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Rogério Carlson
Rogério holds a Master’s degree in Sport Management from the University of Illinois.  He is an invited member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in recognition for academic excellence.  He also holds a post-graduate degree in Marketing from Fundação Getulio Vargas in Brazil, and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Unisinos University, Brazil, where he graduated with highest honors while fulfilling an athletic scholarship.  At Illinois, he worked in marketing projects involving the Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Chicago Bears (NFL), and Chicago Fire (MLS).  He also worked as a research analyst for projects in sport marketing, consumer behavior and fan development, and community recreation.  In 2005, he was invited to be a lecturer for a Sport Marketing program in Brazil created by ESPM University in partnership with soccer club São Paulo F.C.

Rogério played volleyball and beach volleyball in Brazil for over 15 years, participating in professional level competitions for almost ten years. He also has extensive knowledge of soccer, having played, studied and followed the sport for over 30 years. He completed courses of Soccer and Futsal training methodologies at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil (UFRGS), and attended several soccer seminars and workshops with some of Brazil’s best coaches, managers, and top professional clubs and governing bodies. Rogério speaks Portuguese and English and resides in San Diego, California, with his wife, Tawnia, and their daughter, Júlia.

Tawnia H. Gillespie
Tawnia holds Master’s degrees from the University of Illinois in Business Administration (MBA) and Education (M.Ed.), specializing in the fields of Marketing and International Human Resource Management, and holds a B.A. in International Business from San Diego State University. She is fluent in several languages, including Spanish and Portuguese. As a research analyst during her studies, she conducted field research projects in Taiwan and Thailand to investigate management patterns of international companies such as Ford, Unilever, UPS, and TSMC. She has consulted for international companies such as Mercúrio, in Brazil, training executives in Business English. In addition to her role as a market analyst for the company, Tawnia also has strong skills in the areas of sponsorship, endorsements, consumer behavior, and B2B.  Tawnia has lived in Spain, Germany, Italy, and Brazil and currently resides in her hometown of San Diego, California, with her husband , Rogério, and their daughter, Júlia.

Vinicius Torino
Vinicius holds a post graduate degree in Finance from the London School of Business. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering; a Master’s of Science in Engineering and a post graduate degree in Business Administration from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. He has more than 10 years of experience in multinational companies, working in areas such as quality system management, 5S, 6 Sigma, human resources, training, manufacturing, marketing, and purchasing. He speaks Portuguese, English, and Spanish. He is a sports aficionado, particularly of soccer, futsal and beach soccer. He experienced 5 years of soccer training at the Military School and one academic year of futsal training at a university level, both in Brazil. He and his wife and daughter divide their residency between Brazil and the US.

Raquel Marques
Raquel holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a Master's degree in Finance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst andBrandeis University, respectively. Throughout her career, Raquel has achieved accomplishments including membership to the Golden Key Honor Society. Raquel has always been passionate about diversity, cultures, sports, and charity. Her interest for exercise motivated her to get a professional certificate in Fitness Instruction and Exercise Science. She is fluent in Portuguese and English and proficient in Spanish, German, and Italian. Previous work experience includes positions in Marketing, Finance, and Project Management. Her previous work experience, positive attitude, and passion for soccer makes Raquel a dynamic addition to the Brazilian Futebol Academy.




The Brazilian Futebol Academy is located at Qualcomm Stadium 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108 [MAP]  
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