Cristian Quintanilla, MBA ’16

Cristian Quintanilla launched his own business, Don Leo Coffee, the first 100% Salvadorian brand of gourmet coffee in the US. It is grown, processed, roasted, ground and packaged by the farmers in El Salvador. He named the brand after his grandfather, whom everyone used to call Don Leo. His coffee is currently sold online at www.DONLEO.coffee, and he is working on finding distribution channels.

When he was going through the MBA program at Pepperdine Graziadio School, he says the idea of creating a Salvadoran brand of gourmet coffee kept popping into his head while he worked on projects that taught him how to operate a business efficiently. After grad school, he worked in corporate finance for a Fortune 500 company, and in February 2018 he was able to raise enough capital through angel investors to get his business started.

In December 2018, Cristian was interviewed by VoyageLA. Cristian earned his MBA from the Graziadio School in 2016.

Cristian Quintanilla, MBA ’16
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