Benessere Capital Acquisition Corp.

Formed to effect a Business Combination with a technologically advanced entity in the medical, data science, industrial, or financial fields.

About Us

Benessere Capital Acquisition Corp. is a blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. While we may pursue an initial business combination target in any business or industry, we intend to focus our search on technology-focused middle market and emerging growth companies in North, Central and South America.

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Our Team

Patrick Orlando, CEO

Patrick Orlando - CEO serves as our chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Orlando has been serving as Chief Executive Officer of Yunhong International, a publicly listed special acquisition purpose corporation since January 2020 (Nasdaq: ZGYH). Mr. Orlando is Chief Executive Officer of Benessere Capital, LLC, which he founded in Miami in October 2012. From March 2014 to August 2018, Mr. Orlando also served as the Chief Financial Officer of Sucro Can Sourcing LLC and as the Vice President of Sucro Can International LLC. From March 2011 to March 2014, Mr. Orlando served as the Managing Director and the Head of Structuring and Derivatives of BT Capital Markets, LLC. From September 2006 to March 2011, Mr. Orlando served in roles including Chief Technical Officer and Director of Pure Biofuels Corporation. From April 1998 to December 2003, Mr. Orlando served in roles including Director of Emerging Markets Fixed Income Derivatives of Deutsche Bank. Mr. Orlando earned degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Francisco O. Flores, CFO

Francisco O. Flores-CFO serves as our Chief Financial Officer and secretary. Mr. Flores founded and has been serving as managing director of Trebol Capital since July 2015. Mr. Flores has also been serving as general partner at Klee Real State, a private equity fund, since October 2018. Mr. Flores founded and has also been serving as managing partner of Younicorn Apps since September 2016. In October 2011, he founded and has been serving as managing partner of Industrias Tecnológicas de Aguascalientes. Since November 2010, he has been serving as Chief Executive Officer of Nodus The Creative Center, the first private incubator and entrepreneurship center in Bajío, Mexico. Mr. Flores earned a degree in Mechatronic Engineering and specialized on Artificial Intelligence from the Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM).

Guillermo Cruz, COO

Guillermo Cruz-COO serves as our Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Cruz is the Chief Executive Officer and a partner of Asesores de Consejo y Alta Direccion S.C. and Board Solutions LLC (“ACAD & Board Solutions”) since 2010. In 2013, Mr. Cruz founded GC Capital Investment Fund, a venture capital firm. In October 2020, he formed Maquia Capital, a private equity firm which manages investments in Mexico, the United States, and Latin America. Mr. Cruz holds a MS in Finance from Harvard University, a certificate in business administration from the Yale School of Management, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

John Simpson, Independent Director

John Simpson-Independent Director serves as one of our independent directors and audit chair. Mr. Simpson has been serving as the Managing Partner at Bluegrass Partners since October 2018. From August 2009 to September 2018, Mr. Simpson served as the Director at Duxton Asset Management. Mr. Simpson has been serving as Non-Executive Director at a number of companies including ACE Dairies and on the board of advisors of the Women in Agribusiness Association of Asia WOMAG. Mr. Simpson has been serving as the Company Director of World Festival Productions, a holding company producing and financing entertainment products. From 2004 to 2005, Mr. Simpson served as the Head of Business Development of Institute for War and Peace Reporting. In 2016, Mr. Simpson graduated from the General Management Programme at Harvard Business School. In 2009, Mr. Simpson received his Master of Science degree in Population and Economic Development at London School of Economics.

John Fargis, Independent Director

John Fargis-Independent Director serves as one of our independent directors. Mr. Fargis has been serving as the Co-Founder and Principal of BYG Advantage since June 2014. Mr. Fargis has been serving as the Professor of management, strategy, and emerging markets at Hult International Business School since February 2014. Mr. Fargis has been also serving as the Adjunct Professor of Strategy, and China History since January 2014. Mr. Fargis has been serving as the Co-Founder and President of the BYG Group since January 2014. Mr. Fargis has been serving as the Principal APAC of Hortonworks since 2014. From March 2010 to December 2013, Mr. Fargis served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager at Kaseya. From 2007 to April 2010, Mr. Fargis served as the Vice President Sales and General Manager Asia of On2 Technologies. From August 2005 to October 2007, Mr. Fargis served as the General Manager Asia Pacific of Global IP Solutions (GIPS). From January 2004 to July 2005, Mr. Fargis served as the CEO of SiMa Systems,. In 1998, Mr. Fargis received his Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy degree in International Consulting at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. In 1992, Mr. Fargis received his Master’s degree in special education at Hunter College. In 1988, Mr. Fargis received his Bachelor’s degree in Medieval Studies at Wesleyan University.

