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Team

Connect, Relate, and Share with our experienced team of go-getters, activators and innovators!

Our management team is fully dedicated to listening and to actively engage with you, your company and the people behind it. We are here to offer you the best resources and tools to Make a Wealth of Referrals™ through our Social Referral Network. We believe in teamwork and collaboration as vehicles to achieve collective success and we want everyone to participate!

Our members and institutions engage actively in our growth process, in a collaborative and lean environment where there are no intermediaries but a direct and ongoing conversation, in which your thoughts and needs are the backbone of our efforts.

Get to know our team and start a new conversation!

Alejandro Riquezes
Alejandro Riquezes
Co-Founder & CEO
 

Alejandro is an experienced manager with over 26 years in Sales, Investments and Marketing. He joined wind2share’s predecessor Windmills in August 2008.  His Sales and Marketing background comes from his career at S.C. Johnson, Despunta & Quorum and his Investments experience from Gruntal, Prudential Securities (Wachovia Securities) and UBS.

Alex earned his BS in Management from Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela. He studied for his graduate MBA program at the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela. Alejandro held a Certified Investment Management Analyst, CIMA® designation from the Investment Management Consultant Association (IMCA®) and The Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania, he held the licenses Series 3, 7 and 63 and he currently holds the 65 license.


Guillermo A. Ponte
Guillermo A. Ponte
Co-Founder & COO
 

Guillermo has over 27 years’ experience in the financial sector. He has extensive experience in System and Electronic Banking Operations, and has also participated as a member of high level executive committees for leading commercial banks and banking associations. 

Guillermo has a Bachelors Degree in Systems Engineering from Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela. He is in charge of the Business Process and Operational platform for wind2share. He drives the strategy of the company’s business process and operational platform.


Oswaldo Alvarez
Oswaldo Alvarez
Co-Founder & CTO

Oswaldo began his career as a Web Developer for banking systems and large portals. He is a certified consultant in SAP Strategy Management Tools where he acquired knowledge of Business Intelligence and Corporate Strategic Planning.

Oz obtained extensive experience in systems implementations of Electronic Commerce (B2B, B2C, C2B and C2C), Online Payment, Application Usability and Web Development.

He has worked on more than 100 different projects in the area of Programming, Consulting, Project Management and Commercial Management. He graduated from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Internet Technology Applications and Computer Networks.


Juan Riquezes
Juan Riquezes
Co-Founder & CIO
 

Juan is an experienced manager with over 28 years of experience in technology in the Financial industry, and as entrepreneur Juan co-founded one of the first companies to support banking operations through SMS messages. His technology experience comes from his career at two mayor banks, IBM and Unplugged Corp. where he continues serving  as  a board member.

He has been a Director of The Center for Information Systems Research at ADL and Caja Venezolana de Valores. He was also a member of the Exchange Committee of Asociacion Bancaria de Venezuela and a member of the Technology Committee of Cavenal.

Juan has a Bachelors Degree in Systems Engineering from Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas.


Ada Story
Ada Story
Co-founder & CMO

Ada specializes in Marketing, Communications and PR, working with companies in several industries. 
She received her BS in Liberal Arts and an specialization in International Politics in 2008  from UNIMET (Caracas, Venezuela).  After 6 years of experience in Marketing and Operations, she moved to the Bay Area in 2012 and is now Chief Marketing Officer of wind2share, the social referral network. She additionally joined Stanford University to continue her studies in Marketing, Startup Finances, Social Media, UX, integrated legal and business approach to startups and startup operations. She became an advocate of the Lean Startup movement and recently started the Product Manager program at General Assembly (San Francisco) in March 2015.
Ada is a wine enthusiast, dog-lover, coffee addict and a tech junky who thrives under learning and rapid changing environments. Ada strongly believes that in life, there are no limitations...only opportunities.


Adrian Pelaez
Adrian Pelaez
CDO Private Networks
  

Adrian is a thought leader and influencer for the Latin America region. He´s a global-minded connector who works for many companies as an independent consultant including training different groups in the LATAM region on Social Media topics, ITC (Information Technology Communications), PR 3.0, government 2.0, activism and citizen participation, fundraising, new media training, among other topics.

Adrian is currently Evernote´s ambassador and Hootsuite’s Diplomat for Latam (honorary positions). He has deep knowledge of the Americas’s cultural and political landscape. He has worked not only with the private sector, but also with governments and nonprofit organizations. 

He is leading wind2share´s Private Networks project, helping companies and organizations worldwide to organize their own networks and cultivating their community with a business prospective. 

 


Carlos Dapena
Carlos F. Dapena P.
CISO (Customer Information Services and Operations)

Carlos is a professional with 27 years' experience in Information Technology and has worked for 15 years for the financial sector in two of the most important banks in Venezuela. He also worked for 4 years in the design and development of electronic payment applications using debit and credit cards, aimed at the unbanking people, an idea that was pioneered in Venezuela. His career also led him to work on Call Centers projects. Much of his career was focused toward the design and development of applications and, more recently in the area of ​​technology infrastructure working for local and regional subsidiaries of high-tech enterprises. Carlos has several international educational certificates and a network administration diploma. He is a new technologies enthusiast and he is constantly learning new things. 

 


Tom von Metzger
Tom von Metzger

Co-Creator & Partner
Positive Attitude Influencer

   

Tom von Metzger is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California and has over 20 years experience working with Start-Up companies. He is currently a Talent Booking Agent & Owner of Best Speaker Consultants, LLC (BSC), a full-service consultancy agency with access to the world’s BEST SPEAKERS for lecture-series conferences. In addition to its U.S. and international booking business, BSC's specialized focus of expertise is in supporting Central and Latin American companies and conference organizers by navigating the often complicated process of finding the perfect Speakers for their lecture-series events.

In addition, Tom is also the Founder & Owner of Island Consulting Group, LLC (ICG). Through ICG he applies his expertise in building sustainable high-performing sales, customer service and quality assurance accountability-based, extreme leadership and self-directed teams for Start-Up enterprises. Most recently he has taken a role within Wind2share, Inc. (w2s) as a Co-Creator & Partner, Positive Attitude Influencer working alongside the team to further grow the mission and objectives of the company.

Tom is a highly adaptable contributor with exceptional skills in consultative and transactional sales, creating world famous customer service delivery and operations management excellence. He is a results-oriented team builder with major strengths in taking Start-Ups from the proverbial “cocktail napkin” conception to actuality to IPO. His focus and strengths are in the areas of client retention, new client acquisition, process improvement and organizational development.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela from immigrant parents from Zagreb, Croatia and Apeldoorn, Holland, Tom was raised from the age of 10 in Santa Barbara, California. He is Spanish/English bilingual and bicultural; embraces a positive attitude in everything he does; is fanatically enthusiastic about life; a dedicated inspirational team member and a motivated self-starter.

 


Maria Sylvia Riquezes
Maria Sylvia Riquezes
Social Media Adviser

Maria Sylvia is studying International Relations at American University in Washington, D.C.  She is specializing in International Economic Policy and is minoring in Economics and Mandarin Chinese. In addition to her studies and work at wind2share, she is a Teaching Assistant in American University's Department of Economics. During 2013 and 2014, she studied abroad in Beijing at Peking University and interned at Tencent under the WeChat branch. As a Business Development Intern at Tencent, she deployed multimedia content to develop the social presence of partnership organizations. She has previously worked at U.S.-China Education Trust, a nonprofit in DC. She worked heavily in updating and managing the website as well as communication for over 70+ Chinese partners. She has extensive experience in web content management, social media outlets, international communication, and event planning. She is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French and Chinese. Her work at wind2share largely centers around content management and development.