Greater Irvine Chamber Among Select Group of Business Leaders and Dignitaries Meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a meeting with a select group of about a dozen California business leaders and government dignitaries on June 19 in Huntington Beach. 

Greater Irvine Chamber President and CEO Bryan Starr, along with former California Governor Pete Wilson, California Business Roundtable President Rob Lapsley, Orange County Business Council President and CEO Lucy Dunn, and others, met with Secretary of State Pompeo to discuss international trade, international relations, and cybersecurity.

“Mr. Pompeo’s perspective was important to learn especially in terms of the role California and our community plays in international relations,” Starr said “With 79 languages spoken within its borders, Irvine can be considered the United Nations of California. Our rich diversity is a key component to what makes our community crucial to global business and trade.”

Secretary Pompeo, who was born and raised in Orange, graduated first in his class at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and served with the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the U.S. Army’s Fourth Infantry Division. He graduated from Harvard Law School, was the Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and was sworn in as the 70th Secretary of State in April 2018.

“It was an honor to be able to have a face-to-face conversation and convey the needs of Greater Irvine to one of the leaders of the free world,” Starr said.


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