Founded in 2013, the Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA) is a member initiative of AS/COA that provides a platform for young professionals in their 20s and 30s to connect around the latest trends in the Americas through its New York City and Miami chapters.
YPA Mission Statement
The mission of YPA is to build a network that engages, connects, and inspires future leaders passionate about Latin America through professional development and social events.
To learn about the benefits, see the Membership tab.
November 5, 2016
AS/COA is pleased to present the first YPA Young Leaders Conference, bringing together current and rising leaders from Latin America for a half-day conference in New York City.
Members of the Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA) are primarily international and represent a diverse spectrum of professional sectors, including venture capital and finance, fashion, government, design, consulting, law, and the arts. Membership includes exclusive access to our networking and social events, such as private art fair tours, concerts, and intimate talks with industry leaders around professional development.
YPA currently has active chapters in New York and Miami. YPA Silver and YPA Artist memberships are only available in NY.
Become a YPA Member*
Annual Contribution of $100 ($75 tax deductible)
- Complimentary or discounted admission for public and private YPA events and parties
- Opportunities to expand your professional network through interaction with other international rising leaders
- AS/COA member rate admission to select public policy programs in New York, Miami, and Latin America with high-level industry and government leaders
- Complimentary admission to select Americas Society’s culture programs
- Complimentary one-year subscription to Americas Quarterly app
Annual Contribution of $500 ($320 tax deductible)
Silver members are considered upper-level members of Americas Society (AS) and enjoy benefits of the Cultural Circle and YPA.
YPA Silver Benefits:
- Invitations to select YPA Steering Committee events and elite programs from the network
- Invitations to intimate cocktail receptions, gallery tours, art fairs, and dinners exclusively for upper-level members of the Cultural Circle
- Complimentary admission for all public and private YPA events and parties
- AS/COA member rate admission to all public policy programs in New York, Washington, DC, Miami, and Latin America with high-level industry and government leaders
- Complimentary admission to all Americas Society’s culture programs plus one guest, with special access to post-event receptions to meet featured artists (primarily in NYC)
- Complimentary one-year subscription to Americas Quarterly magazine and app
A limited number of complimentary YPA memberships for both the New York and Miami chapters will be given annually to artists and musicians. These members will enjoy all of the above benefits as well as access to Americas Society concerts and gallery openings. Interested applicants please send a CV and portfolio link to Allie Fleder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply to our Steering Committee
Annual Contribution of $1,000 ($810 tax deductible)
The YPA Steering Committee comprises the network’s leadership. Selected members represent a variety of sectors and backgrounds, and offer their professional experience to develop fun, entertaining, and enriching programs. They also enjoy additional, elite benefits.
Steering Committee Benefits:
- Invitation to SC-only dinners and social gatherings
- Priority access and complimentary admission for all public and private YPA events and parties
- Invitations to select AS/COA VIP galas, receptions, and award dinners
- Access to select AS/COA leadership events exclusive to COA corporate members
- Invitations to intimate cocktail receptions, gallery tours, art fairs, and dinners exclusively for upper-level members of the Cultural Circle
- Complimentary admission to all public and private YPA events and parties
- Opportunity to give introductions at/cohost YPA events and represent the network at specific occasions
- Opportunity to develop YPA programs
- Opportunities to expand your professional network through interaction with other international rising leaders
- AS/COA member rate admission to all public policy programs and conferences in New York, Washington, DC, Miami, and Latin America with high-level industry and government leaders
- Complimentary admission to all Americas Society’s culture programs, with special access to post-event receptions to meet featured artists (primarily in NYC)
- Complimentary one-year subscription to Americas Quarterly magazine and app
In 2015, SC members enjoyed access to private high-level AS/COA programs, including:
- Lunch with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos
- Americas Society Spring Party, honoring BlackRock Chairman/CEO Larry Fink and Miguel Alemán Foundation President Miguel Alemán Velasco
- Meeting with Mexican Tourism Minister Enrique de la Madrid
- Meeting with Brazilian Social Development Minister Tereza Campello
- Select events and briefing calls with ministers and leading political analysts from Latin America
Learn more about the application process here.
*Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA) memberships are individual and non-transferable. Memberships run for a 12-month period from the time of joining.
