About us

About us

The Curacao Financial Group (cfg) is a team of dedicated finance professionals who specialize in corporate financial advisory with the aim to add value to our clients’ projects and companies.

Our geographic focus is on the Dutch and English speaking countries of the Caribbean and on Latin America.

The company was founded in 2012 by Bharat Bhojwani and Walter Blijleven, two experienced, entrepreneurial, international bankers and corporate finance experts. Each of them has held senior positions at institutions in the areas of corporate finance, international trust, mergers and acquisition projects and private equity. cfg has been steadily growing ever since.

The vantage point for cfg has always been and continues to be our ardent passion for quality and helping to create real value, which we will vouch for every time. Striving for and achieving value in all aspects of your company improves the contribution to the community in general. 

All success stories
“Oversubscribed Bond issuance Building Depot Curacao B.V.”

“Oversubscribed Bond issuance Building Depot Curacao B.V.”

“Oversubscribed Bond issuance Building Depot Curacao B.V.”

“Oversubscribed Bond issuance Building Depot Curacao B.V.”

“Oversubscribed Bond issuance Building Depot Curacao B.V.”

The ANG 34 million bond issuance of Building Depot Curacao B.V. (BDC), for which The Curacao Financial Group N.V. (cfg) has acted as Arranger and Listing Advisor, has been completed successfully.

With this bond issuance BDC, the entity of Building Depot Group that holds all real estate of the retail company Building Depot, has not only aligned its credit profile with its debt structure, but also managed to refinance and consolidate all of its outstanding debt against more favorable terms and conditions.

Bonds offered have been collateralized with the first mortgage rights on all real estate properties owned by BDC, which amounts to ANG 54,25 million, have a duration of 10 years and will make fixed coupon payments of 5% per annum.

The BDC bond issuance has been the largest issuance of the DCSX and has shown that the capital market of Curacao has a lot more to offer. 

Commercial Bank Valuation

Commercial Bank Valuation

Commercial Bank Valuation

Commercial Bank Valuation

The Curacao Financial Group (cfg) sucessfully completed a valuation for a commercial bank in Curacao. The objective of the valuation was to provide the bank with an independent Conclusion of Value over a small interest of the bank.

The standard of value used in this valuation is the Fair Market Value. This value is a price at which buyers and sellers with a reasonable knowledge of relevant facts are willing to do business. After exploring different valuation approach, the market data method (Market approach) indicated a higher value than the methods used under the Income approach. Taking several factors into account, an average of both approaches was taken as the best indication of the equity value of the company in this valuation.

First local listing on the Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange

First local listing on the Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange

First local listing on the Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange

First local listing on the Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange

The first local public offering of Bonds by Building Depot Member Services on the Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange was a great success. cfg acted as the adviser to BDMS. The offer to the market was ANG 2.1m of 50k bonds, with a 4 year term, paying an interest rate to investors of 6.5% per annum.
The bonds were oversubscribed substantially, with brokers on the DCSX receiving subscriptions for almost 3 times the value of the offering.

According to the DCSX CEO Mr Römer, the significant oversubscription on the public offering on the DCSX shows that there is large interest and local capital available to be invested in transparent, well managed local businesses. 
The DCSX offers a transparent platform to bring investors and target companies together. 
This enables idle funds to be invested into the local economy, enabling further growth for companies and return on investments for investors.
 

17 January 2017

Capital raising hotel in Aruba

Capital raising hotel in Aruba

Capital raising hotel in Aruba

Capital raising hotel in Aruba

The Curacao Financial Group N.V. (cfg) acted as the Financial Adviser and Arranger of the loan facility in the purchase of The Mill Resort & Suites Aruba by the Alaimo Family. The property will be refurbished and rebranded as a Courtyard by Marriot in 2017 under guidance and supervision of Interamerican Promo Hotels Inc. that will continue as the Operater of the hotel. 

The total investment involved is USD 22 million.

Acquisition financing was provided bu Aruba Bank N.V.


