LAWRENCE P. HOWORTH - President and Founder of HOWORTH International, LLC, a multinational Advisory Services and Fractional Management firm based in Dallas Texas, USA. Lawrence has over 40 years of multinational business experience in over 25 countries and in multiple industries. An entrepreneur, private investor, educator and business coach/mentor, Lawrence has held C-level positions in several multinational organizations, has co-founded two multinational start-up companies. A Canadian and USA Citizen, Lawrence is a Graduate of the University of Saskatchewan (Canada), College of Commerce and a CA/CPA (a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada), and alumni of KPMG. He is a frequent panelist and speaker on multinational economic and business development, international go-to-market and market entry strategies, business combinations and structuring, small business development and entrepreneurship. Lawrence has been appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce as a Member of the District Export Council of North Texas (Chair Emeritus), lecturer with Exporting with the Experts, International Market Entry strategies with the University of Texas at Arlington and currently active in several organizations including the International Business & Trade Advisory Committee, Dallas College, Dallas, TX, Business Management Advisory Committee, Collin College, Frisco, TX, 1st Vice President and President Elect of the Japan America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth and sits on the Advisory Board for the Center for Global Business, Naveen Jindal School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas. Prior activities in Mentorship, Education, Associations: - University of Southern California, IBEAR Program – Market Entry, Japan - California State University, Long Beach – Managing and Growing International Businesses - Brazilian IBMEC Executive MBA program with the California State University, Irvine - Entrepreneurship - Congresso SixSigma in Brazil – International Business Management - Independent Study and Mentorship Program for the Frisco, TX Independent School District – Mentorship - OCTANE, supporting the development and innovation of biomedical and information technology - Tech Coast Angeles – one of the top 5 angel investment groups in the USA, investor and mentor for early/mid-stage medical device, biotechnology, information technology, consumer products and other organizations & member of the TCA Board of Governors, Investment Selection and Executive committees - Forum for Corporate Directors of Orange County - Education Committee, including Chairing the development of the first Survey of Corporate Directors, Orange County, CA - National Academy Foundation - Board of Directors - OneOC (previously the Center for Social Enterprise, Volunteer Center), Orange County, CA – Co-Chairman - Frisco Chamber of Commerce, Frisco, TX - member of the Board of Directors and Founding Chair of the International Business Council.
Office: +1 (469) 269-5002
Cell: +1 (562) 544-5300
HOWORTH International Resource Partners
To serve our Clients' INDUSTRY or GEOGRAPHIC needs, our Project Teams include international and domestic business specialists – trusted individuals and organizations – specialists not only in specific disciplines but where necessary, they are local “country” experts and experts in multinational business that are well known for their field of expertise and understand international business and regulatory requirements.
Introducing our Resource Partners
Middle East / North Africa (MENA) Region
ZIAD ALKHAYAT, Principal, Independent Consultating Services. Ziad Alkhayat has more than 20 years accumulative experience and management skills in engineering, onsite construction/ renovation/ repair projects, sales & marketing, buildings/ facilities assessments, operation & maintenance, outsourcing and procurement projects. Ziad managed and supervised different projects totaling three-digit million US Dollars covers a diversity of fields such as infrastructure, traditional and commercial buildings, power plants, Oil & Gas, hotels, hospitals, industrial facilities, airports, roads & bridges, military camps, water treatment, retail markets, warehouse and steel structure buildings. Ziad provides sales, marketing, business development advisory services, assist in training programs, represent companies in trade shows and seminars to improve sales process and maximize opportunities, and has international business development experience in the USA, Europe, and the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) countries. He has extensive experience and knowledge in the outsourcing of products/ equipment/ materials used in any construction/ maintenance/ repair projects such as building materials, construction chemicals, Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning Systems (HVAC) with BAS, pumps, boilers, valves & control valves, process control, plumping, water and sewer piping, lighting, power/ control/ communication cables, power supply boards components, power generating units, walls/ partitions, paints & coatings, roofing, cladding, concrete substrate waterproofing, walls & partitions, tiles and all kinds of flooring system, concrete treatment and repair, pavements, doors & windows, cranes, construction machinery, cleaning chemicals, fire detection/ alarm/ fighting, lightening protection, waste disposal, filtration & separation, testing instruments, welding machines, power tools, and safety products. Ziad has a Bachelor’s & Master Degree in General Engineering and is fluent in English and Arabic.
