Boy, it's a frustrating first day visiting
companies. Quilmes Industrial, with 1998 revenues of $854 million,
controls beverage and malting businesses in five Latin American
countries. Image my surprise in finding a one-room office above
a hair salon and woman's clothing store in the city center. It's
9:15 AM and knocking on the closed door gets no response but
as I'm leaving a man steps off the dinky elevator. I ask if he
knows anything about the company. Turns out he's Carlo Hoffman,
a company director. It's a one-person office and Hoffman explains
it's basically a token presence for taking care of legal matters.
Everybody else is in Buenos Aires, Argentina.