17 January 2017

Valuation local gas station

Valuation local gas station

Valuation local gas station

Valuation local gas station

cfg completed a successful valuation of a gas station in Curacao. cfg was retained by the shareholders of the company to perform a valuation in accordance with NACVA guidelines. The objective of the valuation was to provide certain shareholders with an independent Conclusion of Value of their interest in the Company.

The income and asset approach were used to arrive at a certain value for the whole company. In order to calculate the minority, non-controlling interests, a discount for “lack of control” was applied. This discount is a percentage deducted from the subject’s pro rata share value, to compensate for the lack of control the minority shareholders have over the company.

17 January 2017

Sale of a Company

Sale of a Company

Sale of a Company

Sale of a Company

cfg sells a “Service provider” company to an international investor

cfg successfully sold a “service provider” company located in Curacao for an amount of ANG 2 million. cfg made a teaser for interested parties. Subsequently, parties that showed a serious interest would receive a well-documented Information Memorandum consisting of all the information necessary when considering acquiring a company. All interested parties were invited to bid on the company. Ultimately, two interested parties were elected to start negotiations. Ultimately an international investor was chosen as the best suitable party for this company.

Hotel in Suriname

Hotel in Suriname

Hotel in Suriname

Hotel in Suriname

Refinancing: USD 14,000,000.-

The Curacao Financial Group success restructured and refinanced the debt of a hotel in Suriname.

This branded hotel had some financial problems due to underperformance. With new management company stepping in, they were able to turn around the operation and financial performance of the hotel within 4 years. This hotel wanted to eliminate its expensive debt structure, and refinance it in one loan with a lower interest. This is the reason why they approached cfg, as cfg has the expertise and knowledge to help them with a tailored made solution with which they could approach banks for their refinancing.

Building Depot Curaçao

Building Depot Curaçao

Building Depot Curaçao

Building Depot Curaçao

The Curacao Financial Group (cfg), has been deeply involved in helping Building Depot, a hardware store in Curacao, to recover from an unfortunate event that occurred on 16 of May 2013. Where fire completely burned down the hardware store. After rebuilding the hardware store, building Depot had a very tough journey in front of them. One of the main options that they were going to use to gain back their presence was to develop Building Depot Member Services (BDMS) further. BDMS is a consumer finance company operating under Building Depot Holding, which provides in-store credit to shoppers of Building Depot. Here is where The Curacao Financial Group stepped in with its capital raising expertise, to advice BDMS on how to best raise capital to fund the growth of BDMS. After exploring several options, the option that suited BDMS best was a bond issuance. cfg managed the bond issuance, and successfully raised 75% of a total of ANG 9,000,000.- for BDMS in a private placement. cfg used its extensive connection in the Caribbean to raise the required capital in a very short period. The whole capital raising process started in July 2015, and by December 2015, they have successfully placed ANG 6,750,000.-.The BDMS case has helped cfg prove that there are more ways to raise capital other than traditional bank loans. To summarize, cfg was an actor with two key roles in this story. The role of a financial advisor, who will analyze your financial situation and come up with a tailored made solution. Additionally, having enough expertise and well-established connections to take the role of a bond manager.

“Oversubscribed Bond issuance Building Depot Curacao B.V.”

“Oversubscribed Bond issuance Building Depot Curacao B.V.”

“Oversubscribed Bond issuance Building Depot Curacao B.V.”

“Oversubscribed Bond issuance Building Depot Curacao B.V.”

“Oversubscribed Bond issuance Building Depot Curacao B.V.”

The ANG 34 million bond issuance of Building Depot Curacao B.V. (BDC), for which The Curacao Financial Group N.V. (cfg) has acted as Arranger and Listing Advisor, has been completed successfully.

With this bond issuance BDC, the entity of Building Depot Group that holds all real estate of the retail company Building Depot, has not only aligned its credit profile with its debt structure, but also managed to refinance and consolidate all of its outstanding debt against more favorable terms and conditions.

Bonds offered have been collateralized with the first mortgage rights on all real estate properties owned by BDC, which amounts to ANG 54,25 million, have a duration of 10 years and will make fixed coupon payments of 5% per annum.

