Reinier Mesritz

Reinier has more than thirty years of experience in international commercial and investment banking, asset and risk management and e-commerce. He has managed multi-billion dollar business units with full profit and loss accountability in three major world markets. From 1996 to 2001, as the regional head of North and South America for Rabobank International based in New York, he re-focused the organization on its customers and achieved outstanding profitability growth. In 2002 he decided to branch out on his own. Since then he has successfully arranged the divestiture of vTraction’s (a Rabobank subsidiary) portfolio in North America as a private advisor. At the beginning of 2003 he became chairman of Tailwind AS, a Norwegian shipping company and was involved in the start-up and growth of the company, which has become well-known as a highly profitable owner and charterer of ships to major ship-owners around the world. As of the end of 2003 Reinier has been working together with Octagon in an advisory capacity.

Reinier previously managed Nedship Bank, a large ship financier, expanding internationally and tripling the net profit over a period of five years. He became highly knowledgeable in the financial aspects of shipping and long-term, expensive assets and was able to build a network in the shipping community. Prior to that, Reinier worked for ABN AMRO Bank, where he served as Regional Treasurer for four years for Europe (based in Amsterdam) and also for the Far East (based in Tokyo). He held a variety of other positions with ABN AMRO before that, becoming an early pioneer in the derivatives world in the early 1980’s while working for their subsidiary, LaSalle National Bank in Chicago.

After graduating, Reinier served in the Dutch Green Berets as a Second Lieutenant for a year and a half. He received his MBA from Thunderbird Graduate School in Arizona and his BBA from the University of Oregon. Reinier is a graduate of the Netherlands School of Business, Nijenrode.

Arnoud van Herwijnen

Arnoud has 33 years of experience in international ship finance, ship investment and risk management. He was a member of the management team of Nedship Bank for more than twenty years. During this period the bank developed from a small regional shipping bank, into a major international player in the ship finance market with a portfolio of several billion dollars. Through his work at the bank he is familiar with all aspects of ship finance.

In particular he was responsible for risk management tasks within the bank as a longstanding member of the credit committee and as the person responsible for workout situations. In this last mentioned capacity he acquired a considerable knowledge of international legal and tax matters. He worked closely with the management of shipping-, fishing- and offshore companies. He also served as head of the technical department, which monitored the condition and the values of the vessels financed by the bank and gained a reputation for being highly knowledgeable about the technical aspects of many different types of ships.

For a number of years Arnoud was responsible for the acquisition, monitoring and selling of ship investments relating to 30-40 seagoing vessels of various types and sizes. He headed the team doing due diligence on two very large loan portfolios acquired by the bank in the period 1992-96. He was instrumental in establishing the first securitisation program of about USD 250 million for part of the loan portfolio of the bank.

After graduating from the Rotterdam School of Economics (Now called: Erasmus University Rotterdam) Arnoud served in the Royal Navy as a lieutenant tutoring Navy Cadets in economic subjects. He followed an intensive shipbuilding course during one year. Arnoud is fluent in 4 languages.

Since retiring Arnoud has been consulting a variety of companies involved in shipping and in the past few years has been instrumental in helping Mesritz, LLC grow.

Jackie L. Arambulo

Jackie has over twenty five years of experience in asset management and operational controls. Prior to joining Mesritz, LLC, Jackie was a Transaction Manager co-managing an $8 billion portfolio of assets for Rabobank’s New York Securitization group. Her responsibilities included deal surveillance and the execution of amendments and annual renewals. As the group’s portfolio grew from its initial $300 million size, Jackie helped establish both the Transaction Management surveillance and Middle Office support procedures.

While with NatWest Markets (now Royal Bank of Scotland) from 1987 to 1999, Jackie worked in different Capital Markets areas. She established management reporting requirements, assisted in the development and implementation of policies and procedures, worked with internal and external auditors in monitoring corporate clients, and streamlined financial control processes.

After business school, Jackie recognized the value of management and operational controls during her term with the Mortgage group at Salomon Brothers, Inc. Jackie has a B.S. in Management Engineering from Ateneo de Manila in the Philippines, and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Fordham University Graduate School of Business Administration in New York.