MEET OUR TEAM
Knowledgeable & passionate people at origin
AgroNosotros started as a pioneering effort to vertically integrate the specialty coffee and fine flavor cacao industries, beginning with International Coffee Farms in Panama in 2014 and Peini Cacao Plantation & Mahogany Chocolate in Belize in 2016.
David Sewell, B.Sc. MBA
Founder and CEO of AgroNosotros
David is the Founder and CEO of the AgroNosotros Group of companies, including Peini Cacao Plantation Ltd., Belize Cacao Traders Ltd., and Mahogany Chocolate, Ltd. in Belize and International Coffee Farms and The Perfect Pair, in Panama.
David and his very experienced multi-national and multi-lingual team of about 80 personnel operate sixteen (16) specialty coffee and cacao farms in Panama and Belize. Both of these “specialty agriculture” businesses are fully vertically integrated from “seed-to-bean-to-cup” (coffee) and seed-to-bean-to bar” (cacao/chocolate), respectively.
David strongly believes in the future of specialty agriculture as one of the most likely asset classes to realize spectacular investment gains over the next 20 years.
With an extensive business background in private equity, venture capital and offshore private wealth management, David’s attention is focused on creating and operating businesses that offer real hard assets with growth potential, and an emphasis on the Triple Bottom Line framework that prioritizes people, planet, and profits equally.
Co-Founder and President of AgroNosotros
Darren is the Co-Founder and President of the AgroNosotros Group of companies in Panama and Belize.
Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Darren moved offshore at 19, and has lived offshore in dozens of countries around the world, adapting to different cultures and languages over the last two decades.
Darren has been instrumental to the growth of AgroNosotros over the last 6 years through offering outside investors the opportunity to participate alongside the company as passive investors in turn-key managed specialty coffee and cacao farms in Panama and Belize. With $15M+ raised, and over 600+ farm parcels sold to 400+ clients, Darren oversees all owner and investor relations, from maintaining healthy relationships with existing clients, to raising capital and forging client relationships with new investors/owners.
From their Panama City office, Darren is also actively involved in developing the channels to market and distribute their specialty coffee and fine flavor chocolate wholesale and retail products to high-end customers nationally in Panama and Belize, as well as internationally in Europe, Asia, the US and CARICOM.
VP Farming Operations
Andres Lopez has worked in the coffee industry for the last 28 years developing a wide range of experience in coffee farming and processing as well as planning and engineering sustainable, eco-friendly coffee farms. His experience also encompasses direct farm personnel management, increasing farm utilization and profitability, inventory and warehouse control, product quality control, milling and roasting processes.
He’s overseen the implementation of modern farming practices on our cacao farms in Belize, with a focus on quality, education of the local Mayan farmers, disease prevention and increased productivity.
As a qualified grader of specialty coffee, Andres is a well respected member of the local and international specialty coffee community.
Since 2016 Andres has also started to apply his years of coffee knowledge to the cacao industry. He’s overseen the implementation of modern farming practices on our cacao farms in Belize, with a focus on quality, education of the local Mayan farmers, disease prevention and increased productivity.
Priscilla Clare Nash
VP of Operations
Priscilla left Panama for many years to study abroad and work in Central America and Europe where she developed an understanding of international business, administration, and hospitality which she now applies at AgroNosotros.
With a Masters Degree in Hotel Administration, after returning to Panamá she fell in love with the countryside and all that it had to offer. The culture, lifestyle, nature, weather and of course the coffee.
Now an integral part of the AgroNosotros team for the past 2 years Priscilla, as VP of Operations, is in charge of the entire deeding process, client distributions, all of our certifications and permits, organizing national and international events and other activities related to the support of the legal and operational responsibilities of the AgroNosotros group of companies.
Chief Operating Officer
Daniele is an Italian trilingual professional with 25 years of experience. He started his career in the consulting world, working in public administration, various European Projects, and NGO’s.
He then transitioned into telecommunications over ten years ago starting as an analyst and working his way up to manage complex projects all around the world. In 2014 he decided to take a sabbatical leave to explore the world and new business opportunities, ultimately deciding to move to Latin America. Living in the Panamanian highlands since 2016 where he owns and manages a “farm to table” restaurant with his wife.