The BDC bond issuance has been the largest issuance of the DCSX and has shown that the capital market of Curacao has a lot more to offer. 

Commercial Bank Valuation

Commercial Bank Valuation

Commercial Bank Valuation

Commercial Bank Valuation

The Curacao Financial Group (cfg) sucessfully completed a valuation for a commercial bank in Curacao. The objective of the valuation was to provide the bank with an independent Conclusion of Value over a small interest of the bank.

The standard of value used in this valuation is the Fair Market Value. This value is a price at which buyers and sellers with a reasonable knowledge of relevant facts are willing to do business. After exploring different valuation approach, the market data method (Market approach) indicated a higher value than the methods used under the Income approach. Taking several factors into account, an average of both approaches was taken as the best indication of the equity value of the company in this valuation.

First local listing on the Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange

First local listing on the Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange

First local listing on the Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange

First local listing on the Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange

The first local public offering of Bonds by Building Depot Member Services on the Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange was a great success. cfg acted as the adviser to BDMS. The offer to the market was ANG 2.1m of 50k bonds, with a 4 year term, paying an interest rate to investors of 6.5% per annum.
The bonds were oversubscribed substantially, with brokers on the DCSX receiving subscriptions for almost 3 times the value of the offering.

According to the DCSX CEO Mr Römer, the significant oversubscription on the public offering on the DCSX shows that there is large interest and local capital available to be invested in transparent, well managed local businesses. 
The DCSX offers a transparent platform to bring investors and target companies together. 
This enables idle funds to be invested into the local economy, enabling further growth for companies and return on investments for investors.
 

17 January 2017

Capital raising hotel in Aruba

Capital raising hotel in Aruba

Capital raising hotel in Aruba

Capital raising hotel in Aruba

The Curacao Financial Group N.V. (cfg) acted as the Financial Adviser and Arranger of the loan facility in the purchase of The Mill Resort & Suites Aruba by the Alaimo Family. The property will be refurbished and rebranded as a Courtyard by Marriot in 2017 under guidance and supervision of Interamerican Promo Hotels Inc. that will continue as the Operater of the hotel. 

The total investment involved is USD 22 million.

Acquisition financing was provided bu Aruba Bank N.V.


17 January 2017

Valuation local gas station

Valuation local gas station

Valuation local gas station

Valuation local gas station

cfg completed a successful valuation of a gas station in Curacao. cfg was retained by the shareholders of the company to perform a valuation in accordance with NACVA guidelines. The objective of the valuation was to provide certain shareholders with an independent Conclusion of Value of their interest in the Company.

The income and asset approach were used to arrive at a certain value for the whole company. In order to calculate the minority, non-controlling interests, a discount for “lack of control” was applied. This discount is a percentage deducted from the subject’s pro rata share value, to compensate for the lack of control the minority shareholders have over the company.

17 January 2017

Sale of a Company

Sale of a Company

Sale of a Company

Sale of a Company

cfg sells a “Service provider” company to an international investor

cfg successfully sold a “service provider” company located in Curacao for an amount of ANG 2 million. cfg made a teaser for interested parties. Subsequently, parties that showed a serious interest would receive a well-documented Information Memorandum consisting of all the information necessary when considering acquiring a company. All interested parties were invited to bid on the company. Ultimately, two interested parties were elected to start negotiations. Ultimately an international investor was chosen as the best suitable party for this company.

Hotel in Suriname

Hotel in Suriname

Hotel in Suriname

Hotel in Suriname

Refinancing: USD 14,000,000.-

The Curacao Financial Group success restructured and refinanced the debt of a hotel in Suriname.

This branded hotel had some financial problems due to underperformance. With new management company stepping in, they were able to turn around the operation and financial performance of the hotel within 4 years. This hotel wanted to eliminate its expensive debt structure, and refinance it in one loan with a lower interest. This is the reason why they approached cfg, as cfg has the expertise and knowledge to help them with a tailored made solution with which they could approach banks for their refinancing.