Telephone: +1 (860) 543-5679
China/Hong Kong/SE Asia
STANLEY K. AU, President, Grand Billows International Media (HK) Company Limited. Stanley K Au is a 45-year multinational finance & business veteran. From 1982 to 1992, Stanley K Au was the CFO of leading companies in the energy service (Smith International – now Schlumberger) and hi-tech venture capital sectors – Surest Ventures in Canada and Asustralia. He returned to Hong Kong in 1993 to establish the first hi-tech business incubator under the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation to nurture technology companies in the development and commercialization of their innovative product and services. In further collaboration with the investment community (Hong Kong Venture Capital Association) and tertiary organizations a number of startups were successfully funded and expanded thru private placement and public listings. From 2002, Stanley took on consultancy and business development roles in technology and infrastructure projects in Hong Kong & China. He has established strong connections with business, tertiary, government, professional and support organizations in Hong Kong & China. A native of Hong Kong,Stanley has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba, Canada. Stanley is a Canadian Chartered Accountant (CPA) and a US Certified Cash Manager. Stanley is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) and English.
Telephone: +852 53801378
Telephone: +86 18124996525
Brasil / Columbia
HELIO BARALDI is a pioneer in the Brazilian market of promotions using giveaways, serving as Head of PPI Brasil and Econopac, leading teams responsible for the creation and implementation of some of the country's biggest promotional campaigns, including the famous Coca-Cola Mini-Garrafinhas, Claro - Disney Gogos, as well as several other campaigns that have achieved significant sales and brand recognition. In addition to his work in marketing, Helio is an advocate for clean energy and a partner at Ion-Energia, a company specialized in providing electricity solutions in the Amazon region by replacing fossil fuel generators with photovoltaic solutions using lithium batteries. Helio is an innovative and visionary leader committed to creating sustainable solutions for Brazil. He is known for his impeccable work ethic and ability to lead teams with excellence. Helio is a Chemical Engineer and is fluent in Portuguese and English.
United States of America & Republic of Türkiye
KADIR BAYINDIR joined HOWORTH International, LLC in early 2020 as an International Intern. Kadir is a gradutae of the SMU Dedman School of Law with a Masters of Laws, LL.M. Kadir graduated with an ASSOCIATES DEGREE from Dallas College, Dallas, TX with a Major in International Business and Trade and Certificates in International Business and Trade and Import-Export. Kadir also holds a Bachelor's Degree from Yalova University in Türkiye and is licensed to practice law in Türkiye.
Telephone: +1 (469) 560-7158
United States of America
ALEX BOUTERSE, LSSGB, CGBP, currently works in Supply Chain Management as an Operations Manager with ODW Logistics, Columbus, Ohio. Experienced in International Logistics and Export Compliance, Alex has held positions with Saddle Creek Logistics, the Global Trade Consulting Group, Columbus, Ohio, TNT Logistics, Sydney, Australia, Pico, Westlake, Ohio and the Apollo Education Group. Alex is also a Certified Global Business Professional with NASBITE International. Alex studied under Lawrence Howorth from 2013-2015 during his time in the Independent Studies & Mentorship Program while he was at Frisco High School. He then went on to study International Business & Logistics at The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business with a BSBA, International Business and Logistics where he graduated in 2018. Alex graduated from the Frisco High School, Frisco, Texas and then from the Ohio State University - both with Honors.
Telephone: +1 (214) 448-3737
Viet Nam & Asia/Pacific
LARRY CHILCOAT, Managing Director, Chengdu Global Trading Group, LLC. Chengdu Global Connects Global Trade Opportunities & General Sales Agents / Asia Pacific Region for FAK Distribution. Experts in providing International Procurement Services linking Overseas Buyers with North American Manufacturing concerns in Best-In-Class Pricing and Transport Services through our Trading Group in addition to providing Independent Consulting Services for Global Transport and Global Supply Chain issues and processes in an ever-changing global environment in Vietnam and SE Asia. Flow process analysis consultation for both domestic and international trade is available with site location evaluations on a global assigned basis.
