Albert C. Zapanta has a BA in Industrial Psychology, MA in Public Administration and holds a PhD in International Political Economics from the University of Southern California. He graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Business, and the Inter-American Defense College at the National War College, Washington, D.C
As an executive with ARCO, he was responsible for negotiations with PEMEX on oil and gas matters. He now owns Planning, Inc., a training and security services company contracting with the U.S. Federal Government.
His presidential appointments include White House Fellow; Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Management and Administration; State Department Advisory Committee on International Trade Technology and Development; was appointed to the U.S.-Mexico Partnership for Prosperity by President George W. Bush; Chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board by U.S. Secretary of Defense, Donald H. Rumsfeld, and was appointed Chief of Staff of the Peacekeeping Mission to the United Nations Referendum on Western Sahara.
General Zapanta has received the Silver Star, five Bronze Stars for Valor, the Purple Heart and thirty other awards during the Vietnam War. Mr. Zapanta was also awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal for Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Restore Hope in Somalia and Restore Democracy in Haiti, and was appointed by the Governor of Virginia to the rank of Major General.
Mr. Zapanta is President of the U.S.-Mexico – Chamber of Commerce, and Chairman of the U.S.-Mexico Cultural and Educational Foundation, and serves on the boards of Tyson Foods, and various non-profit organizations across the country.