Board of Advisors
- OMER CEDAR – Omega Point Research
Omer is CEO and co-founder of Omega Point. Previously, Omer served as SVP, Research at Two Sigma Investments.
In this role, he founded and built Two Sigma’s global equity research analyst survey platform (“TAP”).
He was responsible for research/modeling, product development, and relationship management.
He also managed Two Sigma’s quantitative risk arbitrage system, developed models, and conducted classic fundamental Risk Arb research.
Omer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
- OMER CEDAR – Omega Point Research
JUAN PABLO IBARRA – Mercon Coffee Group
He joined Mercon as Finance Director in 2009. He was later appointed Director of Marketing, directing all of Mercon’s operations (sales, trading, traffic and support).
He is currently Mercon’ Group Global COO, responsible for leading finance, business development, global operations and global support functions. Prior to joining Mercon, he held numerous leadership positions at General Electric for seven years and earned the Six Sigma Black Belt certification.
Mr. Ibarra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Yale University.
- DAVID GRAY – FORMER CBOE Global Markets
Under Mr. Grays twenty plus years of leadership, the CBOE expanded its global foot print and role as a market leader in investment solutions and technologies worldwide. Leading the business and sales efforts to expand access to a diverse client base and CBOE’s flagship products including the S&P 500 Index, VIX and Volatility complex.
He currently serves on the investment advisory board for Dykrpt Capital in Palo Alto, California and Coin routes a New York based firm. He received a B.S. Degree in Geography and Comparative Systems Economics with a Minor in Aerospace Science from Western Michigan University, an MBA in International Business from Lake Forest and completed his Post Graduate Executive Leadership Education at the University of Michigan.
- DAVID GRAY – FORMER CBOE Global Markets
VICTOR HUGO RODRIGUEZ – LatAm Alternatives Group
He is the Founder and CEO of LatAm Alternatives. Mr. Rodriguez has over 20 years of experience in Management, Sales, Marketing and Business Development within the securities industry in the US-LatAm region. He was Partner and Head of Latin American Prime Brokerage for Merlin Securities and Director of Global Institutional Sales at Trade Station Securities. Before he worked as Director of Latin America for Terra Nova Trading (now LightSpeed Trading) and in the late 90’s he was the Founder President & CEO of Pristine.com Latin America. He started his career at The Caracas Stock Exchange and was President & CEO of a mid-tier local Broker Dealer. He has been a live TV Economics News Anchor and is well known as the Founder and Former Head of The Hedge Fund Association (HFA) – LatAm Chapter. Mr. Rodriguez was elected STA (Security Traders Association) National Board LatAm Advisor.
He is the Founder and CEO of LatAm Alternatives. Mr Rodriguez has over 19 years of experience in Management, Sales, Marketing and Business Development within the securities industry in the US-LatAm region.
He was Partner and Head of Latin American Prime Brokerage for Merlin Securities (Mid-Tier Prime Broker) and Director of Global Institutional Sales at Trade Station Securities (Monex Group).
Before he worked as Director of Latin America for Terra Nova Trading (now LightSpeed Trading) and in the late 90’s he was the Founder President & CEO of Pristine.com Latin America.
He started his career at The Caracas Stock Exchange and was President & CEO of a mid-Ttier local Broker Dealer. He has been a live TV Economics News Anchor and is well known as the Founder and Former Head of The Hedge Fund Association (HFA) – LatAm Chapter. Mr Rodriguez was elected STA (Security Traders Association) National Board LatAm Advisor.
He lives between Boston and Miami with his 2 children.
Felix Danciu is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Elmcore Group and its wholly-owned investment bank, Elmcore Securities. With a focus on complex transactions and cross-border ventures, Felix’s background spans nearly 20 years in industries such as consumer goods, software, gaming, healthcare, telecom, F&B, construction, and textiles. Previously, Felix was a top executive with a multinational FMCG manufacturer, overseeing in-house M&A strategies, manufacturing, international trade, sales and marketing (online and retail), and logistics. Felix has also held various positions in the financial industry as well as interim management roles with companies in media, real estate, and mining, overseeing all aspects of corporate financial strategies, M&A, and capital raising. (Monster, Inc.; ClinCapture; Sportech NYX gaming; NYX Gaming Group and Super Max-Limited) In addition, Felix has extensive knowledge and experience in the research and trading strategies of various investment classes including long-short equities and high-yield corporate bonds. Mr. Danciu holds a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University with degrees in Economics and Government. Felix also holds the following FINRA licenses: Securities Industry Essentials SIE Exam, General Securities Representative Series 7, General Securities Principal Series 24, Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination Series 63 and Limited Representative – Investment Banking Series 79
Mike Felix brings over 25 years of experience in the capital markets. Mike was Head of Marketing for TeraExchange, an independent startup Swaps Execution Facility (SEF) and was also Director of Global Marketing at Lime Brokerage, a leading technology-focused agency broker specializing in low-latency electronic trading.
