Raymonde Pratte is the Chairman of Integra's School of Management & Entrepreneurship. He is extremely active in multiple businesses from education, finance, consultancy, and more. His contribution to the course falls in the Management and Corporate Governance modules where he is a firm believer in bringing out the best in business partnerships.
Racky Torres-Manalastas studied Visual Communication in UP College of Fine Arts where she was the class representative of the graduating batch. She then went to New York for further studies both in Parsons School of Design and New York School of Visual Arts. She had an internship with Fabien Baron, a renowned French director known for reinventing Italian Vogue, creative director of Harper's Bazaar and Calvin Klein, and art director of Barneys in New York. He was also the editorial director of Andy Warhol's Interview magazine, designer of Madonna's Sex book, and director of commercials for Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Fendi and Guerlain. She came back home to the Philippines and worked for K2 Interactive, a local company with international offices in Hongkong, Malaysia and Singapore, where she worked her way up to becoming its Creative Director. She was then selected to lead BBDO Guerrero's branding division, BrandLab. With her exposure to foreign and local multinational companies, it was the right time for her to set up her own brand consultancy office, Six Degrees, which she managed for six years. She now owns Whitewall Design Studio, a boutique design agency that has been around for five years already. She handles both local and international clients where she imparts the knowledge she has accumulated through her career. She keeps a lean team where relationships are cared for and built with a personal approach. Clients are treated like family where their needs are carefully planned and executed.
Rob Pengson is a classic entrepreneur who started his business journey at the age of 23 armed with only his thesis paper from an Entrepreneurship short course from the Asian Institute of Management. Today, he is the co-founder of the Integra School of Management and Entrepreneurship as well as one of the largest and most awarded culinary education institutions in the country. Rob believes in the power of efficient and effective learning as courses similar to PriME have positively changed his life each and every time. Apart from his stint at the AIM and the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, he is part of various cohorts from the acclaimed Harvard Business School's HBX program with a focus on courses such as disruptive innovation strategy, business analytics, economics for managers, and one of his favorites: financial accounting. At the busiest time of his career, Rob was both managing his own businesses as well as consulting for various companies across the food service, education, and events industries, which, at a time reached a high of upwards two hundred fifty million pesos in combined annual revenues for seven unique brands. Today, he is focused on sharing his passion for entrepreneurship through Integra's PriME program.
Natalie Tarin graduated from her Bachelors of Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Notre Dame Australia. She went on to pursue a higher educational degree and completed her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Murdoch University Australia. Natalie was President of the Murdoch University Post Graduate Association. After her MBA, Natalie went to Singapore to become Conference Manager and Business Development Manager for Terrapinn Ltd., a multinational events and exhibition company. She then moved back to the Philippines and became Marketing & Business Development Manager for another multinational company, Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT). JLT is a global risk and insurance broker who focuses on specialty risks for major corporations. After 4 years with JLT, Natalie decided to go into the startup scene and was Chief Marketing Officer of a designer-based prefabricated luxury designer homes and luxury pavilions, Revolution Precrafted. Currently, Natalie works as a consultant for sales and marketing. With her vast international experience in marketing & business development, Natalie is currently a senior academic adviser and mentor at Integra and holds a special interest in marketing, advertising, and business development. If she is not at work or giving a talk in one of our business classes, Natalie enjoys blogging about her outdoor adventures through photography and videography.
Tim Facuri is a graduate of La Salle College of St. Benilde and the Academy of International Culinary Arts. Business minded at an early age, Tim has gained remarkable experience with logistics, operations, human resources management, cost control, and most importantly customer service. Tim is currently the Exectutive Vice President of Timber Protection and Maintenance Service (TIMBERPRO), one of the leading companies in the home protection and maintenance industry and he personally manages almost 100 employees servicing over 2,000 residences and offices annually. As is Integra's vision, he balances out his busy work schedule with his passion for culinary arts, creating various dishes for pleasure. He is one of the mentors in the integrated business programs.
Kres Jacobsen worked as an Environmental Design Engineer (ESD) with Wood and Grieve Engineers in Perth Australia from 2008 - 2011. He is currently a technical and business development consultant for PhilDane/Northwind, a local company into wind, run-of-river and solar energy development. Kres has a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Energy Studies and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Murdoch University in Western Australia. Kres is a triathlete who is passionate about sustainability and animal conservation. As one of the co-founders of Integra he is a senior academic advisor and occasional speaker to the business and management programs.
Director Rich Ilustre studied at the Ateneo and took film studies in the US where he also interned at the famed NBC studios. He then directed for Channel [V], MTV Philippines, TV5 and ABS-CBN. He is now currently working at the GMA network. Rich is also engaged in events, a chain of retails stores, and the restaurant business as well both in the Philippines and in Singapore.
An interior designer and contractor with over 37 years experience and a global education from Maryknoll College, Escuelle Llar in Barcelona, University of British Columbia Vancouver, Philippine School of Interior Design, as well as a variety of elective courses in Parson's University New York. Cristina provides valuable knowledge for artists and creative professionals looking to transform their passions into a long term viable business.
John started out his career as a chef with a very successful and decorated time in Australia. Apart from being an awarded chef, he is an entrepreneur with several brands under his management. He is an efficient startup project manager and leads a staff of almost 100. He takes with him a "lead from the front" philosophy, something that has earned him great success over the years. What participants will take away most from John is how to balance and pivot business models depending on emerging strategies as they arise.
Here we go. The tale of the tape, 3 different people, 3 different specialties but ultimately one goal: Start it! Make it viable! Scale it! behind most successful businesses there are three types of people. Which one are you? Lets take a look:
1st the Technician / Starter:This cat is the one with the technical capabilities to get the product or service to a level that brings value to the life of people. Those who fit under this category are people like doctors, artists, chefs, musicians or IT personas. They are great at the craft and normally would need help in every other aspect of the business. Truly, an essential part of the team.
2nd the Entrepreneur / Opportunity Spotter and Innovator:Slick, cool, calm and collected.. he has to be. Why? because when everyone else doubts, this person believes. He/she is uber flexible, a growth hacker of some sort and is usually unpredictable. While not many can figure the whats, why and whens of this person - miraculously they get $%!T done. What people don't usually see is the emotional fortitude mental work and creativity that comes with this type of persona. The entrepreneur is best with big ideas, innovation and developing new adjacent businesses for an existing one.Truly, an essential part of the team.
3rd is the Manager / Organizer.This dude is meticulous and organized. They dig the routine and the putting out of fires. This would bore the hell out of the first two but this person is also the one who drives a business to scale. While true managers are sometimes notorious for a lack of imagination their ability to be consistent and focused is vital to a business's growth.
So who is the best of the best? ......(drum roll)....... Mark Zuckerberg. LOLs, nah - you are all good. You, you and you. Oh and yes, even you too. Thats the good news.
Team work my friends. Team work. Good hold HONEST teamwork...that's the name of the game. The three of you should unite and not allow egos to rise up and destroy the harmony. Peace!