Cole currently serves as the Director of Legacy Group specializing the trade of agricultural products and distressed asset investing. Prior to forming Legacy Group in early 2015, Cole spent the previous eight years working for a global professional services firm (PricewaterhouseCoopers) specializing in accounting, advisory and consulting solutions. During Cole’s tenure with the firm, he was stationed in the United States, Bermuda, Hong Kong SAR and Beijing, China.
While working in the United States and Bermuda, Cole primarily focused on accounting and advisory services to clients in industries spanning oil extraction and distribution, healthcare, banking, private equity, hedge funds, offshore trusts, and biotechnology. For nearly four years Cole was located in Asia providing advisory and consulting services to clients participating in global mergers and acquisition activities. Here Cole concentrated on the financial services, real estate and mining sectors and spent a majority of his time advising on cross-border deals in the areas of business strategy review, business valuation, buyer and seller due diligence, tax structuring and business carve-out analysis. Cole’s deal experience has included transactions around the globe with deal sizes into the billions of USD.
Cole graduated Valedictorian from North Carolina State University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance, to which he earned his master’s in accounting from the same university the following year. Cole became a licensed United States Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”) in 2008.
Gustavo manages all aspects of the Legacy Group’s coffee businesses within Colombia and oversees the distribution of coffee to global markets. Gustavo has an extensive history within his family businesses related to all areas of the Colombian coffee business and has gained significant experience within global logistics within his expatriate roles in New York and Texas, USA. Gustavo graduated with a degree in economics in 2006 from the University EAFIT in Medellin, Colombia. After graduation, he joined the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC is the world’s second largest shipping line) in the United States as a logistics analyst in Houston, Texas. In 2009 he was promoted to Lead Commercial Manager for the Latin American market based out of New York City. There he was responsible for the maritime and intermodal transport contracts for large multinational clients of services offered by MSC, which at the time represented more than 200,000 containers located throughout the region.
In mid-2012, Gustavo returned to Colombia to assist in build up of its family coffee businesses. From there he led and redesigned their coffee milling business operations. Gustavo achieved an increase in the installed capacity of the plant by more than 100%, restructuring production flows and spearheaded the redesign of the entire plant, as well as actively training commercial, administrative and operational personnel.