About the event

49th Person of the Year Awards Gala Dinner
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
New York Marriott Marquis
Opening Reception: 6:30pm / Gala Dinner: 8:00pm
New York City
Dear Sponsors and Guests,
The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce hereby ratifies that the 2019 Person of the Year Gala will take place as scheduled, on May 14th at the Marriott Marquis in New York.

The Chamber will be celebrating its 50th year of promoting trade, investment and cultural ties between Brazil and the United States. During the Gala, the Chamber will award Instituto Brasil Solidário for their contributions to Social Responsibility and Neoway for their leadership in Digital Innovation.Cordially,

Awards Committee
Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

The Person of the Year Awards Gala Dinner has been held annually by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce since 1970. The Gala honors two outstanding leaders – one Brazilian and one American – who have been particularly instrumental in forging closer ties between the two nations. Past honorees have included President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, President Bill Clinton, Min. Henrique Meirelles, and Henry Kissinger.

Last year the event was attended by nearly 1,000 participants from the business, financial, and diplomatic communities, many traveling from Brazil. In addition to the Gala, a series of parallel events sponsored by institutions such as FGV, Banco Itaú, BTG Pactual, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citibank, and the Financial Times have all contributed to making the week of the Gala “Brazil Week” in New York.

The POY has become the premier event of the Brazilian-American community in the U.S., and its success has enabled the Chamber to expand its annual programming to further develop the ties between Brazil and the United States.

2019 Person of the year

President Jair Messias Bolsonaro is the Brazilian recipient of the 2019 Person of the Year Awards.


Jair Bolsonaro was elected President of Brazil in October 2018.  His political career began in 1988 as an elected representative of the City Council of Rio de Janeiro. In 1990, he was elected for the first of seven consecutive terms as Federal Deputy for Rio de Janeiro.


The choice of President Bolsonaro is a recognition of his strongly stated intention of fostering closer commercial and diplomatic ties between Brazil and the United States and his firm commitment to building a strong and durable partnership between the two nations.


Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo is the American recipient of the 2019 Person of the Year Award. 


Secretary Pompeo was confirmed as U.S. Secretary of State in April of 2018.  He was formerly the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (January 2017 to April 2018), and served four terms as a Congressman from Kansas (2011 to 2017).   Prior to entering public service, Secretary Pompeo was a successful entrepreneur and business executive.


Secretary Pompeo was selected as the American Honoree for his active support of new initiatives between the governments of Brazil and the United States, designed to spur increasing trade and investment between both countries.


Sponsoring the 2019 Person of the Year Event

The Chamber offers several categories of sponsorship for our flagship event: Inner Circle, Platinum, Gold, and Silver.

Each category offers a different level of benefits that promote your company and provide access to other events during the week. Please call +1 212 751-4691 or e-mail for complete details.

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