Maquia Capital Acquisition Corp
- Technology, Biotech, Healthcare, FinTech, Financial Services, Software, Unicorns
Jeff Ransdell, our Chief Executive Officer , is a venture capitalist building a portfolio of exponential technology companies at the Coconut Grove based venture capital firm Fuel Venture Capital, which he founded in 2016 following a departure from the private wealth management industry. Fuel Venture Capital currently manages a $200 million fund and has a portfolio of almost a dozen companies, such as Bolt, AdMobilize, Taxfyle, and Eyrus. Mr. Ransdell approaches venture capital with a signature “founder focused, investor driven” mindset, shaped by his experience as a top executive of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. As a managing director and market executive of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, he managed more than $130 billion of global private client investment assets, a P&L of $2 billion, and over 2,000 employees across the bank’s Southeast Wealth Management Division. He is regularly called upon to share his insights on the global economy with outlets such as CNBC, CBS and American City Business Journals. Mr. Ransdell earned a bachelor’s degree from The University of North Dakota.
Guillermo Cruz, our Chief Operating Officer , has served as the Managing Partner of Benessere Capital Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:BENEU) since November 2020. In October 2020, Mr. Cruz formed Maquia Capital, an agricultural private equity firm which manages investments in Mexico, the United States, and Latin America. Since June 2010, Mr. Cruz has served as 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. While Mr. Cruz was at ACAD & Board Solutions, under his leadership, the firm’s accumulated revenue increased by 150% and the firm’s client base increased to 400 clients. Since March 2017, Mr. Cruz has served on the board of directors of ACAD & Board Solutions, where he serves on the board’s audit, compensation and governance committees. Mr. Cruz has also served as a member of the board of directors of ACAD & Board Solutions since June 2010, where he served on the company’s audit, compensation and governance committees. In March 2013, Mr. Cruz founded Governance Commitment Capital SAPI de CV, or GC Capital, a venture capital firm partnering with startups in a variety of industries, and continues to act as the Managing Partner today. At GC Capital, Mr. Cruz manages investments and participates as a member in the board of the directors of the startups, and also has served as a member of GC Capital’s board of directors since March 2013, and serves on the board’s governance committee. Since October 2020, Mr. Cruz has been a board member of Integradora Mexicana de Negocios GC SAPI de CV, where he serves on the governance committee. 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.
Jeronimo Peralta, our Chief Financial Officer , has served as Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer for Maquia Capital, a private equity firm specializing in the agriculture foods industry in Mexico, since October 2020. Since March 2013, Mr. Peralta has served as the Investment Director of GC Capital, where he manages venture capital companies. Mr. Peralta has served as a director of Integradora Mexicana de Negocios GC SAPI de CV since October 2020, and serves on the board’s governance committee. Since March 2013, Mr. Peralta has served on the board of GC Capital, where he also serves on their board’s governance committee. Mr. Peralta received his Bachleor’s degree in Corporate Finance from the Universidad Anahuac, and received his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Ipade Business School.
Maggie Vo, CFA, our Chief Investment Officer , has more than a decade’s finance experience in the public markets, analyzing and managing investments across a wide spectrum of asset classes, both traditional and alternative. Since January 2018, Ms. Vo has served as General Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Fuel Venture Capital, Maggie spearheads due diligence processes that determine prospective investments and capital deployment and steers valuation analyses of existing portfolio companies. She previously worked as Portfolio Manager at Blue Shores Capital from November 2011 to December 2017, where she managed the boutique hedge fund's flagship Global Long Short Equity strategy. Ms. Vo began her career in finance at Prudential Vietnam Fund Management and, later, Prudential Property Investment Managers in Singapore. Maggie holds a B.S. in Financial Economics and Mathematics from Centre College.
Luis Armando Alvarez, one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part, has been the President of MXC, a boutique investment banking firm, since April 2019, where he oversees and manages the global operations of the bank. From January 2013 to April 2019, Mr. Alvarez served as the Chief Executive Officer of Banco Actinver (BMV: ACTINVRB), Mexican Financial Institution, where he oversaw and managed the global operations of the bank. Prior to that, July 2011 until December 2013, Mr. Alvarez was a Managing Director of Santander Bank, S.A. (NYSE: SAN), a Spanish multinational financial services company, where he was involved in investment banking, advisory and capital raising services. From January 2002 until June 2011, Mr. Alvarez worked at IXE Grupo Finaciero, where Mr. Alvarez was General Director of Institutional Sales, Government and Federal entities, where his work focused on specializing investment banking, institutional sales, derivatives and asset management. Mr. Alvarez earned a Degree in Accounting and a Masters in Finance both from Universidad de Valle de Mexico. We believe that Mr. Alvarez is well-qualified to serve on our board of directors based on his extensive investment banking and financial services experience.
Guillermo Cruz R., one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part, has served as the Chairman of Asesores de Consejo y Alta Dirección and Board Solutions LLC (“ACAD & Board Solutions”), Latin America´s leading firm specialized in Corporate Governance and Family Business services since September of 2008. While at ACAD & Board Solutions, Mr. Cruz has been in charge of providing corporate governance, internal audit, internal control and risk management services to public and private firms. Prior to this, from March 1999 until September 2008, Mr. Cruz was a senior Partner in Charge of Corporate Governance, Internal Audit and Risk Management Services at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“Deloitte”). Since March 2018, Mr. Cruz has served on the board of directors of Las Sevillanas, a milk candy brand, where he operates as the President of the governance committee. Mr. Cruz received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Instituto Politecnico Nacional, received a certification in International Management from New York University, a Ph.D in Business with a concentration in Corporate Governance & Control from Universidad Anahuac, a Master’s degree in Finance from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico and a certification in Family Governance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. We believe that Mr. Cruz is well-qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his corporate governance, audit, and accounting experience.
Pedro Manuel Zorilla Velasco, one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part, served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Housing & Mortgage Development the Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the Mexican Stock Exchange from June 2001 until March 2018. Prior to that, From May 1995 until June 2001, Mr. Zorilla was a Technical Director at the Mexican Banks Association. Since May 2020, Mr. Zorilla has served on the board of directors of four companies: Consorcio ARA (BMV: ARA), a Mexico-based construction company, EXITUS Capital, a Mexican financial services company, Mexican Auto Dealers Association, a Mexican car dealer organization, and Operadora Valmex de Fondos de Inversion, an authorized investment fund operator in Mexico. Mr. Zorilla holds his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, and received his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy’s School of Government. We believe that Mr. Zorilla is well-qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his banking, investment, and securities experience.
Luis Antonio Marquez-Heine, one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part, has served as the Director of the Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Campus Sante Fe, and as the Director of the Full Time MBA program at EGADE Business School since March 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Maquez was a fund manager of Bricapital and Mexico Hotel Platform, two hospitality private equity funds, from 2013 to 2017. From 2004 to 2013, Mr. Marquez was the Chief Executive Officer of the Mexican Private Equity Association. Mr. Maquez has been an independent board member and the head of the Investment Committee of Hotels Mision, a Mexican-based hotel chain, Serfimex Capital, a Mexican financial institution dedicated to business investment, and Exitus Credit, a Mexican financial services company providing credit solutions to consumers. Mr. Marquez received his Bachelor’s degree in Law from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and received his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. We believe that Mr. Maquez is well qualified to serve on our board of directors due to his extensive hospitality, business administration, and private equity experience.