Building Depot Curaçao

Building Depot Curaçao

Building Depot Curaçao

Building Depot Curaçao

The Curacao Financial Group (cfg), has been deeply involved in helping Building Depot, a hardware store in Curacao, to recover from an unfortunate event that occurred on 16 of May 2013. Where fire completely burned down the hardware store. After rebuilding the hardware store, building Depot had a very tough journey in front of them. One of the main options that they were going to use to gain back their presence was to develop Building Depot Member Services (BDMS) further. BDMS is a consumer finance company operating under Building Depot Holding, which provides in-store credit to shoppers of Building Depot. Here is where The Curacao Financial Group stepped in with its capital raising expertise, to advice BDMS on how to best raise capital to fund the growth of BDMS. After exploring several options, the option that suited BDMS best was a bond issuance. cfg managed the bond issuance, and successfully raised 75% of a total of ANG 9,000,000.- for BDMS in a private placement. cfg used its extensive connection in the Caribbean to raise the required capital in a very short period. The whole capital raising process started in July 2015, and by December 2015, they have successfully placed ANG 6,750,000.-.The BDMS case has helped cfg prove that there are more ways to raise capital other than traditional bank loans. To summarize, cfg was an actor with two key roles in this story. The role of a financial advisor, who will analyze your financial situation and come up with a tailored made solution. Additionally, having enough expertise and well-established connections to take the role of a bond manager.

Meet the team

Drs. Walter Blijleven RA, CVA

Drs. Walter Blijleven RA, CVA

Drs. Walter Blijleven RA, CVA

Walter is one of the founders of cfg and a highly experienced finance professional. Walter is well-known for his financial expertise, combined with demonstrated leadership and management capabilities, a strong sense of humor and the ability to 'keep it cool' when the heat is on.

In his role as Managing Director, Walter deploys his strengths in the areas of business valuations, mergers & acquisitions and ownership transitions while scanning the horizon for sustainable heritage investment opportunities. This includes UNESCO’s World Heritage city center of Willemstad with the aim to restore and repurpose heritage properties for the growing hospitality sector of Curaçao.

Prior to the start-up of cfg, Walter held senior management roles in both public and private organizations in financial services, banking, law enforcement and the Royal Netherlands Navy.   

Walter is a Treasurer at the Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange (DCSX), based in Curaçao. He holds a Master of Science in Business administration and is qualified as a Dutch Certified Public Accountant (“registeraccountant”), a (US) Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) and a (US) Certified Exit Planning Adviser (CEPA).

Jolanda Lam

Jolanda Lam

Jolanda Lam

Jolanda joined cfg on January 6, 2020 as Deputy Managing Director and member of cfg's Management Team.

Prior to her move to Curaçao, Jolanda held various global managerial positions in Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) for more than 25 years. Her span of responsibilities has been both broad and deep, covering a variety of expertise levels such as branding, communication, marketing, program and project management, recruitment and organizational aspects. Jolanda has a strong business acumen, understanding of corporate drivers and is driven by continuous improvement and efficiency. She’s passionate to make a difference and add her voice & value to cfg’s strategic ambitions.

At cfg, Jolanda will strengthen our internal organization and focus on portfolio management and asset management, communication, branding & PR as well as stakeholder relation management, all of which will be key to further develop, deploy and grow the strategic goals of cfg and its associated members.

Bharat Bhojwani MBA

Bharat Bhojwani MBA

Bharat Bhojwani MBA

Bharat is one of the founders of cfg and a seasoned banking and corporate finance expert. Bharat is an approachable and well-networked member of various business and finance communities across the Dutch Caribbean. With strengths in relationship management and capital raising, Bharat brings a unique drive to structuring of investments in the Dutch Caribbean. He is passionate about bringing attractive investments to market, and has a heightened interest for bringing new life into the UNESCO World Heritage city center of Willemstad by fueling the trend to restore and repurpose heritage properties for the growing hospitality sector of Curaçao. 

