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Trump announces intention to nominate new ambassador to JA

Published:Thursday | May 17, 2018 | 11:43 AM
Donald Ray Tapia - Contributed

The White House is reporting that President Donald Trump today announced his intention to nominate Donald Ray Tapia of Arizona to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to Jamaica.

In a statement, The White House said Tapia served as Chairman and CEO of the Essco Group Management, the largest Hispanic owned business in Arizona, for over three decades.

“Mr. Tapia’s philanthropic efforts include serving on the Board of Directors for the Sun Angel Foundation and Endowment at Arizona State University, the Tau Kappa Epsilon Educational Foundation Board of Indianapolis, Indiana, and as Chairman of Board and Trustee at Saint Leo University,” it said.

“Additionally, he served on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix, Teen LifeLine Phoenix, the Advisory Council of the Arizona Animal Welfare League, and the Advisory Board for the Foundation for Blind Children in Phoenix, Arizona,”.

More about Donald Ray Tapia

* U.S. Army veteran

* Received a B.A. and M.B.A. from Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Florida, where he was later awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Previous US Ambassador to Jamaica Luis Moreno ended his tour of duty in June 2017.

He was appointed by the US Senate in November 2014.

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