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Nelson E. Rincon

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Nelson is an accomplished global and multilingual executive with more than 35 years of experience. Nelson was awarded the 2020 GCIF recognition as a member of the Top 100 Global Leaders in Finance and was recently invited to become a member of the South Florida Journal - Leadership Trust, a membership exclusive to recognized leaders. Nelson has held partner and global/regional leadership roles in the big four global consulting firms for over 20 years and held C-Suite international positions in large multinationals. He has been highly regarded as an outstanding senior professional in the global M&A advisory and International tax structuring services space. He holds a bachelors of science  in public accounting in Venezuela and a masters of science in taxation from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.

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Bryan Jarrard

Advisory Board Member, U.S. International Tax Practice

Bryan has over 20 years of tax and accounting experience in the big four industry (Deloitte) 10 of which spent leading the global tax functions of two different oilfield service companies. He has a master’s degree in taxation from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, The Red McCombs School of Business

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John Linders

Advisory Board Member, European International Tax Practice

Experienced European Regional partner (Deloitte, BDO and Ryan).  Advised Dutch and foreign multinational corporations on direct taxes, focusing on reorganizations, mergers, and takeovers.  Represented Fortune 500 corporations.  He is an attorney at law with a master’s science in Economics from the Erasmus University Erasmus University,  Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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William "Barry" Wethington

Advisory Board Member, Leader Energy Markets Practice

Barry is an accomplished Oil and Gas Energy executive - he has over 25 years of global exploration, appraisal and development experience.  During his career he worked for BP Exploration across 7 different countries managing upstream developments, government and partner relations and business developments in General Manager and Vice President roles.  He also spent 6 years as a Senior Consulting Advisor to Saudi Aramco where he advised on in-country asset management and also played a key role in creating and progressing their newly formed International Gas business.  In addition to advising senior Aramco executives, he was responsible for business development in North America and Africa. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences and a Master’s degree in Energy and Mineral Resources through the Petroleum Engineering College both at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Christopher Nystrom

Advisory Board Member, Leader Renewable Energy Practice

Chris is an accomplished energy and alternative energy professional engineering executive with more than 30 years of experience, focusing on energy efficiency and technology related to utility, central plant, and distributed energy. Most recently, he provided technical due diligence and development support to Diatoms Inc. as President of Diatoms Energy. Prior to his financial world experience, Chris started CRC Engineering, PC, eventually merging the company with WSP USA in 2016, where he took on the role of Director of the Northeast and Central Regions of the WSP US Energy practice. In these roles, Chris used his operating, construction, and engineering backgrounds to develop central plant and distribution system solutions for major infrastructure clients such as The Port Authority of NY&NJ, NY Presbyterian Hospital, Brown University, and many more. Before pursuing his engineering consulting career, Chris constructed several cogeneration facilities for Keyspan (National Grid), operated two waste-to-energy facilities, several cogeneration plants, and a few merchant ships. Related career milestones include a 7-year term on the SUNY Maritime College Alumni Association Board of Trustees and 10 years as a development partner in a tire pyrolysis project. Currently, Chris is the leader of the renewable energy practice and serves as an advisory board member at Avzire. Chris holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from SUNY Maritime College, NY Professional Engineering License, was previously certified for NY Special Inspections, and previously held operating licenses, including NJ Red Seal, US Qualified Resource Recovery Operations (QRO) general and site-specific, merchant marine 3rd Assistant Engineer Unlimited Tonnage Steam and Diesel.

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Pat Avery

Advisory Board Member, Leader Mining and Extractive Industry Practice

Pat Avery has over 30 years of experience working in the industries of petroleum, chemicals, mining, fertilizer, and construction/project management.

For the first 15 years, he worked for ARCO and Santa Fe Pacific Pipelines in refining and transportation.   In the fertilizer industry, he worked for 11 years with JR Simplot, one of the largest privately held agribusiness companies in the USA, where he held senior positions across all key business units such as mining, manufacturing, supply chain, wholesale sales and energy management, managing over 1500 employees, at ten facilities, making dozens of products from chemical fertilizers, industrial products,  and water treatment. Avery was also president of Intrepid Potash, where he led all aspects of mining, manufacturing, logistics and sales. He has led several junior fertilizer companies through all key phases of growth and is currently Director of Fertoz an AUS phosphate company with major assets in North America.  He Principal and Owner of LDR Solution LLC, a consulting firm for major mining, chemical, fertilizer, project management and private equity companies. Pat has served on several business and not-for-profit boards. Mr. Avery studied biology and chemistry at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He studied civil engineering at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and he holds an MBA from Pepperdine University.

