CITGO CEO and Venezuelan Ambassador to visit Chicago
Jul 27, 2005
HOUSTON --- CITGO Petroleum Corporation today announced that Félix Rodríguez, President and CEO of CITGO and the Honorable Bernardo Alvarez Herrera, Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States of America, will visit the city of Chicago on Thursday July 28th.
They will meet with the Mayor of the City of Chicago, Mr. Richard Daley, and will also hold meetings with other local elected officials, and business leaders.
The purpose of the visit is to announce Venezuela Matters, a cultural, economic and social experience, highlighting Venezuelan music, food, art, and history in an innovative multimedia exposition to be held in Chicago Sept. 15-16, 2005.
Venezuela Matters is being sponsored by CITGO Petroleum Corporation, a subsidiary of Venezuela's national oil company Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA). CITGO wholly owns and operates three light oil refineries in the United States, including the Lemont Refinery in the Chicago area. Additionally, a network of more than 13,000 independently owned retail locations bear the CITGO brand.
Rodriguez and Alvarez will hold a press conference to announce this event, and CITGO´s sponsorship of Chicago’s 12th Annual Fiesta Boricua to be held Sept. 4, 2005. They will be joined by José López, Executive Director of the Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center, and by Martín Sánchez, Consul General of Venezuela in Chicago.
Thursday, July 28th, 2005 at 10:30 a.m.
World Trade Center Chicago
The Merchandise Mart. Suite 1540
Chicago, IL 60654
The Venezuela Matters initiative seeks to share Venezuela´s rich cultural history, highlight its long and important relationship with the United States, and to encourage continued tourism, cultural exchanges, trade and investment between the two countries.
Touring six cities over the course of four months, Venezuela Matters will include a multimedia exhibit highlighting everything from Venezuela’s natural landscape to its diverse musical traditions; its oil rich economy to our proud baseball legacy; from our tourist hotspots to our innovative social programs to empower our citizens.
Historically, Venezuela has had strong economic and cultural ties to Chicago. The country currently invests heavily in the region through CITGO’s oil refinery in Lemont, IL. Dozens of Venezuelans have played Major League Baseball in Chicago teams, with Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio, shortstop Alfonso “Chico” Carrasquel, and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen being the most prominent. Venezuela Matters seeks to reinforce these ties and raise awareness of the presence of Venezuela in the everyday lives of Chicagoans.
For details about the Venezuelan delegation visit, or to arrange for an interview, contact:
CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals, refined waxes, asphalt and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.