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Christine Barker
Environmental Practices & Sustainability Advisor, Algodon Group

Marvin Bein
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Reuben Cannon
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.

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

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

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.

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
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Douglas B. Fox
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Kye Hellmers
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

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.

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.

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.

Jack Laschever
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Vincent J. Maritato
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

Javier Medin
Business Advisor, Algodon Group

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.

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.

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

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

Nicholas Turner
Real Estate Advisor, Algodon Group

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. 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.

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.

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

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

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.