Senior Management Team
As one of the founders of Castle Placement, Ken is passionate about helping great companies grow. Over 25 years of experience in investment banking and raising capital from institutional private equity/venture investors, family offices, foundations, endowments, hedge funds, banks and specialty finance lenders. Co-founded Castle Placement in 2009, providing investment banking services and raising private equity/debt capital for early-stage and middle market companies across a wide range of industries including financial services/fintech, real estate, technology, business services, energy/real assets and consumer/retail. In 2007, created a platform providing advisory and capital formation services to financial institutions and private equity funds investing in distressed bank portfolios and community banks which was merged into Castle Placement*. From 1999 to 2007, at Merrill Lynch was co-head of the 50+ person global structured credit products investment banking, sales and syndicate and head of the U.S. alternative investment group raising capital for alternative investment funds in financial services and asset management. From 1991 to 1999, was at Credit Suisse First Boston as a senior trader on a principal transaction desk responsible for managing a proprietary position of credit sensitive commercial/residential real estate and asset-backed securities and head of CSFB’s new issue whole loan and agency CMO desk. Began his career in 1985 at Arthur Andersen where he managed their structured finance group consulting on ground breaking securitizations of residential mortgages, credit cards, auto loans, corporate loans and other financial assets. FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, and 79 licenses.
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- (O) (212) 418-1188
- (C) (516) 712-7784
Co-founded Castle Placement in 2009, providing investment banking services and raising private equity/debt capital for early-stage and middle market companies across a wide range of industries including financial services/fintech, real estate, technology, business services, energy/real assets and consumer/retail. Over 25 years of experience in investment banking, capital markets, real estate, proprietary investing, and alternative investments, and has completed several successful advisory, capital formation, and financing transactions. Managing Director at Ivy Asset Management Corp., a leading alternative investment asset management firm, responsible for investment strategy, risk management, and portfolio construction, and a member of the firm’s Investment Risk Management Committee. Managing Director-Principal at Bear, Stearns & Co., where he was the head of North American Structured Credit Distribution, responsible for structuring and distributing complex structured finance products in North America, and executing debt capital markets transactions for large financial institutions. Client base included insurance companies, banks, private equity firms, hedge funds, and structured vehicles. Director in the Principal Transactions Group at Credit Suisse First Boston, responsible for investing the firm's proprietary capital through the origination, structuring, and purchasing of debt secured by various asset classes and commercial mortgage backed securities. Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. and L.L.M. (in Taxation) from the New York University School of Law. FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, and 79 licenses.
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- (O) (212) 418-1181
- (C) (516) 655-3502
Over 30 years of experience in investment banking and capital markets. Managing Director at CRT Capital, where he advised institutional investors on asset allocation. Managing Director at RBS Greenwich Capital, where he was well regarded for his weekly publication “Cross-Sector Strategy” and frequent notes distributed to over 1,000 large, global institutional investors. Spent eight years at Merrill Lynch, serving as Chief Fixed Income Strategist and built the Mortgage Research department. At CS First Boston initially analyzed investor portfolios and recommended trading strategies to improve performance, and became lead author of “The Relative Value Review”. At CityFed Financial, built and managed a multi-billion-dollar bond portfolio and served as Director of Asset-Liability Management. M.B.A. in Finance from New York University, and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Penn State University. FINRA Series 7, 16, 24, and 63 licenses.
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- (O) (212) 418-1184
- (C) (917) 287-8311
Over 25 years of experience in capital markets and asset management, working for global banks and boutique firms, managing portfolios, allocating assets, analyzing companies, and as a CFO. II ranked equity analyst at Morgan Stanley and UBS. Led the investment team at the Torrey Funds. Director of Mexico Research and Latin America Equity Strategist at Citibank Research. B.S. in Economics from Anahuac University. MIA in International Finance from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, where he was a Fulbright scholar. FINRA Series 7 and 66 licenses.
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- (C) (917) 331-0159
Extensive career in investment banking focused on debt and equity transactions within energy (clean and conventional), industrials, and other technology-based industries. Previously held senior positions in investment banking and engineering. Began Wall Street career at Citibank. Before moving into finance, began engineering career with Exxon. Previously, a frequent guest on global financial news shows and the author of numerous investment and engineering publications. Secretary-Treasurer and Executive Board Member of the United States Association of Energy Economics (USAEE), previously served as Advisory Board Member and Chair of Business Committee and Chaired Energy Finance Sessions. Past Advisory Board Member for the International Pittsburgh Coal Conference. MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. ABD-PhD Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. MS in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University. BS in Biochemistry, Chemistry and Biology from the University of Pittsburgh. FINRA Series 7, 63 and 79 licensed.