Telephone: 84329983411, HCM City Vietnam
Benin & West Africa
EMILIENNE FIOGBE, Regional Representative for West Africa, HOWORTH International, LLC. Emilienne Fiogbe, graduated in International Business and Trade from Richland College (www.richlandcollege.edu), part of the Dallas, Texas County Community College District, and was an intern with HOWORTH International, LLC since early 2013. Emilienne is originally from the Benin Republic, a Western country of Africa. She has a Bachelor Degree in English from the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin and has always been interested in international studies. When Emilienne came to the United States after her graduation, she decided to major in International Business and Trade. Emilienne was active in student organizations at Richland College as the president of the International Studies Club (ISC) at Richland College and the co-founder & vice-president of the African Young Leaders Association (AYOLAS). At HOWORTH International, Emilienne has been actively researching the West Aftrican market for products produced in Africa with a market potential in the United States and Canada – see the Research White Paper: “AFRICA – the New World Market” and for products from other countries needed in that part of the world. Emilienne is currently working with HOWORTH International to establish a nonprofit organization called iSupportHer. The goal of the organization is to empower women farmers in Benin. Emilienne is fluent in French and English.
Telephone: 00 (229) 62 00 49 05
ADRIANA GOMES, Director/Owner, Kanoe. Adriana Gomes is the director/owner of Kanoe, a representation and distribution Company based in Brazil. She is a graduate in Advertising from the University Ibero-Americana in Sao Paulo with a postgraduate in International Relations at FMU and attended an Executive Program in Management degree from the University of La Verne in California, specializing in International Marketing, Strategic Thinking and Planning. Kanoe works tirelessly to assist their customers to achieve peak performance. A team of consultants and associates brings to every engagement, a keen awareness of the social context, political and environmental factors affecting the workplace, institutional and organizational culture and a genuine ability to resolve the customer’s issue. Kanoe has deep experience in import, export, sales and commercial strategies. With partners in North America and Asia, Kanoe has the skills to find quality products, negotiate with foreign suppliers and import solutions that bring benefits and improvements to national companies.
Canada, Chile & the Cayman Islands
GORDON HOWORTH, BA, LLB, MBA and MSIB, HOWORTH LAW. Gordon Howorth is a lawyer and business advisor with broad experience in cross-border structuring and emerging markets, especially in relation to investment funds, management services, infrastructure projects and acquisitions and divestitures and financings. Gordon has been involved with offshore investment fund structures and transactions, including time-based in the Cayman Islands and London, UK. Prior to that Gordon was General Counsel for South America based in Santiago, Chile for a private equity investment fund for US institutional investors. Gordon has been called to the bar in three Canadian provinces and his work in Canada has included in-house counsel to a multinational conglomerate and time spent at one of the largest Bay Street law firms. Gordon has a law degree (LLB/JD) from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada and MBA and Master of Science in International Business degrees from the University of Miami in Florida, USA. He has been back in Canada for more than a decade as a Manitoba lawyer and practices in the areas of corporate, commercial, business law, real estate law and wills and estates.
