Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, Managing Director
Kaleil has been an entrepreneur and venture capitalist for nearly 20 years, as both an operator in digital media and real estate development, as well as founding and acting as managing partner of KIT Capital (formerly called Recognition Group).
From late 2007 to 2012, Kaleil served as Chairman and CEO of KIT digital, now called Piksel (www.piksel.com), which provides software for managing video content to companies like AT&T, Liberty Global, Mediaset and Airbus. During Kaleil’s tenure, the company grew revenue by more than 20x, added over 1,000 corporate clients and initiated trading on NASDAQ. Kaleil led KIT digital through a period during which its share price went from $2.80 to $9.20 and market capitalization rose from $6.3 million to $450 million. KIT digital was taken over by JEC Capital in July 2012.
Kaleil previously served as President & COO of KIT Capital portfolio company JumpTV Inc. (2005-2007), then the world’s largest broadcaster of international and sports content over the Internet. JumpTV grew from a few employees to 300+ staff worldwide under Kaleil’s tenure, and went public on Toronto and London stock exchanges. JumpTV was ultimately sold to Neulion, Inc (TSX: NLN)
Kaleil previously served as Chairman & CEO of KPE, Inc., a leading New York-based digital media agency which was sold by KIT Capital to a global media services firm for an 11.3x investor return in 2002. Before taking over KPE, Kaleil co-founded govWorks, a KKR and Mayfield-backed company which was the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary Startup.com (Artisan Entertainment, Directed by Chris Hegedus and Jehane Noujaim, 2001).
In the 1990s, Kaleil worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. on emerging markets investment banking and risk arbitrage teams based out of New York, where he co-managed one of the largest pools of capital at the time dedicated to active public equity investments in Latin America. At Goldman, Kaleil led the firm’s active investments in firms like Bancolombia (formerly BIC) and Telebras, and was a key member of the investment banking coverage teams for Ecopetrol, Iusacell, PDVSA, the Sindicato Antioqueño, Southern Peru Copper Corp, Telefónica del Perú and other major Latin American corporates.
Kaleil was a member of U.S. political and trade missions to Colombia and Mexico, under U.S. presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush respectively. He was appointed as an advisor to the World Bank’s e-government Gateway Development Project in 2001 and was elected as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Kaleil has been a commentator on digital business trends for CNBC and National Public Radio, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Week, Forbes, the LA Times and Fortune Small Business. Kaleil has also been a featured interview guest on ABC’s Nightline UpClose, Charlie Rose and the Oprah Winfrey Show. He was recently named as one of Hispanic Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Hispanics and authored The Entrepreneur’s Success Kit: A 5-Step Lesson Plan to Create and Grow Your Own Business (St. Martin’s Press, 2005).
Kaleil graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude with a degree in Government and a certificate in Latin American Studies. He also studied International Relations at El Colegio de México in Mexico City. Kaleil is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese, and proficient in Russian.
Rosario Davi, Chief Operating Officer
In his role as COO, Rosario oversees internal operations, helps guide overall strategy, and leads the firm’s North American business. Rosario also runs the firm’s Financial Advisory and Restructuring Services practices.
In his 12+years at KIT Capital, Rosario has led over two dozen financial advisory assignments and been instrumental in many of the firm’s direct investments in technology and media-related assets. He has expertise in recapitalization exercises, debt restructuring, forensic accounting, litigation management and asset recovery.
Rosario acted as Corporate Development Manager for KIT portfolio company KIT digital (now called Piksel, www.piksel.com), focusing on capital restructuring and acquisition initiatives. Previously Rosario held the post of Corporate Development Manager at KIT Capital portfolio company JumpTV, where he held previous posts of General Manager of Africa and the Caribbean. Prior to KIT Capital, Rosario served as an operations and management consultant in the business services industry.
Rosario has been a member of the board of directors of a number of public and privately held businesses, including Servador, Logimetrics, Litigation Management Group and KIT Media (a KIT Capital special purpose investment vehicle for digital media).
Rosario graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Rutgers University and speaks both Sicilian Italian and Spanish.
Amanda Blaurock, Executive Vice President and General Counsel
As EVP and General Counsel, Amanda works on transactions across our different practice areas, including due diligence, negotiation and documentation. She is responsible for all corporate, labor and litigation-related legal matters, including managing the firm’s external legal relationships. In addition to serving as KIT’s EVP and General Counsel, Amanda is the founder of Rock Partners and a Partner in the law firm of Pedley & Millin PLLC. She brings over twelve years of experience as general counsel, business executive, and international litigator to KIT Capital. Prior to joining KIT Capital she was Of Counsel at Finnegan LLP where she focused on litigating intellectual property issues related to complex technology matters before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Prior to joining Finnegan, Amanda was a Supervisory Attorney-Advisor at the ITC where she supervised and managed the Commission’s Docket Services operations staff.
Amanda also worked in the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce, counseling the federal agency on U.S. and international trade laws and defending the agency in federal court and before the World Trade Organization (WTO) and NAFTA international trade dispute proceedings. In addition to her legal career Amanda has been a realtor and private real estate investor for the past seven years.