- (917) 432-8474
15+ years of experience in investment banking and financial structuring including private equity, acquisitions, fund management and raising debt capital within various sectors including real estate, oil and gas, hospitality, serviced offices, IT and trading. Advised on investment opportunities, capital structure, holding and tax structure. Skilled at conducing due diligence, company valuation and providing real estate development project oversight. International network extending from the US, UK, France, Russia, and the Middle East to Asia. Previously held several senior management positions in the financial industry. Master of Business Administration with Distinction from the University of Northampton UK. Higher National Diploma with Distinction from ABE UK. FINRA Series 7, 79, and 66 licenses.
- (385) 600-1871
Diverse background in investment banking, credit, and asset management. Brings perspective from both the sell-side and buy-side. Began his finance career in commercial and investment banking, managing relationships at JP Morgan Chase and CIBC with customers from various industries. Transitioned to asset management at ACA Capital, where he assembled and managed credit research analyst teams in New York, London and Singapore. After ACA, joined National Australia Bank where he helped manage a $20 billion portfolio of corporate credit assets and managed bank counterparty relationships. B.A. in Economics from Boston College, MBA in Finance from the Columbia Graduate School of Business, and Advanced Professional Certificate in CPA Accounting from the NYU Stern School of Business. FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.
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- (O) (212) 418-1183
- (C) (973) 699-7995
Successful senior financial services executive with over 37 years of experience in investment banking and fixed income. Extensive product and market knowledge in taxable and tax-exempt securities. Large client base spans financial institutions, corporations, mutual funds, money managers, public funds, and insurance companies. Numerous awards earned for outstanding production and proven loyal customer service. Distinct ability to attract and maintain long term customer relationships. Intense product focus maintained over decades in challenging markets and interest rate cycles. Advanced public speaking skills leading to numerous invitations as keynote speaker at professional business events. Consistent leadership and thoughtful team building skills. FINRA Series 7, 52, 63 and 79 licenses.
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- (C) (614) 657-8398
Finance and banking executive with a global perspective, broad professional practice and extensive network in Latin America. 22 years at BBVA, BNPP and Credit Agricole. Successful deal-making track record with multinationals, major Latin American issuers and government agencies. Extensive experience in restructuring/special situations, initial public offerings, corporate strategy, evaluating alliances, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, risk management, customer centric and digital strategies, and financial analytics. BS in Economics from Mexico Monterrey Institute of Technology. MBA from the University of California Los Angeles in 1987. Graduated from Harvard Business School General Management Program. Further academic work on Risk Management at Stanford University and as a research and finance scholar at the Monterrey Institute of Technology.
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- (C) (646) 479-7616
Experienced international investment banker raising private equity and debt capital. Over 20 years in investment banking, investor relations, strategic advisory and consulting. Deep expertise in the capital markets. Experience gained in London with Bank of America Securities on the Debt Capital Markets Origination and Global Structuring team, in Milan with one of the top three leading Private Equity funds in Italy, and in New York with global European investment bank Intesa Sanpaolo IMI as Director of Debt Capital Markets for the Americas. Highly skilled in capital markets activities for both private company capital raises as well as in the public international capital markets. Investor relations expert. CEO strategist and advisor. Founder and CEO of boutique investor relations advisory and consultancy focused on advising private companies entering the capital markets as well as companies moving from pre-IPO stage to public listing. Holder of three Master’s degrees in Finance: an MBA in International Finance from The Helsinki School of Economics, a specialized Master in Corporate Finance from SDA Bocconi School of Management, and an Executive Master of Science in Investor Relations from Fordham Gabelli Graduate School of Business. Current cohort in the SDA Bocconi School of Management Executive Doctoral program. Doctoral thesis focused on private equity and the capital markets. FINRA Series 79 and 63 licenses.
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- (O) (212) 418-1180
- (C) (332) 207-8267
Extensive background in capital raising, alternative investments, and relationship management. Began career at Brighton House Associates and JP Morgan Chase, focusing on hedge fund and private equity capital raising. Transitioned to asset management at Strategos Capital Management, a specialty asset backed securities manager. Led global fundraising efforts for both open end and closed end vehicles. Bachelor of Science from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. FINRA Series 7 and 63 licensed.