SOICHI KOZA, Founder and CEO, ESSEKA. Soichi is a senior executive with more than 40 years of experience in strategic and project development and planning in a number of industries including metallurgy, industrial production, Waste-to-Energy, waste management, industrial waste, electric power (including high intensity electric power consumers), environmental technologies and CDM projects (Kyoto Protocol). Soichi was a key team member of the Alcoa Group in Brasil from 1970 to 1985 and led the company’s strategic planning and development functions for Alcoa Brasil’s investments in Brasil of over US$ 1.0 billion. He was an Assistant to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce of the Brasilian Federal Government in 1985 and 1986 where he was a key participant in several industrial development programs, electric power generation and supply investment programs. As a Private Consultant from 1986 to 2006, he provided consulting services for companies of varied sizes and diverse sectors in the areas of business plan development, economic projects plans to request financing and government incentives and/or strategic support, development of economic viability studies in industrial, energy and environmental projects, strategic planning and corporate tax planning, development of commercial proposals in public bidding, development of viability studies for CDM projects (Kyoto Protocol) with emphasis in sanitary landfills and renewable energy generation and Contracts and financing re-negotiations with BNDES (the Brazilian Government Development Bank). In September 2006, Soichi became the CEO Assistant responsible for the development of new projects and services for Andrade & Canellas (A&C), a leading electrical engineering and consulting company. He was also involved in energy market studies, energy pricing and cost projections, energy strategic plans and other types of related studies. While with A&C, Soichi coordinated and participated in several projects including viability studies for “Waste-to-Energy (WTE)” projects, viability studies for energy generation projects – wind farm, biomass, mineral coal and hydro, tax planning for energy generation and transmission lines projects and development of strategic plans for power generation projects. Currently, with Esseka, Soichi is focused on various projects including Economic viability studies, Negotiation and contracting of BNDES financing, a viability study for a major WTE project in Brasil, Technical and legal support for foreign companies entering the Brasil market and Legal, technical and economic support for companies participating in the Public Bidding process for various levels of government in Brasil. Soichi is fluent in Portuguese, English and Japanese.
Telephone: +55 (11) 99101-9850
CLAUDIA CALMON LEMME, Marketing Director, SUSTENTECH. Claudia is the Marketing Director for SUSTENTECH, the leader in consultancy for well-being and sustainability certification in the architecture, engineering and construction market, and their expertise includes standards such as LEED, HBC (Healthy Building Certificate), HQE-AQUA, PBE EDIFICA, NBR 15575, ENVISION, and DGNB. Claudia has held senior positions in the areas of Business Development, Environment & Sustainability, Oil & Gas and Environmental Protection, Communications, Marketing and Oil and Gas Ventures since 1982 with Promon Engenharia – a longstanding leader of the design engineering industry, with a significant presence in many of the most important Brazilian projects and many other projects abroad. Investing continuously in the pursuit of excellence and the creation of value-added solutions for clients in oil & gas, electricity, mining, metallurgy, steel, chemicals, petrochemicals and civil works, the company has contributed since 1960 to the development of Brazil’s basic and manufacturing and processing infrastructure. Its brand is present in oil refineries, offshore platforms, thermal, hydroelectric and nuclear power plants, pipelines, electricity transmission systems, steel mills, chemical and petrochemical plants, traffic systems, and urban transit infrastructure. Claudia holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro and graduated with high distinction as a Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of Michigan Business School, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. She is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish and Italian. Telephone: +55 21-2158-1155
Brasil & United States of America
HENRIQUE LUCKMANN, Luckmann Consulting. Henrique is an independent Consultant for New Business in Brasil and Latin America with a specialty in Medical Devices. He has over 20 years of experience in the multinational Medical Devices Industry. He started in sales and marketing with several years in senior management. Henrique currently holds the position of CEO of Archo Medical, a startup developing a new concept of stent grafts devices. Previous to that he worked as Vice President of Latin America for Cutera, an US based company, leader in lasers equipment on the aesthetic market. He worked for LivaNova having lived in Houston, TX for two years with his family. Since he went back to Brasil he is been responsible for the realignment of commercial strategies and for the analysis and development of the business model adopted by several companies in the medical device area in the region. In the past while he was working at Boston Scientific Corporation as Business Unit Manager Endoscopy, he was responsible for introducing the concept of Single Use devices in the Brasilian Market. At Pentax Precision Corporation in Brasil he led the startup of the Company. Henrique has an advanced degree in Pharmacy and a post graduate degree in International Business. He is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Telephone: +55 58 99189-5880
United States of America
TOM MARSH, President, Chief Technology Officer/COO of Boulder Equity Analytics LLC. Tom leads BEA and is an expert in AI, text analytics, Tableau data visualizations and knowledge management solutions. He has served as CEO/COO/CTO of organizations with primary responsibility for finance, marketing and product management. At Ai-One, he led the development strategy and deployment support for knowledge management and intelligent agent systems. He has international experience in startup, turnaround and growth situations in the medical device, marketing, petroleum and software industries for both public and private companies, primarily B2B selling to large Fortune 500 firms. Previously, Tom was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a Singapore data management and marketing services business, CEO of a US public supplier of 3D vision systems for surgery, and CEO of a software firm serving the downstream/distribution segment of the US oil industry. He majored in Economics at Williams College.