In his role as Managing Director, Bharat’s skills to identify specific business development needs in combination with the right (financial) solutions has been one of the driving forces behind the success of cfg.

Bharat holds an MBA in General Management in Finance from the Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University) and a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Boston College.

Lissette Felix Pita BASc

Lissette Felix Pita BASc

Lissette Felix Pita BASc

Lissette joined cfg in December 2019, after successfully finalizing her Bachelor degree in Business Administration with a major in Financial Management at the University of Curaçao. Starting as a Finance Associate, Lissette quickly mastered the day-to-day operations and enhanced her skills with new experiences. As a result thereof, we’re extremely pleased to share that Lissette earned a promotion to the position of Financial Controller as per the 1st of June 2021.

Lissette is a great team player and she brings positive energy to the team. Her dedication is thorough and she has a strong and broad interest in the overall finance essentials. We’ve come to know Lissette as an accurate, enthusiastic, representative and motivated person. Lissette continues to combine her job with an MBA in General Management at the Inter-continental University of the Caribbean.

She is keen to further advance her professional career, supported by her study, by being actively involved in business transactions. At cfg we will do whatever we can to further her growth and developments.  

Stacy-Caine Trotman BASc

Stacy-Caine Trotman BASc

Stacy-Caine Trotman BASc

Stacy-Caine joined cfg in March 2020 in her role as General Manager for one of the properties within the UNESCO World Heritage city center of Willemstad.

During her first year, Stacy-Caine quickly managed the day-to-day operations and displayed a strong eagerness to learn new experiences and broaden her horizon. As such we are pleased to share that Stacy-Caine is now promoted to Operations Manager for multiple assets within cfg, covering both the city center of Willemstad and the iconic area of Pietermaai. On top of this, she supports other entities of cfg with social media activation and promotion, which makes Stacy-Caine a diverse and strong contribution to our team.

We’ve come to know Stacy-Caine as a wonderful team player, who always brings a smile to her everyday tasks. Stacy-Caine has recently successfully finalized her Bachelor in International Hospitality and Tourism Management at the Inter-continental University of the Caribbean. It’s great to have Stacy-Caine around as she is a strong communicator, accurate, enthusiastic, representative and motivated.

She is keen to further advance her professional career by being actively involved in a variety of responsibilities within cfg. At cfg we are committed to our team and will do whatever we can to help her grow and develop.

Jennifer Canters

Jennifer Canters

Jennifer Canters

Jennifer joined cfg at the end of June 2021. Her 14+ years of professional experience is both broad and diverse; she has gained experience in some of Curacao's fine dining establishments, online fashion sales and working for various consulting firms as an operation clerk and office manager. Her most recent experience is setting up an independent small business in the hospitality industry. The variety of skills and competences, combined with a large portion of positivity and willingness to learn and develop, makes Jennifer a perfect fit for the role of Office Manager in cfg.

At cfg, Jennifer is in charge of assisting the Management Team, internal colleagues and our valuable relations/clients, while ensuring that everything runs smoothly and flawlessly at our royal office-building in picturesque Pietermaai.

Nacora Senior

Nacora Senior

Nacora Senior

Nacora has joined cfg early July 2021 as Manager Finance and HR Services. We’re pleased to welcome Nacora on board; she brings a strong set of skills and experience in HRM, payroll administration and financial services. Within cfg, Nacora will manage financial and HR services for a number of our entities, thereby working closely together with our team members.

Nacora’s experience is both broad and diverse; during her tenure at various leading companies in Curaçao, she has been able to sharpen her knowledge and skillset in such a way that it has allowed her to start her own company as a freelance consultant in 2018.

The mix of these experiences, combined with an eagerness to share, develop and train is a great new asset for cfg. We’re extremely pleased to welcome Nacora to our team; she is enthusiastic, accurate, representative and motivated.

Nacora is keen to deepen her knowledge on related subjects and at cfg, we will do whatever we can to further her growth and developments.

