Fred Diaz, President and CEO, Chrysler de Mexico & Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC, originally from San Antonio, is looking forward to returning to his beloved hometown as keynote speaker at the International Hispanic Network Gala on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 7 p.m. at El Tropicano Hotel, 110 Lexington Ave. The conference theme is "Mission PoSIble: Leading, Exploring and Engaging Hispanic Communities" and culminates with the annual gala. Individual tickets and table sponsorship opportunities are still available. Tickets are $75 each and table sponsorships are $1,000. Entertainment will be provided by the legendary Henry Brun and Judi DeLeon with the Latin Connection.
The conference includes an opening session with San Antonio's Mayor Julián Castro, and features more than six general sessions including San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley, Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade, Lt. Gen. U.S. Army (Ret.) Ricardo S. Sanchez, Cityview Companies Chairman and former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros, and University of Texas at San Antonio Dean Dr. Rogelio Saenz, along with 15 sessions about public management practices, policy initiatives and professional development.
Fred M. Diaz was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chrysler de México, where he is responsible for the company's Mexican operations. He is also the corporate representative for all business brands in Mexico, including Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Mitsubishi. Diaz continues to serve as the President and CEO of the Ram Truck Brand, a position he was named to in October 2009.
Previously, he was the Head of National Sales where he was responsible for sales strategy, dealer relations and operations, order facilitation, incentives and field operations. He was also the Regional Director - Denver Business Center where he was responsible for sales, marketing, dealer relations network, service and parts, and field operations for the Company's 14-state Denver business region.
Diaz is a member of Chrysler's Ethics Board and Global Diversity Council, executive level committees within the Company dedicated to promoting the highest ethical business and diversity practices and policies throughout the enterprise. Diaz also serves as a Board Trustee of the Chrysler Foundation, which is the Company's philanthropic arm, established to enrich the physical, educational and cultural needs of local communities.
In 2006, he was named the "Latino Executive of the Year" by On Wheels Magazine. In 2010, Diaz was the recipient of the "HENAAC/Great Minds in S.T.E.M. Chairman's Award," in recognition of his commitment to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education among youth in the Hispanic community. In 2011, Diaz was named one of the top 25 most influential, engaged and dynamic Hispanic business leaders in America by the editors of Hispanic Business Magazine. That same year he was also named among the top five most influential international leaders in Mexico by Lideres Mexicanos Magazine.
Diaz earned a master's degree in business management from Central Michigan University (1995) and a bachelor's degree in management with an emphasis in psychology from Texas Lutheran University (1988).