Premier is the only family business consulting firm in Southeast Asia who provides holistic services that integrate the family and business system.

We champion family unity by placing it at the heart of all our processes because we believe that healthy and meaningful family relationships are the means to family business success across generations.

We are partners of family businesses who inspire and influence family unity and sustainability of wealth across generations. We are the only multi-disciplinary team of consultants who are thought leaders with global knowledge, local expertise and regional coverage that provides integrated and holistic services.

To family businesses aspiring to attract and develop the next generations of leaders, Premier is their only full service partner specialist who provides holistic and integrated family enterprise planning programs through a multi-disciplinary consultancy approach, supported by its affiliation with Family Firm Institute, USA, a leading global thought leader, assuring its clients of business growth and family harmony across generations.

Jonathan ‘ Jon ‘ A. Ramos , RFC, CFWA - Finance and Wealth Management

Senior Partner Consultant

Jon is the founder of Premier Family Business Consulting. He is a Certified Family Wealth Advisor of the Family Firm Institute, USA. He is also a pioneer graduate of the Advanced Management Program of Southeast Asian Business Studies at the University of Asia and the Pacific and IESE Business School. He leads the pool of values-driven professionals in uniting families in business.

Jacob Reuben A. Cabochan , CFBA , Business Coaching

Senior Consultant

Jacob is a senior consultant of Pemier Family Business Consulting Inc. specializing in Leadership Succession. He has partnered with many family businesses in establishing their respective Family Governance and Constitution.

He used to be the Acting Director of the Ateneo Family Business Development Center. Prior to working for his own family business, Pandayan Bookstore, he worked for the Boston Consulting Group as an associate consultant. He developed business strategies, including process improvements for companies in several industries, and in major Southeast Asian countries namely Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Jacob completed his Bachelor of Science in Management (Magna Cum Laude) from the Ateneo de Manila University. He is a certified Family Business Advisor of the Family Firm Institute (FFI) USA, a leading family business resource center in the world. Jacob has a certificate on Family Dynamics and Counseling from the Center of Family Ministries (CEFAM) in Ateneo de Manila University.

Atty. Jim V. Lopez, Asset Protection and Estate Planning

Senior Consultant

Jim is a Senior Consultant at Premier Business, where he shares his expertise in Asset Protection and Ownership Planning. He passed the California bar exams and took up postgraduate studies at Harvard Law School, University of California (Hastings), and the University of Southern California.

John F. Guarrine - Leadership and Team Building Trainor and Coach

Senior Consultant

John Guarrine has over 30 years of experience as an experiential educator. He has worked as the director of Sunrise Lake Outdoor Education Center (SLOEC) for 28 years. At SLOEC, he designed and implemented programming for groups ranging from early childhood through senior citizens of all abilities. He also has over 25 years of experience as a corporate team building consultant working with all levels employees from entry level to experienced CEO’s.

John currently does consulting with the Guarrine Group and serves as Chair of the Board for Play for Peace, a global non-profit organization, that promotes cooperative play to promote laughter, compassion and peace.

Anbern R. Guarrine, CFBA - Leadership and Team Building Trainor and Coach

Senior Consultant

Anbern likes to call herself a “Facilitator of Family Play.” She uses her facilitating skills by using games to help participants gain insights about themselves, their relationship with their peers, as well as understand their environment (circumstances) better. Specifically, she helps families have conversations around governance structures and come up with agreements.

As a partner in the Guarrine Group, Anbern helps create and implement modules using the fundamentals of experiential education. She has received the FFI Certificate in Family Business Advising and is currently a member of the FFI Midwest Chapter Executive Committee. She is also an active member of Chicago’s Family Advisory Council, where she enjoys sharing best practices with professionals of various disciplines from which she grows her understanding of the consulting space.

Ma. Theresa B. Ramos , CFBA - Team Building & Family Counseling

Partner Consultant

Certified consultant by the Family Firm Institute, Boston USA, on Family Business Advising. Theresa has more than 10 years experience as a trainor and is a co-founder of BE! Experiential Trainings, Inc. With her expertise in Visioning and Organizational Planning, she facilitates various companies, government offices, school organizations and families. She has earned units in Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of San Carlos. Having excelled in Gestalt Facilitating she was awarded by the Facilitators Circle as Gestalt Facilitator Awardee. Thres is guided by the principles and best practice of group dynamics in Adventure Programming and Experiential Education.   Thresa is also a Module Development expert. As a Registered Financial Consultancy Course graduate of the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants, she was responsible for developing a customized system for the personal financial planning practice. This guide is currently being used by Accountants working for the members of families in business. Thresa enjoys working with families, which she says is her most fulfilling engagements. Her passion for working with them has led her to earn a certificate in Family Dynamics Counseling from the Center for Family Ministries at the Ateneo de Manila University. Thres handles the Family Culture Building, Family Visioning and Teambuilding workshops. She believes that she is called to empower and help families build stronger relationships as they journey together in becoming a great family.

Neil Arnold C. Montescarlos, CFBA - Leadership and Team Building Trainor and Coach

Owing to over 23 years of experience in leadership and organizational development under his belt, Neil is presently the executive director and COO of Premier. His expertise lies in leading and organizing institutions, particularly for organizations that are still in the start-up or pioneering stage. Neil graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the Don Bosco Seminar College in Canlubang, Laguna and has proceeded to take up MA and Phd units in Organizational Development Southeast Asia lnter-Disciplinary Development Institute (SAIDI). His education and experiences in the seminary honed his skills in personal and group learning facilitation, processing and coaching. His extensive experience in management and administration has made him an expert in visioning, goal-setting, strategic planning and implementation, as well as in training and developing human resource through module designing and as a motivational speaker. Neil has been awarded the FFI GEN (Global Educational Network) Certificate in Family Business Advising (CFBA) by the Family Firm Institute, USA.

