Our Team

Peter Sacco, Co-Founder and CEO

Peter wears a mustache because he is serious, but doesn’t take himself too seriously. He loves all things human, ocean, and travel. Peter’s vision is to scale Adelante’s handmade production and revolutionary impact throughout Latin America. His favorite bit of inspiration? “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”


Bob Mott, Co-Founder and Head of Finance 

Originally from California, Bob has worked in five countries and enjoys everything sports related. After consulting for different social enterprises over the last few years in Latin America, Bob is excited to jump into Adelante and revolutionize sustainable business practices. Bob's idol is Japanese chef Jiro Ono, because of his continued commitment to mastering the art of making sushi.

Horacio Alvarez, Production Manager

Born the son of coffee pickers or “campesinos” in Pastores, Horacio Alvarez began working in his uncle’s boot shop at eight-years-old. He was the first in his family to attend college — he studied psychology at San Carlos University of Guatemala — before returning to Pastores to open Horacio’s Boots, just one block from his childhood home. Horacio loves to travel his beautiful country and read novels by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho.

 

  

Julia Barry, Co-Founder and Head of Content Marketing

Julia graduated as an English major from Colby College with an appetite for adventure, a strong interest in social justice, and absolutely no idea what the future would have in store for her. She is thrilled to join the Adelante team and further a movement towards ethical business practices worldwide. Julia is a grammar nut and “social media guru” who loves cheese, French wine and traveling off the beaten path. 

 

Michael Pelzer, Co-Founder and Head of Operations

Mike's flaming red hair is an apt metaphor for his fierce passion in everything he does. He cut his teeth in non-profit management, priding himself in his ability to fix what's broken and lay the groundwork for long-term success. Mike operates under the assumption that there is always room for improvement and is fluent in three languages: English, Spanish, and Excel.

 

Andrea Cuevas, Order Fullfillment Manager

Being a fashion enthusiast, dog lover and music fanatic all at the same time are just some of the things that make Andrea who she is. Over the past 15 years she has done just about everything one can do in customer service and retail. She was born in Guatemala and lived in Europe where she was adopted by the Irish for nine years. She's very excited to work at Adelante and ensure everybody gets the boots they want. Oh also her dogs name is Guajkax which means cow  - he sure looks like one.