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 Salas

Rafael Gutiérrez Salas

Regional Sales Manager III, Welbilt Mexico Services (Manitowoc) / Key Accounts Manager, Manitowoc FSG Mexico

Sales, Finance & Economics Certification – Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)
BSc (Licenciatura) in Industrial Design – Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA)

Over 34 years of international commercial experience, specializing in corporate sales, distribution, general operation, industrial design, manufacturing and implementation, marketing, product development and complex logistics. Actively pursuing opportunity in Guadalajara region to leverage experience in a leadership/advisory role, with an emphasis on customer relationships and sales.
Previous Titles:

  • Key Accounts Manager, Heatcraft – Kysor / Warren Mexico
  • Founding Partner, Atlantrade Products, LLC, Kennesaw, GA (USA)
  • Export Inspector & Trading Consultant, Latin Solutions Corporation, Ball Ground, GA (USA)
  • Export & Key Accounts Manager, Ingersoll – Rand / Hussmann, Mexico City
  • CR National Sales Manager / Marketing Consultant, Electrolux Industries, Mexico City
  • Marketing & Supermarket Accounts Manager, Whitman / Hussmann –
  • American Refrigeration, Mexico City
  • Design Manager, IC Industries / American Refrigeration Products, Mexico City
  • Product Engineering Department Chief Supervisor, MAHLE / Moresa Industrial, Mexico City
  • Senior Product Engineer, IUSA / Scovill – Schraeder, Mexico City
  • Product Engineer, INFRA / Smith ́s – Harri ́s – Metron Equipment Group, Mexico City

Languages spoken: English and Spanish.

Other career accomplishments:

  • Heatcraft Sales Achievement Award (2012 & 2011) for outstanding sales results.
  • Hussmann Export Volume Sales Award (1998-2000) as member of the Latin American export sales team.
  • Supplier of the Year (1996), awarded by CIFRA-Walmart Mexico as member of the Hussmann sales team.

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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