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Robert Baldino Robert is French and works as a Finance Director at Microsoft. He has a long experience of living and working in France and the USA. After graduating in Finance from a French business school he obtained his MBA in International Business in New York. He and his family moved to the Pacific Northwest seven years ago and are happily settled here. He enjoys working in an international environment, is well connected with Seattle’s French community and has travelled extensively throughout the USA. He has had the pleasure of attending events organized by the Alliance Française and this has led him to want to become more directly involved in supporting our organization, leveraging his experience, networks and belief in the benefits of multi-cultural activity.
Award winning chef/owner, Thierry Rautureau of Rover’s restaurant in Seattle, is originally from the town of Saint Hilaire de Clisson in the Muscadet region of France.
At fourteen, Thierry started a cooking apprenticeship and at sixteen went on a Regional Tour de France and trained in the cities of Le Mont Saint Michel in Normandy, Chamonix in the French Alps, and Hendaye in the Pays Basque. At twenty already with six years of traditional French training behind him, Thierry headed for the United States. After three years in Chicago, Rautureau moved to Los Angeles.
While visiting Seattle in 1987, Rautureau dined at Rover’s and discovered that the restaurant was up for sale. Tired of Los Angeles, he decided to buy the restaurant so that he could express his culinary creativity as the chef/owner while enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Thierry still considers his biggest accomplishments as being married to his wife Kathy for 26 years and being the proud father of his two gorgeous boys, Ryan, 22, and Adrian, 18. He also enjoys eating, drinking and cooking with his friends, and can often be found either playing soccer or tending to his garden.
Patrick Calliari is a French Entrepreneur. Born and raised in Paris, he created his first enterprise in France and then embarked to new business ventures in South America, Canada and the United States. As a resident of Kirkland, Washington, for the last 13 years, he owns and operates a variety of enterprises between France and North America. He advocates the French culture and fosters trade with France.
Eric is French and is the Head of School at the French American School of Puget Sound; he and his family arrived in the Puget Sound Area in July 2010. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from Institut Universitaire de Formation des maîtres (IUFM) de Metz, France. He has travelled widely in his career, successfully leading international schools in Cape Verde, West Africa, in Turkey, and in Austin, Texas. His roles have given him both “hands-on” and broad management experience, and he is familiar with different models of education. He also wrote, produced and filmed different short films with students and the RTP-AFRICA television station. Eric is dedicated to promoting the French language and francophone culture, believes in the importance of cultural diversity, and would be delighted to assist the Alliance Française in further developing its services and reach, building on his broad international experience of education.