Benessere Capital Acquisition Corp.
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Patrick Orlando has served as our chairman and Chief Executive Officer since our inception. Mr. Orlando has been serving as Chief Executive Officer of Yunhong International, a publicly listed special acquisition purpose corporation since January 2020 (Nasdaq: ZGYH). Mr. Orlando is Chief Executive Officer of Benessere Capital, LLC, an investment consulting and investment banking firm he founded in Miami in October 2012. At Benessere Capital, LLC, he has advised on fundraising, capital deployment, mergers and acquisitions, private placements, and products marketing. From March 2014 to August 2018, Mr. Orlando also served as the Chief Financial Officer of Sucro Can Sourcing LLC, a sugar trading company he co-founded, where he managed all financial matters including insurance and banking relationships. From November 2014 to August 2018, Mr. Orlando served as the Vice President of Sucro Can International LLC, a sugar processing company, where he focused on compliance, finance, and processing technology. From March 2011 to March 2014, Mr. Orlando served as the Managing Director and the Head of Structuring and Derivatives of BT Capital Markets, LLC, a boutique investment bank in Miami, Florida, where he was involved in managing global derivatives and structuring activities. From September 2006 to March 2011, Mr. Orlando served in roles including Chief Technical Officer and Director of Pure Biofuels Corporation, a renewable fuel corporation headquartered in Houston, Texas with operations in Peru. From April 1998 to December 2003, Mr. Orlando served as the Director of Emerging Markets Fixed Income Derivatives of Deutsche Bank. Mr. Orlando earned degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We believe Mr. Orlando is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his experience in mergers and acquisitions, SPAC experience and his contacts and relationships.
Francisco O. Flores has served as our Chief Financial Officer and secretary since inception. Mr. Flores founded and has been serving as managing director of Trebol Capital since July 2015. Through Trebol Capital, Mr. Flores has been the lead investor in over 12 tech startups, in which some of his largest investors are Mexican government entities. Mr. Flores has also been serving as general partner at Klee Real State, a private equity fund that focus on real estate investments in Mexico since October 2018. Mr. Flores founded and has also been serving as managing partner of Younicorn Apps, a company that specializes on aiding start-ups with their technology and software development, since September 2016. In October 2011, he founded and has been serving as managing partner of Industrias Tecnológicas de Aguascalientes, a company that develops software to analyze large amounts of data for their customers. Since November 2010, he has been serving as Chief Executive Officer of Nodus The Creative Center, the first private incubator and entrepreneurship center in Bajío, Mexico, in which he supported in their business program more than 75 tech startups. Mr. Flores earned a degree in Mechatronic Engineering and specialized on Artificial Intelligence from the Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM).
Guillermo Cruz has served as our Chief Operating Officer since November 2020. Mr. Cruz is known for his private equity investment experience and management consulting expertise in Latin America. Mr. Cruz is the Chief Executive Officer and a partner of Asesores de Consejo y Alta Direccion S.C. and Board Solutions LLC (“ACAD & Board Solutions”), the largest corporate governance consulting firm in Latin America in revenue, a role he has held since 2010. From 2016 to 2019, Mr. Cruz grew the firm’s accumulated revenue by 150% and increased the firm’s client base from 300 to 650 clients historically. In 2013, Mr. Cruz founded GC Capital Investment Fund, a venture capital firm, which has partnered with eight startups in a variety of industries. In October 2020, he formed Maquia Capital, an agricultural private equity firm which manages more than $50 million in investments in Mexico, the United States, and Latin America. Mr. Cruz holds a MS in Finance from Harvard University, a certificate in business administration from the Yale School of Management, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
