Andres founded Open English in 2006. He began his career in his native Venezuela, co-founding Optimal English, a company that provided the Latin American executives of Fortune 500 companies, such as Procter and Gamble, Sun Microsystems, and Cargill, with one-on-one English-language training. He went on to develop innovative technologies and techniques that became the Open English platform. He pursued a degree in product engineering from the Universidad Simón Bolívar before setting his sights on entrepreneurship.Visit Andres Moreno's blog >
Thomas "Tigre" Wenrich
Tigre is a multicultural executive with international experience in finance, marketing, and operations. After a successful career as partner with The Boston Consulting Group in the U.S., Spain, and Mexico, he retired to Miami, Florida, where he subsequently participated in a roll-up in the retail money service business (remittances, check cashing, and payday advance). After selling his stores in early 2009, Tigre joined Open English in August. Born in the Dominican Republic, Tigre holds a B.A. from Stanford University.
Co-founder Nicolette Moreno is responsible for the overall student experience at Open English. Along with her team, she leads the design and development of learning programs and products to ensure the interaction of students with native speaking teachers and maximize learning outcomes. As the first American team member, Nicolette was involved in many areas of the company since 2006. Most notably, she spearheaded the design of the first Open English learning platform and course curriculum, and set up the live instruction department.
Prior to Open English, Nicolette lived in Los Angeles and worked with several non-profits to create environmentally friendly products and fight poverty in emerging markets. She also served as the Head Equity Trader for Doheny Asset Management, where she was in charge of intraday buying and selling strategies and daily trade executions for a variety of high-profile private clients and foundations.
Nicolette Moreno was a Cum Laude graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where she studied Organizational Design, Psychology and Art. She currently resides Miami, FL and is married to Open English's founder and CEO Andres Moreno.
CTO Sam Peterson is responsible for Software Development and Technology at Open English. In his role, Sam warrants optimal execution of the company's mission through enhancement and development of our web presence. Prior to Open English, Sam spent over 13 years at Overstock.com, where he served as Senior Vice President of Technology (CTO) from 2005 to 2012.
Sam studied at Utah’s Brigham Young University and delved into the professional world of technology at a young age. The Chief Technology Officer’s other passion lies in the athletic field: Sam has completed multiple Ironman races and many Half Ironman triathlons. His crowning achievement was competing in the Ironman 2010 World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Sam lives by the Ironman motto: "Anything is Possible".
Mario joined Open English after holding the position of vice president of marketing and sales at Kaplan Virtual Education. Previously, he held the position of senior director of direct marketing at Office Depot and the senior manager of strategy at Gateway. Mario attended the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and Lehigh University. He also attended Duke University's business school.
Wilmer first teamed with Andres Moreno while the two were engineering students at the Universidad Simon Bolivar (USB) in Caracas, Venezuela. Wilmer became the chief architect for the online learning platform and was heading up infrastructure research and framework validation, his specialty.
Wilmer has a degree in Computer Engineering from USB, having achieved the highest GPA in the history of the department. Without a day of traditional classroom training, Wilmer has also taught himself English, largely through the development of the Online School of Open English.
Kenny was a founding member of the development team that created Open English and has played a key role in the design of the web page. He is currently in charge of all customer technical support. Kenny has an engineering degree from the Universidad Simón Bolívar.
Upon joining Open English in February 2009, James assumed responsibility for the company's first call center in Caracas, Venezuela. He led the implementation of the saleforce.com CRM platform and the outsourcing and growth of the company's call center operation. James is currently designing the international expansion plan for future Open English service centers.
Prior to Open English, James spent 13 years at Citigroup Inc., most recently overseeing a trilingual contact center in Tampa, Florida (Spanish, Portuguese, and English) for 83,000 high-profile international clients.
He was born in Gainesville, Florida, but grew up in Venezuela. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Universidad Jose Maria Vargas and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Greg is responsible for key business initiatives, process excellence, and execution. His role at Open English will impact commercial operations strategy and ensure continuous process improvement. Greg joined Open English after holding multiple leadership roles in operations, and commercial functions at both General Electric Company and at Office Depot. He has a strong technical foundation, with expertise in manufacturing & supply chain operations and business transformation leadership. Greg has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Penn State University, and he is a certified Lean, Six Sigma Master Black Belt.