Tom Blinten Founder & CEO

Mr. Blinten has 30 years of capital markets, investment banking, and principal finance experience in virtually every industry and region of the world. He executed $12+bn of capital markets and M&A transactions, managed a $1.5bn finance business, 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 investment banking career at The First Boston Corporation in the Risk Arbitrage Group. Mr. Blinten earned a B.S. in Mathematics from NC State University and did post-graduate studies in BioMedical Computing, Economics, Genetics, Law, Operations Research, Particle Physics, Petroleum Engineering, and Plant Science.

Carlos Cano Global Advisory Board Member—Mexico

Carlos Cano, Global Advisory Board Member – 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 is an expert in structured finance with 25 years of experience with major international banking corporations. He joined Credit Suisse in 1987 where he was a pioneer in asset finance and securitization and worked on many of the novel structures and asset types as the industry was just developing.  In addition, he held senior positions in loan syndication, risk management and portfolio management.  Mr. Byrne also held senior positions at Deutsche Bank where he ultimately co-headed the Global Securitized Product Group where he managed a staff of 200+ providing structured financing to clients across 40 different financial asset types.  After the financial crisis, Mr. Byrne joined UBS to rebuild their ABS and RMBS businesses that had been shut down during the credit crisis. Mr. Byrne has an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and a BS in Finance from Fordham University.

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.

Marcelo Sanchez Global Advisory Board Member - Brazil and Peru

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.

Carlos Pelenur Global Advisory Board Member - Southern Cone

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.

Michael Reap Global Advisory Board Member

Mr. Reap joined Panamax Capital’s Advisory Board in January 2017. Michael brings to Panamax strong legal, operational and deal making experience developed over 30 years as well as a broad background in venture capital, energy, power, manufacturing, real estate, chemicals, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure, engineering and technology industries. A seasoned legal and business executive, Mr. Reap has served as the chief legal officer and compliance officer for several multi-national companies. He has extensive experience leading complex corporate, financial, and restructuring transactions (including domestic and cross-border M&A, capital raises, secured and unsecured financings, spin-offs, joint ventures, securities offerings and other investment transactions) for global companies in transactions valued in excess of $30 billion. Mr. Reap currently serves as principal of the R12 Group, which provides a wide variety of legal and strategic development services to public and private company management teams and boards of directors. His extensive background in M&A, corporate financings, regulatory compliance, securities laws, risk management (including in litigation, contract negotiations, insurance and fiduciary advisory services for Boards of Directors), intellectual property management, operational turnarounds, outsourcing, downsizings and other HR matters make him a valuable internal resource for Panamax, and the clients we serve. Mr. Reap earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and French, magna cum laude, and a Juris Doctor from Washington & Lee University, where he was a Law Review editor.

Nobuyuki Mokkoh Global Advisory Board Member - Asia and US

Mr. Mokkoh has 30+ years of experience in corporate banking, capital markets, M&A, venture capital and private equity.  From 2001 to 2017, Mr. Mokkoh was a Director, Venture Capital and Private Equity, at Marubeni America Corporation-NY, where he led the acquisition of Advantage Funding in New York in 2006 and sold it in 2015 to Macquarie Bank and subsequently acquired in 2011 20% of Westlake Financial Service in Los Angeles.  Mr. Mokkoh served on the boards of both Advantage Funding and Westlake.  Mr. Mokkoh held senior executive management positions at Rabobank-Japan (country manager, Chairman of Credit Committee and Management Committee), at Sakura Global Capital-Hong Kong (Regional Head of Asia), and Prudential-Bache Securities-Japan & US (Regional head for all Japanese and Korean transactions).  Mr. Mokkoh earned a B.A. in Business and Commerce from Keio University, Tokyo.