International Trade Center Staff
Cliff is director of the South-West Texas Border International Trade Center. He leads the center’s vision and strategy.
He previously served as a Senior International Trade Specialist where he provided consulting and seminar services for businesses in the Southwest Texas Border Region. He also has experience working with the U.S. Department of Commerce San Antonio Export Assistance Center and the Casa San Antonio in Mexico City where he promoted two-way trade opportunities between the small businesses of Mexico and South Texas.
Cliff is a Certified Global Business Professional.
Douglas Smith is Assistant Director of the International Trade Center, University of Texas at San Antonio.
He has worked in international consulting for 25 years, focusing on import and export development, marketing channel management, international marketing strategy and market and economic research. His consulting experience involves a broad range of industries, ranging from industrial products to processed foods.
He has consulted for small businesses and a broad range of organizations, including IBM and Johnsons Wax, Business Round Table, and the foreign trade agencies of Thailand, Portugal, and Colombia. His international experience includes projects in Western Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa.
Before joining the Center, he was Vice President for Consulting at Global Trade Information Services, an international trade information company; a member of the International Business Department, University of South Carolina, and consultant with Frank Lynn & Associates, an international marketing channel management advisory company.
He was a contributing editor to Textile Asia Magazine and has published in Atlanta International Magazine, Twin Plant News, and Business Horizons. He holds a M.A. International Relations and a M.B.A. in Finance and International Business from the University of Texas Austin, and is a Certified Global Business Professional.
SR. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ADVISOR
Mónica Alcoz is a Sr. International Trade Consultant with the International Trade Center (ITC) in San Antonio. Under this position she provides technical support to small and medium size businesses interested in exploring international business opportunities.
For the last ten years she was the project manager of the Southern U.S. Trade Association Minority Export Training program, a customized, one-on-one export training and consulting program for high-value food and agricultural companies interested in expanding into foreign markets.
Moreover, Monica has been actively involved in the development of the new International Small Business Development Center (SBDC) networks in Mexico, El Salvador, and continuous to assist with the expansion and growth of the SBDC network in Central America, the Caribbean and South America.
Before joining the ITC in 2001, Mónica was an Agricultural Engineer (Ingeniera Agrónoma) working as a crop consultant for farmers in her native country of Uruguay. Mónica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Universidad de la República in Uruguay and an MBA in International Business from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Monica is a Certified Business Advisor and a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP).
Mónica is a member of the North America Small Business International Trade Educators Association and the Hispanic MBA Association. Mónica is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
SR. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ADVISOR
Berenice is a Sr. International Business Advisor, at the International Trade Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Management with concentration in International Business from the University of Northern Iowa, and is a Certified Global Business Professional. She joined the International Trade Center in 2005 and has also served as International Market Research Specialist, Interns Coordinator and Client Services Coordinator.
She is a member of the North American Small Business International Trade Educators. She is bilingual and bicultural having worked and lived in both the United States and México.
Berenice is a Certified Global Business Professional.
Julio Garcia de las Mestas
SR. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ADVISOR
Julio is a Sr. International Business Consultant at the International Trade Center. At the Center he works with the SBDCGlobal program to train foreign governments in Latin America on how to set up US model SBDC networks. He also provides international trade-consulting assistance for small and medium size businesses.
Julio earned a bachelor’s degree in Merchant Marine from the University of A Coruña and worked as deck officer on board 4 vessels of the Spanish Merchant Marine fleet. He has studied different fields of global trade, obtaining a degree in International Shipping as well as having received his license as a Freight Forwarder, Transport Agent and Wholesaler.
In 1994 he was awarded a scholarship to support the activities of the Commercial Service of the Spanish Embassy to Mexico. While in Mexico he was involved with several different businesses and was later in charge of Industrial Expansion Program at the Universidad Veracruzana (UV) in Veracruz. In that position he also helped create the Mexican Association of Small Business Development Centers (AMCDPE).
Julio is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) with more than 15 years experience helping small businesses positioning their products and services in the global market. He is a believer that promoting business success is a way to tackle social inequalities and promote business opportunities for American People.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ADVISOR
Minerva Garcia is a International Business Consultant at the International Trade Center. She has been involved in technology commercialization programs and consulting services for more than 11 years. Her international experience includes many projects in the European Union and Latin America.
Since 2006, when she joined the International Trade Center, she has been actively involved in the U.S. SBDC Network expansion into Mexico and Central America. Prior to joining the International Trade Center, she worked as a Technology Consultant at the Technology Transfer Office at the University La Laguna in Spain. She also worked at the Treasury Unit at the Budget Directorate in the European Commission in Belgium and as an Accounting-Finance Consultant at ATL Consultants in Spain.