COMMITTEE MEMBER BIOS
A born and bred New Yorker, Nelson Almanzar has more than 15 years of professional experience in user-experience design. In 2011, Nelson left his full-time job at A&E Networks to cofound Talos Digital, a full-scale software development agency. His company builds websites, apps, and other digital products for businesses. They now have offices in New York, Austin, Montreal, and Medellin with over 55 staff members. Nelson earned a BA in communication design from Parsons The New School for Design. He is a United States Marine Corps Reserve veteran. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, drawing, and traveling the world.
Julio Germán Arias Castillo works in the Global Investment Manager Analysis group at Morgan Stanley. Previously, he worked at Citigroup and Deloitte in Panama, Opus Investimentos in Brazil, and in Morgan Stanley's Global Capital Markets, International Wealth Management, and Executive Financial Services. In addition to AS/COA, Arias Castillo is director of international public relations of Enseña por Panamá, Teach for All's newest network partner in Latin America. Arias graduated with honors from the Huntsman Program at the University of Pennsylvania, with a BS in economics from The Wharton School and a BA in international studies. At UPenn, he served on the executive boards of Wharton Latino, the Wharton Business Law Association, and the International Student Advisory Board. He also was an active member of Cipactli (Latino Honors Society), Sigma Iota Rho (Honor Society for International Studies), and the John Marshall Pre-Law Honor Society. In addition, he was elected as Wharton representative to the Undergraduate Assembly, was a participant for international programs in Australia, Morocco, and Portugal, and was the master of ceremonies of the Wharton Global Forum in Panama. Upon graduation, he was presented with the 2014 Alumni Student Award of Merit, and was a finalist for both the Dean's Award for Service to the Wharton School and the Class of 2014 Senior Honor Award. Born and raised in Panama City, Panama, he has represented his nation in prominent international forums, such as United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)'s Tunza Youth Conference 2009, Univ Forum 2010, and Vanguardia Iberoamericana 2013 (sponsored by UNESCO, the Organization of American States and the Inter-American Development Bank as part of the XXIII Ibero-American Summit).
Ricardo Cervantes works in the Equity Capital Markets Group at Tishman Speyer. As part of Tishman Speyer’s Leadership Development Rotational Program, Cervantes worked with the company’s NYC Design and Construction Team and Mexico Regional Team. Previously, Cervantes founded two businesses in Mexico, focusing on customer loyalty (VivePlus S.A. de C.V.) and on construction (Materiales VICE S.A. de C.V.) and spent some time as an analyst in Merrill Lynch’s Debt Structuring Group. He completed a semester abroad in Salamanca, Spain, and a nine month internship at JP Morgan Mexico. In addition to AS/COA, Cervantes is a member of the advisory committee for Universidad CENTRO’s Master in Business Innovation Program and an advisor to Qualitas of Life Foundation. Cervantes holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a BA in chemical engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana. Born and raised in Mexico City, Cervantes has a deep commitment to economic policy and development in Latin America. He also enjoys traveling and is an avid runner, skier, soccer player, and golfer.
Diego Cisneros is an investment analyst at Serengeti Asset Management in New York. Serengeti is an opportunistic, value-based hedge fund with $1.5 billion in AUM, primarily investing in debt and equity of both public and private companies globally. Prior to joining Serengeti in 2016, Cisneros spent four years as an investment analyst at Newfoundland Capital Management in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Newfoundland is a Pan-Latin American long/short hedge fund focused on investing in publicly traded equities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. At Newfoundland, Cisneros was responsible for investments in consumer, real estate, and industrial sectors. Cisneros graduated from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts; he holds a BS in business administration with a concentration in economics. While at Babson he spent one year as a fund of funds intern at SCS Financial, a Boston-based investment management firm with $16 billion in assets under management. He completed a semester abroad program in Buenos Aires, and a six month internship at Corporación America, one of the largest privately held conglomerates in Argentina with interests in infrastructure, banking, agriculture, and energy. Cisneros is a native of Caracas, Venezuela and is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He enjoys playing soccer, squash, surfing, drums, flying, and painting.
