Board of Directors and Officers
Board of Directors and Officers
Nicholas C. Dranias
Over his two decades of private practice, Nick maintained a successful business and real estate practice in multiple states. Recently, he served as Senior Litigator in the Arizona Attorney General’s Government Accountability Unit. He has served as the General Counsel for the Goldwater Institute, and led 5 states to join a compact to advance a federal balanced budget amendment, won a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, and broke up licensing monopolies in numerous industries.
John Gemmill sat on the Arizona Court of Appeals from 2001 to 2016. His colleagues elected him Vice Chief Judge of the Division from 2003 to 2006 and Chief Judge from 2006 to 2008. Prior to this, Senior Arbiter Gemmill spent 25 years in private practice with Teilborg, Sanders & Parks, P.C., where he handled personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, insurance, and commercial litigation and obtained considerable jury trial and appellate experience, plus substantial mediation experience. He has received numerous awards, including the Judicial Excellence Award from the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel in 2014, and was inducted into the Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame in 2015. Senior Arbiter Gemmill received his B.Sc. (Agr.) and J.D. from the University of Arizona.
Oscar Melara is the founder of Melara & Associates, a Honduran law firm specializing in corporate law, public administration, and notary services. Oscar founded the firm in 2002, and has a background in corporate law, including banking, finance, telecommunications, and energy sectors. He is a legal advisor to many highly regarded corporations in Honduras and the region. Oscare serves as a certified arbitrator at the Center for Conciliation and Arbitration of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tegucigalpa. He received his J.D. from
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras in 2000 and holds an LLM from the Northwestern University School of Law. He has served as a Notary for the Supreme Court of Honduras since 2010.
Humberto N. Macias
Officer - CEO/Secretary
Mr. Humberto N. Macias serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the PAC and is concurrently the Deputy General Counsel of, among others, Honduras Próspera LLC. Prior to this, he has assisted with founding and/or acquiring companies focused on soft infrastructure, including in education and private security, and he has also held positions as a transactional attorney at prestigious law firms, including Clifford Chance in Singapore and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Macias holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School as well as a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Sociology from Stanford University. Mr. Macias is a Spanish-speaker and originally from Los Angeles, California.
Ricardo A. González is a Honduran lawyer cofounder of the first honduran law firm catered to serve the highest standards of corporate counseling to the entrepreneurship community in the country. Serving from time to time as legal mentor for incubators and acceleration programs such as Startup SPS, Honduras Digital Challenge, Founder Institute and The Technological University of Central America´s Entrepreneurship HUB. Active member of the Honduran Young Arbitrators Association for over 5 years where he has served as Director of the San Pedro Sula’s Chapter.
Ricardo received his B.A. from The University of San Pedro Sula (Honduras); and his LL.M. in Corporate Law and Practice from The Pennsylvania State University.