Meet Our Team of Professionals

Since 2003, we have worked to fulfill our mission of helping companies enter the U.S. market quicker, with less risks and lower costs.

Our professionals have diverse backgrounds and skill sets, enabling us to better serve the individual needs of our clients. Collectively, we can converse in English, French, and Italian, with 8 staff working out of our Charlotte, NC headquarters, and 2 stationed remotely in Italy. Get to know us better below and please reach out if you want to know more - we love meeting new people and sharing our expertise!


Our U.S. Managers


Claudio Carpano, Ph.D
President & Founder

As a professor in international business and strategic management, he bridges academic and business experience to provide superior consulting, operational, and management services to MI's clients. He is fluent in English and Italian and serves as the Honorary Consul of Italy to North Carolina.

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Daniel Andrepont, MBA, PMP
Director of Operations

Daniel started at MI in 2017. He has extensive experience as a consultant and project manager in the construction industry, helping MI's clients with infrastructure projects, industry studies, and business plans. English is his native language, but he is proficient in Italian.

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Holly Dimmitt
Accounting Manager

Holly joined MI in 2016 after having worked part-time for the company from 2013-2015, and running her own small accounting consulting firm. She manages all back-office and accounting personnel, and creates P&L, cash flows, and other higher accounting reports for our clients.

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Melissa Ratliff, M.A.
Director of Marketing

Melissa started with MI in 2011 before joining full-time in 2014. She oversees all marketing for MI and our clients, from English editing to websites and social media, and from trade shows to printed collateral. She also handles IT and assists with industry studies and business plans.

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Avv. Elena Persia has been working with MI since 2015. As an Attorney Advocate in Italy, she analyzes the governance structures of Italian companies who leverage MI business development activities in the US. She provides advice and support for boards and managers.

Elena earned her professional experience in insurance companies, starting with particular reference to the claim adjustment department and relations with the Regulator Supervisory. Before joining MI, her most recent position was with Le Assicurazioni di Roma Group, where she spent more than 10 years. During this time she progressed to General Counsel, and assumed the function of COO, overseeing Corporate Affairs, General Affairs, Organization, and Human Resources. She also served as Secretary and Counsel of the Shareholder and Board Meetings, Member of the Procurement Committee, and Member of the Supervisory Body for Corporate Offenses.

Her experience in the legal and corporate sphere of a government regulated company characterizes her field of specialization. She has also worked as an attorney in an accredited law firm in Rome, and has been Chairman of building cooperatives.

Elena graduated in law at La Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy. After graduating, she had her bar examination at the District Court of Appeals in Rome.



Our U.S. Support Staff


Amy Ballowe

Amy started at MI in 2016. She is a notary, performs full-charge bookkeeping, and offers additional administrative and logistical support.

Maria Mazzocco
Social Media & Design

Maria worked as an MI contractor before becoming an employee in 2016. She manages social media accounts for our clients and is fully trained in the Adobe Suite for in-house design work.

Silvia Nordstrand
Accounting & Logistics

Silvia joined MI in 2016. She coordinates logistics, processes clients’ customer orders and invoicing, and helps with other bookkeeping tasks. She is fluent in Italian and English.

Madeline Therrell
Marketing Assistant

Madeline began her career with MI in 2018. She assists with social media and all other marketing tasks.

Lidia Sitta

Lidia worked at MI from 2014-2015 and rejoined the group in 2018 as our main receptionist and administrative assistant. She is fluent in Italian and English.


Our Italian Consultants

Roberto Battegazzorre, MBA
Marketing Consultant

Roberto has worked with MI since 2007. He assists with business development as well as industry studies and business plans. He is fluent in English and Italian.

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Elena Persia

Elena started at MI in 2015. She advises clients on corporate governance in relation to their international expansion. She is fluent in Italian.

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