Meet our Founders

Our valued Founders embody the HUGE Business and Investment Council mission. Together they have created thousands of jobs in the region. They Think HUGE and have spent decades dedicating their time, resources, and expertise to advancing activities and projects that will have the greatest impact on economic and job growth, all while emphasizing social and environmental responsibility.

Guatemala

Richard Aitkenhead

HUGE Treasurer of the Board

Grupo IDC, Corporación de Inversiones y Desarrollo de Centroamérica

Richard Aitkenhead

Richard Aitkenhead is Founder and President of Grupo IDC and has over 25 years of experience in providing economic and financial advisory services in Central America, as well as in mergers and acquisitions. He is the founding member of several investment and private equity funds, the most recent one is IDC Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on technology companies in Europe. He has served as a Board Member at INCAE Business School and Rafael Landivar University. He also served as Minister of Economy and Minister of Finance in Guatemala between 1991 and 1994. Aitkenhead was part of negotiations for the Peace Accords in Guatemala in 1996. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Economics from Rafael Landivar University.

Aitkenhead served as President of the Board at FUNDES International from 2008-2020, a nonprofit institution that supports the development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Latin America. Since 2016, he has been the Director of AVINA, a leading foundation promoting environmental sustainability and the resolution of social issues in Latin America. Through a collaborative process, AVINA seeks to make a positive and sustainable impact. Aitkenhead also leads a Social Impact Fund designed by IDC to support vulnerable sectors in Guatemala.

United States

Agustin Arellano

HUGE Sponsor

HASDC

Agustin Arellano

Mr. Agustin Arellano is the President & CEO of the HAS Development Corporation (HASDC), an airport development, management, and advisory company.
Since its incorporation in 2001, HASDC has been actively involved in multiple airport privatizations, concessions, and public-private partnerships, primarily in Central and South America.
Mr. Arellano is a reputable Airports and Aviation Executive with more than 30 years of experience in Airport Management, Airways Facilities, Airport Privatization in both Mexico and the USA, in the public and private sectors. 
Previously, Mr. Arellano was the President and CEO of Aerostar Airport Holdings LLC, a company created to operate San Juan International Airport in Puerto Rico.  This airport is the only successful, fully private, medium-size hub in the USA operated by the FAA Airport Privatization Program.
Prior to this role, Mr. Arellano was Chief Infrastructure Officer for ASUR, a private airport operator with nine airports in Mexico.  He also served as General Director of Air Navigation Services for  Mexican Airspace, a Government agency.
Mr. Arellano holds a BS degree in Communications and Electronics Engineering from the University of Guadalajara.  He also holds a Masters Degree in Production from Universidad Complutense de Madrid.  He completed Post graduate studies in France and in the USA.  Mr. Arellano is a private pilot with single/multi-engine and IFR certificationa.
He speaks English, Spanish, French.

Honduras

Camilo Atala

HUGE Vice President of the Board (Northern Triangle)

Grupo Financiero Ficohsa

Camilo Atala

Camilo Atala is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Grupo Financiero Ficohsa (GFF), a regional conglomerate with more than 27 years of experience. GFF is known for its innovation, solidarity, commitment, and growth, and is proud to align with the UN Global Compact to achieve sustainable development, which can be accomplished through a balance between economic growth, environmental care, and social welfare. GFF’s corporate purpose is to facilitate solutions that transform lives.

GFF operates in banking, insurance, pensions, brokerage, and money exchange with a presence in Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and the United States, and has over 6,000 employees at the regional level who provide innovative and competitive products and services.

Atala began his career in Honduras in 1990 as a businessman and entrepreneur. One year later he founded Financiera Comercial Hondureña S.A. In July 1994 he led the transformation of this financial firm to a commercial bank, Banco Ficohsa. Currently Banco Ficohsa is part of the largest financial group in Honduras and is one of the most important brands in the Central American region.

