Ambassador Tapia was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica on July 18, 2019. He started his career at General Electric and worked for a number of electrical sales companies before moving to the company that became Electrical Surplus Sales Company (ESSCO). As chairman and CEO of ESSCO, Ambassador Tapia led the company, the largest Hispanic-owned business in Arizona, for over three decades.
Ambassador Tapia’s philanthropic efforts include serving on the Board of Directors for the Sun Angel Foundation and Endowment at Arizona State University, the Tau Kappa Epsilon Educational Foundation Board of Indianapolis, Indiana, and as Chairman of Board and Trustee at Saint Leo University. Additionally, he served on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix, Teen LifeLine Phoenix, the Advisory Council of the Arizona Animal Welfare League, and the Advisory Board for the Foundation for Blind Children in Phoenix, Arizona.
Ambassador Tapia is a U.S. Air Force veteran and worked as an air traffic controller for the Federal Aviation Administration. He received his B.A. and M.B.A. from Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Florida, where he was later awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
Ambassador Tapia has two sons, Timothy and Mark, and a daughter, Londa, and is the proud grandfather of six grandchildren. He also has two great-grandchildren, a girl and a boy.