Troy T. Taylor is the Founder and President of Algon Group. Mr. Taylor has 25 years of experience that combines investment banking, restructuring (both in Chapter 11 and out of court) and senior management. He has served as the Chief Restructuring Officer, Chief Executive Officer or Lead Financial Advisor in a broad range of industries including manufacturing, distribution, hospitality, real estate and retail. He has also been an investor in more than 20 private companies and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of numerous public and private companies.
Mr. Taylor has a strong track record of creating value for clients through aggressive negotiating, sophisticated structuring, and creative conflict resolution. In addition, he has substantial experience in managing complex litigation, as well as providing expert witness testimony and litigation support. Mr. Taylor’s clients have included high profile Chairmen of publicly-traded companies as well as high net worth individuals and families.
Mr. Taylor was formerly President of GMA Partners, Inc., an investment firm backed by a Forbes 400 family office. In that capacity, he assumed the position of Chairman of 1-800-Auto-Tow, Inc., a publicly-traded “roll up” that experienced substantial financial and operational challenges and ultimately filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code. His experience also includes serving as Managing Director of KPMG Peat Marwick LLP, where he was responsible for the firm’s corporate finance activities in the Southeastern United States and a part of Latin America. Earlier in Mr. Taylor’s career he held investment banking positions with Oppenheimer & Co., Morgan Keegan & Co. and Thomson McKinnon Securities, Inc.
Mr. Taylor is a national recognized expert in complex, challenging, and financially distressed matters. He has addressed numerous organizations including legal and banking-related associations, the Urban Land Institute, and the National Association of Home Builders.
Mr. Taylor holds an M.B.A. and a B.S., cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Public Accountant.
He is a Sustaining Member of the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Luis Liberman served as Vice President of Costa Rica from 2010 until May 2014. Prior to his term in office he was a senior level banker for over 30 years.
Mr. Liberman founded and was the CEO of Corporacion Interfin, a bank holding company whose principal business included commercial banking, a leasing company, and securities brokerage with activities throughout Central America and the Caribbean.
After Interfin was acquired by the Bank of Nova Scotia in 2006 for $330 million, Mr. Liberman remained as CEO until 2009. Prior to founding Interfin he worked at the World Bank in Washington DC focused on project financing.
Mr. Liberman has substantial experience providing high level financial advice in a variety of sectors that involved debt and equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, project finance and troubled or distressed loans. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of La Nacion (media), Plasticos para la Construcion (manufacturing), Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (utilities), Compania Nacional de Fuerza y Luz (utilities), and Private Investment Corporation (finance).
Mr. Liberman has served as Chairman of both the Costa Rican Bankers Association and the Costa Rican Securities Exchange. In addition he has been active as a member of the Chamber of Industries.
Mr. Liberman holds a BS in Economics from UCLA and a MS and PhD in Economics from the University of Illinois and was a Professor of Economics at the University of Costa Rica for over 25 years.
Mr. Van Doren has over 25 years of senior experience in the energy sector. His experience includes more than 20 years as a fixed income and equity research analyst, as well as a senior management role with an exploration & production company.
Mr. Van Doren recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of SandRidge Energy, Inc. He was instrumental in raising $5.0 billion of capital in the private and public markets, including its IPO. The proceeds financed nearly $4 billion in acquisitions, including NEG and Arena Resources. Funding sources included the sale of a midstream business, equity infusions, mezzanine financings, joint-venture drilling programs, and drilling rig financing.
Prior to joining SandRidge, Mr. Van Doren was a high yield energy analyst at Goldman Sachs. He focused on the exploration and production, oil service, midstream, and refining sectors. Earlier in his career he held senior level debt and equity research positions with Bear Stearns and Prudential-Bache.
Mr. Van Doren holds a B.A. from Colgate University and an MBA from Duke University.
Mr. Ogle has been President and/or Chief Executive Officer of nine companies over the past 20 years ranging in revenue from $30 million to in excess of $3 billion, mostly on an interim basis.
These assignments involved distressed situations that required substantial operational and/or financial restructuring both in and out of bankruptcy.
Mr. Ogle has been personally recruited for these positions by some of the country’s most sophisticated and well known institutional investors including Merrill Lynch Capital Partners, Citicorp Venture Capital, and affiliates of Lazard.
