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Board of Directors
Mr. Daes, the Chief Executive Officer and a director of our Parent Company since December 2013, has over 30 years of experience founding and operating various businesses in Colombia and the U.S. In 1984, Mr. Daes, his brother Christian Daes and a partner 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 on-time and complete deliveries. In 2007, they added an aluminum processing and production facility to further boost the business prospects. Mr. Daes is now responsible for the direction and growth of the Company, which has grown to become a global leader in glass and window products.
Mr. Daes, Chief Operating Officer and a director of our Parent Company since December 2013, is a co-founder of C.I. Energia Solar S.A. E.S. Windows and Tecnoglass S.A. and previously served as the CEO of Tecnoglass S.A. since its inception in 1994. He is responsible for all aspects of the Company 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 growth of the company’s client portfolio from 50 to over 300 customers. 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 with a baccalaureate 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.
Mr. Vilariño has served on our Parent Company's Board of Directors since December 2013. He has also served as a director of Tecnoglass S.A. since November 1995 and as a director of C.I. Energia Solar since March 1997. Mr. Vilariño has worked as the general manager of various business consortiums in Colombia including the Malla Vial del Atlántico Consortium and the Barranquilla-Ciénaga consortium. Prior to these positions he was the general manager of Ruta del Sol II S.A. Mr. Vilariño began his career as the Assistant Vice President in the general consulting department of Finance Corporation of the North, S.A. Mr. Vilariño received a baccalaureate from Sacred Heart College and a graduate degree in business administration from the Universidad del Norte.
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.