Person of the Year Awards

Person of the Year Awards

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The Person of the Year Awards Dinner, which has been organized annually by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. since 1970, honors two outstanding leaders (one Brazilian and one American) who have been particularly instrumental in forging closer ties between the two nations. Each year over 800 leaders from the international business, financial, and diplomatic communities convene in New York City at this traditional gala to pay tribute to the honorees.

The 2018 Person of the Year Awards Dinner will take place at the American Museum of Natural History, New York City, on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Please call the Person of the Year Organizational Committee at (212) 751-4691 or email for further information on registration and sponsorship.

João Doria

A Brazilian businessman and journalist, João Doria is President (on leave) of Grupo Doria and Founder & President (on leave) of the Executive Committee of LIDE – Grupo de Líderes Empresariais, an event promotion agency founded in 2003 with 1,700 national and multinational registered member companies (accounting for 52% of Brazil’s private GDP). In 2015 and 2016, he organized major events in New York, attracting a large group of Brazilian and American businessmen. Mr. Doria is also a member of the Conselho Deliberativo do Fundo Social de Solidariedade of the State of São Paulo and Mayor-elect of São Paulo, to take office January 1, 2017. Mr. Doria served as Municipal Tourism Secretary and President of Paulistur from 1983 – 1986, under the management of Mário Covas, Mayor of São Paulo. In 1984, he participated in the organization of the Diretas-Já campaign at the request of then governor of São Paulo André Franco Montoro. From 1986 – 1988, Mr. Doria served as Chairman of Embratur and the Conselho Nacional de Turismo. In 2001, he joined the Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira (PSDB), and in 2007, led the “Cansei” civic movement for the rights of Brazilians amidst the “Mensalão” political scandal. From 1979 – 1982, Mr. Doria was Director of Communications of the broadcast television network Rede Bandeirantes de Televisão and, from 1981 – 1983, was Professor of marketing at Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado in São Paulo. He was also Founder and Vice President of the São Paulo Convention & Visitors Bureau. Mr. Doria hosted two television shows – Show Business on TV Bandeirantes, and Face to Face, on Rede BandNews. From 2010 – 2011, he hosted the reality show O Aprendiz. He also writes a monthly business column in Forbes Brasil. In 2012, for the fourth consecutive year, Mr. Doria was named one of the 100 most influential people of Brazil and of the world by ISTOÉ magazine. In 2014, he was named one of the 100 most reputable leaders of Brazil by the European company Merco.

Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.

Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. was confirmed as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs on February 12, 2016. Previously Ambassador Shannon served as Counselor of the Department. Ambassador Shannon had served briefly as Senior Advisor to the Secretary following his return in September from Brazil, where he served as United States Ambassador for nearly four years. He is a Career Ambassador in the Senior Foreign Service of the United States. Ambassador Shannon is only the seventh Foreign Service Officer to hold the position of Counselor since World War II, and the first in 32 years. Prior to his tenure in Brazil, Ambassador Shannon served as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs from 2005 to 2009. He served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council from 2003-2005. From 2002 to 2003, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State, where he was Director of Andean Affairs from 2001 to 2002. He was U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), with the rank of Ambassador, from 2000 to 2001. Ambassador Shannon also served as Director of Inter-American Affairs at the National Security Council from 1999 to 2000, as Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, from 1996 to 1999, and as Regional Labor Attache at the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 1992 to 1996. During his thirty year career as a Foreign Service officer, Ambassador Shannon also served as Special Assistant to the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil from 1989 to 1992, as Country Officer for Cameroon, Gabon, and Sao Tome and Principe from 1987 to 1989, and as a Consular/Political Rotational Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City, Guatemala, from 1984 to 1986. Ambassador Shannon graduated with high honors from the College of William and Mary in 1980, having studied government and philosophy. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He then studied at Oxford University, where he received a M. Phil in Politics in 1982, and a D.Phil in Politics in 1983. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

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