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ABOUT US

Objectives

The objectives of the Ecuadorean American Association are:

  • To promote greater knowledge and understanding of the economic, financial and political climate of today’s Ecuador.

  • To foster commerce, investment, cultural relations and goodwill between the people of the two nations.

The Association accomplishes these objectives by bringing together Ecuadorean, U.S., and International business people, government officials, and individuals at a variety of programs, and by posting news and other items on its Facebook and Twitter pages.

HISTORICAL

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The Ecuadorean American Association was founded in 1932 by a group of prominent U.S. and Ecuadorean businessmen and professionals residing in New York. John L. Merrill, then President of All American Cables, and Dr. Carlos Bermeo, an Ecuadorean national, organized the first meeting, which was held in the Board Room of All America Cables on November 21st of that year.

Dr. Eduardo Jaramillo, a prominent Ecuadorean citizen, acted as chairman. John J. Clisham, later Executive Secretary of the Pan American Society, served as secretary of the meeting, and Mr. Merrill was elected President of the Association. Other members of the first Board of Directors were Adriano Cobo, Valerian E. Greaves, Thomas J. MacDonald, Robert H. Patchin, and Fred J. Rankin.

AWARDS

On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Ecuadorean American Association, Oswaldo Hurtado Larrea, President of the Republic of Ecuador, awarded the Association a National Order of Merit Knighthood (right) on November 8, 1982.

DIRECTORS

Juana Caicedo-Selinger

President, EAA, Senior Vice President, UBS Wealth Management

Maria Rosa Baquerizo

CEO

Kelly Librera

Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP

Evan Acosta

Vice President & General Manager, Banco del Pichincha

Arthur E. Byrnes

Senior Managing Director, Deltec Asset Management

Honorary Directors

H.E. Ivonne A-Baki

Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States

United States Ambassador to Ecuador

Former Presidents of the Association

John J. Merrill

1932-1946

James S. Carson

1954-1955

Henry W. Balgooyen

1963-1965

Henry A. Geyelin

1968-1970

Hans W. Trinler

1976-1977

Milton Schwartz

1983-1985

Gordon Haw

1994-1996

Arthur S. Kleeman

1946-1952

Henry W. Balgooyen

1955-1958

Albert B. Wenzell

1965-1967

Norton Stevens

1970-1972

Jason Gould

1977-1979

David B. Driscoll

1985-1988

Robert D. Merrill

1952-1954

Paul E. Calvet

1958-1963

James A. Hoyt

1967-1968

Joseph W. Welsh

1972-1976

Rene M. Valverde

1979-1983

Andrew M. Klinger

1988-1994