Santiago Velasco is the Senior Sourcing Manager for Global Capital Equipment at WestRock. Velasco has helped build or expand plants in the US, China, India, Brazil and Europe. Developing the skills and expertise of local procurement personnel across these geographies has allowed him to manage projects remotely and reduce his team’s travel. He learned procurement through stints in MRO, Corporate Services and Capital Procurement and started with Westvaco (now WestRock) as a new MBA in the Covington, VA mill. Velasco earned his MBA through an evening program at the College of William & Mary but started his professional career as a Nuclear Engineer at Norfolk Naval Shipyard after graduating from the University of Virginia. He has also served as a volunteer coach and board member for 15 years. Velasco originally came to DC from La Paz, Bolivia at age 4 as a typical immigrant, whose parents were looking for a better life. He strongly believes that anyone can accomplish much through hard work and perseverance and hopes to share his insights to help others in the community.