Rwanda / Kenya / Tanzania East Africa
CHARITY MUTESI, Manager, Skyworth & East Africa Representative, HOWORTH International, LLC. At HOWORTH International, Charity focuses her time on trade between several African countries and the USA as well as other countries. Charity is originally from Rwanda but went to school in Uganda, Rwanda and the USA. Charity’s educational and professional pursuits have always had the ultimate purpose of serving the marginalized and bettering lives in her community. During her school years, she took on several leadership roles including the President of Never Again for the youth in Rwanda. Charity organized a Rwanda genocide commemoration at her University in Longview, TX where they were visited by the Rwandan Ambassador and City Council of Longview, TX. Charity was also active in an internship with the United Nations in Senegal, Dakar. In Rwanda, Charity is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of a non-profit organization called Bohoka Employment Initiative.
Telephone: +25 07 8065 5915
Latin America, Mexico, Europe, Canada, the United States of America
ALEJANDRO NIETO, Nieto Global Enterprises, LLC, Advisory Board Member and Resource Partner at HOWORTH. Alejandro Nieto is a C Level Executive, Board Member Global Advisor and Educator with an extensive career in Global Sales, Global Channels and Alliances Management, International General Management, Supply Chain, Information and Technology Services and Global Trade. Alejandro is a publicly recognized business leader, published author and trusted advisor worldwide. He is a Fellow and Advisory Board Member of International Affairs at SMU. Alejandro is currently President of Nieto Global Enterprises, LLC, a USA based company focused on providing integrated business solutions for Industry 4.0 (Tecnogam) and Supply Chain Management 4.0 (Anylogistix), with emphasis on Cybersecurity Initiatives (RKL & Nozomi Networks). He also provides Business Consulting and Executive Training and Education services for Global corporations. Prior to this, Alejandro served as Senior Vice President Global Alliance with GE Digital/IIoT Global Sales at Softtek, where he led the acquisition of IoT Energy Management company BlauLabs in Barcelona, Spain. Before joining Softtek, Alejandro led the international growth of LLamasoft, Inc., as Senior Vice President of International Sales in which he was responsible for direct sales and resellers in Europe, Asia and the Latin America. Prior to LLamasoft, Alejandro held global and regional senior management positions at JDA Software Group, Infor Global Solutions and Prologis Trust. Alejandro has been a Professor of Economics, Finance and Logistics at the National University of Mexico and at Monterrey Tec. He is a frequent speaker in Conferences and Seminars in Latin America, the USA, Canada, Europe, China, India and Australia. Alejandro received his bachelor’s degree from the National University in Mexico, where he received the “Gabino Barreda Award.” He holds a master’s degree from the University of Sorbonne in Paris, France, where he was also honored with the “The France Prime Minister Medal.” He pursued Postgraduate Studies at the University of London, as well as at the Instituto Nacional de Administracion Publica (INAP) in Mexico.
Telephone: +1 (214) 505-1031
LUIS OLIVEIRA – Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt – OTIMA Estratégia e Gestão. ÓTIMA is a Management Consulting and Training company in the areas of Strategic Planning, Management Systems, Training and Lean Six Sigma. OTIMA’s focus is to drive rapid and significant results in cost reductions, profitability increases, productivity gains, quality improvement and sales growth. OTIMA works in partnership with their clients to improve business performance through implementation of a robust continuous improvement process to identify and eliminate waste across the enterprise value chain. OTIMA has Lean Six Sigma as its principal methodology to leverage operational excellence, optimize working capital, reduce process lead time, increase speed to market and create value to the customers. Luis Oliveira is one of Brazil’s leaders in this field. He is a Graduate in Statistics by UNICAMP, Master’s Degree in Business Administration by FVG. Certified Quality Engineer – CQE/ASQ and ISO 9000 LEAD ASSESSOR – National Quality Award Examiner. Luis has acted as an Enterprise Consultant over 25 years on implementation and training of Quality Systems Standard (ISO 9000, VDA 6.1, EAQF, TL 9000, QS 9000, ISO/TS 16949), Internal Audit and quality tools (SPC, QOS, FMEA, APQP, PPAP, MSA, 5S, Solving Problems and others). He has worked for over 10 years at Ford Motor Co., responsible for the implementation of the Statistical Process Control in the manufacturing area and as coordinator in the deployment of Quality & Productivity Programs as Q1, Total Quality Excellence, ISO 9000, QS 9000 and ISOTS 16949. In the last 1 years he has led Lean Six Sigma Program deployments in major companies in Brazil and the USA including Delphi, ThyssenKrupp, York, Praxair, Honeywell, Merck Sharp and Dohme, Siemens, Panasonic, Unilever, Vale, 3M, Mexichem, Essilor, Whirlpool, Transitions, Serasa Experian, Zurich Santander, Mercedes-Benz, Meritor, Essilor, International Paper, Villares, Johnson&Johnson, Embraer, Nestle, Parker Haniffin and Gerdau to name a few. Luis was certified as a Black Belt in 2001. Ótima has a partnership with AIT Business Solutions as a Provider for South America. Luis is fluent in Portugese and English.
