On March 1st, 2022, Paulina Gastelum started a new career path as the newly appointed VP of Commercial Operations for AGQ Lab’s USA.
Gastelum graduated from the University of Guanajuato with a degree in Biochemistry and subsequently graduated from Columbia Basin College with a Bachelor’s degree in Agri-business/business administration. Having found the importance of education, she will be finishing her International Executive Master’s in Business Administration from WSU Carson College of Business this coming Fall.
Gastelum has had an extensive 15-year career within the Agri-Food industry. Her first step into this world started when she took on the role of a lab technician. This included learning the laborious skills of standard operating procedures (the root of laboratory analysis). Her time as a lab technician unearthed her interest in Agricultural business. Soon thereafter, her peaked interest transformed into a career. Her commercial operations skills were recognized and rewarded in her upward trajectory as a Sales/Operation Manager and her present role as the VP of Commercial Operations.
The growth in her career is due to her perseverance and the community of colleagues around her. As a team-oriented focused leader, she aspires to help promote AGQ Lab’s growth and expansion of services in the US by implementing advanced technology, innovation, sustainable methodology, and excellent service delivery. Her goal for AGQ Lab’s is to stand out as a leader in agricultural, environmental, and food safety testing and a model for ethical, respectful, and responsible practices across the industry.
Gastelum stands behind AGQ Labs’ slogan, “For a better and safer world,” by practicing consistent evaluation of quality controls and access to services that help detect, prevent, and minimize contaminants for human consumption. She believes that responsible and ethical testing practices foster high standards in food safety and promote the health and dignity of human life.
As the VP of Commercial Operations, Gastelum will take charge of
- Leading the implementation and growth of commercial operations best practices
- Building the AGQ Lab’s brand and voice in the marketplace
- Participating as an active member of the AGQ Lab’s global business development team
- Promoting a team culture of collaboration in a commercial operations organization
- Partnering with other AGQ Lab’s leaders to ensure strong alignment across the business
- Structuring and developing strategic business relationships