Judson “Jud” DeCew
Jud has had three careers: the first as a university professor and administrator which included 7 years of research and teaching experience in Brazil; a second career as a management consultant (Business Process Design – Human Capital Management), and a third as an entrepreneur in professional services – most recently founding Fronteira Nova LLC, a management consultancy. Fluent in Portuguese, Jud holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees.
Board of Directors
Founder, JFollettLegal – The Law Office of Jeffrey S. Follett
Jeff Follett is an accomplished commercial law attorney, internationally recognized for his work in negotiating transactions and resolving serious commercial disputes, with particular expertise in major infrastructure, construction, and manufacturing projects. A former partner at one of Boston’s largest law firms for over 20 years before founding his own firm, Jeff is known for the loyalty of his clients who value his personal integrity and the quality of his services. Some of the projects he has been involved with include power plant construction, railway and highway development, offshore drilling rig refurbishment, museum construction and commercial retail development. His Brazilian clients include Usina Elétrica a Gás de Araucária (an independent power producer jointly owned by Petrobras and COPEL) and Construtora Brasileira e Mineradora Ltda.
President and CEO, Biomentor International, Inc.
Prior to founding Biomentor International Inc., Jim served as a vice president and general manager of Boston Scientific where he developed direct sales subsidiaries in 14 locations around the world including Latin America, Central Europe, and The Middle East. From 1983-1996 Jim was international vice president of Nova Biomedical Corporation, where he established the international sales organization. His overseas living experience includes 12 years in Brazil, Venezuela, and France and he is correspondingly fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and French.
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CFO – Microline Surgical
Joseph Falcao is a Finance Executive with an extensive international and operational background in Fortune 500, start-up, and private companies. He enjoys the challenge of turnaround work and fostering high-growth.
Currently CFO of medical device manufacturer Microline Surgical, Joe previously served as CFO of the McCue Corporation with responsibility for International Operations and held senior financial roles at iBasis and and the Cabot Corporation. Joe has lived and worked in the USA, Brazil, Belgium, and Malaysia and conducted business in numerous other countries including the UK, Holland, Spain, Japan, China, India, Australia, Argentina, Mexico, and Canada. He is citizen of USA, Brazil, and Europe. Fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, Joe also has a working knowledge of French.
Joe’s academic background includes degrees from the most prestigious universities in Brazil (The University of São Paulo and the Fundação Getulio Vargas) and updated “tool-box” and rekindled knowledge acquired at Babson College and Boston University (Boston and Brussels).
Joe is an active member of professional groups in the Boston Area. He is a member of the CFO RoundTable and serves on the board of the MIT Sloan CFO Summit; A founding member ofBrazil-Today, Joe is also a long-standing member of the IERG (International Executive Resource Group).
Founder and Principal, Drummond CPA LLC
A native of Belo Horizonte, Bruno Drummond studied Business Management, Finance, and Accounting at the Federal University of Minas Gerais and subsequently pursued a career in public accounting. Following his initial professional work in Brazil, Bruno had the opportunity to move to the United States 15 years ago, settling in the Boston area.
Bruno enjoyed success in two major firms (Deloitte and Ernst & Young) but he also recognized the unique opportunity presented by the expanding Brazilian market and the growing need for insight and support in entering and being successful in that market – a need for which his own background offered particular strength. Drummond CPA LLC , founded in 2010, was the response to the need. Boston is the firm’s headquarters, now complemented by offices in Miami and Sao Paulo. Bruno lives with his wife and young daughter in Boston’s south end.
StephenTaber is the founder of BVA LLC, a recently formed advisory firm to assist foreign investors in investing in Brazil. From 2006 to 2009, he was the Brazilian representative of Autonomy Capital Research LLP, a $3 billion UK based hedge fund, for which he successfully invested in and managed commercial real estate, residential real estate, structured credits, and private equity.
Prior to that he had capital markets and banking experience with ING Barings and the HSBC Group. Stephen Taber was a member for five years of CR2’s board of directors, a public homebuilder in Rio. He is a past board member of MRV, another public homebuilder, and past proxy board member of BrasilAgro. Additionally he was a President of CNR, a mortgage origination company in Brazil. Stephen is both a Brazilian and U.S. citizen.