Pedro DeJesús is Head of International Business & EVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for Tampico Beverages, Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of flavored drink concentrates and a category-leading flavored drink brand in the U.S. and in 54 countries around the globe. Tampico Beverages is a wholly owned subsidiary of Houchens Industries, Inc., a diversified conglomerate that employs over 15,000 employee owners in a wide variety of businesses. Houchens is listed by Forbes as one the largest 100% employee-owned companies in the world.
Mr. DeJesús is also co-founder of Onward Brands, LLC, an early-stage snack food business commercializing the Maria’s Premium Popcorn brand of ready-to-eat popcorn. The product is sold in 150 Walmart Supercenters and is also distributed by Big Geyser, Inc., throughout the 5 boroughs of NYC, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk counties
Mr. DeJesús is an Independent Director at Lake Forest Bank & Trust Company, N.A., the flagship bank of Wintrust Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: WTFC), where he serves as Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Risk Management Committee He sits on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Science and Industry and on the Boards of Directors of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Latino Corporate Directors Education Foundation.
Mr. DeJesús is admitted to practice in Illinois holds a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law.