Ana Livia Guerra is more than an accountant in the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) Mexico City office. Over two decades of work, she pointed out she is the only international accountant to have her office’s director selected to lead the organization (President and CEO Ryan LeGrand). She is also a proud end-user of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), which she and her husband feed to the dairy cattle on their small farm in Ecuador.
“My work is behind the scenes,” she said. “As an accountant, many people do not know who I am. When they finally meet me, they are surprised to learn I am the staff member with the most seniority in the USGC Mexico office.”
The Council recognized Guerra, the office manager/accountant-administrator in the USGC Mexico office, for 20 years of service during the 18th International Marketing Conference and 61st Annual Membership Meeting this week.
“In these 20 years, I have witnessed many changes,” she said. “I have been able to adapt to the personalities and work styles of four directors. I have also seen how program priorities and all the logistics that these entail are changing.”
Guerra joined the Council in December 2000 as an administrative assistant and was later promoted to accountant/administrator and then office manager/accountant-administrator.
“It was through a friend that I learned the Council was looking for an accounting assistant,” Guerra said. “The position seemed attractive to me, and I decided to apply. It didn’t take me long to realize I had made one of the best decisions of my life.”
Most of her professional career has been at the Council, witnessing the changes the Mexico office experienced in the last two decades. Today, Guerra is responsible for running the USGC Mexico office, including financial, legal, administration and human resource procedures. With her years of experience, she now also helps train new accountants who join the organization’s international offices.
“What I enjoy the most about my job is the people,” Guerra said. “It is enriching to be able to meet the international team and spend time together.”
Please join the Council in congratulating Ana Livia for her years of service!
About The U.S. Grains Council
The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and ethanol. With full-time presence in 28 locations, the Council operates programs in more than 50 countries and the European Union. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S. agriculture’s profitability. Detailed information about the Council and its programs is online at www.grains.org.