Now What? Now Who? A Mexican Small Family Business in Transition


Luis Jimenez-Castillo, María Pacas Rivera, Mark P. Rice & María Begoña Cota Mendia

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    Luis Jiménez-Castillo is a faculty member at Universidad Panamericana in Mexico. There he had the opportunity to be a member of the Advisory Board of the Family Business Management Bachelor's Program. He is a Ph.D. Student that is focusing on Family Business at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His research interests are Internationalization, Strategy and Corporate Governance. He is not only interested in family business academically, but also as a practitioner, since he was part of the Board of Directors of his family's firm, where he served as the Chairman of the Board. As well he has been a consultant for other family managed companies. He has published some articles in local business magazines in Mexico regarding succession and conflict management in family business.

    Dr. María Pacas Rivera has 20 years of professional experience as a practitioner and as an academic. Her research interests during her doctoral program were on Human Capital Competitiveness. She has an MBA specializing on Organizational Behavior. Dr. Pacas Rivera has studied different programs at IPADE Business School, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Universidad La Salle, among others. She has been a speaker and has participated on different international courses. As well she is a certified coach by the International Association of Coaching (IAC). As a practitioner, she has worked 20 years in important national and international companies, from different service and manufacturing industries. She has had different managerial positions in Mexico and Latin America. Currently she has her own consulting firm on Human Resources.

    Mark Rice, Ph.D. is the Harry G. Stoddard Professor of Management at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). From 2010-2014 he served as the inaugural Dean of the WPI School of Business and subsequently as Vice Provost for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Prior to coming to WPI, Dr. Rice served as Murata Dean of the F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, and before that as Director of the Rensselaer Incubator Program and as Director of the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Rice is the author, co-author or editor of a variety of journal articles, book chapters, case studies and books on the topics of innovation management, business incubation and entrepreneurship eco-systems, including most recently: The Development of University-Based Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Global Practices. Dr. Rice holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

    María Begoña Cota Mendia is an alumni of Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Campus Sinaloa, where she majored in Marketing. She holds an MBA by IPADE Business School and has international studies in Business at Rotterdam School of Management, Marketing at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Hospitality Management at University of Central Florida - Rosen College. Specialist on Anthropology and Ethics, and has different studies including Category Management, Co-founded and worked as a Consultant at +IQ Consultores. Worked as a Product Manager at Janssen Pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson. In Procter & Gamble worked in the Customer Business Development area consulting several major retailers on their sales and category management strategies. Worked as a Customer Service and Merchandising Coordinator at Walt Disney World. Participated in several Internship Programs such as: The Chevrolet Marketing program in the U.S. and the Projection of the Tourism Department of Sinaloa. Currently she is a professor of Marketing with the responsibility of this school at Universidad Panamericana, and has worked with the Management school of the University.

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