Advanced Technologies Advisory Board

Santiago Gutierrez

The former president of Mexico’s National Chamber of the Electronics, Telecommunications, and Information Technology Industries (CANIETI), was recently elected Chairman of the Board of the World Information Technologies and Services Alliance (WITSA)—the leading body that unites IT industries around the world, with more than 80 of the top companies representing 90% of the global IT company market. His career spans 30 years in the field of telecommunications, during which he has had consulting and managing responsibilities, in the private and public sectors—including leading AT&T of México and Bestel. He has also served as VP and Partner at Booz Allen Hamilton, heading their Telecommunications and Media practice. He continues to work as an entrepreneur and consultant in the telecommunications and information technology field. He earned an MBA at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania.

Salvador Giblas

He Is an Associate Partner, Détente LLC. An engineer in Telecommunication, he has extensive experience in a wide range of telecommunications, Internet services, and satellite communications projects around the world. He has had several management positions from Director of engineering to Vice President of sales and Business Development at Televisa, Scientific Atlanta, Vitacom, IDC and Interlink ( California Microwave) among others. Over his career he has been instrumental from the initial conception to the final execution of large satellite projects in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. He holds a BS degree in Telecommunication from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) in Mexico City, and a Master’s degree in telecommunication from PITTC in the Netherlands.

Claudio Arriola

Founder & CEO, Sperantus S.A de C.V. A technology company developing IT solutions for the logistics market with operations in USA & Mexico, and On Time Services/GLM, involved in bonded and domestic warehousing, border crossing freight and intermodal shipments, which Claudio founded in 1997.

An active promoter of the entrepreneurial skills and the increased use of technology in everyday activities, Claudio is an active member of CANIETI, the National Chamber of Electronics Telecommunications and Information Technologies. He served as Canieti’s Northwestern Regional President for three years. He created and acted as Director of he Business Innovation & Technology Center (BIT Center) in Tijuana & Ensenada, over 120,000 ft2 of co working space where freelancers, small IT companies, students and schools collaborate and work on IT related projects.

Mark Schneider

VP of the American Institutes for Research, is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and a board member and senior research fellow with the Nexus Research and Policy Center. Previously he served as the U.S. Commissioner of Education Statistics (National Center for Education Statistics (U.S. Department of Education). He is also Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and the author and editor of numerous article and books on education policy, including Getting to Graduation: The Completion Agenda in Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012), Higher Education Accountability (Palgrave, 2010), Charter Schools: Hope or Hype? (Princeton University Press, 2007), and Choosing Schools (Princeton University Press, 2000), which won the Policy Study Organization’s Aaron Wildavsky Best Book Award. He has been working to increase accountability by making data on college productivity more publicly available. To that end, he is one of the creators of and serves as the president of College Measures LLC, a joint venture of AIR and Matrix Knowledge Group.

Ernesto Sanchez

President & CEO ENERI S.A de C.V. Previously he was a JABIL Sr. Director, Mexico Business Development (1998-2009), President CADELEC (2004-2006), the consortium formed by the electronics industry and the government of Mexico with the mission of developing the supply chain for the electronics industry in Mexico. He was previously President and Chairman of IEEE (2001-2002), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. In 2003 President Vicente Fox of Mexico awarded him the title of “Executive of the Year”.

Charles Klor

Founder & CEO, Klor Machinery, Inc. Over his career he has been working with Rohm and Haas engineers developed the proper tooling for cutting and machining acrylic and composites they developed. He also with Boeing engineers worked on the transformation of punch tape and hydraulic systems on Kearney and Trecker machining systems to serve driven CNC systems. He Designed, trained and installed most of the factories in the U.S. making electronic arcade games and set up manufacturing facilities in Mexico for the domestic and Latin American markets. He Held partnerships in Mexico with three manufacturing facilities, becoming a main wood products manufacturing supplier.

Klor Machinery also became the supplier of machinery and training for Plant Number 7 of the Chinese Air Force in Wuhan and engaged in the design, sales, training and final startup of a number of manufacturing companies in the U.S. 45 years experience with manufacturing in primarily the metal, composite and wood working industries. 17 years, Executive Vice President of one of the largest machinery companies in the U.S. 24 years.

Marek Smiech

Founder & CEO, Marx Digital Manufacturing, Inc., A CNC Machine Shop in Silicon Valley addressing the advanced manufacturing needs of companies such as Apple, Applied Materials, Bruker Nano, Cardica Medical, Fusion-io, Icon Bioscience, Novellus, Insound Medical , Space Systems/ LORAL . Over 16 years experience as a CNC machinist, last employment prior to Marx Digital he served as Main Programmer at a shop with 12 CNC mills. Educated in Poland and at De Anza College in the Silicon Valley.