Maria had recently returned to the family business (Tres Marias) to ensure that the legacy of her hard-working father continues. Tres Marias Trading Ltd., owned and operated by her family which was founded by her parents Oscar and Mercy, are composed of the following subsidiaries: Tranfex New Zealand Ltd., Catoto Investments Ltd., and Freightwise International Global Logistics in Auckland, New Zealand. She looks to grow the 'empire' that her parents have worked hard to build for her and her siblings by incorporating the street-smart knowledge of her dad, the organizational skills of her mom, and the upbringing she has had as a "FIWI"(Filipino-Kiwi).
She completed a Bachelor of Business degree at Auckland University of Technology, specializing in Finance and Management. Since then, she acquired skills and knowledge in Business Administration, HR, Learning and Development, Marketing, Advertising, and Sales.