Life Partner | Father | Son | Brother | Friend | Corporate and Startup Executive
Little did I or anyone know at the time that the young boy from Panama, raised by a single mother who sacrificed everything, would leave the country, build a life and career, see the world, and realize some of his wildest dreams.
My life has taken me on some amazing adventures around the world - 48 countries in 6 continents including Antarctica I am always looking for ways to engage with the world hands on and learn from other cultures. Speaking 5 languages has helped.
Speaking of learning, my life story is not possible without a full scholarship to join the Honors College at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC. After a career in the culinary arts, I didn’t take it for granted and made the most of that opportunity. Graduating summa cum laude with my Bachelors of Science, I went on to contribute in economic development before finding my way to the Lauder Institute a the University of Pennsylvania graduating with a MBA from The Wharton School and a MA in International Studies. The first to attend Wharton from Claflin, my career in financial services took flight first in banking with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, M&T Bank, Royal Bank of Canada and then in Payments Technology through Visa and Mastercard.
Having served on the Board of Directors of Aire Ventures (formerly Venture Cafe Miami), it was only a matter of time before I jumped into Startup World. As General Manager for the State of Florida for Lime, the shared micromobility provider, I truly fell in love with the passion of founders and our dedication as teams to roll up our sleeves and make things happen. Now through my own Consulting Practice, Arpeggio Advisors, I continue that work thanks to the expertise amassed in sectors such as consumer lending, procurement, international trade finance, capital markets, international corporate banking, payments technology, transportation, ghost kitchens, retail, microfulfillment, and parking to name a few.
Last but not least, I am the proud father of a precocious young boy. It is no surprise I would be excited to be on the Governing Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Serving on that Board has taught me so much about the hard work of early childhood educators, how to be a better father, and how to strive to contribute for equity of educational access for our young ones.