Lucina (“Lucy”) Anchondo heads the Trade Finance & Working Capital solutions team for Santander Bank, N.A. (SBNA). Her team is part of the Transaction Banking Group in Corporate and Commercial Banking. Lucy and her team are responsible for delivering trade finance and working capital solutions to Santander corporate clients. Prior to joining SBNA, Lucy was part of the Global Trade and Receivable Finance group at HSBC Bank USA, N.A. covering the U.S. subsidiaries for multinational global banking clients in the Asia and Latin America trade corridors.

Lucy began her banking career in 1999 in Houston, TX. At the time, she was hired to develop and cultivate the bank relationships with large corporates headquartered in Mexico. Since, she has held positions in different capacities, all revolving around the identification of trade finance opportunities and cross-border lending. Her career has led her to build expertise in financing structures to support and facilitate trade transactions, specifically between the U.S. and Mexico.

Lucy completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas in El Paso and was awarded an MBA from Boston University Questrom School of Business.

Dave Allen, Founder and Brand Strategist of Brandpie believes business should be a force for good – creating wealth, employment and contributing to the stability of the communities they operate in. He is a recognized expert in purpose led transformation, brand strategy and brand architecture. His experience as a brand consultant has been built over 30 years. He first worked in consumer marketing for Kodak and then switched to consulting. He built and ran WPP’s global brand consultancy The Brand Union with over a 1000 employees in 23 countries. He also kick-started their CSR program in 2002. He established BrandPie in 2008 to get back to grass roots consulting. In 2009 he set up the BrandPie Foundation to help not-for-profits improve their marketing and brand building. Currently we are helping the United Nations, The Safe Water Network and The Liberty Science Center.

Steve Wilson heads up Osborne Clarke’s East Coast operation – supporting US growth businesses as they enter overseas markets: initially focusing on market entry, but soon developing to international growth and multi-market penetration. Although a UK lawyer, Steve has been in the US for 10 years (9 in Silicon Valley and the last year in NYC). His pragmatic style and knowledge of navigating the legal hurdles of international growth helps to ensure a smooth transition to an overseas market. Whilst Osborne Clarke’s US team don’t advise clients on US legal matters, we support European and Asian clients enter the US market by leveraging our contacts and networks on the East and West Coasts to provide introductions to the right people for the job.

Simon Hylson-Smith is CEO and Founder of Paragon Public Relations LLC. Before starting Paragon, his career in the global capital markets spanned over 30 years in editorial, business development, and communications leadership roles. Following 13 years in London as an influential financial reporter and Editor-in-chief of International Financing Review, where he conceived and delivered the IFR Awards, still the industry’s largest event of its kind, Simon moved to New York City in 1999. After overseeing the global capital markets business of Thomson Global Markets for a year, he was appointed head of business development for the capital markets and investment banking division of Thomson Financial (now Thomson Reuters), where he held a senior role in the acquisition of Tradeweb Markets LLC, the leading fixed income and derivatives marketplace, in 2004. He later joined Tradeweb and was appointed the global head of communications, a position he held until he formed Paragon in April 2012.

Paragon supports the growing needs of financial services, financial technology, financial information and trading firms looking to elevate their reputations and better distinguish themselves in an increasingly competitive industry.

As Senior Vice President, Tom Gray works across several practice areas including: Legislative Affairs, Business Strategy, Digital Organizing, Land Use, and Environmental, Energy + Sustainability. Since joining Capalino+Company in 2014, Tom has led numerous engagements in the fields of real estate, mobility, data-analytics, media, healthcare, non-profit, clean-tech and more .

As a key member of several practice areas at Capalino+Company, Tom is an expert in helping our clients enter and succeed in the New York Market, new product deployment and brand elevation. He has extensive experience with New York City politics, government, direct marketing and new customer acquisition.
Tom has worked with companies like IBM, Air Liquide, BYD, Intersection, Centene and Bike New York. He also regularly authors original content for the firm on relevant topics like technology, grassroots brand elevation and strategic consulting.

From 2011 to 2013, Tom Gray served as the Executive Director of the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce. During his time with the Chamber, he was credited with leading the team that revived the sixty-five year old organization. While running the premiere business organization in the heart of Silicon Ally, he worked hand-and-hand with companies like Google, Foursquare, Tesla and other technology firms to promote their missions and achieve success in New York City. Tom also helped give a voice to the business community and shape important public economic development projects like: NYU 2031, The Chelsea Market Expansion and the revitalization of the St. Vincent’s campus.

Before leading the Chamber, Tom served as Director of Land Use for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio from 2009-2011 and District Director for Council Member Bill de Blasio from 2005 to 2009. During that time Tom specialized in community relations, land use, housing and economic development. Throughout his career he has also been involved in numerous state, federal and local elections.

Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies from Kent State University and was a member of the United States Coast Guard Port Security Unit 309 from 2000 to 2008. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.