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Steven A. Moel, M.D., J.D.
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 Gaucho Group Holdings, INC. (“Gaucho 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, Gaucho Group identifies and develops hotel, hospitality and other lifestyle properties, as well as opportunities and brands that fit within its proprietary Gaucho brands; one of distinction, refinement, and elegance. The qualities of the Gaucho Group 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 4,138 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.
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Mr. Lawrence has served on the Gaucho Group Holdings, Inc. Board of Directors since 1999. Mr. Lawrence served as the Chairman of Associated British Industries plc, a company that manufactured sealants and jointings for car engines, as well as aviation jointings and sealants (for both original equipment manufacturers and aftermarkets), specialty waxes and anti-corrosion coatings for the automotive tire, and plastics industries. The company was acquired for £40 million by AlliedSignal Corp in 1995. Mr. Lawrence has also served as a director of the Close Beacon Fund OEIC since its founding in 1994. Beacon invests in small and recently floated companies on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange. Over the last several years, Mr. Lawrence has participated in numerous start-up and entrepreneurial ventures, both as an investor and as a member of the companies' Board of Directors or Board of Advisors. Mr. Lawrence received a B.A. in Modern History from Oxford University where he graduated with honors.
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 Gaucho Group Holdings, INC., BB:VINO (Biotech/Hotels/International Real Estate Development/Fashion/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.
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.
Edie Rodriguez is a globally respected thought leader on Luxury and Luxury Branding and frequent speaker on Fox News, Fox Business News, CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg TV in the U.S., U.K., and Hong Kong. She is a Member of the Board of Directors for the Saudi Tourism Authority (SAT) and is also the Chair of the SAT’s Nominating and Renumeration Committee. Ms. Rodriguez is also a Director for RAND Corporation’s Center for Global Risk and Security (CGRS). As an Advisory Board Member she provides governance and fiduciary guidance, advising from billion-dollar corporations’ perspectives. She received a significant honor in 2018 when she was hand selected by The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to be a Founding Steering Committee Member and Executive Committee Member for The KSA Public Investment Fund (PIF) for a project that was integral for their strategic #SaudiVision2030 plan.
From October 2017 to April 2020, she was Americas Brand Chairwoman for the world’s leading Luxury Yacht Expedition Cruise Company, Ponant Cruises – a subsidiary of the multi-billion dollar luxury leader Groupe Artemis/Kering, where she provided strategy, direction and implementation road maps.
Previously, she led as CEO and President of Crystal Cruises Corporation, a multi-billion dollar global brand with ocean cruise ships, river vessels, yacht expedition vessels, private charter air traveling worldwide. She guided the company’s strategy, operations, finance, and customer focus. During her tenure with Crystal Cruises Corporation she was a member of the BoD of Cruise Line International Association (CLIA).
She is an Advisory Board Member for The Retail Summit, advising on the convergence of technology, digital disruption, hospitality, corporate social responsibility and global luxury experiences. She has completed Wharton Business School’s Executive Management Program, Boards that Lead, Stanford University’s Executive Management Program, Finance for C-Suite Executives, Harvard Business School Women’s Leadership Forum and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Nova Southeastern University. The Company believes Ms. Rodriguez is uniquely qualified to serve as a director of the Company because of her previous experience as Chairwomen of one of the top luxury cruise lines in the world, for her experience in the industries of international luxury travel and hospitality, and for her diverse experience member of the board of directors and board of advisors for multiple companies, as well as for her committee membership for The KSA Public Investment Fund (PIF), which is the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia and among the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world with total estimated assets of $382 billion.