Ficohsa Foundation, also led by Atala, is a nonprofit institution that provides aid by leading the construction, maintenance, and operation of more than 149 preschools which have benefited more than 137,000 children between 3 and 6 years of age in the Central American region.

Atala is a recognized leading entrepreneur who is committed to promoting sustainable economic and social development throughout the Central American region. Atala’s leadership positions include President of the Honduran Foundation for National Identity, Member of the Board of Directors of INCAE Business School, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hondufuturo. Atala was also President of the Business Council of Latin America (CEAL) from 2016 to 2018. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

Honduras

Jesús Canahuati

HUGE Secretary of the Board

Elcatex

Jesús Canahuati

Jesús Canahuati is the founder and President of ELCATEX Group. He was born in Honduras and after finishing his Industrial Engineering career at Georgia Institute of Technology in 1987, with his father's guidance, he founded Elcatex to bring competitiveness and flexibility in expanding the family business. As a result of Canahuati's vision and entrepreneurship, he has since founded the following operations: 6 Industrial Free Trade Zones of around 8,000,000 square feet, which provide jobs to around 55,000 employees, benefiting approximately 275,000 people in total. A new free zone is currently under construction, the 7th Industrial Free Trade Zone, with an area of 4,000,000 square feet - it will be the largest in the region.

Canahuati began his career in the energy sector in the early 90’s, with the development of thermal electric power generation plants, evolving in the following years into the generation of approximately 140MW of renewable energy including hydro, biomass, biogas, and solar. In the agricultural sector, he founded Honduran Green Power Corporation – a project that manages 4,621 hectares of king grass, cacao, and precious woods. This company stands out for its implementation of precise agriculture, where GPS systems are used to save inputs. It also uses waste from the industrial operation processes, such as biomass effluents and ash, as fertilizers.

As a transformative leader who seeks the common good, Canahuati’s vision is to create sustainable areas oriented towards the generation of employment in the development of industry and commerce, housing, health, and education. ELCATEX Group generates over 11,000 direct jobs, impacting approximately 55,000 people in total. He is a key player in boosting the country's socioeconomic growth, standing out as: Member of the Board of Directors of the Honduran Manufacturers Association (President during the period 1999-2007), Co-founder of the Foundation for Technical Education in Central America, (FUNDETEC), Active member of CEAL-Honduras and the Honduran Foundation for Development Studies (FHED), President of Honduran International Social Club, and Director of the Honduran Council of Private Enterprise (COHEP).

Canahuati was recently selected as part of the 7 members around the world to be part of the Target Owned Brands Business Partner Think Tank Community, developed with the purpose of making significant changes and moving industries forward. He is a faithful advocate of high-impact social projects and programs such as initiatives focused on education, economic development, environment, and health for his employees and their communities. His passion to help others has been reflected for more than 28 years as a volunteer on the Board of Directors of the Saint Vincent Foundation. Canahuati recognizes his driving forces are God and his family.

Guatemala

Luis Miguel Castillo

HUGE Founder

CBC Embotelladora La Mariposa

Luis Miguel Castillo

Luis Miguel Castillo is Vice President of the Central America Beverage Corporation (CABCORP), the anchor bottler for Pepsi Cola in Central America. Under his leadership CABCORP became the first Central American corporation to issue bonds in the Luxemburg Stock Market and to obtain a rating from Moody’s Investor Service. He is also president of AmBevCentroamérica, S.A., a joint venture between CABCORP and AmBev (the largest beer company in the world) to develop of the beer market in Central America and the Caribbean. Luis Miguel serves as Director of the Guatemalan Chamber of Industry. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization and ConsejoEmpresario de América Latina (CEAL) and is Director of Invest in Guatemala, an entity that promotes the foreign investment for the country. He actively collaborates with charitable institutions such as Fundación Ayúdame a Vivir (AYUVI), a foundation established to cure pediatric cancer; the Valle de Los Angeles Orphanage; the María Luisa Monge de Castillo Foundation; and the Guatemalan Chapter of United Way. He graduated from Boston University with a degree in business administration and lives in Guatemala City with his wife and his 3 children. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