RICHARD OUANG, Managing Partner and a Private Consultant for MARIA PAULA CARUSO OUANG ARQUITETURA S/C LTDA. Richard brings over 45 years of experience residential and commercial real estate and housing, specifically planning, public administration, development, architectural conceptualization and project management for public and private projects. His experience includes managing the commercial activities of large engineering and construction companies with over 3.000 employees (Schahin Cury, Lix da Cunha, Conter, Marquise) with interests in both private (industries, hotels, shopping centers, residential and commercial buildings) and public sectors (housing, schools and hospital projects, electro-mechanical projects, concessions and privatization, programs for sanitation and transportation). He has experience in strategic planning, introducing and developing new opportunities, partnerships, joint ventures, financing sources and engagement of technical and professional work as well as international concession and privatization projects and “turnkey” jobs. He is also the Director for IDESTRA an Institute specialized in transport and urban mobility projects. His past assignments and employers have included SINDUSCON–SP-Syndicate of the civil construction industry of São Paulo, the Superintendent of the largest labor union in Latin America representing 30,000 plus construction companies working in private and public jobs, CONSTRUTORA MARQUISE SA, São Paulo Regional Director, VILLANOVA ENGENHARIA E CONSTRUÇÕES LTDA, Commercial Director, CONTER CONSTRUÇÕES E COMERCIO LTDA, Director for Concessions and Development of New Businesses, CONSTRUTORA LIX DA CUNHA S.A., Commercial Director, SCHAHIN CURY ENGENHARIA E COMERCIO LTDA, Board Assistant and Commercial Director, MAX OUANG PROJETOS E ARQUITETURA LTDA, Technical and Commercial Director, CIA DE CONSTR. ESCOLARES DO EST. DE SÃO PAULO-CONESP, Project Superintendent, CONSTRUTORA COMERCIAL PROJECTOR LTDA, Managing Partner, FUNDO ESTADUAL DE CONSTRUÇÕES ESCOLARES – FECE, Project Manager & RACZ CONSTRUTORA S/A, Senior Architect. Richard’s education includes a B.A. in Architecture – Mackenzie School of Architecture – São Paulo; Master of Sciences in Architecture – Columbia University – School of Architecture – New York; and Marketing for Graduates – Superior School of Propaganda and Marketing – São Paulo. Richard is fluent in Portuguese, English as well as French and Spanish.
Telephone: +55 (011) 3758-3692
Cell phone: +55 (011) 99955-0316
JOAO Jr. A. RODRIGUES, Founder and Executive Director, IMAECO & Director of MES Energia Renováveis e Soluções em Eficiência Energética. João Rodrigues is the Founder and Executive Director of IMAECO, a new environmental solutions company in Brazil. He is also the Diretor at MES Energia Renováveis e Soluções em Eficiência Energética. Previously, he was the Founder and Managing Partner of IMA do Brasil and related Group/JV companies that was founded in the early 1980’s and grew to include nine companies, employing over 600 employees working throughout the country of Brazil. IMA had diversified operations with a customer base that included some of the largest and most prestigious multinational companies in the world. Their expertise included environmental services, renewable energy, efficiency (Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma), engineering and manufacturing location and services, distribution, regulatory compliance, import/export regulation and logistics and human capital consulting. João graduated in mechanical engineering from FEI – Faculdade de Engenharia Industrial de São Bernardo do Campo and began his career at Ford Electronics (now Visteon) as the Supplier Quality Engineer responsible for supplier development Later, he served with AMP (now Tyco) as Product Development Engineer. Joao is Fluent in Portuguese and English.
