Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

SNAPSHOT [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

SNAPSHOT [Derived Headline]

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AGE: 35

HOMETOWN: Born in Palencia, Spain; lived in Madrid for 14 years.

OCCUPATION: Restaurant owner. "At Pallantia, we are passionate about traditional homemade food from Spain. We bring you the spirit and flavor of Spain. We take pride in using imported traditional products from Spain in order to provide a real taste of my country. At Pallantia, you will find that Spain is closer than you think."

EDUCATION: Graduate degree in international business, Nebrija University, Madrid; bachelor's degree in business administration, San Pablo CEU University, Madrid; advanced studies in business and management, University of California, Berkeley; master's degree in international relationships and foreign trade, Aliter International Business School, Madrid.

FAMILY: "I have a very close family that has supported me, from Spain, since the beginning of my adventure. My parents, Maria Angeles and Marcos, from whom I learned all about the work ethic. Especially my Mom, my biggest support and biggest critic. My brother David and my grandparents, Pascual and Irene. I also have a family here, Dave, Nadine, Dave Jr., Becky, Caleb and Ethan Kelley. When I came as an exchange student in 1994, they were my host family, and I became another family member to them."

WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO YOU: "Most important in life is family and friends. They are there in those tough moments to support me. It is important to me not letting them down. I do appreciate all the people who have helped me in my project so far. It is important to me to enjoy and be passionate about my work, in this area I need to mention the fantastic group of people working with me, the Pallantia team. They are passionate and committed to the project."

PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW: "Before I moved to Greensburg, my life was settled in Madrid. I was working for a good company, enjoying life with good friends and I remained close to my family. But I decided to leave everything behind me in order to chase my dream and embrace my biggest personal challenge in life. …

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