Fortune 50 Global Executive with 20+ years of groundbreaking and award-winning leadership experiences in innovation, product / brand management, marketing, and technology in both corporate and non-profit sectors in multiple industries. Proven track record of managing multi-million dollar budgets to develop products and experiences that drive billions of dollars in revenue and millions of dollars in productivity. Creatively build & lead dynamic, high-performing teams of executives, product managers, marketers, & engineers that seek big challenges to make a lasting impact. Passionate STEM, diversity & inclusion, and Open Innovation advocate. A futurist, video game & AR/VR enthusiast, sci-fi fan, space junkie, entertainment connoisseur (movies & theater), paragliding pilot and salsa dancer.
Denon at Sound United
2017 - Present
I develop the global brand vision and strategy for Denon, Japan's oldest audio electronics brand. I partnered with an external agency for rebranding and repositioning this iconic brand. I led the go-to-market launch of 23 new products across multiple categories, including AVRs, Hi-Fi and Mini-Systems, soundbars, turntables, and headphones. Launched the world's first 13 channel AVR, the Denon AVR-X8500H which sold out its initial production run in one month. Partner with engineering and sales to develop and align on long-term product roadmaps.
Xbox 360 & Kinect
As the Senior Global Product Manager and Product Planner,
I drove the planning of 84 product concepts, launched 60 products commercially which have cumulatively generated ~$16 billion in worldwide revenue during my tenure.
I was the product manager for both Kinect and the Xbox 360 S. The Kinect holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest-selling new consumer electronics device of all time. The Xbox 360 S outsold PS3 and Wii monthly since its launch.
I was recognized for this work with the Microsoft Gold Star and three Xbox Achievement Awards.
PepsiCo Spire Family
Interactive Vending & Smart Coolers
2011 - 2017
Foodservice Marketing Equipment is generally not very exciting and purely transactional - pour a drink, vend a drink, grab a bottle and go. With millions of devices and tens of millions of consumer touch points every day, there was a huge opportunity to innovate in this area and drive consumer engagement.
Enter the Pepsi Spire family of equipment. I drove the end-to-end program (strategy, ideation, market testing and launch) of Pepsi Interactive Vending & Smart Coolers; cloud-connected, digital media marketing platforms for a new generation.
1999 - 2001
I moved to Germany to design the body for Porsche's first entry in the SUV market, the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo.
Production began in 2002 with 2003 the first official model year. Before launch, many media outlets and loyalists opined on the strategic risk for Porsche to enter this category. It's been continually produced since 2002 and widely regarded as the most powerful and best-handling SUV on the market.
Resort and Park
2013 - 2014
Leveraged the digital media dispense & marketing equipment platforms I developed to pitch advanced concepts to Disney to service their newest park in Shanghai, China. The proposals included advanced technology concepts for Tomorrowland at the park. The pitch was successful, making this the only Disney Park and Resort in the world to serve PepsiCo products, leading to my first Chairman's Award.
GLOBAL HEAD OF BRAND - DENON
Global Brand Team
2017 - Present
SENIOR DIRECTOR, EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES & INNOVATION
Global R&D Division, Global Equipment Development Group (GED)
Valhalla, New York
2011 - present
SR. GLOBAL PRODUCT MANAGER / PRODUCT PLANNER - XBOX
Interactive Entertainment Business,
Xbox & Kinect
SR. MARKET RESEARCH MANAGER
Corporate Marketing Group
2004 - 2006
PROCTER & GAMBLE
US Hispanic and Caribbean Marketing
San Juan, Puerto Rico
SENIOR DESIGN ENGINEER
1999 - 2001
DESIGN ENGINEER III
Honda R&D Americas
1995 - 1999
HONORS & AWARDS
PepsiCo Chairman's Award
PepsiCo Platinum Awards
2012 & 2013
DSE Apex Gold Award
Latino Leaders Magazine Club Leader of the Future
Diversity MBA Top 100 under 50 Executive Leader
HACR Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever
Puget Sound Business Journal 40 under 40
NSHMBA Brillante Award for Excellence
I am very passionate about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) and have worked throughout my career advancing these initiatives both in the corporate and non-profit worlds.
Ultimately, my dream is to travel to outer space as simply as hopping on a plane. In the meantime, Augmented and Virtual Reality are the fastest and safest ways to explore space, and hence my passion for the technology. Everything I do in work and play feeds my imagination, desire to innovate and to drive the future of technology and consumer experiences.
I love to travel and have touched down on 96 countries, and counting. At the top of my list is New Zealand, where I spent a month exploring the sets of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies. With a vast world to explore, I like changing my perspective and watching from above as a paragliding and hang-gliding pilot.
I especially love sci-fi as it generally tends to portend future technologies and consumer experiences.
"Do not go where the path may lead. Instead, go where there is no path and leave a trail"
Ralph Waldo Emerson
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - BERKELEY
MBA: TECHNOLOGY, MARKETING, AND GLOBAL STRATEGY
Walter A. Haas School of Business
Certificate in Global Management
Full-Tuition Fellowship - Consortium for Graduate Study in Management
Founder and President – Hispanic MBA Student Association (HMBASA)
Graduate Student Instructor – MBA299: Strategy in a Global Context
THE COOPER UNION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE AND ART:
Dean’s List, Senior Year
President – Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Treasurer – Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
HOBBIES & INTERESTS
Just for Fun
It all started with Pac-Man on the Atari 2600. Through many console generations (NES, Sega Genesis, Xbox, etc) as well as through the evolution of PC gaming (starting with Sierra's stable of games like King's Quest and classics like Castle Wolfenstein & Doom) through today, my passion for this most engaging of entertainment genres continues to grow.
My fascination with travel began when I moved to Germany in my 20s and traveled all of Europe in 2 years. My personal goal is to join the Traveler's Century Club by having visited 100+ countries/territories. I am 99% of the way there. Experience with other countries and cultures is a great way to drive innovative thinking.
PARAGLIDING / MOTORCYCLES
I am a certified paragliding pilot and hang-gliding pilot through USHPA. I have flown in more than a dozen countries, gaining a unique perspective from a few thousand feet. I've been riding motorcycles for 20 years and still have my trusty 1996 Honda Shadow.
SCI-FI / FANTASY
From Star Trek to Dungeons & Dragons, I'm a buff in both genres. I've been working on my first novel in my spare time and it has to do with - you guessed it dragons (with a unique twist).
As a Puerto Rican born in Brooklyn (Nuyorican), I didn't learn to dance Salsa until I moved to Germany (long story). I learned quickly and also picked up Bachata, Merengue, and more, and joined Seattle's Salsa Salvaje performance group.
I've been fascinated with Space since boyhood, with dreams of becoming an astronaut. I regularly follow news of NASA, SpaceX, Blue Origin, and more. My ultimate desire is to travel to Space. Until then, I revel in games like Mass Effect, Starcraft, and AR/VR space experiences.
GET IN TOUCH
I've been a guest speaker on the topics of Innovation, New Product Development, and Diversity & Inclusion at universities (Columbia University, Cooper Union, Pace, NYU, Tec de Monterrey, UW) and professional events/conferences (The American Marketing Association, Innovation Roundtable, WSHCC, and more).
New York, New York