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Raul "Danny" Vargas

Danny Vargas has created opportunities, overcome challenges and beaten the odds all his life. As founder and president of VARCom Solutions, a D.C. area-based marketing and public relations firm, he has made a mark not only in business but in the community as well. In July of 2007 he became chairman of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce, making him the first Hispanic to chair a mainstream chamber of commerce in the history of Virginia, and probably the mid-Atlantic region. Mr. Vargas was also recently elected the national chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly.

Mr. Vargas also served as an executive at AOL. First as VP of Global Sales for Voice Services, where he developed new channel and wholesale relationships with a wide variety of organizations—from popular online properties, to telecom service providers, to major membership organizations and much more. Later as VP of Latin America, he built the strategy for the corporation’s re-entry into the market from Mexico to Argentina. At a time of transformation for AOL, his ability to think strategically and act tactically was a valuable asset.

Previously, Danny was VP of Sales and Marketing for the Americas for France Telecom’s carrier division. The division had no prior presence in the U.S., so he developed and executed the company’s U.S. market penetration plan and led the organization to reach a $100 million annual run rate within eight months of launch, while at the same time continuing to grow the business in Latin America. Danny joined France Telecom after six years at Global One where as Director of Corporate and Carrier sales for the Americas Region he generated over $140 million in revenue in 1999.

Before joining Global One, Vargas worked for a subsidiary of Raytheon Corporation where he played a key role in expanding their business in the areas of training, operations and intelligence analysis support to the federal government. Danny served seven years in the U.S. Air Force, including five years as Operations Manager and Intelligence Analyst in the Republic of Panama where he also supervised airborne reconnaissance missions routinely reporting on matters of national security to key decision makers and national authorities, including the White House.

Danny’s personal story is equally compelling. Raised poor in New York City, in a broken home, he struggled and was determined to rise out of poverty and the slums of the inner city. Today he serves on the boards of various non-profit groups and speaks to students at various levels to encourage them to stay in school and work hard to succeed. As the first person in his family to earn a degree, he is proud to give back to his community. He is married with two young sons, is fluent in Spanish and is active in politics at the local, state, national and international levels.

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