Trade and Transportation
Remedios Diaz Oliver
All American Containers / President, Miami
Arrival: 1961, from her native Cuba after she and other students were jailed by Castro for nine days following the Bay of Pigs invasion. Her parents owned business schools in Cuba. Started work at a packaging company that year.
Early distinction: 1968, first woman to get the U.S. "E" award for exporting excellence from then President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Founded: 1991, All American Containers, a supplier of glass, plastic and metal packaging, closures, tubes and bottles for soft drinks and other beverages, cosmetics, perfumes, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.
Edge: All American warehouses inventories of its products, allowing it to rapidly fill customer needs.
Appointed: 1991, by the first President Bush to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policies and Negotiations.
Growing: 2006 revenue will eclipse $125 million. Domestic growth has been particularly strong, with the company's business now 65-35 domestic-export, compared to 50-50 historically. "We're very happy. The best times will be coming shortly."
Politics: 2003, co-founder and executive board member of the U.S.-Cuba Democracy Political Action Committee, which raises money for anti-Castro/proembargo congressional representatives and educates Congress on tyranny in Cuba. Now the largest Cuba-related PAC, it contributed $646,924 in the 2004 and 2006 election cycle to Democrat and Republican candidates for federal office, according to the Center for Responsive Politics