A group of businessmen interested in the development and expansion of trade relations between the United States and Venezuela, and dedicated to the Pan American ideal, met on the 9th day of July 1936 at the India House on Hanover Square in downtown New York. The purpose of their meeting was to form a nonprofit organization pursuant to the Membership Corporation Law of the State of New York which they named the Venezuelan Chamber of Commerce of the United States, Incorporated.
John L. Merrill was chosen as President, Herman G. Brock, Carlos A. Scholtz, and James S. Carson were elected Vice Presidents, and Amos B. Foy,Treasurer.
The first Board of Directors was made up as follows:
|Carlos Adrianza C.||Adrianza & Co.|
|Herman G. Brock||Guaranty Trust Co. of New York|
|James S. Carson||American Foreign Power Co.|
|Fred De Sola||De Sola Brothers|
|Amos B. Foy||Chemical Bank and Trust Co.|
|H.E. Henneman||The National City Bank of New York|
|G. Hintz||Wessels, Kulenkampff & Co.|
|John L. Merrill||All America Cables|
|W.S. Morrison||U.S. Steel Products Corp.|
|Hendrick S. Muller||Royal Netherlands S.S. Co.|
|F.W. Nichol||International Business Machines Corp.|
|Pedro R. Rincones||Atlas Trading Corporation|
|M.V. Rodríguez Llamozas||Federated Metals Division|
|M.M. Upson||Raymond Concrete Pile Co.|
|Carlos A. Scholtz||Scholtz & Co.|
|Louis M. Vidal||Krajewski Pesant Manufacturing Corp.|
|Evan E. Young||Pan American Airways System|
At the 39th Annual Meeting held May 28, 1975, the members voted to change the name of the chamber to Venezuelan American Association of the United States, Incorporated, to reflect more accurately its present-day activities and purposes.
Over the years our Presidents have provided leadership and inspiration, contributing to the prestige and the growth of our organization. We are grateful to them for their vision and their hard work, and we are proud to recognize them below:
|John L. Merrill||All America Cables||1936-1938|
|Herman G. Brock||Guaranty Trust Company||1938-1940|
|Chester R. Dewey||Grace National Bank||1940-1941|
|Maxwell M. Upson||Raymond Concrete Pile Co.||1941-1943|
|Thomas W. Palmer||Standard Oil Co. of N.J.||1943-1945|
|C.W. Hamilton||Venezuela Gulf Oil Co.||1945-1946|
|M.V. Rodríguez Llamosas||Federated Metals||1946-1948|
|Godfrey MacDonald||Grace Line, Inc.||1948-1952|
|Lloyd G. Smith||Creole Petroleum Corp.||1952-1957|
|Robert R. Ellis||Frederick Snare Corp.||1957-1958|
|Ralph E. Kimpel||Guaranty Trust Company||1958-1959|
|Godfrey MacDonald||Grace Line, Inc.||1959-1960|
|J.J. Dempsey||Armor Products, Inc.||1960-1961|
|G.A. O’Connor||Raymond International Inc.||1961-1963|
|Norman Maxon||Grace Line, Inc.||1963-1966|
|Francis E. Grimes||Chase Manhattan Bank||1966-1967|
|Frank De Sola||De Sola Brothers, Inc.||1967-1969|
|William J. Paden||Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co.||1969-1972|
|Pedro M. Rincones||Creole Petroleum Corp.||1972-1977|
|Gilberto M. Rincón||Zoom International Courier, Inc.||1977-1985|
|Kevin Corrigan||Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A.||1985-1988|
|Robert Y. Stebbings||Marks & Murase||1988-1994|
|Dean D. Bishop||Empresas Polar||1994-1996|
|Alfredo J. González||Banco Unión, C.A.||1996-2007|
|Clara Krivoy||Chadbourne & Parke||2007-2013|
Highlights of the VAAUS calendar of the past have included events in honor of:
Non-governmental speakers have included:
We are pleased to show you photos and key information about VAAUS events held in the past.
From Left: Mr. Oswaldo Contreraa Maza and VAAUS President Alfredo J. Gonzalez of Banco Unión.
From Left: Amb. and Mrs. Milos Alcalay, VAAUS Director Diego Arnal of Banco Mercantil and his wife.
H.E. Hugo Chavez Frias
From left: David Muldford of Credit Suisse First Boston, President Chavez, Alfredo J. Gonzalez, President of VAAUS.
President Chavez addressing the assembly and the head table, including sponsors and other distinguished guests
Some of the 450 attendees
Mr. L. Enrique García, President of Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF), the Andean Development Corporation, speaking at The Plaza Hotel.
Hon. John Francis Maisto, Ambassador of the United States to Venezuela
From left: VAAUS President Alfredo J. González of Banco Unión, C.A.; VAAUS Director and Past President Dean D. Bishop of Empresas Polar; Hon. Dr. Pedro Segundo Conde Regardíz, Consul General of Venezuela in New York; VAAUS Director and Past President Pedro M. Rincones, President of the Bolivarian Society of the U.S.; Dr. Gustavo Marturet, Chairman of Banco Mercantil C.A.; and VAAUS Director and Past President Robert Y. Stebbings, Attorney.
From left: VAAUS Directors Mario Caires of Banco Industrial de Venezuela and Andrés Sala of Banco Mercantil C.A.
Tenth Annual Dinner-Dance, held at The Plaza Hotel. The González family, from left: Malula, Paul Alfredo, Malula Graciela, and Alfredo J. Gonzalez, President of VAAUS.
Tenth Annual Dinner-Dance, From left: Mónica A. Calabrese of Corp Banca, Dean D. Bishop of Empresas Polar, María Olga de Bishop, and Susan Gómez of Excel Bank, N.A.
Photos by Miguel Rajmil and Linda Calvet.