Leonella Elizabeth

Leonella Elizabeth

Leonella Elizabeth

Starting September 1st, 2021 Leonella Elizabeth has joined cfg as Associate Director. In her role, Leonella will build on her experience and knowledge in corporate credit in the Dutch Caribbean to seek new business developments and investment opportunities. Market research, analyzing relevant data and portfolio management will be part of Leonella’s core responsibilities.

Over the last three years Leonella has gathered valuable corporate credit experience as Development Manager in Curaçao. This included financial and credit analysis, market research, client communication and other daily loan portfolio management tasks. Leonella is very experienced in deploying her analytical skills into valuable management reporting and presentations.

Leonella was born and raised in Curaçao and has a strong background in Business Administration. Moreover, she has a heart for economics, culture, languages, people and an affinity for sports. It is the latter that has allowed her to combine her professional softball endeavors with a career in the corporate world for the last 15 years. After obtaining a scholarship in Puerto Rico (bachelor and master’s degree in Business Administration) Leonella continued travelling and exploring new countries in the Caribbean, Latin America, USA and Europe through her athletic pursuits in softball.

We’re extremely pleased to welcome Leonella as a member of our team and we have every confidence that she will bring fruitful opportunities forward.

Esther Koele

Esther Koele

Esther Koele

Esther has joined cfg mid-July as Administrative Assistant and she will remain with us until the end of October 2021. Esther is joining us from the Netherlands where she has recently completed her HBO Bachelor for Financial Services Management at Windesheim College in Zwolle.

Before she is heading out to start a new study ‘Pre-Master Sociology’ at the University of Groningen, Esther will support our team with a special focus on digitalization and standardization of administrative processes. We’re extremely happy to partner our team members with Esther and work diligently towards optimization of day-to-day operations.

Working at cfg is an excellent opportunity for Esther to combine her Dutch learnings and experiences with an international experience. We’re convinced that with the help of Esther we will gain new insights and increase our overall efficiency which ultimately will be of great benefit to our internal and external customers.

Jesse van der Wolde

Jesse van der Wolde

Jesse van der Wolde

Starting September 1st, 2021 Jesse van der Wolde has joined cfg as Sustainability Trainee for a period of 5 months. In this role, Jesse will work with our team to gain valuable hands-on experience in environmental and sustainability opportunities in Curaçao and the surrounding islands, while sharing insights and learnings from his previous assignments in the Netherlands.

With a forward looking approach, cfg will combine new business opportunities with strategic sustainability drivers, in order to design ideal development conditions for all parties involved. Jesse will play an incremental part in the educational process to analyze, measure and positively influence the environmental impact of our initiatives.

Jesse is an enthusiastic and creative colleague who is eager to make a difference. In 2022 Jesse aims to complete his International Business Studies (IBS) at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen (the Netherlands).

We look forward to work with Jesse and wish him all the best during his internship.

Drs. Walter Blijleven RA, CVA

Drs. Walter Blijleven RA, CVA

Drs. Walter Blijleven RA, CVA

Walter is one of the founders of cfg and a highly experienced finance professional. Walter is well-known for his financial expertise, combined with demonstrated leadership and management capabilities, a strong sense of humor and the ability to 'keep it cool' when the heat is on.

In his role as Managing Director, Walter deploys his strengths in the areas of business valuations, mergers & acquisitions and ownership transitions while scanning the horizon for sustainable heritage investment opportunities. This includes UNESCO’s World Heritage city center of Willemstad with the aim to restore and repurpose heritage properties for the growing hospitality sector of Curaçao.

Prior to the start-up of cfg, Walter held senior management roles in both public and private organizations in financial services, banking, law enforcement and the Royal Netherlands Navy.   

Walter is a Treasurer at the Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange (DCSX), based in Curaçao. He holds a Master of Science in Business administration and is qualified as a Dutch Certified Public Accountant (“registeraccountant”), a (US) Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) and a (US) Certified Exit Planning Adviser (CEPA).

Jolanda Lam

Jolanda Lam

Jolanda Lam

Jolanda joined cfg on January 6, 2020 as Deputy Managing Director and member of cfg's Management Team.