Eric Swider, Independent Director

Eric Swider-Independent Director serves as one of our independent directors. Mr. Swider has been serving as the Chief Executive Officer of RUBIDEX since January 2020,. Mr. Swider founded Renatus Advisors and has been serving as the Partner of Renatus LLC since June 2016. From September 2016 to January 2018, Mr. Swider served as the Managing Director of Great Bay Global. From December 2014 to June 2016, Mr. Swider served as the Managing Director of OHorizons Global. From February 2010 to December 2015, Mr. Swider served as the Managing Director of Oceano Beach Resorts. Mr. Swider received his education in Mechanics Engineering and Nuclear Science Studies at US Naval Engineering and Nuclear A Schools.

Justin L. Shaner, Independent Director

Justin L. Shaner-Independent Director serves as one of our independent directors. Mr. Shaner founded and has been serving as Chief Executive Officer of Shaner Properties LLC since February 2011. Mr. Shaner has been Vice President of Development for Shaner Hotels LP since 2018. Mr. Shaner has been serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Sobe Brooke Studios LLC since October 2012. From August 2013 to June 2016, Mr. Shaner served as a Partner and Producer of Radar Pictures in Los Angeles, California. From September 2007 to September 2015, Mr. Shaner served as the President and Chief Creative Officer of The JLS Agency. Mr. Shaner also serves as a board member for Shaner Ciocco S.r.l.. Mr. Shaner holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University.

Juan Fernandez, Special Advisor

Juan Fernandez-Special Advisor serves as a special advisor to the Company. Mr. Fernandez has been serving as the General Manager of Chassis Brakes International Spain, part of Hitachi Automotive Systems since April 2019. Mr. Fernandez has been serving as the President of Gira Cluster of Automotive Industries of Cantabria since May 2019. From September 2018 to April 2019, Mr. Fernandez served as the Smart Factory Platform Leader of Linxens. From January 2017 to April 2019, Mr. Fernandez served as the Site Director of Linxens. From September 2015 to December 2016, Mr. Fernandez served as the Senior Area Sales Manager Southern Europe for Quintus Technologies. From September 2014 to September 2015, Mr. Fernandez served as the Site Director of Hutchinson. From April 2013 to August 2014, Mr. Fernandez served as the Production Area Manager of Gestamp. From November 2005 to March 2013, Mr. Fernandez served as Process Engineer Manager at ArcelorMittal. From September 2003 to October 2005, Mr. Fernandez served as Resident Engineer of ArcelorMittal based Electrolux. In 2018, Mr. Fernandez received his Executive MBA degree at ESCP Europe. In 1999, Mr. Fernandez received his DEA master’s in science at Ecole Polytechnique.

Javier Tora, Special Advisor

Javier Tora-Special Advisor serves as a special advisor to the Company. Mr. Tora is the founder and has been serving as the Chief Executive Officer of ES Group since April 2013. Mr. Tora is the founder and has been serving as the coordinator of CEEC (Spanish Entrepreneurial Club in Canton) since March 2019. Mr. Tora has been serving as the director of Fashion Accessories Leathereware since March 2009. From January 2017 to July 2018, Mr. Tora served as the Vice-President of Spanish Chamber of Commerce in China. From October 2002 to March 2009, Mr. Tora served as the Sales and Asia Development Manager. Mr. Tora is the candidate for 2021 OPM (Owner President Management) graduate at Harvard Business School and received his master’s degree in International Commerce at EOI Sevilla in 1999. Mr. Tora received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics in FP Melva Institute in 1990.