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- (C) (508) 740-4840
Founder of Loads International WLL. and Ocean Advisory & Consulting WLL. Advised various sovereign entities and family offices. Wide array of investment banking and financial advisory activities including private equity, structured finance, real estate finance and funds management. Served as vice president and senior counsel of Comerica Incorporated and its bank subsidiary Comerica Bank. Responsible for a wide array of international legal activities for the bank holding company and its affiliates, with a portfolio of approximately $6 billion. Provided business and legal advice in corporate finance, banking, syndications, loans, warrant enhancements, workout/restructurings, tax planning, utilization of government guarantee programs, captive insurance, regulatory compliance, litigation management and other areas. Active in a wide array of cross-border of private equity and real estate investment transactions, with a focus on the Middle East. Seed investor in a technology company. Manages a small quantitative hedge fund. Passionate supporter of three charitable organizations. Juris Doctor, Wayne State University, graduating cum laude. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Michigan-Dearborn, graduating with Highest Distinction and concentrations in Finance and Marketing. Admitted to practice law and member of the Michigan Bar Association. Series 7 and Series 63 licenses.
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- (C) (248) 761-0862
Francisco Estevez Molinero
Over 15 years of experience with corporate venture capital advisory, project finance, and Fortune 500 corporations. Specializes in equity and debt placements for high-growth companies in various industries. Worked at Cummins' corporate venture group and as US partner of 4i, a corporate venture advisory services firm that served Forbes Global 2000 European energy and cleantech companies. Project Director at the AES Corporation helping to lead a new subsidiary focused on managing global power delivery risk. Entrepreneur at GenCell Corporation, a stationary and airborne power fuel cell company, acquired by a Southeast Asian oil conglomerate and at SEADM, a Yale-based real-time detection of explosives and satellite propulsion company with technology developed for the US Air Force and NATO. Completed doctoral studies (all but dissertation) in Mechanical and Chemical Engineering from Carlos III University of Madrid, has done extensive research at Yale University. MBA and international business diplomacy degrees from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and School of Foreign Service. Graduate of the London Business School's Project and Infrastructure Finance Executive Program. FINRA Series 7 and 63.
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- (C) (978) 979-9880
- (O) (212) 418-1185
Finance and operations executive with broad experience in private and public companies, including emerging ventures. 20 years in telecommunications industry including leadership role positioning restructured company for multi-billion dollar transaction, negotiating agreements, and overseeing due-diligence for merger and acquisition opportunities. 10 years managing investments in real estate and technology while consulting companies in telecommunications, technology, real estate, healthcare, construction and intellectual property. MBA in Finance from Pace University and BA in Psychology from State University of New York at Albany. FINRA Series 7, 63, 79 licenses.
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- (C) (203) 501-7667
Deep and successful history in trading and risk management. Significant revenue producer across fixed income, ABS credit, derivatives and FX traded products. Ran the USD Investment Portfolio for Barclays Bank PLC before transitioning to a senior role in Corporate Treasury at Deutsche Bank USA. Became Co-Head of ALM Americas and took ownership of Interest Rate Risk in the Banking Book. Worked across Risk, Treasury, and Technology to put in place new people, technology, processes, models, reporting, strategy and execution. Delivered a comprehensive ALM Framework for the Combined US Operations. David is also a Managing Director and Head of Banking at McLaren Strategic Ventures.
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- (C) (646) 691 5903
Jose Maria Carretero Tomas
Over 18 years of experience as an advisor and attorney. Focus on asset acquisitions and real estate transactions in Spain and internationally. Has been a special advisor and collaborator with several companies in a wide variety of industries. Founding owner of the Investor Society. Founding owner of JMCT Investments. LL.B (law degree) from the UNED and the University International of Catalonia. LLM in Maritime Law from the UAO CEU Barcelona Law School. Fintech Certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Over twenty years of experience in investment banking, strategic consulting, principal investing, technology and asset management. Began career with PwC and Bank of America. Experience running, growing and selling a hedge fund software company, developing a venture fund, and global investment banking. Assists emerging company leadership in their capital markets challenges and opportunities. Co-investment and syndicate specialist throughout the corporate lifecycle. Served as strategic advisor/virtual CFO to numerous emerging biotech and deep tech assets. Led investment activities for several early-stage life science and technology firms vetting opportunities, raising capital and building relationships with allocators, advisors, consultancies, regulators, wealthy families and scientific experts. B.S. in Accounting and Computer Science from Indiana University. FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.
