Entrada Team | The Team Behind Entrada's Manufacturing in Mexico

Paul M. Karon Principal, President
Paul is an entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in manufacturing in Mexico both as an owner and management executive in the maquila industry. Before founding the Entrada Group in 2002, he was the US shareholder and CEO of one of the largest shelter companies in the country. Before he chose Zacatecas as the site of Entrada’s first manufacturing park, Paul spent one year looking at and evaluating a myriad of sites in central and northern Mexico that could make a real difference to its future clients competitiveness as Mexico manufacturers. In 2003, Entrada forged a strategic relationship with Gilbarco-Veeder-Root, a Danaher company and has continued to experience steady growth. Today, with the support of its clients and the municipal and state governments, Entrada has grown to be a major employer in the Zacatecas community. Paul is bilingual and bicultural, a member of the Arizona Bar Association and a founding board member of the National Law Center for Inter-American trade.


Douglas L. Donahue Principal, Vice President of Business Development
Possessing true global expertise, Doug brings extraordinary leadership and insight to the forefront. He provides Entrada Group and their clients with critical offshore manufacturing expertise for their transition to Mexico manufacturing. Prior to joining the Entrada Group, Doug lived and worked in Mexico City for 11 years, most recently as director of Ohio’s Mexico Trade Office. During his four-year tenure, Doug assisted over 250 Ohio manufacturers with their entrance into the Mexican market, as well as with their development of a Mexican supplier base. Before his work in Ohio, Doug was responsible for start-up and management of the Mexican subsidiary of Test-Rite International, a publicly listed Taiwanese trading company. His work included development of supply sources and negotiation of supply contracts with manufacturers throughout Asia, including China and India. Doug has a Master’s degree in International Development from The American University in Washington, D.C. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico and was an active participant on their NAFTA Implementation Committee. Doug served as President of the Association of American States in Mexico.


Raul Cabada Director of Shared Services
Possessing two decades of experience in process engineering, production and operations, and a first-class track record in lean production and logistics, Raul was appointed Entrada Group’s first Director of Shared Services in 2015. His experience includes leading Mitsubishi’s TPS lean manufacturing principles, in which manufacturing is organized to interact optimally with suppliers and customers. In his role leading Entrada’s Shared Services, Raul applies his lean production expertise to help Entrada clients maximize their efficiency and processes. Raul received an Industrial Engineering degree with a specialty in Total Quality Management and a master’s degree in Industrial Administration.


Dennis Petrie Director of Quality and Compliance
With over 30 years of experience and background in operations management in Mexico, Dennis joined the Entrada Group in 2015. Dennis has held leadership positions with international companies, such as ITT Cannon, AMP/Tyco and General Electric, where he has been responsible for operations in a variety of locations in Mexico. A graduate of the University of Connecticut and a GE Certified Greenbelt, Dennis is a Senior Member of SME and is a Certified Manufacturing Engineer. He also holds a U.S. Patent as well as Awards & Recognition for EHS, Employee Recognition, Supplier Performance and Technology.


John Paul McDaris Director, Business Development
Based in Central Mexico, John Paul works closely with Entrada’s shared service team, clients, and new-market entrants, on the implementation of Entrada’s turnkey system for long-term growth. A member of Entrada’s leadership team, John Paul possesses key insight about “life on the ground”, helping companies contemplating Mexico better understand the challenges and opportunities in the Bajio. He has collaborated on more than 100 Mexico market-entry projects for foreign manufacturing suppliers across various industries. In addition, John Paul assists the architectural and construction management needs of Entrada’s clients in Central Mexico. He has been living, teaching and working in Mexico for the past seven years, holds a BA and Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.


Leticia Acuña Finance and Accounting Manager
Leticia, a Zacatecas native, has been with Entrada Group since March 2006. With 12 years experience in the manufacturing industry, she is our head of finance and accounting, and is responsible for all banking, accounting, financing and tax matters. Leticia joined Entrada from specialty textile manufacturers Kappler Integrated Services and Appel de Mèxico, where she was responsible for controlling cash flow and preparing financial statements.


Benjamin Orozco HR Director
With more than 16 years of experience in human resources leadership, Benjamin Orozco joined Entrada Group in October 2016. He holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources from the ITAM, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the UAEM. He has worked in international companies, such as Alpla, with human resources responsibilities in Mexico and Central America, managing 23 operations in Mexico and five in Central America. With the key skills to identify needs within an organization, Benjamin has extensive experience in the areas of human resources strategy and labor relations, and has also led negotiations with several national unions throughout various regions in Mexico. In addition, Benjamin has experience in department structure and legal compliance.


Manuel Soto Facilities Manager
With more than 20 years of experience with companies such as Esse and Motorola Mexico, and certification as a Project Management Professional, Manuel helps Entrada Group’s Industrial Facilities run smoothly, on budget and at a high level of quality, overseeing construction, custodial services, procurement, cost/risk analysis, field supervision, facility cost control and start-up. Manuel holds an Electronic and Communications Engineering degree from the Universidad Autonoma De Nuevo Leon.


Jaime Lechuga Manager – Environmental Safety, Health & Security
Jaime gained his experience from Delphi and Talport Industries, having overseen environmental health and safety within the manufacturing sector for over 12 years. He consults all Entrada clients on the storage, usage and disposal of hazardous materials, performs safety audits, and is responsible for ensuring that clients follow all rules and regulations for industrial parks (parallel to OSHA in the US). He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from UPZ in Fresnillo, a bachelor’s in business from the IPCI institute in Zacatecas and is a certified auditor for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 processes.


Jonathan Nava Continuous Improvement Manager
Jonathan obtained his background in Gemba Kaizen, the Japanese concept of continuous improvement designed to enhance processes and reduce waste, during his local and international training sessions with Japanese consulting firm Shingijutsu, which created the foundations of the original Toyota Production System. Jonathan helps to eliminate non-value-added activities within organizations, as well as manages and facilitates continuous improvement objectives to ensure a productive process flow. His work history also includes positions as Operations Manager within the automotive industry, and he has solid knowledge management experience in automation and maintenance activities. A Zacatecas native, Jonathan received his Industrial Engineer degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Fresnillo.