Free Trade Alliance Names Interim Vice President

FTA logo colorFree Trade Alliance San Antonio has named Rogelio Garcia as Interim Vice President. Rogelio has been a part of Free Trade Alliance since 2000 and has been involved in various activities for the organization such as developing and promoting the Alliance and its programs locally and internationally, coordinating trade missions and events, membership recruitment and services, providing international expertise to members, serving as the liaison between the organization and its members and providing oversight and guidance to projects of high importance.

Prior to this promotion to VP, Rogelio served as Director of Business Development and led the Alliance’s foreign direct investment initiatives with his team. Rogelio helped attract foreign based companies to invest and do business in San Antonio through the International Business Development Center (IBDC) program and other trade related services. Since 2003, he has also been an adjunct professor at the University of the Incarnate Word teaching the Importing & Exporting business course.

As Vice President, Rogelio will be the chief operating officer for staff. He will report directly to the President & CEO of the organization and serve as the senior Alliance staff member in his absence.

Free Trade Alliance presents Women in International with Esperanza “Hope” Andrade

FTA logo colorFree Trade Alliance presents Women in International with Esperanza “Hope” Andrade on Thursday, February 14, starting at 11:30 a.m. at The Venue at Valero, located at One Valero Way.

Hope Andrade served as Texas’ 107th Secretary of State, is a successful entrepreneur, and has been Awarded Avance’s “Mother of the Year” and recognized as the “Small Business Advocate of the Year” by the Small Business Administration.

The Free Trade Alliance invites you to gain valuable insights from a remarkable leader, at this woman only program which will provide insights into how to grow your business globally, improve yourself as a leader and balance career and family life.

The Free Trade Alliance, Women in International program is designed to empower, educate and support women to participate and be successful in all phases of international activities.

Free Trade Alliance Members: $35 per person
Prospective Members: $45 per person
To register, contact: Laura Martinez: (210) 229-9036 or
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CBP Global Entry Interviews Now Available at San Antonio Airport

SA international aiportSan AntonioInternationalAirport (SAT) has been designated an official GlobalEntryEnrollmentCenter by U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP).  Global Entry kiosks have been in operation at the international arrivals area of SAT since August.  However, San Antonio area applicants had to schedule the required in-person interview in a city with an enrollment center.  With the opening of an enrollment center at the SAT Customs Area, applicants no longer must travel to Dallas, Houston or another state to conduct the short enrollment interview that after a comprehensive  background check conducted by the Department of Homeland Security. Interested travelers must apply online at, where SAT is now listed as an EnrollmentCenter.

San AntonioInternationalAirport is the latest of 31 airports nationwide, and a total of 40 airports throughout the US, Canada, Ireland and South Korea. Most members using the Global Entry kiosks are processed for arrival into the U.S. in about a minute.

International travelers enrolled in Global Entry who are returning to the U.S. through the San Antonio airport can bypass passport control lines to use CBP’s automated self-service kiosk.  The kiosk features include a camera, touch-screen monitor, fingerprint scanner, document reader, and receipt printer.

Applications for enrollment in the program are available through the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) at The Global Entry application process consists of the following three steps for all applicants:

  • Completion and submittal of an on-line application through GOES, along with payment of a non-refundable application $100 fee (good for five years)
  • Scheduled appointment within 30 days from the date of the online approval notice to schedule an appointment.  (The actual appointment must be within 90 days of the date of the online approval notice.) Applicants may now choose SAT as the location for their interview appointment.
  • Undergo a background check, interview with a CBP Officer at an EnrollmentCenter and provide biometric information, e.g., fingerprint scan.

The benefits of becoming a Global Entry card holder are:

  • No queuing for passport control checks;
  • No time consuming paper customs declaration form;
  • The Global Entry pass can be used at many of the leading U.S. airports;
  • No lengthy customs and immigration questions;
  • Expedited travel from the gate to the terminal exit (can take as little as 30 seconds);
  • No Minimum number of international “trips to qualify for the Global Entry program.

Global Entry is open to U.S. citizens, U.S. legal permanent residents, and Mexican nationals.  The program is also available to citizens of the Netherlands, who are enrolled in the Dutch Privium program, and citizens of the Republic of Korea enrolled in the Korean SES program, Canadian citizens and residents enrolled in the NEXUS program may also use the Global Entry kiosks.  Members of the CBP Trusted Traveler program, SENTRI, who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, can also use the Global Entry kiosks.

The Global Entry program began as a pilot program at George Bush Intercontinental, John F. Kennedy International, and Washington Dulles International airports on June 06, 2008.  It became a permanent voluntary program on February 6, 2012.  As of August 24, 2012, there are more than 400,000 Global Entry members who average about 5,000 kiosk uses per day.

For additional information about the Global Entry program, visit