April 24, 2012
Octavio A. Hinojosa Mier was decorated with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Civil Merit - One of Spain’s highest honors. A Royal Proclamation from His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain was decreed in recognition for his leadership in promoting stronger U.S. - Spanish relations.
The Order of Civil Merit was established by King Alfonso XIII of Spain in 1926 recognizing “the civic virtue of officers in the service of the Nation, as well as extraordinary service by Spanish and foreign citizens for the benefit of Spain”.
Spain’s Ambassador to the United States, Ramon Gil-Casares, presided over the award ceremony in Washington, DC., during which there was a reading of the proclamation signed by King Juan Carlos and Spanish Minister of Foreign Relations and Cooperation, Jose Garcia-Margallo.
“There’s one very special thing about Octavio that as Spain’s Ambassador, honors me tremendously. Whether in public or in private, he always has kind words about Spain. We can’t but thank him for all his work and support in this country,” said Ambassador Gil-Casares. “This is why His Majesty the King decided to award him with the Order of Civil Merit.”
“I am deeply humbled to receive this recognition from H.M. King Juan Carlos and the Spanish Foreign Ministry, said Mr. Hinojosa Mier. “As an American I am especially honored that this award has been bestowed during this historic anniversary year that ties our two countries together - the 500th Anniversary of the Spanish discovery of Florida and what is today the United States of America.”
In 2004, Hinojosa Mier was selected to participate in the prestigious Young Hispanic Leaders program, which each year selects American professionals to travel to Spain. He is a founding board officer of the Asociación de Líderes Hispanos, which together with the Fundación Carolina will host the Fifth Convention of U.S. Hispanic Leaders in Miami, FL from May 1-3, 2013.
Hinojosa Mier has worked promoting the U.S. Hispanic community as a strategic partner with numerous international governments and organizations. Previously, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Washington, DC-based Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute. Currently, he is Vice President of Government Relations for Cultural Strategies, an Austin, TX-based marketing and communications firm.