Virgilio Paralisan - Strategic Planning, Operations, Marketing, Customer Service, Quality Management

VIRGILIO “TOY” PARALISAN is a strategic and development planning sage for small and medium enterprises. His previous stints in various multinational corporations as a front runner in marketing and customer service development gave him the opportunity to demonstrate his proficiencies in managing and developing assets, people processes, systems, programs, projects and enterprises.

Mr. Paralisan’s core competencies are in strategic and development planning, facilitating team leadership workshops, business modelling, and linking quality management system with strategic management goals, purpose and outputs.

Among the many gargantuan tasks he has tackled in his previous managerial posts were organizing and facilitation of conferences, workshops, exhibits and public relations campaigns. He has written articles, concept papers, case studies, and white papers to support customer service or develop training materials.

At Premier Family Business Consulting, Mr. Paralisan is the Chief Business Development Officer.

Atty. Darlon B. Serenio , CPA/Lawyer - Finance Management, Asset Protection and Estate Planning

Partner Consultant

He graduated Cum Laude in his Bachelor of Laws and Magna Cum Laude in his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy.  He is a finalist in the USC The Outstanding Graduate.  His passion for learning and expanding his competence inspired him to take MA in Business Administration; he is a registered Patent Agent – Non-chemical; a licensed Variable and Traditional Life insurance.  His experience in SyCip Salazar Gatmaitan & Hernandez Law Office and Tax Auditor with SGV & Co. gave him more confidence and expertise in taxation and corporate law.  As a person with high academic standing, he is an ideal college professor for law and accounting.

Atty. Ma. Cristina L. Latonio , CPA/Lawyer - Corporate Law, Asset Protection and Estate Planning

Partner Consultant

As a CPA-Lawyer, she has extensive experience in tax compliance and planning for multinational companies.  She is an expert in corporate restructuring and reorganization plans.  She is very experienced in financial and external audits of clients  in different industry types.  Her stay in SGV & Co as Associate Tax Director level molded her competence in taxation and corporate law.  Her academic excellence  as the 4th placer in the 2004 Bar Examinations and placing 6th in the 1997 CPA Board examinations makes her a sought after reviewer expert and part-time college professor.

Dr. Corazon B. Canete , M.D., RFC, DPCAM - Family Dynamics and Counselling Expert

Partner Consultant

She is medical doctor by original profession and faculty member of various medical schools in the city.  But her desire to expand her competence in order to help more people led her to become a registered financial consultant, a pastoral counselor in the Redemptorist Family Center Cebu, an accredited addiction specialist, a study coordinator on Lundbeck Clinical Trials for Schizophrenia, and a trained family dynamics and counselling specialist by the Ateneo CEFAM.  She is an active member of the Commission on Family and Life of the Archdiocese of Cebu.

Atty. May Saga Pono - Corporate Law and Asset Protection

ATTY. MAY AGUILAR. May is a senior consultant of Premier Family Business consulting Inc. She is currently a Board of Trustee member in Siliman University, and currently serves as a Professor of Law and Governance in the University of San Carlos for the past 14 years. She is a key resource speaker for various Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) seminars on topics such as Legal Writing, Oral Advocacy, Cross-Examination and Stress Management. Her expertise includes Family and Personal Law, Corporations and Business Organizations, Incorporations and Dissolutions, Probate, Trusts and Estates, among others.

Her background includes being the Corporate Secretary for Aboitiz & Company Inc., and as a Corporate and Tax Lawyer at SGV & Company. Her 24-years of teaching Law and Governance from notable universities such as Arellano Law Foundation, Philippine Christian University, and the University of San Carlos has made her sought out by clients and by other law-practitioners. Her experience as a litigation lawyer since 2001 makes her adept at counselling, trial advocacies, and negotiation.

Atty. May Aguilar has always been a tenacious academic; she graduated Bachelor of Laws “Cum Laude” and Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) “Magna Cum Laude” from Silliman University while being a full Academic Scholar. She has consistently excelled, graduating primary and secondary education as a Valedictorian. While in Manila, she continued to improve her skills by attending various seminars and conferences such as land titles and land use, SEC Registration, licensing of subdivision and condominium projects, Labor Law, Due Diligence, and Investor protection.

As a Senior Consultant to Premier Family Business Consultants, She offers her expertise in corporate law and legal counsel. She facilitates in the crafting of Asset Protection and Estate Plans for families, as based on the Family’s Culture and the Founder’s vision for their successors.


FFI is the leading association worldwide for family enterprise professionals and the organization of choice for the advisors, consultants, educators, and researchers from more than 88 countries across the globe who help perpetuate trans-generational family business wealth. Together we create the oldest and most prestigious multidisciplinary professional association for family enterprise in the world. Through our continuing partnership with FFI, we are able to stay cognizant of best practices and developments in the field of family business. At the same time, we are able to share our experiences from our process and contribute to the growing field of family business research.


The University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) is a private, not-for-profit institution of higher learning that offers some of the most outstanding academic programs in Asia. It provides a powerful combination of liberal education and professional specialization. They share with our cause for strengthening family businesses through education and consulting. Championing the region’s growth with their Southeast Asian Business Studies (SEABS), they recognize that equipping family businesses is fundamental to the region’s growth.

FREE 30-Minute Consultation MESSAGE US