The El Grande Group Leadership


Managing partner and shareholder , El Grande Group

One of Mexico’s top businessmen. Promoting international businesses in different industries has been a characteristic of Mr. Covarrubias, he has owned companies in construction, food & beverages, automotive and general manufacturing, Financial services, maquiladora packaging and logistics.

With more than 50 years of experience as an investor in the US, Mexico & Europe, Mr. Covarrubias guides our group of companies with a very solid entrepreneurial vision and unique business experience.

Mr. Covarrubias is a Chemical Engineer graduated from the National University of Mexico (UNAM), holds an MBA from La Salle University in Mexico City, and an Executive Business Certificate from Stanford University.

He has been a member, Vice-President, and President of multiple entrepreneurial and industrial chambers in Mexico such as Coparmex, Canacintra, and CIC among others and is an active member of several public companies’ boards.

Mr. Covarrubias also heads the Board of a non-profit organization that promotes self-employment in Mexico, Fundacion Pro-Empleo Coahuila.


Shareholder , El Grande Group

Mr. Achar is one of Mexico’s most renowned investors and charitable individuals. Mr. Achar and his family founded a small paint store and

built it in to one of the top paint manufacturing groups in the Americas (COMEX) .

Leadership, vision and honest hard work are just some characteristics that distinguish Mr. Achar in the international business environment.

He is an active Member of several public companies’ boards and heads three Foundations, e.g. Pro-Empleo Productivo fundation.


Shareholder, El Grande Group

Mr. Achar is a top entrepreneur known for his marketing and commercial activities.

He worked hand in hand with his brother Alfredo in building one of the top paint manufacturing groups in the Americas (COMEX).

He owns a sizeable important chain of paint stores and holds extensive investments in Real Estate and industrial companies.


Managing Director, El Grande Group

Mr. Covarrubias represents more than 15 years of international business experience based on a solid investment banking, international business, legal and finance background; he leads El Grande’s team of experts assuring they provide the most competitive intelligent support service platform in the industry guiding the client’s growth milestones.

He started his profesional career in 1996 as a paralegal at De La Fuente, Cano & Brizio, a corporate and labor law firm based in Mexico City and in 2000 he bacame the firm’s youngest partner, during his tenure he lead several restructures and union conflict resolutions as a consequence of the Tequila Effect (Mexico’s 1995 financial crisis); from 2001 to 2003 he joined Gozain, Frangie & Forcada Wright as part of the corporate department in charge of restructures, leading more than 20 transactions for domestic and international companies and financial institutions.

As a result of the experience of being a legal advisor of international investment banks, funds and financial institutions and with a solid education, in 2003 Eduardo started one of Mexico’s first investment banks with US and MX partners called the Probitas group. Eduardo is recognized as a pioneer in the mexican investment banking industry by founding and driving the group’s growth. The group has represented more than 3 BN USD in closed transactions from International Investors in Mexico. Probitas recently merged with 2 investments banks to form Pharos Organization.

Following a long family tradition as a promotor of foreign investment in Mexico, Eduardo is an expert in the maquiladora industry and NAFTA, an environment that he has worked in since1986 under Covman, a family business. Covman invested in the largest mexican shelter group and during that time he implemented several growth structures for international companies operating in Mexico, creating strategy using NAFTA and international financing programs.

Eduardo received his Law Degree from Universidad Emmanuel Kant in Mexico City. As part of his international education, Eduardo holds a Certificate in International Business and Finance, a Certificate in US Law and Methodologies and completed the Series 7 special certification; all at New York University (NYU).


Vice President of Business Development, El Grande Group

Mr. Castellanos is an international business expert built from 20 years working in an international business environment. He has a BBA in

Finance from the University of Texas –RGV and a J.D. in Law from the University of Houston, specializing in international law. He has 27 years of professional experience with 2 in real estate, 5 in the pharmaceutical industry, and 20 in oil & gas.

His international business experience evolved over his 20 years working in the oil & gas industry. He has worked for some of the biggest companies in the industry including Schlumberger (Smith International, MiSwaco, and Camco business segments), Helmerich & Payne, and Weir Oil & Gas. His international exposure included positions as an Assistant Corporate controller involved in worldwide projects, a country controller in charge of businesses in specific countries, and area and hemisphere director in charge of groups of countries.

