About Fortivo

Since 1998, we have been building innovative ventures and organizations focused on some of humanity’s greatest challenges. Our portfolio highlights the range of our experience from satellites to manned submersibles to speech recognition.

Along the way, we learned from our successes (and mostly from our mistakes), and we want fellow innovators to benefit from this experience. For over 10 years, we have worked with a variety of clients whose projects positively impact the world.

We believe that entrepreneurship, exploration, and technology innovation are massive global forces currently changing the course of human history. If you feel the same, then we want to support your efforts.


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Guillermo Söhnlein

Founder and CEO

         

Guillermo is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for exploration. He is an advisor, mentor, teacher, and speaker within his three personal interest areas: space commercialization, ocean exploration, and technology innovation.

In addition to his work with Fortivo clients and portfolio companies, Guillermo serves on the Board of Directors of NuRide and the WayPayver Foundation, as well as the Advisory Boards for the BLUE Ocean Film Festival, Shanghai Ocean University’s Hadal Science and Technology Research Center, and Spike Aerospace. He is a member of The Explorers Club and a Fellow of the Opus Novum Foundation.

Guillermo is also an expedition leader, submersible pilot, and scuba diver. He has organized and led 6 ocean exploration expeditions involving manned submersibles. Diving in Puget Sound, Monterey, Catalina Island, and Miami, these expeditions supported scientific efforts, collected valuable data, transported scientific personnel to key sites, generated volumes of content, and garnered mass media attention. In 2012, one noteworthy expedition discovered a previously unknown sunken WWII-era Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter plane that had been lost by the U.S. Navy 70 years prior.

A former officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, he earned his A.B. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of California's Hastings College of the Law.

 

 

Caleb Williams

Manager, Aerospace Projects

Caleb is an emerging young professional leveraging his business acumen within the aerospace industry. His skills focus on taking a quantitative approach to problem solving with specific emphasis on using business analytics, modern technologies, and proper leadership to improve business efficiency.

As an Associate Business Consultant with Perficient’s Microsoft PMO Group, Caleb fulfills a hybrid role that combines project management and business analyst responsibilities. He is a Certified Scrum Master and has been trained in Agile project management methodologies.

Caleb earned his B.S. in Economic Consulting and Marketing from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

In addition to client projects, Caleb currently supports one of Fortivo’s portfolio companies, Ansible Space Communications Systems, as a Business Analyst.

 

Samantha Wishnak

Manager, Ocean Projects

Samantha is lifelong ocean lover and advocate, growing up following every discovery of Robert Ballard. Her particular focus areas include social media, marketing, and education. As a naturalist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Samantha delivered education programs and ensured an outstanding guest experience. She has also worked extensively within the aquarium’s marketing department, specifically on social media initiatives.

Samantha earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago.

In addition to client projects, Samantha currently supports one of Fortivo’s portfolio companies, Blue Marble Exploration, as its Education and Outreach Coordinator.

 

Guillermo Cabrera

Vice President, Latin America

Born and raised in Argentina, Guillermo brought his young family to the United States in 1972 and has resided here ever since (currently based in Houston, Texas). He is a lifelong entrepreneur with a particular emphasis in marketing, sales, and service delivery. His 50 years’ experience spans several diverse industries, including construction, real estate, home remodeling, food products and services, web design, and computer networking.

Guillermo currently works to expand Fortivo’s presence in Latin America, especially Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama.