Leadership

Board of Directors

Scott Mathis
Chairman & CEO

Julian Beale
Director

Peter Lawrence
Director

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smathis@algodongroup.com

Scott Mathis is an entrepreneur and an accomplished senior executive who, with over 25 years in the financial industry, has extensive experience in investment and management in Argentina’s real estate development, hospitality and wine sectors.  He is the Founder & CEO of Algodon Wines & Luxury Development Group (“Algodon Group”), a New York City based venture capital and real estate development firm with affiliate offices in Buenos Aires, and Mendoza.  Building a luxury brand using Algodon Fine Wines as its ambassador, Algodon Group identifies and develops hotel, hospitality and other lifestyle properties, as well as opportunities and brands that fit within its proprietary ALGODON® brand; one of distinction, refinement, and elegance. The qualities of the ALGODON® brand are exemplified by sophisticated cultural pastimes such as the appreciation of fine wine and the pursuits of golf, tennis, polo, and wellness. Algodon Group's current real estate developments include a Buenos Aires luxury boutique hotel, Algodon Mansion, located in the city's most elegant residential neighborhood of Recoleta, as well as the Mendoza wine resort called Algodon Wine Estates, a 2,050 acre luxury vineyard estate located in San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina.  Mr. Mathis is also the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Hollywood Burger™, a “Fresh Food, Fast!” restaurant concept currently operational in the U.S.

Mr. Mathis received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Mississippi State University, and also served in the Mississippi Air National Guard. He began his career at Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith, and was a partner at Oppenheimer and Company. Mr. Mathis also served as a Senior Vice President and member of the Directors Council at Lehman Brothers, and has worked with Alex Brown and Sons, and The Boston Group. No stranger to building a business from the ground up, he was responsible for the management of the Palm Beach, Florida office of Gruntal and Company, Inc.  Mr. Mathis has served on numerous corporate boards including The Vaccine Company, Kinexis Inc., AmpliMed Inc., Hollywood Burger Holdings, and Algodon Group and its subsidiaries.

For timely insights and updates on Algodon Group's Argentina real estate developments, subscribe to Scott Mathis' personal blog at www.scottmathis.com.

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Mr. Beale has served on the Algodon Group Board of Directors since 1999. Since 1996, Mr. Beale has managed his own investments, which include listed "blue chip" shares, numerous speculative stocks, and real estate. After 14 years in engineering and after forming a plastics processing company that he built to employ more than 200 people, Mr. Beale has since the early 1970's been involved in consulting and investing. In 1977, he was part of a consortium that purchased what became the Moonie Oil Company, a resources corporation that had interests in petroleum production. In 1984, he entered Federal Parliament (Australia). During 11 years in politics, he held many Shadow Minister portfolios (i.e., cabinet level position with minority party). He has a B.E. degree from Sydney University, Australia and an MBA from Harvard University.

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Mr. Lawrence has served on the Algodon Group Board of Directors since 1999. Mr. Lawrence served as the Chairman of Associated British Industries plc, a company that manufactured sealants and jointings for car engines, as well as aviation jointings and sealants (for both original equipment manufacturers and aftermarkets), specialty waxes and anti-corrosion coatings for the automotive tire, and plastics industries. The company was acquired for £40 million by AlliedSignal Corp in 1995. Mr. Lawrence has also served as a director of the Close Beacon Fund OEIC since its founding in 1994. Beacon invests in small and recently floated companies on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange. Over the last several years, Mr. Lawrence has participated in numerous start-up and entrepreneurial ventures, both as an investor and as a member of the companies' Board of Directors or Board of Advisors. Mr. Lawrence received a B.A. in Modern History from Oxford University where he graduated with honors.

Algodon Wine Team

Mauro Nosenzo
Algodon Wine Estates, Winemaker

Marcelo Pelleriti
Algodon Wine Estates, Senior Wine Advisor

Anthony Foster
Algodon Wine Estates, Senior Wine Advisor

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mnosenzo@algodonwineestates.com

Mr. Nosenzo has served at Algodon Wine Estates since 2007, and as winemaker he determines the exact moment of each varietal's harvest. Additional significant responsibilities include managing the wine's elaboration process from the instant it has been handpicked up until it is bottled. In addition to production process and control, Mr. Nosenzo faithfully stays abreast of the newest technology, products and trends related to consumer tastes and demand.

Before joining Algodon Wine Estates, Mr. Nosenzo served as winemaker for the acclaimed Roca S.A. Winery, for over 12 years.

Mr. Nosenzo has a degree as a National Winemaker, as well as a Master's Degree in Business Management from the Business International School branch of Talca University of Chile.

Mr. Nosenzo frequently sits as a judge for various wine tasting competitions throughout Argentina. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and regularly trains for marathons and "adventure races."

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Marcelo Pelleriti is the first Argentine winemaker to receive 100 Points from Robert Parker for a Bordeaux wine.  Click here to read more.

Mr. Pelleriti, who serves as advisor to Algodon Wine Estates oenologists, recently received a 100 point Parker rating for his 2010 Chateau La Violette - Pomeral, following a 96-98 point rating for the 2009 vintage, and a 95-98 point rating for his Chateau Le Gay - Pomeral.  He has also received a noteworthy number of ratings in the 90s for several of the wines he has served as Enologist for over the past few years.  Mr. Pelleriti currently serves as the General Manager and Enologist to Bodega y Viñedos Monteviejo S.A. in Mendoza, and also serves as Enologist to Chateau La Violette, Chateau Montviel, Chateau La Graviere, and Chateau Le Gay, all located in France.  He is associated with the production of the following wines from Argentina:  Lindaflor Malbec (94 point rating), Lindaflor Chardonay (91 point rating), Monteviejo (90 point rating), Petite Fleur (91 point rating), Clos de los siete, Festivo, Val de Flores, Mariflor Sauvignon blanc, Mariflor Pinot Noir, and Maties de Abril; and he is associated with the production of the following wines from France:  Chateau Le Gay - POMEROL (95-98 point rating), Chateau La Violette - POMEROL (92-94 point rating), Chateau Montviel - POMEROL, and Chateau La Graviere - LALANDE DE POMEROL.  Mr. Pelleriti's began his career as Production Supervisor, Quality Safety Coordinator (Implementation and follow-up of ISO 9000, HACCP, TPM quality norms) for Eco de los Andes.  He received post-graduate training in Strategic Planning in Viticulture from Juan Agustín Maza University in Mendoza, and also received his Bachelor in Enology and Fruit-Horticultural Industries from "Don Bosco" School of Enology, Juan Agustín Maza University.

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Anthony Foster has been in the wine trade for over thirty-eight years. In 1974, he became a Master of Wine, passing the most arduous four day tasting and theoretical qualification in the industry. In 1987 he was Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine and was largely responsible for making the qualification international.

He founded his own company, Bonhote Foster Limited, in 1975, and was bought out in 1981 by Scottish and Newcastle Breweries. He was subsequently made managing director of Christopher and Company, Royal Warrant holders. In 1986 Antinori in Florence sought him out and hired him to become managing director of their UK arm, Belloni. After Antinori sold their interest in Belloni in the early nineties, Mr. Foster continued to act as a consultant for various bodies on fruit selection and wine making techniques, as well as wine marketing in the UK and US. Amongst other projects, he researched and advised a number of Slovenian wine producers on how to market their wines in Europe. He created a Burgundy importing company in the US - Foster Flynt Selections - with DC Flynt MW. In 1998, Mr. Foster purchased Bonhote Foster Limited back from Scottish and Newcastle Breweries. In recent years, he has spent considerable time working with various wine investment groups.

Mr. Foster is an acknowledged wine taster. He judges around the world, most notably France, Italy, Australia and the UK. In France he has participated in a number of "Tastevinage" panels and in Italy he has been a frequent judge at the Banco d'Assagio in Perugia. In Australia he is one of a handful of international judges and he is frequently invited to judge in both Canberra and Hobart. In the UK, Anthony chairs a number of tasting panels for both the Wine Challenge and the Wine and Spirit Competition.

Jorge Alberto Arenas
Algodon Wine Estates, Agronomical Engineer

Bernard Esquenet
Fine Wine Advisor, Algodon Group

James Galtieri
Algodon Wine Estates, Senior Wine Advisor

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jarenas@algodonwineestates.com

Mr. Arenas has worked for the estate since 2001, when the project was still a just vision, and has played a significant role in its development into its current incarnation of Algodon Wine Estates. After settling permanently in San Rafael in 2000, Mr. Arenas served as President and consultant for CREA group. He began his career in Agronomy, within the agrochemical industry, by working at the Estancia los Reyunos of San Rafael from 1978 to 2000, where he was in charge of the cultivation of asparagus for the company ABC. Mr. Arenas studied at the Agronomy Department at the National University of Cuyo, where he received his degree. From a young age he complemented his studies by playing rugby, which gained him the respect and affection of the sporting community. Mr. Arenas first studied at the General Espejo Military Academy, and graduated with the rank of reserve Lieutenant. He was born and raised in the city of Mendoza, and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, as well as playing golf when he can.

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Mr. Esquenet serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Ruhof Corporation and the President of Chem-Clean Corporation, both of which are specialty chemical companies. He has served as Secretary of Leading Edge Packaging Inc. since January 1999, and is a Partner in BroadAsia LLC. Mr. Esquenet has been involved with these companies for several years, and has been involved in the manufacturing and international distribution of specialty chemicals for over 30 years. He also serves as a Member of the business advisory board of First of Long Island Corp. and The First National Bank of Long Island. He served as Director of Leading Edge Packaging Inc. since January 1999.  He was born and raised in Epernay, France, the heart of the French Champagne region, or as he personally likes to refer to as the ”Capital du Champagne”.

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Mr. Galtieri specializes in corporate management in the Wine & Spirit Industry, and has a considerable background and experience in wine knowledge and wine market dynamics.  His experience includes 25 years as a wine importer and distributor, and 15 years as a successful fine wine & spirit retailer.  He is the current President/CEO at Seaview Imports LLC., a national wine importer (based in New York) covering the U.S. market with high-quality, exclusive wine brands of notable repute.  He previously served as Founding Partner and President/CEO of Pasternak Wine Imports, a renowned national wine importer and distributor, founded in 1988 in partnership with Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite). 

Mr. Galtieri’s professional associations include, Commanderie du Bontemps de Medoc et Graves (Commandeur d’Honneur, 1998), Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs (Chevalier, 1990), Hofstra University (Adjunct Professor “Advanced Wine Studies”, 1975- 1985), Special Advisor to Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) – 2012 to present).

Ignacio Goldin
Wine Sales & Wine Marketing Manager, Algodon Wines (Argentina)

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IGoldin@algodonwineestates.com

Mr. Goldin is responsible for implementing sales and marketing strategies and brand positioning within the Argentine Provinces, and for managing Public and Media Relations for Algodon Wines in Argentina.  He is a professional Sommelier and Professor at the CAVE instituto de Sommelier, and he holds a Masters in Wine Sales and Marketing.  Mr. Goldin Participates on the Marketing Committee of Wineries of Argentina (Bodegas de Argentina “BDA”), an organization that nationally promotes the marketing and consumerism of Argentina produced wines.  As a member Bodegas de Argentina, he also contributes to efforts and initiatives of Wines of Argentina (WOFA), an organization that promotes the Argentine wine brand and image worldwide, and which works to position Argentina as one of the world’s leading wine exporting countries.  Mr. Goldin sits as a juror for Argentina Terroir Awards (ATA), which identifies and honors Argentina’s best terroirs and wines.

Executives & Leadership

Maria Echevarria
Chief Financial Officer

Keith T. Fasano
Senior Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer

Shari Ferguson
Controller

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mechevarria@algodongroup.com
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Maria Echevarria has over 15 years of experience in Accounting, Compliance, Finance, Information Systems and Operations.  Her management positions include 10 years in the banking industry where she specialized in Mortgage Quality Control, Compliance, Financial Analysis and Mortgage Accounting.  Operating in a highly regulated industry, Mrs. Echevarria was surrounded very early in her career with compliance requirements from public and private sectors; she has significant experience dealing directly with agencies such as FHA, VA and other mortgage guarantors. Mrs. Echevarria also ran programs to test adherence to Investor requirements related to reporting, remittances, escrow accounting and default management for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and other Private Investors. She has coordinated all types of audits, regulatory and financial, and assisted the Division Heads in the determination of remediation measures and also the implementation of such measures.   Her experience includes SEC reporting and financial analysis, and her career accomplishments include developing and implementing major initiatives such as SOX, BSA and AML reporting and valuation of financial instruments.  Mrs. Echevarria also served 5 years in Senior Level Management overseeing Finance, Information Systems and Operations for two non-profit organizations. Throughout her various accounting and financial positions, Mrs. Echevarria developed a strong expertise in preparing financial reports, coordinating budgets and projections, preparing financial presentations and analyzing financial data.   She has developed and taught accounting courses for Herzing University, and serves as an adjunct faculty member at Southern New Hampshire University.  She is a CPA, licensed in New Jersey and Puerto Rico, and holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Puerto Rico and a MBA in Business from University of Phoenix.  Mrs. Echevarria was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and is fluent in Spanish and English.  She joined Algodon Group in June 2014 as the Corporate Controller with primary responsibility for corporate consolidation, policies and procedures and creating various SEC filing reports.   She has also developed a positive and interactive relationship and respect with Algodon’s global operations in Argentina.

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kfasano@dpecpartners.com
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With over 20 years' experience in business, he has served in an investment capacity with our broker-dealer since 2001, as the Chief Compliance Officer of our broker-dealer for more than 4 years, and as a Managing Director of Algodon Group for more than 13 years.  His responsibilities include development and sales of Algodon’s luxury brand, wine, vineyards, luxury homesites and real estate. Mr. Fasano is also one of the founders and a Managing Director of Hollywood Burger, a “Fresh Food, Fast!” restaurant concept currently operational in the U.S. and Argentina. Prior to joining Algodon, he was employed at Gilford Securities, Whale Securities, and Lehman Brothers.  Mr. Fasano holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University. He coaches girls' soccer, and enjoys playing golf in his spare time. Mr. Fasano lives in New Jersey with his wife and 3 daughters.

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sferguson@algodongroup.com
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As Controller at Algodon Group, Ms. Ferguson works closely with the CFO to manage all financial transactions, which includes producing financial statements, tracking current investments and preparing financial reports for management. She is currently attending St. John’s School of Law, where she is in pursuit of her JD/MS in Accounting.  Ms. Ferguson began her career at Griffon Corporation as a Junior Tax Analyst where she worked on corporate tax returns for the holding and subsidiary companies. She attended Adelphi University and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance, and a concentration in Investments and International Finance. When not working, she enjoys traveling and reading.

Gregory Gassoso
Senior Managing Director, Real Estate Development Sales

Douglas W. Magnuson
Senior Managing Director, Venture Capital

Scott L. Mathis
Chairman & CEO

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ggassoso@dpecpartners.com
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Mr. Gassoso is one of the founders of Algodon Group.  With over 20 years' experience in business, he has served in an investment capacity with our broker-dealer since 2001, and as a Managing Director of Algodon Group for more than 12 years.  His responsibilities include the development of Algodon’s Golf & Tennis Club amenities, as well as development and sales of Algodon's vineyards, luxury homesites and real estate.  Mr. Gassoso is also one of the founders of Hollywood Burger, a “Fresh Food, Fast!” restaurant concept currently operational in the U.S. and Argentina. He has over 17 years’ experience in the securities industry, and previously served as Senior Investment Advisor at National Securities.  He enjoys traveling in both his professional and personal life, which gives him the opportunity to meet most of his clients in person and establish long-lasting relationships.  He is an avid golfer and all-around sportsman, and in his spare time he enjoys coaching his son’s football and basketball teams.

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dmagnuson@dpecpartners.com
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With over 20 years' experience in business, he has served in an investment capacity with our broker-dealer since 2001, and as a Managing Director of Algodon Group for more than 13 years.  His responsibilities include domestic wine sales and distribution, as well as development and sales of Algodon's vineyards, luxury homesites and real estate.  He is also one of the founders and a Managing Director of Hollywood Burger, a “Fresh Food, Fast!” restaurant concept currently operational in the U.S. and Argentina. Prior to joining Algodon, he served at Geneva Capital Management, Dalton Kent Securities and Broad Band Securities.

print Phone: 212.739.7650
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Fax: 212.655.0141
smathis@algodongroup.com
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Scott Mathis is an entrepreneur and an accomplished senior executive who, with over 25 years in the financial industry, has extensive experience in investment and management in Argentina’s real estate development, hospitality and wine sectors.  He is the Founder & CEO of Algodon Wines & Luxury Development Group (“Algodon Group”), a New York City based venture capital and real estate development firm with affiliate offices in Buenos Aires, and Mendoza.  Building a luxury brand using Algodon Fine Wines as its ambassador, Algodon Group identifies and develops hotel, hospitality and other lifestyle properties, as well as opportunities and brands that fit within its proprietary ALGODON® brand; one of distinction, refinement, and elegance. The qualities of the ALGODON® brand are exemplified by sophisticated cultural pastimes such as the appreciation of fine wine and the pursuits of golf, tennis, polo, and wellness. Algodon Group's current real estate developments include a Buenos Aires luxury boutique hotel, Algodon Mansion, located in the city's most elegant residential neighborhood of Recoleta, as well as the Mendoza wine resort called Algodon Wine Estates, a 2,050 acre luxury vineyard estate located in San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina.  Mr. Mathis is also the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Hollywood Burger™, a “Fresh Food, Fast!” restaurant concept currently operational in the U.S.

Mr. Mathis received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Mississippi State University, and also served in the Mississippi Air National Guard. He began his career at Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith, and was a partner at Oppenheimer and Company. Mr. Mathis also served as a Senior Vice President and member of the Directors Council at Lehman Brothers, and has worked with Alex Brown and Sons, and The Boston Group. No stranger to building a business from the ground up, he was responsible for the management of the Palm Beach, Florida office of Gruntal and Company, Inc.  Mr. Mathis has served on numerous corporate boards including The Vaccine Company, Kinexis Inc., AmpliMed Inc., Hollywood Burger Holdings, and Algodon Group and its subsidiaries.

For timely insights and updates on Algodon Group's Argentina real estate developments, subscribe to Scott Mathis' personal blog at www.scottmathis.com.

Eric Stear
Corporate Communications & Marketing Manager

Brian J. Stern
Senior Managing Director, Venture Capital

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rstear@algodongroup.com
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Mr. Stear has been with Algodon Group since 2006, and is responsible for all corporate communications, both internal and external, including marketing-based and public relations communications for the Company, its subsidiaries and wholly owned businesses. His responsibilities include working closely with upper management in regards to brand development and strategy, website development and content, marketing collateral, and social media positioning.  Mr. Stear also provides marketing and competitive research and analysis for the company, and plays a fundamental role developing and communicating corporate strategy to shareholders, prospective clients and the media.  He continues to play an essential role in successfully positioning within the high-end luxury sectors both Algodon Mansion and Algodon Wine Estates, which have accordingly been honored with numerous international awards, top media coverage and accolades, and have earned a global reputation for luxury, service and sophistication.  Mr. Stear attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he received an Arts Diploma.

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bstern@dpecpartners.com
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With over 13 years' experience in business, he has served in an investment capacity with our broker-dealer since 2002, and as a Managing Director of Algodon Group, he has spearheaded Algodon’s investment activity and growth for more than 8 years.  His responsibilities include development and sales of Algodon’s luxury brand, wine, vineyards, luxury homesites and real estate.  Mr. Stern is also a Managing Director and one of the founders of Hollywood Burger, a “Fresh Food, Fast!” restaurant concept currently operational in the U.S. and Argentina. Early in his career, he spearheaded several startup entrepreneurial endeavors in the music, retail, printing, and painting industry. Mr. Stern continued with his entrepreneurial spirit in joining a small retail company, The Men’s Wearhouse, and held a 9 year management position, where his responsibilities included New Market Ventures and Client Relations. In that time, the company grew from just over 100 stores to roughly 500. Mr. Stern was instrumental in bringing the first stores into New York and successfully launched 5 stores before leaving. He is involved with the NFTE foundation, which teaches entrepreneurism and inspires young people from low-income communities to find their paths to success, the Humane Society, and the ASPCA. Mr. Stern attended Baruch College and New York University and has a BA in Finance and Economics. He has lived and studied abroad in Florence, Italy at the Lorenzo De Medici School of Arts and Sevilla, Spain at the Instituto Internacional de Negocios. He is conversational in Spanish, and in his free time he is an avid outdoorsman, enjoys playing golf and traveling.

Subsidiary & Affiliate Key Personnel

Ignacio Goldin
Wine Sales & Wine Marketing Manager, Algodon Wines (Argentina)

Maximiliano Ingerflom
Algodon Brand Ambassador & Estate Sales

Gastón Langlois
Executive Chef, Algodon Wine Estates

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IGoldin@algodonwineestates.com

Mr. Goldin is responsible for implementing sales and marketing strategies and brand positioning within the Argentine Provinces, and for managing Public and Media Relations for Algodon Wines in Argentina.  He is a professional Sommelier and Professor at the CAVE instituto de Sommelier, and he holds a Masters in Wine Sales and Marketing.  Mr. Goldin Participates on the Marketing Committee of Wineries of Argentina (Bodegas de Argentina “BDA”), an organization that nationally promotes the marketing and consumerism of Argentina produced wines.  As a member Bodegas de Argentina, he also contributes to efforts and initiatives of Wines of Argentina (WOFA), an organization that promotes the Argentine wine brand and image worldwide, and which works to position Argentina as one of the world’s leading wine exporting countries.  Mr. Goldin sits as a juror for Argentina Terroir Awards (ATA), which identifies and honors Argentina’s best terroirs and wines.

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mingerflom@algodonmansion.com

Mr. Ingerflom plays a pivotal role in Algodon’s branding and sales strategy with particular focus on media and public relations, brand positioning, client relations and real estate sales.  His professional experience includes sales, administration and commercial management positions for companies in Argentina, United States and Norway.  He formerly served as Development Director for LATAM’s Unified Messaging System (a Norwegian company with a worldwide presence that develops Early Warning Systems), where he fostered fundamental relationships in the public and private sectors that spanned Colombia, Peru, Paraguay, Costa Rica and Argentina. Prior to that, he served as  Commercial Manager and President´s Assistant for DETECT, one of Argentina most reputable security system providers.  He began his professional career in management at Internal Home Miami Corp, a wholesale patio furniture company that imports from Indonesia, Brazil and China, with nationwide distribution throughout the continental U.S.  Mr. Ingerflom received his Civil Engineering degree from Florida International University.  He was born in Buenos Aires, where he currently resides.

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GLanglois@algodonwineestates.com

Mr. Langlois has served as Algodon Wine Estates’ Executive Chef since 2007, after moving to Mendoza “in search of the wine terroir”.  His past experience includes working as chef instructor of the Instituto de Gastronomía de Mendoza.  Mr. Langlois has also served in distinguished hotels and restaurants in Buenos Aires including the Four Seasons and La Bourgogne at the Alvear Palace Hotel.  The privilege of working by the side of eminent chefs has allowed Mr. Langlois to perfect traditional cooking techniques, and apply them to a modern Argentine-French signature cuisine.  Mr. Langlois has received training and attended special seminars to complete his education in Argentine regional cuisine, French cuisine, Haute gourmet cuisine and human resources in gastronomy.  He graduated from the Instituto Argentino de Gastronomía, Buenos Aires, with a degree as a Culinary Professional.

Sergio Manzur Odstrcil
Chief Financial Officer &
Chief Operating Officer,
Algodon Wine Estates &
Algodon Mansion

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smanzur@algodonwineestates.com

Mr. Manzur Odstrcil is a Certified Public Accountant whose professional experience includes administration and management positions for companies in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Chile. As the CFO and COO for all of Algodon Group’s Argentine subsidiaries, he is responsible for day-to-day management including financial planning and analysis, overseeing the implementation of financial strategies for the corporation, and for ensuring prudent corporate governance. Prior to joining us, Mr. Manzur Odstrcil was the Administration and Finance Director for Bodega Francois Lurton, where he also served as a member of the company’s executive committee. Previous to that, he held the position of Country Controller for the Boston Scientific Corporation (BSC) in Chile, and prior to that he served as Controller for Southern Cone BSC in Buenos Aires and also in Mexico City. He also served as Senior Financial Analyst for BSC’s Latin American Headquarters in Buenos Aires, as well as in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and prior to that he served as BSC’s Accountant Analyst in Buenos Aires. Mr. Manzur Odstrcil began his career at Cerveceria y Malteria Quilmes in Argentina. He obtained his MBA at INCAE in Costa Rica, and received his CPA from the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina. He is married with three children, and resides in San Rafael.

Business Advisors

Christine Barker
Environmental Practices & Sustainability Advisor, Algodon Group

Orlan Boston
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Reuben Cannon
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

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Christine Barker is Principal and founder of Ecotekture Development and Design, a New York based company focused on sustainable development, design and eco-friendly building technologies and solutions that are efficient, effective and aesthetically pleasing. Ms. Barker has successfully developed residential projects in New York City, upstate NY and Canada. She focused on ‘green’ elements of design long before they were vogue, and her company evolved as a natural extension of her experience combing environmental science with building and design. In addition to Ecotekture’s consulting and design services, new residential and commercial sustainable development projects are planned in New York. Her career in Environmental Science began with positions in engineering consulting firms with diverse clients including GE, Con Edison, the US Department of Energy, Commonwealth Edison Chicago, and the City Of New York. Ms. Barker was a Senior Research Scientist at BASF (the world's leading chemical company) until 2002. During this fifteen year tenure in science, she built and managed a laboratory, managed and designed hundreds of diverse scientific studies in North America and Europe, and presented findings frequently to regulators in EU countries including England, Scotland, Switzerland, and Germany. Ms. Barker has a broad understanding of global environmental issues, regulations and solutions as a result of her vast experience managing a varied scope of projects with government, academia and industry. She completed a bachelor’s degree in biology at UWO in London, and a Master’s of Science in Ecotoxicology at Concordia University in Montreal.

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Orlan is a Senior Partner at Ernst & Young with over 18 years of experience in Management Consulting and Transaction Advisory Services for the Life Sciences and Healthcare industry. His primary area of focus is in working with corporations and private equity firms engaging in mergers, acquisitions, alliances, restructuring, transformation, shared services models, and commercial and operational strategy in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, OTC, generics, and medical devices and diagnostics, and consumer healthcare sectors. He currently serves as both the Global Client Service Partner for one of EY’s Global 360 Accounts and as the Americas Transaction Advisory Services Life Sciences Leader responsible for transaction advisory services for EY’s Life Sciences clients including M&A debt and capital advisory, financial, operational, and commercial due diligence support, transaction tax, valuation, and merger integration, divestiture, and carve out services.

Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Orlan was with Deloitte Consulting for 13 years where as a Principal he held a number of practice, management, and account leadership roles including Member of Deloitte Consulting’s National Markets & Services Leadership Committee, National Life Sciences M&A Consulting Practice Leader, Deloitte Consulting Chief Diversity Officer, and Deloitte’s National Diversity & Inclusion Leader responsible for all Employee Resource Groups.

A frequent speaker on management consulting, life sciences, corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, human capital, organization transformation, diversity and inclusion, corporate social responsibility, and workplace issues, he has addressed numerous institutions and organizations including Cornell's Johnson School of Business, NYU's Stern School of Business, Yale's School of Management, National Black MBA Conference, National Hispanic MBA Conference, and the Reaching Out MBA Conference, Working Mother Media Conference, and National Affinity Leadership Conference. He has been interviewed, published, and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The Deal, Institutional Investor Magazine, Big4.com, Consultancy.uk, Center for Work Life Policy, Black Enterprise Magazine, Big Think Edge, Sirius XM’s “The Focus Group,” and numerous online business websites and blogs.

In 2014, Orlan received a White House Appointment by President Barack Obama to the Board of Governors of the United Service Organizations. The USO's Congressional charter gives the sitting president of the United States – who also serves as the USO's honorary chairman – the power to appoint six members to the USO Board of Governors. He is the fourth Obama appointee on the USO Board of Governors. That same year he was selected by the Partnership for New York City in 2014 to be a Fellow in the David Rockefeller Fellowship, a program designed to enable a new generation of private sector leaders to deepen their understanding of the public needs of New York City and to take an active role in shaping its future.

Orlan is also a passionate social entrepreneur having launched a number of social change and impact ventures and initiatives in publishing, documentary filmmaking, civil rights, philanthropy, and served on nonprofit boards. In 2013, Orlan published I Am Ecowarrior with Roger Moenks, a celebrated fashion and celebrity photographer and artist. Orlan served as a key advisor, interviewer, and contributor to the book, which recognizes heroes in sustainability efforts and addresses environmental challenges in innovative ways. The book features distinctive photographs and interviews with more than 50 global game-changers. Orlan conducted many of the book’s interviews covering a variety of themes including leadership, social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, and innovation, with such luminaries as Ted Turner, Sir Richard Branson, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Jane Goodall, Phillipe Cousteau, Jr., Jim Clark, Jochen Zeitz, Blake Mycoskie, Howard G. Buffett, Doug and Kristina Tompkins, President Jose Maria Figueres, Laurie David and many others.

Orlan took on another social change venture where he served as Executive Producer on HBO’s The Out List with world renown photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. Released on the heels of the historical Supreme Court rulings striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, The Out List is a documentary film featuring a diverse cross-section of Americans sharing personal and professional stories, both heart-wrenching and triumphant of the LGBT experience in America and the fight for civil rights. The Out List featured some of the leading LGBT voices in America including Ellen Degeneres, Cynthia Nixon, Neil Patrick Harris, Wanda Sykes, and Dustin Lance Black. This work, along with HBO’s The Black List, and The Latino List is part of a larger collection of investigations by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders that explore race, diversity, accomplishment and identity in America. The Out List aired on HBO all over the world in the summer of 2013 receiving positive critical acclaim. Along with Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Orlan also published The Out List book which accompanied the HBO film and where he wrote the Foreword.

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Reuben Cannon is a producer who has helped shape and guide some of the most critically acclaimed film and television projects in Hollywood during the past 30 years. Reuben Cannon and Associates has cast nearly one hundred television series and films. Projects include “The Color Purple” (11 Oscar nominations), “Columbo,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “The A Team,” the 1990’s remake of “Perry Mason”, the Emmy-Award winning comedy series “The Bernie Mac Show,” “My Wife and Kids,” and “Boondocks.” Producing credits include “The Women of Brewster Place” and “Brewster Place” (in collaboration with Oprah Winfrey), “Down in the Delta” (directed by Dr. Maya Angelou), and “Get on the Bus” (with Spike Lee). In 2004, Mr. Cannon formed a production alliance with Tyler Perry Studios and is currently Executive Producer for Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne.” In addition to two Emmy nominations, he has received numerous awards including an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters from Morehouse College, and the “Behind the Lens Award” for outstanding contributions in entertainment in the areas of film and television.

Doug Casey
Senior Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Matteo Cecchetto
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

David Chaldecott
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

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Doug Casey is a world-renowned investor and author of six books; his “Crisis Investing” was on the New York Times bestseller list for 29 weeks, including 11 weeks at #1. His third book, Strategic Investing, reached #7 on the NYT list. His most recent books are “Totally Incorrect” and “Right on the Money.” He’s currently completing a series of six novels; the first, “Speculator” is soon to be released.

He has been a featured guest on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including David Letterman, Merv Griffin, Charlie Rose, Phil Donahue, Regis Philbin, Maury Povich, NBC News and CNN, and has been the topic of numerous features in periodicals such as Time, Forbes, People and the Washington Post. He is also the founder of the Eris Society, a non-profit organization that for 30 years brought together hundreds of the world’s leading thinkers on a wide range of eclectic topics related to the arts, sciences, technology, finance and medicine. His firm, Casey Research, LLC, publishes a variety of publications and web sites with a combined weekly audience in excess of 300,000 individuals, largely high-net-worth investors with an interest in resource-development and international real estate. He can be reached at caseyresearch.com or internationalman.com.

Mr. Casey has visited over 145 countries, most of them several times, and has lived in ten. He has been active in polo, skydiving, martial arts, scuba, auto racing and competitive shooting. He lives mainly in Cafayate Argentina, Punta del Este Uruguay, and Aspen Colorado.

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mcecchetto@algodongroup.com

Mr. Cecchetto is a professional sommelier and wine consultant, who was born into the family wine business producing Valdobbiadene – Conegliano Prosecco in the North of Italy. He has served as Sommelier and Assistant Beverage Manager at Jumeirah Emirates Towers (2014 Business Traveler Award for Best Business Hotel in the Middle East) of the Jumeirah Group, a leader of Hospitality Businesses in the Middle East. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to collaborate, develop and launch the wine brand M&M Valdobbiadene Prosecco in his home country of Italy for the consumer markets of Italy, Europe, Africa and Russia. He also served as Corporate Sommelier for the beverage importer and exporter Villa Trading & Purchasing Company and their proprietary Villa Hotels in the Maldive Islands, where he was able to hone his skills in the hospitality business. He began his career at Bortolomiol S.P.A, an Italian winery and leader in the Prosecco market, where he spent over a decade having served in every department until his final position as Wine Tourism Business Developer. Mr. Cecchetto received his Professional Sommelier diploma from the Italian Sommelier Association, AIS (Associazione Italiana Sommelier) and his diploma in Tourist Management from ITST G. Mazzotti, and he continues to improve his knowledge daily by staying well-informed of market trends and developments. He is a contributor at www.wineatwine.com, and maintains the personal wine blog www.asacluster.wordpress.com. Sports, art, books and good wine along with music, are the passions of his life.

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David Chaldecott is principal of London-based David Chaldecott and Associates, advisors to Private Companies and Private Offices. He has a breadth of experience across financial markets, covering a wide range of industries, particularly in Europe and the Middle East, and he has a record of successful transactions during his career at a number of major International Banks from 1984-2010 (Citi, Nomura Technology and Healthcare, Paribas, ING Barings, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch). He spent several years as a Management Consultant with a Member of the European Parliament and in Public Relations with Lord Chadlington. Prior to that, he spent 5 years working with Greek ship-owners. Mr. Chaldecott has an MA Degree in Modern Languages (French and German) from Oxford University.

Patrick Dumont
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Stephen Falk, M.D.
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Major General Arnold Fields, Retired
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

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patrick.dumont@schiahorn.com

Patrick Dumont is the CEO of the Demessey group of wineries based in Burgundy, France, where he manages Château de Messey, Domaine Belleville and Manoir Murisaltien in Meursault. He joined this family business formally in 2010, a natural step after more than 20 years of involvement in the development of those wine estates.  He is a founding partner of Schiahorn AG, a Swiss company that imports and distributes Algodon wine in Switzerland and around the world.  He worked for 15 years with UBS Investment Bank, where he headed the investment solution group for fixed income in Switzerland.  His career experience includes time spent within the hedge fund industry, which developed his interest in Private Equity and VC deals using his institutional network to raise capital. He began his career at JPMorgan in New York in security sales.  Mr. Dumont is a member of the Association for Investment Management and Research (AIMR), the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts (ICFA), and the Swiss Society of Investment Professionals (SSIP), and he is also co-founder and vice-president of a wakeboard club (CBWSS) in Geneva and Chevalier de Tastevin in Clos de Vougeot since 2004.

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Stephen Falk, M.D. is a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist with over 44 years in active private practice.  He founded, and is president of, a seven-member Ob/Gyn practice group in the greater Houston, Texas area.  He served as a major in the United States Air Force, overseeing a three-doctor group at Luke Air Force Base from 1970-1972.  He has served as chief of Ob/Gyn at both of the major hospitals in his practice area.  Dr. Falk is a distinguished Fellow of the American College of Ob/Gyn, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Fertility Society, American Society of Gynecological Laparoscopy, Texas Association of Ob/Gyn, Houston Gynecological and Obstetrical Society and the Harris County Medical Society.  Dr. Falk earned his medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where he won the Ob/Gyn prize, and completed his 5-year internship and residency and chief residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center and medical school in New York City.  He received his Bachelor of Arts and graduated from Princeton University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  Dr. Falk spent a fellowship in GI research at the University of California, San Francisco, where he was exposed to the then fledgling California wine industry in 1962.  He has since maintained an active interest in oenology and has actively pursued and tasted wines in his travels throughout the world, most recently at Algodon Wine Estates in San Rafael, Mendoza, and Algodon Mansion in Buenos Aires.  He is an avid art, rare illustrated book, and watch collector, and plays the piano and travels the world over to enjoy music and opera.  He has two sons- an attorney in Houston, and a musician, budding scotch distiller in Jerusalem, Israel.

