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Patricia Castaneda

Vice President Sales

Patricia has worked at Purfresh since 2012.  During her time at Purfresh Patricia has held several positions including Director of South America and Director of Sales. Prior to Purfresh Patricia held key management and sales positions at DHL, Hapag-Lloyd , and CP Ships. Patricia was born in Colombia and currently lives in Mexico City, she has also lived and worked in Santiago de Chile, and Bogota Colombia. Patricia holds an MBA from El Desarrollo University and also studied at Babson College in Massachusetts. Patricia has extensive career experience in business strategy, sales development, and customer service optimization. In her free time Patricia enjoys yoga, swimming, and tennis. The aspects of Purfresh that Patricia likes the most are the ability to have global impact on food waste reduction in an environmentally conscious way, and selling the most advanced Controlled Atmosphere system in the reefer container market. Patricia is fluent in Spanish and English and her favorite fruits are avocados and blueberries.

David Evans

General Manager

David Joined the Purfresh team in November 2019 as General Manager. He grew up on a citrus and commercial beef farm in South Africa before starting his global journey by being awarded a Rotary International Exchange Scholarship to Australia after high school. David graduated from the University of Cape Town with a bachelor’s degree in Social Science in International Relations and an MBA. David has an operations and general management background running a regional distribution center for RTT Logistics Group in South Africa before building an operations, customer care and logistics network for Dell's emerging markets business in EMEA. He has lived in South Africa, Australia, the United Kingdom and the USA. David has a passion for building high performance platforms for rapidly expanding businesses and thrives on the challenges presented by high growth organizations. David is excited by the ground-breaking combination of physics, technology and logistics that Purfresh offers within the sustainable, global, food supply chain and the growth potential presented by the Purfresh product and brand. In his spare time, David enjoys swimming with the US Masters organization to keep fit and rates Mangoes, Lychees and Avocados among his favorite fruits.

Augusto Coedo

Director Operations & Customer Service

Augusto joined Purfresh in 2017 after working with Google and Invista over the past several years. Augusto was born in Barcelona Spain and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, he has also lived and worked in Milan Italy. Augusto graduated from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya where he completed his Master's degree in Industrial Engineering. Augusto is an international business design and efficiency expert. He has worked with several international business specialty teams in Europe, Latin America, and the USA, overseeing and streamlining various operations based in each region. In his free time Augusto enjoys swimming and volleyball. The aspects of Purfresh that Augusto likes the most are improving operational efficiency, working with Purfresh equipment to help reduce global food waste, and providing end user satisfaction at the highest level. Augusto is fluent in Spanish, Catalan, Italian and English and his favorite fruits are peaches, blueberries, and pomegranates.

Grant Shatto III

Director Engineering & Software

Grant joined the Purfresh team in 2018 as a mechanical engineering consultant after working for Tesla motor company in the robotic maintenance department. Grant earned a mechanical engineering degree and an unlimited horsepower marine engineering license from The California Maritime Academy in 2017. He was born in Auburn California and moved to the Bay Area to pursue a position at Tesla Motor Company in their modern age manufacturing team. He moved to a position at Bio Marin Pharmaceuticals supporting a team developing gene therapy solutions for rare human diseases. Grants experience with these lean companies has brought efficient techniques and manufacturing practices to the company. Grant enjoys the flexibility of innovation within Purfresh and the use of our products to efficiently reduce food waste in our ever-growing world. In his free time, he enjoys fly fishing, snowboarding, camping, and wakeboarding while enjoying his favorite fruits like avocados, pineapples, and mangos.

Joyce Boezaard-Klapwijk

Sales Manager - EMEA

Joyce started at Purfresh in 2019 and is a specialist in Sales & Marketing and Freight forwarding. Joyce was born and raised in The Netherlands and has extensive background in international Transport and Logistics. Joyce has significant career experience in sales development, customer service and international freight forwarding. In her free time Joyce enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. The aspects of Purfresh that Joyce likes the most are the Purfresh equipment to help reduce global food waste, and providing end user satisfaction at the highest level. Joyce is fluent in several languages including Dutch, English, German and her favorite fruits are avocados and mangos.

