Honorary Consul

The Honorable Carmen Bermúdez
Consulate of the Republic of Costa Rica
3567 E. Sunrise Drive, Suite 235
Tucson, AZ 85718

Tel. 520.529.7068 Fax. 520.577.6781


Consul Carmen Bermudez is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Mission Management & Trust Co., the nation's first and only minority-woman owned independent trust company. Founded in 1994, Mission has, under her guidance, been recognized with several awards including being named the inaugural recipient of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce's Athena Award in 1995 and bring honored by the TWCA of Tucson with its 1996 Women on the Move Corporate Award. Mission was also the recipient of the 1998 Western Regional Supplier of the Year Award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council.  In 1999, Working Woman Magazine named Mission a regional award winner as Most Socially Responsible Company.

The Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce selected Carmen as its 2005 Hispanic Businesswoman of the Year. In August 2004, Hispanic Magazine presented Carmen with the US-Latin American Friendship Award. In May 2002, Carmen was named by Costa Rican President Abel Pacheco to be Honorary Costa Rican Consul to the United States. A naturalized American citizen, Carmen was extremely proud to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York. In 2000, Avon Products, Inc. chose Carmen as one of four Women of Enterprise, and the Star Group recognized her as one of The Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World. Also, Carmen was named Mujer 2000 Woman of Today. She also received the YWCA of Tucson Women on the Move Award (1994) and the YMCA of La Jolla (California) Service Award (1993). In the April 1999 issue of Fortune, Carmen was featured in the Minority Business Enterprises Special Industry Report. In 1999, she was featured in Tucson Lifestyle among “Hispanics Making a Difference.” Latina magazine named Carmen its 1999 Entrepreneur of the Year. Hispanic magazine recognized her as one of the 100 Top Latinas.

While running her own company, Carmen remains actively involved in numerous national, regional and local projects. She was on the Advisory Board for the Department of Management and Policy – Eller College of Management of the University of Arizona, also was a former director of U of A Research Park Development Corp. She was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Health, Physical Fitness and Sports. She was a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and member of the RNC Hispanic Advisory Board. She formerly served on the boards of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Rotary Club of Tucson. She has also participated in the University of Arizona Hispanic Alumni Mentoring Project and served on the 1997 Southern Arizona Women’s Fund Grants Committee. She remains actively involved in the Tucson community by sponsoring scholarships for the YWCA Bright Future Program, and as a member of the Grand Canyon Minority Supplier Development Council and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

From 1987 to 1994, Carmen was the Chairman and Treasurer of Marathon Asset Management Co., now a Tucson-based investment management firm. She was reelected Chairman in 1996 and still serves in that capacity. Before joining Marathon, Carmen retired from Trans World Airlines, Inc. after an eighteen-year career.

In addition to her accomplishments in business, Carmen has an outstanding record as a national-class athlete, winning local and regional awards in swimming, cycling and running. In 1989 and 1990, she finished eighth and tenth, respectively, in her age category in the national triathlon championships. Carmen competed and finished first in the over-40 age category in the 1993 Escape from Alcatraz biathlon. Having moved to the desert from the ocean, she continues her athletic pursuits as an avid golfer on Tucson’s beautiful courses.