Speaker

Alberto Vollmer

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ron Santa Teresa


Alberto Vollmer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and former export manager, led the turnaround of The Santa Teresa Rum Company. Founded in 1796, Santa Teresa is Venezuela's oldest independent company and is the leading premium rum manufacturer.

Since 2000, in a politically and economically challenging environment, he has managed land invasions, land seizures, and community leadership. In 2003 he founded Project Alcatraz – a reinsertion program for criminals – and has done consulting on reinsertion of violent individuals both in Colombia and in El Salvador. Alberto participated in the Venezuelan Police Reform Commission and sits on several boards. He is a member of the presidential commission for the adaptation of Venezuela for Mercosur and participant as "Stakeholder Leader" for the Organization of American States, Report on the Drug Problem in the Americas.

Prior to joining Santa Teresa, Alberto practiced as a civil engineer dedicated to alternative construction in the slums of Caracas. Alberto graduated from Universidad Metropolitana of Caracas and has attended a series of executive training programs at Harvard, Kellogg, Chicago University, and IMD.