TechBA Michigan
26200 Lahser Rd,
Southfield, MI 48033.
Tel. +1 248 233 2036



The TechBa Michigan Team :-

TechBA Michigan’s team is built by multi-cultural and multi-disciplined professionals with vast knowledge and experience that constantly update on the automotive industry.

Raul Carvajal

Raúl Carvajal
Director of TechBA Michigan since inception in 2008, the business accelerator has serviced more than 100 companies to enter and grow in the global automotive sector. Member of the  US Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC) team since 2000,  he designed, implemented and directed the Technological and Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (SATE). SATE supported more than 400 small Mexican companies in the automotive, information technology and manufacturing sectors. The SATE network of consultants worked in the states of Nuevo Leon, Estado de México, DF (Mexico City), Chihuahua, Sonora, Baja California, Tamaulipas and Veracruz. From 2005 to 2008 he was part of the TechBA evaluation committee for selection of companies to accelerate. Within FUMEC he carried out studies on high technology clusters and programs, such as UCSD-CONNECT and the Michigan Small Business Technology Development Center.
He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), a Master of Science from Stanford University and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in Operations Research. He has been a full time professor at the Applied Mathematics and Systems Institute at UNAM, Head Adviser for the Technical Secretariat of Cabinets of the Presidency of Mexico, Head Adviser of the President of UNAM, and planning director of Videovisa.


Ken Welssert

Ken Weissert
Director of Sales & Marketing
Over 35 years of experience in sales and marketing of electronics and software services to the automotive industry. Areas of expertise include  strategic  business planning, pricing models, web sites, sales & marketing strategies; customer relations and long term supply contracts.
Has a good understanding of manufacturing technologies in plastic, electronic assembly, metal fabrication and stress testing methodologies.
Prior positions include Sales Director for TRW and Panasonic, key account manager for GM with Navteq.


Maribel Lopez- Ruiz

Ma. Isabel (Maribel) López
International Project Manager

With over 8 years of experience in multinational organizations and entrepreneurial business ventures industrial engineer with experience as project manager and consultant. Experience on the development of  strategic business models , primary responsibilities include to market and develop business in the NAFTA region.  Accountable for accelleration and development of small and medium Mexican businesses with high potential in the global automotive market.

Master in Business Adminstration (MBA) by the University of Birmingham UK with backgroung in  multicultural organizations and entrepreneurial business ventures. Five-years in international project management with professional accomplishments including; revenue growth, delivering complex and challenging projects, customer expansion, business development, in highly competitive automotive environment. Recently taking a new role on innovation and product development design.  Prior work with Gallup Consulting Group as Senior Consultant on KPIs and  Solucion Total Consultores on startup models. Fluent in Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, and Italian.




 Miriam Riveroll
Leader technical analysis and project control

Economist at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana. With 12 years of experience in the federal government.

Profesional career: 

Economist at the Autonomous Metropolitan University. With 12 years of experience in the federal        government.
Professional career: the Mexico General Hospital, responsible fot studies in coordinating advisors service costs.
Ministry of Economy. Manager the innovation projects. Responsible for technical and financial evaluation and monitoring of projects PyMEe Fund, in the category of innovation and business accelerators.
National Council for Science and Technology. Operation Manager of Regional Development of the Joint Funds of the Central Region of the country.



Alfonso Peña
Promotion & Consulting
Vast experience in Business Strategy, Strategic Sourcing, Strategic Supplier Management, Global Sourcing and Quality, including ISO9001 Auditor.
Prior work experience includes Supplier Development at the Nuevo León Automotive Cluster (CLAUT), and the Department of Commerce in the State of Nuevo León in the areas of industry development and competitiveness.

Consultants and Advisors :-


Karina Toxqui

Karina Toxqui

LL.M International Business Law, Tilburg University, The Netherlands, 2010

4 years automotive experience in business development for auto components

Over $9MUSD business negotiated and booked

Over 5% price increase negotiated and booked

     JV parter identification to meet 20% growth


 Bernard Robertson







Ricardo Hirata
Senior Consultant
Strategic management consulting including: Strategic Planning, Effective Leadership measurement & feedback, Leadership Development, Teambuilding, Large Group Interventions, TQM / TQC, Kaizen Activities (teamwork or individual), Process Management, Process Improvement, Process Measurement, Statistical Quality Control.
New Product Development with KANSEI ENGINEERING (Affective or Emotional Engineering) with an Alliance with Dr. Mitsuo Nagamachi (Founder of KE).
Certified Consultants offering SYMLOG (Systemic Multilevel Observation of Groups) for the measurement and improvement of the interactions in a workgroup or team in order to make them more effective. Also to improve personal effectiveness and leadership, as well as improving Organizational Culture.



IT Specialist:-

Jay_PatelJay Patel

(In progress) Bachelor of science in computer information science - Computer Science 

School: University of Michigan- Dearborn
Experience:   Working as a IT head at Techba Michigan, keeping all the systems updated, backing up, keeping server  secure. maintaining and updating  website in HTML5.  Also Studying and gaining valuable work experience in a team oriented environment as well as growing my professional skills in real life situations. 


Programing languages:  C, C++, C#, Python, Java, MySQL, Lisp, 68k assembly, HTML5, CSS

Software: MySQL Workbench, Visual Studio, Xcode, Android Studio, Word Press, Github, Microsoft Team Foundation server


Allied Organizations
·       OESA (Original Equipment Supplier Association)
·       AIAG (Automotive Industry Action Group)
·       MEDC (Michigan Economic Development Center)
·       Michigan Small Business Technology Development Center
·       ProMexico
·       Consulate of Mexico in Detroit
·       SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers)
·       SAA (Society of Automotive Analysts)