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Al Zapanta
Al Zapanta

Frost Lecture Series features U.S.-Mexico Chamber head

By Debbie Jamison
Program Coordinator, College of Business

(March 29, 2007)--Al Zapanta, president and chief executive officer of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, will headline the UTSA College of Business Frost Bank Distinguished Lecture Series at 11 a.m., Monday, April 30 in Business Building Room 2.01.02 on the UTSA 1604 Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, bi-national corporation that promotes trade and investment between the United States and Mexico. Zapanta oversees the chamber's 10 regional offices in the United States and six in Mexico.

Before his service with the chamber, Zapanta served in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve and National Guard and was the first U.S. senior officer appointed to lead a peacekeeping mission to the United Nations referendum on the Western Sahara and first to serve as chief of staff with military officers from U.S.S.R., People's Republic of China, French and the United Kingdom. During the Vietnam War, he received the Silver Star, five Bronze Stars for Valor, the Purple Heart and 30 other honors.

In the private sector, Zapanta was an industrial engineer for Bethlehem Steel and ARCO director of governmental affairs. He has held numerous appointments including White House Fellow (1973-74), assistant secretary of the interior for management and administration (1976-77), appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the State Department Advisory Committee on International Trade Technology and Development (1981-87), appointed by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld as chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board (2002-04), and appointed by President George W. Bush as a private sector delegate to the U.S.-Mexico Partnership for Prosperity (2001 to the present).

The Frost Bank Distinguished Lecture Series brings prominent business and community leaders to UTSA to share their knowledge and experiences with students and the university and business communities. The lecture series, which began in 1988, presents a forum for business leaders and academics to share their experiences in business in order for students to broaden their understanding of the business world and the individuals who lead it.

The UTSA College of Business is accredited by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It is one of the 40 largest business schools in the nation with more than 6,200 enrolled students and 37 graduate and undergraduate programs. The college received the Brillante Award for Educational Excellence from the National Society of Hispanic M.B.A.s, was named one of the top 10 M.B.A. programs for minorities by the Princeton Review and is ranked as one of the 15 largest minority M.B.A. programs by U.S. News and World Report.

For more information, call (210) 458-4313 or visit the UTSA College of Business Web site.

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