Andy Unanue, Managing Partner
Andy Unanue is a Managing Partner of AUA Private Equity Partners, LLC and is a member of AUA Equity's Investment Committee. Prior to founding the firm, Mr. Unanue established AU & Associates, LLC, the family office for the Unanue family. Previously, he held various positions with Goya Foods, Inc. from 1991 - 2004.
Most recently, Mr. Unanue was Goya's Chief Operating Officer (1999-2004) managing the daily operations of Goya's U.S. business. Mr. Unanue was involved in strategic planning, new product development, advertising, media, and community relations. One of his greatest successes included expanding Goya's recognition from primarily Hispanic households to becoming a household name in all households throughout the United States.
Mr. Unanue currently serves on the boards of KABR Real Estate Partners, Opt-Intelligence, Inc., TRUFOODS, LLC, Raymundos Food Group, LLC, Tijuana Flats Restaurants, LLC and is chairman of the Board of Associated Foods Holdings, LLC. He is a founding board member of the New America Alliance. Additionally Mr. Unanue serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations including Ballet Hispanico and The C&J Unanue Foundation, and is a member of the University of Miami's President Council.
Past directorships include the U.S. Savings Bonds National Volunteer Committee as food and beverage chair, and co-chair of the Annual Convention of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held in Los Angeles. Mr. Unanue is a recipient of the Hispanic MBAs prestigious Entrepreneurship Achievement Award, and the Tonio Burgos Business Award. Both the Federation of Hispanic Chambers and Hispanic Magazine honored him as Businessman of the Year.
The American Advertising Federation has awarded Mr. Unanue the Diversity Achievement Award as 'Industry Influential'. Mr. Unanue was an operating executive board member of Palladium Equity Partners, a $1.0 billion private equity firm. He also served as employer trustee for the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union Pension Fund and was an active member of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's Transition Committee. In 2011, Restaurant Business named Mr. Unanue Entrepreneur of the Month and northjersey.com and The Record newspaper named him one of the country's "2011: People to Watch."
Mr. Unanue received his M.B.A from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management and his B.A. from the University of Miami.
AUA ProfessionalsAndy Unanue, Managing Partner
Steven Flyer, Partner
David Benyaminy, Partner
Karen Kulaga, Chief Financial Officer
Kyce Chihi, Principal
Astrid Soto, Vice President
Ari David, Senior Associate
Jack Lin, Senior Associate
Te'Rhon O'Neal, Associate
Operating Executive BoardRicardo Alvarez, Food & Beverage
Esperanza Carrion, Marketing & Consumer Products
Jorge Consuegra, Business Services & Marketing
Timothy Habbershon, Family Businesses
John McConnell, Media
Scott Patten, Family Businesses
Steven Shulman, Business Services/Restaurants
Robert Striano, Consumer
Darryl Thompson, Media
Zulema Wiscovitch, Consumer & Supermarkets