Prior to her move to Curaçao, Jolanda held various global managerial positions in Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) for more than 25 years. Her span of responsibilities has been both broad and deep, covering a variety of expertise levels such as branding, communication, marketing, program and project management, recruitment and organizational aspects. Jolanda has a strong business acumen, understanding of corporate drivers and is driven by continuous improvement and efficiency. She’s passionate to make a difference and add her voice & value to cfg’s strategic ambitions.

At cfg, Jolanda will strengthen our internal organization and focus on portfolio management and asset management, communication, branding & PR as well as stakeholder relation management, all of which will be key to further develop, deploy and grow the strategic goals of cfg and its associated members.

Bharat Bhojwani MBA

Bharat Bhojwani MBA

Bharat Bhojwani MBA

Bharat is one of the founders of cfg and a seasoned banking and corporate finance expert. Bharat is an approachable and well-networked member of various business and finance communities across the Dutch Caribbean. With strengths in relationship management and capital raising, Bharat brings a unique drive to structuring of investments in the Dutch Caribbean. He is passionate about bringing attractive investments to market, and has a heightened interest for bringing new life into the UNESCO World Heritage city center of Willemstad by fueling the trend to restore and repurpose heritage properties for the growing hospitality sector of Curaçao. 

In his role as Managing Director, Bharat’s skills to identify specific business development needs in combination with the right (financial) solutions has been one of the driving forces behind the success of cfg.

Bharat holds an MBA in General Management in Finance from the Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University) and a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Boston College.

Lissette Felix Pita BASc

Lissette Felix Pita BASc

Lissette Felix Pita BASc

Lissette joined cfg in December 2019, after successfully finalizing her Bachelor degree in Business Administration with a major in Financial Management at the University of Curaçao. Starting as a Finance Associate, Lissette quickly mastered the day-to-day operations and enhanced her skills with new experiences. As a result thereof, we’re extremely pleased to share that Lissette earned a promotion to the position of Financial Controller as per the 1st of June 2021.

Lissette is a great team player and she brings positive energy to the team. Her dedication is thorough and she has a strong and broad interest in the overall finance essentials. We’ve come to know Lissette as an accurate, enthusiastic, representative and motivated person. Lissette continues to combine her job with an MBA in General Management at the Inter-continental University of the Caribbean.

She is keen to further advance her professional career, supported by her study, by being actively involved in business transactions. At cfg we will do whatever we can to further her growth and developments.  

Stacy-Caine Trotman BASc

Stacy-Caine Trotman BASc

Stacy-Caine Trotman BASc

Stacy-Caine joined cfg in March 2020 in her role as General Manager for one of the properties within the UNESCO World Heritage city center of Willemstad.

During her first year, Stacy-Caine quickly managed the day-to-day operations and displayed a strong eagerness to learn new experiences and broaden her horizon. As such we are pleased to share that Stacy-Caine is now promoted to Operations Manager for multiple assets within cfg, covering both the city center of Willemstad and the iconic area of Pietermaai. On top of this, she supports other entities of cfg with social media activation and promotion, which makes Stacy-Caine a diverse and strong contribution to our team.

We’ve come to know Stacy-Caine as a wonderful team player, who always brings a smile to her everyday tasks. Stacy-Caine has recently successfully finalized her Bachelor in International Hospitality and Tourism Management at the Inter-continental University of the Caribbean. It’s great to have Stacy-Caine around as she is a strong communicator, accurate, enthusiastic, representative and motivated.

She is keen to further advance her professional career by being actively involved in a variety of responsibilities within cfg. At cfg we are committed to our team and will do whatever we can to help her grow and develop.

Jennifer Canters

Jennifer Canters

Jennifer Canters

Jennifer joined cfg at the end of June 2021. Her 14+ years of professional experience is both broad and diverse; she has gained experience in some of Curacao's fine dining establishments, online fashion sales and working for various consulting firms as an operation clerk and office manager. Her most recent experience is setting up an independent small business in the hospitality industry. The variety of skills and competences, combined with a large portion of positivity and willingness to learn and develop, makes Jennifer a perfect fit for the role of Office Manager in cfg.