Santiago Dañino Beck was born in Lima, Peru, raised in Washington, DC, and currently resides in New York City. At present, Dañino Beck works in the M&A Group at Goldman Sachs. Previously, he worked in the Office of the Chairman, as well as in the Emerging Markets Investment Banking Group, both also at Goldman Sachs. In addition to AS/COA, Dañino Beck is a member of the Junior Committee of the Worldfund, a non-profit that targets poverty in Latin America through the promotion and improvement of education in the region, a member of the Donations Committee for Help Peru, a non-profit committed to helping underprivileged Peruvians improve their access to education, healthcare and meet other everyday needs, and is actively involved in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Dañino Beck graduated with a BA in economics from Harvard University, where he was a member the Harvard Association for Cultivating Inter-American Democracy ("HACIA Democracia"), and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, among others.
Matt Doup is a junior investment analyst at Pleasant Lake Partners, a concentrated long/short equity fund, and currently spearheads the firm's diligence on Cuba. Previously, he served as a Princeton in Latin America fellow in Santiago, Chile at Endeavor, a global nonprofit that promotes entrepreneurship in emerging markets. He is a founding member of Princeton in Latin America's Junior Advisory Committee. From 2011 to 2013, Doup worked in business development at the financial data start-up Capital IQ. He holds a BA in international relations and Latin American studies from Brown University, where he served as a presidential ambassador, business manager for The Brown Journal of World Affairs, and four-year captain of the Brown Club Tennis team. He currently serves on Brown's Young Alumni Leadership Council.
Roger Larach was born in Honduras and currently resides in New York City. Larach currently works in the mergers and aquisitions (M&A) Latin America group at BNP Paribas. Prior to joining BNP Paribas in 2015, Larach spent two years at BroadSpan Capital in Miami working on M&A and debt restructuring transactions across Latin America. In addition to AS/COA, Larach is an international ambassador for Fundación Diunsa, a non-profit targeting Honduran children under high social risk through education and sports, and is also a member of Conecta, a Central American young professionals group. Larach graduated from Boston College with a BS in management (finance concentration) and honors economics. While at Boston College, Larach was the president of the Entrepreneur Society and a member of the Student Organization Funding Committee, among others. Larach completed investment banking summer analyst internships at Barclays and Credit Suisse and co-founded “Yo Prospero,” a microfinance venture focused on low-resource entrepreneurs in Honduras.
Roberto Licalzi, originally from Puerto Rico, is currently an MBA student at New York University’s Stern School of Business where he will specialize in finance, accounting and strategy. At NYU Stern, Licalzi helped organize and run the Latin American Business Association’s 2014 and 2015 conference both which focused on the economic situation of the region. In addition to being a member of the Latin American Business Association, he is a member of the Military Veterans Club and the Graduate Finance Association. Upon graduation from Stern, he will be joining Barclays, where he interned as summer associate in 2014, in the investment banking division. After graduating from college, Licalzi commissioned in the United States Marine Corps as an infantry officer and returned in 2013 from a 6 month deployment to Tripoli, Libya in support of the defense of the U.S. Embassy. Licalzi earned his BA in political science and economics from Boston College.
Patrick McGinnis is the managing partner of Dirigo Advisors. He is an active angel investor in Latin America and the United States, with investments including NXTP Labs, ipsy, WeHostels, Bunny Inc., and BlueSmart. Prior to founding Dirigo, he was a vice president of PineBridge Investments, where he invested in fast growing companies in Pakistan, Turkey, Colombia, Ecuador, and China. He started his career on the Latin America team at JP Morgan Partners (formerly Chase Capital Partners) where he invested in businesses such as Americanas.com and MercadoLibre. An avid traveler, writer, and speaker, McGinnis has visited more than 65 countries. He writes for the Huffington Post, Business Insider, and the Latin America Venture Capital Association. McGinnis is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Business School. He also attended the Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. His first book, The 10% Entrepreneur, will be published by Penguin Portfolio in early 2016. Learn more at www.the10percententrepreneur.com.
Juan Navarro-Staicos is currently responsible for global macro investments at OMERS Capital Markets. There he analyzes macroeconomic developments across a range of developed and emerging economies, including several in Latin America. Previously, Navarro-Staicos worked at the New York Federal Reserve providing up-to-date analysis of key market developments to senior policymakers. He also spent several years at Bain & Company, where he worked with major Latin American and U.S. corporate clients. Navarro-Staicoshas a joint degree in business administration and development economics from Harvard University, and he attended Rice University for his undergraduate studies. He joined the YPA because of a deep commitment to economic policy and development in Latin America. He also enjoys traveling and is an avid runner, skier, and kitesurfer. Juan was born in Argentina, and raised in the United States.
