Salomon Guggenheim – President & CEO:
Mr. Guggenheim joined us in 2002 as a Director. In 1987, he joined Gutzwiller & Partner Ltd., Zurich, a portfolio management company, where he was responsible for Investments and Trading. In 1991, he took over Gutzwiller & Partner from E. Gutzwiller & Cie., Banquiers, Basle (a privately-held Swiss bank) together with the senior management of Gutzwiller & Partner, through a management buy-out and sold the company in 1997. Gutzwiller & Partner was renamed Rabo Investment Management Ltd., where Mr. Guggenheim worked as a Managing Director until December 2001. Since 2001 until 2012, he has owned and operated his own company, IC Day Trading Consulting Corp., a Swiss corporation focused on the advisement of private individuals in portfolio management and daily trading activities in different markets worldwide. Until 2012 he was also the Chief Executive Officer for Ecopowerstations Ltd., a Swiss corporation dealing with pollutant and emission-free wind power stations. Mr. Guggenheim became the President and CEO of Thunderbird in January 2013.
Albert Atallah – General Counsel and Corporate Secretary:
Mr. Atallah has been our Vice President, Compliance and General Counsel, and a Director since 2000, having served as a consultant for us from 1997 to 2000. Before joining us, he was a partner with the California law firm of LaRocque, Wilson, Mitchell & Skola. He was admitted to the California and Michigan bars and is licensed to practice before the U.S. District Courts of California and Michigan, the U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He received a B.B.A. in 1978 from the University of Michigan, a Juris Doctorate in 1981 from the University of Detroit School of Law, and an L.L.M. in Taxation from the in 1989 from the University of San Diego School of Law. Mr. Atallah is a tax specialist certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization.
Tino Monaldo – Vice President of Corporate Development:
Mr. Monaldo joined us in March 2007 as a consultant and in November 2007 became Vice President—Corporate Development. From 2000 until 2007, he was General Counsel of Earth, Energy & Environment, LLC, a Kansas City-based project development company predominantly focused in the natural gas pipeline, ethanol production facilities and energy sectors. From 1988 until 1999, he was General Counsel of Kansas Pipeline Company. Mr. Monaldo received a B.A. in economics from George Washington University in 1979 and a J.D. from Washington University in 1982.
Peter LeSar – Chief Financial Officer:
Mr. LeSar has been the CFO of Thunderbird since June 2010. Previously, he has worked for the Group as of President of Thunderbird Philippines and as Vice President of Business Development. Previous to Thunderbird, Mr. LeSar was the founding Executive Director of the Council for Investment & Development, which represented the Group in its successful bid in the privatization of Panama’s state-owned casinos. Mr. LeSar has also been the General Manager of MinAmerica Corporation, a publicly-traded mining company, and the Founder & CEO of iSpeak, a VC funded internet-based translation and localization venture.