Peter M. Guyer

Peter M. Guyer

Founder and President

Peter has over 25 years in the global food and beverage industry. He is the Founder and President of Athena Marketing International (AMI), a export sales and marketing firm servicing the global food, beverage and consumer products industries. Prior to founding AMI, he was an expatriate executive at Nestlé S.A., based in Switzerland. His last position was Vice President, Business Development, with Profit & Loss responsibility for an $80 million beverage manufacturing business. Prior to that he held senior level positions with Nestlé in Europe, Asia and North America with P&L responsibility for businesses exceeding $100 million. Peter's leadership on strategic thinking and processes, brand enhancement and international market development add value to AMI clients.

Peter Guyer is also the Founder & CEO of Toosum Healthy Foods, a gluten-free, low-calorie snack food company based in Seattle, WA. The company sells its products in U.S. retail stores, e-commerce sites, and several international markets.

Peter holds a M.B.A. degree in International Business from the University of Southern California (USC), and a B.A. degree from Pomona College. He is a member of Gerson Lehrman Group Educator’s Council, World Trade Center, Pacific Northwest Advisors, and a Guest Lecturer and Mentor of Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and columnist for American Exporter Magazine.

Peter has three young adult male children which help keep him young-at-heart and motivated to continue working. He enjoys water and snow skiing, triathlons, pick-up basketball games, travel and learning about new foreign cultures.

Alex Lindsay

Alex Lindsay

Director – International Sales

Mr. Lindsay has returned to Athena Marketing International(AMI) as Director – International Sales beginning in June 2017. As a Marketing Manager at AMI from 2008 to 2011, Alex helped establish international sales for multiple food, beverage and nutrition brands, and looks forward to bringing a wider range of international experience to AMI in this more senior role.

Prior to his return to AMI, Alex held the position of International Business Development Manager at Holland America Line in Seattle, WA from 2014 to 2017. In this role, he managed sales and business development across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East for both the Holland America and Seabourn cruise lines. Exceeding sales goals, Alex added significant growth to key foreign markets including, Brazil, India, Japan, and South Africa.

Prior to Holland America Line, Alex worked as a Key Account Manager at SUPERVALU International in Tacoma, WA from 2011 to 2014, managing sales to a portfolio of accounts that included major grocery retailers, distributors and importers throughout Asia. This position gave him experience working with every level of retail and wholesale decision making, both online and brick and mortar, and provided extensive knowledge of consumer preferences throughout the high-growth Asia region.

Alex holds a M.B.A. degree in International Business and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Marketing, both from Washington State University. As a Fulbright Junior Scholar, Mr. Lindsay studied Mandarin Chinese at National Taiwan University’s International Chinese Language Program and participated in a number of national cultural events. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and has a working knowledge of Spanish & Portuguese.

Josh Seligman

Josh Seligman

International Sales Manager

Josh Seligman joins AMI from Starbucks Coffee Company in Seattle, where he spent the past six years working in roles across channel sales, supply chain, and marketing. He most recently worked on the International Loyalty team, partnering with international stakeholders from over 25 different countries to produce and implement unique gifts and cards into their respective markets. While working in supply chain at Starbucks, Josh managed close relationships with co-packers and shippers to ensure successful inventory management of products. Josh has always made it his top priority to build trust with vendors and create excellent customer experiences.

Prior to Starbucks, Josh worked in the healthy food and juice retail space, helping with the launch of Snap Kitchen in Houston, TX and then leading up the launch of Evolution Fresh's first store in Seattle. He was responsible for building out the brand image and touring investors and executives.

Josh holds a BS degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Arizona, which gives him a keen understanding of food ingredients. This unique knowledge allows Josh to relate to customer products and develop appropriate strategic plans for various market fits.

Josh and his wife enjoy traveling and outdoor adventures. He originates from Birmingham, Alabama and is big Crimson Tide football fan. Josh is passionate about food and enjoys crafting elaborate meals at home for his family or trying out the latest restaurants in town!

Rachele Neal

Rachele Neal

Market Development Representative

Rachele graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Communication, a Certificate of Sales from the Foster School of Business, and a Minor in Italian. She is currently enrolled in the first cohort of a UW Certificate Program called Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership. Rachele studied abroad twice in Italy during her undergrad where she was able to explore her passions for Italian food, culture and language. She also worked briefly for an Italian organization operating under the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In her free time, Rachele likes to bake, explore new restaurants and cafes in Seattle, and volunteer at The Pantry in Ballard.

Paris Sanders

Paris Sanders

Market Development Representative

Paris graduated from Seattle University with a degree in Business Administration with a specialization in International Business. She comes to AMI with a background in digital marketing in higher education. Paris has lived in Ireland and London where she developed a passion for the European culture. In her free time Paris is hiking throughout the North Cascades, spending time in her hometown, Camano Island, and reading any self-development book she can get her hands on.

Risa Yamaguchi

Risa Yamaguchi

Intern

Risa joins AMI from Japan. She has a degree in International Business from a university in Japan. After graduation, she worked at Columbia Sports Wear as a Sales Assistant Manager. She assisted employees with improving their sales skills and was responsible for customer service inquiries. Through her work experience, Risa has discovered that she is interested in all things marketing, branding, and product development. Risa continued her education at Seattle Central College where she earned a Certificate in Global Business. Risa feels like her education in Seattle and Japan have set her up for success at AMI. She is passionate about sports, tasting new food, and traveling.

Simon Waring

Simon Waring

European Sales Representative

George Synan

George Synan

Japan Sales Representative