We are excited to announce that Francisco J. Sánchez has officially joined Stonehaven’s Affiliate Platform as Managing Partner of his Affiliate Partner brand, Black Pearl.

Francisco J. Sánchez served as Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce, a post he was nominated to by President Barack Obama in 2009. As Under Secretary, Mr. Sánchez lead the International Trade Administration. As one of the architects of the President’s National Export Initiative (NEI), with the ambitious goal of doubling U.S. exports by the end of 2014, Mr. Sánchez directed programs and policies that promote and protect the competitiveness of American businesses. Under his leadership, working with partners in government, U.S. exports reached all-time highs in both 2011 and 2012.

During the Clinton Administration, he served as the Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Mr. Sánchez previously served in the White House as a Special Assistant to President Clinton and Chief of Staff to the Special Envoy to the Americas.

Mr. Sánchez also spent more than 15 years working with several leading consulting companies on projects involving negotiation strategy and training, most recently as a partner with CMPartners. Among his private-sector achievements, Mr. Sánchez served as a consultant to the President of Ecuador in negotiations that led to the resolution of a long-running border dispute with Peru.

Mr. Sánchez was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine and also one of the top Hispanics nationwide by Poder Magazine. Mr. Sánchez is on the board of directors for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. Currently, Mr. Sánchez sits on the board of directors of Archer Daniels Midland as well as Teewinot Life Sciences.

He has been awarded the National Point of Light Award and the Governor’s Point of Light Award for Outstanding Community Service. In 2010, he was named to the National Hall of Fame for the Boys and Girls Club of America. Sánchez obtained his B.A. and J.D. from Florida State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Mr. Sánchez is currently pursuing his Series 7 & 63 registrations with FINRA.

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