Mike served as SVP, Director of Global Marketing for RealTick, a leading independent EMS trading technology provider and subsidiary of Lehman Brothers and subsequently Barclays Capital.
Mike was also a cofounder of Hottrend, an algorithmic trading services provider acquired by RealTick and his other experience includes positions at KPMG Peat Marwick in the Czech Republic, Conoco Phillips in Venezuela
and analyst positions at JP Morgan Chase. Mike lives in New York and received his MBA from Harvard Business School, BA in Economics, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University where he was also elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.
Mr. Rodriguez is a seasoned Cross-Border Financial and Banking expert that brings over 23 years of experience. Mr. Rodriguez is the Managing Director of Pushstone, a consulting firm that provides services to Banks and other Financial Institutions on AML/CFT Compliance, Regulatory Framework, Procedures & Operations and Correspondent Banking Relationships.
Mr Rodriguez was the Head of the Latam Division for Terra Nova Financial Group (now Lightspeed Financial, a division of Lime Brokerage) a broker dealer that offers electronic trading platforms for the purchase and sale of financial securities including equities, futures contracts, exchange-traded funds and options.
Mr Rodriguez served as the COO of the International Division for Pristine Capital Holdings INC (now T3 Live, LLC), an online trading school for traders and investors. He also performed activities as the Operations Manager for the Miami Branch of its broker dealer Pristine Securities LLC (DBA as Mastertrader).
Kevin A. Rowe
Felix Danciu is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Elmcore Group and its wholly-owned investment bank, Elmcore Securities. With a focus on complex transactions and cross-border ventures, Felix’s background spans nearly 20 years in industries such as consumer goods, software, gaming, healthcare, telecom, F&B, construction, and textiles.
Previously, Felix was a top executive with a multinational FMCG manufacturer, overseeing in-house M&A strategies, manufacturing, international trade, sales and marketing (online and retail), and logistics. Felix has also held various positions in the financial industry as well as interim management roles with companies in media, real estate, and mining, overseeing all aspects of corporate financial strategies, M&A, and capital raising. (Monster, Inc.; ClinCapture; Sportech NYX gaming; NYX Gaming Group and Super Max-Limited) In addition, Felix has extensive knowledge and experience in the research and trading strategies of various investment classes including long-short equities and high-yield corporate bonds.
Mr. Danciu holds a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University with degrees in Economics and Government. Felix also holds the following FINRA licenses: Securities Industry Essentials SIE Exam, General Securities Representative Series 7, General Securities Principal Series 24, Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination Series 63 and Limited Representative – Investment Banking Series 79
Mr. Abbo joined LatAm Alternatives in 2011 and have been with the company since the early beginning. Among all his major achievements we are proud to announce that Mr. Abbo is the Re-Elected CHAIRMAN of The
Panama’s Sovereign Wealth Fund.
He has authored numerous articles about the financial markets and the Global economy. He has researched and written for such well-recognized publications as The Economist Intelligence Unit and América Economía.
In 2000 Mr. Abbo published “Divisando Wall Street Desde el Sur de América” (a comprehensive guide for the Spanish-speaking community that explains the workings of the stock market). He also wrote a second book called: “The Big Gamble Are You Investing or Speculating” (wich teaches investors how to differentiate investments from speculation and gambling).
He makes regular guest appearances on various radio and television programs and has served as an expert witness in financial trials and forensic cases. He was Managing Director Corporate Finance at SFC Investment Panama and before he was Vice President International Capital Markets at Credit Suisse Panamá.
Mr. Abbo holds a degree in Professional Management from Nova University and has served as an MBA tutor for Tecnológico de Monterrey/ Thunderbird University Panama-based Global MBA programs.
He is married with 4 children.
