Former Secretary of Commerce Gives Credit for Success to American Dream

Carlos Gutierrez with Jane Harmon

“I always feel like awards come too early in life.  There is so much more to do,”  said Former Secretary of Commerce and Vice Chairman of the Institutional Clients Group for Citigroup Carlos Gutierrez,Tuesday evening at the Merage Foundation for the American Dream National Leadership Awards.

On the day before his wedding anniversary, the Cuban born American shared credit for his success in leadership and public service with his wife and country.

“I sometimes ask the question… with what I have been able to do, what I have been given the opportunity to do, would it have been possible had I lived elsewhere?  No.  And my sense is that that is the magic of this country.  People come here and they do extraordinary things.  They do the type of things that they wouldn’t have the oppirtunty to do back home.

“I can tell you for a fact that I know that I would not have been CEO of a major multinational corporation had I stayed in Cuba,”  he added amongst cuckles from the audience.

“And my son Carlos will tell you that I have lost everything I have ever been given. I lose keys, I lose wallets…  But I have never lost my U.S. passport.”

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