MEET THE TEAM

How To Make a Nation was founded in 2020 and is made possible thanks to a diverse group of individuals, all of whom share the same purpose:

CHANGING THE WORLD
THROUGH ECONOMIC
EMPOWERMENT AT A
GRASSROOTS LEVEL

 MEET THE TEAM

How To Make a Nation was founded in 2020 and is made possible thanks to a diverse group of individuals, all of whom share the same purpose:

CHANGING THE WORLD
THROUGH ECONOMIC
EMPOWERMENT AT A
GRASSROOTS LEVEL

Randy Massengale

“Entrepreneur, educator, philanthropist and writer; Randy has dedicated his life to inspiring the next generation of leaders. An adjunct faculty member in the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University, Randy is also the founder and CEO of  RKM Holdings, LLC.,  and has worked in leading technology companies (including Microsoft,  Intel, and Tektronix). A native of Southcentral Los Angeles, he has received the Outstanding Alumni Award from both Lewis and Clark College and Antioch University. Also, he is a winner of C-SPAN’s 25th Anniversary Essay Contest and is the author of several internationally published articles in scholarly and technical journals. He has been profiled in several books including; Six Lessons for Six Sons, The Corporate Closet and Microsoft, In Our Own Words.  He is regent emeritus at Seattle University and served on the board of trustees at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.  An avid cyclist, and student of the Spanish language, he has lead several study tours to Guatemala where he founded How to Make A Nation to assist local artisans to develop products that are sold around the world.”

Chima Acholonu

“Chima is a founding member of How To Make a Nation, where he is dedicated to providing a platform for economic empowerment to the company’s partner artisans. He is also an Audit Principal within the Internal Audit department at Nordstrom. Prior to Nordstrom, he was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte and advised clients in the Retail, Consumer/Industrial Products and Technology, Media, Telecommunication industries. He graduated from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington in 2016, double majoring in Information Systems and Accounting”.

Diego Cerezo

“Diego was born in Guatemala to an American mother (a Texan short in stature but tall in charm) and Guatemalan father. He is a philanthropist & entrepreneur. In 2010, he founded a tourism business in Guatemala to help local communities showcase their culture and crafts. This endeavor allowed under-resourced communities to obtain a supplemental income.  In an effort to create more opportunities for indigenous artisans, their families, and communities, Diego co-founded How To Make A Nation.  Diego’s mission to uplift and amplify indigenous artisans has now extended to other nations such as Paraguay and beyond”.

Emeka Egwuatu

Emeka Egwuatu

“Emeka Egwuatu is currently in his last year at Seattle University School of Law. When he is not practicing law, he is backpacking through Europe, Africa, and South America. Having traveled through 20 different countries, Emeka enjoys learning about new cultures and the experiences they bring”.

Randy Massengale

“Entrepreneur, educator, philanthropist and writer; Randy has dedicated his life to inspiring the next generation of leaders. An adjunct faculty member in the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University, Randy is also the founder and CEO of  RKM Holdings, LLC.,  and has worked in leading technology companies (including Microsoft,  Intel, and Tektronix). A native of Southcentral Los Angeles, he has received the Outstanding Alumni Award from both Lewis and Clark College and Antioch University. Also, he is a winner of C-SPAN’s 25th Anniversary Essay Contest and is the author of several internationally published articles in scholarly and technical journals. He has been profiled in several books including; Six Lessons for Six Sons, The Corporate Closet and Microsoft, In Our Own Words.  He is regent emeritus at Seattle University and served on the board of trustees at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.  An avid cyclist, and student of the Spanish language, he has lead several study tours to Guatemala where he founded How to Make A Nation to assist local artisans to develop products that are sold around the world.”

Chima Acholonu

“Chima is a founding member of How To Make a Nation, where he is dedicated to providing a platform for economic empowerment to the company’s partner artisans. He is also an Audit Principal within the Internal Audit department at Nordstrom. Prior to Nordstrom, he was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte and advised clients in the Retail, Consumer/Industrial Products and Technology, Media, Telecommunication industries. He graduated from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington in 2016, double majoring in Information Systems and Accounting”.

Diego Cerezo

“Diego was born in Guatemala to an American mother (a Texan short in stature but tall in charm) and Guatemalan father. He is a philanthropist & entrepreneur. In 2010, he founded a tourism business in Guatemala to help local communities showcase their culture and crafts. This endeavor allowed under-resourced communities to obtain a supplemental income.  In an effort to create more opportunities for indigenous artisans, their families, and communities, Diego co-founded How To Make A Nation.  Diego’s mission to uplift and amplify indigenous artisans has now extended to other nations such as Paraguay and beyond”.

Emeka Egwuatu

Emeka Egwuatu

“Emeka Egwuatu is currently in his last year at Seattle University School of Law. When he is not practicing law, he is backpacking through Europe, Africa, and South America. Having traveled through 20 different countries, Emeka enjoys learning about new cultures and the experiences they bring”.

UPLIFTING & AMPLIFYING INDIGENOUS ARTISANS

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