Executives & Leadership

Elizabeth Betancourt
Accounting Analyst

Romain-Alexis Bouché
Investor Relations

Maria Echevarria
Chief Financial Officer

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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.

Keith T. Fasano
Senior Managing Director

Christian L. Ferzola
Venture Capital Associate

Gregory Gassoso
Senior Managing Director, Real Estate Development Sales

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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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cferzola@algodongroup.com
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ggassoso@algodongroup.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.

Ingrid Gerber
Senior Accountant

Todd J. Henrich
Managing Director

Douglas W. Magnuson
Senior Managing Director, Venture Capital

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tjhenrich@algodongroup.com
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With over 16 years' experience in the finance industry, Todd Henrich now serves as a Managing Director of Algodon Wines and Luxury Development Group.  His responsibilities include the development and sales of Algodon's vineyards, luxury homesites and real estate.  He presides over a similar role for Hollywood Burger, a “Fresh Food, Fast!” restaurant concept currently operational in the United States. Prior to joining Algodon, Todd began his career on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after which he served at National Securities, specializing in funding and providing capital to emerging market companies.  Mr. Henrich holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance with a concentration in international business from Coastal Carolina University. When he is not working, Todd enjoys volunteering with several charities, as well as fishing, golfing and traveling.

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dmagnuson@algodongroup.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.

Scott L. Mathis
Chairman & CEO

Eric Stear
Corporate Communications & Marketing Manager

Brian J. Stern
Senior Managing Director, Venture Capital

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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.

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Mr. Stear has been with Algodon Group since 2006, and is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing the Company’s corporate communications strategy and related programs that support the Company’s vision, mission, culture, and business goals, including the content and quality of all corporate announcements and messaging to shareholders, prospective clients and the media. He oversees all media relations, press releases, branding, marketing and advertising, website content, social media outlets, and general public relations activities for the Company, its subsidiaries and wholly owned businesses. He continues to play an essential role in successfully positioning within the high-end luxury sectors the Algodon brand, whose hospitality and fine wines have accordingly been honored with numerous international awards, top media coverage and accolades.  He also serves as Director of Marketing and is one of the founders of of Hollywood Burger, a “Fresh Food, Fast!” restaurant concept currently operational in the U.S.   Mr. Stear attended Hunter College, as well as the University of North Carolina from which he holds an Arts Diploma.

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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. 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.

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