XCBG (www.xcbgintl.com) is America's premier Export Management Company (EMC) and the premier American Investment Placement Advisor (IPA) for Africa and the Caribbean. Its expertise starts at the top through its managing principal, Eric S. Henderson, who brings to XCBG, more than fifteen (15) years of international trade and investment experience, demonstrated by his completing transactions in more than 80 countries and servicing projects in more than 150 countries. Henderson is formally a partner with Interlink Capital Strategies (www.i-caps.com) a firm that has financed many projects around the world and in Africa in particular. Mr. Henderson also served as an associate with Nova Capital Partners (www.novacapitalpartners.com) which raised $161 million USD for Intercontinental Bank of Nigeria.
He served as Commercial Attaché for the U.S. Government while at the World Bank, where he helped U.S. companies pursue and secure some of the $25 Billion in projects financed annually by the World Bank. Additionally, he served as the U.S. Commercial Service Liaison to the African Development Bank.
While with the US Department of Commerce, Henderson served as Country and Regional Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean with the Advocacy Center, a Special Task Force that assists US companies to coordinate US Government resources and authority in order to 'level the playing field' on behalf of US business interests having to compete against foreign firms for specific international contracts or other US export opportunities. Prior to joining the Advocacy Center, Mr. Henderson served as Country and Regional Manager for multiple Commercial Service posts overseas (http://export.gov/worldwide_us/index.asp) with more than 40 employees and a $10 Million budget. He was also Senior Advisor to the U.S. Commerce Undersecretary of Trade where he worked directly with senior and cabinet level US Government Officials and Foreign Government Officials.
XCBG Ltd. currently helps its clients to obtain significant contracts for the purchase/distribution of products and or delivery of services to companies and foreign countries. Services offered include International Trade Services, Sourcing Debt and or Equity Financing, Export Promotions (Sales), Business Development, Government Relations, and Strategic Counseling. XCBG develops strategies with clients world-wide with a particular focus on high growth, emerging markets. XCBG manages a coordinated effort among its network of employees, partner associates, and sales agents on the ground giving our clients “feet on the street” in overseas markets where otherwise they would not have. XCBG provides its clients with strategic, top notch and high level export management and business development expertise that enables clients to extend their reach and attain business goals.
Mr. Kevin G. Bean is a Barrister and Attorney and Notary Public called to the Bar in both Bermuda and Barbados and has been practicing law for some 13 years. Mr. Bean as a co-founding member of XCBG, brings his wealth of expertise to the firm in the form of Global Legal Structuring, Governmental Support and Liaison, Project Finance, Public Finance and other Leveraged Finance techniques. Mr. Bean Holds a Bachelor' Degree in Politics and Economics from the State University of New York, a Law Degree (LLB) from the London School of Economics & Political Science, a Legal Education Certificate (L.E.C.) from Hugh Wooding Law School University of the West Indies and holds a (MIarb) professional designation from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Mr. Bean has served on several Governmental Boards and is Human Rights Commissioner for the Government of Bermuda.
Mr. Ed Hartwell joined XCBG in June of 2011. Ed is also employed with multi-billion dollar global finance, investment and real estate services firm Newmark Knight Frank (www.newmarkkf.com) which he joined in 2005 in the firm's Atlanta office. He is focused on raising equity and debt for infrastructure and renewable energy financing. Prior to joining Newmark Knight Frank, Mr. Hartwell served as director of client services Southeast for the sports representation firm, GAAMES. He brings 10 years of sales and sports management experience. In this capacity, his main responsibilities included contract/endorsement negotiations, sales presentation and career management. Previously, Mr. Hartwell served as assistant director of scouting for the Arizona Diamondbacks and played professional baseball for the San Francisco Giants.
Mr. Hartwell was a member of the Notre Dame Baseball team and was voted captain in 1993. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and was named Outstanding Student and Francis Patrick O'Conner winner at the University of Notre Dame for the graduating class of 1993.
Catherine Thomas serves as Vice President for Business Development. She has been active in international business and policy issues, particularly in the African Diaspora, for 30 years. In 1981, she formed her own company, World Horizons International, LLC, to pursue international business and has since traveled extensively throughout Africa. Ms. Thomas is a 1976 graduate of the National Law Center, George Washington University. After practicing law for more than twenty years, she has for the past several years, worked in real estate sales/development and most significantly, focused on retooling her international business skills. Toward that end, in 2008, Ms. Thomas received certification in export management upon completing the “Export One: Africa! International Business Training Program” offered by the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation and The Africa Trade Office. Also in 2008, Ms. Thomas traveled to Tanzania with the Leon Sullivan Foundation, where valuable business contacts were forged. She has been affiliated with XCBG since May, 2008.
In addition to being appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate in 2009 to be the first African American Chairman of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation - the lead organization responsible for the investigation and recovery process for account holders of failed brokerage firms such as Lehman, Madoff and MF Global – his term expiring in 2011, Mr Johnson is also formerly a Partner in the Law Firm of Saul Ewing LLP.
His practice focused on general corporate matters, complex business transactions and federal and state regulatory issues in business and securities transactions, including proxy solicitations, bankruptcy reorganizations and equity and debt offerings. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions involving utility companies, and audits of public utility companies in conjunction with state and local public utility commissions and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He counsels clients on public private partnerships pursuant to transportation, port and infrastructure projects, and advises hedge funds on arbitrage matters and legislative issues related to potential mergers and acquisitions in regulated and non-regulated businesses.
Prior to joining Saul Ewing, Mr. Johnson was Of Counsel at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP where he served as co-head of its regulatory practice in the Washington, DC office. Previously, he served for nine years as a Staff Attorney and Branch Chief in the Division of Investment Management for the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
In this capacity, his primary responsibilities included advising the Commission on the regulation of exempt utility companies and utility companies registered under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935. Other responsibilities included compliance inspections of investment advisers and investment companies pursuant to the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Investment Company Act of 1940.
In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Johnson is an adjunct professor of law at Howard University School of Law where he teaches Securities Regulation classes in connection with the fundamentals of federal and state securities laws, including the 1933, 1934 Acts and the Investment Company Act of 1940. He is conversational in French.
T. Wayne "Wayne" Gray is a partner in the Law Firm of Holland & Knight LLP and practices in the International and Cross-Border Transactions Group and Construction Industry Practice Group. He works in both Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C. and Abu Dhabi, UAE offices. He has a diverse practice in domestic and international business and construction law, including project finance and privatization matters. In private practice since 1978 following government legal service, he represents business clients and private and government (domestic and international) owners, developers, contractors, construction managers, architects and engineer clients in virtually all phases of construction-related projects.
>His experience includes preparation, counsel and negotiation of construction and related contracts and documents for a wide-range of domestic and international construction projects. He structures projects under EPC, firm fixed price, guaranteed maximum price or cost plus contracts including on-shore and off-shore contracts for international projects. During projects Mr. Gray provides project/contract administration services including project correspondence, contract interpretation, defending or preparing claims, project close-out and dispute resolution.
Mr. Gray's work in the United Arab Emirates and surrounding region includes advising clients on construction, infrastructure, transportation, joint venture and business projects and world-wide corporate structures. Mr. Gray managed his prior firm’s Riyadh, Saudi Arabia office for two years where he represented American, Saudi Arabian government and private, and international clients.
He also previously served in Saudi Arabia for over three years as a government lawyer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and had responsibility for construction, engineering, design, procurement and services contract legal matters on the $25 billion construction program administered for the Saudi Arabian government. Prior to that time, he lived in Vietnam, Germany and Italy for over five years where, as a U.S. Army JAGC lawyer, he handled contracts, claims, and litigation matters.
Mr. Gray’s business law practice includes advising on, drafting and negotiating domestic and international transaction agreements including joint venture and teaming agreements and establishing foreign offices of U.S. clients. He also counsels clients in aviation matters including purchase, lease and sale of aircraft and aircraft fractional share interests and the formation and operation of aviation-related entities.
In addition to his domestic experience, Mr. Gray's international experience includes projects in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia. Projects include infrastructure works, such as power plants, cement plants and water systems, residential housing compounds, office buildings, hotels, airports, a university, military facilities, scientific/technology facilities, marine facilities and vessels, offshore oil and gas platforms, satellites and procurement of design, goods and services.
Nenad joins XCBG serving as Director for Trade Finance, Project Finance, Private Equity and Capital Sourcing and Vice-President for Business Development. Mr. Dordevic is also the president of SALTUS LLC (www.saltus.us.com) , a business advisory services company based in Washington DC, which is certified by the international finance house, Overseas Private Investment Corp (www.opic.gov). SALTUS offers consulting services to US and foreign businesses that need to establish or expand their foreign operations and obtain necessary funding through federal government programs and/or traditional sources of capital.
Before starting his own business, Mr. Dordevic served as Vice President and Business Development and Federal Contracts Manager at Midland Loan Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of PNC Bank in Washington, DC. In that capacity he led federal government business development efforts and oversaw activities related to the administration of federal contracts with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Department of Transportation TIFIA Program and Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), encompassing portfolios of international and domestic loans with balances exceeding $30 billion.