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Major General Arnold Fields retired from the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) January, 2004 after over 34 years of active military service. At the time of his retirement, he was serving as the Deputy Commander of USMC Forces in Europe supporting U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. While in this capacity, he also served as the principal USMC representative to the Republic of Georgia in support of a U.S. government program to train and equip Georgia’s security forces. Previous assignments included Director of the USMC Headquarters Staff at the Pentagon; Commanding General of all USMC Bases in Hawaii; Commander, U.S. Central Command’s Forward Headquarters in the Middle East, with dual responsibilities as U.S. Central Command’s Inspector General; Commanding Officer of Camp Fuji Japan, which is a combat training facility used in partnership with the Government of Japan and the Japanese Defense Force; Commander, USMC Central Data Processing and Disbursing Support Activity, Kansas City, Missouri; and Commander of all Marine Embassy Security Guards providing security at all U.S. embassies and consulates in 17 North Africa and Middle East countries.

General Fields commanded a motorized infantry battalion and participated in combat operations during the 1991 Gulf War in support of peace and security in the Persian Gulf. He was selected to brigadier general in 1995 while serving at the Pentagon on the Joint Staff as Chief, Evaluation and Analysis Division of the Plans and Interoperability Directorate. In June 2008, The President of the United States appointed General Fields to create and head the office of Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a new congressionally mandated government oversight agency. While in this capacity, he provided oversight of all U.S. funds appropriated for Afghanistan’s reconstruction, which had risen to over $56 billion when he departed SIGAR in February, 2011. Leading an agency of top level auditors and criminal investigators, he published over 35 fully scoped audits, initiated over 90 criminal or civil investigations, and made over 90 recommendations to the U.S. Congress that would help improve the accountability of funds appropriated for Afghanistan’s reconstruction. His audit and investigation work uncovered over $180 million in waste, fraud, and abuse of U.S. appropriated funds and resulted in several arrests and prosecutions.

He is appointed to several boards including the Board of Visitors at Marine Corps University, the Board of Directors of two wounded warrior foundations, the FFA (Future Farmers of America) Foundation Board of Trustees, and the National Academy of Sciences Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment (BICE). General Fields is a Fellow of the congressionally charted National Academy of Public Administration. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Education from South Carolina State University and a Master of Arts Degree in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University. General Fields is a graduate of the Army War College and the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He attended several seminars at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, in dialogue with leaders of Post Soviet Russia and the newly independent Black Sea nations. He is a frequent speaker at national and international government and private sector business forums, including the Afghanistan-American Chamber of Commerce and Carnegie Mellon University in Australia, on national security, governance and development challenges. His personal military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal; Defense Superior Service Medal; Bronze Star Medal; and the Meritorious Service Medal. His civilian awards include the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award for his service with the State Department in Iraq and the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto, the State’s highest honor awarded by the governor.

Douglas B. Fox
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Kye Hellmers
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

J. P. Kyrillos
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

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Mr. Douglas B. Fox serves as an Operating Partner at SV Investment Partners. Mr. Fox has been Chief Executive Officer of Renaissance Brands Ltd. since May 2001 and serves as its President. He is a Management Consultant. Previously, Mr. Fox served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Strategy at Compaq Computer Corp. from July 2000 to 2001 and Senior Vice President of Marketing at International Paper Inc. from 1997 to 2000 and also served as Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to International Paper Co., he served as a Managing Partner at Pyramid Consulting from 1996 to 1997. He served as President of Landmark Communications Inc. from 1994 to 1996 and prior to that while at Newsday in New York from 1987 to 1994, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer. He has been a Director of Advanstar Communications Inc. since September 2002. Mr. Fox has been a Director of Advanstar Inc. since September 2002. Mr. Fox has been a Director of Bowne & Co. Inc. since March 2001, Aki Holding Corp. since August 2003 and Childrobics Inc. since July 3, 1996. He serves as a Director of AKI INC. (Arcade Marketing Inc.). He serves as a Director of Microban International, Ltd. He serves as a Director of the Oreck Corporation, Young America Corporation, Precision IR group, Vitaqvest, Inc., Totes Isotoner Corporation, Totes International, Inc., Hunter Fan Company, Focus Vision International and Young America, Inc. Mr. Fox serves on the Board of Directors of Bowne Global Services, Bowne Inc. and Ziff-Davis Media Inc. He served as a Director at VS Parent Inc. since June 2006 and Vitamin Shoppe Industries, Inc. since July 2005. He served as a Director at Vitamin Shoppe, Inc. (formerly, Vs Holdings Inc.) from July 2005 to April 14, 2009. Mr. Fox served as a Director of Ziff Davis Holdings Inc. since September 2003.

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Kye Hellmers has over 36 years in the financial services industry. He was previously employed by the NASD (n/k/a FINRA) where he worked in various capacities in the self regulatory agency’s New York and Washington DC offices including positions as Supervisor and Assistant Director. Mr. Hellmers was eventually promoted to District Director of the Los Angeles District Office and later promoted to Vice President. He also served on the Direct Participation Programs Committee of the Board of Governors of the NASD, and he is currently a Member of the NASD Board of Arbitrators. Mr. Hellmers served as the Vice-Chairman and a limited partner of The Boston Group, L.P., a registered broker-dealer engaged in the investment banking and securities business, and also served as a member of the Advisory Board of InvestPrivate.com, Inc. He has held the following securities licenses: Registered Principal, Registered Representative, Financial and Operations Principal, Municipal Securities Principal and Options Principal. As a result of his extensive experience in the financial industry, Mr. Hellmers has been a frequent public speaker and has addressed meetings sponsored by such organizations as the SEC, NASD, SIA, NASAA, NRS, the Securities Industry Management Association, the Association of Western Securities Managers and the Security Traders Association of Los Angeles. He is a past member of the Security Traders Association of Los Angeles, the SIA, the California Association of Independent Broker-Dealers, the University Club of Los Angeles and the Stock Exchange Club of Los Angeles. He has also served as President, CEO and member of the Board of Directors for The Federation of Financial Services Inc. and concurrently served as Chairman, President and CEO of Centrum Services, Inc. He is currently the Chairman of the Board, CEO and one of the Founders of H2O Strategies, Inc, a company engaged in the development, manufacture and distribution of products used in water conservation, and also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of TORQD Holdings, Inc. Mr. Hellmers is a graduate of New York University and he and his family reside in Manhattan Beach, California.

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Jean-Paul Kyrillos is the principal at Charles Lane Advisors.  He provides media, start-up, travel and epicurean consulting services, as well as outsourced ad sales and marketing.  Clients include Tasting Table, Moat, Best Life, and City Winery. JP serves on the advisory boards of ItsOnMe, a leader in digital gift cards and mobile gifting and Algodon Wines and Luxury Development Group.

JP was president and CRO of The Daily Meal where he helped launch the brand and grow it to 20 million monthly visitors.  The VC-backed start-up was one of the fastest growing websites in history and quickly established itself as a leader in food media. There, he created a Celebrity Chef Series hosting the likes of Jose Andres, Bobby Flay and Daniel Boulud.   

JP was vp/ publisher of Travel + Leisure, the flagship brand of the American Express Publishing (now Time Inc.). Travel + Leisure is the world's leading travel magazine brand, producing six global print editions. As publisher, JP led business operations including sales and marketing of Travel + Leisure and  TravelandLeisure.com. JP spearheaded the launch of the first ever Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar reinventing the consumer travel event space. During the T+L Global Bazaar weekend, 5,000 attendees enjoyed the best entertainment, music, shopping, food, and drinks from 35 countries. The Global Bazaar received rave reviews and more than 130 million media and press impressions.

Before joining Travel + Leisure in 2007, JP was publisher of its sister publication Food & Wine. There, he guided the brand’s 25th anniversary Food&Wine Classic in Aspen and partnership with Bravo’s Top Chef.  JP joined Food & Wine in 2005 as its associate publisher and was promoted shortly afterward to lead the magazine. In 2001, he served as ad director and associate publisher of Maxim, one of the most successful media launches in history.  JP is a graduate of the University of Vermont and the Lawrenceville School. He resides in New York City with his wife, Dannielle, their son Caspian and daughter Calliope. 