She holds a M.S. in Management of Technology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is a Certified Global Business Professional. She was born and raised in the Canary Islands, Spain. She is fluent in Spanish, English and German and has traveled and lived in many European countries.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ADVISOR
Ms. Barbara Mooney has worked at the International Trade Center since 2007. In her most recent position as an International Business Consultant, Barbara provides trade-consulting assistance to small- and medium-size businesses in the South-West Texas Border region. She also conducts market research in the area of international trade development and provides import-export training for small business clients. Prior to working as a consultant, Barbara managed the International Trade Center import-export training programs, planning, developing and coordinating training events in the United States and Mexico.
Barbara has a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in International Business and a MBA with a concentration in Project Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Barbara is also a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) and has recently earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) Accreditation.
TIBA INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ADVISOR
Jaime Martinez joined the San Antonio Small Business Development Center in 2007. He now is a Senior International Business Consultant for the International Trade Center heading up Programa Invierte a program in the International Trade Center’s Texas International Business Accelerator (TIBA).
Jaime’s role as a Senior International Business Consultant is to provide specialized business advice to foreign investor to Texas in the areas of business plans, financial projections, and marketing plans.
He began his professional career with Frost National Bank working in the Customer Service, Telephone Banking, and International Private Banking departments. Jaime continued his banking career with Wachovia Bank as a Financial Specialist. He assisted his clientele with consumer/business lending, financial advice, and money management. He also advised small business owners on sales, marketing, and customer service strategies. As an International Banker he assisted many Mexican National business owners with establishing their businesses in San Antonio.
Jaime holds a BBA in International Business from UTSA and an MBA in Management from Our Lady of The Lake University.
SBDCGLOBAL.COM PROJECT MANAGER
Carla Cardenas is the SBDCGlobal.com Project Manager at the International Trade Center. As the SBDCGlobal.com Project Manager, Carla oversees the development, maintenance, usage and promotion of the online trade platform, which connects the small business clients of the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States SBDC networks with trade opportunities and education. Carla joined the International Trade Center in 2008 and previously served as an International Market Research Specialist. In this position Carla conducted and provided market research for the small and medium-sized businesses of the 79-county South-West Texas Border Region.
Carla holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a minor in Business Administration as well as a Master of Arts in International Relations with a concentration in International Development, both from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. She is also a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) as well as a Certified Scrum Master. Carla was born and raised in San Antonio and is fluent in English and Spanish.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSOCIATE II
Sylvia joined the International Trade Center as an Administrative Associate II in August 2005. Previously she worked with a local attorney for 15 years. She is a native San Antonian, married and has 3 grown children and loves cooking and the different flavors and ethnicity that San Antonio is known for.
CLIENT MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST
Anabel Guerra is the Client Management Specialist and Training Program Coordinator at the International Trade Center. As the Client Management Specialist, she manages the center’s consulting performance and productivity as part of a set of strategies implemented by the center to fulfill the organization’s vision. She also manages the center’s training programs in the development, planning, and coordination of International trade events.
Prior to joining the International Trade Center in February of 2011, she worked at the UTSA Mexico Center as a graduate research assistant where she conducted various research projects of U.S. and Mexico related issues as well as assisted in the coordination and implementation of events. She holds a M.S. of Science in Sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is bilingual and bicultural having worked and lived in both Mexico and the United States. She is from Matamoros, Mexico.
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Janette is a Senior Project Manager at the International Trade Center. In this role, she assists the center director as a Finance and Contract Compliance Specialist regarding the development and negotiation of grant contracts, while maintaining compliance with the University policies and procedures. She also assists in preparing grant proposals that meet submission requirements; monitors grant progress to ensure grant objectives are met; manages grant budgets to ensure proper expenditure rates; and participates in and prepares for grant program audits and quality assurance reviews conducted by the University.
In addition, she collaborates with the International SBDC Expansion projects facilitating in-country and web based training in English and Spanish, particularly regarding the center’s Client Management Processes and the on-line Client Management System known as Neoserra. Janette is also responsible for the recruitment, supervision and coordination of the International Market Research staff that supports the center’s advising staff. She also assist the center director with human resource matters and distribution of staff level of effort to ensure proper allocation of resources among projects.
Previously, Janette was the Client Management Specialist at the International Trade Center, where she supported the center’s client intake and follow-up processes, and managed the center’s advising performance and productivity with the objective of fulfilling the center goals and vision.
Prior to joining the International Trade Center in 2006, Janette worked in the Manufacturing Industry, where she participated in various projects related to engineering and research & development. She also supported a range of technology management projects through research and analyzing the diffusion of technology innovations in marketplaces.
Janette holds a M.S. in Management of Technology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a B.S. in Mechanical Management Engineering from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon. She is also a Certified Global Business Professional, by NASBITE International. She is bilingual and multicultural having worked and lived in the United States, Slovakia and Mexico.