Maria comes from a successful farming operation in her native Brazil. She has worked extensively in the agribusiness industry since the late 1980s. Her experience includes poultry breeding in the United States, several years of trading citrus commodities, and working in management. Maria worked with one of the world's largest pork processors for many years prior to joining BWI in 2007. Her bachelor degree in English and North American Literature and social skills have contributed to the development of solid business alliances for BWI in several global markets. Maria is trilingual in Portuguese, English, and Spanish.