United States

Chris Champion

HUGE Founder

Fruit of the Loom

Chris Champion

Chris Champion is Executive Vice President, Corporate Business Development & General Counsel for Fruit of the Loom, Inc. Chris began his career with Russell Corporation in 1994 as a Staff Attorney and served as Deputy General Counsel and Director of Government Relations for Russell until 2005. From 2005-2006, Chris served as Vice President and General Counsel for publicly traded Aarons, Inc. Following Fruit of the Loom’s acquisition of Russell in 2006, Chris returned to Russell as Senior Vice President, General Counsel. In 2011, Chris was named General Counsel for Fruit of the Loom, Inc., with overall responsibility for global legal affairs. In 2013, Chris was named EVP, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer with additional responsibilities for internal audit, corporate social responsibility, and customs compliance. Chris is a native of Alabama and earned his undergraduate degree at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. He earned his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.

El Salvador

Dr. Juan José Daboub

HUGE President of the Board

Daboub Partnership

Dr. Juan José Daboub

Dr. Juan José Daboub, Ph.D., is the President of HUGE Business and Investment Council; Chairman and CEO of the Daboub Partnership, and the Founding CEO of the Global Adaptation Institute. He was Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Climate Change (2012-2014) and Vice-Chairman of The Dorado Group, LLC (2010-2020). He has taught at Princeton University and is a member of several Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards of both public and private industries and non-profits in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.

As Managing Director of the World Bank, from 2006 to 2010, Dr. Daboub oversaw operations in 110 countries in Africa, the Middle East, East Asia and Latin America. He was also responsible for the oversight of the Human Development and Sustainable Development Networks, the Information Systems Group, the World Bank Institute, the Department of Institutional Integrity, and the Arab World Initiative.

Prior to the World Bank, Dr. Daboub led the expansion of his family-owned businesses and worked with non-profit organizations on public policies to promote liberty, stability, and growth throughout Latin America.

From 1999 to 2004, Dr. Daboub served concurrently as El Salvador’s Minister of Finance and as Chief of Staff to the President. In these high-profile dual roles, Dr. Daboub helped to navigate his native country through several regional economic challenges including securing and sustaining El Salvador’s investment grade rating, “dollarizing” the economy, and completing a Free Trade Agreement with the United States. During this period, he also oversaw the emergency reconstruction of El Salvador after two major earthquakes in 2001.

Dr. Daboub’s leadership began in the private sector, where he led his family-owned businesses for nearly a decade before joining the Board of CEL, El Salvador’s electric utility, and presiding over El Salvador’s electric distribution companies. Subsequently, he was named President of ANTEL, the state-owned telecommunications company, which he restructured and privatized through a competitive and transparent process that also demonopolized that strategic sector. He held high Government positions in El Salvador for 12 years (1992-2004), working for three different Administrations without belonging to any political party.

Dr. Daboub holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is married with four children.

Honduras

Daniel Facusse

HUGE Founder

Caracol Knits

Daniel Facusse

Daniel Facusse is the President of the Board of Directors of Caracol Knits, a Honduran textile company that began operations in March 2001, and has since become a leader in the regional market, producing quality inputs to supply sewing plants. It’s core activities are the manufacturing, processing, in-bond assembly, marketing, importing, and exporting of fabric, garments, and accessories.

Guatemala

José Rodrigo Gabriel

HUGE Founder

Grupo GB, Servicios y Asesorías GABO

José Rodrigo Gabriel

Rodrigo Gabriel is the CEO of Corporación AG, the leading company in production and commercialization of steel derivative products in Central America. AG has a strong commitment to the sustainable development of the region where it acts in adherence to the strategies, policies, and procedures of the United Nations Global Compact. The purpose which governs the commitment and way of acting of the company is "We Transform the Present, to Build the Future We All Dream".

