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JOSÉ ALBERTO SANCHIS

CEO Paellafest LLC

Jose Alberto Sanchis is an executive and entrepreneur with more than 40 years’ experience launching successful global business ventures. He resides in the Great Washington Area for more than 10 years and United States since 1983.


Mr. Sanchis has a Law degree from the University of Navarra, Spain, graduate degrees from IESE Business School in Barcelona and IPADE Business School in Mexico, an MBA from the University of Miami and a Master´s in Mobility Studies from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He also holds a Certificate in New Technologies from UNED (National Open University) in Spain, and a Degree in Methodology and Didactics from the University of Valencia. He also holds an LNV Executive Education program at the Harvard Business School.

Mr. Sanchis is also fluent in Spanish and French.

BRENDA MARTINEZ RAMIREZ

CEO Paellafest Mexico

She has experience in the organization, logistics and design of events. She is in charge of the general operation and coordination of the different areas necessary for the best experience of our clients. She has a degree in Public Accounting, from the Pan American University in Mexico City, and a diploma in Event Management from the Autonomous University of Querétaro.

FELIPE A. PEREZ SOSA

Paellafest Mexico Adviser

He is a professor and researcher of Finance at Tecnológico of Monterrey. Also a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration and Finance, from the Universidad Panamericana; Master in Administration with a Specialty in Finance, from IEST – Anáhuac; and a PH D in Administrative Economic Sciences, from the Autonomous University of Querétaro. He is the author of books, scientific articles and international papers in the financial area.

ERNESTO AGUILERA RODAS

Operations Director Paellafest Mexico

Chef and businessman, owner of Tierra Criolla Restaurant. He has a degree in Gastronomy from the Culinary Institute of Mexico, named the Chef of the Year 2010, finalist in Young Mexican Chef and finalist of the Gourmet Challenge. He has coordinated the Chocolate Festival and the Cheese Festival since its inception.

ALEJANDRO DÍAZ HERNÁNDEZ

Institutional Relations Director Paellafest Mexico

Entrepreneur and journalist with extensive experience in media, public relations, civic work and business activities. He is a graduate of journalism from the University of Navarra, from the AD1 program of IPADE, Diploma in Philosophy from the Pan American University and economics courses taught by CEESP and CCE. He has been director of the Aguascalientes Business Center (COPARMEX), advisor to various business organizations and participated in the founding of the El Encino School Center and the Bonaterra University.

KAREN CLARK

CEO Paellafest Puerto Rico

Karen is a businesswoman, marketing and sales specialist, with experience in events organization. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Biscayne College in Miami. Among others, her work experiences include the tourism and real estate sector. In addition, she served as assistant dean of the training center of the Association of Realtors in Puerto Rico. She´s currently the owner of the Rincón Ibérico restaurant in San Juan, Puerto Rico and a member of the Board of Directors in the Association of Merchants of Old San Juan (ACOVI).

JULIO IBAÑEZ

Paellafest Dominican Republic

Julio Ibanez is an Executive Retailer and Advisor of retail companies with more than 20 years of experience at an international level. After founding in 2006 the consultancy project for international retail Sudamerica Business Retail LLC, he moved to San Francisco, California in 2008. He is member of the California-Spain Chamber of Commerce for the promotion and development of imported food and beverages and export between Europe and the United States. Julio is also a conferencist and columnist on Retail issues, providing opinion leadership in industry forums; a board member of the Abasto Magazine, the most important Hispanic retail magazine in the United States; and co-founder and elected President of The Hispanic Retail Chamber of Commerce.

FREDDY ORTIZ

Paellafest Dominican Republic

Freddy Ortiz, Mercadólogo y Publicista. CEO de A Tono Publicidad, socio de Inversiones Ortiz Galván (importaciones). Nacido en República Dominicana con estudios realizados de Publicidad, Mercadeo y MBA en Baruck College New York 1992, y estudios Miami Dade CC (AS and BS Degree) con Ingeniería en sistema como segundo grado 1998. Licenciado en Mercadeo, Coach Programa Elite de Publicidad y de vida acreditado por World Coaching Corporation, International Association of Coaching IAC, Coaching Ontológico SC y Arturo Orantes Coaching Mexico desde el 2014

JULIÁN HOYOS

Institutional Relations Director Paellafest Washington

Julian is a lawyer graduated from the Universidad Santiago de Cali, Public Administrator of the ESAP with experience in International Law at the International Leadership Institute and Business Administrator at the Universidad Central del Valle (Tulua).

He is currently the president of the Colombia American Chamber of Commerce of Washington D.C. and Member of the Board of Directors of the Hispanic House of Virginia. He has experience in the development of export companies and organizations with work focused on social matters. During his long career he has worked with various communities and has been the Founder of several social and business organizations.

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