Dante Sessarego

Sales & Operations Manager – South America

Dante Sessarego joined Purfresh in October 2019. He has worked in the Shipping industry for over 15 years in varying roles from Traffic Line Manager at CMA CGM Hamburg-Sud to sales as a business development executive for CSAV and DAMCO. Dante was born in Vina del Mar, Chile and graduated from the Maritime University as a Transport Engineer. Dante loves spending his free time with his family, running, hiking, volunteering help to the elderly. The aspects of Purfresh that caught his attention, was the opportunity to work for a company with a product that is both environmentally sustainable and provides an added value to fruit exporters. Dante speaks Spanish, English and wants to learn to speak Italian. In his spare time, Dante follows his favorite sports, basketball and soccer, and he is a lover of watercolor art. His favorite fruits are Oranges, apples and cherries.

Cerlia Qu

Lead Testing Engineer

Cerlia has worked with Purfresh since 2016, and is an engineering specialist for PCB and electrical component testing.  Cerlia was born in China and has lived and worked in both Beijing and the San Francisco Bay area. Cerlia graduated from the School of Mechanical Engineering at Beijing Union University, where she studied electrical engineering. Cerlia has significant career experience in electronic troubleshooting, technical failure analysis, and data analysis. In her free time Cerlia enjoys visiting Lake Tahoe, enjoying nature, and mountain biking. Cerlia prefers to ride a bicycle to and from work at Purfresh rather than driving a car. The aspect of Purfresh that Cerlia likes the most is participating and collaborating in a strong teamwork environment. Cerlia is fluent in English and Chinese and her favorite fruits are persimmons and mangos.

Duy Vu

Engineering & Maintenance Supervisor

Duy has worked with Purfresh since 2017, and is a specialist for electronic maintenance at Purfresh, based in the San Francisco Bay area.  Duy was born in Vietnam and has lived and worked in both Vietnam and the USA. Duy graduated from the Tran Phu School in Vietnam. He has extensive work experience in repair, maintenance, and technical enhancement processes for PCB’s, computers, mobile phones, and several other electronic component devices. In his free time Duy enjoys biking and soccer. The aspects of Purfresh that Duy likes the most is that the Purfresh equipment has heavy duty design features that perform well to prevent damage from weather, water, and dust. Duy speaks English and Vietnamese and his favorite fruits are durian and avocado.

Abigail Guevara

Global Logistics & Order Fulfilment Manager

Abigail has worked with Purfresh since 2013, and is a specialist in several types of international transportation and customs entry. Abigail was born and raised in California and has developed an extensive cultural and family network in the Northern California area. Abigail studied in Los Altos California with a focus on social and international sciences. Abigail has significant work experience in both international logistics and global inventory management and processing. In her free time Abigail enjoys sports and traveling. The aspect of Purfresh that Abigail likes the most is working with all the different and unique people, in many countries around the world, where Purfresh helps to deliver high quality fruit.  Abigail speaks English and Spanish and her favorite fruits are pineapple and blueberries.

Guido Van Bouwel

Operations Manager - EMEA

Guido has worked with Purfresh since 2016, and is a specialist in reefer container M&R and operations. Guido was born and raised in Belgium and has extensive background in the business and cultural methods across Europe. Guido graduated from the Higher Technical Institute of Antwerp where he completed extensive studies in metal work. Guido has significant career experience in ocean carrier, ocean terminal, and reefer container yard operations. In his free time Guido enjoys gardening and studying computer software applications. The aspects of Purfresh that Guido likes the most are the patented ozone generation capabilities and the global data platform that Purfresh deploys. Guido is fluent in several languages including Dutch, English, French, and German and his favorite fruits are apples and bananas.

Gustavo Montoya

Manager Purfresh Peru

Purfresh is a global provider of specialized controlled atmosphere systems, live data tracking and monitoring for cargo transported in refrigerated ocean containers, and international cold treatment assurance management. Purfresh technology and products reduce the risk of high value cargo loss, improves food safety, and helps ensure higher-quality arrivals for cargo shipped internationally in refrigerated ocean containers. Purfresh, and their global network of partner companies, assist their clients in the expansion of market opportunities and deliver safer, higher-quality cargo to their destination markets. Purfresh combines, controlled atmosphere, and active atmosphere with ozone technology to reduce decay, delay ripening, extend shelf life, and reduce food-borne pathogens.