Manuel joined LatAm Alternatives Group via LasAmericasMedia to revamp the concept of Video Marketing. Manuel is a recognized visual explorer. From creative development, direction, production, editorial and complex compositing his ability to execute across a multitude of disciplines is truly unique.
After receiving a degree in Advertising, Manuel got his professional start in the media business as a promo copywriter at a local TV channel in his native Venezuela. It was there, in a small editing room, where he would later discover his fascination with the digital world and the art of post-production.
Shortly thereafter, editing became his passion. He has worked with various top-level production houses over the years, participating in the creation of TV commercials, Networks, Program Branding, as well as long-form documentaries, drama, reality and live action mystery series.
The industry has praised his work with eight Emmy Awards and several PromaxBDA Gold Awards for his directing, editing and graphic arts work. He is also extremely active in the music industry, having participated in more than sixty music videos as producer, director and editor.
When not directing himself, he collaborates with some of the world’s biggest commercial and music video directors in the Hispanic market.
He has worked on projects that feature artists as diverse as Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, Maná, Alejandro Sanz, CNCO, Becky G, Ozuna, Bad Bunny, Karol G, Prince Royce, Gente de Zona, Ricardo Arjona and Pitbull.
He lives between Miami, NYC and Boston with his lovely wife and two young children.
Mr. Gandelman is widely acknowledged to be among the most preeminent financial executives in Latin America, as well as a seasoned expert in the global capital markets and trading in Latin America.
Mr. Gandelman was The SVP of BGC , covering global markets out of Dubai and with a very strong presence in Latin America and its markets.
Previously to this Alan was Head of Sales at INTL FC Stone Brasil DTVM, a leader in the development of specialized financial services, and also serves on the board of ANCORD, Brazil’s National Association of Broker dealers. Previously, Mr. Gandelman served as President at ATS Brasil, a joint venture between NYSE and ATG, and served as president at ICAP where he launched ICAP Brazil, which has subsequently become one of ICAP´s largest global revenue centers.
Earlier, Mr. Gandalman served as managing partner at Ágora, and held senior roles at both Bear Stearns and Goldman Sachs.
He was also a member of the Brazil-US Business Council, sat on Bovespa’s Board of Directors, and served as president of the International Affairs Commission.
Mr. Gandelman was also president of the Bovespa Futures Index Chamber and held a similar capacity at BM&FBovespa’s Equities and Equity Derivatives Chamber following the merger.
Mr. Velásquez is Partner and Head of Educational Service and also, he is the founder and Coach at “Your Own CEO” which supports Latin American executives to achieve their professional goals through business coaching sessions.
Before joining The LatAm Alternatives Group Daniel was B2B Director for Latin America for ADEN Business School leading 24 branches in the region. Also, from 2008 to late 2013 Mr. Velásquez was Regional Manager for INCAE Business in Ecuador, Colombia, Panama and Venezuela.
His greatest passion is to teach and make consultancies in marketing, sales and strategy and to help people and companies achieve their goals.
For this reason, he was volunteer in Young Entrepreneurs Volunteers Network – JA Nicaragua helping young entrepreneurs to make real their businesses ideas.
He was also member of INDE (Instituto Nicaragüense de Desarrollo) teaching courses and conferences in Business. Mr. Velasquez is from Colombia and while there, he thought marketing and strategy in Universidad Externado de Colombia and LaSalle College University.
Mr. Velasquez holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Universidad Externado de Colombia. Also, an MBA (master’s in business administration) from INCAE Business School with emphasis in Marketing.
He is an expert in conductive sales, digital marketing and Leadership Development.
Daniel live between Latin America and Miami where he was relocated with his wife and two young children.
As President of Surge Web Marketing, Scott established himself as one of the top Digital Marketing And Social Media experts for local businesses throughout the United States.
He specializes in using a unique blend of branding combined with positioning his clients as the top of their local.
We find people interested in our clients, and then we stay in front of them 24x7 with smart copywriting, heavy retargeting, and an analytical approach that calculates the most cost effective way to advertise.
Prior to digital marketing Scott was an industry leader in Software Engineering and worked for companies such as Eaton and Johnson Controls for more than 20 years.
Scott lives in a small town near Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife and three kids.
Mr. Iturbe obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Telecommunications in 1994 from the Universidad Metropolitana (UNIMET) in Venezuela and has subsequently obtained other specializations in the same area since then.