Monica Ramirez de Arellano is a corporate attorney from Puerto Rico. She received a JD from New York University School of Law, where she was a JD scholar in the Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business, and the editor-in-chief of the NYU Journal of Law & Business. Previously, she was a corporate associate attorney at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, and a member of the firm's Investment Management Group. Prior to law school, she worked as an international arbitration paralegal at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, and during law school, as a summer associate at both Credit Suisse's Regulatory Litigation Group and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Ramirez de Arellano earned her AB from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Margaret Rohrmann is a second year MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. Prior to business school, Rohrmann worked at Kekst and Company, a corporate public relations firm in New York. Prior to that role, she worked at Goldman Sachs in the firm’s Mergers Leadership Group. Rohrmann holds a Bachelor of Science in foreign service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She grew up in Guatemala.
Colin Serling is currently an associate at Prodigy Network, a commercial real estate development firm focused on crowdfunding. Founded in 2003 by Colombian native Rodrigo Niño, the team is democratizing real estate financing by allowing accredited investors globally to participate in previously difficult to obtain assets in New York City and Latin America. Previously, he worked on the equities and options sales team at the New York Stock Exchange. Serling is a co-founder and visiting scholar of the Capital Markets Foundation, a project focused on educating and empowering students in Latin America with the ability to trade with U.S. capital markets. He has been an integral part of launching four semesters of classes in Cali, Colombia, and will continue to help lead the expansion throughout the region. Serling graduated from Lafayette College in 2012 with a BA in economics and financial policy. He can speak Spanish and is learning Portuguese.
Stefany Stanley, originally from São Paulo, Brazil, moved to the United States in 2008 to pursue her career in marketing. After receiving her Certificate in Conference & Event Management from New York University, Stanley took on the role of director of Business Development at NewsCred, an end-to-end content marketing platform, where she continues to develop and grow the marketing and sales strategies. Stanley is passionate about many different topics and organizations; she is on the board of Meeting Professionals International Greater NY, and a member of the Programs Committee at Women in Communications Inc., the Young Collectors Council at the Guggenheim, and many more. Stanley also believes in giving back, which she does by volunteering with NY Cares, among others. Her moto is stay focused, stay motivated, and always be open to meeting great people and embracing the best that New York has to offer.
J.J. Stranko is currently deputy head of media relations for McKinsey and Company. Before joining McKinsey, he spent several years doing Latin America-focused work and consulting with organizations across the private and nonprofit sectors, including Facebook, Morgan Stanley, and the Clinton Global Initiative. Stranko has lived and worked across Latin America and was the recipient of a Fulbright-Garcia Robles grant in Mexico City. Stranko is a graduate of Columbia University and SAIS-Johns Hopkins. A prolific writer, his work about Latin America has appeared in the Washington Post, Americas Quarterly Blog, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Huffington Post.
Pola Thomson is a Chilean-born, NY-based designer. Since the early 2000s, she has been a fashion pioneer in Latin America, launching two important design labels in Santiago and working as a freelance contributing editor and fashion stylist for several magazines. In 2008, she won the Gama Cut Award for Best Fashion Stylist of the year. Her collections were presented at several runways and tradeshows, including presentations in Santiago, Panama City, Paris, Vicenza, and New York. In 2011, she showcased her collection at the renowned “Who’s Next & Première Classe” show in Paris, winning the Femme category. She was invited again in January 2012 to exhibit her FW’12 collection at “Who’s Next Prêt-à-Porter Paris.” El Mercurio recognized her in 2011 as one of the 100 Chilean leaders of the year. In May 2014, the London-based platform Not Just a Label picked her to present her work in Origin Fair, in Vicenza, Italy, as one of the 100 most exciting emerging designers from the fashion industry. She holds a BA in design, with a strong focus in art, aesthetics, and design from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Laura Vela focuses leveraging innovation and entrepreneurship as a means to solve global problems. Laura is the founder and Creative Director of Laura Vela, an affordable, luxury preppy-boho handbag company in New York. In 2010, she was selected as one of 100 students to present her business project at the New York Stock Exchange in Kairos Society and in 2011 she was chosen as one of 3,000 applicants to debut her collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. Laura launched her own fashion label in 2012, and was honored at the Purses and Pursenalities Luncheon at the Metropolitan Club in 2014. She earned her MBA from ESADE Business School in June 2010.
