A former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Ambassador James Jones provides strategic guidance to clients interested in investment and development in Mexico, Latin America and Asia.
As founder and chairman of ManattJones Global Strategies LLC, Ambassador Jones facilitates new and existing domestic and international partnerships in the energy, transportation, insurance, manufacturing and finance industries. He works with major U.S. energy firms in Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador and Lithuania.
Ambassador Jones assists clients with business development and government relations in Mexico and Latin America. Projects include a U.S. insurance company’s purchase of a Mexican company, an Asia-based automobile manufacturer’s entry into Mexico, a joint venture between the United States and Mexico building a water treatment project in Mexico, a U.S.-based resort developer establishing projects in Mexico and Latin America, and facilitating Class I U.S. railroad investments in Mexico and Panama.
The ambassador’s achievements in government include assisting with the negotiation, passage and implementation of NAFTA and helping formulate the U.S. government's rescue package for Mexico during the 1994 peso crisis, preventing bankruptcy of the Mexican government.
Serving a 14-year tenure in Congress, Ambassador Jones was chairman of the Budget Committee and a ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee. His public service career began at the White House at age 25. At 28, he became the final appointments secretary/chief of staff for President Lyndon Johnson.
During the ambassador’s tenure as chairman and CEO of the American Stock Exchange in New York, listings, revenues and market share increased. He also served as President of Warnaco International in New York.