Corporación AG began operations in 1953 with the sale and distribution of daily consumer products, and today it has industrial operations in Guatemala and Honduras and commercially serves the rest of the Central American market and other countries in the region. AG is vertically integrated, from collection centers, foundry, steel production, to distribution centers to directly serve its customers. Currently, AG is the largest recycler in the region with a team of more than 2,800 employees.

Rodrigo began his professional career in 2002, when he formed, together with his brother Andres, the GB Group; a multi-family office with investments in different sectors. He is the Director of the Board of Directors. In 2011, after spending years working in leading companies in various sectors not only in Central America but also in Spain and Brazil, Rodrigo joined Corporación AG, a company recognized for its leadership and commitment to the development of the region.

Since 2016, Rodrigo has led the transformation and growth of AG, leveraged by a culture of ethics and compliance, with important achievements such as being one of the first companies in the region to achieve ISO 37.001 certification (Anti-bribery management systems). Rodrigo was Director of the Chamber of Industry during the period 2016-2017, he is currently Director of the Guatemalan Chamber of Construction and President of the Association of Steel Manufacturers of Central America (ACEFAD). Rodrigo has a BA in business administration and economics from Rice University, in Houston, Texas and an MBA with a specialization in strategy from ESADE, in Barcelona, ​​Spain.

Guatemala

Luis Andrés Gabriel Bouscayrol

HUGE Founder

Grupo GB, Servicios y Asesorías GABO

Luis Andrés Gabriel Bouscayrol

Luis Andrés Gabriel Bouscayrol is a member of the Executive team of Corporación AG, a steel producer and leading company in manufacturing and distribution of products derived from steel in Guatemala and Central America, with more than 67 years of experience. He has held top positions most recently with Bi-Bank of Panama, Banco del País and Seguros del País of Honduras, Banco Industrial in El Salvador and Guatemala, BiCapital Corporation of Panama, Grupo GB, Transformadora Metalúrgica and GB Inversiones Inmobiliarias. Previously, Luis Andrés also served as Advisor to the Board of Directors of Grupo Reformador from 2009-2013. Between 2014-2016 he attended and then graduated from the Adolfo Ibañez School of Management, at the ESADE Business School in Spain. He received a bachelor’s degree from the Colegio Arrayanes in 2000, and has attended Colegio Evelyn Rogers and Colegio Valle Verde.

El Salvador

Sergio Gadala-María

HUGE Founder

Fundación Telecorporación Salvadoreña

Sergio Gadala-María

Sergio Gadala-María represents TCS Foundation, which is the official charitable establishment of Salvadoran TV channels 2, 4, 6 and TCS+ of Telecorporación Salvadoreña. The Foundation has always paid attention to the needs of everyday Salvadorans, through partnerships with various institutions, aid organization, and other groups. TCS Foundation leads a variety of social benefit projects that seek to support the Salvadoran population, including Good Things, Committed Salvadorans, Toys for Smiles, The Value is in you and For Smiles. In addition to his role with TCS, Sergio founded REALTO Capital in 2019 with the purpose of providing value to his clients, through a personalized quality service. He is an executive with 15 years of experience in the financial industry, with a concentration in the investment banking sector. His career includes various positions of responsibility that have given him the opportunity to meet and interact with many of the decision makers in the region. In his career, Sergio has led multiple M&A transactions at the Central American level. Additionally, he has vast experience in valuation of intangible assets, financial valuations, financial modeling, strategy, among others.