Lee Lacy
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Jack Laschever
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Stephen Loeb
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

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Mr. Lacy's vast experience includes building the celebrated international communication company N. Lee Lacy and Associates, whose creative efforts led to an Academy Award nomination as well as multiple international awards in the areas of Television and Film Product, Advertising Marketing and Branding. Awards include numerous Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, International Broadcasting, British and New York Art Director, Clio and One Show prizes. Clients include IBM, Alka Seltzer, Coca Cola, British Airways, Quantas Airlines, Budweiser, Beck's Beer, Polaroid, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, City Corp, Peugeot, Jaguar, Renault and British Petroleum. N. Lee Lacy and Associates also served as an umbrella organization for several companies established in order to pursue business in Gourmet Food and Wines, Fine Art, Real Estate Property Development, and Environmental Design. These entities have been active in various international markets such as Paris, London, New York, Miami, Aspen, Los Angeles and Honolulu.

The Lacy Companies continue to define, analyze and direct their efforts in an ever changing global environment and as a result have restructured in forming a new holding company, Investors Group International, under which the following entities operate; Independent Artist Company, an entity involved in the developing and marketing of Intellectual Properties; The Lacy Company, an Environmental Design entity that utilizes advanced green technology and modular design in providing Architectural, Interior and Landscape Design as well as Property Development and Planning; Lacy Primitive and Fine Art, an entity specializing in the representation of museum quality art of Tribal and Early Cultures coupled with Fine Art of the Modern School; and Lacy + Company, an entity active in The Importing/Exporting, Brokering, Distributing, Blending, Branding, and Marketing of boutique, handmade, exquisite wines of the highest quality from worldwide sources.

Mr. Lacy has also has been active in the field of aquaculture and the importing of produce to the United States. He was recently voted by the Cannes Festival Awards Committee one of the five most award winning directors of the last 50 years of the festival. Mr. Lacy attended Indiana University and UCLA for undergraduate studies and Indiana University for graduate studies. He continues to endeavor to create and operate specialized companies of the highest standards serving their clients in a passionate, collaborative, highly inventive, and creative manor.

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Mr. Laschever has been associated with the world of travel and luxury for most of his career. Mr. Laschever served as the Vice President and Group Publisher of ForbesLife, the luxury travel and lifestyle magazine for Forbes' subscribers, and ForbesLife Executive Woman. He was one of the founders of a luxury travel and lifestyle magazine; European Travel & Life, and spent nearly ten years at American Express publishing where he served as Associate Publisher of Travel & Leisure, and as Vice President Group Publisher overseeing Departures Magazine and Skyguide. Mr. Laschever has served as Publisher of GQ and as President of the Miller Sports Group, and was also responsible for Tennis Magazine, as well as Sailing World and Cruising World. He is a graduate of Harvard University. Jack and his wife Sonali enjoy time with their young children Benjamin and Tara. He considers himself a passionate- albeit struggling- tennis player and golfer, and is known to enjoy a glass of wine (preferably Argentine) from time to time.

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Stephen Loeb has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Alaska Distributors Co. since 2003. He is credited with solidifying the company’s distribution in Alaska and Washington, and expanding brokerage businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah through strategic partnerships with key spirits and wine suppliers. In 1984, Mr. Loeb joined the company, which has since then grown from approximately 100 employees to over 800 today. Alaska Distributors Co. was the Family Business of the Year in Washington State (for over 250 employees) in 2002, and first runner-up nationally in 2003. Loeb was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003 and 2004. He currently serves on the boards of Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle (Vice Chair) and the Museum of Glass. Along with his wife Dianne, he co-chairs the Pomona College Parents’ Fund and will co-chair the College’s Parents Council in 2008-09. He is a past president of Jewish Family Service-Seattle and a past board member of the National Beer Wholesalers Association, Temple deHirsch Sinai and the Columbia Tower Club. Loeb earned his MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Pomona College in Claremont, California.

Vincent J. Maritato
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Frank Mathis
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Javier Medin
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

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Mr. Maritato is a founding partner of Algodon Group, and has over 20 years of experience in the finance industry. His responsibilities include sales and development of Algodon’s vineyards, luxury homesites and real estate.  Mr. Maritato is also one of the founders of Hollywood Burger, a “Fresh Food, Fast!” restaurant concept currently operational in the U.S. and Argentina. His entrepreneurial expertise includes seeking opportunities in private equity funding & venture capital for early stage startup companies.  His previous experience includes positions and achievements as Vice President and Senior Vice President for several boutique brokerage firms in New York City. Mr. Maritato attended the New York Institute of Finance, and graduated from Kingsborough College with an Associate's degree in Applied Science. When not at the office, Mr. Maritato enjoys playing golf, boating, and traveling.

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fmathis@dpecpartners.com

Mr. Mathis is a graduate of Mississippi State University where he obtained a B.S. in Business Management. Early in his career he was employed by Hughes Aircraft Company, where he was responsible for administering foreign subcontracts for the Airborne Early Warning Ground Segment (AEGIS), working to acquire the necessary clearance from NATO. Mr. Mathis began his career in finance at Shearson Lehman Hutton, Inc. as a Financial Consultant, and later joined Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc. He has served as Vice President at both Sutro & Company and Kemper Securities and as Senior Vice President at The Boston Group. He is a founding member of Algodon Group and serves as a Managing Director. Mr. Mathis enjoys the outdoor life and resides in California.

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Javier Medin is a partner at Alfaro-Abogados law firm (offices in New York, London, Madrid and Buenos Aires and correspondents worldwide), and has served as Advisor to a number of multinational corporations in contracts, entertainment and sports.  As a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), he currently serves as Regional Representative of South America at Leisure Industries, and the Chair of Sports Law Section, as well as the Regional Director representing Argentina for the Association of South American Football Lawyers, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Prior to his current partnership position, he was a partner at Remaggi, Pico, Jessen & Asociados, and he served as an associate at M&M Bomchil.  Mr. Medin specializes in Corporate, M&A, Project Finance, and Sports law, and is a member of the Argentina Bar Association.  He holds a Degree in Law and a Masters in Restructuring from Buenos Aires University.

Jeffrey E. Modesitt
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Steven A. Moel, M.D., J.D.
Senior Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Dr. Domenico Pecorini, PhD
Business and Investment Banking Advisor, Algodon Group

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Mr. Modesitt has broad-based senior management experience, including financial management and operations, and serves as a business consultant to Algodon Group. His experience encompasses several industries including energy, financial services, communication technologies and medical technologies. He also has extensive experience in project and team management and has served as a Director for both public and privately-held companies. Currently, he is Managing Partner of Evans Energy Partners and Modesitt Partners. He has served as CFO and Director of Kern County Resources Ltd., Chairman and CEO of TissueScan Technologies, Ltd., President and Principal of Hackert Modesitt Investments, Ltd. and MLB Investments, Ltd. A graduate from Williams College, he also holds a Master of Science in Management degree from Regis University.

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moelmdjd@cox.net

Dr. Moel is in private practice as a Business and Transactional Attorney and is a member of the CA and Am. Bar Assoc. and the Am. Inns of Court. He also serves as counsel to many corporations.

He is presently Director and Executive Vice-President Mergers & Acquisitions, Agaia Inc. (Green cleaning Products); Director, Hollywood Burger Holdings, Inc. (International Fast Food Restaurants); Director & Senior Business Advisor of Algodon Luxury (Biotech/Hotels/International Real Estate Development/Agriculture/Winery); Vice-President, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Business Development, Virgilian, LLC (Nutraceuticals/Agricultural); and General Counsel for Global Job Hunt (International Recruiting).

