Upon graduating with a Masters in Administration in your program, I would have a solid foundation of theoretical understanding in international business. My goal is to work for a large-scale transnational technology company, utilizing my unique background, bilingual abilities and decade of experience in the field, to enhance or establish an international business department, focusing our energies on transferring technologies to Latin American companies.
I feel strongly that the importance of the development of emerging Latin American markets can hardly be overestimated. I want to help to break down the ingrained fear many American companies have of open markets with Latin America.There is a certain measure of prejudice against Latin American products, which are incorrectly viewed as being substandard or inferior in some way. There is an unsubstantiated belief that in order to reciprocate through open markets, that American markets are generally flooded with poorly manufactured or designed technologies.
For almost a decade, I have maintained a conceptual continuity in my own industrial equipment business, raising sales from zero to $150K/annum, and earning a good reputation in our market niche, setting up a small but highly effective administrative structure. In addition, I have acted as a training suppler, serving small and mid size companies in the industry. I am well versed in directing, planning, organizing stock and quality control issues. I have learned to be persuasive and convincing in my work. Before I knew the meaning of the word brainstorm, I was conducting brainstorming sessions with groups of employees. Through practice, I gained command over many fundamentals.
Through my own company, I have traveled many times to the US to attend training courses as well as several Latin American countries, attending trade shows and seminars. Having been born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, and was educated in South America, I am able to connect easily with other Latinos and Hispanics. Building trust and representation on both sides of the border, through authorized distributions from American companies, I have sold products and given training to industries across Venezuela.
Once I have established my contacts and deepened my understanding of the practical concerns surrounding international trade and technology transference, particularly between developed and emerging nations, I anticipate establishing my own company. The ideal would be to work in partnership with mid-size US technology manufacturers and service providers, exporting technology to mid to large-scale Latin American companies. More importantly, my company will establish an information network that connects mid-size US manufacturing firms with mid to large-scale Latin American companies. Through this exchange, technical knowledge can be shared, increasing sustainability, viable and practical solutions can be more easily discovered, and implemented, leading to a more fluid transition from concept to market. Costs of production can be lowered and the savings passed on to the consumer, making companies more competitive, particularly for Latin American manufacturers. I hope to increase understanding of Latin American countries, building greater levels of respect and more effective partnerships.
Throughout my experiences, both inside the lecture hall and in terms of putting theory into practice, I have seen very few instances in which the small business world interacts with the academic world. Only in the case of large companies where organization, well defined/refined methods and experience collaborate and work together towards the common goal of developing efficiency in their processes and achieving increased levels of success. I feel that, post-graduation, I can be instrumental in finding a common ground or point of connection where the academic and professional worlds can work together. Indeed, each would be guaranteeing the future of the other, in a symbiotic fashion, furthering good examination.
In the most practical terms, I bring with me to International Business a genuine love for math and statistics, and firmly believe that quantitative sciences could help the social sciences to be more effective. Continuing my work in the importing/exporting of products and services, I feel drawn to the financial and statistical indicators applied to international trade as a tool for working in specific environments. My most significant professional accomplishment has been building my own international industrial equipment business, raising sales from zero to $150K/annum, earning a good reputation in the small market, and setting up a small administrative structure that is still in use today. In terms of personal accomplishments, emigrating to America changed my lifestyle and my career tenfold. From managing my own business with five employees, to becoming a restaurant employee in the US, delivering Chinese food and washing dishes taught me humility, and an appreciation for the immigrant experience. Leaving my wife and two children behind while I spent two years in a foreign land, studying and preparing for the GMAT and TOEFL, was an emotional, psychological and physical marathon. Building a better life for my family, taught me to keep my eyes firmly on my dreams. I am also proud of my volunteerism, bringing my love of math and the sciences to teens. As a Latino, I am reaching out to Hispanic/Latino teens, my own teenage daughters included, showing them as a role model that hard work, perseverance and a goal-oriented mindset can lead to a successful life.
Throughout my experiences, both inside the lecture hall and in terms of putting theory into practice, I have seen very few instances in which the small business world interacts with the academic world. Only in the case of large companies where organization, well defined/refined methods and experience collaborate and work together towards the common goal of developing efficiency in their processes and achieving increased levels of success. I feel that, post-graduation, I can be instrumental in finding a common ground or point of connection where the academic and professional worlds can work together.