United States of America
GAVIN SHARR is a Project Manager & Consultant working with HOWORTH International. Gavin’s experience includes Hospitality and International Market Research and Market Entry Strategies. Gavin is studying at the University of Texas at Dallas, Texas, pursuing a Bachelor's degree of Science in Global Business and a Minor in Finance. Gavin is fluent in English and currently studying Spanish. Gavin has traveled abroad to Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Spain and enjoys tennis and canoe paddling. He is proficient in Google and Microsoft Office programs. Previously Gavin was the Student Team leader for the Global Development Initiative program (GDI) Fall 2022 semester engaged with a company from Brasil conducting industry and market research. Currently, he is interning for the GDI program as a Student Coach leading two teams on market research projects for companies from Japan and Israel.
Telephone +1 (702) 786-2429
FERNANDO DIEZ VIOTTI – Director, Petria Investments and P2Brasil, Director, Business Development of Highline do Brasil and Partner and co-founder of Viotti Equipamentos Medicos. Fernando is currently a Director of P2Brasil which was established by Pátria and Promon to manage private equity investments in infrastructure assets predominantly in Brazil. He is also the current Director, Business Development of Highline do Brasil, an independent provider of infrastructure solutions for the wireless telecommunications industry, building and operating customized projects and a portfolio of potential communication sites (towers, rooftops and distributed antenna systems). He is also a Partner and co-founder of Viotti Equipamentos Medicos he managed new product line development which was incubated in a research center. Viotti Medical is a Brazilian medical device manufacturer with headquarters in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Viotti holds the rare medical device manufacturing certification issued by the Brazilian federal regulatory agency, ANVISA. In addition to Viotti manufacturing their own brand of medical device equipment, they contract their facilities and expertise to outside holders of medical device technology. Together with the Viotti in-house team, they have an extensive engineering and regulatory network that serves the medical device as well as a broad range of other industries. Fernando was a partner with Greentech Capital, a Private Equity firm for clean technology and the founder and Country Manager Brazil of Avangard Innovative, a Recyclable material trader. He led the investment for a bio-control company in Brazil and Perenne an engineering Company in Brasil and for Sykué, Brazil’s first biomass thermoelectric plant run entirely on elephant grass. He is also the acting CEO of Panozon, the first ozone industry in Brazil. He was a member of McKinsey & Co., Unibanco Fellow Program, the 3rd largest private bank in Brazil. While at McKinsey & Co. he created a new business model for Fininvest (Largest financing company in Brazil) Fernando was the Manager at UTE Bahia I (Thermal Power plant included in the Brazilian government emergency energy program, invested in by Promon Engenharia and led projects in new business development, marketing and corporate structuring). Fernando has a Brazil Bachelor in Civil Engineering from the Escola Politecnica da Universidade de Sao Paulo (POLI – USP), and a Brazil Specialization in Capital Markets from the Faculdade de Economia e Administracao (FEA – USP). He is fluent in Portuguese, English and German.
China / Egypt & the United States of America
JARED ZHU (JIA QING ZHU), International Business Consultant Jia Qing Zhu is originally from Shanghai China. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance & an Master's Degree in Data Analytics from Texas Wesleyan University and an Associates Degree in International Trade, Richland College, Dallas Texas. Before he came to the United States, he worked at the Shanghai Baud data communication company as an account manager in 2009. In addition, he also worked in a Shanghai construction company in Cairo Egypt as a Chinese to Arabic translator in 2010. He has also worked for Pride Green as Business Development Manager in electric recycling since 2012 in Dallas Texas. Jia is proficient in Chinese, English and Arabic language. At HOWORTH International, Jia Qing works with business relationships between HOWORTH International and China.