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Jim Bannantine
Chairman
410-365-5570
jimb@algongroup.com

  • Jim is a multi-industry CEO/President with success in start-up, growth, merger and turnaround situations, in public and private companies.
  • Most recently he was President and CEO, Aura Minerals, Inc., a publicly traded (TSX symbol ORA) Canadian copper and gold mining company, with $200 million revenue and 2,000 employees in Canada, Brazil and Mexico.  Over five years he led restructuring to significantly reduce costs, both operating costs (25% reduction) and G&A costs (50% reduction), while maintaining or increasing production.  This was critical in an environment of generally declining commodity prices and lack of financing.  During this time the company paid off approximately $40 million of debt, and managed projects to replace production from two expiring mines with a new mine in Brazil.
  • He previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Broadwing Corporation (NASDAQ symbol BWNG): an $880 million revenue, 1,700 person telecom rollup, turnaround and sale.
  • He co-founded and served as Managing Partner, Atlantic Capital Group, a $40 million private equity firm located in Baltimore (www.atcapgroup.com).
  • He held several positions over multiple years at Enron, culminating as CEO of Enron South America: a $1.5 billion revenue, 4,500 person roll up of energy assets into a company in both regulated electric and gas utilities and unregulated power and pipeline energy services, infrastructure development and financing.
  • Jim holds a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with Distinction.  He has a Bachelor of Science, mechanical engineering concentration, from West Point where he graduated in the top 1% of his class.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer, fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and served 12 years in the US Army Corps of Engineers, including 3 years as Assistant Professor of Finance at West Point.

Troy T. Taylor
President
(404) 423-8086
troy@algongroup.com

  • 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 Lead Financial Advisor, Chief Restructuring Officer or Chief Executive Officer in a broad range of industries including real estate/hospitality, energy, manufacturing, and distribution.  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. He serves as Vice Chairman of Hyperion Bank in Philadelphia , PA.
  • 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 nationally recognized expert in complex, challenging, and financially distressed matters.  He has been a speaker at American Bankruptcy Institute events and numerous legal and banking-related associations.
  • 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.

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Luis Liberman
Vice Chairman
(506) 8701-5354
luis@algongroup.com

  • 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.

Charles B. Crawford, Jr.
Senior Advisor
(404) 493-5359
charlie@algongroup.com

  • Charles “Charlie” Crawford is the Chairman and CEO of Hyperion Bank in Philadelphia, PA, where in September 2018 he completed a successful $18.3 million recapitalization. He previously founded the Private Bank of Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia, and its holding company, Private Bancshares, Inc. in 2006. In 2017 Mr. Crawford successfully sold the Private Bank of Buckhead to National Bank of Commerce of Birmingham, Alabama.
  • After launching his career with Bankers Trust Company in New York, Mr. Crawford spent a decade with Bank South in Atlanta. He then founded The Buckhead Bank in 1996 and Riverside Bank of Buckhead in 2001, both of which were successfully sold.
  • In 2017 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers. He presently serves on the board of directors of McKenney’s, one of the country’s largest mechanical contractors, and is an advisor to CDE Services, a POS terminal solutions provider.
  • Mr. Crawford has previously served on numerous boards, including Georgia State University, the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, The Carter Center, the Georgia Tennis Foundation, the Atlanta History Center among others.
  • Mr. Crawford’s earned a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Management from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. He received an MBA degree from Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business, which honored him in 2011 with its Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship, and also graduated from the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Banking.
  • Mr. Crawford is an avid tennis player and runner, who has completed 16 marathons.

Jon Berger
Senior Advisor
(770) 617-2874
jberger@algongroup.com

  • Jonathan W. Berger was for seven years the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company LLC, where he had previously served as a Non Executive Director and Treasurer.
  • His previous experience includes nearly eight years as Managing Director of Navigant Capital Advisors, Managing Partner of Tellurian Partners LLC, and President of DotPlanet.com.
  • Earlier in his career, Mr. Berger was a Partner at KPMG and National Director of the Corporate Finance practice.
  • Mr. Berger has served on numerous corporate Boards, including six years as a Non Executive Director of Boise Inc., where he was Chairman of the Audit and Compensation Committees.
  • Mr. Berger has more than 25 years of senior level executive and investment banking experience, and has personally completed over 50 merger and acquisition transactions including both buy-side and sell-side transactions in technology, retail and the manufacturing sectors. In addition, he has completed over 20 capital-raising transactions of both debt and equity.
  • Mr. Berger earned an MBA in Finance from Emory University-Goizueta Business School and a BS from Cornell University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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D. Clarke Ogle
Senior Managing Director
(205) 995-2357
clarke@algongroup.com

  • 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).

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Ralph W. Lay
Senior Managing Director
(813) 644-0179
rlay@algongroup.com

  • 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.

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Paul F. Rubin
Managing Director
(215) 570-8716
prubin@algongroup.com

  • 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.

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Karen Burns
Managing Director
(727) 347-9077
kburns@algongroup.com

  • 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.

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Howard Greenberg
Senior Advisor
(954) 401-3307
howard@algongroup.com

  • Mr. Greenberg has over 40 years of experience in the media business, primarily in Publishing and Broadcasting. Most recently, Mr. Greenberg served as publisher and CEO of Tribune Companies Florida Media Group which included The Orlando Sentinel, The South Florida Sun Sentinel and South Florida’s WSFL-TV. His responsibilities included oversight of over thirty publications, websites, digital services and direct marketing/database companies
  • Mr. Greenberg has substantial experience in transformative change, disruptive technology and crisis management dealing with the rapidly changing landscape of the media industry. In addition to his background with Tribune Company, Mr. Greenberg has also held senior leadership roles with The Miami Herald, The New York Daily News, Long Island Newsday and The Denver Post.
  • In 2013, Mr. Greenberg’s investigative team at the South Florida Sun Sentinel won the Pulitzer Prize Gold medal for Public Service.
  • Mr. Greenberg is a graduate of the University of Miami with a BBA in Business Administration.