Speakers

Georgius Gotsis

Georgius Ricardo Gotsis Fontes

CEO, Eleven Rivers Growers LLC

Georgius Gotsis became the CEO at Eleven Rivers Growers in January 2019. Gotsis is an economist with a degree from Pomona College in California. He comes from a family with agriculture tradition in Sinaloa. He has held management positions in both Agricola Gotsis and Omega Produce and has worked with both local and national growers’ associations. Gotsis became the General Coordinator of Commercial Development and Export Promotion, of the Agencia de Servicios a la Comercialización y Desarrollo de Mercados Agropecuarios (ASERCA) in 2014. He has been a member of the boards of directors with the Asociación de Agricultores del Río Culiacán (Growers Association of Culiacan), Advisor at Pro Educa A.C. and board member at Nueva Agroindustrias del Norte. He has contributed as a columnist in publications such as Bien Informado, El Debate, and Noroeste.

Jose Hernandez

José Hernández

Former NASA Astronaut

When he was a child, José worked in the fields of California, along with his Méxican immigrant working parents. He did not learn English until he was 12 years old. Hernández went ahead with his studies and finished his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering and, in 1987, went to work for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. He became an expert in X-ray physics, which helped develop the first full-field digital mammography system. During a stint at the Department of Energy, José helped with the disposal of Russian nuclear materials. He moved to Houston in 2001 to work at the Johnson Space Engineer Center. He was selected as an astronaut in 2004, after 12 years of attempting to participate in the program. José was a member of NASA's 128th mission on the Discovery that provided supplies and equipment to the Leonardo Station. Today he offers motivational lectures about his life experience and gives an encouraging message that we cannot give in to adversity.

Pedro Varela Mansur

Director of Fruits and Vegetables Purchasing, Walmart

Pedro Varela Mansur has been in the perishable products industry for the past 12 years, specializing in the retail trade of fruits and vegetables. During this time, he has worked with domestic and foreign producers to develop the industry and satisfy consumer needs. Pedro is currently responsible for leading the Walmart of Mexico team to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables among the retailer's clients, as well as continuing to create strategic alliances with producers that support sustained growth in the market.
Aldo Mares

Aldo Mares

President, Aneberries (National Berry Exporters Association)

Aldo Mares is the CEO of Green Gold Farms, a farming company producing premium quality berries and avocados in Mexico. He is also the President of The National Association of Berry Exporters (ANEBERRIES). Mares is a graduate of the Tec de Monterrey University with a Business Administration degree.  Mares’ vision and leadership contributed to the expansion of Berrymex for 12 years in different locations of Central Mexico, not only by delighting consumers in different regions of the world by producing four berries but also by creating opportunities for local communities, developing local small growers into a highly competitive berry producers, and exceeding food safety requirements and certifications. He has always carried out the vision with a focus on sustainability, the highest standards for quality, and in a socially responsible manner.  In addition to his CEO responsibilities, Mares is highly involved in the community, a sponsor of “Sembrando Salud” philanthropy program, and participates as a board member in two industry associations: Jalisco Agriculture Council and National Agriculture Council.
José Luis Rodriguez

José Luis Rodriguez

Deputy Director of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Division, H-E-B México

Jose Luis Rodriguez is an industrial and systems engineer who graduated from Tec de Mty campus Laguna. He has over 22 years of experience in the field of retail in various areas: commercial, logistics and operations, as well as administration of different formats and cities in the Republic. Among Jose’s achievements, he considers sales growth above the industry average (ANTAD), implementing the “databar” system (the first in Latin America), and the start of the “H-E-B Superior” quality program to be his most significant.
Servando Carbaja Ruiz

Servando Carbajal Ruiz

Founding Partner and General Director of SUPER DEL NORTE and President of CORPORATIVO DEL NORTE

Since Servando Carbajal was 12 years old, he used to market fruits and vegetables in the “Mercado de Abastos de Chihuahua.” His passion for the business led him in 1995 to create his own company -- an establishment that would later become the only supermarket chain in Sonora: SUPER DEL NORTE. The company is the largest in the state with 103 branches. With 20 years of business experience, Carbajal has built his career with a new vision of business development, entrepreneurship and philanthropy. He has achieved recognition as a Distinguished Entrepreneur and the Sonora Award for Philanthropy. SUPER DEL NORTE has been recognized as an Inclusive Company, with the distinction of Family Responsible Company and Safe Company; and, recognized as a Company of 10 by INFONAVIT. In addition, Carbajal is a consultant to various companies, institutions and associations such as ANTAD (National Association of Self-Service Stores and Department Stores) Banamex, Grupo Salinas, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Grupo Sepsa, Grupo Banco de Alimentos.
Lizeth Quinteror - CEO Mexico Calidad Supremea A.C.

Lizeth Quintero Posadas

CEO, Mexico Calidad Suprema A.C.

Lizeth has implemented strategic projects aimed at promotion, commercialization, training, certification and technical assistance with a global vision. She started her career at Grupo Quintero, where she developed skills and experience in sales, logistics and international markets. She is currently a Founding Partner of Fundación Campo, Education and Health, Producer-Exporter of Dominican Plantain and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Méxican Accreditation Body, Associate of the National Agricultural Council since 2007, Councilor of the National Association of Producers of Bananas and Counselor of Grupo Europa and Grupo Asia for the agri-food sector since 2009. The organization’s most important work for the sector has been lobbying with Federal Deputies; the budgetary allocation for the development of the field, strengthening programs of Livestock, Health, Safety, Rural Development, and Marketing and Promotion of Exports.

2018 Confirmed Attendees

  • Alsuper
  • Agrintegra Produce
  • Aguacates Seleccionados JBR
  • Calimax
  • City Club
  • Bedford Industries Inc.
  • Houweling's Group
  • Imperfect Produce
  • Eagle Eye Produce
  • Flexo Soluciones
  • Food Solutions
  • NatureSeal
  • Progressive Produce
  • R.H. Shipping & Chartering
  • Raramury Berry
  • Shenandoah Growers
  • Tiendas Soriana
  • Super Chivas
  • Super del Norte
  • Walmart
  • Zeolitech
  • and more...