He has worked and lived in the U.S., Mexico, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Resulting from his different international executive roles, he holds extensive experience in mergers & acquisition, integration, new market expansion, and manufacturing and facilities management controlling. Mr. Castellanos’ strengths will assist our partners to build a successful business at El Grande.


Business Development Mexico

With a strong international background, Tsuneki brings more than 5 years of sales and business development experience to El Grande Group . Prior to El Grande he developed several departments at one of Mexico’s largest hotel chains, Grupo Posadas, and then at Casa Inn Group where he started, developed and managed the Celaya Hotel.

A strong service culture define Tsuneki’s work (backed by certifications such as GM Hotel Leadership & Strategy and HR Administration, Sales Courses as People First, Proactive Service, Effective Communication, AMA Art, Magic and Action) and at El Grande he is currently developing El Grande’s MX opportunity and client-sales platform as part of the Project Development Department.

Tsuneki holds a degree in Modern Language, Interpretation and Translation from the University of Queretaro.

Tsuneki is fluent in Spanish, English and holds strong bases in Japanese.


Logistics & import-export, El Grande Group

Winner of the “UPS World of Champions Award”. Arturo directs El Grande’s Logistics and Import -Export Department. Arturo brings more than 15 years of international logistics experience to El Grande.

Arturo began his career in 2001 at CVC Express and in 2007 joined Kansas City Southern Railroad as Import-Export Executive and from 2009 to 2014 he acted as a Senior Account Executive at UPS.

Arturo holds a BS in International Business Administration from the University of Monterrey and holds several senior executive certificates from the UPS Business School and The Brooks Group.


Architecture and Design, El Grande Group

Francisco brings very important experience as a Project Manager in the áreas of construction, engineering, maintenance and architecture. He has lead important projects in high demanded industries like Oil and Gas (Offshore and OnShore), General Industrials and Housing working for Tribasa, ICA Fluor Daniel, Grupo R, Eni Saipem and our sister Company


Francisco is El Grande’s field Project Manager and in conjunction with our Customer Service and Local Coordination teams, he coordinates, plans, supervises and manages all aspects of our client’s and park’s

construction and engineering demands. Also Francisco is an expert in 3D dimensioning and design, human resources and budget management. Francisco holds a BS in Architecture from the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas and holds a Master Degree in Architectural Design and Costs Management from the same Institution.

Itzel Ortega Cervantes

Marketing and Communication Coordinator

Itzel has a strong background in institutional communications and design of important marketing strategies. She has worked in various government institutions as political advisor among which stand: Mexico City Congress (Asamblea Legislativa del Distrito Federal), Women Federal Institute (Instituto Nacional de la Mujer), Internal Affairs Ministry (Secretaria de la Función Pública), Public Security Ministry (Secretaría de Seguridad Pública), among others, working mainly on: Analysis of institutional image, strengths and weaknesses internal and external, crisis plan, identifying threats, strategic planning, communication, positioning institutions to public opinion, etc.

Itzel holds a Bachelor in Communication Sciences from The National University of Mexico (UNAM) and majored in Political Communication at that same institution.

Syria C. Echeverría

Manager of Human Resources

Syria has developed a strong background in Human Resources over her career working for high demanded Human Resources departments in Public companies like Grupo Posadas and America Movil and also in

private companies like Grupo Casa Inn. Syria has been involved in managing, training and operating groups of unionized and not unionized personnel and also managing, supervising, auditing, invoicing and doing general administration duties in the mentioned companies with a strong customer service view.

As a local from the Apaseo El Grande- Celaya area, Syria has a strong foot print in the communities surrounding our industrial park, she brings lots of experience from her previous jobs and also has developed excellent relationships and systems to recruit and select personnel for our construction and industrial jobs at El Grande. Syria has also been very active hand on hand with our sister companies (Walmi and Comex) developing different tools to prevent human resource turnover and labor conflicts by promoting labor stability and career growth through the implementation of special programs like Anspac, Special Sports, Work Vicinity, Community Programs Development and also by working very closely with the local Labor Union.

Syria holds a BS in Business Administration and Hospitality from Bajio Superior University. And a certification in Human Talent Recruitment and Retention at the Mexico Latina University.

Syria is fluent in English, speaks basic Japanese and her native language is Spanish.