NASCO Names Four to Presidential Advisory Council - South Texas Alliance for Regional Trade

Jan 4, 2013

NASCO President Names Four to Presidential Advisory Council through 2014

Appointments recognize leadership and dedication to the objectives of NASCO in the areas of transportation, energy and workforce training programs


DALLAS, Texas – Gerry Schwebel, President of NASCO, has named four top North American trade and transportation leaders to serve on his presidential advisory council. He wishes to recognize their leadership and dedication to NASCO and use their vast experience in transportation, energy and workforce development leadership.

Schwebel, elected president of NASCO in 2011, said the new appointees would serve him and the NASCO organization as a whole, for the duration of his term as president through 2014.

The new members of the presidential Advisory Council include: Claudia Avila, Director General of AMPIP, the Mexican Association of Private Industrial Parks, based in Mexico City; Jorge Canavati, Vice President, International Logistics, Port San Antonio based in San Antonio, TX; Jim Bergfalk, President, TransAm Group of Kansas City, Missouri; and Blas Castañeda, Owner / Consultant of Castañeda, Trevino & Associates Global Solutions based in Laredo, TX.

A former Secretary of Economic Development of the Government of the Mexican state of Hidalgo, Ms. Avila is the top executive officer of AMPIP, a business group founded in 1986 to represent industrial real estate developers in Mexico. AMPIP offers an extensive network of contacts, a forum to discuss issues affecting industrial parks, promotion of foreign direct investment (FDI), and lobbying to promote public policies that strengthen industrial parks´ competitiveness.

AMPIP currently has 57 corporate members (private developers, investment funds and state governments’ industrial trusts). Together, AMPIP members own and operate more than 200 industrial parks across Mexico, with over 30 million square meters in industrial buildings and 2,000 national and foreign tenants (manufacturing and logistics operations), and 2 million employees.

Mr. Canavati has almost 30 years of experience in multimodal transportation, air cargo and logistics. Mr. Canavati is on the board of various international trade organizations and is the official Texas representative of the National Importers and Exporters Association of Mexico, ANIERM. He also is chairperson of the Logistics committee of the Free Trade Alliance in San Antonio.

Mr. Bergfalk, based in the Kansas City, Missouri metro region, has provided government relations, public relations, and management consulting services to a wide variety of clients both in the U.S. and internationally since 1981. He has served on regulatory boards, as a result of gubernatorial appointments, and on the boards of international trade organizations.

Mr. Castañeda, served 34 years at Laredo Community College, including as the external affairs/economic development officer, and has developed partnerships, and supported regional planning for public education and higher education with business and industry at the local, regional, state, and international levels along the Texas-Mexico Border. He has been heavily involved in workforce development issues related to trade services and the oil and gas production sector industries.

NASCO is a non-profit, voluntary coalition of North American governments, businesses and educational institutions, driven by a common interest in collaboration along commercial corridors and trade networks. NASCO is fighting for North America’s competitiveness in the global marketplace with a focus on solutions in the areas of logistics and operation efficiencies, infrastructure needs, security and innovative technologies, and skilled workforce training programs. For more information visit
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