Founder & President
Jose started Aktopa in 2000 when he saw an opportunity to bridge the gap between customers’ unmet chemical needs and the innovative solutions that could help them. From the outset, Jose was convinced that listening to customers was the greatest business strategy he could employ – doing so gave him the exact information he needed to provide the greatest value to Aktopa’s earliest clients. Twenty years have passed since then, and Jose is still using that same approach. Throughout his career as a chemical engineer and entrepreneur, Jose’s creativity and love of learning have driven his leadership and innovation. As President, Jose has led Aktopa to become a critical component in the supply chain of a growing number of clients. Today, Jose is resolved to continue Aktopa’s mission by recruiting and leading a talented team of professionals who contribute their talents and work ethic to sustain Aktopa’s track record of excellence.
Jose holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO) and a Master of Business Administration from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) – both located in Mexico City, Mexico.
Alejandro (Alex) Rodriguez
Alex joined Aktopa in 2013 as Operations and Finance Manager, responsible for the billing, transportation, and supply chain logistics of Aktopa’s chemical product shipments. In this capacity, Alex gained invaluable experience that led him to innovate many of the company’s operational and accounting procedures – implementing cloud-based technologies that led to greater efficiency, while preserving the integrity of Aktopa’s ‘personal touch’ for customers. In 2016, Alex became the Vice President of Aktopa, responsible for managing the company’s Operations Department as well as serving as the company’s chief financial executive. As Vice President, Alex enjoys the challenge of propelling Aktopa’s growth through continuous learning and strategic planning, alongside a highly-talented and ethical group of professionals. Prior to entering the chemical business field, Alex spent almost 10 years in the financial services industry, mostly at JPMorgan Chase. Alex also developed early career experience in operations and logistics during his work in supply chain with Hoyer-Odfjell from 2002 to 2005.
Alex holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.
Stephany de la Rosa
Stephany joined Aktopa in 2019 as a Product Specialist, responsible for the optimal business success of Aktopa’s product management. Stephany’s work is critical to Aktopa’s Business Development Department, which relies on an extensive product portfolio with a wide variety of chemical products that meet the highest safety and quality measures to meet customers’ needs. Stephany operates with an acquired awareness of chemical supply, coordinating the research and data for a wide variety of chemistries within Aktopa’s product portfolio. Prior to Aktopa, Stephany worked in process production and regulatory projects. Today, Stephany enjoys working at Aktopa because of the company’s strong dedication to customer satisfaction, safety, and continuous learning.
Stephany holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Carlos joined Aktopa in 2018 as Operations Manager, responsible for the billing, transportation, and supply chain logistics of Aktopa’s chemical product shipments. Carlos is relentless in operating supply chain as both an internal and external (customer-oriented) process that facilitates seamless transactions while also enriching Aktopa’s business relationships. Prior to Aktopa, Carlos worked as a Strategic Purchasing Manager for AlphaGary (former Mexichem Compuestos). With over twenty years of experience in the chemical business field, some of Carlos’ previous roles include: logistics management, sales and operations planning, engineering, and operations, among others. Today, Carlos enjoys managing Aktopa’s supply chain in a way that not only meets, but also surpasses expectations for efficiency, effectiveness, cost, and – of course – customer satisfaction.
Carlos holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Tecnológica de México (UNITEC) in Mexico City, Mexico.
Cruz Polanco recently joined Aktopa USA in September 2021 as an Operations Coordinator. Cruz’s main responsibilities focus on successfully executing all facets of supply chain logistics for Aktopa USA’s chemical product shipments while simultaneously delivering exceptional customer service. Cruz will also assist Aktopa’s USA’s Operations Department in broadening logistical vendor partnerships to be able to offer customers even more robust transportation solutions. Prior to joining Aktopa, Cruz worked as a Logistics Coordinator for Panalpina & Mainfreight USA where he assisted organizations such as Weatherford, LG Electronics, BCS Automotive, and Kongsberg Automotive with their import and export shipment requirements. Over the last 11 years, Cruz has gained experience in a wide variety of areas within the supply chain field and Aktopa is happy to welcome Cruz onto our Operations team.
Cruz holds a Bachelors Degree in Electronics from the Institute of Technologic of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.
Senior Account Manager LATAM
Oscar joined Aktopa in 2014 as a Senior Account Manager, responsible for servicing Aktopa’s Mexican customers. As an Account Manager, Oscar is responsible for cultivating long lasting professional relationships through which customers’ chemical needs can be determined with consistency and care, and Aktopa’s chemical solutions can be provided with superior service that meets and exceeds expectations. Prior to joining Aktopa, Oscar worked for over twenty years in the chemical business field, with extensive experience in the industries of food processing, ceramics, plastics, paints, and coatings. During his tenure in the paints and coating industries, Oscar gained thorough experience in research & development, production, purchasing, and sales. When Oscar joined Aktopa, he did so with a clear goal: to develop strong customer relationships by delivering a broad portfolio of chemical solutions. Today, Oscar is a critical asset to Aktopa’s business development team. He enjoys being a part of Aktopa because he feels challenged and inspired to target new products and markets while maintaining the company’s commitment to outstanding service.
Oscar holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from the Autonomous University of Nuevo León in Monterrey, Mexico.
Marisa recently joined Aktopa as Country Manager for the company’s operation in Mexico. As Country Manager, Marisa will recruit and lead a team of chemical industry professionals to execute Aktopa’s chemical solutions business model for a growing number of clients within the Mexican market. Spearheading Aktopa’s first regional operation outside of the US is an opportunity Marisa seizes with entrepreneurial leadership, extensive knowledge of the chemical business field, and cross-functional experience in business management, sales, and marketing. Marisa has over 25 years of experience working in diverse industries such as food and beverages, chemical technology, and chemical sales. Prior to joining Aktopa, Marisa held roles such as Product Manager with HELM de Mexico and Business Manager at National Starch/Lanxess. Today, Marisa is passionate about developing and implementing creative strategies for Aktopa to penetrate new client markets and expand product offerings within Mexico. She looks forward to building a high-performing team that adds value, generates results, and facilitates sustainable growth for Aktopa’s global reach in the chemical industry.
Marisa holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University Autonomous of Mexico State (UAEM) in Toluca, Mexico and a Master of Business Administration from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), also in Toluca, Mexico.
Israel Paredes recently joined Aktopa Mexico as an Operations Coordinator, responsible for the billing, transportation, and supply chain logistics of Aktopa Mexico’s chemical product shipments. As an Industrial Chemical Engineer, Israel has previous professional experience in organizations such as Coca-Cola FEMSA, Pochteca Raw Materials, and Disan Mexico. These previous roles have afforded Israel extensive experience and knowledge in supply chain, purchasing, logistics, distribution, storage of hazardous materials, and more. Israel’s primary focus is aimed at identifying and seizing opportunities to drive supply chain growth for Aktopa Mexico. In doing so, Israel employs his adeptness for comprehensive market analyses, objective-driven innovation, and team-work.
Israel holds a Bachelor of Industrial Chemical Engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City, Mexico.