Jerry Kagan is the President of Salazar International.  Jerry has worked at Salazar since 1993 and assumed ownership of Salazar in 2005.  Previously to working at Salazar, Jerry worked at the Boston branch of the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies as the assistant manager of the Ocean Cargo/Inland Marine department and started Global Tradewinds, an import/export company.  Jerry enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, running and hiking.


Maria Casal is our Export Manager handling customer quotes, order processing, freight logistics and export documentation.  Maria was born in Uruguay, in South America.  After traveling to England, to learn more English and to France and Japan (just for fun!), Maria received an International Business degree at Catholic University of Montevideo. She moved to USA in 2000 and started to work at Salazar in 2006. Busy mom of three kids, still manages to get some “me time” to go running, reading or listening to good music.

Debbie Lewis is our Finance Manager and manages accounts payable and receivable.  Debbie is a native Clevelander.  She began her career in 1980 as a computer programmer at Reliance Electric Company, an electric motor manufacturer.  From 1983 to 2000, she worked at Ernst & Young, an international accounting and consulting firm. She is the mother of two teen-aged boys and enjoys reading, yoga and travel.

Mia Esperon is a customer service representative handling order processing and all forms of customer service issues.    Mia is attending Cleveland State University to earn a degree in Business Management and Labor Relations. Born in Uruguay, she came to the United States when she was only 10 years old; she is bilingual in both Spanish and English. She likes to spend her time outdoors and with her family.

Harold Mendes is a consultant to Salazar advising on a variety of business issues with his knowlege obtained over 50 years in the export business.  Harold founded Salazar International in 1957 and guided the company until his retirement in 2005.   Harold enjoys spending time with his family and travel.  His hobbies include gardening and pottery.