Rudy Ortiz currently works for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission as a Manager of Client Services, covering the areas of International Business/Exporting, Cyber Security and Technology Commercialization/Acquisition.
He has owned technology and consulting businesses and has 20 years of experience in business consulting and 8 years as an Operations Manager. In an earlier part of his life, he spent 20+ years working on technology hardware including communications equipment for the Minuteman nuclear launch control facilities, as well as a wide variety of both IT and industrial process control instrumentation.
He is a former Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Corpus Christi, Texas as well as Assistant Director of the Salt Lake Region SBDC in Utah.
He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration with emphasis in International Business and a Bachelors in Management and a minor in Human Resources. He is currently one of only 46 Certified Technology Consultants in the country.
On the International side, he is a Certified Global Business Professional as well as a U.S. Department of Commerce Certified Export and Trade Counselor. He is an instructor and facilitator of the NIST- MEP ExporTech training program in Arkansas and is an active member of the Arkansas District Export Council in addition to being on the Board of Directors of the National Association of District Export Councils. He is fluent in Spanish.