Xiomara was born in León, Nicaragua. Her family relocated to Managua following the revolution where she has lived ever since. She studied accounting at UCA (Universidad Centroamerica), and spent 16 years in the Departmento de Tesoréra (Treasury Department) of Walmart’s operations in Nicaragua. Among other responsibilities, she was tasked with overseeing cash reconciliations and defending audits to the regional headquarters of Walmart Mexico-Central America. For the past 5 years, she’s worked as an independent advisor to both public and private entities on local regulatory compliance matters, licensing, permitting and export protocols in a number of different business sectors. She has excellent working relationships with many Nicaraguan government ministries including INTUR, MINSA, INAFUR, MAG, MARENA and ALBA Forestal. For approximately one year, she advised the head of sales at ALBA Forestal on documentation and export issues, and remains highly respected there. Xiomara also works closely with local shippers, freight forwarders and custom’s brokers. Her export experience ranges across a wide spectrum that includes agricultural commodities, forestry products (including CITES permitting requirements), manufactured goods and even helicopters. She has, and will continue to provide local regulatory compliance, permitting, licensing and export advice and assistance to AQI’s operations in Nicaragua.