Cuba Ventures

Cuba Ventures Management

Bernard Lonis

Director Cuba Division

Bernard is the founding owner of Adonis Resorts and numerous technology focused companies. Bernard is a hospitality & tourism specialist with over 3000 hotel beds currently under his company’s control. He is a specialist in emerging travel markets and the unique complexities these present. Bernard is a distinguished member of European hotel associations, honorary consul to Senegal, owner of the European School of Management (ESM) and, a prolific trilingual entrepreneur. Bernard joins the Hotel & Hospitality Consulting division, bringing a wealth of knowledge allied to an exclusive contract between Cuba Ventures and Adonis Resorts to manage hotels in Cuba under the Adonis brand.

Steve Marshall


Mr. Marshall is a trilingual entrepreneur specializing in international marketing and deal brokering. He has successfully adapted to varied world markets throughout his career directing marketing campaigns in Spain, France, Russia, Moldova, Ukraine and Cuba including a multinational timeshare company and a multilevel digital marketing corporation he successfully sold to a large German marketing company.

Mr. Marshall spent 11 years in Cuba specializing in Cuban joint ventures and successfully founded a number of companies including:

  • Primeras Inversiones - Havana Free Zone
  • CIMEX - the first state approved real estate joint venture
  • Dimension W - tech startup joint venture
  • First Cuba centric online marketing company handling over 30 million annual internet visitors

Mr. Marshall was a special advisor to a number of companies spearheading their entrance into the new economy and providing support and investment in a range of commercial sectors. He is knowledgeable concerning the idiosyncrasies of dealing with the Cuban Government and Cuba's foreign investment laws.

Steve Marshall's past Cuban ventures have received coverage in the Financial Times, BBC News, CNN, Time Magazine, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Marshall also found time to concentrate on his philanthropic initiatives including refitting of the Pinar del Rio General hospital with over $800,000 in second hand medical equipment and importing containers of children's toys for the pediatric cancer unit at the Havana William Soler Hospital in Cuba.

James G. Pettit


Jim Pettit serves as President and as Chairman of the Board of CUV Ventures Corp. Mr. Pettit is currently serving on the board of directors of five publicly traded companies and offers over 25 years of experience within the industry specializing in finance, corporate governance, executive management and compliance. Jim was previously Chairman and CEO of Bayfield Ventures Corp., a TSX Venture company, which was acquired by New Gold Inc. in January 2015.

Tim Fernback MBA, CPA, CMA


Tim Fernback has over twenty years of experience financing both private and public micro-capitalization companies in Canada. Mr. Fernback ran the technology consulting practice for Discovery Capital Corporation, a prominent British Columbia venture capital firm specializing in financing and consulting to technology based start-up ventures. Mr. Fernback went on to run the Investment Banking and Corporate Finance Departments for one of the oldest and most respected Western Canadian based brokerage firms, Wolverton Securities Ltd. Currently, Mr. Fernback provides strategic consulting services including business planning and analysis, supply chain management, capital markets support, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions services as Regional Director of The CFO Centre Limited, the world's largest provider of permanent, part-time and interim CFO services to growing companies. Mr. Fernback has served as both a Director and Officer of several public companies.

Mr. Fernback is a graduate of McMaster University where he studied molecular biology and biochemistry, and also a graduate of the University of British Columbia, where he completed an MBA with a concentration in Finance. He is an active member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and is an active member of many industry and trade organizations in Canada.

Walfrido Sebastian Quiñones Bencomo

Cuba Investment Advisory Board

Walfrido Sebastian Quiñones Bencomo serves on CUV Ventures Cuba Investment Advisory Board. He is a Cuban citizen and licensed Cuban attorney who graduated with honors from the University of Moscow, Russia. Walfrido was the corporate legal counsel for Steve Marshall, President of Travelucion Media now a wholly owned subsidiary of Cuba Ventures, throughout Steve’s 11 years in Cuba. Together they obtained government approvals for countless businesses in Cuba, including joint production agreements, joint ventures and national representation of foreign entities. The extensive commercial sectors in which they were involved included: real estate, hotel development, Cuba travel, parks and golf course projects, information technology, Havana Free Zone establishment and operations, import/export and many more. Walfrido is a permanent resident of both Cuba and Mexico. Walfrido’s membership in the Cuban Bar Association as a practicing attorney, allied to his extensive knowledge in brokering investments with the Cuban government, makes him a key figure on the Advisory Board at Cuba Ventures.

