Work experience

Work experience

Assistant to the President

Brazil-California Trade Association

Promotes commerce between Brazil and California through conferences, trade shows, treaties, laws and accords.

As Assistant to the President, I coordinated trade seminars to promote business between Brazil and California, specifically with banks such as Citibank, Exim-bank and Banco do Brazil to fund projects for what. Assisted the President in cultural practices, with legal jargon and performed translations of documents and conversations between English and Portuguese.

2009 - 2011

President & Managing Partner

Beyond Meat (previously J Green)

Joined start-up operation with 1 product, 1 employee in Mid-Atlantic.  Operation now has 14 skus and sales in numerous states.  Company received VC funding and is expanding nationwide. Activities included oversight of technology acquistion negotiations, production and sales expansion.

1994 - 2009

President & CEO

Chef Merito, Inc.

Chef Merito is a privately-held food company that creates, manufactures, markets and distributes seasonings, spices, and specialty foods for consumers of Latin American and Spanish foods.

President & CEO, took a business operated out of a garage with two products and branded the products and company into a well-recognized Hispanic brand of seasonings, marinades and sauces.  Today, the company distributes approximately 10 million pounds of product annually through three distribution centers located across the US, with over $12M in sales and has over 80 employees.

Community Activities



May 2009 - Present

Board of Directors Education and Certification

UCLA Anderson School of Management