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With over 35 years of experience in finance, sales, and business development, Mr. Portera is responsible for overseeing the financial operations of the Company, liaising with investment banks and financial institutions on fundraising initiatives, advising on merger and acquisition transactions, and implementing industry best practices for the Company’s finances and overall financial health.

Michael has demonstrated a proven ability to form close business relationships with key decision makers, quickly developing trust and credibility, which has led him to successfully consummate thousands of transactions on a global basis.  As a Managing Director with NYPPEX Private Markets, he assisted accredited investors achieve liquidity for over half a billion dollars in illiquid securities in secondary markets with venture capital and private equity funds and was instrumental in raising capital

for founders and management teams of early-stage startups.  Previously, as Senior Vice President of Investments at Gilford Securities, Mr. Portera worked with Fortune 500 CEOs, Forbes 400 members, and high-net-worth individuals on various financings and investment-related initiatives.

Prior, over the course of his early career as a registered representative, Mr. Portera held senior-level positions at several investment banking firms, including Smith Barney, UBS, and Drexel Burnham Lambert.  Early in his career, as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Mr. Portera served as a senior auditor at Deloitte & Touche in New York City.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Economics with a concentration in Accounting from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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