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Antonio Garza serves as Counsel in the Mexico City office of White & Case LLP, one of the world's leading global law firms with 39 offices in 26 countries. Additionally, Ambassador Garza is Chairman of Vianovo Ventures, a management consultancy with a focus on cross-border business development. Drawing on decades of high-profile political, legal and business experience, Ambassador Garza serves as a counselor to CEOs, investors and entrepreneurs. He is acknowledged as one of the top experts on US-Mexico relations and on the business and political environments of both nations.
Ambassador Garza currently serves as a director of Basic Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: BAS), an oil and gas well services company, Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU), a rail-based transportation company and MoneyGram (NYSE: MGI), a global money transfer company. Ambassador Garza formerly served on the boards of BBVA Compass and the US holding companies of BBVA (NYSE: BBVA).
Ambassador Garza is a member of the Board of Trustees of Southern Methodist University, the Development Board of The University of Texas at Austin, and is currently the President of Texas Exes, the University's alumni association and amongst the largest organizations of its type in the country. Additionally, Ambassador Garza is a Director at the Council of the Americas/Americas Society and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a past recipient of the "Aguila Azteca" or "Aztec Eagle," the Mexican government's highest honor bestowed upon a foreign national.
From 2002 to 2009, Mr. Garza was the US Ambassador to Mexico. Prior to that time, Garza served as chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas, having been elected to statewide office in 1998. Mr. Garza was formerly a partner at Bracewell & Patterson (now Bracewell & Giuliani) and served as Secretary of State of the State of Texas and Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor of the State of Texas from 1994 to 1997, and as Cameron County Judge from 1988 to 1994.
Ambassador Garza holds a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Southern Methodist University School of Law and has been honored as a distinguished alumnus at both institutions. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the District of Columbia Bar, and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.