Carlos Linares is a leading provider of strategic advisement to industry, education and government in the areas of community relations and business development. Born in Nicaragua, Carlos has a versatile background in strategic marketing, commercial banking, and entrepreneurship, he has served as President and CEO of the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Regional Director for the Salt Lake SBDC, Founder/President of Linares Consulting Group, and Adjunct Faculty for Westminster College’s Gore School of Business where he earned his baccalaureate degree in International Business and MBA. He now serves as the Director of the Small Business Development Center at Weber State University. Carlos was named among The 20 Most Influential Hispanic Business Leaders in Utah, national recipient of the Champion of Collaboration Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Community Builder Award from the Utah Women’s Alliance for Building Community. Active in community affairs, Carlos has served on a number of business, education and non-profit boards. On his spare time, Carlos enjoys traveling to distant lands across the globe.