In early 2020 Daniele joined AgroNosotros as Chief Operating Officer with the purpose of contributing with his experience in project management and gastronomy to help the specialty coffee and cacao business grow exponentially.
Executive Chocolate Maker
Armando, a resident of San Pedro Columbia, a cacao producing and Kekchi speaking village in southern Belize joined our team in 2017. Since then he has built our factory with a full-scale chocolate production line.
Prior to joining our team, Armando has worked extensively (over 13 years) with cacao and cacao farmers, representing an international cacao buyer and chocolate company, in Belize. His work includes project management, proposal writing, and administration extended to grower associations, cooperatives, and private farmers.
Armando developed our “Belizean” and “Brukdown” chocolate bar brands which included recipe development, product designs, packaging, and sales.
With an accumulated 15 years of experience in the cacao and chocolate industry, Armando is focused on improving the craft of the production process, developing new products together with his team, and focusing on product sales for the local and international markets.
VP of Finance and Accounting
Lourdes Lezcano serves as VP of Finance and Accounting, having joined the company in May 2018. Born and raised in Panama, Lourdes lived overseas for 4 years where she studied and graduated High School in North Carolina. She then came back to her native Panama after graduation, to continue her studies in Financial Engineering.
In charge of the Finance department, her team of bookkeepers are responsible for accounting, forecasting, budgeting, payment for all goods and services, process and control implementation and management reporting for the entire AgroNosoros group of companies.
Lourdes and her team also handle the Human Resources responsibilities and company payroll.
Director of IT / Systems
Hailing from Belize, home to our cacao farms and chocolate company, Mahogany Chocolate, Hector joined the company initially to help lessen our carbon footprint by moving much of our processes into a digital or electronic form furthering our eco-friendliness and streamlining workflows.
Fully automating all of the companies’ many websites, email campaigns, CRM and Social Media platforms to create a smooth interface with our clients from around the world.
After relocating to Panama for over a year to support the Sales and Marketing team, Mr. Rodriguez now resides back in Belize where he continues to support our tech, sales and marketing teams in Panama City, Boquete and Belize.
Hector leads the team who are creating our e-commerce platforms that will be vital to to get our specialty coffee and chocolates out to the world.
Born in Colombia into an agricultural family, Tatiana studied Political Science and later on History, at the most prestigious university in South America, and speaks Spanish, English and French. Having lived in Canada she recognized the opportunity to offer North American standards in customer service, here in Latin America.
Agriculture was always a strong influence, eventually drawing her to work as an agricultural real estate agent finding excellent land for different crops and connecting with international buyers.
Immediately RE/MAX and AgroNosotros grabbed her attention as an opportunity to grow and be more in contact with not just the sale, but also the operational side of the farms.
With passion and dedication Tatiana has become a key player in establishing our specialty coffee distribution channels and creating strong relationships with coffee buyers around the world.
In our regular Origin tours where we host investors and industry experts from around the world, Tatiana is “host with the most” and takes care of everything from logistics to dietary requirements and extracurricular activities.
Biologist & Value Chain Analyst
Valentina came to the team as an intern and has quickly worked her way up to be a key member of the farming and quality control team. Among her responsibilities is monitoring the quality of the coffee during each stage of process, storage and delivery.
An important part of the daily activities is to manage the green coffee samples required by the clients, to improve and develop new in-house processes and to keep a record of each and every batch of coffee since the time it arrives at the coffee processing mill.
Valentina designed and implemented the company’s traceability system. With every micro-lot of our coffee now fully traceable from seed to bean to cup. In our on-site laboratory, Valentina is also responsible for developing and tasting new coffee products for the company’s local coffee shop, The Perfect Pair.
Jake is a graduate of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University where he received his degree in Finance with a minor in Real Estate. During and after college Jake spent time at several private equity firms learning the ins and outs of underwriting multifamily and mobile home park investments.
While continuing his education and expanding his network by attending an investing conference, Jake came to know the Founders of AgroNosotros. It was there that Jake’s passion for investing, sustainability, and a willingness to take on new challenges led to him taking the leap and moving down to Panama to join our team.
At AgroNosotros Jake is responsible for tasks ranging from investor outreach, creating research reports and marketing materials, to designing custom financial models to help us assess the profitability of potential investments.
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