Keynote Speaker Jim Cheng
Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng will deliver the keynote address for Marketplace Focus: Argentina. Mr. Cheng manages the jobs and opportunity agenda for Virginia. In his role as Secretary, Mr. Cheng oversees thirteen state agencies in promoting the growth of Virginia’s vibrant business community and attracting new investment into Virginia’s economy. His keynote will discuss the current growth of central VA’s Latino population and the business opportunities that can be nurtured between Latin America and Central VA.
Introducing the Delegates From Mendoza
Forward/Adelante is privileged to welcome two distinguished visitors from Mendoza, Argentina, to the Charlottesville area this fall. The Mendoza delegates will visit Charlottesville and Albemarle County to highlight their VENDIMIA celebration (World Festival of the Grape), share information about the wine industry, visit local vineyards, and explore the business opportunities between Central Virginia and South America.
Nora Meineri, Ambassador of Tourism & Culture of Mendoza
Meineri has served as: director, author, screenwriter, and puestista in different artistic events. She has over 30 years of continuous work in teaching within all academic levels. In 2008, Meineri was the screenplay winner of the National Harvest Festival “Born River and Earth”. In that same year she was declared Ambassador of Tourism and Culture of Mendoza. Since 2008, Meineri carries forward the project “Harvests of the World” promotion and dissemination of Mendoza, touring several countries in Europe.
Caillet-Bois was born in Santa Fe, Argentina in 1943. He is an Engineer Agronomist graduated from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, National University of Cuyo. He began his career as Agricultural Extension at INTA (National Institute of Agricultural Technology). Later he was the Head of the Rural Extension Agency Lujan de Cuyo in the same institution until 1994, when he went to the INV (National Institute of Viticulture) to serve as Director of Planning and Technical Control. In 1996 he was promoted to the position of Director General of Audit Wine, a position he held until his retirement in 2010.
Toma Que Toma, a flamenco fusion ensemble from Charlottesville, Virginia, brings the virtuosic Old-World intensity of flamenco to modern American ears and eyes. Drawing on the danceable exuberance of the Gipsy Kings and the genre-bending rhythms of Spanish flamenco stadium rockers Ojos de Brujo, this group of classically trained and multi-disciplinary musicians and dancers has layered jazz and blues flavors with ballet and modern dance amid the complex rhythms, mournful melodies and flamboyant costumes of traditional flamenco. A mini-ensemble of musicians and dancers, led by guitarist Peter Richardson, will appear at Marketplace Focus: Argentina to share the playful, intimate sensibility of their long-running Charlottesville “juerga,” a Spanish-style flamenco party that brings audiences into the show to clap, shout and dance along.