He lives in Caracas where his wife and 2 kids are based. Since 2004 Mr. Iturbe has been affiliated with The Project Management Institute. Earlier in his career he was Program Manager at Motorola in Venezuela and Telecommunication Manager at World Tel-Fax Electronic. Mr. Iturbe is in charge of The LA Group¹s Technology Platform based on web services and oriented on Software as a service (SaaS). Mr. Iturbe was an external consultant for several major Telecom Companies in Venezuela and Miami, where he assisted in Program Management areas as Data, Security and Storage Management.
Mr Lares Quintero is the Head Graphic Design a well-known Latin Graphic Designer who specializes also in brand identity system development.
He has extensive experience in graphic design across The Latin American Region, working closely with major and important clients in different verticals.
His focus has been on concept ideation, logo development, typography, color palette, graphic language, photo style and video edition.
Leonard design using a wide range of applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator, 3ds max, Drawing, Design Graphic, Lettering and Creative Development.
He served as Art Director and partner at Zinaphia Creative and was the lead graphic designer/account manager at Aerolinea Creativa MX and Megainbound.
Mr Lares Quintero received her BA in Graphic Design from the “Design Institute” in Caracas, Venezuela.
Professors / Coaches
Urbi Garay received a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; a M.A. in International and Development Economics from Yale University, and a B.A in Economics from Universidad Católica Andres Bello (Caracas, Venezuela).
He is a Full Professor of Finance at IESA Business School (Caracas, Venezuela), where he teaches the following courses at the master’s level: Investments, Derivatives Products, Alternative Investments, Hedge Fund Strategies and Seminar in Finance.
Dr. Garay is also a Chaired Member of the Venezuelan Academy of Economics. He was a Visiting Researcher at the Center for International Securities and Derivatives Markets (CISDM) of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2007-08), and has been a Visiting Professor at various business schools in the U.S., Europe and Latin America.
Dr. Garay has been a consultant to CAIA (since 2008), the Inter-American Development Bank, the Venezuelan Central Bank and the Caracas Stock Exchange.
He has been interviewed or quoted at CNN en Español, El Mundo, Clarin, La Nación, El Nacional, El Universal, and other media companies.
He is co-author of the books CAIA Level II: Advanced Core Topics in Alternative Investments (Wiley, 2009 and 2015), CAIA Workbooks Level I and II (CAIA, various years), Fundamentals of Finance (Ed. IESA, 2005, and six reprints), and Long Term Investing (Ed. IESA, 2007).
He has published articles in The Journal of Alternative Investments, Emerging Markets Review, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Econometrics, Corporate Governance: An International Review, Academia and the Journal of Business Research.
Michael Andrews is Founder and Managing Partner of Hawkstone Capital Group, a private investment firm with a ten-year track record of minority stake investments, majority stake acquisitions, deal structuring, due diligence and advisory services.
He comes from a strong operating background with broad experience across industrial manufacturing, industrial services, value-add distribution and cleantech companies.
His career has been spent navigating teams through high-stress situations (turnarounds, transitions & rapid expansions).
Roles he has filled include President, of a multi-billion-dollar division, and Head of M&A for a Fortune 500 company, CEO / Board positions with various private businesses and Managing Partner of a private investment firm he founded.
Hawkstone Capital Group is a private investment firm making operator led, majority stake acquisitions of privately held companies utilizing SPV style transactions. Hawkstone aligns discerning founder owners with operating executives, transitioning private companies to new private owners.
Andrews brings 25 years of experience in portfolio business management and mergers and acquisitions to his clients, where he holds various C-Level positions and Board roles.
Michael Andrews is the former Executive Vice President of General Cable Corporation, a Fortune 500 Company, and President of General Cable’s Energy and Infrastructure Group, a portfolio of nine businesses generating $1.4 billion in annual revenue.
He was part of the Senior Management Team that took General Cable from $1.45 Billion to $6.5 Billion in revenue and their stock from $3.00 to $80.00.
He also led mergers and acquisitions and global asset investment planning, closing several transactions in excess of $2 billion in annual revenue, including the acquisition of Phelps Dodge Wire and Cable, a company with operations in ten countries on four continents, and managing $80 million in annual capital expenditures respectively.
He has been a member of the Government Affairs Board of National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and an active speaker at energy, infrastructure and sustainability conferences sponsored by organizations such as Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, RBC, Sterne Agee and The Cleantech Group.
Andrews holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Operations and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from the Carl H Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati.