Leadership


At Putney, we have an integrated team of highly professionals who share the vision of profitable growing our business and who have expertise in a wide range of disciplines.


Rafael Vélez

President

Rafael holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is a CPA with more than twelve years of experience. Prior to founding Putney Capital Management, he started his professional career at Arthur Andersen first as an auditor and later as a Senior Consultant where he had coverage and execution responsibility for some of the firm’s most important clients throughout various industries such as banking, telecommunications and healthcare. After the collapse of Andersen, he worked as Executive Assistant to the President of the Government Development Bank of Puerto Rico, handling the privatization process for the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewage Authority (PRASA) and later being named Controller of PRASA, supervising the operation of the aqueduct system. He then returned to the private sector as a Manager at Ernst & Young for the healthcare industry in the Southeast Region of the USA. In 2004, he co-founded Barreto Velez, PSC to provide consulting and internal auditing services for multiple industries in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.


Paúl Hasbún

Managing Director, Construction Materials/ Industries

Paul holds an Industrial Engineer degree as well as an M.I.B. from Florida International University. He has more than 16 years of experience in the industrial production process and logistic. Before joining Putney he worked as a procurement and logistics director at Refrescos Nacionales (Coca-Cola, Dominican Republic) and Coca-Cola Latin Center Global Procurement Board.


Edgar Pichardo

Managing Director, Energy

Edgar holds an Electrical Engineer degree from UNPHU University in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He has more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to joining Putney, he worked as general manager at Smith/Enron Cogeneration Ltd. His experience in the industry includes representing different manufacturing and engineering companies like General Electric Co., Babcock & Wilcox, Stone & Webster. He also performed as advisor to multinationals in the fuels trading area.


Luis Sanz

Managing Director, Finance & Planning

Luis is a System Engineer from the Metropolitan University of Caracas, Venezuela. He also has a master of business administration degree from Arthur D. Little in Boston. He has a solid professional experience in the area of corporate finance in several industries. Prior to joining Putney, he worked as a data product-marketing manager at CANTV, Venezuela. He was a senior associate at McKinsey & Co, and held the position of corporate finance manager for the Americas at ED & F Man Sugar.


Ricardo Alegria

Managing Director, Agro Business

Ricardo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and accounting from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. He also holds a master of business administration degree in management of information systems from Kent State University. With more than 15 years of experience, Ricardo is an expert in technology application and process re-engineering. Prior to joining Putney, he worked at Arthur Andersen as a business consultant. He then worked as CIO and COO of the Government Development Bank of Puerto Rico. He served as CIO of the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewage Authority (PRASA) where he later became regional director. Ricardo held the position of CIO of Medical Card Systems and later worked as Senior Vice-President at Doral Bank in Puerto Rico.