Dr. Leroy Almendarez is the new Executive Director of Beltraide. Dr. Almendarez’ appointment takes effect on Monday. Dr. Almendarez holds a Doctorate Degree in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and a MBA from the University of the West Indies, Cavehill Campus. He brings a wide range of experience to Beltraide, having served as the Director General of Foreign Trade at the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce, the Director of Tariffs and Administration at the Public Utilities Commission. He was also a representative of Belize at the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) in Guyana, which has allowed him to establish a strategic network. Beltraide said that Dr. Almendarez’ professional experience and commitment to economic development makes him a perfect fit for the position. Beltraide added that under his leadership the institution will be able to advance their mission to enhance Belize’s prosperity by fostering investor confidence, entrepreneurship, business growth and innovation.