Guatemala

Diego Herrera

HUGE Founder

Pantaleón Group

Diego Herrera

Diego Herrera, 49, is the Chief Executive Officer of The Pantaleon Group, Inc., a family held corporation founded in 1848 with interests in sugar production, energy, and shopping malls. The group currently employs over 30,000 people and operates in Mexico and other Central American locations, Colombia, and Brazil. Prior to joining Pantaleon, Mr. Herrera served seven years as managing partner with Atlas Vivienda, a Mexican real estate development company where he remains a Board Member and worked for six years in the investment banking group of Paribas in New York. Mr. Herrera has received an MS from the London Business School and a BS from Georgetown University.

United States

Claudia Kattán de Jordán

HUGE Founder

Crowley Maritime

Claudia Kattán de Jordán

Claudia is responsible for the Central America, Panamá and Mexico operations of Crowley Maritime, overseeing the shipping, warehouse, land transportation, customs and NVO services. She has 25 years of experience in leadership and managing international business operations and has strong customer service and relationship management philosophy and is involved and committed to the industry’s development of the region and growth in Central America, Panamá and Mexico.  Claudia's inclusive and diverse leadership is driven by engagement and purpose. She actively supports communities through Crowley’s social responsibility program "Crowley Cares".  Claudia has spent more than 10 years as a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce of Honduras (AMCHAM) and is currently President for the period of 2021-2022. She also has a 15-year relationship with the Honduran Shipping Lines Association (AHCORENA) and currently serves as an advisor for the Chamber of Commerce of San Pedro Sula (CCIC).  She is recognized as a leader in the executive business world of women in the region and as part of Crowley’s Logistic Leadership Team.  Claudia was awarded the Thomas Crowley Award in 2005, which is extended to executives with maximum distinction in the corporation in recognition of commitment to quality performance, new market and customer development, and continuous improvements to organizational performance.

El Salvador

Roberto Kriete Avila

HUGE Founder

Avianca

Roberto Kriete

Roberto was born in El Salvador. He received his MBA at Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts, and earned his degree in Economy from the University of Santa Clara, California.

He is the former Chairman of Grupo TACA; President of the Latin American Association of Airlines (ALTA); former Chairman of AVIANCATACA; President of the Board of AVIANCA Holdings, S.A.; founder and member of the Board of Directors of Volaris; has served on the Boards of Mexico’s TELMEX Internacional and the Carso Institute for Health of the Carlos Slim Foundation; Banco Agrícola of El Salvador; El Salvador’s Real Intercontinental Hotel; ESEN, El Salvador’s leading business school; the Business Foundation for Educational Development (FEPADE), and the Salvadoran Foundation for Health and Human Development (FUSAL); founding member of YPO El Salvador chapter.

He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors at AVIANCA Group International Limited; founder and Chairman of MRO Holdings, Inc. (Aeromantenimiento, S.A., Flight Star, TechOps México, NorthState y MRO Solutions); he serves as CIO of the Kriete Family Investment Committee, with local and international investments in aviation, technology, real estate, agro-industry, hospitality, and others, and current member of the Board of Teléfonos de Mexico, S.A.B de C.V.

In the social responsibility and sustainability area he has been President of Gloria de Kriete Foundation since its foundation in 2006, a non-profit family foundation that contributes to El Salvador’s development through youth education programs and grants to local organizations; member of the Board of Agape, a social and economic development organization, and member of INCAE’s Presidential Advisory Council.

In December 2006, Roberto received distinctions as officer of the Legion of Honor of the French Government. In 2007, he was awarded with the Honorary Member Award of the Salvadorean Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES); in 2010, he was honored by the Order of the Central American Integration System (SICA) for pioneering an integrating vision in Central America through commercial aviation,and was awarded the Order of Merit for Distinguished Service in the rank of Grand Officer by the Government of Peru. In 2014, he received the National Tourism Award, granted by the Ministry of Tourism of El Salvador, as well as the Federico Bloch Award, received from the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA), and in 2015 he was honored by Glasswing International, a non-profit organization that works in the Central America area supporting health and educational projects.

