Consular Emissary

Consular Chamber of CommerceWhat happens in Vegas stays…on our balance sheets.

Members of the Corps of Consular Emissaries in Nevada have been approached by various governments to become Honorary Consuls.  Discussions are ongoing.  The result could be that Las Vegas becomes a hub of international representation, a reflection of its status as an international entertainment, meeting and business destination.

The true test will be in whether or not the City and State governments are up to the task.  Foreign governments expect a certain level of respect, and embassies presume a city the size of Las Vegas would properly appreciate its consular corps, and understand its business functions.  They are less likely to establish consulates in the face of ‘what happens in Vegas’ ads, and are quick to recognize petty squabbles, local political traps or bureaucratic passive-aggressiveness.

While Nevada has some of the most qualified officials in the Country when it comes to international affairs, some say that others in State and local government seem to have lost sight of the overall objective, in a vacuum of leadership, and fog of ego and protectionism after job cuts.  If the State lacks in international affairs, it is in willpower, not talent. 

According to one Washington, D.C. insider, Nevada’s roughly two dozen consulates would be doubled in number if the City of Las Vegas properly branded itself in the new economy.  It seems at times more obvious to outsiders that Las Vegas is the Meeting Place of the World.  Forget the strippers.  It’s the diverse exhibitions, conventions and conferences that make  it work.

Greater international exposure means greater business opportunities and improved economic and cultural diversity.  The Corps of Consular Emissaries hopes to see such an improvement in the most visited city in the world, Las Vegas.


Dr. Aldo Aguirre, Honorary Vice-Consul of Guatemala in Las Vegas has appointed Mexican Opera personality Marco Antonio Varela as his Emissary.

Marco Antonio Varela named Consular Emissary

Emissary Marco Varela, Consul Biggs Sparkuhl, Vice-Consul Aguirre

Taking advantage of the crowd gathered March 31, 2010 for the open house of the Consular Chamber facilities donated by Attorney Lloyd Baker, Dr. Aguirre surpised the crowd by appointing the popular opera singer.

Mr. Varela first introduced himself to the Order of Consular Emissaries at Cocktails with the Consuls at the Palace in December of 2009.  During the event, Marco and his companion Betsy Ann Fiore swept the crowd off their feet with an incredible impromptu opera performance, accompanied by piano at the Palace.

A true renaissance man, Mr. Varela is has business dealings from his native Mexico to China.  His diplomatic connections extend around the globe. 


If you haven’t heard Marco sing, you will.  He is a phenominal tenor, and the picture of class and decorum.  Vice-Consul Aguirre made an excellent choice.  Any diplomat would benefit from the help of Marco Varela, and I am extremely proud to be associated with him.”    

                                              Jonathan Warren, Premier Consular Emissary


I first met Marco Varela years ago through my dear friend, Her Excellency Berenice Rendón, Ambassador of Mexico.  She thought very highly of him, and over the years I have come to do the same.”      

       – Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, Honorary Consul of Chile & North American Director,       World Federation of Consuls