I serve as MBA Program Director at PLNU and I have over 35 years of international executive experience in operating, financial, and administrative capacities in a variety of industries, including food processing, manufacturing, distribution, import-export, and seafood. Since 1981, I have been President of my own consulting firm, JÈM, Inc., which has been involved in general financial business planning, re-structuring, development, and operation of a number of projects in the USA, Mexico, Peru, Asia, the South Pacific Islands, and the Pacific Rim. I have taken executive management roles, part-time and full-time positions, and/or equity positions in some of these projects. I am completely fluent in English and Spanish. I have extensive experience with the following types of businesses: a) mature, larger corporations and entrepreneurial start-ups, b) domestic and international companies, c) turnarounds and re-structurings, and d) managing companies for growth. Most recently, I consulted for South Pacific Tuna Corporation, a $200 million start-up joint venture between 4 of the world’s largest seafood companies, formed to secure long-term supplies of tuna in a manner consistent with environmental and conservation measures. In the last 4 years, I have traveled and consulted in Peru, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Guam, Cook Islands, New Zealand, Hawaii, Taiwan, Japan, and Hong Kong.
I served as President and CEO of Van Camp Seafood Company (1988-1992), which at the time was the second largest tuna company in the USA with sales in excess of $300 million, producing dolphin-safe Chicken of the Sea® canned seafood products including tuna, salmon, and shellfish at its facilities in Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Indonesia, and Thailand. I served as President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of BC Abalone (1992-2004), a Mexican company I co-founded, which was involved in shellfish aquaculture located in Baja California, 140 miles south of San Diego.
Since 1992, I have consulted for, and served on, the Board of Encore Group, a giftware company with sales of $100 million, in which I have a significant equity position. The company has facilities in China, California, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Before that, I served in a variety of positions in the petroleum and seafood industries, including Exxon Corporation, Zapata Corporation, Sun Harbor Industries, and Solar Turbines International.
I have over 14 years of collegiate teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate level in international business, accounting, and finance at Pt. Loma Nazarene University, National University, San Diego State University, Prairie View A&M University, and the University of Richmond.
I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA, and attended Florida State University, where I lettered in track and received a BS (1968) and MBA (1970) in Finance. I became a CPA in Texas in 1972. I also attended one year of law school at the University of San Diego (1977). I am currently enrolled in a doctoral program in Business at Anderson University in Indiana. I expect to earn my doctorate in 2011. I served as an officer in the U.S. Army in 1971-1972 and received an honorable discharge with honors. I currently serve on several civic and corporate Boards of Directors, including the San Diego International Sports Council (for which I was Chairman in 1999).
I met my wife, Lindy, while in college. We have been married for 39 years, have three daughters (Mary-UC-Santa Barbara, Rachel-Univ of Miami, and Sarah-Virginia Tech), and reside in San Diego, California. I have successfully competed in the Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Hawaii, have run over 15 marathons, and now compete in long-distance bicycle races. My hobbies include cycling, reading, travel, and attending sporting events.