During an 18-year career with Mobil Oil Corporation, Chapa progressed from positions in Operations in the U.S. (Chicago and New York), to senior expatriate assignments overseas. International experience included postings in Bogota, Colombia, as Operations Supervisor, then Planning Associate (Colombia, Peru, Chile, Ecuador); in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as Plans & Programs Manager for the Caribbean and Central America, then as General Manager of Mobil’s Liquefied Petroleum Gas company; and in Harare, Zimbabwe, first as Plans & Programs Director, then as Group Operations Director for five countries with revenues in excess of $200 million and over 500 employees (Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania).
Since leaving Mobil, Joe Chapa has dedicated his time to projects related to the U.S.-Mexico relationship, initially based out of the U.S., and then for over ten years stationed in Monterrey. In this connection, Chapa has co-founded and founded several consulting firms that have allowed him to concentrate on issues related to training, business development and doing business in Mexico.
As Vice President of Operations for the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, he divided his time between the two countries, providing support to the Chamber’s U.S. offices, while directing the Chamber’s chapters in Northeast and Central Mexico (Monterrey and Guanajuato); he also directed several special government grant projects in the two countries; his responsibilities included assisting U.S. companies doing business in Mexico.
His current position as Executive Director of the International Trade Development & Assistance Center includes managing the Center and facilitating the implementation of business information and assistance between companies in Irving and the international community. Joe’s initial focus is directed in Mexico (Texas’ number one trading partner) but will soon expand to additional markets such as Asia. Several of his responsibilities include:
- Conducting trade missions from Irving as well as reverse trade missions
- Targeting specific sectors or markets to facilitate matchmaking activities
- Conducting information and training seminars on how to do business in foreign markets
Joe’s expertise and relationships allow the Center to leverage the bi-national infrastructure of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber already established with eight offices in the United States and eight offices in Mexico.
Joe Chapa, who is perfectly bilingual in English and Spanish, has a BSBA degree (Marketing) from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and an MBA (Finance) from Loyola University in Chicago.