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Rudy Lion

Joining AMERRA in 2012, Rudy is responsible for AMERRA’s debt portfolio in South American markets such as Argentina, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. His sector expertise includes such sectors as input retail and production, oilseeds trading, logistics, grains, grapes, palm oil and tobacco.  Prior to AMERRA, Rudy established and led a trade finance business focused on arranging transactions with SMEs based in the Americas. Before that Rudy held various leadership positions in Europe and Latin America for companies such as Citibank, Daiwa, ING Bank and DLA Piper.  Rudy was also Global Supply Chain Finance advisor and trainer for International Finance Corporation for six years. Rudy is a qualified banking and finance attorney and holds an MBA from Limerick University. He is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and French.

Rudy sits on the board of Peruvian Palm Holdings, Ltd. (Peru).

 
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Rogerio Martins

Having joined AMERRA in 2012, Rogerio is responsible for the Brazilian portfolio, comprised primarily of debt transactions but also featuring select equity investments. Rogerio spends a minimum of one week each month on-site with existing and potential clients enabling him to assess the industry trends and client performance in real time.  Prior to joining AMERRA, Rogerio held positions at Natixis do Brasil and HSH Nordbank AG.  His professional path has been primarily focused on middle tier companies in South America, more specifically Brazil, and in agriculture commodities. Rogerio holds a BS in business administration from Webber International University and an MBA and Post graduate degree from Pace University. Rogerio is a native Brazilian and is fluent in Portuguese and German.

Rogerio sits on the boards of Fiagril Ltda. (Brazil) and Fiagril Participações S.A. (Brazil).

 
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Daniel Hitchcock

Dan joined AMERRA in 2012 and is responsible for credit portfolio management in Central America and Ecuador, as well as managing various portfolio assets in Mexico and the United States. Prior to joining AMERRA, Dan was the Regional Credit Manager for Noble Americas Corp.  Prior to Noble, Dan was a Senior Vice President with HSH Nordbank responsible for leading the commodities credit group, primarily focused on Latin America. Before HSH, Dan was a Credit Risk Manager with WestLB for the Latin America region covering commodity and non-commodity related transactions.  Dan is formally credit trained by The Bank of New York and has worked for JP Morgan in both analytical and managerial capacities. Dan holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Management and a BA from Kenyon College. He is conversational in Spanish.

Dan sits on the board of Ciclon Trading Corp. (U.S.A.).

 
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Ellen Laurie

Ellen joined AMERRA in 2009 and primarily focuses on AMERRA’s investments in Mexico and North America. She supports origination efforts, negotiates and structures transactions, and monitors on-going performance of the portfolio company. Prior to joining AMERRA, Ellen was Vice President in the Soft Commodities business for Société Générale. She also worked as an Assoicate in Société Générale’s loan workout/distressed debt area and as an Associate at Fleet Bank in their Acquisition Finance Group. From 1993 to 1995, Ellen worked in Kazakhstan as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Small Business Development Program. She holds an MS and BS in finance from Boston College, along with a CFA. She is conversational in Spanish.