Jaime Rueda, Trading Director at SOL Colombia
What is your job title and location?
I am the Trading Director at SOL Colombia located in Bogota, Colombia.
How long have you worked for SOL Colombia?
I have worked for SOL Colombia since January 2017.
What are your responsibilities?
I currently lead a Joint Venture between Interra and Seaboard Overseas Colombia in order to grow our Micro Ingredients business for animal nutrition in Colombia. Also, I am in charge of developing a similar line of business in Peru, with ContiLatin and in Ecuador.
What is your history/career path prior to SOL Colombia?
I worked in several positions for an animal feed company in Colombia for 18 years, which were all related to Grain and Feed Ingredients Trading. Following that, I moved to the USA and worked at CHS as the Marketing Manager for Latin America. Later, I founded Escala, a company of Grains and Feed Ingredients Trading, which we partnered up with several poultry producers in Latin America. Following that, I moved to Toronto, Canada, where I was the Food Division Vice President of BroadGrain Commodities. After spending five years there, I came back home to Colombia, to lead the Micro Ingredients division of Seaboard Overseas in Latin America.
What do you enjoy most about working for SOL Colombia?
I like that I have known most of my Seaboard colleagues for more than ten years, from working at CHS as a supplier and partner, then from Escala and BroadGrain Commodities as a customer.
What’s your favorite story/memory about working for SOL Colombia?
My favorite memory is from eight years ago. Jorge Garcia, from our Bogota office, invited me as an independent speaker to a Seaboard Feed Mills Managers event in Atlanta. The purpose of me speaking was to seed the idea of trading Micro Ingredients for animal nutrition across our feed operations in many countries. Fast forward to today, and I am proudly in charge of leading the team that is executing that original idea.
What important values do you think SOL Colombia delivers on?
I think that we deliver on team work, hard work, perseverance, competitiveness and leadership.
What surprised you most about your job?
What surprised me the most was when I found that all of our prospects were willing to support our business. The marketplace has been very welcoming to our micro ingredients initiative.
How do you spend your free time? What do you like to do in the city where you live?
Bogota, Colombia, has a variety of fun things to do that include: delicious food and restaurants all over town, nice museums, cultural activities, Latin music and dancing everywhere.
What is your hidden talent? Or something most people don’t know about you?
A lot of people don’t know that when I was at school, I made a living as a swimming instructor for little kids. I also taught my own children to swim when they were three months old.