Abarca Health is a pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) that partners with health plans, employers, and government programs to manage drug costs and optimize the pharmacy & overall healthcare experience. Abarca Health has built a proprietary end-to-end PBM technology platform known as Darwin that serves more than 2.5M patients, representing nearly $2B in annual drug spending. Clients of all sizes, including other PBMs, have leveraged the Darwin platform to improve the customer experience – designing drug coverage options, processing claims, enabling clinical programs & running timely analytics. Abarca is expanding rapidly across the United States and leverages its responsive company culture and straightforward approach to doing business to drive its mission of finding a better way to work together, connect with each other, and make healthcare awesome for everyone.
Carlos is an entrepreneur with a track record of building successful and innovative companies in the intersection of technology and marketing.
Carlos is the CEO of HYP3R, the leading innovator in location marketing cloud and one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies. Prior to HYP3R, Carlos founded Nobox, a social marketing agency (acquired in 2015), and Scrapblog, an online scrapbooking service (acquired in 2011). Carlos also serves as a board member of Techstars’ Bay Area Chapter.
For more information, follow @mkt_hacker on Twitter or visit www.linkedin.com/in/carlosgarcia.
Leo is a seasoned entrepreneur with an expansive track record in building companies majorly focused on content and advertising tech.
He is CTO and co-founder of HYP3R, a leading “location marketing cloud” platform, selected twice by Fast Company as one of the most innovative companies in the world. Before HYP3R, Leo founded “Dos al Cubo”, a SaaS company that offers solutions to traditional media companies in Latin America and the US, and “Everypost” a B2C company focused on facilitating publishing on social media. He is also co-founder of Rekket, a leading digital services company.
He is passionate about traveling, cooking,, and Argentina’s Boca Juniors Futbol club.
Learn more about Leo and stay in touch via Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/larmas
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Endeavor offers its entrepreneurs access to a world-class network of talented individuals and organizations that mentor them to think bigger, make better business decisions and multiply their impact.
Endeavor connects entrepreneurs with personal mentors who provide ongoing one-on-one support. Mentors are selected from Endeavor’s active global network and are matched based on the entrepreneur’s goals, needs and interests. Mentor relationships are continuous and provide entrepreneurs with inspiration and support.
Endeavor Puerto Rico’s Mentors comprise a carefully curated group of leaders whose combined backgrounds and skillsets help steer high-impact entrepreneurs towards global-scale success.
The Endeavor Puerto Rico team is part of a global network of Endeavor locations across more than 30 markets with great demand for high-impact entrepreneurship. Together with the support of some 400 colleagues from across the world, the local team is determined to transform the island’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, based on its belief in the potential of local entrepreneurs to make a global impact. The Endeavor Puerto Rico office aims is to introduce top entrepreneurs into this global movement, so they may scale up their companies worldwide.
Erika Medina-Vecchini is the Managing Director of Endeavor Puerto Rico. Her mission is to serve as a catalyst to sustainable economic growth by identifying, connecting and mentoring the best entrepreneurs in the island with global scale-up capacity.
After five years in New York City, Erika returned to Puerto Rico in 2017 to join public service, determined to help boost the local economy. As Chief Business Development Officer for Puerto Rico’s Department of Economic Development & Commerce and Industrial Development Company, she focused on strengthening the island’s economic value proposition, attracting new investment and diversifying Puerto Rico’s economic activity. She also became the main liaison to the fast-growing entrepreneurial ecosystem and investors, promoting cross-sectorial collaboration and supporting programs, tax incentives and startups enhancing innovation in the Island.
With a Bachelor Degree in Public Communication from American University in Washington DC, Graduate Studies in Public Policy from Columbia University in New York City, and over 15 years of global experience in strategy, marketing, and business development, Erika is fully committed to leveraging Endeavor’s global network to engage entrepreneurs in thinking global and position Puerto Rico as a competitive destination to do and grow businesses. Born and raised in the Caribbean but with a universal soul, Erika leads Endeavor’s 32nd market, destined to be home of the most successful and impactful entrepreneurs in the Americas.
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Verónica Llama is a Marketing Associate at Endeavor Puerto Rico, where she strives to put Endeavor on the map by encouraging people to discover the organization’s mission to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem and impact economic development.
Prior to Endeavor Puerto Rico, Verónica served as co-administrator of the Bahía Urbana outdoor venue in San Juan and excelled as Project Manager for such events as Heineken Jazz Fest, Rio Mar Member & Guest golf tournament, KQ Sunsets concert series and many others. She also had an important role as a member of the Marketing and Communications team of the PGA TOUR’s Puerto Rico Open in 2018 and 2017. Full of energy and ambition, her aspiration to work in the most important stadium in Puerto Rico, Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot, led her to join the operations team of the Monica Puig Invitational tennis tournament.
A former member of the Student Council, she graduated with honors from the University of Sacred Heart in Puerto Rico with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Marketing. As part of her undergraduate studies, she completed a semester at The University of Tampa, where her passion for writing led her to become a content creator for student publication The Odyssey Online. Verónica aspires to build the Endeavor movement’s influence through the different social media platforms as well as traditional media channels.
Endeavor Puerto Rico’s Board Members represent a diverse group of business leaders and entrepreneurs committed to supporting our mission and driving our growth.
José R. Stella is currently Co-CEO and Co-Founder of QMC Telecom International Holdings LLC, a multinational provider of wireless infrastructure. Prior to that, he was the CEO and Co-founder of VIU Media until the sale of the company to Lamar Advertising (NASDAQ:LAMR) in 2006. At the time of the sale, VIU Media was Puerto Rico's largest locally owned outdoor advertising company.