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- (C) (917) 776-8872
Extensive career in investment banking, corporate law, finance, and alternative investments. Began his career as an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, Washington D.C. and London, and thereafter was a senior corporate finance officer for a private Texas corporation until its sale. Thereafter was an investment banker based in New York and Singapore for two major firms. Managing Director at Arden Asset Management Corp. and Ivy Asset Management Corp. from 2000 to 2010. Managing Director at StormHarbour Partners from 2010-2016. Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Vermont, and J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Serves on the advisory boards of Georgetown University’s College of Arts and Sciences and UVM’s School of Business. FINRA Series 7, 63 and 79. Charter member of Army Historical Foundation’s 1814 Society.
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- (C) (516) 761-0939
Over 20 years of experience in investment banking, private equity, and valuation. Was Director of Investment Banking at Entoro Capital. Previously Managing Director at Valuation Research and Director of Valuation and Analysis at Arctas Capital Group. Successful track record evaluating alternative investment opportunities, formulating valuations, raising project finance debt capital, assessing exits, advising clients and investors, and monetizing private equity investments. Chartered Financial Analyst. BBA in Accounting and Executive MBA with Honors from the University of Texas. FINRA series 63, 79, 82 licenses.
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- (O) (512) 502-5224
- (C) (832) 274-8089
Juan Carlos Sandoval
Seventeen years of investment banking experience. Joined BNP Paribas in early 2000. Five years within the Corporate and Investment Banking team. Three years representing US and Latin America’s energy-focused teams in front of the bank’s top management. Based in Houston for the last ten years, focused primarily on the US and Latin America oil and gas industry. Relationship manager within the Energy Group at Wells Fargo Bank before returning to BNP Paribas to run the Oil and Gas Structured Debt team. BA in Accounting from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico. Fluent in Spanish, English and French. FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses..
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- (C) (832) 425-6662
Over 20 years of experience in multi-discipline buy-side investment management and issuer deal structuring as well as being part of three fintech startups. Prior to joining Castle Placement, he launched, as cofounder, Quarter, Inc., a residential real estate proptech platform. Prior to Quarter, Inc., he spent six years as SVP at ALPS Advisors, a 40-Act product wholesaler, where he was in charge of the firm’s suite of actively managed 40-Act products including as co-portfolio manager of ALPS’ Red Rocks Listed Private Equity mutual fund. Prior to ALPS, he spend 11 years as Principal at Braddock Financial, where, in addition to leading the research and trading of the firm, he ran Braddock’s largest hedge fund, a $500MM net AUM, long/short structured credit strategy, for nearly 10 years. Prior to launching his hedge fund at Braddock, he spent nearly 10 years as a buy-side investor with ING and GWL in research, product development, and trading various MBS / ABS strategies for general and separate accounts. His other two fintech startups were Tick Data (currently a subsidiary of OneMarketData), and, as President, Blackbox Logic (sold to Moody’s Analytics).
M.B.A. in Finance from University of Denver, and a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from The University of Colorado - Boulder. FINRA Series 7, 63, and 79 licenses. Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
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- (C) (303) 898-8265
Recipient of The Presidential Award from The White House, Vibhu Sinha is a senior investment professional, with fifteen years of experience advising institutional investors as well as early-stage ventures on investment pitches and due-diligence, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, and asset management specifically fixed income mortgage products, securitized assets, liquid alternatives and ESG products.
Vibhu’s experience includes working as Vice President at Trust Company of the West, a former indirect subsidiary of Société Générale and a global $200 billion asset manager, as well as at Ares Management, a global $100 billion private equity and alternative asset manager. Vibhu also had a stint in strategy consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he provided product and industry assessment and M&A diligence services to premier asset management, private equity and international real estate clients. He began his career in financial services in 2005 as an Analyst at New Century, a full-service mortgage manager with $50 billion in origination.
Vibhu studied behavioral psychology at Harvard University, and earned his MBA from UCLA Anderson, where he was a Vistage Fellow, a selective program for executive mentorship. He holds Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) credential.
