Executive Management Team
Alfonso J. Cervantes
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Cervantes is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Trilogy. For over 30 years Mr. Cervantes has accumulated extensive experience in diversified businesses in the public markets with a proven strength in corporate finance. Since 2002, Mr. Cervantes has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Trilogy Capital Partners, Inc., a financial services group and predecessor of Trilogy Capital Group. His significant capital markets experience includes M&A, IPOs, APOs, PIPEs and Bridge financings as well as strategic communications and reorganization of middle-market companies. Both as a principal and a financial services professional, Mr. Cervantes has facilitated a significant number of corporate finance transactions. Most recently, in 2012, Mr. Cervantes, through Trilogy Capital Partners, founded Staffing 360 Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: STAF), an emerging growth public company engaged in the provision of temporary staffing services on a global basis. As the company’s Vice Chairman and President, in a period of five quarters, Mr. Cervantes completed five acquisitions, facilitated approximately $25 million of debt and equity financing and drove Staffing 360 from a pure startup to over $130 million in annualized revenues with approximately 3,000 employees. In addition, Mr. Cervantes, through Trilogy Capital, was a co-founder of The Grilled Cheese Truck, Inc. (OTCQB: GRLD), the first national rollout of gourmet food trucks. (See Portfolio Companies)
Mr. Scott is the President of Trilogy Capital Group. He is a forward-thinking senior level finance executive and leader with over thirty years of experience and a track record of building and directing best-in-class corporate finance organizations. Mr. Scott’s expertise includes corporate finance, management, corporate reorganizations, cost reduction and avoidance, financial analysis and reporting, IPO management, financial and contract negotiations, ISO 9000 Quality Systems, SEC reporting and compliance.
From 2006 to 2016, Ron served as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Luvu Brands, Inc., a manufacturer and e-marketer of consumer products for the wellness, lifestyle and fashion seating markets. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Scott was president of Impact Business Solutions, LLC, a consulting business that provided financial management services to small and medium sized public and private companies. Prior to Impact Business Solutions, and from 1990 to 2004, Mr. Scott was Executive Vice President - Finance and Administration and a member of the Board of Directors for Cyanotech Corporation, a Nasdaq-listed natural products company. Mr. Scott holds a B.S. degree in Finance and Management from San Jose State University and an M.B.A. degree with a concentration in Accounting from Santa Clara University. Mr. Scott has relevant operating experience with emerging growth companies and an in-depth understanding of generally accepted accounting principles, financial statements and SEC reporting requirements.
Michael A. Briola
Executive Vice President
Mr. Briola is Executive Vice President of Trilogy. He has over 22 years of executive management experience leveraging his highly diversified strengths in business development, product and technology development, marketing and communications both domestically and internationally with senior positions including CEO, CMO, President, and Executive Vice President. Mr. Briola’s entrepreneurial and business expertise is the result of his successes as founder and/or senior executive of companies in multiple sectors including homeland security, technology and marketing, with an emphasis on the market identification, commercialization and launch of emerging technologies. Since 2009, Mr. Briola has been CEO and President of Motion Communications, a boutique consulting firm specializing in the development and execution of comprehensive financing and communications strategies for both public and private companies. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Briola was Executive Vice President and subsequently President of Trilogy Capital Partners, a New York-based merchant banking, private equity and advisory firm focused on small to medium-sized public entities. Prior to Trilogy, in 2000, he co-founded and was Executive Vice President of Universal Guardian, a publicly-traded Homeland Defense technology firm specializing in the development and deployment of integrated waterside security systems and non-lethal weapons technologies for the United States Navy and other public and private clients. In the 1990’s, Mr. Briola’s previous roles include co-founder of MindArrow Systems, a publicly-traded, technology-driven marketing services company pioneering rich media communications for the Fortune 500. He is currently on the advisory boards of several public and private companies.