Who We Are

Roger J. Lucas

Mr. Roger J. Lucas, Chairman of the Board and Director of Aquaculture

Mr. Roger J. Lucas retired as an officer from the US Navy and managed IT positions ranging from the development of the Atlantic Strike Force Command’s secret internet portal to holding the position as the Project Coordinator for STRATCOM’s Offensive Counterspace Special Technical Operations team. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BS in Electrical Engineering and from the University of Phoenix with a Masters of Business Administration. His background brings a broad depth of technical and managerial skills. Mr. Lucas spends his time between the USA, Ecuador and Panama.

Manfred Soeffing

Manfred Soeffing, Director of International Development

Manfred Soeffing graduated with a Law Degree from the University of Cologne, Germany. He also conducted in depth finance research studies at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, Paris and London. One of his projects during those studies included the creation, training and supervision of a 20 person investment advisory team. This project focused on the advising of German clients on investments in American Mutual Funds and Floridian condominiums, both relatively new products in the market. After completion of this research, Mr. Soeffing moved to the United States where he used his expertise in legal and investment matters to consult to contractors and developers in states from Colorado to Florida. During this period, Mr. Soeffing invested in restaurants in the “Beltway” area of Washington, D.C.  After 9/11, he and his wife sold their business interests and moved to the United States Virgin Islands where he once again consulted to large developers from Dominica to the Dominican Republic to Panama. Mr. Soeffing is fluent in several languages. Today he divides his time between St. Thomas, USVI and the Republic of Panama.

Harold Jeff, Attorney at LawMr. Harold Jeff Agustino, Attorney at Law, Director of Legal Affairs

Attorney at Law Jeff is the Legal Advisor to the National Assembly of Representatives, Republic of Panama. He is also the Legal Advisor to the indigenous Ngobe-Bugle General Congress. He is also the Executive President of HES International, S.A., a tourism enterprise in the Ngobe-Bugle Comarca. This enterprise ranks as the most valuable tourism concession in the Republic of Panama. He has been the Advisor for the Judicial Branch regarding Justice Administration. Mr. Jeff is also President of the Commission for Indigenous Matters of the National College of Lawyers and is an Advisor to the National Coordinator Office for the Indigenous People in the Republic of Panama.

Graduated from the National University of Panama and currently lives in the Capital City.

Matthew J. McCormack

Mr. Matthew J. McCormack, Ms. Econ, Director of Real Estate

Mr. Matthew J. McCormack has been in the real estate and hotel business for many years. He held a senior position with the Marriot Ritz Carlton Hotel Group and left to develop his own real estate consultancy, which focuses on the Caribbean and Central America. Mr. McCormack is a Canadian citizen and travels extensively throughout the Caribbean and Central and North America. He holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics. An accomplished sailor, Mr McCormack can be found at all of the major sailing events such as the America’s Cup Race.

Michael Chitolie

Michael Chitolie, Director of Banking and Finance

Mr. Michael Chitolie was a Senior International Banker with the Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotia Bank PLC) for many years. He served the country of Saint Lucia in the capacity of a member of the National Development Corporation, Sub-Committee responsible for Land and Investment. Also he served as the Chairman of the Vieux Fort Town Council, with the responsibility for all governmental duties in the second largest town in Saint Lucia. Upon entering the private business world, Mr. Chitolie began cargo, distribution and wholesale trading companies. Currently he is the Chairman of St. Lucia Marine Terminals Limited, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority. St. Lucia Marine Terminals Limited is the sole custodian of cargo at the port. Mr. Chitolie lives in Saint Lucia and enjoys the island lifestyle.

Alexis Gomez de Gracia

Mr. Alexis Gómez de Gracia, Certified Public Accountant

Mr. Alexis Gomez de Gracia graduated with a Business and Accounting Degree from the University of Panama, where he earned his Certified Public Accounting license. His expertise is in business accounting and has an international client base. His clients range from private trusts to telecommunication companies to financial institutions. Mr. Gomez de Gracia has travelled extensively and spoken at more than 850 national and international conferences. His international expertise in accounting and legal ramifications for cross border companies makes him a sought after speaker. He is familiar with complicated accounting structures, which involve multiple countries. He lives in Panama, speaks Spanish and English and holds the directorship positions in a few select companies.