Mr. Ogle attended Gadsden Junior College and Marshall University. He is currently a Board member at Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corp. (NYSE: WPSC).
With nearly 30 years at Bank of America and its predecessors, Mr. Lay has been instrumental in real estate transactions approaching $10 Billion. Representative examples of the transactions he lead include Related Group, WCI Communities, Crescent Resources, Sea Island, Kiawah Island, Reynolds Plantation. Faison Properties, Pannatonni Group, and John Wieland Homes.
His most recent position at Bank of America was Senior Vice President Region Executive Real Estate Managed Accounts. He has been involved in some of the largest real estate syndications in the industry. His experience includes in depth knowledge of commercial real estate loans, condominium loans, home builder loans, and community development loans.
Mr. Lay has done business across the US and in Canada and in the Caribbean. He has experience in multiple jurisdictions with litigation, bankruptcy, receivership’s, note sales, and restructures.
Mr. Lay is a 1973 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and a Life Member of the Texas Ex-Students Association. Also, he is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Mr. Darrow has over 40 years of real estate experience in senior positions in commercial/investment banking, principal investing and asset management. His experience includes extensive experience in both restructuring / repositioning assets and portfolios, and strategic planning.
Prior to joining Algon he provided consulting advice to one of the major German banks who was adverse to the Related Group (and Algon) in its $2.1 billion restructuring. For nearly 10 years he was a Managing Director with Wellsford Real Properties, Inc. a $4 billion real estate merchant bank.
Earlier in his career he held senior level positions with Chemical Bank, Prudential Securities, and Banque Indosuez and has completed transactions in excess of $8 billion.
Mr. Darrow holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.
Mr. Comegys is a homebuilding and land development veteran who has successfully initiated and implemented restructuring, repositioning and growth strategies for a range of companies from start-up to large established organizations. Mr. Comegys has worked for 25 years in every sector of the residential real estate industry from coast to coast.
Over the past 15 years he has served as President of Pulte Homes, Florida Region; President and COO of Jim Walter Homebuilding Group; and President of Meritage Homes, Florida Region. His experience includes all major consumer segments, including the construction of single-family, multi-family, and hi-rise products, as well as the development of large master planned communities.
Mr. Comegys holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Drew University. He is a Full Member of the Urban Land Institute, serving on the Residential Council.
Ricardo Cano is a seasoned banker and management consultant with extensive experience supporting companies with capital structure optimization and raising debt.
During two decades as a corporate and investment banker in Latin America, Mr. Cano prepared numerous companies to access the financial markets for the first time, and closed approximately 400 transactions within the capital markets for companies in many industries and throughout the credit spectrum. He also actively participated in a number of highly complicated acquisition finance, project finance and debt restructuring processes.
Mr. Cano served as Managing Director at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) in Mexico, with 15 years of experience leading various specialized product teams. Previously, he had worked at ABN AMRO in Miami structuring project finance transactions throughout Latin America and at a brokerage house in Mexico placing short-term corporate securities.
Mr. Cano holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the Kogod School of Business at The American University in Washington, DC.
Mr. Rubin was formerly a Director for Century Business Services (CBIZ) and was active in the Corporate Recovery and Outsourced Financial Services Practice areas. Prior to CBIZ, he was a partner and CFO of Zelenkofske Axelrod & Company, LTD.
Early in his career, Mr. Rubin was associated with Touche Ross & Co. and Strouse Greenburg & Co., a Philadelphia based real estate developer. He has over 20 years of senior level finance and accounting experience including serving as a full-time CFO for manufacturing, service and distribution companies.
Mr. Rubin holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (1984) and a BBA in Accounting (magna cum laude) from Temple University (1977) and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Pennsylvania. Mr. Rubin is also member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and member of the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors.
Ms. Burns has led strategic planning, communication and marketing efforts for a range of companies during challenging periods of significant change. During her 20 year career she has consulted on corporate strategy, finance and competitive analysis cases for Fortune 100 companies. Her experience spans multiple industries and countries.
Recently she has been engaged in a wide range of real estate industry assignments including evaluation of distressed investing opportunities, hospitality/resort acquisitions, and management of 1031 exchange investments.
Ms. Burns holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. (magna cum laude) in Economics from Villanova University. President, Wharton Alumni Club – Greater Tampa Bay; Member: Association for Corporate Growth; Turn Around Management Association; and American Bankruptcy Institute.