John Simpson is a Director and will join our board of directors upon the consummation of this offering. Mr. Simpson has been serving as the Managing Partner at Bluegrass Partners since October 2018, a company focusing on investment and advisory structure in partnership with leading global animal health and nutrition company Alltech in Singapore. From August 2009 to September 2018, Mr. Simpson served as the Director at Duxton Asset Management based in Singapore, where he managed team running private equity investments from origination and analysis, modelling, to due diligence management, negotiations, through to post-investment monitoring and company board representation. Mr. Simpson has been serving as Non-Executive Director at a number of companies including ACE Dairies, the largest aggregated dairy company in Australia; Kapunga Rice Project Ltd, a rice producer and miller in East Africa; and on the board of advisors of the Women in Agribusiness Association of Asia WOMAG in Singapore. Mr. Simpson has represented his industry on the High-Level Panel of Experts of the United Nations Committee on Food Security in issues concerning Land Tenure & Responsible Agriculture Investing policy for the private sector. Mr. Simpson has also been the speaker at various high-level conferences including TICAD Japan, UN CFS, FAO, GAI. Mr. Simpson has been serving as the Company Director of World Festival Productions, a holding company producing and financing entertainment products for international touring market. From 2004 to 2005, Mr. Simpson served as the Head of Business Development of Institute for War and Peace Reporting, an institution providing analysis and consultancy in The Balkans. In 2016, Mr. Simpson graduated from the General Management Programme at Harvard Business School. In 2009, Mr. Simpson received his Master of Science degree in Population and Economic Development at London School of Economics. We believe Mr. Simpson is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his experience in private equity, and his contacts and relationships.
John Fargis is a Director and will join our board of directors upon the consummation of this offering. Mr. Fargis has been serving as the Co-Founder and Principal of BYG Advantage since June 2014, a Beijing-based platform that outsources business development, sales acceleration bridging best in class technology into the Asia Pacific region. Clients include Hashicorp, VoltDB, WANdisco, and EF. Mr. Fargis has been serving as the Professor of management, strategy, and emerging markets at Hult International Business School since February 2014, where he teaches courses including Strategy, Management, Emerging Markets, Leadership, Operations and Big Data. Mr. Fargis has been also serving as the Adjunct Professor of Strategy, and China History since January 2014 in Shanghai, China. Mr. Fargis has been serving as the Co-Founder and President of the BYG Group since January 2014, a firm providing market acceleration and venture partnering services for technology companies interested in growing their businesses across APAC. Services include Market Analysis, Market Entry, Market Acceleration, Government Relations and special vehicle creation across the region. Mr. Fargis has been serving as the Principal APAC of Hortonworks since 2014. From March 2010 to December 2013, Mr. Fargis served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager at Kaseya where he incorporated, staffed and ran offices for Kaseya in Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong, and the company was purchased by Insight Venture Partners in June 2013. From 2007 to April 2010, Mr. Fargis served as the Vice President Sales and General Manager Asia of On2 Technologies which was purchased by Google in February 2010. From August 2005 to October 2007, Mr. Fargis served as the General Manager Asia Pacific of Global IP Solutions (GIPS), where he overseed sales and business development strategy for Global IP Sound (GIPS) in Asia. GIPS provides premiere quality speech processing technology for Voice Over IP (VOIP) networks, and its software enables numerous clients including application providers such as Skype, Google, AOL, Tencent, etc. From January 2004 to July 2005, Mr. Fargis served as the CEO of SiMa Systems, where he overseed funding and alliance strategy and general management for this digital clipboard solutions company. In 1998, Mr. Fargis received his Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree in International Consulting at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. In 1992, Mr. Fargis received his Master’s degree in special education at Hunter College. In 1988, Mr. Fargis received his Bachelor’s degree in Medieval Studies at Wesleyan University. We believe Mr. Fargis is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his experience in business strategy, emerging markets, and his contacts and relationships.
