Louis Velazquez has over 25 years of investment banking/finance experience, during his career he has managed over $500MM in assets for clients internationally. He initiated various funding efforts for private & public companies as well as commercial real estate projects both in the USA and Internationally. He has participated in $1B+ of private commercial real estate transactions internationally. Being an integral part of various mergers and acquisitions over the past 20 years allowed him to develop a proficiency in turnaround projects, restructuring of distressed assets and implementing growth strategies.
His background in technology goes back to 1985 from coding to the development of new technologies. He worked on various business development projects in the early days of the internet with a hands on approach, from developing the structure and advising on the technology to raising capital. He has traveled globally for private clients in order to assist in the acquisition of unique precious stone collections, gold and other high end assets.
Some other life highlights include being a former pro wrestler and athlete, Radio/TV show host, Alumni of the Gemological Institute of America and News Journalist. He works with various charitable organizations focused on children, women or animal related causes lending his assistance and name in order to further their progress.
Acquisition of Precious Metals and Stones
He began his venture into the precious metals and commodity arena in early 2000, first educating himself on the basics then tackling the daunting task of building a client base in this new arena. He has assisted various small and larger precious metal and stone investors in achieving their acquisition as well as liquidation goals. He is no desk jockey upon the request of his clients he has traveled the world from to ensure the seamless completion of their commodity acquisitions.
Velazquez took it a step further when he began to represent private clients who owned unique precious stone collections from diamonds and rubies to sapphires, who were in need of consultation in not only the liquidation of the stone but also the appropriate marketing to ensure that the unique stone was matched with the right private buyer and not just sold to a wholesale diamond dealer.
In doing this he found a niche as he is able to implement his knowledge of marketing and public relations as well as the precious stone market. Velazquez has done what most in the diamond and gold industry aspire to do and he has been to mines in various parts of the world to witness as well as participate in not only the mining of precious stones and metals but also the eventual sale to private buyers. He has seen the full spectrum from the extraction from the earth to the eventual display in a high end jewelry store. This knowledge of how the market works has made him an asset to his clients over the years.
He always adhered to the premise that dreams without action are just fairy tales, so he has made it a point to take advantage of as many opportunities that have come his way during his life. This is what has given him such a diverse background in various areas of not only business but in life.
During his time he has been a professional wrestler and athlete as well as an independent journalist, he is currently a radio show host in his spare time and host various independent television projects. He is an Accredited Jewelry Professional with the Gemological Institute of America and a registered News Journalist with the United Press Association. He works with various charitable organizations lending his assistance and name in order to further their progress in making strides to achieving their goals.
In the works are a comic book series, film and tv projects, self authored book and much more on the business front.
He enjoys sharing his storied background with people via public speaking or one on one, by sharing these stories he hopes to inspire others that may need that extra push to achieve their own personal greatness and goals.