We would like to welcome Blanca Marcet who recently relocated from Barcelona, Spain to work with our La Sirena division as their Graphic Designer
Her husband, Guillermo Torres, also joined the La Sirena team in the marketing department as their Digital Marketing specialist.
Blanca studied graphic design in Spain and completed her studies in back in 2010 in San Francisco, at the Academy of Arts. That was her first exposure to Otis McAllister. Her goals are to make the image of La Sirena grow exponentially and to learn as much as possible about this new and exciting opportunity that the La Sirena brand can offer her.
Blanca insightfully says, “Most people just do not realize what La Sirena means to Central Americans. After visiting for a week in Guatemala, I believe that the Brand is an integral part of their daily lives. As a result of this experience, I have really fallen in love with the La Sirena Mermaid!”
Celeste López has joined our La Sirena team as an Executive Assistant. Celeste is originally from Mexico and has lived in the Bay Area for six years. She graduated from college with a degree in Communications, and gained experience as an Executive Assistant for more than a decade with key international companies.
Proud of her grandfather’s accomplishment of starting his own food business in Mexico in 1937, she feels that she has always been drawn to the food industry in one way or another.
When the opportunity arose to work at Otis McAllister, she saw the opportunity to channel all her energy and professional experience to a field that is ingrained in her blood. We know her grandfather would be very proud of her! Celeste loves new challenges and running with friends.
She is very proud of her personal accomplishment of completing all nine Disney half marathons plus three marathons. “Who would have thought running could be fun?” she adds. Celeste’s husband and her three kids are her daily fuel – they inspire her to be the best version of herself in everything she does. Lately, she has dedicated her free time to helping her daughter with her college applications. Celeste boasts that, “I am so proud of her and cherish every moment we have together as a family.”
The foodservice team is busy launching this versatile ready to serve product in both red and white quinoa in a 6×1 kg format. This super grain also comes with some super packaging, in a puncture resistant stand up pouch and be kept in dry storage for up to 2 years.
Guillermo Torres is a marketing professional who has recently relocated from Barcelona, Spain, where he studied Business and Marketing at the University of Barcelona.
He says that friends, family, and colleagues know him as “Willy” and that “Guillermo” and Willy are basically the same name in different languages, English and Spanish.
Willy loves to work with people who can improve brands just by using creativity. For the past four years, Willy has not only been employed in digital marketing, he has also been working very hard towards increasing his skills in digital marketing, an effort that he says has been quite rewarding thus far. Willy says that “Digital Marketing today provides resources and experiences that were completely unexpected just a few years ago.”
“Digital Marketing today provides resources and experiences that were completely unexpected just a few years ago”
He also adds, “It offers you the opportunity to influence people knowing what they want in just minutes from anywhere in the world.”
July 23rd of this year was an important day for him, as he married Blanca Marcet. La Sirena took part in the party at the Royal Nautical Club of Barcelona by providing beautiful empty La Sirena cans that were placed all around the party and were filled with flowers. Both Willy and Blanca enjoy sailing together and they practice their nautical skills almost every weekend.
Jake Gumina has recently joined Otis McAllister’s rice and grains division and he is filling in for Sheila, while she is enjoying her time away with her new born baby girl. He is a California native, born and raised in Napa and does not intend to ever leave the state. Upon graduating UC Davis in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Economics he began working in tech sales and is looking to bring that intensity to his new position as at Otis. Jake has always had a love of food, but growing up in Napa created conflicting feelings for working with food because that also meant working in hospitality.
He counts himself am as fortunate to have found a job within food, but with normal hours and not in hospitality. He played rugby in college and am continuing to develop as a player with the men’s team at the Olympic Club. Given Jake’s level of physical activity, he is a very active eater and will eat anything in the office that people may be struggling to finish. In addition to playing rugby in his spare time, he is also a newbie coder and has naively began teaching himself the fundamentals of computer science. He hopes to one day continue his education more formally in computer science. He is happy to be aboard and looks forward to getting to know all of you.
Sharon Roper’s food background has come from both manufacturing and the broker side, in both large and small companies. She started in Club and Drug sales and most recently has worked in the Natural Organic channel. She has dealt with a variety of products such as snack, gourmet specialty, frozen entrees and most recently meatless. Other industries Sharon has worked in have included Real Estate, Event Management and Environmental Marketing.
She started in Club and Drug sales and most recently has worked in the Natural Organic channel. Even though she has worked in other fields, she finds that somehow she keeps ending up back in food.
She has found that the “Food World” is a small one. Many of the same people can be your coworker one year, your customer the following, and your vendor the next. Sharon will be assisting Mary Lobaugh in the Retail Rice division.
We would like to introduce Makana Ward, who joined the Rice Logistics as an intern this fall. Makana is a full-time student at Saint Mary’s College of California, pursuing a degree in Accounting.
He is also extremely involved on his college campus, working as a Resident Advisor, Associated Student and the College Committee for Inclusive Excellence student representative. Realizing the importance of having workplace experience postgraduation, Makana was excited to join the team. Having previously studied and worked on similar tasks, he says that the most rewarding thing has been implementing classroom knowledge into the workplace.
Being native Hawaiian Makana says spreading Aloha is extremely important. One of his favorite Hawaiian proverbs is “Aloha mai no, aloha aku; o ka huhu ka mea e ola ‘ole ai,” meaning when help is given, help should be returned; anger is the thing that gives no life. He says, being a part of the rice team has been the workplace embodiment of this saying.