Juan Carlos Benitez is an attorney and lobbyist based in Guam. Mr. Benitez is also known as a key player and fundraiser in the Republican Party and a leader in the Republican Hispanic community. A native of Puerto Rico and first-hand participant in U.S. territory management, he was formerly the lead U.S. lobbyist for the government of Guam. He served as one of the leading international relations specialists at Cassidy & Associates, one of Washington DC Premier Lobbying firms. With his depth of knowledge and broad network of contacts, Mr. Benitez has became a tremendous strategic partner for his clients in designing and implementing successful lobbying strategies to further their needs in Washington and Guam.
Mr. Benitez has represented both private and government clients in DC including: The Government of Equatorial Guinea; Olimpica of Colombia; Nmp Invest from Russia; The Government of the CNMI; The Government of Guam; The Government of Puerto Rico; Conservation Trust Fund of Puerto Rico; Wal-Mart; Iraqi Red Crescent Society; Polytechnic University of New York; City University of New York; Beth Medrash Govoha; Santa Monica Community College District; Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD); Newcomm Wireless Services; Univision; Disney
Prior to Cassidy, Mr. Benitez served the Bush Administration, as Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices after being nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed unanimously by the Senate in 2001. As Special Counsel, Mr. Benitez was the highest-ranking Hispanic presidential appointee at the Justice Department. Mr. Benitez also practiced governmental affairs as Of Counsel to the law firm of Long Aldridge and Norman, where he was part of the Immigration and Labor practice group as well as an integral member of the Government Affair practice group. As Legislative Director for the Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico, Mr. Benitez was responsible for the development and implementation of Puerto Rico's congressional and executive lobbying strategy. Mr. Benitez was also the representative for the Governor before U.S. Congress and all U.S. federal government agencies. Thanks to Mr. Benitez's leadership the Government of Puerto Rico was able to increase the amount of Federal funds it received from Congress to the highest amount it had ever received
Eddie Baza Calvo was sworn in as governor of Guam on January 3, 2011. Calvo is the son of Governor Paul McDonald Calvo, who served as the governor of Guam from 1979 until 1983. He worked in the private sector as the general manager for both the Pacific Construction Company and the Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. of Guam before entering politics in the late 1990s. Calvo has been elected for five consecutive terms in the Guam legislature, serving as vice speaker and acting speaker during his tenure. Calvo received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, California. He and his wife, Christine, have six children.