Chief Operating Officer, Montachem International Inc.
Where will your NSU degree take you? To the top of your industry and profession if you’re JC Avila. JC brought solid business experience with him upon entering NSU, having been a successful sales rep and sales manager at several commodities companies serving Latin American and Caribbean markets. Bilingual, Spanish and English, now armed with his NSU MBA in International Business, he went straight to the FORTUNE 500. In an homage to the classic film “The Graduate,” JC has one word for students: plastics. Actually, he has another two words: Jack Welch. That’s right, NSU alum JC Avila worked his way up the management ladder of GE during the tenure of CEO Jack Welch. JC ultimately led territories including West Coast North America and Latin America for one of GE Plastics’ best-selling products before Welch’s successor sold the division for $11 billion. JC moved on to manage multi-billion-dollar international divisions for other U.S.-based chemical companies. In 2011, he became general manager of plastics corporation Montachem International Inc., and in 2017 he added chief operating officer to that title. Headquartered right here in Fort Lauderdale, JC now uses all the tools he learned from Welch to grow his new company nearly 10 percent a year, and expand outside the Americas to Europe, the Middle East, Africa and China.