Tom Blinten Founder & CEO

Mr. Blinten has 25+ years of capital markets and investment banking experience in virtually every industry and region of the world. He executed over $12bn of cross-border emerging market transactions in the primary markets, created strategic partnerships globally, and is the senior relationship manager for several of the firm’s clients. Previously, Mr. Blinten co-headed Nomura Capital for the Americas, was a MD at General Re Financial Products, and headed Drexel Burnham Lambert’s Risk Arbitrage Group. He started his career as a petroleum engineer with Amoco Production Company.

Carlos Cano MD—Mexico

Carlos Cano, MD – Mexico.  Mr. Cano has 15 years of experience in investment banking, management consulting, project and trade finance.  Previously, he managed the working capital of Nemak (Grupo Alfa), a major multinational corporation with $3 billion in sales in the automotive industry.  Mr. Cano held senior positions at Alterbrain, Grupo Vitro, and Grupo Cydsa.

Marc Savini Global Advisory Board Member

Mr. Savini has 25+ years of experience in capital markets, relationship management, and managing business units for top global investment banks. He has key relationships at the largest private equity, hedge fund, and institutional firms in the US. Mr. Savini was a MD at the Bank of Montreal and a MD at Goldman Sachs, where he co-managed the NY institutional equity sales and trading businesses. He started his investment banking career at Merrill Lynch in Chicago.

Frank Byrne Global Advisory Board Member

Mr. Byrne has 25+ years of experience in ABL and securitization across global jurisdictions as a MD and business head with Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and UBS. He has managed global credit portfolios as large as $100bn and is a partner and investor in middle-market-focused private equity and asset-based financings.

Paul Smithwick Global Advisory Board Member

Mr. Smithwick is the Founder and Chairman of Sullivan 1702, a craft beer brewery in Kilkenny, Ireland. He is the 8th generation of his family to continue the Smithwick family’s 300 year old brewing heritage in Kilkenny.  Mr. Smithwick has significant experience in the agriculture, energy, finance, mining, oil, pharmaceutical, and timber sectors.  He is Chairman of Unicorn Mineral Resources, a metals exploration company in Ireland, and has served as Chairman of Kells Minerals Plc., Ovoca Gold Plc., and Grosvenor Recycling (London).  He has extensive global contacts in the diplomatic and commercial arenas.  Mr. Smithwick is a board member of the Jack and Jill Foundation, a member of the Knights of Malta, and an Honorary Freeman of the City of Kilkenny.

Anthony Robins Global Advisory Board Member

Mr. Robins has 25+ years experience in the global retail, real estate and consumer goods industries in executive, consulting and advisory roles. He has lived in the US, Europe, and Asia Pacific working with many top-tier global companies such as LVMH, Louis Vuitton, Dior, DFS, Lend Lease and Ralph Lauren. In a corporate role at Tiffany & Co. he had global responsibility for real estate, store development, facilities and construction activities across twenty-four countries.

As an architect with real estate, branding and business development expertise, he founded a company responsible for the design, development and construction of award-winning and widely published luxury boutiques, shopping centers, hotels, offices and private residences.  Responsible for the deployment of over $2 billion of capital investments, he has held operating, strategic and creative roles, and as a board director, advises consumer goods, retail and private equity companies.

Carlos Pelenur Operating Advisor - Southern Cone, Global Advisory Board Member

Mr. Pelenur has over 30 years of in-depth experience in cross-border supply chain finance, real estate development, bulk food commodities production, distribution and trading, M&A and financial advisory services.  He has held executive positions in major US and LatAm corporations, including ITT/Sheraton (Southern Cone), Techem/Techint (BR), The Pittsburgh Companies/Pittrex GMBH (AR/GM), Cliffstar/Cott Corp (AR, CH, US), Seneca Foods Corporation (USA) and owned and managed Valley Evap. Co (AR, US) and Trade Financing Partners (UY).  Mr. Pelenur earned a BA in Economics from Cornell and a MBA in Accounting and Management from Pace University.  He resides in Buenos Aires, Argentina and his business domain includes Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.  Carlos is fluent in Spanish, English, French, and Portuguese.

Dru Rai Global Advisory Board Member

Mr. Rai has 25 years of senior experience in the chemicals, automotive, and industrial markets with the last 3 years at Axalta Coating Systems (formerly DuPont Performance Coatings) where he had P&L responsibility for $500mm annual revenue and 2500+ employees in 30 countries.  He was part of the senior leadership team, which led the purchase and carve-out of the business from DuPont to Carlyle and a successful IPO.  He has extensive experience in sales, marketing, business development, supply-chain, IT, M&A, divestitures, and turn-arounds.  Mr. Rai held senior management positions at Williams Companies, GE Advance Materials’ Sealant business where he led the sale of the business to Apollo Management and a carve-out of GE’s Momentive Performance Materials as a standalone company, GE Security where he led the sale of the business to UTC, and Delphi where he led the Delphi divesture from GM.  He started his career at E&Y and advanced to an Associate Director in the M&A and Consulting Services Group.  Mr. Rai is also a member of the Board of Directors of and Chairman of the Board’s Strategy Committee for Ameri100, a high-growth IT consulting and implementation company, which Panamax took public via a reverse merger in 2015.  He has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Production Engineering from GB Pant University (India) and a MBA from the University of Connecticut.

Marcelo Sanchez Operating Advisor - Brazil and Peru, Global Advisory Board Member

Mr. Sanchez has 25 + years of experience in relationship management, commercial and investment banking, as well as the management of different business units. He held senior management positions at Banco Itaú and Banco Itaú BBA, in Brazil and also in the USA for 20 years, including managing Itaú´s International Commercial Department in Brazil for 4 years and Itaú´s operations in New York for over 7 years. More recently, he was Interbank - Banco Internacional del Peru´s country director in Brazil for six years. Mr. Sanchez was a Institute of International Bankers (IIB) Executive Committee member and a trustee at its Board of Trustees; a Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce (BACC) Executive Committee member and director; and a vice president at the Associação Brasileira de Bancos Internacionais (ABBI) International Banks Representative Offices Committee. He has published extensively in Peru on current business and economic topics, is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish, and holds a BA in Economics from the Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo - PUC SP and a MBA in Finance and International Business from the University of California at Los Angeles - UCLA.