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Miami, FL, USA
I'm a 33-year-old married Economist/Entrepreneur/Consultant who grew up in a Brazilian-American home in a small town in the countryside of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Up until late July, 2014, I was the VP of International Development for Global Franchise Network, an International Franchise Consulting firm based out of Miami, Florida, that assists business owners all over the world to expand internationally through finding successful partnerships with investors in other markets. The company also offers consulting services such as market research, branding, cross-cultural adaptation and legal advising.
Prior to becoming the Vice-President of Global Franchise Network, I was a Master Franchisor myself. In 2007, I signed the master franchise agreement for the United States fast food brand, Salad Creations, and developed the business from the ground up in Brazil. Today, the franchise has approximately 30 stores in Brazil, surpassing the number of locations in the United States or any other country where the franchise is present.
Now I am a Business Development Manager at Yum! Brands, working with Pizza Hut for Latin America and the Caribbean, in what I like to call one of the most exciting times in my career so far.
I graduated from Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) with a Bachelor's Degree in Business and Economics. Before working in the franchise industry, I worked as a stock broker for the Sao Paulo Stock Exchange (Bovespa) at a private investment firm called Coinvalores.