The branch of Austin was opened on September 20th, 2012 to expand the range and presence of the IACC.

Austin, the capital of the State of Texas, is a growing city with one the most advanced and famous university centers in America. Austin is also home to a diverse group of high tech companies and organizations, from startups to billion dollar corporations.

Like our headquarters, the Austin branch organizes and manages trade missions for Italian companies, networking events and other consulting services.

MARTIN MORALES – Chairman of the Advisory Board

martin-moralesMartin was born in Houston, with Sicilian origins, and he has resided in Austin for 37 years. He has completed a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University in Waco. He has 30 years of experience working in the Financial Services industry, which includes 16 years with JP Morgan Chase and 11 years with Citigroup. He is currently a Senior Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager with BBVA Compass Bank in Austin, Texas. Martin has extensive experience working with governmental and institutional accounts, both in the investment and commercial banking arenas.
The  Austin Chairman supervises the membership recruitment, overseeing Austin Branch initiatives and projects, serving as a liaison to local business, the Austin Chamber of Commerce and governmental entities and serving as the presiding officer of the advisory board. The Austin Chairman is also responsible for submitting Advisory Board recommendations to the IACC of Texas Board and Executive Director.

Because of an increase in the number of trade missions from Italy to Texas, in 2014 we decided to create an Advisory Committee. These individuals have specific expertise and have agreed to assist Italian companies by consulting with them on best business practices for trade in the United States:

· Rodolfo Ambrosetti, with IBM, technology sector.

· Giacomo Butera, with Margaux&Associates, wine and spirits sector.

· Carlos Capra, with Lezioni d’Italiano, translation and interpreting.

· Chris Cutrone, with the Texas Workforce Commission, liaison with governmental entities and members.

· Stefania Rigo, with Hardies Fine Foods, food sector.