Andrew Wolffe, (Self Appointed Whisky Diplomat)
Design, whisky, fly fishing, Scotland and Colombia, and the appreciation of the finer things in life are Andrew’s passions.
The Whisky Club project is embedded in all these. For the past 30 years Andrew’s passion for design has seen him graduate from Edinburgh College of Art, become creative director of the most important design agency in Scotland by the age of 26, and open his own boutique luxury brand design agency. His passion for whisky started earlier; at the age of 3 when his mother gave him a thimble of whisky to cure a cold. Having visited distilleries and tasted whiskies from every corner of Scotland, Andrew has gained a wealth of knowledge of the extraordinary variety of this versatile drink as well as many a hangover. And in a synchronistic twist of good fate, Andrew has had the privilege of working closely with many whisky companies, getting under the skin and into the essence of whisky brands allowing him to indulge his two passions. Lucky man!
Passion of a different kind brought him to Colombia in 2011 where after too much Chivas 12 y.o he declared he would one day become the Scottish Ambassador to Cartagena. Alas Scotland decided against independence and he will have to settle for being a self appointed whisky diplomat!
“When you combine what you do with who you are, extraordinary things happen” Bob Geldof, the O2 Arena, London 24 September, 2014
Claudia Guerrero (DIRECTOR OF EVENTS AND FUN) left Colombia 15 years ago to complete a Masters Degree at Edinburgh University and captivated by Scottish culture decided to make Scotland her home. Claudia´s first job in Scotland involved creating luxury hospitality programmes for blue chip clients where she got immersed in Scottish culture, history and traditions. Claudia then worked for several years for major pharmaceutical companies organizing international conferences around the world before moving to work as an events manager for two of the BIG Four accountancy firms. She joined KPMG LLP seven years ago where she manages the
programme of events for differential investment clients. Claudia inherited her enthusiasm for Scotch from her father, and living in Scotland has only encouraged that passion.
Carlos Andrés Guerrero (DIRECTOR OF FINANCE) joined Corpbanca’s investment banking team (Santander before) in June 2013 where he works as a Project Manager Associate with the responsibility to execute and support M&A transactions, Structured Finance and Capital Markets. He has been involved in more than 15 advisories in the sector for a total amount of USD 2.5 billions. Before joining the investment banking team, Mr. Guerrero worked as an Associate for Q&A Investment Banking working in projects involving business valuation, financial advisories in sale of companies, project evaluation and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) structuring for the sectors of hydroelectric, biofuels, gas, infrastructure, mass transit., industry, agribusiness, logistics, retail, mines and financial, Mr. Guerrero has a Masters degree in Finance and an Specialization in Finance from Universidad de Los Andes and graduated from Administration with option in Italian Language and Culture in the Universidad de Los Andes.
Julián Reyes (DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS) has over 10 years experience in marketing and advertising, commercial strategy and development of BTL strategies. During these 10 years he has owned two advertising agencies one in Bogota and one in the US. Currently he is a partner of various tourism, gastronomy and construction businesses among others.
Camilo Sarmiento (General Manager) has a bachelor in Business Administration from Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administración (CESA) and a Master in Global Management from NEOMA Business School in France. Mr Sarmiento worked in the financial division of Christian Dior in Paris, financial holding of LVMH the biggest luxury group worldwide. In addition Mr Sarmiento worked in the Investment Banking division in Santander financial group in Colombia, executing M&A, Project Finance, DCM and Structured Financing transactions in diverse sectors. After his experience in Investment Banking Mr. Sarmiento worked in Grupo Acero, where executed M&A transactions related with real estate, seaports, airports, parking infrastructure, among others.
Currently, Mr. Sarmiento through his company Colbrand International Corporation, is creating his own brand of Luxury Footwear for Gentlemen. In this Project he counts with investments from an Amerian fund. Colbrand is based in Colombia and is operating since September 2014.