Lorraine White is currently an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. Prior to starting at CBS, White worked as an analyst on the Strategy and Corporate Development team at Voya Financial (formerly ING U.S.). She has also held positions covering Latin American sovereigns as a fixed-income research analyst at Credit Suisse, in the Emerging Markets and International Affairs group at the NY Federal Reserve, and at the Maurice Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a dual BA in economics and French and Romance philology from Columbia University.
Lizzie Wintle is an investment professional at JF Lehman, a New York-based private equity firm with a focus on the aerospace, defense, and naval industries. Prior to her current position, Wintle worked in the Global Industrials Group at Credit Suisse with a focus on chemicals and building products. She graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University where she received her BA in economics from the College of Arts and Sciences.
María Cristina Alvarez is an associate at JPMorgan in Miami covering Latin America. She has been with JPMorgan since 2010 and recently relocated to Miami from New York. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Foreign Service from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Alvarez was born and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
Enrique A. Conde is a Shareholder in the Corporate & Securities Practice Group of the law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. He is licensed to practice law in Florida and New York, and handles domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate financings, joint ventures and all types of general contractual matters throughout North, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Europe. Fluent in Spanish, Conde has also advised Latin American and European companies doing business in the United States. He is the founder of The Futuro Program, a community outreach program to provide high school students with positive role models and educational workshops. He also serves on the Alumni Board of Ransom Everglades School. Conde is originally from Miami and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001 and the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2005.
Wifredo Fernandez, or Wifi to his friends and colleagues, is a social entrepreneur and professor based in Miami. He is the founding director of the Center for Research and Transformative Entrepreneurship (CREATE) at Miami Dade College (MDC), a venture accelerator for students. He also co-founder of The LAB Miami, a 10,000 square foot campus for creative entrepreneurs. He has served as adjunct faculty at MDC and as a visiting fellow on social entrepreneurship at the University of Miami School of Law. He is on the board of the Wynwood Arts District Association and an adviser to the Urban.Us fund. Prior to starting The LAB, Wifi was a Teach For America corps member in Washington, DC. He holds an MA in teaching from American University and a BA in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.
L. Felice Gorordo is an accomplished social entrepreneur with leadership experience ranging from serving the highest offices of government to building multimillion dollar businesses and founding national grassroots organizations. Currently, Gorordo is President & CEO of Clearpath, a venture-backed tech company revolutionizing the confusing, costly and paper-based immigration filing process–just as TurboTax transformed tax filing. Previously, he was appointed by President Obama as one of fifteen 2011-2012 White House Fellows, America's most prestigious and competitive nonpartisan leadership and public service program founded in 1964. In this capacity, he served in the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and spearheaded the White House Business Council's competitiveness series–organizing industry leaders sector-by-sector focused on spurring job creation and promoting long-term economic competitiveness. Gorordo also co-founded and leads Roots of Hope, a national non-profit focused on youth empowerment in Cuba, named the "Best Grassroots Organization" by the Miami New Times. In 2009, Gorordo was an advisor to 17-time Grammy winner Juanes and helped organize the historic "Peace without Borders" concert in Cuba, with 1.2 million in attendance. Earlier, he led government sales for Liberty Power, the fastest-growing Hispanic-owned business in the U.S. Prior to that, Gorordo served as a presidential appointee in the Administration of George W. Bush, holding various positions at the U.S. Departments of Commerce, State, and Homeland Security. PODER Magazine has named him one of the "100 Poderosos" Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S., as well as one of the Top "20 Under 40." He has been featured on CNN's "Young People Who Rock," and appeared on BBC, NPR, CNBC, The Economist, and The New York Times. Gorordo is a graduate of Georgetown University and lives in Miami with his wife, daughter, and son.
