Raul U Fernandez - President and Founder
Raul is a visionary leader that is also a results driven management, operations and technology expert. He has 30 years experience leading
business units, new product and business development organizations and implementing revenue enhancing strategies in international corporations. Raul is named in 11 patents referring to fresh food preservation, packaging and handling.
Raul holds an MS in Industrial Safety and Health and a BS in Mechanical and Marine Engineering from the Universidad de Buenos Aires,
David Lund - Success Enabler - Marketing
David is a marketing and brand development specialist and president of the GrowthSpring Group - a unique market growth agency that helps companies accelerate success by identifying and achieving new growth opportunities for existing and new brands.
He has over 25 years' experience at companies such as Heinz, Chiquita and Pure Fishing and has worked directly with over 50 retailer headquarters to develop new strategies and build business.
David holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Purdue University and earned his MBA at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business Administration.
Craig Stephen - Success Enabler - Market and Business Development and Intelligence - Due Diligence
Craig has real world experience in international business within the perishables industry. Having led businesses in the information technology and fresh produce arenas. He has experience in the Asia/Pacific, North America and European markets. Craig is the ultimate value based advisor that any organization would want on their team. He is a senior leader with proven and successful P&L ownership. Strong international and business development experience with exceptional problem solving leadership. Characterized as an effective team builder, value-based leader, skilled negotiator, and imaginative problem solver.
Craig holds a BS/BA from the University of Cincinnati,
Gonzalo Marquez - Success Enabler - Strategy and Business Development
Gonzalo is an international consultant with vast experience in new product development, market development and exports within multinational companies. Prior to working as a consultant Gonzalo held positions as Latin American Corporate Clients Marketing and Products Development Director for a North American investment bank. He also gained international experience working in different countries such as Costa Rica, Chile, Europe and the United States leading teams responsible for fruit export, market development, regional sales and new product development during his tenure at Chiquita Brands Inc.
Gonzalo also lectures as a visiting professor in numerous universities on the topic of Marketing, Innovation and Business Management.
Gonzalo is an Economist with a Master's in International Business Management from Thunderbird University and holds a degree from the Darden School of Business.
Alberto Ortiz - Success Enabler - Operations Management, Compliance and Training
Alberto holds a Master of Engineering in Food Processing and is Food Technologist with over 25 years experience in the Food Industry , including : Research, Development, Implementation, Production, Marketing and Sales, Training, Supplier Development, Operations, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Consultancy and audits .
He has extensive experience in the Food Industry, including: Management of supply operations, processing plants and retail operations. International development experience and is a certified trainer in G.M.P. and.Food Processing. Development of programs to meet international requirements for Global Companies.
Jiwon Jeong - Success Enabler - Research and Development - New Product Development
Jiwon is an experienced researcher and leader in the development of solutions to improve quality and add value to fruits and vegetables.
His expertise involves processes, packaging, modified atmosphere packaging, ethylene inhibitors and formulations.
Jiwon brings a very strong academic and practical world background which complements well the team's capabilities.
His education includes: Ph. D, Horticultural Science, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
MS, Plant Science, California State University, Fresno, CA
BS, Horticultural Science, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
He is also author of patents and is cited in numerous publications