Name: Marianela “Nela” Rojas Guillen
Work location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Hire date: January, 2008
Position: VP of Web Technologies Practice & Education
Marianela “Nela” Rojas Guillen started as a web developer. She was one of the first to join Growth Acceleration Partners (GAP) in 2008 when the company opened its first office in San Jose, Costa Rica,
Today, she is Vice President of the company’s Web Technologies Practice & Education group, where she is a key part of the company’s Latin American management and strategy team.
Guillen says that the world of software development is evolving so quickly that there is never a dull moment. “I’ve never been bored, and GAP has given me a lifetime of continuous growth opportunities,” she adds.
What do you typically do on a day-to-day basis in your job?
I have day-to-day responsibility for client projects, and I am also able to contribute to company strategy as part of the LATAM management team.
I have weekly meetings with GAP clients to review product needs, establish execution strategies and resolve any roadblocks. I strive to ensure our clients receive results that exceed their expectations and business objectives.
As part of the management team in LATAM, I help plan for the long term needs of the company and apply the understanding I have of our clients, changing technologies and how GAP employees can grow as part of our long-term vision.
Is there any single project or achievement that you are most proud of?
I have been with GAP for 8 years now and I’m most proud of the personal growth that GAP has provided for me and other team members. GAP has a culture that supports individual development and I am very thankful for that. For example, I started as a web developer and with effort and commitment I progressed to different positions with increasing responsibilities. Now, I am the vice president of web technologies.
What have you enjoyed most about working in the industry?
The software development industry is in constant change and I really enjoy the opportunity and challenges this provides. If you love learning, then this is the place to be. GAP gives its employees constant are opportunities to learn new processes, new technologies and interact with new clients.
What future challenges are you looking forward to, and where do you hope to see yourself in five years?
GAP continues to grow rapidly in Latin America. I’m excited to be involved with the strategic planning that will allow us to execute our high-growth plans. We just opened our office in Colombia office, and it is off to a great start. I’m proud of my involvement with this first big expansion. I look forward to continuing to help as we grow our near-shore software development business, and hope to lead one of the next big expansion projects.
What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
I love reading. I read all kinds of books, but I mostly read novels – especially science fiction. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of my favorite authors.
I have two of the most beautiful daughters that you have ever seen. I love watching how they grow and take in the exciting world around them. I am hopeful they will see through my eyes a world of new opportunities for them as they grow up.