
" 1991 - 1999. Mr. Lara founded and was the Chief Executive
Officer of the Mexican Council for Hispanic Business Affairs in
Mexico City. The Council consists of high-level representatives
from the government, industry and economic development banks.
In this capacity Mr. Lara was involved in the Council's strategic
planning, and responsible for the execution of the annual program
developed by the Council. The annual program involved organizing
trade missions to and from Mexico, publishing a monthly newsletter,
and creating financial programs that fostered alliances between
Mexican and US businesses.
" 1991 - 1995. Consultant to the Mexican Ministry of Trade
and Industrial Development (SECOFI) with offices in both Mexico
City and Washington DC. During this time he created the 'Hispanic
Desk' for the purpose of assisting US companies to do business
in Mexico. In addition, he created the Program for Investment
Promotion throughout Mexico, which consisted of individual programs
for each state. Mr. Lara was also actively involved in all NAFTA
related matters, including public relations efforts, and business
promotion road shows both in the United States and Mexico.
During this period, Mr. Lara was the Hispanic Affairs Liaison
for the Mexican Investment Board. In this capacity, Mr. Lara was
the conduit for U.S. medium and small size companies investing
" 1990- 1991. Director of Business Affairs for the Presidential
Program for Mexican Communities Abroad at the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs (SRE). In this capacity Mr. Lara was responsible for the
development of programs and projects that strengthened relations
between Mexico and the US Hispanic Community. Mr. Lara traveled
throughout the United States developing a network of Latino companies
and organizations for the purpose of establishing cross border
business relationships. At the same time, he created an awareness
of the need for the Mexican public and private sectors to interact
with the US Hispanic Community. He was a pioneer in Mexico in
developing the knowledge and expertise about the US Hispanic business
community and its relationship with Mexico. He made many US Hispanic
owned businesses aware of the opportunities for doing business
in Mexico, and assisted them in penetrating the market.
Masters Degree in International Management (MIM) from the Instituto
Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). His
thesis was title: "The US Hispanic Community: a link and
a support to Mexico."
Mr. Lara has a BA from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo
de México (ITAM), where he majored in International Marketing
and Finance, and wrote a thesis title: "Financial Mechanisms
to Promote Exports.
Mr. Lara also has Certificate Degree in Business Development
from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México