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Geoffrey Baker

Advisory Board Member, International Operations

Geoffrey is a senior international finance professional with a specialization in natural resources and oil and gas. He has successfully facilitated bespoke direct investments in the dynamic oil and gas industry and engaged in physical commodities offtake, and fixed income areas. Additionally, he has experience in oil and gas consulting. He is a licensed stock and commodity broker in Canada and has developed tailored products to meet specific client requirements in a wide range of currencies or commodities. Recently, he worked with loan notes representing a diversified portfolio of revenue-generating interests in oil and producing properties that were secured by proven oil and gas resources compliant with NI 51-101. Geoffrey was the lead manager of the Black Gold Fund (a fund allocating in Oil Projects), winner of the 2014 International Hedge Funds Awards and Investors Choice Award Swiss Choice Fund Manager of the Year, and Manager of Active Advisory of IISCH Capital Management. He is currently a senior member of the Avzire Energy markets team and in charge of the international operations development with regards to new global capital sources, as well as an Advisory board member of the firm. Geoffrey has a degree in Industrial design from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, and a combined Bachelor of Art in communications, English, and psychology.

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Thomas W. Janes

Advisory Board Member, Strategy and Markets

Mr. Janes is the CEO and Founder of Kerry Capital Advisors, a private investment firm which also acts as a senior advisor to private and public middle market companies.  Prior to Kerry Capital Advisors, he was a Managing Director of Lincolnshire Management, Inc. and head of Lincolnshire's Boston office, which he opened in 2003.  Mr. Janes has served as a member of the Board of Directors of several Lincolnshire portfolio companies. Prior to Lincolnshire, Mr. Janes was a co-Founder and Managing Director of Triumph Capital, where he served as a senior member of a private equity team that successfully sourced and managed approximately $1 billion in private equity capital.

Mr. Janes’ business experience includes mergers and acquisition and corporate finance transactions while serving as an investment banker with Drexel Burnham, First Boston, Lazard Freres & Co., and as a management consultant at Bain & Company.  

Mr. Janes has served on the Boards of numerous private equity-backed companies as well as the following public companies:  Alarmguard Holdings, Inc., Ascent Pediatrics, Inc., CAPE Systems, Inc., DairyMart Convenience Stores, Inc., Plymouth Opportunity REIT, and Providence Health Care, Inc.  Mr. Janes has also served as a board member for the Harvard Business School Association of Boston, The Boston University School of Public Health and The Arthritis Foundation of Massachusetts. Mr. Janes, a National Merit Scholar, is a graduate of Harvard College, Magna Cum Laude (B.A. 1977) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A 1981).  Mr. Janes has served as an alumni representative to the Harvard Corporation Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility. 

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Ted Landgraf

Advisory Board Member, Management Consulting

Mr. Ted Landgraf is the President and CEO of Above the Standard (ATS), a Global Management Consulting firm specialized in Procurement, Supply Chain, Quality Earnings, Business Applied Artificial Intelligence, Operations and Business Processes.  ATS has engaged with clients in over 150 countries in the US, Europe, Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. ATS clients include the most prestigious companies in the world in the world such as BP Oil, BP Petronas, ExxonMobil Exploration and Production, GE, AstraZeneca, Bristol Myers Squibb, Volkswagen Group Malaysia, Bank of America, Capital One, MetLife, Hess, Brunei Gas Carriers Sendirian Berhad, Bank Indonesia (Indonesia) and Fluor Corporation among others. Mr. Ted Landgraf has global experience empowering and changing the lives for many executives, leaders, and organizations globally, having increased profits in the tens of billions of dollars with sustainable outcomes to ATS’ clients. Mr. Landgraf is a dedicated and highly motivated executive with more than 30 years global in Business processes, Training, Strategy, Procurement, Finance, and Leadership experience in many different industries, from small to Fortune 500 companies.  He has created and implemented best business practices in operations, leadership, governance, contract templates and developed comprehensive intellectual property in procurement, cost reduction, and other areas that are transferable across all business sectors  Mr. Ted Landgraf and ATS have successfully achieved billions of dollars in cost savings and process improvements for its clients over a 30 years span.  ATS and AVZIRE are Global Strategic Partners where ATS provides  significant value through its performance base procurement and supply chain assessments, business applied artificial intelligence to marketing and operations, training, merchant services and other specialized areas of management consulting.

