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Jorge and Santi Sanabria

“Minority-Owned Business Entrepreneurs”


About Me

Jorge Sanabria, President of Expoquip, embodies the quintessential American dream. Originally immigrating from Colombia, he ventured to the United States at 16, planting roots in Knoxville, TN. Over 25 years ago, he founded Expoquip, transforming it into a beacon of success through hard work and perseverance.

Jorge's journey is not just about personal triumph; it's a testament to the American spirit. He treasures the relationships he's developed, recognizing them as pivotal to his achievements. At Expoquip, Jorge prioritizes his employees, acknowledging their role as the heart of the business.

Santi Sanabria, Jorge's son, grew up immersed in Expoquip's culture and now spearheads Sales and Product Development. His early involvement shows his deep connection to the company's legacy, ensuring its continued growth and innovation.

Together, Jorge and Santi exemplify the power of family and entrepreneurial spirit, proving that with determination and a commitment to excellence, anything is possible.


- Entrepreneurship / Business

- Exporting

- Entrepreneurship as an Immigrant

- Family Business

Key Topics:

1. Overcoming challenges as a minority-owned business

2. Adapting to changes in the market over 25 years

3. Breaking into the exportation business

4. Diversity and inclusion in the workplace

5. Family-owned business dynamics

6. Collaboration with government agencies


- 2023 Legacy Business Award from the Small Business Administration

- 2023 Minority-Owned Business of the Year

- 2018 URS/CH2M/UCOR Small Disadvantaged Business of the Year

- 2018 Bechtel Small Business Supply Chain Partner of the Year

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- 8a Certified Graduate Company

- Small Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

- TDOT Certified Company

- TNUCP Certified

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