He was a founder of Akorn, Inc., a NASDAQ:AKRX (Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical Mfg.) co. where he served as a Director on the Executive Board, and Vice-President of Mergers & Acquisitions. He was CEO of U.S. Highland BB:UHLN (Mfg. of Motorcycles/Motorsports); CEO of Millennial Research Corp. (Mfg./Ultra-high efficiency motors); Chairman and COO of WayBack Granola Co. (Granola Mfg). He has also served as President, COO and Executive Director of American Wine Group (Wine Production/Distribution); Senior Business. Advisor, viaMarket Consumer Products, LLC (Manufacturer of Consumer Products); Board of Directors of Grudzen Development Corp. (Real Estate); COO and Chairman of the Board of Paradigm Technologies (Electronics/Computer Developer); and President and CEO of Sem-Redwood Enterprises (Stock Pool), and Advisory Board of Mahlia Collection (Jewelry Design/ Manufacturing).

Dr. Moel is also a Board Certified Ophthalmologist who was in academic and private practice and has edited and authored multiple journal articles, medical studies, and text books, and is an Emeritus Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. His academic history includes Washington University, Marshall University, University of Miami, West Virginia University, University of Colorado, Harvard University, Louisiana State University, University of Illinois, and College of Law in Santa Barbara.

He is actively licensed in California in Law, Medicine, and a Real Estate Broker.

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Dr. Pecorini is the President and CEO of Life Episteme Group, a biotech company based in Geneva and sits in the Advisory Board of BHC - Investment and merchant bank of NYC; he is a Board Member of WHT srl in Rome, medical devices for women's health; he also served as the COO of Fondazione Parco Biomedico San Raffaele of Rome, one of the most outstanding medical and life science research institutions in Europe as well as the President of Inveni Engineering Group. Previous positions include Management and Senior Management roles at L’Arcoss SpA, Ismes SpA of Enel Group, and Saatchi & Saatchi. Dr. Pecorini has been published in the following editorial journals and periodicals: Europa 984, La Voce Repubblicana, The European Journal of International Affairs, Forum, and Credit Cheque Magazine. He received his degree and PhD in Political Sciences and International Economics from Libera Universita’ Internazionale degli Studi Sociali- LUISS – Viale Pola 12, Rome, and has completed advanced courses at; the United Nations Department of Technical Cooperation to Development, New York; and The World Bank, Washington D.C.; and the Istituto Universitario di Studi Europei – Turin, Via Sacchi.

Juan Ruiz, III
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Fritz A. Treyz
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Jasper A. van Duuren
Senior Advisor of Strategic Development, Algodon Group

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Mr. Ruiz is a seasoned financial professional with over 20 years of financial services experience. He is currently President & CEO of J. Streicher Asset Management, a New York based institutional asset manager specializing in alternative investments and structured finance. Mr. Ruiz also serves as Chairman of the Board of West Indies Initiative, Inc., a New York-Puerto Rico based environmental solutions provider focusing on renewable energy, recycling and power co-generation projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr. Ruiz started his professional career with Goldman Sachs’s Global Finance Group and has held senior banker positions at Salomon Smith Barney, Keefe Bruyette & Woods (KBW), Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch. He focuses primarily on advising corporations, financial institutions, family offices and foundations in such areas as institutional asset management, alternative investments, structured finance, M&A and corporate strategy. Mr. Ruiz has B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Brown University, an MBA in Finance cum laude from Indiana University, and is a member of the Fellows Program at The Wharton School of Business.

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Fred A. (Fritz) Treyz has extensive experience in global business development and transportation management. In his most recent position during his 14 years at Raytheon Company, Fritz served as Vice President in India for the Network Centric Systems division. He secured key contracts for Raytheon while working closely with Indian government agencies (Indian Space Research Organisation, Airports Authority of India, and Ministry of Defence) and private conglomerates such as Tata Group and Larsen & Toubro to modernize India’s satellite navigation (GAGAN), airport infrastructure, and military hardware.

Prior to his effort in India, Fritz was the Business Development Executive for Raytheon Airspace Management and Homeland Security. He led a team of professionals that pursued strategic opportunities to provide air traffic control solutions in the US and more than 70 other countries. Fritz also structured and negotiated complex transactions with government organizations like the Federal Aviation Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as with their counterparts worldwide.

Earlier at Raytheon, Fritz led teams that worked on major warfighting transformation programs for the US military, including the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System, and on the FAA’s Wide Area Augmentation System and Long Range Radar programs. He drove intricate initiatives across Raytheon’s seven businesses to produce integrated solutions for customers.

At Raytheon, Fritz earned a reputation for winning critical contracts by developing novel capture strategies. During his tenure there, Fritz and his teams consistently exceeded annual bookings plans, and brought in more than $2.2 billion in domestic and international contracts, many of which produce recurring sales for Raytheon.

Prior to Raytheon, Fritz had a 26 year career in the US Army armor branch in which he commanded units from platoon to brigade level. Among his many assignments, Fritz was the Chief of Staff of the Armor School at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He served as the Armor Branch Chief at the Army Personnel Command in Washington, DC, and was the Deputy Chief of Congressional Activities for the Chief of Staff of the Army in Washington, DC.

Fritz has written on global security issues. Most recently, he authored “How Africa Can Lead the World in Transportation Innovation and Security Management,” in The Africa Journal; and “Raytheon System of Elements Net-Centric Operation's Next Step," in India Strategic Magazine.

Education:  B.S. Business Administration, Arizona State University; M.S. Education, Troy University; US Army Armor and Infantry Schools; Joint Forces Staff College; Harvard University National Security Fellowship; Thunderbird School of Global Management

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Mr. van Duuren is owner and managing director of Van Duuren Districenters BV, a European road-based transportation management company in the Netherlands. His company manages major European distribution centers for NSK, Yanmar, Diesel Jeans, Cisco, Proctor & Gamble, and many others. Prior to this he was the owner and managing director of Van Duuren International B.V.; Nederlandse Pakket Dienst Amsterdam B.V.; and Van Duuren Warehousing B.V. In 2000 these companies were sold to Royal Mail and Mr. van Duuren was appointed Director of Logistics Division of the Royal Mail subsidiaries. Mr. van Duuren has extensive experience and expertise in the real estate sector with a focus in the commercial real estate area, and with major development projects including a golf course in Spain, and private residences in Antigua. He holds a Bachelor in Economics and Business Administration from the HEAO in Alkmaar, Netherlands. He currently resides in the Netherlands with his wife and three children.

Jeroen P.A. van Duuren
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

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Mr. Jeroen van Duuren is co-owner and managing director of Van Duuren Districenters BV, a European road-based transportation management company in the Netherlands. His company manages major European Distribution Centers for NSK, Yanmar, Diesel Jeans, Cisco, Proctor & Gamble, Foot Locker Europe and many others. Prior to this he was the owner and managing director of Van Duuren International B.V.; Nederlandse Pakket Dienst Amsterdam B.V.; and Van Duuren Warehousing B.V. In 2000 these companies were sold to Royal Mail and Mr. Jeroen van Duuren was appointed Director Sales & Marketing of GLS Netherlands (1400 employees) daughter company of the Royal Mail. Mr. van Duuren has over 25 years of experience and expertise in sales and marketing and his ability to fluently speak five languages has proven very useful in creating entrepreneurial opportunities. He currently resides in the Netherlands with his wife and two children. When he is not spending time with his family, he enjoys cycling and playing golf. www.vanduuren.com
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