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LEAF 2018 SPEAKER IN FOCUS: Steve Benitez

Steve D. Benitez is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bo’s Coffee. Mr. Benitez founded Bo’s Coffee on June 1996. He has held the titles President since 2000 and the Board of Directors elected him to the post of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in November 2008.

Mr. Benitez earned AB Management Economics from Ateneo de Manila University. He completed an EO Entrepreneurial Masters Program (EMP) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology He took up Executive Education programs in London Business School and Wharton School of Business. Mr. Benitez has cross-functional specialization ( Economics, Marketing, Business Development, Law and Executive Development) with strong emphasis on Entrepreneurship.

He has over twenty years of professional and entrepreneurial track record of ensuring the growth of Bo’s Coffee. He has been the ship captain expanding Bo’s Coffee to 100 stores by end 2016 and making Bo’s, the Philippines’ biggest homegrown coffee chain.

Awards and Recognition
2002 Top 10 Entrepreneur Of The Year, by Entrepreneur Magazine
2003 Entrepreneur Of The Year Finalist, Ernst and Young
2005 Success Story on Entrepreneurship, Cebu Chamber of Commerce
2007 Most Inspiring Cebu Entrepreneur, Go Negosyo
Garbo sa Cebu (Pride of Cebu) Awardee
2008 Outstanding Filipino Retailer, Philippine Retailers Association
2011 MVP Bossing Award, PLDT

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