Alex Risa

Manager Purfresh Kenya

Alex has worked with Purfresh since 2014, and is a specialist in cold chain management, international transportation, and the fresh fruit export business of Kenya.  Alex was born and raised in Kenya and has worked and lived in the Nairobi and Mombasa areas. Alex graduated from Kenyatta University at Nairobi, where he studied genetics and cellular-molecular communication. Alex has extensive education and career experience in molecular biology techniques, transportation logistics, controlled atmosphere technologies, and computer programming. In his free time Alex enjoys gardening, swimming, and photography. The aspects of Purfresh that Alex likes the most are the results of combining high CO2, reduced O2, and ozone for high quality fruit shelf life extension, and how Purfresh operates a more intelligent system compared to other CA products in the market. Alex speaks English, French, and Swahili and his favorite fruits are avocados and watermelon.

Carlos Vera

Manager Purfresh Chile

Carlos has worked with Purfresh since 2009, and is a specialist in refrigerated ocean container design and repair, cold chain management, and the fresh fruit export business of Chile.  Carlos was born and raised in Chile and has worked and lived in the Santiago de Chile, and Valparaiso areas. Carlos received his BA degree from the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María. Carlos has experience in thermo-fluid management, refrigeration technology, and electric power management systems. Carlos is also a certified M&R instructor and trainer for several refrigerated container systems. In his free time Carlos enjoys participating in local Chilean cultural events, and watching educational documentaries. The aspects of Purfresh that Carlos likes the most are the live monitoring capabilities, efficient installation, and the quality and phytosanitary benefits ozone provides many export fruit cargos. Carlos speaks Spanish and English and his favorite fruits are table grapes and bananas.

Richard Hiscock

Manager Purfresh South Africa

Purfresh is a global provider of specialized controlled atmosphere systems, live data tracking and monitoring for cargo transported in refrigerated ocean containers, and international cold treatment assurance management. Purfresh technology and products reduce the risk of high value cargo loss, improves food safety, and helps ensure higher-quality arrivals for cargo shipped internationally in refrigerated ocean containers. Purfresh, and their global network of partner companies, assist their clients in the expansion of market opportunities and deliver safer, higher-quality cargo to their destination markets. Purfresh combines, controlled atmosphere, and active atmosphere with ozone technology to reduce decay, delay ripening, extend shelf life, and reduce food-borne pathogens.

Rodolfo Faccini

Manager Purfresh Uruguay

Rodolfo has worked with Purfresh since 2009, and is an international supply chain management expert for electronics and perishable food products. Rodolfo was born in Montevideo and has also lived and worked in both Sao Paulo and Bad Nauheim. Rodolfo completed his studies in Montevideo where he studied production, and logistics. Rodolfo has career experience in international forwarding, logistics, and specialized cargo transportation. In his free time Diego enjoys bike riding, reading, and listening to music. The aspects of Purfresh that Rodolfo likes the most are the true innovation of the product and the unique technical capabilities that Purfresh offers. Diego is fluent in Spanish, English, Portuguese, and Italian, and his favorite fruits are pears and oranges.

Renán Chirips

Manager Purfresh Costa Rica

Renán Chirips born in Costa Rica to a Nicaraguan mother and Colombian father. He has work for Costa Rica Container Service S.A since March 2019 representing Purfresh in the region. Renán has over 10 years of experience in import and export logistics and warehousing in food and pharmaceutical industry and is skilled in BPM, BPA and HACCP processes. He completed his INA certification and has an “A” rating in supervision and administration of inventories and processes, an “A” rating in accounting and QA, and he is currently studying English as a second language. During his free time, Renán dedicates his free time to his family, wife and children. He also competes in mountain biking, running half marathons and duathlons with his wife and children while still finding the time to play baseball and soccer. Renán is process driven and enjoys the aspects of improving controls, standards, quality and safety through continuous improvement and added value. He thrives on the daily interest and learning that Purfresh offers. Renán has a passion for recycling and waste management to aid environmental conservation. His favorite foods are fish, salads and all kinds of fruits.