Our mission as a team is to provide client satisfaction through customized solutions, clear objectives, and measurable results.
We offer our clients international expertise, creativity, flexibility and success.
Expertise: Business Development, International Sales, Sales Management, Marketing, Foreign Direct Investment
Languages: English, French
Bruno began his career in Montreal setting up and managing the Canadian office for the Paris Region Economic Development Agency. Between 1995 and 1997, Bruno identified over 30 investment projects and assisted many companies in defining and implementing their European development strategies. 10 companies from Quebec and Ontario successfully established operations in the Paris Region during Bruno’s tenure.
Bruno then moved to Houston, Texas to become Vice President for the Invest in France Agency. Bruno’s responsibilities included developing and maintaining relationships with key accounts, delivering customized solutions to clients and leading the North American team in prospecting the “key technologies of the future”. Bruno’s accomplishments include the identification of 65 investment projects between 1997 and 2002 and the creation of over 500 jobs.
Bruno founded Ouino Consulting, Inc. in 2002 to offer trade development and FDI services to companies and government organizations. A native of France, Bruno earned his Master of International Management from the Clermont Graduate School of Management where he was a Calouste Gulbenkian scholar, following a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Bruno, his wife Carolyn and their 3 sons make their home in Houston, Texas.
Expertise: Operational Management, Strategic Planning, Business Development, Company Turn-around, M&A, JV and Partnership Management, Funding, R&D, Change Management
Languages: English, French
Marc began his career starting up his first company while being still student at the Polytechnical School of Lausanne. During 12 years Marc was implementing his competencies within Arthur Andersen and Algoe Management to help customers with their strategic concerns and development issues, providing operational consulting.
From 2000 to 2008, Marc was with Plastic Omnium, acting as Corporate Innovation Deputy Director, then Vice President of 3P, then Plastic Omnium Environment President’s Special Advisor.
In 2008 Marc took over Epsco International & Cies Inc with Industrial Plant Services Inc to built up a unique group providing products and services mainly to the petrochemical industry. Epsco International was acquired by The CapStreet Group in September 2013.
In March 2014, Marc became partner of Ounio Consulting. Marc lives in Houston with his wife Karine, a photographer with a PhD in Law, and their family.
Senior Consultant Wine & Spirits
Expertise: Strategy, Marketing, Sales Development, Business Development, Management, Strategic Planning, New Business Development
Languages: English, French
Jean-Francois Bonneté is a consummate and respected Luxury goods industry professional with nearly two decades of experience, both internationally and in the United States. Throughout his career, Mr. Bonneté has earned a distinguished reputation as an energetic, determined, efficient and passionate brand and business leader and builder, as well as an exceptional and creative marketer.
Prior to joining Ouino in 2015, Jean-Francois served as Chief Operating Officer of Pisco Portón, LLC, and oversaw the daily operations of the company, including development, marketing and sales. He was also specifically responsible for building the Portόn brand and business globally.
Prior to joining Pisco Portón, LLC, Jean-Francois founded and built the spirits portfolio at W.J. Deutsch & Sons (fourth largest Wine Importing company in the United States), where he served as Senior Vice President and was responsible for managing a myriad of award winning brands (the W.J. Deutsch & Sons portfolio included award-winning wines and spirits brands such as: [yellow tail] from Australia, the leaded imported wine brand in the United States / Georges Duboeuf, the leading brand of French wine in the United States / Hob Nob Vineyards / Barone Fini, Lionello Marchesi, or Villa Pozzi from Italy / Mar De Frades, Cruz de Alba, Ramón Bilbao Vinos or Volteo from Spain / Luksusowa Vodka from Poland, second fastest growing Spirit brand in the world / Villa Massa Limoncello from Italy). Previously, Mr. Bonneté served as Director – North America of Cognac Ferrand USA, one of the world’s leading producers, marketers and exporters of French luxury spirits. During his ten year tenure, he played an instrumental role in the development and growth of the company’s business in North America, launching Pierre Ferrand Cognac, Plantation Rums and Citadelle Gin.
Jean-François also serves as Chairman and a board member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) in Houston, and member of the US National Executive Committee of the FACC. He was knighted in 2011 as “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite Agricole” for his contribution to the French wine and spirits industry. Mr. Bonneté studied business at Harvard University as well as international finance at New York University, and received his MBA from Institut Supérieur de Gestion, one of France’s leading business schools.
Jean-François lives in Houston with his wife Nathalie and their seven children.
Expertise: Sales Development, Business Development, Branding Strategy
Languages: English, German
Sandy joined Ouino Consulting in July 2016. She holds a B.B.A. in International Business from the Netherlands and a B.B.A. in General Business Management from Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond, KY, USA).
She was born in Germany and spent years working and studying in the Netherlands, Spain, Mexico, Germany and the USA.
Prior to joining Ouino Consulting, Sandy worked as a Consultant for the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, Inc. in Houston, TX. There she promoted bilateral trade between Germany and the United States by organizing international trade missions that were funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).
Sandy resides in Houston, TX with her husband Sean.
Expertise: Market Research, Sales Development, Business Development
Languages: English, Spanish, Italian
Valeria joined Ouino Consulting in November 2016. She holds a B.B.A. in International Business from St. Edwards University (Austin, TX, USA) and spent fall of 2015 studying abroad in Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy where she studied the role of the European Union in world economics.
Born in the United States but raised in Caracas, Venezuela until the age of 15, Valeria then moved to Houston, TX with her family.
Prior to joining Ouino Consulting, Valeria was a Data Analyst for the Austin Technology Council, in Austin, TX. There she handled a data base of 280+ members, strategized sales, researched venture capital investment for startup companies and developed financial reports.
Valeria is a passionate traveler, loves dogs and enjoys all kinds of music.
Senior Consultant Oil & Gas
Expertise: Management, Business Development, Customer Support management, Process Improvement, Change Management, Risk Management, Quality Systems, Audit
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Jean-Hugh has a well-rounded knowledge of the oilfield services with an extensive international experience including North America, South America, Africa, Middle East and Europe. His expertise is in petrotechnical software and integrated services associated to subsurface characterization, drilling plan and production optimization.
Previously Jean-Hugh worked at Schlumberger where he held different assignments such as geomarket operations, global operational excellence program, and business development. Jean-Hugh has practical experience leading operations, developing business and delivering projects together with related quality and risk management programs to optimize business operations. What motivates him is to visibly impact business performance.
Jean-Hugh graduated from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie, France. He leaves in Houston with his wife Silicia, a teacher.
Expertise: Market research, Sales Development, Business development
Languages: English, French
Carole Joined Ouino Consulting in March 2017. She studied Economic Sciences for one year and holds a Master 1 in Business and Management from the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France. She also has a certification of Executive Assistant Bilingual English/French. Born in France, Carole spent some time working and studying at the Oklahoma University and on Cape Cod, MA.
Prior to join Ouino Consulting, Carole worked 3 years in department stores such as Tati and Le Printemps Haussmann. In 2000, she joined the American Law Firm, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP at the Paris office where she was an active support for four business lawyers and a Partner specialized in Litigation, capital market, corporate, M&A, and tax. Carole is also the Membership Manager of the French association Houston Accueil.
Carole sings in a choir and loves to travel. She lives in Houston with her husband Olivier.