Amanda holds a B.A. in Psychology and Japanese from Rutgers University and a J.D. from Temple University, Beasely School of Law. Amanda is a member of the California and District of Columbia state bars.
Clarena Mulett Mogollón, Senior Project Manager & Owner’s Representative, Viceroy Cartagena
On behalf of KIT Capital, Clarena is responsible for overall project management of the Viceroy Cartagena Convento Obra Pía project, in conjunction with luxury hotelier Viceroy and leading architectural firm Barrera & Barrera. In addition to Viceroy Cartagena project management, Clarena contributes to KIT Capital’s sourcing and acquisition of real estate in Colombia.
Clarena is a civil engineer by trade and has specialized throughout her career in project management as ire relates to colonial property restoration on the Atlantic coast of Colombia. Clarena also has 8+ years of experience working as a project manager and engineer for the Colombian government on energy and construction-related projects, and has advised top-tier Colombian investment firms on planning and execution of real estate development opportunities. Clarena holds an MS Eng. from Universidad del Norte, Colombia.
In her role at KIT Capital, Nataly supports the Principal by providing a comprehensive, fully confidential and efficient administrative and personal assistance service. She is responsible to provide logistical support and office coordination. She creates and edits legal documentation. Prior to joining KIT Capital, Nataly worked for Banco AV Villas as a legal analyst in Bogotá D.C.
She has more than 3 years of legal advisor experience about corporation law and incorporation entities and non-profit organizations. Nataly is an attorney licensed from Universidad de Cartagena, Colombia, and speak fluent Spanish and English.
In his role as Resident Architect Carlos Julio Molano is responsible for the monitoring and control of work in the project Hotel Convento Obra Pia Viceroy Cartagena, also contributes with the process of acquiring properties for KIT Capital.
Carlos is an architect of the Universidad Piloto de Colombia, has experience in restoration projects and adaptation of colonial buildings in the historic center of Cartagena.
Throughout his career he has worked in projects of the energy sector, in the design and construction of gas stations in the Caribbean region of Colombia, He has a specialization in appraisals and certification by the National Registry of Evaluators (RNA) also performs As evaluating architect for Cavipetrol, which is the Housing Fund of the Colombian Company of Petroleum SA (Ecopetrol).
In his role at KIT Capital as an architect and urban planner, Nicolás is responsible for the ongoing development of architectural plans and technical designs for the Viceroy Cartagena project, as well as nearby urban planning and coordination with the local zoning commission.
Prior to joining KIT Capital, Nicolás worked for Inmobiliaria General Colombiana SAS in the design and the development of real estate and commercial projects in the city of Cartagena, including the project “Infinitum Cartagena”, which is currently under construction.
Nicolás holds a masters of advanced architecture degree with an emphasis on design and urban planning from Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (Spain). Nicolás is fluent in English and Spanish.
Katerine Hernandez Cogollo, Public Accountant
In her role as a public accountant she collaborates with KIT Capital finance and accounting department in Colombia, Katherine is responsible for the implementation and monitoring of financial controls, financial reports IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards), budgets, internal audit, tax returns and compliance.
Katerine has more than 5 years of work experience, she has worked in administrative and accounting areas in private entities.
Katerine is a licensed professional in public accounting from the Corporación Universitaria Regional del Caribe.
As a graphic designer, Nathalie Pinto focuses on brand design and editorial media; Within KIT Capital is part of the process of development and conceptualization of graphic parts of projects, supporting the design department, also contributes in the process of web design, brand positioning and visual and conceptual integration of all projects in the portfolio Of KIT Capital.
Prior to joining the KIT Capital team, she worked on different branding and social media projects, and in the course of her professional career, Nathalie has been able to explore and develop in depth her passion for illustration.
She is Graphic Designer of the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University.
In his role as systems engineer / web developer Mauricio is responsible for the construction and architecture of Kit Capital’s websites. It also monitors the level of traffic, servers and administration of websites.
Mauricio has over 5 years of experience as a designer and developer of websites and applications for mobile devices, he has worked as a front-end webmaster and developer at the start up Jetsemani Travel.
Mauricio has studies in Systems Engineering at the Universidad del Sinú sectional Cartagena Colombia and is a technologist in development of computer systems of the National Service of Learning (SENA).
Hana Hrochová , Project Consultant
In her role at KIT Capital over the years, Hana has overseen real estate operations and project renovations in the Czech Republic, UAE, the UK, and the USA. Previously, Hana was the Executive Assistant to the CEO at KIT digital for three years, managing a wide range of projects, including the acquisition of new office headquarters and company-wide human resource initiatives. Hana is currently shuttling between the UK and Prague, and contributes to KIT Capital on a special projects basis.
Prior to KIT digital, Hana spent over 14 years of experience in the hospitality sector, running front-of-house operations for top hotels in Prague, Czech Republic.
Hana graduated from the Private School of Tourism Roznov pod Radhostem (Czech Republic) with specialties in hotel management and language. Hana speaks fluent Czech, Slovak, Russian and English, and is conversational in French and German.