Mario Maffei may be known best for his 41 years of service as President/CEO of Verla International, but outside of the thriving cosmetics industry, Mario has dedicated his life to activism and global citizenship. He began his career serving the public by serving as Vice-Consul of Panama in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania prior to his time with Verla International. Mario Maffei now serves on the Advisory Board for the Panama Canal, an organization established in 1999 to function as a consultative group for the Canal enterprise in order to provide guidance and recommendation to the Canal Administration. According to their site, the advisory board consists of “a select group of highly distinguished advisers who represent a solid cross section of the world's transportation, trade, business, telecommunications, construction and development, academia, and the banking sector.” Mario’s inclusion in this group is a shining example of his devotion to the service of the international business community.
In addition to his involvement with the Panama Canal, Mario Maffei’s other philanthropic pursuits include his service on the Board of Directors of the Global Cancer Institute. The Global Cancer Institute is the only non-profit completely focused on improving survival rates for underserved cancer patients worldwide. He also served as Finance Committee Chair for the George Jackson Academy, an organization whose mission is to “educate high achieving boys, regardless of their economic means, and to inspire courage, integrity, empathy and leadership.” When you do business with Mario Maffei at Verla International, you can rest assured knowing you are working with a man who has dedicated his life to making the world a better place.