Juan Sartori has served as our non-executive Chairman of the Board since December 2018. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Union I from November 2017 until it completed its merger with Bioceres in March 2019. Mr. Sartori is the Chairman and founder of Union Group International Holdings Ltd. (Union Group), a privately owned investment and private equity management firm with significant strategic Latin American interests. These cover the agricultural, energy, forestry, infrastructure, minerals, oil & gas and real estate sectors. Mr. Sartori established Union Group in 2007. In 2008, he formed Union Agriculture Group (BVM: UAGR), one of the first companies affiliated with Union Group to consolidate agricultural assets. UAGR has grown to become the largest agricultural company in Uruguay, and one of the biggest in Latin America, with a subsidiary listed on the Montevideo Stock Exchange. Since its incorporation, Union Group and its subsidiaries have performed numerous transactions across Latin America, growing its portfolio of businesses of private and public companies. Mr. Sartori is a regular speaker about Latin American issues in worldwide conferences and media. Mr. Sartori began his career as a financial services entrepreneur in 2002 launching Union Capital Group, a Geneva based multi-strategy asset manager, selling its control in 2008. Mr. Sartori was a candidate in the 2019 Uruguayan Presidential elections under the National Party, and placed second in the primary with 23% of the party’s vote. Mr. Sartori received a Bachelor Degree in Business and Economics from École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Lausanne.
We believe Mr. Sartori is well qualified to serve as a director due to his contacts and business experience, including his experience with Union I.
Kyle P. Bransfield has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a director since our inception. He has also served as director of Union I since November 2017 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from December 2017 until it completed its merger with Bioceres in March 2019. Mr. Bransfield currently serves on the board of the resulting entity, Bioceres Crop Solutions (NYSE American: BIOX), and sits on the audit, compensation, and nominating and governance committees). Mr. Bransfield is a Partner of Atlantic-Pacific Capital and has led the firm’s global direct private placement and structured investment activities since 2015. Mr. Bransfield has over 12 years of experience in direct equity and debt private markets principal investing, capital raising, and investment banking. Prior to joining Atlantic-Pacific, Mr. Bransfield was an investment banker in Sagent Advisors’ Private Financing Solutions Group from 2014 to 2015. Prior to Sagent, Mr. Bransfield spent five years from 2009 to 2014 as a Principal and General Partner at CS Capital Partners, a Philadelphia-based multi-family office focused on alternative investments. In his role there, he co-managed a portfolio of direct investments, served as an observer to several boards of directors, and fulfilled operating roles within portfolio companies. In 2006, Mr. Bransfield began his career in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Stifel Nicolaus Weisel. Mr. Bransfield received a B.S. in Business Administration from American University.
We believe Mr. Bransfield is well qualified to serve as a director due to his contacts and business experience, including his experience with Union I.
Daniel W. Fink has served as our Chief Operating Officer and a director since December 2018. He also served as a director of Union I from December 2017 until it completed its merger with Bioceres in March 2019. Mr. Fink has been a Partner at PTW Capital, an investment firm, since March 2017, and the Managing Principal at Blue Moose of Boulder, an emerging natural foods company, since October 2015. Mr. Fink has spent the majority of his career in investment banking and private equity, including working at Morgan Stanley from 1999 to 2001, J.W. Childs Associates, L.P. from 2001 to 2007, Stone Tower Equity Partners from 2007 to 2008 and Centerview Capital from 2009 to 2013. From April 2013 to March 2015, Mr. Fink was at Bacardi Limited where he served as Vice President of Finance/Business Planning. Over the course of his career, Mr. Fink has helped to build or revitalize some highly recognized brands in the consumer industry. Mr. Fink received a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
We believe Mr. Fink is well qualified to serve as a director due to his contacts and business experience, including his experience with Union I.
Gerald W. Haddock has served as a director since December 2018. He also served as a director of Union I from December 2017 until it completed its merger with Bioceres in March 2019. Mr. Haddock founded Haddock Enterprises, LLC in 2000 and has served as its President since such time. Haddock Enterprises is an entrepreneurial development company concentrating on private investments and transactions, including oil and gas and real estate, located in Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Haddock formerly served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Crescent Real Estate Equities Company, a diversified real estate investment trust, from 1994 to 1999. Mr. Haddock served as a director of Valaris plc (formerly ENSCO International, Plc.) (NYSE: VAL), a leading global offshore oil and gas drilling service company, from 1986 until May 2019. He has also served as a director of Meritage Homes Corporation (NYSE: MTH), a real estate development company that constructs single-family detached homes across the United States as well as active adult communities and luxury real estate in Arizona, since 2005 and has served as Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee since 2006 and served as a member of the Audit Committee from 2009 to 2018. Mr. Haddock is a former board member of Cano Petroleum, Inc., having served from December 2004 to October 2008. He also serves on the board of trustees and is a member of various committees for the Executive Investment Committee at Baylor University, the M.D. Anderson Proton Therapy Education and Research Foundation, the CEELI Institute and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation. Mr. Haddock received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Baylor University and his J.D. from Baylor University Law School. He also has received a Masters of Law in Taxation degree from New York University School of Law and a MBA from Dallas Baptist University.
We believe Mr. Haddock is well qualified to serve as a director due to his contacts and business experience, including his experience with Union I, as well as his experience on other public company boards and committees.
Joseph J. Schena has served as a director since December 2018. He also served as a director of Union I from December 2017 until it completed its merger with Bioceres in March 2019. Mr. Schena has served as a principal and co-founder of PTW Capital since June 2017. Mr. Schena served as the Chief of Staff at Cohen Enterprises focused on C&S Wholesale Grocers and Warehouse Technologies from November 2015 until April 2019. Previously, Mr. Schena served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President at C&S Wholesale Grocers. Prior to C&S Mr. Schena was Chief Financial Officer of Bacardi Limited from October 2012 to September 2014. Previously, Mr. Schena served as an Operating Partner at Centerview Capital from 2007 to 2012 and was involved in the $5.5 billion privatization of Del Monte Foods and the acquisition of Richelieu Foods. Prior to Centerview Capital, Mr. Schena served in various senior financial positions at Gillette from 2001 to 2007 where he was Chief Financial Officer of the Gillette business unit after the sale to P&G and Kraft/Nabisco from 1980 to 2000. Mr. Schena currently serves as a director of Warehouse Technologies, an automated warehousing company located in Wilmington, MA. He also serves as a director of Conyers Park II Acquisition Corp., a blank check company seeking to consummate an initial business combination with a target business in the consumer sector. Mr. Schena received an MBA in Finance and a BBA in Accounting from Iona College.
We believe Mr. Schena is well qualified to serve as a director due to his contacts and business experience, including his experience with Union I.