José Miguel Torrebiarte was born in 1965,lives in Guatemala and is married to Beatriz; they have 4 children. Is currently the President of Grupo Progreso, a company primarily dedicated to the cement industry and the commercialization of building materials in Central America. Throughout his 20 year of career within the family business, he has occupied different important executive positions and in 2004 he was the first of his generation to be the President of the Board of Directors of the company. During this period, the company´s corporate government was restructured and a ten year strategic growth plan was implemented.He enjoys traveling with his family and participating in any project that has to do with promoting the sustainable development of Guatemala.
Mr. Torrebiarte also participates as a Vicepresident of Fundación para el Desarrollo de Guatemala -FUNDESA-, is a member of Young Presidents Organization –YPO-, member of ConsejoEmpresarial de América Latina -CEAL- Member of board Grupo Cobán, it is engaged in the manufacture and export of footwear Centroamerica and was President of the Inter American Cement Federation -FICEM-APCAC- and Founding Director of the Foundation of the Cultural and Natural Mayan Heritage –PACUNAM-. This last one is being supported by nine of most prestigious companies in Guatemala, committed with the rescue and protection of the Guatemalan cultural and natural heritage and community development. José Miguel has a MBA from INCAE in Costa Rica and BS in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Virginia Tech.
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FUNDESA, The Guatemalan Development Foundation, is a non-profit private entity, comprised by business professionals in their personal capacities. FUNDESA works to contribute in the sustainable and democratic development of the country, in a market economy and the Rule of Law, by consolidating an independent and representative organization that can responsibly propose initiatives that in the long-term can aid in Guatemala’s development.