Stephen R. Petersen, CFA
Independent Director & Member of the Audit CommitteE
Stephen Petersen has over 40 years of experience in the capital markets and investment management. Since 2013, he has been a Managing Director and member of the Investment Committee at Prio Wealth, an independent investment management firm with over $3 billion in assets under management. Previously, Mr. Petersen served as Senior Vice President, Investments at Fidelity Investments for approximately 32 years. During his tenure at Fidelity, Mr. Petersen served as a Portfolio Manager and Group Leader of The Fidelity Management Trust Company and was responsible for managing several equity income and balanced mutual funds such as Fidelity Equity Income Fund (1993-2011), Fidelity Balanced Fund (1996-1997), Fidelity VIP Equity-Income Fund (1997-2011), Fidelity Puritan Fund (2000-2007), Fidelity Advisor Equity-Income Fund (2009-2011), and Fidelity Equity-Income II (2009-2011). He began his career at Fidelity as an Equity Analyst.
Mr. Petersen received a B.B.A. in Finance and an M.S. in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Petersen serves on the Board of the University of Wisconsin Foundation and Chairs its Investment Committee. He also is Co-Chair of the Executive Committee for the Catholic Schools Foundation Inner-City Scholarship Fund. Mr. Petersen is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Ambassador (Ret.) Roger F. Noriega
Independent Director & Member of the Audit Committee
Ambassador (Ret.) Roger F. Noriega has more than three decades of public policy experience focusing on U.S. interests in the Western Hemisphere. After a 10-year career on Capitol Hill, he was appointed by President George W. Bush (and confirmed by the U.S. Senate) to senior State Department posts. Ambassador Noriega’s breadth and depth of experience and contacts offer strategic vision and practical insight for clients with interests in the Americas. He is the founder and managing director of the consultant firm, Vision Americas LLC, which has teams in Washington and Bogotá. As U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs (July 2003 to October 2005), Noriega managed a 3,000-person team in Washington and 50 diplomatic posts to design and implement political and economic strategies in Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He also helped design and execute an annual plan for the effective use of $1.7 billion in U.S. economic assistance in two-dozen countries.
As U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States (August 2001 to July 2003), Noriega coordinated complex and sensitive multilateral diplomacy in a 34-member international organization to bolster trade, fight illicit drugs, and defend democracy. Noriega served as a visiting fellow at the prestigious American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research from 2005-2020, offering public commentary and authoring purposeful reports on the greatest challenges and opportunities facing the Americas. Noriega is a frequent commentator in U.S. and international publications and broadcasts.
On Capitol Hill, Noriega counseled Congressional leaders on all aspects of U.S. interests in the Americas and helped draft historic legislation—including blueprints to hasten democracy in Cuba (the LIBERTAD Act), rescue Colombia (Plan Colombia), and advance anti-drug efforts (Kingpin Designation Act and “certification” of international cooperation). From 1997 to 2001, he was a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff of Chairman Jesse A. Helms (R-NC), and from 1994 to 1997, he served on the House International Relations Committee staff of Chairman Benjamin A. Gilman (R-NY). Noriega is a native of Wichita, Kansas, and the great grandson of Mexican immigrants. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washburn University of Topeka. Noriega has been decorated by the republics of Nicaragua and Peru and recognized by numerous organizations promoting democracy in the Americas.
Cassi olson, eSQ.
Independent Director & Member of the Audit Committee
Cassi Olson, Esq. is an attorney with extensive experience in international contracts and venture negotiations. She has represented or engaged in transactions with leading companies, including Credit Suisse, UBS, Apollo Group, Universal Music Group, Sony, Chrysler/Jeep, Stella Artois, Miller Brewing Company, General Motors, McDonald’s, Verizon, among others.
From 2013 to 2017, Ms. Olson was at Brighton Capital Ltd, and from November, 2017 to January, 2021, she was an attorney with Kaplowitz Firm, PC. Since February, 2021, Ms. Olson has been an attorney with Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LP. Ms. Olson received a B.A. in Economics and Finance from Loyola University in Chicago, and a J.D. from The John Marshall School of Law.
Marc Fogassa is our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He has extensive experience in venture capital and public company chief executive management. He has served on boards of directors of multiple companies in various industries, and has been invited to speak about investment issues, particularly as related to Brazil.
Mr. Fogassa double majored at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He later graduated from the Harvard Medical School with a Doctor of Medicine degree, and from the Harvard Business School with a Master of Business Administration degree with Second-Year Honors. Mr. Fogassa has worked at Goldman Sachs and Atlas Venture, prior to forming his own investment group.
Mr. Fogassa was born in Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese and English. He is also the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jupiter Gold Corporation (OTCQB: JUPGF), and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Apollo Resources Corporation (private), two companies in which we own equity positions.