Nabil Malouli is the director for Latin America & Global Customer Director within DHL’s Customer Solutions and Innovation Group. He leads a team of customer managers responsible for strategy, growth targets, and customer relationship building for large international clients across all DHL business units (Global Forwarding, Express, and Supply Chain). His customer portfolio is delivering fast growth and represents more than EUR200K million for the company annually. Prior to his current position, Malouli served as Regional Customer Manager and Director of Trade Lanes Latin America, overseeing teams across the region and around the world, developing customer strategic plans and commercial strategies with high potential growth. He worked with DHL Global Forwarding strategic accounts to provide customers with insight into the best logistics solutions, market trends, cost savings initiatives, and sustainable innovative solutions. Nabil has experience in various solutions such as warehouse management, distribution center, last-mile delivery through solutions that he has developed with some of his customers. He also served previously as Regional Trade Lane Manager Latin America – North Asia Pacific, focusing on customer service excellence across this challenging trade route. Born in Toulon, France, Malouli has lived and worked in various countries, including Mexico, Brazil, China, England, France, and the United States. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in International Trade from the University of Montpellier in France, and a master’s degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon in Mexico.
Mauricio Mendoza is manager of the ASSETS Small Business Program of Branches, Inc.—an association with United Way, the Federal Housing and Urban Development Agency, and Miami-Dade County. In this role, he advises clients on developing and managing their businesses, and expanding operations into and outside of the United States. Mendoza also founded the Institute for Small Business Research, an organization tasked with providing business education and expert advice for local and foreign entrepreneurs expanding in Miami, and also providing economic and business data for the area. Before joining ASSETS, Mauricio spent 10 years in banking and venture capital investment, working for large corporations and Fortune 500 clients. He also provides private consulting services to local and international investors from Latin America and Europe, focused on international expansion, operational efficiency, corporate structuring, and sustainability.
Romina Monasterio is a strategist focused on creating value through the use of market data and technology. She aims to deliver results that positively impact and optimize a corporation's efficiency, profitability, and resources without losing sight of the value in the product offering, brand, and intended target audience. Monasterio is partner at both Kai-Zen Consulting, a marketing and sales development and process engineering firm, and Luminary Central, a platform that enables growth for high impact entrepreneurs and investors and connects them with optimal resources. She is also a volunteer at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship in South Florida. Her expertise is derived from various key positions, across multiple industries, offering both products and services in the United States and Latin America. She has carried out extensive market research with the ultimate objective of finding value and opportunity. Throughout her career she continually developed market strategies to gain competitive advantages and satisfy consumer needs. Monasterio holds a BS in technology in interactive multimedia development from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Miami with a special focus on marketing and operations management.
Frank Moreno is director of Latin America Sales at Generac Power Systems. He has over 11 years’ experience developing strategies for expanding global markets, channel development and building strategic alliances. He has held a number of roles within the company, including most recently regional manager for Central America and the Caribbean. Before joining Generac, he served in several other sales roles with Americas Generators and Summit Technologies, both based in Florida. Moreno is a graduate of Florida State University in Accounting, Management, and Marketing. He has also pursued executive education in Finance, Strategy, and Innovation at both MIT and Emerson.
Samantha Sugarman is development manager for Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts covering the Americas. Based out of Miami, her responsibilities include feasibility, project selection, owner relations, deal negotiation, and general support of Four Seasons' growth strategy throughout the region. Prior to Four Seasons, Sugarman worked for Ernst & Young Ltda in Santiago, Chile, managing the Fixed Asset Valuation team for Chile and helping to establish an M&A Real Estate practice in South America. She began her career with Ernst & Young LLP in Miami, Florida, as a consultant within the Hospitality and Real Estate group, working on valuation, feasibility, M&A, and acquisition underwriting. Sugarman graduated from Cornell University with a BS in hotel administration, a minor in Latin American studies, and a course load focused on real estate finance. She speaks English and Spanish and is working on her Portuguese. Sugarman's interests include long distance running and Latin American street food.
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Slideshow: Exploring Malbec - A Private Class and Wine Tasting
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Slideshow: Out and Discriminated Against? LGBTQ Rights in the Workplace
November 13, 2014
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Slideshow: Esperança Terena - A Photographic Lens into One of Brazil's Indigenous Communities
July 15, 2014
The YPA hosted a special Brazilian photography viewing....
Slideshow: Young Professionals of the Americas' One-Year Anniversary Party
July 02, 2014
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LatAm Minute: Digital Entrepreneurship in Latin America
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May 21, 2014
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Slideshow: Young Professionals of the Americas Brazilian Carnival Party
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Slideshow: Young Professionals of the Americas End of Summer Fiesta
September 04, 2013
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Slideshow: Young Professionals of the Americas Launch Event
July 22, 2013
View photos from the launch party on June 27, 2013 for AS/COA's Young Professionals of Americas....