Marcela Zuchovicki speaks five different languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and German.
She has lived and worked in five countries and in four different states within the U.S.
Today, at age 54, she runs a multimillion-dollar, global management and strategic advisory firm specializing in financial services with offices in Bangalore, India — from her home office in Phillipsburg.
Zuchovicki created a fair-trade company — Jalima Coffee — that would encourage the import of gourmet, organic Mexican coffee to the U.S. in 2004.
The coffee was sold in 250 stores — including Whole Foods — within six months.
That boom was short-lived.
In an effort to keep Jalima Coffee afloat, she attended the Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative program at The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Rutgers Business School-Newark in 2009.
To supplement her income while managing Jalima Coffee, Zuchovicki had been providing bookkeeping and financial services on a freelance basis since 2007.
“I ended up going by myself to India in 2011 to create the infrastructure for what would become (Jalima & Associates),” Zuchovicki said.
“I used all of my experiences and everything that I learned through my different careers and volunteer opportunities to create my own strategic management tools that would help companies grow.”
Zuchovicki’s virtual bookkeeping and financial services firm currently serves nearly 200 clients around the world by employing 250 employees in both the U.S. and Bangalore, India.
“We are virtual in bookkeeping and financial services, but we also provide strategic management solutions,” she said. “We create resilience programs that provide personality and behavioral assessment tools in which to create effective change and build efficiencies.”
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