Carlos Araúz is a senior vice president at Towerbank International, Inc. in Panama. In 2010, Araúz was recognized for his contributions to the overall success of the aforementioned bank when awarded the “Espíritu Insuperable” recognition by the Bank’s Board of Directors. Also in 2010, Araúz published “¿Qué sería de Panamá sin el dólar?” in La Prensa. In 2008, Araúz was named one of the most influential business persons under 40 years old in Panama by Capital Financiero, a regional publication. In 2005, Araúz was appointed spokesperson for an independent association of business executives in negotiations with the government that led to changes in Tax and Social Security laws. Before joining Towerbank in 2007, Araúz worked for two multinational Banks living in Mexico, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, and Panama over 11 years. Born and raised in Panama, Araúz won an academic scholarship to attend Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee where he majored in Economics/Finance and has an MBA degree from Nova Southeastern University (St. Petersburg, Florida).
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“Resurgir es” is a project that aims at providing true re socialization options for youngsters (ages between 14 and 18) currently detained in local penitentiary centers. The base study provides for up to 100 youngsters to benefit from the project. The key elements of the program involve a psychology test as well as an evaluation to determine professional aspirations as well as technical/vocational capabilities. The program will complement other current academic initiatives at the pentitentiary centers. The support from the private sector will be provided through the Panamanian Chamber of Commerce via their commitment to either hire or sponsosr small enterprise efforts by the aforementioned youngsters. The program will issue a certificate which will confirm the culmination of the program and will measure the evolution of the program participants. The goal of resocialization and integration via the development of skills that will allow the avoidance of seeing gangs and “maras” as options is our main driver.
Senior Vice President
Fellow CALI 6
Privado – Banca