Alfredo Manresa Ruiz

Senior Financial Advisor

Alfredo Manresa Ruiz serves on CUV Ventures Cuba Investment Advisory Board. He is a Spanish national and seasoned banking professional and manager. Alfredo worked for Spain’s CAM Bank (now Sabadell) between 1989 - 2012 in varied high level positions, including branch and regional management positions in Europe and Latin America. Alfredo was the founding manager of CAM Bank in Havana, Cuba. During his tenure as Regional Bank Director in Havana, Alfredo handled over 80 million Euros annually in loans and investment and was certified for financial operations by the National Bank of Cuba. Alfredo’s extensive knowledge of the Cuban banking and financial system brings an important addition to Cuba Ventures’ advisory team. Under the helm of Alfredo, the Havana branch he managed earned the award of best CAM Bank International Branch in 2003, 2004 and 2005, surpassing notable national branches in Miami, London, Paris and Mexico. Fluent in Spanish and English, in addition to an accomplished career in the corporate and private banking world, Alfredo will be a strong advisory asset for upcoming financial dealings and investments in Cuba, employing his knowledge and experience of the inner workings of Cuba’s financial system and banking regulations.

Daniel (Danny) Hernandez Rodriguez

Cuba Ventures Advisory Board

Danny is considered a key asset to the Advisory boards CubaFIN fintech division. A banking technology expert specifically focused upon electronic banking and, front and back office security applications, Danny's prolific career allowed him to integrate banking security technology and expertise to major Spanish banks: La Caixa (Spain's 3rd largest bank) CajaCanarias, Banca Civica, Sa Nostra, CCM, Caja Murcia and Infocaja. Danny's impressive academic resume includes; MBA, IT CGeiT (Certified in the Governance of Enterprises), CIA (Certified Internal Auditor), UNED (Postgraduate in financial auditing), Graduate of Business Administration (Fachhochshule Kiel). Danny will advise the company on the creation of, as a secure lending platform employing the latest banking technologies and assuring its compliance to international banking protocols. Additionally, will assist the company in deploying an electronic block chain payment mechanism for internal users in Cuba.

Vito Echevarria


Mr. Echevarria is a New York-based journalist who graduated from Fordham University with a BA in political science, while later attending courses at the University of Miami School Of Law. Mr. Echevarria specializes in Cuba's foreign investment landscape. Mr. Echevarria first visited Havana in 1996 to cover the island's emerging biotechnology sector for America Economia, a Dow Jones business monthly magazine based in Santiago, Chile. Since then, Mr. Echevarria has written extensively for the Miami-based publication CubaNews (now CubaStandard) -- covering Cuba's de facto transition from Marxism to state-controlled capitalism, while profiling a variety of foreign companies and entrepreneurs vested in Cuba's energy, real estate, information technology, hospitality, agribusiness, tourism and numerous other sectors.

Steven Geiger

Cuba Ventures Advisory Board

Steven Geiger is a recognized global energy expert who has led multiple large-scale energy investment programs in emerging economies. Most recently he served as Chief Operating Officer for Skolkovo, the $5 billion Russian national technology & economic transformation agency tasked with innovating Soviet-era energy systems. Earlier, he was a Director of MASDAR, a $15 billion renewable energy company owned by Abu Dhabi government and one of the world's largest renewable energy companies.

W. Patrick Murphy

Cuba Ventures Advisory Board

W. Patrick Murphy was Secretary of the largest real estate political action committee in the United States named Cen-Pac to protect Worldwide Intellectual Property. Mr. Murphy served on the Senior Management of Century 21 Real Estate Corporation developing niche market expertise to increase franchise sales by $22 million in one year. Mr. Murphy has thirty-nine years of broad based experience in entrepreneurial and corporate roles from start-ups to management of seasoned domestic and international organizations. Familiar with all phases of real estate franchise branding, real estate development and specialized travel development. W Patrick Murphy developed the largest real estate franchise network in the Caribbean Basin, Venezuela, Colombia and Central America with 45 offices, 500 agents in 23 countries or protectorates. BA Morningside College, MA University of South Dakota, Securities Licenses Series 39, 63, 22, GRI, CIPS, CCIM.