As Chief Program Officer of ACE, Luis Izaguirre oversees all business advisory services, place-based work and SBA Women’s Business Center projects.
“I have dedicated my career to assisting entrepreneurs,” he says. “I was drawn to ACE because of its mission in helping start and grow businesses.”
He brings an array of accomplishments to his work at ACE. For 10 years, he was Executive Director of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Hispanic American Center for Economic Development (HACED). In that capacity, he started the state’s first incubator for Hispanic businesses, and he was tapped by Gov. Sonny Perdue to represent Georgia on a tour of seven Latin American countries for the Free Trade of the Americas.
“I promoted Atlanta throughout several countries in Latin America as a dynamic and welcoming city to do business in the United States,” he says. “I also created the business plan and raised funds needed to operate this 501(c)(3).”
Izaguirre also worked as Financial Advisory Director for Clearpoint Financial Solutions. He led a team of nine financial advisors in both Atlanta and Miami; worked closely with referral partners; and developed an expansion plan for the agency financial solutions services, including opening a new office in Miami.
A native of Venezuela, Izaguirre holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA from Georgia State University. He came to ACE three years ago.
“For so many years I did the support work for small- and medium-sized businesses, but there was always a missing part,” he says. “What was missing was the financing. So now we are able to help people get their ideas on paper and develop business plans, but we also follow through with capital to make their dreams a reality. ACE is a one-stop shop where we can offer clients the full circle of service.”
He lives in Atlanta with his family, which includes a seven-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter. “We spend our leisure time on sports or on sight-seeing and exploring,” he says.