Board of Directors
Mr. Daes, has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a director since December 2013. Mr. Daes has over 30 years of experience founding and operating various businesses in Colombia and the U.S. In 1984, Mr. Daes together with Christian Daes founded C.I. Energia Solar S.A. E.S. Windows, a manufacturer of high-end architectural window products, to capitalize on the growth of the construction of luxury apartment buildings in Barranquilla, and other Colombian cities. In 1994, Mr. Daes and Christian Daes founded Tecnoglass S.A. in order to establish an in-house glass processing plant that could meet their demand of one-time and complete deliveries. Mr. Daes is responsible for all aspects of Energia Solar’s operations along with the direction and growth of the overall Company, which has grown to become a leading manufacturer of architectural glass, windows, and associated aluminum products for the global commercial and residential construction industries.
Luis Fernando Castro Vergara has served on our board of directors since November 2018. Since 2017, Mr. Castro Vergara has been serving as a fund manager in the agroindustry sector and overseeing his investments in the construction, infrastructure and agroindustry sectors. Mr. Castro Vergara served as the Chief Executive Officer of Banco de Comercio Exterior de Colombia S.A., Colombia’s development bank, from 2013 to 2017. From 2007 to 2008 and 2012 to 2013, Mr. Castro Vergara was the General Manager of Agrodex International SAS, an import and marketing food company. From 2008 to 2012, he was the Regional Development Agency President of the Barranquilla Chamber of Commerce. Previously, he was General Manager of Provyser S.A., a commercialization and logistics services company in the food industry. He is on the board of directors of Unimed Pharmaceuticals Limited, where he also serves as member of the Audit Committee, and of Colombian the Colombian companies Accenorte SAS and Devimed SAS. Mr. Castro Vergara received a B.S. from Fordham University, a B.S. from Columbia University and a M.B.A. from the Universidad de los Andes Bogota in Colombia. He has complementary education in economic development from Harvard University, strategy and leadership from Pennsylvania University and management from Northwestern University.
Mr. Daes, has served as our Chief Operating Officer and a director since December 2013, Mr. Daes is a co-founder of C.I. Energia Solar S.A. E.S. Windows and Tecnoglass S.A. and has served as the CEO of Tecnoglass S.A. since its inception in 1994. Mr. Daes is responsible for all aspects of the overall Company’s operations, sales, and marketing. Mr. Daes was instrumental in leading Tecnoglass S.A.’s expansion into foreign markets, including the U.S., and has overseen the significant growth of the Company’s client portfolio. Mr. Daes is also the founder of the philanthropic Tecnoglass — ES Windows Foundation, which promotes local development, health and social programs in Barranquilla, Colombia. Mr. Daes is a graduate of the University of North Carolina where he received a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems.
Mr. Weil has been our Parent Company's Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors since its inception. Mr. Weil was also the Chairman of the Board of Scientific Games Corporation from October 1991 to November 2013, and was the Company’s Chief Executive Officer for all but approximately 24 months of that time. During his tenure, Scientific Games grew from under $50 million in annualized revenue to approximately $2 billion. Mr. Weil received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto, an M.S. from the London School of Economics and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Mr. Azout has served on the Board of Directors of our Parent Company since December 2013. Mr. Azout has also served as a director of Tecnoglass S.A. since February 2009. Since March 2013, Mr. Azout has served as an investment manager for Abacus Real Estate. From January 2012 to March 2013, Mr. Azout served as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Agency for Overcoming Extreme Poverty in Colombia, an organization formed by the government of Colombia to assist families in poverty. Prior to that time and since September 2008, Mr. Azout was the Senior Presidential Advisor for Social Prosperity employed by the administration of the President of Colombia. Mr. Azout received a B.S. in Economics from Cornell University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University.
Ms. Byorum has been a member of our Parent Company's Board of Directors since November 2011. Ms. Byorum is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cori Investment Advisors, LLC, a financial services entity that was spun off from VB&P in 2003, and from January 2005 through August 2013 was a division of Stephens Inc., a private investment banking firm founded in 1933. Ms. Byorum was also an Executive Vice President of Stephens Inc. from January 2005 until August 2013. Ms. Byorum co-founded VB&P in 1996 and served as a Partner until February 2003. Previously, Ms. Byorum had a 24-year career at Citibank, where, among other positions, she served as Chief of Staff and Chief Financial Officer for Citibank’s Latin American Banking Group from 1986 to 1990, overseeing $15 billion of loans and coordinating activities in 22 countries. She was later appointed the head of Citibank’s U.S. Corporate Banking Business and a member of the bank’s Operating Committee and a Customer Group Executive with global responsibilities. Ms. Byorum is a Life Trustee of Amherst College and the chairman of the finance committee of the Board of Directors of Northwest Natural Gas, a large distributor of natural gas services in the Pacific Northwest. Ms. Byorum received a B.B.A. from Southern Methodist University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Torres has been a member of our Parent Company's Board of Directors since October 2011. He previously served as our Parent Company's co-Chief Executive Officer from October 2011 through January 2013. Since March 2008, Mr. Torres has served as Managing Director of Nexus Capital Partners, a private equity firm. From April 2006 to February 2008, Mr. Torres served with the Colombian Ministry of Finance acting as the general director of public credit and the treasury. From June 2002 to April 2006, Mr. Torres served as Managing Director of Diligo Advisory Group, an investment banking firm. From September 1994 to June 2002, Mr. Torres served as Vice President with JPMorgan Chase Bank. Mr. Torres received a degree in systems and computer engineering from Los Andes University, a M.B.A. from Northwestern University and a M.P.A. from Harvard University.