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Dan Summers

Advisory Board Member, Real Estate

Dan has over 30 years of high-level real estate syndication experience. He designed and developed eVest Technology drawing from years of crowdfunding experience and expanded knowledge of the intricacies of digital technology and marketing.During his 30-plus-year career in real estate, Summers has been instrumental in some of the nation’s largest real estate transactions. Having spent decades interfacing with Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Deutsche Bank, CBS, Westinghouse and Bank of Boston, among others, Summers has built a national reputation for integrity, honesty and transparency.

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George Puyana

Advisory Board Member, Consumer Products

Accomplished executive and FMCG brand builder with an entrepreneurial, balanced mindset – over 25 years of sales, marketing and strategy experience.  Proven track record growing market leading brands in US, Latin America and Canada, at Ralston Purina, ConAgra Foods and over thirteen years in the alcohol beverage industry with Brown-Forman.  Most recently led growth of American whiskey, Scotch, vodka, tequila and wine brands in Latin America as General Manager, Latin America & Caribbean and General Director, Canada (leading a team of over fifty).  Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an MBA from Washington University, St. Louis.  Fluent in English and Spanish, with solid understanding of French. Engineering and an MBA from Washington University, St. Louis.  Fluent in English and Spanish, with solid understanding of French

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Carlos Torres

Managing Director, Project Management and Procurement

Carlos is a global leader in organization consulting, project management, process management and improvement, supply chains, procurement and sourcing, shared services and technology. Carlos has a vast experience in different industries such as oil and gas, telecommunications, information technology, manufacturing, automotive, etc. Mr. Torres holds a bachelor of science in industrial and systems' engineering and a masters in innovation for business from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, currently known as Tecnológico de Monterrey.

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Eysa Reyes-Rincon

Chief Operating Officer

Mrs. Eysa Reyes-Rincon is a global executive with strong experience in the corporate finance, tax and management consulting for more than 25 years. Eysa was formerly Global Employer Services' Tax Director at Deloitte Venezuela and held multiple international Senior Financial Positions in multinational corporations. She also acted as the lead advisor in the foundation of a financial company in Panamá.  Eysa has proven experience of business transformation through new market development initiatives. As the CEO and Co-founder of AVZIRE Human Capital LTD. Mrs. Reyes-Rincon offers high level consultative recruitment solutions and work with a variety of organizations ranging from blue chip multinationals, to small and medium sized enterprises who are expanding into both their domestic and non-domestic markets. Following the successful launch of the Executive Recruitment Services for Banking & Finance Consulting, IT & Telecom, Engineering industries; Mrs. Reyes-Rincon works with her clients in all sectors on domestic and international roles, bringing her understanding of leadership for significant, wide projects, typically with large budgets and sizeable staff, focused on meeting project commitments, including communications with stakeholders. Her expertise goes to Management Consulting, accounting & financial systems, and current managerial administrative processes consistent with corporate policies, internal controls, HR, Operations, Sales and Marketing to new industry areas. Mrs. Eysa Reyes-Rincón is also the COO of the AVZIRE group of companies where she oversights all aspects relative to corporate finance, treasury and operations and actively participates in corporate financial modeling and tax engagements.  Eysa has a Bachelor of Science in public accounting in Venezuela and a Master of Science in Professional Management from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.

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Kendall A. Almerico

General Legal Counsel

Kendall A. Almerico is an attorney with 30+ years’ experience who is considered one of the top crowdfunding and JOBS Act experts in the United States. Kendall was called “one of the top Regulation A+ attorneys in the country” by Forbes and was named the 17th most influential thought leader in the crowdfunding industry by VentureBeat and was the top ranked practicing attorney on the prestigious list. Inc. magazine named Kendall to its list of “Top 19 Crowdfunding Experts Startups Need to Know.” Onalytica ranked Kendall #1 on its 2016 list of the Top 100 crowdfunding influencers in the world. Kendall and his crowdfunding websites have appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Washington Times, Huffington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, the New York Daily News, Business Insider, Christian Science Monitor, Fox Business Network and Yahoo News and hundreds of newspaper, blog, radio and television interviews including CNN, CNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, CCTV and Bloomberg TV.

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