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Orlando Soto-Solera
Director General
Grupo Financiero Acobo
Location : San Jose, ,
Specialization: Securities; Business Management; Real Estate Management; Finance; Investments; Strategic Planning; Financial Planning
Education: Macalester College
Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Business, International Studies, Macalester College, 1988; MBA, National University, Costa Rica; Courses in Quantitative Methods and Applied Macroeconomics, Harvard University; Courses in 3 Series and 7 Series for Stock Brokers in the U.S., Portfolio Management II, New York Institute of Finance; Entrepreneurial Executive Leadership Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004 - 2006
Year of Experience : more_than_25_years


Orlando Soto-Solera is an accomplished finance executive and former stockbroker agent with over 25 years of experience in finance, investments, securities and real estate management. Since 1990, he has served as General Director of Grupo Financiero Acobo in Costa Rica, a 40 year old company. His key responsibilities involve strategic planning, financial planning, HR, and serving as a brokerage dealer, as well as overseeing their phone advisory services which focus on financial assets, funds, and real estate funds. Orlando overlooks both of the company's financial branches, and his area of expertise is securities, business management and real estate management. Orlando graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Business and International Studies from Macalester College in 1988, and earned an MBA from National University in Costa Rica. He also completed courses in Quantitative Methods and Applied Macroeconomics at Harvard University, in 3 Series and 7 Series for Stock Brokers in the U.S., and in Portfolio Management II at New York Institute of Finance, and completed the Entrepreneurial Executive Leadership Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006, as well as executive courses at London School of Business. Originally, Orlando was inspired to attend Mac when he visited his cousin who was living and attending grad school in Minnesota, so he ended up applying and accepting admission. He found it to be a wonderful international environment, program, and experience. Orlando also speaks fluent English and Spanish. In prior roles, he worked as a stockbroker agent, as an assistant of operations, and in assistant brokerage with Investment Management & Research Inc. in Minnesota. Orlando also served as Director in posts at the Chambers of Banks, Chamber of Mutual Funds and Brokerage House. He has been a Member of EO- Entrepreneurs Organization, Costa Rica Chapter since 2000, the Costa Rica Business Club, and the Costa Rica Fishing Club (Club Amateur de Pesca de Costa Rica) since 1997. In addition, Orlando is a Board Member of Real Estate Costa Rica and has been a Board Member of the International Light Tackle Tournament Association since 2012. Going forward, he wants to continue expanding regionally, into Colombia and Mexico, to do more business, and is interested in focusing more on Central American economics. The key to his success has always been perseverance, strategic planning, and having done a lot of research, including in HR, marketing, as well as being involved in the processes regulated by the Costa Rican Central Bank. When he's not working, Orlando enjoys running, triathlons, fishing and travel. He and his family support 3 local organizations, one for Down's Syndrome and another that helps high school dropouts.