Secretary of Commerce in Town

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So what makes a successful leader? That's the question U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Carlos Gutierrez, answered for an audience at Texas A&M Tuesday.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Guiterrez graciously accepted the McLane Leadership in Business award. The award is named after Houston Astros owner Drayton McLane, and honors those who have been successful as business leaders.

Former President George Bush presented Guiterrez with the award and praised the job he's doing in office.

" Leaders who understand their role in developing a community that can compete in tomorrow's environment. I can hardly think of a more worthy recipient of the first McLane Leadership and Business award than our distinguished Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez," said former President Bush.

" I'm deeply honored to have been selected by the committee and proud to share the McLane Leadership and Business program's goal of promoting corporate and citizenship public service," said Gutierrez.

Many say Gutierrez is the perfect example of living the American Dream. Born in Cuba, his family moved to the U.S. in 1960. Gutierrez worked his way up the corporate ladder and became chairman of the board of the Kellogg Company.

Gutierrez shared what he believes makes a successful business leader based on his experiences.

" They all had a will to lead. They wanted to lead and as you know, leadership is not easy. Great leaders actually enjoy a challenge, the demands, and the pressure of leadership," said Gutierrez.

After hearing the speech, many audience members probably felt like they walked away knowing the secrets of success.