David Gershik has been a leader in promoting business opportunities in Latin America for more than fifteen years. In nearly a quarter century in the video game business, David established brands like Grand Theft Auto, Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead, Bethesda’s Wolfenstein and many others into North and South American markets. After starting his career with LucasArts, he moved on to assist the startup Gathering of Developers before their acquisition by Take 2 Interactive. During his 12 years at Take 2, David managed the sales of more than $4 billion dollars in console and PC games including some of the most successful video game franchises of all time as the company expanded from $36 million in revenue in the Americas to more than $700 million. David also extended Take 2’s North American business by doubling their business in Canada and extending their sales presence into Latin America. Despite challenging economic headwinds, David left Take 2 in 2011 to start up 1080partners to help businesses extend their brands into Latin America.
Carlos Berumen began his career in games in 2002 as VP of Sales at Gamexpress, Mexico’s largest distributor. In 2003, Carlos opened 35 new specialty retail stores across Mexico- becoming one of the largest specialty gaming retailers in Latin America. A few years later, he led the company’s expansion outside of Mexico into Chile and Brazil. In 2010, Carlos obtained record distribution sales and profit on $140 million in revenue. Carlos started up operations in Miami, Colombia and Panama in 2012 to expand Gamexpress’ sales into Latin America- adding revenue of $25 million after just one year. Having attended Mexico’s prestigious PanAmerican Institute for High Business Direction, Carlos comes to 1080partners with the experience and relationships to make an immediate impact on your business in Latin America. Carlos will be managing digital and mobile sales and marketing, as well as leading efforts to improve the sales of our accessories and consumer electronics lines outside of Brazil and Mexico.
Ernesto Peña comes to 1080partners from Gamers, one of the largest specialty video game stores in Latin America, where he supervised commercial strategies. There, Ernesto achieved growth of more than 50% while developing new product lines in stores and optimizing the company’s working capital. Previously, Ernesto was the purchasing manager for Gamexpress, which, at the time, was the largest video game and accessory distributor in Latin America. Previously, Ernesto worked for Nestlé in supply chain management and marketing, and before that, he worked in the purchasing department for home décor and seasonal for a large regional retailer. Ernesto is working in the Mexico City office handling all purchasing, reporting and analysis.
Jesús Marmolejo started his career 10 years ago with a focus on international logistics. He has managed and set processes for deliveries from suppliers to retailers such as Liverpool, Soriana, Amazon, and Walmart, among many others. Jesus has worked with SofaMatch, Alameda and Gaia Design, three of the top furniture retailers in the Mexican market. Jesus is also an expert in supply chain management, from procurement to customer service and has a focus on reducing costs and risks to deliver orders to the final client swiftly and efficiently. Jesus manages supply chain and customer service out of the Mexico City Office for all 1080partners clients and customers.
Rafael Velame has more than 10 years of experience growing brands in the video game and accessory business in Brazil and throughout Latin America. Rafael began his career at NC Games, the largest distributor of video games in Brazil, successfully negotiating the ins and outs of the importation process and the complicated taxes around it. Once local replication became established, Rafael transitioned to working in the commercial department at NC Games, managing sales, marketing, production, and distribution for several of the largest publishers in the industry. In addition to his responsibilities at NC Games, Rafael also managed the purchase of products for UZ Games, the largest specialty game retailer in Brazil. Rafael manages 1080partners portfolio in Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.
Mariana Paniagua has nearly 15 years of experience in budgeting, developing projects, managing teams and providing excellent customer service for the Mexican government, government agencies and companies such as PEMEX, SENER, SEMARNAT and the PEI. Prior to joining 1080 partners, Mariana worked as Key Account Manager for an IT company working with key clients such as NESTLE, Johnson & Johnson and Herdez successfully extending their contracts and ensuring a high quality customer experience. After living in Scotland for a year, Mariana joined us to manage our customer service and administration.