About Us

BIG’s group of companies are experts in providing secure translation services in regulated, highly technical, and non-regulated sectors

Our story

Now part of the BIG Language Solutions family, Protranslating was first established in 1973, when we began knocking on the doors of judges and attorneys while looking for our first interpreting work. Little did we know we were about to build one of the world’s most authentic and impactful language companies.

In February of 1974, Protranslating was officially launched by Founder Dr. Luis A. de la Vega and Maria Cristina in Miami, Florida as one of the first language companies in the city. Initially, we offered translating services in Spanish, English, and Creole, as well as interpreting services in French, German, and Portuguese with Luis as the interpreter. Fast forward to almost 50 years later, Protranslating is a major player in the language space, translating more than 150 million words per year, with the values that earned us our first engagement continuing to propel our growth. 


From the start, our founder was obsessed with words — DNA he inherited from his great-grandfather who established Cuba’s first language school. In creating Protranslating, he surrounded himself with like-minded thinkers. Today, we are a vibrant, passionate community of 150+ in-house linguists working with a worldwide alliance of translators, proofreaders, interpreters, localization specialists, and editors to deliver excellence in translations and service. Our network is dedicated to meticulously ensuring the clarity and precision of every word onto which we put our name. We adapt, translate and interpret your messages into 200+ languages and across all media worldwide.

Our values


Humble and respectful

Collaborative team players

Make others around you better

Results oriented

Do the
Right Thing

Integrity and honesty




By All Means

Create ‘wow’ moments

Never satisfied



Sense of urgency


Innovative and creative


Grow or die

Shift happens



Jeff Brink

Jeff Brink is an entrepreneurial executive known for leadership, strategic thinking, and innovation. Over the last 25…

Dick Surdykowski, Jr.

Chief Executive Officer
Dick Surdykowski has built, integrated, and transformed high-performing teams for over 30 years. Dick leads organizations…

Johnny Mackay

Vice President of Operations
Johnny joined Protranslating in 2011 as a Project Coordinator in the Web Translation Department and from there expanded…

Colin Klevan

Senior Vice President of Operations
Colin has been immersed in the language space for nearly 15 years, effectively forming relationships with customers,…

Carlos Estefani

SVP of Sales for Regulated Markets
Experienced Vice President with a proven 19-year history of working in the translation and localization industry. Skilled…

Agnes Piriou

VP of Compliance
With more than 15 years of experience in operations, quality assurance, and compliance, Agnes Piriou works to ensure the…

Luis de la Vega

Chief Operations Officer
Luis has been a leader in the language space for 20 years overseeing strategic direction and growth for several highly successful…

Dave Perlman

Chief Financial Officer
Dave Perlman is a results-driven finance executive with nearly 20 years of international finance experience across several…