As Chairman and CEO of Arrizurieta & Associates, Jorge Arrizurieta delivers business development and public affairs expertise backed by 25 years of dynamic industry experience and two presidential appointments. Having served in such capacities as President and CEO of Florida FTAA, Inc., State Finance Vice Chairman for the George W. Bush Presidential campaign, and Vice President of Public Affairs at Huizenga Holdings, Inc., Mr. Arrizurieta offers a uniquely diverse business portfolio and a track record of delivering powerful results on the national and international levels across both the public and private sectors. Mr. Arrizurieta's extensive career in public service took root serving the state of Florida during the presidential campaign of President George H. W. Bush. In 1987, Mr. Arrizurieta took on the role of Executive Assistant to Alec Courtelis, Finance Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida during soon-to-be President Bush's Campaign. Following the victory, he assumed the role of Assistant to the National Chairman for President George H.W. Bush's Transition Team. Mr. Arrizurieta then went on to serve as Director of State Projects for Senator Connie Mack from 1989 to 1992 before transitioning to the role of Special Advisor at the Republican National Convention. After serving as Special Advisor to the Republican National Convention in 1992, Mr. Arrizurieta brought his business acumen to the private sector. Mr. Arrizurieta took on the role Vice President of Public Affairs at Huizenga Holdings where he worked directly for Mr. Wayne Huizenga and was instrumental in his management of government and community affairs for the company and several of its operating subsidiaries such as AutoNation. Mr. Arrizurieta also helped manage the Huizenga sports empire, serving as Director of Community Relations for the Florida Marlins and in his years of service with Huizenga Holdings, built an impressive mastery of government relations and business development. Following almost a decade of providing his expertise to Huizenga Holdings, Mr. Arrizurieta returned to public service in Florida in 1999, assuming the post of Finance Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida's State Convention. The 2000 Presidential election season gave Mr. Arrizurieta the opportunity to once again help guide the Republican Party in Florida during its most crucial hour. In 2001, Mr. Arrizurieta was named State Finance Vice Chairman for the George W. Bush Presidential Campaign in Florida and served in the Department of Treasury Task Force for President George W. Bush's transition following his Presidential victory in January. During the George W. Bush administration, Mr. Arrizurieta would begin to garner immense international exposure. In 2002, Mr. Arrizurieta was nominated by President George W. Bush and later confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as the 10th U.S. Alternate Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank. He has also served as U.S. Alternate Executive Director of the Inter-American Investment Corporation and represented the U.S. on the Donors Committee of the Multilateral Investment Fund. Later in his career, Mr. Arrizurieta would continue his extensive involvement with the Bank as Chairman of the Host Committee for the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank, heading a public-private partnership established to coordinate the 2008 Annual Meeting on behalf of the United States.
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