Mr. Christopher L. Coello has over fourteen years of experience in executive leadership, business development, and operations management. He began his career as the Operations Manager for Telecuba, Inc. in Miami, FL. During his tenure, under licensing from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and U.S. State Department, Mr. Coello was partially responsible for the implementation of a direct route into Cuba, and dealt directly with the Cuban telephone company, ETECSA. Mr. Coello then spearheaded the development of a 1+ and 1010 (CIC code) provider in South Florida, focusing marketing efforts on the Cuban-American community. This allowed for significant traffic growth going across the direct Cuba circuit. In 2003, sales of the 1+ and 1010 services topped U.S. $25 million per year. Later, in 2004, Mr. Coello was named the Chief Information Officer and implemented CLEC services in South Florida, under the name US Telecom. The services were marketed to the Hispanic community in South Florida. He also assisted in the design, build-out, and sale of a 3,000 sq. ft. collocation facility located at 444 Brickell Avenue, in Miami.
Between 2005 and 2008, Mr. Coello became a partner at a commercial mortgage and finance firm. He oversaw the disbursement of over $100,000,000 of combined CMBS and working capital raises during that time. He was directly responsible for the development of all commercial loan programs, and the business expansion model, which allowed the company to reach from Florida to California.
In 2011, Mr. Coello initiated and helped secure the only waiver from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted in the United States, which allows an American company to pay Cuba above the benchmark rate of U.S. $0.60/minute. Further, Mr. Coello secured the only cable export license from the U.S. Department of Commerce with the goal of building a fiber optic cable between the United States and Cuba.
In 2012, Mr. Coello decided to channel his passion for developing new businesses into a business consulting firm that has helped hundreds of companies start and successfully operate in the South Florida area to date. He currently serves as the Managing Director of Coello & Company.
Mr. Coello holds a double major in Business Management and International Business and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Florida International University.