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United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Names Synthia Jaramillo Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) has named Synthia R. Jaramillo, former Director of Economic Development for the City of Albuquerque, as the Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations.

“The USHCC is proud to announce Synthia Jaramillo’s position with us and we know she will take our stakeholder engagement and corporate relationships to new heights. We are looking forward to her joining our growing team of professionals committed to adding value and advocating for our members,” says Ramiro A. Cavazos, President & CEO, USHCC.

Jaramillo was the first woman and the first Latina to hold the position of Director of Economic Development for the City of Albuquerque. Appointed by Mayor Timothy Keller in 2017, she oversaw the recruitment and retention of companies, the International Trade Office, Small Business Office, Film Office, the local tourism industry, and the new Albuquerque Minority Business Development Center. During her tenure with the City of Albuquerque, she led several initiatives to sustain and grow local businesses, create jobs, and recruit outside companies. Under her leadership, numerous nationally recognized companies, including film giants Netflix Studios and NBCUniversal, have chosen to invest in the city.

Most recently, she led a collaborative effort among local and state entities to secure Albuquerque as California-based Netflix’s city of choice for an expanded production hub. Before taking the helm of Albuquerque’s Economic Development Department, she spent nearly two decades at the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce.

“I am humbled by this opportunity and look forward to working with the talented staff, partners and chambers who tirelessly foster Hispanic business development,” says Jaramillo. “The USHCC is moving ahead stronger than ever. I’m excited to join Ramiro and his outstanding mission-driven team in giving voice to America’s Hispanic businesses.”

Feniex Industries Announces Yemilyn Ortiz as New Chief Operating Officer

Feniex Industries, one of the country’s largest visual and acoustics warning manufacturers for emergency vehicles, announced that Yemilyn Ortiz will be named the Chief Operating Officer of Feniex Industries. Ortiz has been an asset to the company for over the past five years. She began her career at Feniex as the International Sales Director and quickly grew to be the Vice President of Sales.

During her tenure, she was responsible for a revenue growth of over $80 million worth of products sold. Under her new COO leadership, Feniex expects to see its growth extend past $300 million sold in the next five years.

“In Feniex’s existence, we never had the opportunity to have a superlative COO. I feel there is no one better for this role and Yemilyn was well worth the wait. I truly believe in her leadership and am proud of this move,” says Hamza Deyaf, Founder and CEO of Feniex Industries. “We have a lot of work ahead as we continue to manufacture high-quality products built with innovative technology that helps protect our first responders and the public. Our dealer network and customers can expect increased brand recognition, quality, and customer satisfaction. Feniex will take a step above to commit to the best lead times in the industry paired with fast response times,” says Ortiz.

Feniex Industries provides American-made vehicle warning devices for first responders worldwide. Using advanced LED technology, many Feniex products exceed minimum visibility requirements by 5x (SAE standards) with an array of colors and built-in features. Feniex continues to be the fastest-growing business in the vehicle warning market with over 100+ employees in over 20 countries.

Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon is President’s Pick to be Ambassador to Spain

President Biden has nominated Dominican- American attorney and diplomat, Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon to be the next United States Ambassador to Spain. In addition to her East Wing position, Reynoso Pantaleon serves as an assistant to President Joe Biden. She was also U.S. ambassador to Uruguay for former President Barack Obama. She formerly served as a litigation and international arbitration partner with the international law firm Winston & Strawn LLP. She was previously a partner with Chadbourne & Parke LLP, practicing in the firm’s International Arbitration and Latin America groups. Reynoso is also affiliated with Columbia University School of Law and the School of International and Public Affairs faculty. From March 2012 until December 2014, she served as United States ambassador to Uruguay. In addition, she is a former deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the United States Department of State.

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