Prior to becoming President of VIU Media, he was the Co-Founder and President of Quest Management Corporation, a private equity group formed to identify, acquire, and operate a company in Puerto Rico.
Previously, Mr. Stella worked at KPMG Peat Marwick in the middle-market M&A Advisory Group. He also worked for UBS in Zurich and Chase Manhattan Bank where he worked in Corporate Finance. José received, along with his business partner, the 2004 Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Puerto Rico.
Throughout the years he has served on several boards of directors. Mr. Stella graduated high honors with a B.A. in Economics, Finance and Investments, from Babson College and graduated cum laude with an MBA from University of Michigan.
María Eugenia Ferré Rangel is the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of GFR Media, a multimedia communications company that includes El Nuevo Día, one of the largest Spanish-languages newspapers in the United States.
Under her leadership, GFR Media transformed from a solid print operation into a multimedia communications conglomerate. The company holds multiple brands focused on providing long term, audience specific business solutions to its clients. Consumer behavior intelligence is now at the core of GFR Media’s integrated and contextualized brands and services, with innovative platforms such as the data driven Audience Profile and BrandShare.
GFR Media’s newspaper portfolio includes, El Nuevo Día and Primera Hora. El Nuevo Día is one of the largest Spanish-language newspapers in the United States and Puerto Rico’s number one newspaper in audited print circulation. It is also the main global source of information about Puerto Rico in the web with over 9.9 million monthly visits. Primera Hora is Puerto Rico’s second-largest newspaper.
Content platforms such as Magacín, MediaScoop, shop.pr, and Sal!, among others, round the company’s targeted content products.
A visionary entrepreneur, Ms. Ferré Rangel strengthened the managerial initiatives at GFR Media and effectively reduced operating costs while maintaining leading competitive positions. She has successfully transformed GFR Media’s infrastructure, management and distribution; and made it a pioneer in the use of cutting-edge technologies and the development of diversified audience focused platforms.
Ms. Ferré Rangel is an engaged leader in the global media industry. She has served as a Trustee or Director on the Boards of Grupo de Diarios América (GDA), and the American Press Institute (API). She also held a long tenure as a member of the Board of Trustees of the College of the Holy Cross and is engaged in multiple social empowerment initiatives in and outside of Puerto Rico. Ms. Ferré is currently a director on the Board of Grupo Ferré Range, where she also serves as Chief of Global Stakeholder Management & Communications.
At Grupo Ferré Rangel, Ms. Ferré leads a global vision of growth and visibility across a diversified set of industries.
Before her current appointments at Grupo Ferré Rangel and GFR Media, Ms. Ferré served as Chief Executive Officer of GFR Media. At El Nuevo Día, she held positions as President and CEO, Vice President of Administration and Operations; Assistant to the Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and as Director of Corporate and Community Relations.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree, in Political Science and Spanish from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts, and completed a Master’s Degree in Communications at Boston University. Ms. Ferré is married to Dr. Miguel Santaella and is the proud mother of two children.
Ignacio Alvarez has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Popular, Inc. since July 1st, 2017. Prior to his appointment as President and CEO he served as President and Chief Operating Officer.
Previously, he was one of the six founding partners of the law firm Pietrantoni Méndez & Álvarez LLP.
Recognized by Chambers Global as “one of the best lawyers in Puerto Rico,” Álvarez was an integral part of the firm’s success for 18 years. Among his main practice areas are: banking, corporate and commercial law; corporate and public finance law; securities and capital markets.
Álvarez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1958; graduated from Georgetown University, Magna Cum Laude, 1980; Harvard Law School J.D., Cum Laude, 1983; and admitted to the Bar in Florida and Puerto Rico in 1983.
He was an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer, University of Puerto Rico Law School, from 1988 to 1992. He has been a member of the Board of Regents of Georgetown University since October 2008.
Lisanne Dorion has over 25 years working in the international business arena. Her early career was with Bacardi International Limited’s global legal team working on licensing, production, and transactional matters in Europe and Asia. Eventually becoming Vice President Legal and Global Director of Intellectual Property for the Bacardi International. During her tenure at Bacardi she worked on matters throughout Europe, Latin American, Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific.
Building on many of the challenges and opportunities that working at Bacardi afforded her, Lisanne eventually returned to private practice and academia in the USA. For over a decade Ms. Dorion has been a Faculty Advisor for the Tuck Business School’s Global Consultancy On-Site Program. Ms. Dorion most enjoys this program as she is able to contribute not only to the experiential education of MBA students, but also provide value and insights to industry leading companies worldwide.
Lisanne continues her pursuit of challenges and experiences outside of the office as well. Whether piloting a helicopter or winning the 2006 4Desert’s World Women’s Championship title or representing the USA before the Queen of England in international equine endurance, Lisanne is constantly refining her belief that obstacles are not just something to overcome, but a chance to create an amazing outcome.
Morgan M. “Mac” Schuessler, Jr. is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Evertec since April 2015. Schuessler has over 20 years of payment industry leadership experience. He has served as President of International for Global Payments Inc; overseeing business in 23 countries throughout Europe and Asia.
From 2008 to 2012, Schuessler served as Global Payments’ Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to joining Global Payments, Schuessler served in several leadership positions with American Express Inc. including Vice President, Global Purchasing Solutions with responsibility for managing the company's purchasing card business globally.
Schuessler was previously a member of Visa's Senior Client Council and the UnionPay International Member, the international division of China UnionPay (CUP). He holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University and an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School where he currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Dean’s Advisory Board. Additionally, Schuessler serves on the Advisory Board of the Puerto Rico Open, the Island's annual PGA tournament, and is also a member of both Young President's organization (YPO) and Consejo Empresarial de América Latina (CEAL).
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