At cfg, Jennifer is in charge of assisting the Management Team, internal colleagues and our valuable relations/clients, while ensuring that everything runs smoothly and flawlessly at our royal office-building in picturesque Pietermaai.

Nacora Senior

Nacora Senior

Nacora Senior

Nacora has joined cfg early July 2021 as Manager Finance and HR Services. We’re pleased to welcome Nacora on board; she brings a strong set of skills and experience in HRM, payroll administration and financial services. Within cfg, Nacora will manage financial and HR services for a number of our entities, thereby working closely together with our team members.

Nacora’s experience is both broad and diverse; during her tenure at various leading companies in Curaçao, she has been able to sharpen her knowledge and skillset in such a way that it has allowed her to start her own company as a freelance consultant in 2018.

The mix of these experiences, combined with an eagerness to share, develop and train is a great new asset for cfg. We’re extremely pleased to welcome Nacora to our team; she is enthusiastic, accurate, representative and motivated.

Nacora is keen to deepen her knowledge on related subjects and at cfg, we will do whatever we can to further her growth and developments.

Leonella Elizabeth

Leonella Elizabeth

Leonella Elizabeth

Starting September 1st, 2021 Leonella Elizabeth has joined cfg as Associate Director. In her role, Leonella will build on her experience and knowledge in corporate credit in the Dutch Caribbean to seek new business developments and investment opportunities. Market research, analyzing relevant data and portfolio management will be part of Leonella’s core responsibilities.

Over the last three years Leonella has gathered valuable corporate credit experience as Development Manager in Curaçao. This included financial and credit analysis, market research, client communication and other daily loan portfolio management tasks. Leonella is very experienced in deploying her analytical skills into valuable management reporting and presentations.

Leonella was born and raised in Curaçao and has a strong background in Business Administration. Moreover, she has a heart for economics, culture, languages, people and an affinity for sports. It is the latter that has allowed her to combine her professional softball endeavors with a career in the corporate world for the last 15 years. After obtaining a scholarship in Puerto Rico (bachelor and master’s degree in Business Administration) Leonella continued travelling and exploring new countries in the Caribbean, Latin America, USA and Europe through her athletic pursuits in softball.

We’re extremely pleased to welcome Leonella as a member of our team and we have every confidence that she will bring fruitful opportunities forward.

Esther Koele

Esther Koele

Esther Koele

Esther has joined cfg mid-July as Administrative Assistant and she will remain with us until the end of October 2021. Esther is joining us from the Netherlands where she has recently completed her HBO Bachelor for Financial Services Management at Windesheim College in Zwolle.

Before she is heading out to start a new study ‘Pre-Master Sociology’ at the University of Groningen, Esther will support our team with a special focus on digitalization and standardization of administrative processes. We’re extremely happy to partner our team members with Esther and work diligently towards optimization of day-to-day operations.

Working at cfg is an excellent opportunity for Esther to combine her Dutch learnings and experiences with an international experience. We’re convinced that with the help of Esther we will gain new insights and increase our overall efficiency which ultimately will be of great benefit to our internal and external customers.

Jesse van der Wolde

Jesse van der Wolde

Jesse van der Wolde

Starting September 1st, 2021 Jesse van der Wolde has joined cfg as Sustainability Trainee for a period of 5 months. In this role, Jesse will work with our team to gain valuable hands-on experience in environmental and sustainability opportunities in Curaçao and the surrounding islands, while sharing insights and learnings from his previous assignments in the Netherlands.

With a forward looking approach, cfg will combine new business opportunities with strategic sustainability drivers, in order to design ideal development conditions for all parties involved. Jesse will play an incremental part in the educational process to analyze, measure and positively influence the environmental impact of our initiatives.

Jesse is an enthusiastic and creative colleague who is eager to make a difference. In 2022 Jesse aims to complete his International Business Studies (IBS) at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen (the Netherlands).

We look forward to work with Jesse and wish him all the best during his internship.