Archive for May, 2012

MBA, day 10, May 26, 2012

May 26, 2012

Dear Global Brazil 2012 students, thank you so much for participating in our program this year.  Valentino and I appreciate to chance to have been part of your experience in Brazil.  As we prepared the trip, our hope was that things would come together to give you a positive and well rounded experience.  Our goal was that the mixture of business visits, cultural insights, and time in Rio & São Paulo would expand your vision, appreciation, and understanding of Brazil.  From now on, when you hear the word BRIC, world cup, olympics, ethanol, pre-salt, favela, or Corinthians, no doubt you will recall sights, sounds, and tastes of our global trip.

For me, this trip reinforced the new sense of Brazilian optimism, but I was also impressed with the Brazilians vision for a better Brazil.  The land of samba and futebol has also become the land of sustainability, education, petroleum, sugarcane, and online banking. How about you, any final take aways or observations?

Finally, if you are like me, one of your souvenirs is an extra five pounds from all of the food that we have been eating.  I’ve got to get back to normal eating soon, but dang those little pão de queijo are wonderful!


MBA, day 9, May 25, 2012

May 25, 2012

It’s one thing to spend time at Avenida Paulista, truly a beautiful part of São Paulo.  Today we also experienced a new view of São Paulo, a walking tour from Praça da República to Sé, through São Bento, and then concluding things at the Mercado Principal.  The decisions were difficult, fruits like atemoia or pinho, sandwiches like mortadela or codfish pastel, tough decisions.  We then concluded our official activities with a visit to the construction site of Corinthians new soccer stadium and then the Corinthians sports club.  It was our chance to see professional soccer in Brazil, joining ourselves with 30 million Corinthians fans.  And to end it all, a final reception with everyone.

What is the walking tour show you about Brazil that was new?  And how did a visit with Corinthians enhance your understanding about Brazil, the upcoming world cup, and your views about Brazilian soccer?

MBA, day 8, May 24, 2012

May 25, 2012

It was a day of interesting contrasts.  There were two company visits today.  First we visited the data center of Itaú bank.  It made for an interesting comparison with our first visit to Banco do Brasil in Rio. You may want to comment on how you compare these two banks.  After a pleasant lunch at Chacara Santa Cecilia, we then had our second visit of the day, UNICA, the Brazil Sugarcane Industry Association.  Luana Maia Oliveira walked us through much of Brazil’s efforts to address alternative energies and sustainability.  Again, it was interesting to contrast the insights learned about the petroleum industry at FMC Technology and Petrobras with those about sugarcane at UNICA.  Similarly, comment about your impressions and take aways from this visit too (and wasn’t the view of the skyline impressive!)

MBA, Day 7, May 23, 2012

May 25, 2012

As we begin a new day, everyone gets their first sight of daytime São Paulo.  We gave everyone the morning to discover things on their own.  Avenida Paulista is right in the middle of the financial district.  There is a pace and rhythm to São Paulo that adds a good vibe to the city.  Our first official activity was to attend the university lectures at our UT partner school, Fundação Getulio Vargas.   First Prof. Rafael Schoizer talked to us about “Macro Economics and FDI Inflow” and then Profa. Mariana Pargendler gave us a lecture on “Legal and Tax Issues” in Brazil.  After the FGV reception, we then walked to Viridiana Pizzaria, to get our first taste of the famous São Paulo pizza.  What did you learn from the FGV lectures?

MBA, day 6, May 22, 2012

May 23, 2012

Good bye Rio, hello São Paulo.  There are pros and cons to riding the bus instead of flying to São Paulo, but the biggest plus that we could ever have imagined would be to have a 6 hour complete tour of Embraer.  Just the lunch alone was worth the trip.  After lunch we were treated to a plant tour, including the fuselage, assembly line, the final assembly line (can you believe how the wings are installed on the jets!), and a walk through the Embraer 190 that was heading to Kazakhstan. After the plant tour André gave the institutional presentation, Paulo talked about the commercial aviation side, and then Cassio gave us the executive aviation overview.  You are not mistaken, EMBRAER’s generosity gave us 6 hours of tours, information, and interaction… Awesome.  What were your lessons learned and take aways from the day?

After that, welcome to the concrete jungle!

MBA, day 5, May 21, 2012

May 23, 2012

Glauco’s vision of FINEP was inspiring, “social inequality is the most important barrier to social development.”  There was a clear sense that Brazil is in position to make a difference, and “as you put emphasis on technology and science, you are putting emphasis on people.  What did you learn from the visit at FINEP with Glauco, Alice, and Lúcia?

After lunch near Arco do Teles, we started our meetings with Petrobras, and yes, you heard correctly, Izeusse really did say the forecasted demand for workers at Petrobras for 2010-2016 will be 212,638 people!  Which break out session did you attend and what did you learn today?  How did our visit to FMC Technologies earlier help you in being able to understand and contribute to the discussion at Petrobras?

MBA, day 4, May 20, 2012

May 23, 2012

Sunday morning in the zona sul, that means that the streets are closed to traffic and that cariocas head to the beach.  It only made sense that we decided to do the same.  No official activities today, just tons of Rio-time.  What did you do and learn today?  Good food, good soccer?  And did you pay for those drinks with wet money?

MBA, Day 3, May 19, 2012

May 19, 2012

Today was our opportunity to visit the “comunidade” Cantagalo.  Everything was a unique surprise.  The elevator ride at the beginning let us know that we were in store for the unexpected.  Gabriel, André, Fumaça, and Daniel greeted and led us into the world of steps and more steps.  Beautiful vistas, tremendous food, awesome trails, friendly new friends, competitive soccer, reporter’s interviews, kite wars, cerveja bem gelada, and samba on the streets, all were part of today’s learning experience.  But in the end, it was the people that we met that made the day.

How about you?  What were your take-aways from the day?  What did you learn about Brazil today?  And, how did today’s experience affect your perception of the way that you would do business in Brazil?

MBA, Day 2, May 18, 2012

May 19, 2012

Let the company visits begin!  First: Banco do Brasil, Daniel and Danilo did an excellent job of introducing us to the unique position of Banco do Brasil.  Given the growing middle class in Brazil, Banco do Brasil’s experience in retail banking fits the needs of millions of people who previously had never used banking services.  And the view from the 35th floor was fantastic too.

Then our visit to FMC included lunch in the cafeteria, excellent small group tours of the factory facilities, and Luis Humberto’s comprehensive lecture.  As Clint observed: We don’t sell, we make things easy for those who want to buy.”  And he’s not kidding.  They have orders and futures products that put the pressure on them to increase production and performance for years to come.

What are your take-a-ways from today’s visits?  What are the major things that you learned and what were some of the new things that you observed about US and Brazilian cultures?

MBA, Day 1, May 17, 2012

May 17, 2012

Made it!  And to think that our first official activity was to go to Corcovado to the Cristo Redentor, not a bad way to start things.  Of course, some of you have been in Rio for days, visiting Buzios, hang gliding, running around town, you’ve already got a feel for things.  Others spend a few days in Argentina or Peru.  Either way, you all should have some first impressions of Brazil.  What are some of the first things that you noticed, expected, had not expected?  What pre-departure expectations were confirmed or eliminated?  And how about Marius for dinner!