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Lance R. LevineCEO and Founder
Lance’s commitment to improving the community may be seen through his leadership in these business and civic organizations:
In addition, he is active as a member in these leading organizations:
In the global markets, as the managing director of IA Sourcing Asia, Lance provides leadership for this international sourcing and inspection company that has headquarters in Taiwan and China. He serves on the board of directors of Innovei Electronics, LP, a company focused on electronic repair and reverse logistics.
Christopher Guido SantaguidaCFO
Guido has the multi-faceted experience and resourceful track record to drive innovative and effective results for MFI and our clients on a strategic and sustained basis.
Throughout his career, Guido has effectively demonstrated the hands on ability to re-organize, streamline and strengthen existing operations as well as capitalize on new business opportunities within challenging, competitive and volatile global markets.
With exceptional problem solving and analytical skills, an entrepreneurial spirit Guido helps our customers transform business strategies into profitable operations. He has traveled to throughout the US, Puerto Rico and South America to develop, motivate and maximize resources, sales, procurement and market channels, assess risk analysis and opportunities, and drive strategic and sustained results.
A pioneering and creative thinker, Guido likes to reinvigorate organizational infrastructure, melt down paradigm limitations, challenge existing ideas, develop business alliances and best practices, and push for continuous improvements throughout all organizational processes.
Guido also has extensive experience within the Supply Chain Management field, procurement, vendor management, contract negotiations and legal matters, complex tax strategies, banking relationships and financing, OSHA, safety & environmental compliance, as well as 10 years of experience within the Maquila industry.
Guido is an avid mountain biker and backpacker. More recently with the move back to El Paso he takes on rock climbing with Lawrence, and is also a connoisseur chef with Thai and Italian cuisines. In spite of being color blind, Guido brings a zest to life that is contagious and energetic, thrives on turning chaos into opportunities, which he brings to work on a daily basis.
Ricardo Armendariz N.Quality Control Manager
At MFI Ricardo’s responsibilities include maintaining and improving manufacturing quality systems to assure product and process quality, and ISO 9001:2008 certifications.
With more than 10 years of experience at Delphi and Lear, Ricardo has mastered manufacturing quality systems. His responsibilities with these companies point to impressive credentials:
Maria Eugenia Gomez GarciaEngineering Manager
Also known as "Maru," she holds certifications in Green Belt Technical, Black Belt, MOST, FMEA, and SMED, she has been trained in APQP, PPAP and ISO/TS.
By way of her previous assignment as a customer service manager, she is very knowledgeable concerning budgeting, production planning, material requirements and head count allocations. During her career she received recognition as being the best Manufacturing Engineering practices for the Fuel Handling Manufacturing Engineering group.
Cecilia Ochoa LevinePresident
Cecilia has served as a board member and co-chairman for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, El Paso branch. She now chairs Green 7 de Mexico.
Active in global markets, she is a partner in Innovei Asia which has offices in Taiwan and relationships with manufacturing plants in China.
Born in Chihuahua, Chih., Mexico, Cecilia moved to the United States in 1966 with her parents and eight brothers and sisters. She attended the University of Texas El Paso where she studied geology. Cecilia became a naturalized U.S. Citizen in 1982.
In 1988 she became partners with Lance Levine; they married shortly thereafter. Cecilia has three granddaughters. Her hobbies include painting, interior and exterior decorating, travel, and the arts. Her design experience has proven an asset to many of MFI's clients.
Cecilia's board memberships, and awards include:
Paola RamosMarketing Director
Currently Paola participates as a member of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Central South Texas Business Minority Council as well as the ITESM alumni association.
She grew up in the U.S. Mexico border region; she is bicultural and fully bilingual. She is married and has 2 daughters.
Miguel Angel Marentes CardonaPlant Manager
He studied electronic industrial engineering at the Instituto Tecnologico de Ciudad Juarez. He is responsible for customer service, demand fulfillment and deliveries and communication with U.S. customers on all business related affairs, assuring MRP data integrity and MRP reporting.
His experience includes program management at Plexus Electronica, Ciudad Juarez; plant management at Elamex, Ciudad Juarez, and quality engineering at RCA Componentes, also in Ciudad Juarez. He is a certified Category C instructor-examiner under MIL-Std-2000 high-reliability soldering and is Six Sigma green belt certified.
Alfredo ChavezNew Business Development
Alfredo also brings trade experience to MFI, coming to the company after serving as a trade specialist at the El Paso/Juarez World Trade Center. He likes to promote community and business events in the binational community.
Additionally, he has extensive business planning and logistics experience. He supports business education and entrepreneurialism, having been a member of the Hispanic Business Student Association in El Paso, and affiliated with the Finance and Economics Association, also in that city.
Fatih AkbenDirector of Business Development
Fatih brings the MFI Team 30+ years of diverse experience in executive management, strategic business development, marketing, sales, information technology and digital media.
He has lived and traveled internationally and holds a Bachelors of Architecture Degree from Carleton University in Ottawa Canada.
He delivers corporate success through exceptional commitment to customer success and excels at solving complex problems, re-engineering operations and applying technology.
He has experience in business development helping Fortune 500 companies and startups alike.
He has worked with various charitable groups including Juarez Competitiva, “Christmas in April”, The AHA and Centers Against Family Violence.
He has extensive experience in manufacturing, shelter operations and the energy industry, supported by a strong background in mechanics, CAD and engineering. He has also worked with many major companies in global product sourcing in Asia and Central and South America.
Lawrence’s current affiliations include the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Juárez Maquiladora Association, the U.S./Mexico Strategic Alliance, and other local industry organizations.
Tomas MenaDirector of Shelter Program
During his term as President of the AMAC, the Juarez maquiladora association, and as vice president of the National Council for the Maquiladora Industry in Mexico (Consejo Nacional de la Industria Maquiladora de Exportacion - CNIMME) he built extensive local government networks.
Daniel DesperakProgram Manager
Daniel’s brings the MFI Team, a strong manufacturing experience background in electronic s assembly, assisting OEM companies such as VW, GM, Hyundai, Hirschmann, Kuhnke.
His automotive and consumer electronics background has been applied to: product design product design and development through end of product life and included strategies for contingency planning and risk mitigation, while assuring program consistency and customer satisfaction.
Daniel offers expertise in logistics and QA services. He is a former German Air Defense officer and is fluid in: German, English, Spanish and somewhat fluent in Polish.
Other accomplishments include IPC specialist, VW formal Q Certification, VW QPN Certification and service as staff sergeant and radar instructor at Fort Bliss at El Paso, Texas.
Jose Luis Chaparro CanoHuman Resources Manager
Jose Luis He excels at communications with employees at all levels as well as employee relations.
He has implemented internal sports programs which featured participation by as many as 4,500 employees. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad Juarez.
As human resources manager Jose Luis oversees MFI's extensive employee benefits, and education programs including: