Martin dePorres "Marty" Cargas is a Senior Advisor at McLarty Associates, an international strategic and government relations advisory firm. He helps to coordinate business outreach, counsel clients on global strategies, and assist the Food and Agriculture practice. Mr. Cargas guides his clients in navigating unique worldwide opportunities and challenges using his broad experience in legal and government affairs, which spans over two decades.
Prior to joining McLarty Associates, Mr. Cargas was a Vice President at VSConsulting, where he helped senior decision makers in foreign countries understand important differences in the way governments in the United States and their home countries function. He also advised all of his clients on U.S. political issues and on Washington's processes and culture. Before his time at McLarty Associates, Mr. Cargas served as the top "diplomat" at Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc. (which subsequently became Anheuser-Busch Inbev) for 10 years. As such, he was responsible for the company's relations with all governments outside of the United States.
Mr. Cargas is very experienced in dealing with the Chinese government and Chinese companies. He was an integral part of the Anheuser-Busch management team responsible for successful expansion into China, securing government approval for Anheuser-Busch to invest over $1 billion in the Chinese beer industry. He worked closely with partner companies Tsingtao and Harbin Brewing Companies. He has visited China over 30 times and has close relations with various levels of the government in Beijing and Washington. Mr. Cargas has hosted over 20 delegations of Chinese government officials and related business guests visiting the United States.
During his 18 total years with Anheuser-Busch, Mr. Cargas rose from the Legal Department to become Vice President of Global and Environmental Policy. Previously, he had practiced law for five years at the St. Louis firm of Lewis Rice and Fingersh.
Mr. Cargas is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the Hofstra University School of Law, and the Boeing Institute of International Business at St. Louis University.