Gaucho Group Logo

Christine Barker
Environmental Practices & Sustainability Advisor, Algodon Group

Marvin Bein
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Orlan Boston
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

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.

Marvin Bein was born and raised in Corpus Christi, TX.  After high school he enlisted in the Army Reserves prior to moving to Houston for enrollment at the University of Houston. 

While attending college in Houston, he worked part time for 3 years for a commercial flooring company.  He additionally spent his summers studying language at the Universidad De Las Americas in Cuernavaca, Mexico.  He started his own floor covering business at the age of 22.  He was self-employed in that business – which morphed into commercial construction – for his entire career, selling the company 40 years later, at the age of 62.

Marvin specialized in concrete slab reinforcement and site construction, and was involved in the building of churches, schools, medical clinics, warehouses, and other public and commercial buildings, mostly within a 100-mile radius of Houston, over a period of 4 decades.

Although retired, Marvin continues to work as an M&A consultant in the aircraft services industry.  He is a pilot of 45 years, and he also volunteers for the Shriner's Hospitals for Children, flying out to do preliminary needs-assessments of families.  Marvin loves to fly, fish and play music.

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,,, 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.

Reuben Cannon
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Doug Casey
Senior Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Matteo Cecchetto
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

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 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 or

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.

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, and maintains the personal wine blog Sports, art, books and good wine along with music, are the passions of his life.

David Chaldecott
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

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

Major General Arnold Fields, Retired
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

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.

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.

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

Todd Gridley
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Kye Hellmers
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

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.

In his advisory role for Algodon Group, Mr. Gridley can expose prospective relationships to the Algodon brand, and aids in the development and sales of Algodon's vineyards, luxury homesites and real estate.  He has over 20 years’ experience in luxury real estate and 10 years in sales and marketing for luxury hotels including Fairmont Hotels, and  InterContinental Hotels. He currently enjoys a successful luxury real estate career in his home of Naples, Florida. In his free time he enjoys snow skiing, wind surfing, golf and travel.

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, 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.

J. P. Kyrillos
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Lee Lacy
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Jack Laschever
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

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 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. 

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.

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.

Stephen Loeb
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Vincent J. Maritato
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Frank Mathis
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

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.

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.

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.

Javier Medin
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Jeffrey E. Modesitt
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

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

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.

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.

Dr. Moel had a private practice as a Business and Transactional Attorney and a member of the California and American Bar Association, and the American Inns of Court. He has served as counsel to many corporations.

He is presently Director, Hollywood Burger Holdings, Inc. (International Fast Food Restaurants); Director and Senior Business Advisor of Algodon Luxury Development, BB:VINO (Biotech/Hotels/International Real Estate Development/Agriculture/Winery); and Senior Business Advisor for Global Job Hunt (International Recruiting and Education).

He was a founder of Akorn, Inc., a NASDAQ:AKRX (Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical Mfg.). where he served as a Director on the Executive Board, and Vice-President of Mergers & Acquisitions. He was Vice-President, Mergers & Acquisitions and Business Development, Virgilian, LLC (Nutraceuticals/Agricultural); 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 Manufacturing); Executive VP, Mergers and Acquisitions of Agaia Inc. (Green Cleaning Products). 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); 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 textbooks, and is an Emeritus Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. His academic history includes Washington University, University of Miami-Coral Gables, Marshall University, West Virginia University, University of Colorado, Harvard University, Louisiana State University-New Orleans, University of Illinois-Chicago, and College of Law in Santa Barbara.

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

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

Juan Ruiz, III
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Fritz A. Treyz
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

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.

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.

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

Nicholas Turner
Real Estate Advisor, Algodon Group

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

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

Adventuring at a young age to over 120 countries Nicholas quickly discovered a passion for real estate. Starting his career in property gave him the opportunity to learn through mentorship and guidance from some of the very best in the industry. Nicholas has a deep understanding of international property markets, notably the UAE, UK, and USA and has worked with both Residential and Commercial real estate investment since 2005 holding senior management roles in several companies. Nicholas is fluent in five languages, has influential skills at all levels of management and holds an MA (Hons) in Interpreting and Translating from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Nicholas served as Tennis team captain of Heriot-Watt between 2002-2005. In the USA, Nicholas has acquired several multi-family properties and currently serves on the board of the Homeowners Association (HOA) at these developments. Nicholas' real estate portfolio spans the UAE, UK, Brazil, Argentina and USA. Nicholas has extensive experience working closely with HNWI and family offices in structuring real estate deals to invest in emerging markets and managing mixed use developments. In central London, he has worked with the UK’s largest PLC developers to increase and drive sales volume from the GCC and Far East for both retail sales and bulk acquisitions.  During his free time Nicholas enjoys football, tennis, athletics and travel.

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.

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.