Juan is a native of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. He came to Tucson in 1999 to attend the University of Arizona where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and later his Master’s of Business of Administration at the UA’s Eller College of Management. Juan has experience working in the private sector in two Fortune 100 companies, as a Business Owner and Entrepreneur, and in city government as an Economic Development and International Trade Specialist.
Most recently Juan worked as the Public Affairs and Business Development Manager for TuSimple, a technology company that specializes in artificial intelligence and autonomous trucking. Currently Juan is back at work as an entrepreneur and small business owner. He runs a trucking company that specializes in “Hot Shot” services between Tucson and Mexico, primarily for the maquiladora industry as well as local courier services. Juan is also currently in the business of importing and distributing craft beer from Mexico.
Juan is a very active member of the community. He currently serves as President of the non-profit Tucson-Mexico Sister Cities Association, and serves as a Commissioner in the Pima County Small Business Commission. Juan is a Flinn-Brown Fellow and was a 40 under 40 honoree in 2016. Juan is married to his wife Maria Paloma, and has two daughters, Paloma and Rebeca, and a beagle named Bruno.