Carlos Alberto Barrios, Marketing and Business Development Manager at Molinos Tres Castillos

Carlos Alberto Barrios, Marketing and Business Development Manager at Molinos Tres Castillos

What is your job title and location?

I am the Marketing and Business Development Manager at Molinos Tres Castillos. Molinos Tres Castillos is located in Cartagena, Colombia.

How long have you worked for Molinos Tres Castillos?

I have worked for them since November 2008.

What are your responsibilities?

I am responsible for marketing our institutional and consumer products. Also, I’m responsible for new business developments, as exports, private labels, new business and the innovation intent for the company as a whole.

What is your history/career path prior to Molinos Tres Castillos?

I graduated college with a major in Business Administration, along with a Masters degree in Marketing and Sales. I started my career at EPM, a local company focused on utilities such as, water, energy and gas supply. Later, I worked for Syngenta Crop Production as a Quality and Customer Service Chief for Andean and the Central American Region. Then, I started working for Telefonica Colombia as a Sales Operations Manager. There I focused on improving sales people and channels efficiency. Also, I worked for Nielsen Company in Spain when I was working on my Masters degree in Madrid.

What do you enjoy most about working for Molinos Tres Castillos?

I enjoy that we always have new challenges and opportunities to grow our business and to learn and develop my career.

What’s your favorite story/memory about working for Molinos Tres Castillos?

When I started in this business, I didn’t know much about it. I thought that selling flour was as easy as the other products I previously managed. Then, I found out I was wrong and that I had to work harder to be able to learn and give results in a short period of time. This learning process made me love my company and the business, which is critical to be successful in this business.

What important values do you think Molinos Tres Castillos delivers on?

We have a great balance between our professional and personal lives, and our company supports it. We always work hard to give exceptional results, but we also have time to take care of ourselves and our families. The company is always looking forward to keeping this balance.

What surprised you the most about the job or its location?

I was used to working in global companies, then I started to work in this company where I had the opportunity to transform and create new and better things. I was surprised by how open-minded the board members were to new ideas and projects, especially in a family-owned company that is more than 150 years old.

How do you spend your free time? What do you like to do in the city where you live?

I love to spend time with my wife and daughters, either playing in the park or building things with the LEGOs – my kids favorite game. Also, I love to watch Netflix series and read historic or biographical stories.

What is your hidden talent? Or something most people don’t know about you?

I’m a great cook. I love to spend time in the kitchen cooking, especially on the weekend and holidays.