WRITTEN BY WORLDCITY STAFF ON 06 JUNE 2015. POSTED IN PEOPLE
Luis F. Tome, president of IMEX Paper in Miami, has been named the exporter of the year for the South Florida district by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Since founding the company about 12 years ago, Tome has developed IMEX into a major exporter and opened sales offices in Lima, Peru, and in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Annual sales for the company now top $20 million, a news release said. He works with some 10 paper mills on four continents.
IMEX Paper now is investing more than $5 million to expand into a 42,500-square-foot warehouse in Medley in Miami-Dade County, adding about 20 jobs.
The new site serves as the company’s distribution and converting center and features such equipment as a high-capacity sheeter and a rewinder. The investment is supported by SBA financing.
Tome had more than 12 years experience in the paper industry and exports before starting his own business.
He worked at paper exporter Elof Hansson in New York for about eight years and before that, at Smurfit Kappa Carton de Venezuela for four years as export sales coordinator. He helped Smurfit grow annual exports from 7,000 metric tons to 90,000 metric tons within three years, the release said.
Tome holds a bachelor’s in accounting from the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He is active in South Florida such civic groups as Hispanic Unity of Florida.
At a recent SBA conference, he is quoted as saying: “ I came to this county with nothing but my desire to succeed. Don’t you ever stop trying because you feel you don’t have the resources or connections. This is America, and with resilience and hard work you will achieve your dreams.”
Tome’s IMEX Paper was among 39 local companies recognized for establishing or expanding operations in Miami-Dade County in 2014 by the Beacon Council, the county’s economic development group.
For more information on IMEX Paper, visit www.imexpaper.com.