Amb. Hans H. Hertell
Head of Advisory Board
An attorney with over 30 years' experience in government, public affairs, business, and banking, Ambassador Hans H. Hertell was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic on November 8, 2001. When he finished his tour on May 1, 2007, Ambassador Hertell was the second longest serving U.S. Ambassador and he was awarded the prestigious Cobb Award for Excellency in Diplomacy by the Department of State. Before becoming an Ambassador, Mr. Hertell’s was Managing Director of Black, Kelly, Scruggs and Healey, a government and public affairs company based in Washington, D.C. He was president of Ponce Federal Bank and a founding partner of Goldman, Antonetti, Ferraiuoli, Axtmayer and Hertell. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York. Mr. Hertell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University of New York and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Puerto Rico.
Head of Corporate Development
Mr. Whealon has over 25 years' experience in investment banking and corporate executive management. He founded Fox Point Partners in 2009, a merchant bank focused on private direct investments and M&A for high growth industry sectors. He also ran Global Private Capital Solutions at Panmure Gordon before returning to Fox Point Partners full time. Formerly, Mr. Whealon was Head of TMT and executive member of the Private Equity/M&A Practice at Marsh & McClennan Companies Inc.; worked for ING Barings Limited as Head of Global TMT Investment Banking and was a member of the European Management Committee and Investment Committee for the Client Investment Fund; and worked in investment banking at Bear Stearns and corporate banking at Chemical Bank. Mr. Whealon holds a bachelor's from Boston College and is registered with the FCA and FINRA.
Mr. Matthews is currently the Head of Operations for Global Markets at a multinational investment bank. Prior to this position, he was the Global Chief Operating Officer at the same bank for a number of businesses, including global rates and credit trading as well as global prime finance and markets clearing. His roles over 30 years have spanned across the front, middle, and back offices with a focus on management, operations, and technology. Previously, he was at Citigroup, ING Bank, Lehman Brothers and JP Morgan. Mr. Matthews holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Management from Hofstra University.
Mr. Chartier is a multilingual executive with a track record of leading global projects in a career spanning more than 36 years. Before founding Dundee 360, he established Amero Capital in 1995 as a boutique M&A firm providing strategic business management and transactional services to a broad range of international companies including a leading hospitality development company and the reverse takeover of Areva S.A.’s gold mining division. A graduate of the Executive Business program at Northeastern in Boston, Mr. Chartier is the President & CEO of Wilton Properties Limited.
Mr. Bernstein is an insurance specialist with Richard S. Bernstein & Associates Inc., specializing in individual life and health insurance and employee benefit analysis. He is also a specialist in group business development. Mr. Bernstein is a television and movie writer, actor and director including a number of productions: Walt Before Mickey, Swing State, Brawler and New Life. Mr. Bernstein holds a Bachelor of Arts in Motion Picture and Theater Production with a minor in Marketing from the University of Miami.
Communications & Government Affairs
Mr. Watson is a career journalist. He is the founder of William Watson Group, LLC, a boutique communications and government affairs firm. Mr. Watson has led five U.S. East Coast daily newspapers as Managing Editor. He is a Silver Owl member of the National Press Club and is a past president of the Associated Press Circuit in Connecticut. Mr. Watson served in and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force Reserve and the South Carolina Air National Guard, where he was a public affairs officer and wing historian. He is an alumnus of the University of South Carolina and has lectured at American University in Washington, D.C. and at the International Maritime Law Institute on Malta.
George F. Braun
Mr. Braun specializes in agri-business, maritime and other corporate issues. He has written on several bills for the California, Arizona and United States Legislatures. He is a member and council for the Farm Bureau, Western Growers Association, the Produce Marketing Association, the California Agricultural Production Consultants Association, and the Pest Control Operators of California. Mr. Braun received a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arizona and a J.D. from Golden Gate University/University of San Diego School of Law. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts in California for the Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts, as well as, the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. He is a practicing member of the United States Supreme Court Bar.