Stratos Renewables Corporation (SRNW.OB) continues to work at becoming a leading worldwide provider of ethanol fuel. Using sugarcane as its main raw material, the company has chosen to purchase acreage on the best farmland in Peru. Whereas this location may be considered an obstacle for some companies, Stratos has an experienced executive team that is successfully leading the company.
As President and CEO, Tom Snyder is the head of the executive team. Snyder has a long track record as CEO of companies that have worldwide presences. He has successfully managed over 40 international complex industrial projects working towards the construction of petro-chemical, oil and gas, ammonia, and fertilizer facilities. The companies have had to raise funds to build facilities and each has utilized innovative methods of financing and structuring transactions to achieve the necessary funds. Snyder has cultivated relationships and managed joint ventures with banks, insurance firms, OPIC, global investment firms, and governments, as well as raised over $2 billion of project finance debt and equity.
Stratos Chief Strategy Officer, Sanjay Pai, has been involved in the sugarcane industry since the early 1990s where he worked as an advisor to a Brazilian sugarcane cooperative. Pai became so involved in the sugarcane industry that he became a founding investor and director of Comanche Clean Energy, a Brazilian sugarcane ethanol company. He worked alongside the management team of Comanche to raise over $200 million that was used to build a new state-of-the-art facility and to purchase two existing facilities.
Since the business is entrenched in Peru, it’s important that Stratos has an executive that understands the local environment. Tony Salas, the company’s Business Development Officer, brings this important element into the management team. Salas previously served as Peru’s Vice Minister of Agriculture, which is a position that is appointed by the President of Peru. He also played an essential role in directing commercial, technical, and financial evaluations of over 100 medium and large sized companies involved in the food and agribusiness niche. While he served as CEO of ACM Peru, a leading agribusiness consulting management firm, Salas played a key role in the buyout and the restructuring of a number of Peru’s largest sugar companies. Salas also brings to Stratos strong relationships with his past participation in over ten national and international boards and committees related to agriculture research and development.
As Chief Financial Officer, Julio Cesar Alonso is in charge of ensuring that Stratos financials are in order. Alonso holds a BSc in Business Administration and Finance from Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, which is a member of Laureate Universities of Peru. While at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Alonso participated in the company’s Global Mobility Program which involved performing audit work at industrial plants in Philadelphia. He also served as a senior financial auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he led teams in the planning and execution of financial audits for companies including Nextel del Perú, Grupo Backus, Grupo Graña y Montero, Grupo Quimica Suiza, IBM del Peru, Kraft Foods del Perú, Eckerd Peru and Talma Menzies. Having earned his degree and most of his work experience in Peru, Alonso provides Stratos with another group of essential business contacts.
Finally as Chief Operating Officer, Jorge Eduardo Aza is in charge of the daily happenings at the company. With over 10 years of experience in the supply chain management industry, Aza knows what it takes to get the job done. Interestingly, he has not only focused on gaining expertise in one industry. He has also worked in freight forwarding operations and has developed logistics projects for the mining industry. With a BSc in Business Administration and Finance, Aza has held financial positions at different global logistics companies that include Eagle Global Logistic (worth $2.5 billion) and UTI Worldwide (worth $2.8 billion).
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