Prior to the formation of the Government Services team in 2005 through PNC’s acquisition of Riggs Bank, Mr. Dordevic served for three years as an Assistant Manager and Vice President for Sovereign Trust Services, a division of Riggs Bank, which provided sovereign debt management, paying and transfer agency, and corporate trust services to U.S. government agencies, foreign governments, U.S. corporations, and international institutions.
Prior to joining Riggs, Mr. Dordevic served over seven years in progressively responsible positions in the fields of law, banking, and government. He served as an Advisor at the Ministry of Foreign Trade of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and as a Financial Analyst at the National Bank of Yugoslavia. Prior to that, he clerked at the District Court of Belgrade and was a Deputy Director of Legal Affairs at Vocarcoop, an export-import company in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Mr. Dordevic received his J.D. degree from the University of Belgrade Law School in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and his M.B.A. degree in Corporate Finance / International Business from Kogod School of Business, American University, in Washington, DC.
He also received advanced certificates in Trust and Wealth Management from American Bankers Association’s National Trust School in Chicago, IL; in Banking and Finance from University of Hertfordshire in England; in International Trade and Investment from European Institute in Athens, Greece; went through practical training programs in Derivatives Trading at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in Chicago, IL; in Investment Management at Merrill Lynch Private Client Division in Washington, DC; and in Investment Banking at Hamilton Capital Partners, an investment bank in Alexandria, VA.
A.J. Hoff serves as Vice President of Business Development and Director of Liberian Affairs. Mr. Hoff has more than 20 years experience in African commercial and social affairs, having lived and worked in Africa for nine (9) years. He has been involved in Africa on many levels (business, community planning and affairs, humanitarian and social services). In his social service capacity, Hoff managed social service organizations in nine (9) countries with more than 40 staff and 2500 constituents in addition to managing an annual budget of $2 million. As a Unit Leader with Nestle Waters: Deer Park/ Poland Spring, he oversaw an annual budget of $7 million. A former professional, collegiate and high school basketball player, Hoff has seen the value of educational and professional development and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Social Work at Howard University. At a family level, Hoff’s uncle William R. Tolbert Jr. was Vice President of Liberia for 19 years (1952-1971) and President for 9 years (1971-1980). His dear friend and cousin, Dr. Richard Tolbert, is the immediate past minister of investment of Liberia and serves as Country Manager for Liberia with XCBG Ltd.
Koos is a prominent attorney in South Africa
Before founding Mulendi Investments (www.mulendi.co.za) Bheki spent 17 years with the United States Commercial Service (USCS) in South Africa (www.export.gov/southafrica) as a senior commerical specialist, where he assisted US companies in selling their products and services to private companies and government agencies. Additionally, Mr. Ndimande identified distributers, agents, joint venture partners, and teaming affiliates for US companies.
Ambience Music Solutions was founded in 2005 by Harold. The early years of this company focused on music products for ambiance creation in the wellness and hospitality industries. In 2008 the company expanded into musical ambiance and the brand experience, serving numerous award winning International health spas. In 2009 the Audio Branding Solutions division was established to focus purely on sonic branding services. A special emphasis for this division has been to create sonic brand signatures and integrate these beyond traditional media, into the various new brand spaces that have emerged as a result of technology, consumer behavior and social media trends. As sound designer and audio brand consultant, his client list boasts South African brand names like DSTV, MNET, SABC, ACSA, Coca Cola, Media24 and many more.
Harold was appointed as the South African representative for the South African American Chamber of Commerce in 2011. The Chamber is a nonprofit organization with the aim to provide a variety of services for the building of effective business relationships between companies in South Africa and the United States of America. Creating and promoting the pathway for bilateral trade, cultural relationships, educational, social and sports activities in both countries form part of the vision and mission of the Chamber.
Harold is also the South African representative for the North South Forum 2012. Prominent international thinkers, leaders and senior executives representing governments (heads of states, ministers, ambassadors and directors), international agencies, the private sector, financial institutions and NGOs from United States and the rest of the world, will form part of this Forum. As the founders of this forum, we share the same humanitarian and socio-economic values as the global vision of many leading international organizations aimed specifically in promoting a new approach and dynamics related to the establishment of a new policy of co-development adapted to new realities and constraints of the fast moving globalization, based on a winning strategy for all stakeholders. This will improve the lives of billions of people in the Southern hemisphere where United States and other rich countries such as Canada, the European Union, Japan, South Korea, BRIC, the six GCC member states and multilateral agencies, the private sector, financial institutions, NGOs can join forces to implement an effective and innovative triangular cooperation model for needy and developing countries, which would help them become more productive, independent and creators of their own wealth.