Maquia MAQCU 1C + 1/2 W
$10.15 in trust
Members of our management team and our independent directors will directly or indirectly own founder shares and/or placement units following this offering and, accordingly, may have a conflict of interest in determining whether a particular target business is an appropriate business with which to effectuate our initial business combination. In particular, Guillermo Cruz, our Chief Operating Officer, serves as the Chief Operating Officer, and Patrick Orlando, our director nominee, serves as a director of Benessere Capital Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition corporation that focuses its search for a business combination on technology-focused middle market and emerging growth companies in North, Central and South America, which overlaps with the industry and geographic scope of our search. Patrick Orlando, our director nominee, also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Yunhong International, a special purpose acquisition corporation that initially focuses its search for a business combination in Asia (excluding China). As of the date of this prospectus, neither Benessere Capital Acquisition Corp., nor Yunhong International has entered into a business combination. Further, each of our officers and directors may have a conflict of interest with respect to evaluating a particular business combination if the retention or resignation of any such officers and directors was included by a target business as a condition to any agreement with respect to our initial business combination.
Prior to founding our company, Mr. Ransdell had a career as a venture capitalist building a portfolio of exponential technology companies at the Coconut Grove based venture capital firm Fuel Venture Capital, which he founded in 2016 following a departure from the private wealth management industry. Fuel Venture Capital manages a $200 million fund and has a portfolio of almost a dozen companies, such as Bolt, AdMobilize, Taxfyle, and Eyrus. Mr. Ransdell approaches venture capital with a signature “founder focused, investor driven” mindset, shaped by his experience as a top executive of Bank of America Merrill Lynch during 2001 to 2016. As a managing director and market executive of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, he managed more than $130 billion of global private client investment assets, a P&L of $2 billion, and over 2,000 employees across the bank’s Southeast Wealth Management Division. Mr. Ransdell is regularly called upon to share his insights on the global economy with outlets such as CNBC, CBS and American City Business Journals.
Guillermo Eduardo Cruz has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Benessere Capital Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ:BENEU) since November 2020. Mr. Cruz is known for his private equity investment experience and management consulting expertise in Latin America. Since 2010, Mr. Cruz has served as the Chief Executive Officer and a partner of Asesores de Consejo y Alta Direccion S.C. and Board Solutions LLC (“ACAD & Board Solutions”), the largest corporate governance consulting firm in Latin America based on revenue. From 2016 to 2019, under Mr. Cruz’s leadership, the firm’s accumulated revenue increased by 150% and the firm’s client base increased to 400 clients. In 2013, Mr. Cruz founded Governance Commitment Capital SAPI de CV, or GC Capital Investment Fund, a venture capital firm, which has partnered with eight startups in a variety of industries. In October 2020, he formed Maquia Capital, an agricultural private equity firm which manages more than $50 million in investments in Mexico, the United States, and Latin America. Mr. Cruz holds a MS in Finance from Harvard University, a certificate in business administration from the Yale School of Management, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jeronimo Peralta has extensive experience as an entrepreneur in high impact investments and extensive knowledge of the technology industry. He has served as Managing Partner of Maquia Capital since October 2020. His responsibilities in this role primarily relate to sourcing and analysis of investment opportunities. Prior to joining Maquia Capital, Mr. Peralta was the Investment Director for GC Capital, one of the leading players in the venture capital space in Mexico. He joined the firm in 2016 and was actively involved in its management. In his role, Jeronimo managed an eight-company portfolio and also served as a member of the Board of Directors and as a trusted advisor and a guide for these ventures as they consolidated and grew. Under Mr. Peralta’s tenure, GC Capital achieved multiple accolades, including the “Excellence in Finance” distinction in the FiNext Awards. Prior to joining GC Capital, Jeronimo worked in a variety of roles, including as a Strategy Consultant and as a Valuation Manager for top financial institutions in Mexico, such as BBVA. He has an MBA from IPADE Business School, Mexico’s top business school.
Maggie Vo, CFA, has more than a decade of finance experience in the public markets, analyzing and managing investments across a wide spectrum of asset classes, both traditional and alternative. Born in Vietnam, Ms. Vo began her career in finance at Prudential Vietnam Fund Management and, later, Prudential Property Investment Managers in Singapore. She then worked as Portfolio Manager at Blue Shores Capital, where she managed the boutique hedge fund’s flagship Global Long Short Equity strategy. Ms. Vo is currently General Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Fuel Venture Capital, Maggie spearheads due diligence processes that determine prospective investments and capital deployment and steers valuation analyses of existing portfolio companies. Maggie holds a B.S. in Financial Economics and Mathematics from Centre College.