Honduras

Luis Napoleon Larach

HUGE Founder

COPANTL Hotel and Convention Center

Luis Napoleon Larach

Luis Napoleon Larach is currently the President of the Copantl Hotel & Convention Center in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He has held many leadership positions throughout his professional career in various industries, including commerce, media, manufacturing, industrial parks, banking and insurance, thermal and renewable energy generation, hotels and tourism, real estate services and logistics. His former positions include but are not limited to, President of Investments Chalet, Vice President of Banco del País, President of Zona Libre América, and Director of Electricidad de Cortés. Notably, Luis served as the Director and President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Cortés and the President of the Honduran Council of Private Enterprise (COHEP) from 2016-2017, as well as Vice President from 2013-2014. Since 2017 he has served as the President of Altia Technology Park, and since 2019 he has served as the President of Avícolas Hondureñas Sostenibles. Luis has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of San Pedro Sula and has completed higher studies at both George Washington University and the University of Tampa. Luis is married to Gracibel Crespo de Larach, and they have four children: Adrian, Diego, Natalia and Napoleón Larach.

Don Domingo Larach emigrated from Palestine to Honduras in 1912 and started his business, Comercial Larach, a company with a legacy of honesty and hard work. Since then, the Larach Group has grown and diversified in areas such as call centers, tourism, commercial stores, banking and insurance, real estate, and energy. They are members of the Napoleón J. Larach Foundation, which aims to develop love and respect for national values, education and hard work in Honduran children and youth, through the implementation of programs that positively affect public education as a pillar of human development. Currently, the Larach Group generates more than 7,000 jobs in energy and more than 700 jobs in other industries.

United States

Renton Leversedge

HUGE Founder

Sanmar

Renton Leversedge

As Chief Development Officer and President of LAB71 at SanMar, Renton focuses on purpose driven growth through innovation. Renton brings nearly 15 years of cross-functional leadership at SanMar in business development, customer experience, sales, marketing, and new product development. Renton is also an active advisor to the company’s investments in large apparel and textile manufacturing companies, including facilities in the United States and Central America.

SanMar’s support of orphanages, hospitals, and schools in communities where SanMar’s products are manufactured is a particular point of pride for Renton and he is often in Honduras supporting the Touching Hands medical brigade for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Prior to his current role, Renton led SanMar’s Asia office in Hong Kong. He also worked for KPMG in Zurich, Switzerland advising technology clients across Europe. He holds a BA in Commerce from the University of British Columbia, attended the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and is a Certified Public Accountant (retired).

Honduras

Lorena Maduro

HUGE Founder

Inversiones La Paz

Lorena Maduro

Lorena Maduro is the CEO of Solvenza, the consumer finance arm of a diversified group of family companies based in Honduras.

Lorena founded and presides Asociación Creciendo Juntos, a foundation that seeks to support working families by providing early childhood care and education. The foundation operates an early childhood development center for children ages 0-5, catering to employees of the family companies, as well as other working families. The center was founded in 2015, provides care 12 hours a day, 5 days a week with highly specialized staff and a custom developed curriculum.

She is an active member of several community organizations in the areas of education, the arts, public parks and health. She is currently the chapter chair for YPO Honduras, is on the Board for the Museum for National Identity (MIN), is on the Advisory Board of Fundación Para la Educación Ricardo Ernesto Maduro Andreu (FEREMA), is a member of the Ecologicial Foundation of Tegucigalpa (FET), a member of Fundación Amigos del Hospital María, and a member of the Honduras Chapter of Consejo Empresarial para America Latina (CEAL).

Before joining the family business, Lorena worked in a US-based healthcare company as Community Programs Manager and later as Marketing Director. During the 2002-2006 presidential term, Lorena was part of the Communications Strategy Advisory Group to the President of Honduras. She also directed several social programs with a focus on education and the development of public parks. During the 2001 presidential campaign, Lorena was an active participant in the Honduran National Party and its youth groups.

