J. Summer Rogers

J. Summer Rogers

President

BS Molecular Biology / Bioengineering – UCSD, San Diego, CA.
International Baccalaureate Scholar

International business professional since 2006.
Verticals of expertise: Startups, Technology, Consumer Products, Food/Beverage, Pharma/Biotech.
Areas / fields of expertise: Management, Business Strategy, Business Development, Operations.
Regions of expertise: USA, Latin America, EU
Number of countries visited: 9

Other career accomplishments:

  • Award-winning startup CEO and entrepreneur.
  • Launched products and services for new and niche markets in food/beverage, digital health, artificial intelligence, clinical trials, fitness, and medical tourism.

Coralie Bordes

Coralie Bordes

Director, Emerging Markets

BA & MA – La Sorbonne University, France.
Master International Affairs – UCSD, San Diego, CA.

International business professional since 2007.
Verticals of expertise: CPG, cannabis, agriculture, entrepreneurship.
Areas / fields of expertise: Strategy, product development, product management, operations management, supply chain management, agricultural development.
Regions of expertise: Western Europe, North America, Latin America, Caribbean, China.
Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese.
Countries lived in: USA, France, Mexico, Brazil, Haiti, China.
Number of countries visited: 30

Other career accomplishments:

  • Founder/CEO of Coco Ana Chocolate, a brand of premium cannabis-infused chocolate
  • School of Global Policy and Strategy (UCSD) Alumni Board Member
  • Global product manager & supply chain manager at Saint-Gobain

Kristina Vadeikaite

Kristina Vadeikaite

Director, Product Marketing

BA and BA Management – ISM University of Management and Economics. Vilnius, Lithuania.
MF Finance – Universidade Nova. Lisbon, Portugal.

International business professional since 2008.
Verticals of expertise: CPG (grocery, private label, retail).
Areas / fields of expertise: Category management, product development, product marketing, purchasing/sourcing.
Regions of expertise: Europe, USA, Asia.
Languages spoken: English, Lithuanian, Italian.
Countries lived in: Lithuania, USA, Denmark, Portugal, India, UK, the Netherlands.
Number of countries visited: 36

Other career accomplishments:

  • Food blogger: explored passion for baking with 10k+ followers.
  • Developed premium private brand products that were selected as one of best and most innovative worldwide at the 2014 PLMA trade show in Amsterdam.
  • Strategic thesis advisor for CEMS master students (CEMS – Ranked n°1 MBA in the world by the Financial Times).

Eric Gomez

Eric Gomez

CEO

BS Mechanical Engineering – UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.
MBA Real Estate Finance – McCombs School of Business. University of Texas. Austin, TX.

International business professional since 2003.
Verticals of expertise: CPG, cannabis, real estate, technology.
Areas / fields of expertise: Strategy, management, M&A, finance, distribution.
Regions of expertise: Latin America, Africa, Western Europe.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Portuguese.
Countries lived in: USA, Mexico.
Number of countries visited: 44

Other career accomplishments: 

  • Data-com engineer for fortune 50 companies AT&T and Verizon.
  • Asset manager for global industrial REIT ProLogis.
  • Founder/CEO of CSD16 (cannabis seed-stage investment fund).
  • Investor/manager of portfolio of tech, health, CPG, and fashion companies.
  • Board member / advisor / mentor for various seed-stage companies.

Leo Fernandez

Leo Fernandez

Director, Business Development

BS – Florida International University. Miami, FL.

International business professional since 1991.
Verticals of expertise: CPG (snacks, beverages, grocery, club-store).
Areas / fields of expertise: Sales, marketing, market development.
Regions of expertise: Caribbean, Latin America, Mideast, EU.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish.
Countries lived in: Cuba, Spain, USA, Dominican Republic.
Number of countries visited: 30

Other career accomplishments:

  • Account Manager of the Year at Snyder’s – Lance.
  • Director of Sales of the Year at Snyder’s – Lance.
  • Founder of MLF International.

Alejandro Vargas

Alejandro Vargas

Director, International Sales

BA – Universidad Iberoamericana. Mexico City, Mexico.

International business professional since 1985.
Verticals of expertise: CPG (snacks, beverages, grocery, club-store).
Areas / fields of expertise:
 Sales, market development, private labels, multicultural products.
Regions of expertise:
 Latin America, USA, Asia, Europe.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish.
Countries lived in: Mexico, Spain, USA.
Number of countries visited: 48

Other career accomplishments:

  • Negotiated and developed a Joint Venture with Nissho Iwai Japan for Jusco Retail Supermarket, developed their “25yr Anniversary” Valencia Orange Juice from Mexico & introduced “California OJ” brand to the retail and Foodservice.
  • Developed new channels of distribution in South East Asia.
  • Trainer for Quality Assurance from the Japan Union of Scientific Engineering.
  • Developed new channels of distribution in US, Central & South America for Ybarra Brand products.
  • Build up brands for International market: Catalina Wine Cooler & Acapulco Wine Cooler for USA and Europe.

