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Governor Abbott Appoints Rolando Pablos As Texas Secretary Of State

Thursday, January 05, 2017  •  Austin, Texas  •  Appointment
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott today appointed Rolando Pablos as Texas Secretary of State for a term set to expire at the pleasure of the Governor. Rolando Pablos replaces outgoing Secretary Carlos Cascos.

Rolando Pablos is co-founder and CEO of Uriel Americas. Most recently, he served as CEO of the Borderplex Alliance, a bi-national economic development organization based on the US-Mexico border.

A former utility regulator, Mr. Pablos is an economic development expert who understands the importance of leveraging strategic community capacity building for purposes of attracting investment to Texas. As a state official and in his private practice, he has played critical roles in the advancement of international trade with Texas, especially through his advocacy for cross-border collaboration between the US and Mexico. Mr. Pablos has also served as Honorary Consul to Spain, where he worked to ensure the formation and development of business and diplomatic relationships between Texas and Spain.

Mr. Pablos is a licensed attorney who most recently served as commissioner on two state regulatory agencies: the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Racing Commission.

After obtaining a BA from St. Mary's University, Mr. Pablos earned an MBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business, and an MHM the University of Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management. Subsequently, Mr. Pablos earned a JD from St. Mary's University School of Law.  He has been a member of the State Bar of Texas since 2000.