Meet the Governance Team and Colaborators

Josen Rossi
Board President
Josen Rossi

Mr. Rossi is also Chairman and majority owner of Aireko Companies and Chairman of Aireko Foundation.  In Aireko Josen has led fast-track CM/GC and Design-Build Construction of innovative institutional and industrial work that contributes to the modernization of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Florida and the Mid Atlantic U.S. for their sustainable industrial and economic development.

 

As Aireko Companies managing partner Josen oversees international growth, the allocation of capital to new markets and products, and the growth of third generation partners and managers. Mr Rossi has led various Puerto Rico business and non-profit boards, leading the creation of some, such as the Puerto Rico Institute for a Competitive and Sustainable Economy (PR-ICSE).  As Aireko Foundation president Josen directs its yearly philanthropic investments in Puerto Rico and U.S. education for the needy, including the arts and sciences of entrepreneurship and sustainable development.

 

As chairman of the ICSE-PR  he oversees growth in funding, education and alliance building with Puerto Rico business and U.S. NGO leaders for the capacity building of democratic institutions fundamental to sustainable socio-economic reform and development, such as key public infrastructure governance and regulation.

 

He holds a BSCE from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Virginia.

Waleska Rivera
Board Vice-president, Secretary, and Treasurer
Waleska Rivera

Ms. Waleska Rivera is the President of Danosa Caribbean, Inc., the region’s leading waterproofing membranes manufacturer. She was Chairwoman of the Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association (PRMA) from 2013 to 2015, she currently serves as President of the Association’s Internationalization Committee leading a number of initiatives as part of PRMA’s Strategic Hemispheric Agenda. Ms. Rivera holds a BA with honors in Accounting from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez and an MBA in Industrial Management from Inter American University. Ms. Rivera has received a number of awards and recognitions including being named a Top 10 Business Leaders of Puerto Rico by Caribbean Business for the last three consecutive years. She is currently Secretary of the Board of the ICSSE-PR.

Juan A. Larrea
Board Member
Juan A. Larrea

Mr. Larrea currently serves as President of South American Restaurants Corp., the Church’s Chicken franchisee, President of PT, Inc., the Pollo Tropical franchisee, President of South American Capital, a Real Estate company and Chairman of the Board of Caribbean Glaze Corp., the Krispy Kreme Doughnut franchisee.  Prior to joining the Larrea Group, Mr. Larrea served in various senior management roles at PepsiCo and VISA International, where he most recently held the position of Vice President of Multinational Accounts for Latin America and the Caribbean Region with Visa International.  He holds a B.S. in Marketing from Babson College in Boston, MA and an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix, AZ.

Carlos Rivera
Ex-Director and Founding Member
Carlos Rivera

Mr. Rivera Velez currently serves as Vice President of Stryker Corporation.  Previously he has held positions as  Manufacturing and General Manager for the Edwards Lifesciences Manufacturing Operation in Puerto Rico and its counterpart of Medical Balloons in California, also at Johnson & Johnson, Allergan, Advanced Medical Optics, and Digital Equipment Corporation. Carlos is also an entrepreneur with his leadership in multiple extracurricular activities in several fields and is former president of the Puerto Rico Manufacturing Association.