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Juan Ochoa, President & CEO

Mr. Ochoa is a President and Chief Executive Officer with the Miramar Group a full service international public relations firm with offices in Chicago and Mexico City.

Mr. Ochoa was previously the Chief Executive Officer for the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA), which owns and operates McCormick Place, North America's largest convention center; 800-room Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel; and historic Navy Pier, the Midwest's top tourist and leisure destination.

McCormick Place is an important economic engine for the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois, generating nearly $8-billion annually. Mr. Ochoa oversaw the completion of the $880 million McCormick Place West Building, which opened in 2007 on budget and eight months ahead of schedule.
 
Navy Pier attracts over eight million visitors each year. Visitors are drawn to the many seasonal events that Navy Pier has to offer as well as the wide array of shops, eateries, rides and attractions. This mixed-used venue also attracts small-to-mid-sized tradeshows and meetings.
 
Prior to joining the MPEA, Mr. Ochoa served for ten years as the President and CEO of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC). Under his leadership, IHCC became one of the most politically influential organizations in the country, growing from 52 members and a $45,000 budget to more than 1,200 members and a $1.7 million budget. He founded the Hispanic Business Expo, one of the U.S. largest latino business events.  Mr. Ochoa transformed the Mexican American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, into the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  Mr. Ochoa organized and led numerous large business delegations to various states of Mexico.
 
Mr. Ochoa has helped hundreds of small companies grow their businesses.  He has helped thousands of people become United States citizens and as a community organizer, he has worked to organize numerous block clubs, church groups and school groups.  He has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarships to help urban youth pursue their dreams.
  
Mr. Ochoa serves on the Board of the Hispanic Congressional Caucus Institute for past six years.  He served on the Illinois Sports Facilities Board during the $400 million reconstruction of Soldier Field and the naming rights of historic Comisky Park to US Cellular Field.  In addition, Mr. Ochoa served on the City of Chicago’s Economic Opportunities Board during the reconstitution of the City’s Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise programs, the Chicago Convention and Tourism Board, and various other non-profit and boards and commissions.
 
Mr. Ochoa served in the infantry of the US Marine Corps and is a Veteran of the Gulf War.