Gen. 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 the Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02) in the Business Building on the UTSA 1604 Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Gen. Zapanta oversees the chamber’s 10 regional offices in the United States and six in Mexico. The United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, binational corporation that promotes trade and investment between the United States and Mexico.
Gen. Zapanta has led a distinguished career that has included numerous presidential appointments. Most recently he was appointed by President George W. Bush as a private sector delegate to the U.S. Mexico Partnership for Prosperity. From 2002-2004 he served as Chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board. President Ronald Reagan appointed him to the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on International Trade Technology and Development from 1981-1987. He was also confirmed by the Senate to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Management and Administration from 1976-77.
Prior to his service with the chamber, Gen. Zapanta worked as an industrial engineer for Bethlehem Steel and as director of governmental affairs for ARCO.
Gen. Zapanta’s military record includes the award of the Silver Star, five Bronze Stars for Valor, the Purple Heart and 30 other awards during the Vietnam War. He was also awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal for Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Restore Hope in Somalia and Restore Democracy in Haiti. Gen. Zapanta was appointed by the governor of Virginia to the rank of Major General.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Gen. Zapanta received a bachelor’s in industrial psychology and a master’s in public administration from the University of Southern California. He graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Business, the Inter-American Defense College and the National War College.
The Frost Bank Distinguished Lecture Series brings prominent business and community leaders to UTSA to share their knowledge and experiences with students and others in the university and business community.
UTSA’s 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 different graduate and undergraduate business programs. The College of Business has received the Brillante Award for Educational Excellence from the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, has been named one of the top 10 MBA programs for minorities by the Princeton Review and is ranked as one of the 15 largest minority MBA programs by U.S. News and World Report.
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