Lorena has a BA in Liberal Arts from Pepperdine University, and an MBA from the
University of Notre Dame. She is a fellow of the Central America Leadership Initiative (CALI), and part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Lorena is married to Nando Castillo, an architect and real estate developer. They have 3 children: Paula (7), Juan Carlos (6), and Fernanda (3). Together they love to cook and will traverse great distances for good food.

Guatemala

Carlos Enrique Mata

HUGE Founder

CBC Embotelladora La Mariposa

Carlos Enrique Mata

Carlos Enrique Mata is currently executive president of CBC, Apex, Beliv and BIA. His leadership in this role lead him to become a part of UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. He implemented the anti-bribery management system together with the actions for the certification of the ISO 37001 standard: anti-corruption and business ethics. Mata also adopted the Total Social Impact as the basis of his corporate strategy.
He is the Director of the AmBev Centroamérica brewing company, the largest brewing company in the world, and he is co-founder of the Ayúdame a Vivir Foundation – AYUVI – dedicated to raising funds to provide free treatment to patients who develop pediatric cancer in Guatemala.
Mata is co-founder of the Guatemala chapter of Operación Sonrisa, dedicated to providing adequate treatment to children born with cleft lip and palate in Guatemala. He is a Board Member of the Central America Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Institute, which identifies and promotes leadership around Central America. He is President of the CEAL chapter in Guatemala, leading business communities in Latin America to influence economic and social development. Previously Mata participated in the Chamber of Exporters, Chamber of Industry, and the Business Council of Advertising of Guatemala.

United States

Félix Simán

HUGE Founder

Intradeco Inc.

Félix Simán

Félix Simán is the Chairman and Cofounder of Intradeco Holdings Corp. With over 38 years in the textile industry, Intradeco Apparel is a global vertical-manufacturing company supplying high-quality casual clothing and thermal underwear to major retailers in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. With state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, pioneering logistics best practices, and merchandising trends, Intradeco is committed to sustainability which has earned the company recognition from multiple partners and retailers. Intradeco embraces its social responsibility through its commitment to the community by supporting different charities and foundations around the globe.

Guatemala

Bernardo Yurrita Tabush

HUGE Founder

BiCapital Corporation

Bernardo Yurrita Tabush

Bernardo Yurrita Tabush is Managing Director of BCC Private Equity. BCC is a subsidiary and private equity division of BIcapital Corporation, investing in Infrastructure (Core), Real Estate, Health, Energy, Utilities, Communications and technology. BiCapital Corporation is one of the largest financial conglomerates in Central America, employing more than 16,000 people, it has banking operations in Guatemala (Banco Industrial), Honduras (Banpais), El Salvador (BI El Salvador), and Panama (Bi Bank). The Group provides a wide range of financial services and products to over 3 million customers, providing corporate, retail, private, and international banking services, as well as insurance services and credit cards.
Bernardo has held senior executive positions across 23 years in the Banking and Financial Industry, among others; General Manager of Westrust Bank (Private Banking), Manager of BiCredit (Credit Card Issuer) and has hold board positions in Banco del País (Honduras) and Banco de Occidente (Guatemala).
Among other things Mr. Yurrita is Chairman of the Board of Palmer Fruit Company, family held company with interests in banana production and export, also he served 15 years as President of HEXA Development Group (HDG), a Guatemalan real estate development company where he remains a Board Member. Bernardo also served as Board Member of Aeroclub de Guatemala for 12 years where he remains as an advisor for the Board.
Mr. Yurrita holds an B.S. Engineering degree in Agribusiness from Universidad Rafael Landívar and got his MBA Degree form INCAE Business School. Bernardo is a private airplane and helicopter pilot with single/multi-engine and IFR certification.
Bernardo lives in Guatemala City with his wife and his 3 children.

