Erik Bethel, Partner and Co-Founder of SinoLatin Capital (SLC), and Julie Neitzel, Partner at WE Family Offices, have been elected to join the Board of Directors of The Miami Finance Forum (MFF), South Florida’s leading financial services networking organization.
“Julie and Erik are top-notch business leaders with world-class experience,” said MFF Board Chairman Carlos Deupi. He added, “we are excited to welcome Erik to our Board of Directors and grateful to have Julie’s continued involvement at MFF in her new role. Erik and Julie are key additions to our team and we know that they will bring unique perspectives and significant value to our board.”
Erik Bethel brings an extensive business portfolio to MFF with 18 years worth of experience in private equity and investment banking in the natural resources and infrastructure sectors of China and Latin America. Before joining SLC, Mr. Bethel worked for ChinaVest, the oldest private equity fund in Mainland China. Previously, he worked in the Latin American private equity, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance groups at Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan Partners, Emerging Markets Partnership, and Compass Point Capital Partners. His transaction experience spans the infrastructure, agribusiness and mining sectors. Mr. Bethel graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis with a B.S. in Economics and a B.S. in Political Science. He also received an MBA from The Wharton School of Business.
“I am delighted to join the Miami Finance Forum’s Board of Directors this year, and I look forward to contributing to an organization that provides unique business and networking opportunities for finance and investment professionals both locally and throughout the region,” said Erik Bethel, who also serves on the Board of Directors of Rio Cristal Resources, a Peruvian zinc mining company.
Julie Neitzel has worked extensively with entrepreneurs and high net worth families in all areas of investment capital management and multi-generational planning, helping them solve complex wealth issues for more than 25 years. Ms. Neitzel joined MFF’s Advisory Board in late 2013, and has now been elected to join the Board of Directors. Prior to her current position as Partner at WE Family Offices, Ms. Neitzel was the President of Miami for GenSpring Family Offices. She has held many leadership roles at not-for-profit organizations by supporting education, the arts and public service areas. She has been a guest lecturer and speaker on topics including women and investing, entrepreneurship, private equity investing, real estate investing and wealth challenges. Ms. Neitzel earned her MBA in Finance from American Graduate School of International Management and her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Bradley University, graduating magna cum laude.
“It was a pleasure to have participated in the Advisory Board last year, and I am now thrilled to assume a new role as part of MFF’s Board of Directors,” said Juile Neitzel. “The Miami Finance Forum has made great strides to poise itself for a successful year, and I look forward to working with a diverse and qualified team to drive this momentum forward,” she added.