Gui Cunha

Gui Cunha

Manager, Partner Relations

BA International Business – SDSU, San Diego, CA.

International business professional since 2012.
Verticals of expertise: Logistics, CPG.
Areas / fields of expertise: Operations, route + business development, shipping pricing, new business onboarding.
Regions of expertise: North America, Latin America, Asia, Europe.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Portuguese.
Countries lived in: USA, Brazil, Argentina.
Number of countries visited: 8

Emilia Manzaneque

Emilia Manzaneque

 
BS – ITESM. Querétaro, México.
MBA Candidate – Rady School of Management, UCSD. San Diego, CA.

International business professional since 2015.
Verticals of expertise: CPG.
Areas / fields of expertise: Market research.
Regions of expertise: Latin America.
Languages spoken: Spanish, English, Italian.
Countries lived in: Mexico, Spain, Italy, USA
Number of countries visited: 30+

Rafael Gutiérrez

Rafael Gutiérrez

Director, Business Development

DI BS – Universidad Iberoamericana. Mexico City, Mexico.

International business professional since 1985.
Verticals of expertise: Key accounts & corporate sales – food & beverages commercial equipment.
Areas / fields of expertise: Sales & Mkt., market & product development, Industrial design & manufacture.
Regions of expertise: Mexico, USA, EU, South America, Central America & Caribbean.
Languages spoken: Spanish, English.
Countries lived in: Mexico, USA.
Number of countries visited: 25

Other career accomplishments:
Industrial designer experienced in commercial equipment for food & beverage industry, supermarket & C-stores, restaurants & hotel chains. Highly emphasis on a customer service relationship. Proficient in international and domestic markets sales, strategic markets positioning, territory growth & development, key customer retention, selling strategies, organizational leadership and team building work. Successful commercial relationship with International leader Key Accounts & Global Groups as ALSEA, OXXO, SORIANA, HEB, WALMART, COCA COLA, PEPSI, POSTOBON and POLAR BEER.

Raul Gomez

Raul Gomez

Max InterAmericas Team

BS – UC Berkeley
MBA – UC Berkeley Haas

45 years of experience in international trade.
Regions of expertise: Central America, South America, Africa, Western Europe
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Countries lived in: USA, Mexico
Number of countries visited: 45
Other career accomplishments: Senior corporate office for major banks in USA and Mexico: Citibank, Manufacturers Hanover, American Express, Bancomer, Comermex, Banpais, investment banker specializing in M&A work in Mexico selling companies and large public multi-million dollar debt placements in New York and London for a multinational US consumer products company and for a television joint venture between News Corp and Televisa.

Frank Paredes

Frank Paredes

Max InterAmericas Team

Professional Engineer

17 years of experience in international trade.
Regions of expertise: Central America, South America, China, Western Europe.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish.
Countries lived in: USA.
Number of countries visited: 40
Other career accomplishments: Civil engineer for Ninyo & Moore, an ENR Top 500 Design Firm.

Agustin Marquez

Agustin Marquez

Max InterAmericas Team

CPA & MBA

40 years of experience in international trade.
Regions of expertise: Mexico, Central America, South America.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish.
Countries lived in: Mexico.
Number of countries visited: 27
Other career accomplishments: General Director, Banks Financial Companies, General Manager Tropicana Peninsular: Mexico West Region.

Damian Geleyns

Damian Geleyns

Partner – CTG

Bachelor of Law – University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Master of Commerce – University of Queensland, Australia.

International business professional since 2005.
Brands represented: Guarana Antartica, San Miguel, Coopers Beer, Full Circle, Crown Whisky, Shake Cocktails, Sinfire Whisky, Glengarry Whisky, Dinda, Feinkost.
Regions of expertise: Asia (China, India, Thailand), South America (Brazil, Paraguay), North America (Canada), Europe (Ireland), Oceania (New Zealand, Australia).
Languages spoken: English, Portuguese.
Countries lived in: New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, USA, United Kingdom.
Number of countries visited: 17
Other career accomplishments: Founder of China Trade Gateway/Global Trade Gateway.

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  • We are looking for professionals with global trade experience. You must be multi-lingual, flexible, creative, and ambitious.
  • We are looking for service providers. If you offer good rates and good service in logistics, distribution, manufacturing, merchandising, or marketing, we want to hear from you.
  • We are looking for new business. If you have a product, market, or service that you need help developing, we have the resources.