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- (C) (949) 836-9082
Over thirty year track record executing M&A transactions on behalf of clients, including recapitalizations, divestitures, MBO’s and origination of growth capital. Held senior level and partner positions at global banking and wealth management institutions, middle market M&A investment banks and privately held companies. Broad experience working with entrepreneurs of technology and other fast-growing companies. Previously involved in the commercialization and leadership of early-stage and growth ventures with SP Global, Inc. Was the East Coast Managing Director for Wells Fargo Advisors’ M&A Advisory Services, providing recapitalizations and divestiture execution for privately held corporate clients. Previously co-founded and was a Managing Director for nearly two decades at Matrix Capital Markets Group, Inc., a leading lower middle market investment banking firm ultimately sold to AXA Financial. FINRA Series 7, 63 and 79 licensed.
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- (O) (804) 690-8158
Financial advisor for Morgan Stanley. Led seminars on investing and creating wealth. Met with small business owners to develop employee retirement plans. Advised clients on appropriate asset allocation investment strategies using the Dow 30. Over thirty years in the NYC Department of Education, including as Principal of one of the most challenging middle schools in the poorest districts in the country. Used educational-tech and targeted data to turn the school around. School was named a model for attendance improvement. Supported over two hundred school leaders. Believes ed-tech will reinvent how education is delivered and received. Masters of Science from Fordham University in Educational Leadership. Masters of Science from Iona College in Educational Technology. Bachelor of Arts from New York University in Political Science. FINRA Series 7, 63, and 79 licenses.
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- (C) (203) 297-5089
Over 25 years of experience in finance and capital markets. Began career in consumer products, serving as the C.F.O. of a bottled water company for over twelve years. Obtained M.B.A. and joined Merrill Lynch, working to build portfolios for a wide variety of clients across all sectors. Subsequently joined LPL Financial, managing the investment needs of clients in eight branches. B.A. from Wake Forest University and M.B.A. from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. FINRA Series 7 and 66 licenses.
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- (C) (336) 817-8613
Diverse background in investment banking, fund development, and strategic consulting. Began financial career at Washington Mutual Bank (later acquired by Chase), managing business development initiatives across multiple consumer segments in the retail banking unit. Post graduate study, transitioned to investment banking at CTX Asset Management and led capital markets transactions and M&A activity across a variety of sectors. Additionally, established investment thematics and financial structure for sector-specific venture funds. Serves part-time in the U.S. Army Reserve as an intelligence officer and is a veteran of Afghanistan. B.A. in Economics from Texas State University, MBA in Finance from the University of the Incarnate Word, and M.S. in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas-Austin. FINRA Series 7, 63, and 79 licenses.
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- (O) (210) 740-6800
Over 15 years of financial services experience in investment banking, transaction advisory and business valuation. Experienced in raising capital, and assisting companies in various sectors including technology, industrial, mining and real estate. Helped many public and private entities raise capital, often concurrent with a M&A transaction. Began career at an investment bank and progressively worked at various financial institutions including Scotiabank, RSM, Echelon Wealth Partners, among others. Prior to Castle Placement, operated a small boutique valuation firm in Canada producing hundreds of valuation reports. Has qualified as an expert witness and assists the courts in numerous financial matters. Founded and served on the board for various charitable organizations focused on kids. Bachelors in Accounting from the University of Waterloo and a Masters in Accounting from the University of Connecticut. Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Business Valuator and an Accredited Member in Business Valuations. FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.
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- (O) (718) 814-3618
Proven track record providing financial consulting services to institutions, high-net-worth individuals, family offices, and private companies. CPA with over three decades of extensive business experience, including public accounting (Big 4 and national accounting firms). Adept at servicing high-profile clients. Actively involved in many complex client transactions. As an avid networker, developed strong working relationships with key industry leaders, public officials, family offices, high-net-worth individuals, and entrepreneurs, often bringing together client base at private forums to present new investment opportunities. Produced over 60 business events over the past decade, including co-founding the Global Leaders in Real Estate & EisnerAmper R/E Private Equity Summits. Such events are often referenced in major media outlets. Licensed CPA in NY and NJ and a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the NYS Society of CPAs (served as chair of the Real Estate Committee). FINRA Series 82 and 63 licenses.
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- (O) (347) 749-3955
Highly accomplished in sales. Over 17 years of institutional equity sales experience covering leading mutual fund managers, trust companies, pension funds and hedge funds at Lehman, UBS, BMO, and Credit Suisse. Brings strong sell-side perspective, gained over several deal cycles working closely with buy-side clients. Silver medalist in 1996 Olympic Games. FINRA Series 7, 63 and 79 licenses.
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- (O) (212) 418-1188
- (C) (415) 250-1329