Team of experts

Trade Representative for Great Lakes Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin


Efren holds degrees from California State University Northridge and ITESM in Monterrey, Mexico. As an international business development consultant, he travels widely throughout the U.S. and Latin America addressing marketing strategies and opportunities to do business in Mexico. He’s consulted with federal and state governments in Mexico and overseas, as a representative of the World Trade Organization for the Ministry of Economy, a member of APEC negotiation board and a senior trade specialist for a recognized consulting firm. He is General Director of Global Business Partners Mexico, S.C., a firm he founded in 2006. GBP Mexico is the authorized trade and investment contractor for the states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, New York, and Wisconsin. He’s been recognized internationally because of his skills in negotiation, international business development, market strategy, strategic planning, and international sales and business management. His consulting and business couching services have helped more than 1700 U.S. companies to have a successful entry to Mexico. After being in 60 trade missions, Efren Flores is a strong believer that businesses must be conducted face to face and support business partners in full.  Efren’s expertise has spans a range of industry sectors including: automotive, environmental, agricultural products and equipment, heavy machinery, telecommunications, civil and general security, medical, plastics and chemicals.


In addition, Efren has been elected as president of ASOM (Association of State Office in Mexico) in July 6th. Since then, he has participated in different webinars with Mexican state government institution with the objective to increase trade and investment between U.S and Mexico.

Project Manager of the Michigan Mexico Center and State of Ohio Mexico Office

Silvia Alonso is the Commercial Director of Global Business Partners Mexico, Consultancy firm founded in 2006 by Efren Flores and her.

She has 20 years of experience in international business, market development, investment promotion, consultancy, marketing, international sales, and business strategies for international and national customers in different industries. She holds a bachelor Degree in International Business and a Master Degree in International Marketing from Universidad Intercontinental. She started her professional experience at Acetec Group a heavy machinery broker, afterwards she joined Volvo Trucks Mexico in the Exports-Imports Department, later on she started working at the Pennsylvania State Office in Mexico as Trade Specialist,

In 2006 GBP Mexico was founded and Silvia acted as Senior Trade Specialist of the Pennsylvania State Office and Manager of GBP Mexico. In July 2008 GBP Mexico awarded the representation of Kentucky in Mexico and from the period of July 2008-2013 she acted as Director of the Kentucky Agricultural and Commercial Trade Office in Mexico.  Since 2013 she is the Commercial Director of GBP Mexico and Project Manager for the State of Michigan, as July 2019 Silvia also acts as Project Manager for the State of Ohio Mexico Office. She has wide experience in leading, and coordinating trade missions including delegations with Government Officials and Entrepreneurs as well as coordinating participation in Trade Shows and helping several foreign companies to successfully enter the Mexican market.

Fernanda is an enthusiastic young woman who likes challenges and always look forward to learning. She is also a skillful communicator that builds relationships to get things done always aims to provide the best customer service. In addition, Ms. Pérez is fluent in English and speaks a bit of French and German.

She graduated from University of Guadalajara with a degree in Tourism and she has been working and volunteering in the field for almost 13 years operating national and international congresses and trade shows.

At Global Business Partners Mexico, she coordinates logistics suppliers for trade missions and individual business agenda. In addition, she has participated in the organization of10 trade missions, performs market researches and support customers to establish communication with potential distributors, partners and end users according to their needs.

Project Manager of the Pennsylvania State Office.


Gloria has more than 20 years of experience on International Business. She holds a bachelor Degree in Tourism Business Administration and an International Trading Business Diplomat by Australian Institute. Gloria is a native Spanish, English Fluent in conversational, reading, writing and speaking. Her professional experience includes: Accounting and Finances, Human Resources and Diplomats. Her professional experience of 30 years, with 13 years of experience on Administrative duties and in translating  and 18 years of experience in international business.

Horacio has 18 years of international work experience and a total of 24 years working experience in Consulting, Marketing and International Business with clients from Mexico, Canada, United States, Japan and Latin America & Caribbean countries. A native Spanish speaker and with full command in English, he has worked in the following companies and capacities: Nissan (Supervisor for the exports area), the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Trade specialist), Dazu Intertrade (Consultant), Euromonitor International (Senior Research Analyst) and currently as Senior Trade Specialist for GBP Mexico. Horacio Anell holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from Universidad Panamericana and an MBA degree from McGill University.

Karina is currently working as Senior Trade Specialist at Global Business Partners Mexico.

She studied International Relations at Universidad Iberoamericana, and has a Posgraduated Degree in International Organizations. She did professional practices at the European Union in Mexico, and after that she worked for ProcorfiConsultores (at that moment it was Pennsylvania State Office in Mexico). Afterwards she was employed at Debisa an environmental company. Later on, she was Marketing Manager in Televisa. In year 2007 she was hired as Account Director in Terra Networks. Her following positions were in Conde Nast as Digital Media Manager, Strategic Account Executive in Prodigy MSN, Digital Sales Executive in Sony Pictures Mexico.

She is fluent in English and French. Her professional career includes over 18 years, most of them involved in international business. She  has experience in the match making, agendas and organization of trade missions from USA, Germany, India, and North Ireland.

Besides that she is specialized in sales, marketing, advertising, public relations, IT and environmental industries.

Lorena holds a bachelor Degree in International Business of Escuela Superior de Comercio y Administración of Politecnico Nacional and a Master Degree in Administration of Unidad ProfesionalInterdisciplinaria de Ingeniería y CienciasSociales y Administrativas of Politecnico Nacional. Lorena is a native Spanish speaker and speaks, reads and writes English fluently. Her professional experience includes:   Development of International Business, Support to Foreign Trade, Organization and planning of trade Shows, Consulting of International Trade, Evaluation and support in the process of import and export, and Diagnostics of market and products in Mexico and Latin America with experience in construction, medical, automotive, chemical, security, metal – mechanic, mining, agriculture. Lorena has a total of year of professional experience of 12 years and 11 years of experience in international business.

Luis Zuniga holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Universidad Panamericana in Guadalajara, México. He has 13 years of work experience in different fields, including Project Management, Account Management, Customer Service, Sales Operations and Support, Business Planning.

Luis has been working with Global Business Partners for 4 years in which he has acquired experience in market development for international companies. He has had the opportunity to actively work in 8 trade missions in which he was in charge of the match making process as well as agendas for several different companies.

He is a person that likes professional challenges and adapts successfully to constant changes.

Paulina is an accountant with a diploma in international trade.  She has 40 years of experience in investment attraction, resource planning, financial advising and market analysis. She is skilled to obtain and develop valuable relationships between customers and institutions and is able to perform strategic analysis related with funding and promotion.

Since 2003 she has been a private consultant serving as a liaison between banks and companies of private and public sector, identifying companies interested in obtaining financing for purchasing machinery and equipment or raw materials from the U.S., Europe and Asia.