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Francisco Rodriguez-Castro, Managing Partner & Founder

Mr. Rodriguez-Castro is Managing Partner of Birling Capital since its creation and manages all aspects of its practice. Mr. Rodriguez-Castro with over 25 years of experience has been a key executive in government, global, multinational and public companies as well as a key corporate advisor to multiple entities in a diverse array of market segments. He has participated in structuring over $10 billion in Municipal Finance, Corporate, Commercial, Asset Based, AFICA and Mergers and Acquisitions transactions.

Mr. Rodríguez Castro has been Managing Director at UBS, President & CEO of the Economic Development Bank and held senior lending positions in the corporate banking sector. He is also a key leader in promoting the private sectors participation in the formulation of public policy of the country supporting the governments in its efforts to achieve and maintain sustained economic development for Puerto Rico. In addition to his management roles he was the founder of the Private Sector Coalition a not for profit association. As board member of the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce starting in 2006 he organized, founded and Chairs the Puerto Rico Conference a Macro economic investment conference.

Among the awards he has received are:
  • Presidents Award Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce 2010
  • Caribbean Business Person of the Year 2009.
  • Presidents Award for Outstanding Service 2009, Puerto Rico Products Association.
  • Home Builders Achievement Award 2009
  • Presidents Award for Outstanding Service 2008- Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce
  • El Vocero Newspaper Leaders Award 2008.
  • Top Management Award 2006, SME Banker of the Year.
  • Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce Zenit Awards Banker of the Year 2006 9. Banker of the year 2004 Puerto Rico Products Association.
  • Zenit Award Public Service 2004 Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce.
  • Mercury Award Banker of the Year 2004, Centro Unido de Detallistas.

Carlos A. Colón De Armas, Ph.D., Senior Managing Consultant

Dr. Carlos A. Colón De Armas joined Birling’s Team on December 2016 as Senior Managing Consultant engaging in the areas of Finance, Economics, Management and Strategic Advisory practices. He is also a Professor of Finance at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Puerto Rico’s main campus at Río Piedras, where he teaches Corporate Finance, Financial Markets, Investments, and International Finance. Starting in September 2013 until January 2015, he also served as the Acting Dean of the School of Business Administration. Prior to that, in 2004, he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the School.

Dr. Colón De Armas is actively engaged in academic research and has authored several articles for academic journals. In addition, he was a member of the Editorial Board of Forum Empresarial, an academic business journal published out of the School of Business of the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras. Between August 2007 and June 2011, he presided the Board.

Outside of academia, Dr. Colón De Armas serves as a Financial, Economics, and Management Consultant, and is a licensed Real Estate Broker (Lic. #10213). He has provided professional services for clients in a variety of fields.

His opinion columns have appeared in El Nuevo Día and El Vocero, two of the newspapers with the largest circulations in Puerto Rico, and in Caribbean Business. In addition, he is an analyst and commentator on business and economic affairs for several media outlets, including radio stations and television news programs in and outside Puerto Rico.

Prior to occupying his current position, between 1999 and 2000, Dr. Colón De Armas was the Executive Vice President of the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico (GDB). During the years 1993 to 1999, Dr. Colón De Armas served as the Deputy Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Highways and Transportation Authority (PRHTA).

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