The inaugural edition of the Nexus Illuminate Awards kicked off successfully in May at the annual Nexus conference. The six winners were celebrated for their outstanding achievements in raising quality and performance in the Nearshore IT/ BPO marketplace. We congratulate the winners!

Entrepreneur of the Year

Yoni Epstein, CEO at Itel-BPO Solutions

Yoni Epstein, CEO at Itel-BPO Solutions claimed the first award and is now the 2016 Nexus Illuminate Entrepreneur of the Year. Epstein was nominated for his “true entrepreneurial spirit,” which resulted in the formation and growth of Itel-BPO into a successful nearshore BPO company. In just four years, Epstein accelerated Itel-BPO from a one-client, five-employee unit into a flourishing business, now serving 14 clients with 550 employees.

Executive of the Year

David Kreiss, CEO and founder of KM2 Solutions

This year’s Executive of the Year award went to David Kreiss, CEO and founder of KM2 Solutions. His nomination characterized Kreiss as a “visionary” with a “keen business mind” who has reached significant achievements during his career.

Voyager of the Year

Ana Lemus, a software engineer at Google

The Nearshore Voyager of the Year award is a recognition reserved for someone who has gone on remarkable and inspiring professional journey from Latin America to the United States. The first to take this crown is Ana Lemus, a software engineer at Google. Lemus’ journey began in Havana, Cuba, where she worked as a student assistant of mathematical analysis and discrete mathematics at the University of Havana.

City of the Year

Guadalajara, Mexico

After careful consideration, the City of the Year award went to Guadalajara, Mexico, which has positioned itself in a class of its own in terms of becoming a mature, evolved center for global IT services.

Investment Promotion Professional of the Year

Ana Karina Quessep

According to Nearshore Americas’ Director of Research Sean Goforth, Ana Karina has been instrumental in positioning Colombia as a rising power in the delivery of nearshore BPO and, more generally, serving as an agent in changing people’s preconceived notions about Colombia, making her more than deserving of the award.

Company of the Year


Qualfon was nominated by the Guyana Office for Investment for the positive impact it has made to the country’s economy and population. The company has dedicated more than 31,000 hours of service to community organizations and nonprofits, as well as supporting employees and their families through its Mission Office.


Constanza Nieto Co-founder and CEO, Global Techbridge

Kirk Laughlin Managing Director, NEARSHORE AMERICAS

Sean Goforth Director of Research, NEARSHORE AMERICAS

Anna Heim is Latin America editor for and founder of MonoLibre

Meeting Latin America’s New Expectations ©Nearshore Nexus 2016