Eric Swider is a Director and will join our board of directors upon the consummation of this offering. Mr. Swider has been serving as the Chief Executive Officer of RUBIDEX since January 2020, a start-up company focusing on data security. Mr. Swider founded Renatus Advisors and has been serving as the Partner of Renatus LLC since June 2016, where he is responsible for FEMA grant management and government advisory services. From September 2016 to January 2018, Mr. Swider served as the Managing Director of Great Bay Global where he oversaw launch of new business division focused on investing in alternative strategies. From December 2014 to June 2016, Mr. Swider served as the Managing Director of OHorizons Global, where he oversaw expansion of new investment team and was responsible for working on a global basis to expand client base and investment portfolio. From February 2010 to December 2015, Mr. Swider served as the Managing Director of Oceano Beach Resorts, where he was responsible for growing new property and resort management group. Mr. Swider received his education in Mechanics Engineering and Nuclear Science Studies at US Naval Engineering and Nuclear A Schools, an intensive two-year program studying nuclear physics, heat transfer and fluid flow, advanced mathematical practices and engineering principles. We believe Mr. Swider is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his experience in business strategy, international expertise, and his contacts and relationships.
Justin L. Shaner is a Director and will join our board of directors upon the consummation of this offering. Mr. Shaner founded and has been serving as Chief Executive Officer of Shaner Properties LLC, a real estate investment and development company, since February 2011. Mr. Shaner has been Vice President of Development for Shaner Hotels LP, one of the foremost award-winning hospitality owner-operators and management companies in the hospitality industry, since 2018. Mr. Shaner has been serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Sobe Brooke Studios LLC, an independent film production company, since October 2012. From August 2013 to June 2016, Mr. Shaner served as a Partner and Producer of Radar Pictures in Los Angeles, California. From September 2007 to September 2015, Mr. Shaner served as the President and Chief Creative Officer of The JLS Agency, an award winning digital marketing agency. Mr. Shaner also serves as a board member for Shaner Ciocco S.r.l. which developed and manages the Renaissance Tuscany hotel. Mr. Shaner holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University. We believe Mr. Shaner is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his experience in business strategy, board experience, and experience investing in the technology sector.
Juan Fernandez will serve as a special advisor to the Company following the closing of this offering. Mr. Fernandez has been serving as the General Manager of Chassis Brakes International Spain, part of Hitachi Automotive Systems since April 2019. Mr. Fernandez has been serving as the President of Gira Cluster of Automotive Industries of Cantabria since May 2019. From September 2018 to April 2019, Mr. Fernandez served as the Smart Factory Platform Leader of Linxens. From January 2017 to April 2019, Mr. Fernandez served as the Site Director of Linxens. From September 2015 to December 2016, Mr. Fernandez served as the Senior Area Sales Manager Southern Europe for Quintus Technologies. From September 2014 to September 2015, Mr. Fernandez served as the Site Director of Hutchinson. From April 2013 to August 2014, Mr. Fernandez served as the Production Area Manager of Gestamp. From November 2005 to March 2013, Mr. Fernandez served as Process Engineer Manager at ArcelorMittal. From September 2003 to October 2005, Mr. Fernandez served as Resident Engineer of ArcelorMittal based Electrolux. In 2018, Mr. Fernandez received his Executive MBA degree at ESCP Europe. In 1999, Mr. Fernandez received his DEA master’s in science at Ecole Polytechnique.
Javier Tora will serve as a special advisor to the Company following the closing of this offering. Mr. Tora is the founder and has been serving as the Chief Executive Officer of ES Group since April 2013. Mr. Tora is the founder and has been serving as the coordinator of CEEC (Spanish Entrepreneurial Club in Canton) since March 2019. Mr. Tora has been serving as the director of Fashion Accessories Leathereware since March 2009. From January 2017 to July 2018, Mr. Tora served as the Vice-President of Spanish Chamber of Commerce in China. From October 2002 to March 2009, Mr. Tora served as the Sales and Asia Development Manager. Mr. Tora is the candidate for 2021 OPM (Owner President Management) graduate at Harvard Business School and received his master’s degree in International Commerce at EOI Sevilla in 1999. Mr. Tora received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics in FP Melva Institute in 1990.