Gonzalo de la Melena Jr.

Vice Chair, AMAC Government Affairs Committee/Founder & CEO, Emerging Airport Ventures

Gonzalo de la Melena serves the community as the President of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (AZHCC) & Operator of the Phoenix Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), the States leading advocate representing more than 200,000 Minority Business Enterprises.  Gonzalo is also the Founder of edmVentures, LLC an Airport Concessions company with Food, Beverage and Retail holdings in Phoenix – Sky Harbor International Airport. 

Gonzalo has over 20 years of global management experience.  He began his career in consumer products with Coca-Cola Enterprises before joining The Dial Corporation where he conducted business in more than thirty countries before the age of thirty. 

Gonzalo serves as a member of The Corporate Advisory Board – JPMorgan Chase Bank of Arizona, Board of Directors – Fiesta Bowl, The Global Council – Thunderbird – The School of Global Management, Valley of the Sun – United Way.  He previously served on the Board of Directors of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs.

Gonzalo is recipient of the Phoenix Business Journal 40 under 40 and is a graduate of Valley Leadership.

Gonzalo received his MBA from Thunderbird, School of Global Management and earned his undergraduate degree in business from Arizona State University.