Honduras

Rafael Enrique Villeda Ferrari

HUGE Founder

Compañía Televisora Hondureña

Rafael Enrique Villeda Ferrari

Rafael Enrique Villeda Ferrari was born on July 30, 1968 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He is the son of Manuel Villeda Toledo and Dina Ferrari de Villeda. After completing high school at the American School in Tegucigalpa in June 1986, he went attended Boston University, graduating in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After graduation he became the Director of Finance at Televicentro of Honduras, a company comprised of four television stations and notably, the leader in the industry. In 1998 Rafael was promoted to Executive Vice President and in 2018, after the death of his uncle, Jose Rafael Ferrari, he was named Executive President. In that same year he was also named Executive President of Emisoras Unidas, a family company that is comprised of twelve national radio stations. He now has over 30 years of experience with the media industry.

Rafael Villeda also dedicates his time to the Teleton Foundation. This non-profit organization is dedicated to helping all Hondurans that, due to accidents or birth deficiencies, have a disability and require therapy. Since 1990, Teleton has opened six centers that treat patients throughout Honduras. Rafael became a member of the board in 2010 and has been Teleton’s President since 2019.

Rafael is heavily involved in the sports industry – in the late 1990s he became the Treasurer of Club Olimpia Deportivo, a soccer team in Honduras. They are the most popular club nationally, having won the most National Championships. In 2019, he also became Executive President of the team.

United States

Anderson “Andy” D. Warlick

HUGE Founder

Parkdale Mills

Anderson “Andy” D. Warlick

Chairman and CEO of Parkdale, Inc., the world's largest independent producer of cotton and cotton-blend yarns and cotton consumer products for Health and Beauty, operating 34 facilities in North and South America.

Mr. Warlick joined Parkdale Mills in 1984 and became president and CEO in 2001. He grew up in Gastonia, NC and graduated from The Citadel in 1979 with a BS in Business Administration. Mr. Warlick is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development and of the National Cotton Council’s Leadership Program.

Affiliations:
He currently serves on the board of Parkdale Inc., and is lead director for SWM, Inc. (publicly traded NYSE). He is also on The Citadel Foundation Board of Directors. He is part owner of NBA basketball team the Charlotte Hornets.

Past services include chairman of National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), president of the North Carolina Vocational Textile School, Gaston County YMCA, the American Yarn Spinners Association and The Citadel Development Foundation. Also, he is a former board member of the Gaston County Chamber of Commerce, First Union National Bank, Wachovia Bank Southern Region Board of Advisors, Gaston County YMCA, Gaston College Advisory Committee, and J.G. Boswell Cotton Company.

Awards:
2012 J D Hicks Lifetime Achievement Award
Recipient of Long Leaf Pine Award
2011 Spirit of the Carolinas Award (Gaston, NC Regional Chamber of Commerce)
2010 Chapman Award, named in honor of James A. Chapman, Sr., James A. Chapman, Jr. and Joseph W. Chapman of Inman Mills. The Chapman Award was established by the Southern Textile Association to recognize individuals for exemplary service to the textile industry.
2009 Honorary Doctorate – The Citadel
2002 Cotton, Inc. Achievement Award
2002 Leader of the Year – NC State College of Textiles
Citadel School of Business Hall of Fame Leader of Principle Award 2004

United States

Anderson “Davis” Warlick, Jr.

HUGE Vice President of the Board (USA)

Parkdale Mills

Anderson “Davis” Warlick, Jr.

Davis Warlick graduated from the Terry School of Business, University of Georgia, BBA, in 2008 and received his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Wake Forest University in 2015.

Mr. Warlick’s primary concentration is leading the Parkdale Mills International Textile Division. His responsibilities include the management of Parkdale’s manufacturing assets in Mexico and Columbia, South America, and three distribution facilities in Latin America. Additionally, his responsibilities include leading the sales and marketing divisions that serve these three regions.

Mr. Warlick serves on the Board of the Cotton Council International (CCI), a member of the National Cotton Council and the Advisory Board of the Gaston College Textile Technology Center.

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