Board of Directors

Manuel Celaya Alberni (Chair) 

Is an expert in US-Latin American affairs and finance, with a focus on security and policy matters.  Mr. Celaya has over thirty years of experience in business and organizational development across a range of industries including finance, real estate, telecommunications and information technology. He is a strategic planning consultant to commercial and government clients.

Mr. Celaya is a Board member and former President (2008-11) of the Alianza Democrática, a non-profit educational organization whose acclaimed Project Democracy led efforts to promote democracy and human rights in Cuba through education. In 1994, he directed the activities of Project Guantánamo, created to assist in the relief effort for tens of thousands of refugees in the US Naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.  For his work, he received the 1995 “Humanitarian of the Year Award” from World Relief.  Celaya is fluent in Spanish and has a B.A. in Management from St. Leo University, with post graduate work in Finance at Florida International University.

Kermit A. Rosenberg

As a partner in the Washington Global Law Group, PLLC, he concentrates on bankruptcy practice and creditors’ rights, focusing on business reorganization cases. His practice involves advising individuals, businesses, principals, and creditors on strategies and options available under the Bankruptcy Code and state creditors’ rights laws to resolve complex financial issues.

Mr. Rosenberg earned a B.S. from The Ohio State University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.  He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Virginia; in the US District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia; in the US Courts of Appeal for the District of Columbia and the Fourth Circuit; and in the US Supreme Court.

He has been listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation – Bankruptcy since 1992.

Mauricio Tamargo

Is a Founding Partner of Poblete Tamargo, LLP – a solutions-driven law and public policy practice.  With over 25 years of government affairs and public policy experience, Mr. Tamargo was named among the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business Magazine.

Mr. Tamargo previously served as Chairman of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission(“FCSC”)  at the US Department of Justice and held several senior congressional positions. In the US Congress, Tamargo was Staff Director and Legal Counsel to three subcommittees of the House Committee on International Relations, while also serving as Chief of Staff and General Counsel to Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL).   Mr. Tamargo earned a B. A. from the University of Miami and a J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, Florida, and is a member of the US Court of Federal Claims, US Supreme Court, American Bar Association, Cuban American Bar Association and District of Columbia Hispanic Bar Association. He is fluent in Spanish.

Mike Bargeron

Is co-founder and Managing Director of The Belair Group.  With over 30 years of experience in the banking industry, he has worked as a loan officer, manager, underwriter, and operations manager.  He served as a regional manager for a top-10 mortgage company, overseeing underwriting, closing, post-closing and shipping, regulatory compliance, Fair Lending and Community Reinvestment Act compliance.

Mr. Bargeron has served on commercial loan committees and administered commercial real estate loans, equipment leases and floor-plan financing.  He has worked with the TS, CC, FDIC, HUD, FHLMC, & FNMA, and has created and implemented banking policies & procedures.  He has served as  a teacher and speaker at various lending industry venues.  White Papers he drafted for HUD ultimately led to the issuance of a new mortgagee letter. He is also a HUD Loss Mitigation Specialist.