Ambassador Hans Hertell
An attorney with over 20 years experience in government, public affairs, business, and banking, Ambassador Hertell was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic on November 8, 2001. At the time he finished his tour on May 1, 2007, Ambassador Hertell was the second longest serving U.S. Ambassador in the world.

From 1999 through 2001 Ambassador Hertell was Chairman of American Builders Corp. and a general contractor in Puerto Rico. He was a Managing Director for the Caribbean and Latin America of Black, Kelly, Scruggs and Healey, from 1992 through 1996, a government and public affairs company based in Washington, D.C. He was responsible for all aspects of the firm's activities in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Previously, Ambassador Hertell was Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of PonceBank (NYSE), one of the largest publicly traded corporations in the Caribbean. Ambassador Hertell was also one of the founding partners of the third largest full service law firm in Puerto Rico, Goldman, Antonetti, Ferraiuoli, Axtmayer and Hertell.

Ambassador Hertell has served on the Board of Directors or Trustees of several companies, including OCASO Insurance Officers of P.R., a subsidiary of one of the largest insurance companies of Spain and Interstate Waste Technologies, Inc., which is involved in developing municipal solid waste projects in the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, Colombia, the Philippines, Chile, China, Hawaii, Thailand, and others. In addition, from 1989 to 1991, Ambassador Hertell served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Puerto Rico's Law School, and as a director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York.

A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mr. Hertell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University of New York, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Puerto Rico.