MEET THE TEAM

NeWay’s executive team and advisory board is comprised of thought leaders, real estate development professionals and successful entrepreneurs with first-hand experience creating value for communities and investors alike.

NeWay is a service mark owned by NeWay Capital, LLC.

Executive Team        Advisory Board  

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Erick A. Brimen

CEO & Chairman of the Board

A proven finance professional, team leader and serial entrepreneur, Erick is passionate about investing in life-enhancing opportunities that further human flourishing. Read More

 


Gabriel Delgado

CRO / Advisory Board Member

A prolific serial entrepreneur, Gabriel has brought to market 15 successful ventures across a variety or tech and finance related fields. He believes that same spirit of entrepreneurship and its interactions will foster personal growth, value creation, job opportunities and a prospering citizenry. Read More

 


Tom Murcott

Advisory Board Member & Development Officer

A seasoned veteran of the marketing and real estate development spheres, Tom has a proven track record of bringing multi-billion dollar master-planned developments from inception to reality. Read More

 


Nick Dranias

General Counsel

Dranias serves as NeWay’s General Counsel, handling all corporate legal matters. Prior to this, he was Senior Litigation Counsel with the Government Accountability & Special Litigation Unit of the Arizona Attorney General. He also serves as Policy Advisor and Research Fellow with the Heartland Institute, as an expert and Speaker’s Bureau member with the Federalist Society, a Law and Civil Liberties Speaker for Students for Liberty, a Council of Scholars member with Compact for America Educational Foundation, as well as an Adjunct Instructor teaching Business Ethics and Law at Grand Canyon University. Read More

 


Nicholas Jenkins

COO

As both an engineer and entrepreneur, Nick has spent his career at the intersection of new technologies and emerging markets. He is driven by his belief that platforms alleviating the pains of under-served markets can powerfully improve the world and earn outsized returns – a belief he honed after co-founding a boutique investment firm as a Venture Partner, along with Erick Brimen. Read More

 


Humberto Macias

Deputy General Counsel

Humberto serves as Deputy General Counsel of NeWay Capital. His interest in soft infrastructure underscores his latest two positions: assisting with the acquisition and operation of a private security firm in Mexico and assisting with the founding and operation of a private school for children with special needs in Singapore. Read More

 


ADVISORY BOARD

Chirag Shah 

Development, Finance, and Governance

Chirag Shah was the longest serving leadership executive of the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) from the start through its entire 12-year history taking leadership roles in strategy, business development, investment and transformation through its start-up, high growth, crisis and rejuvenation phases. Shah is a globally recognized Financial Services domain expert supporting growth and development in Banking, Capital Markets, Fintech, Financial Infrastructures, Insurance/Reinsurance, Real Estate, Wealth/Asset management and Regulatory Policy. Shah is also a sought-after lecturer in the realms of international finance and development, having given lectures to institutions such as International Monetary Fund, World Bank, International Institute of Finance, City Week London, Boao Asia Financial Forum, Harvard, and Wharton Business School.​

Jeffrey Singer 

International Finance Center

Jeffrey Singer is the former CEO of the Dubai International Financial Center Authority (DIFC) and former CEO of Nasdaq Dubai. Singer led the DIFC out of the global financial crisis in 2008 and through a sustained period of rapid growth. Prior to his move to Dubai, Mr. Singer, was senior vice president of Nasdaq OMX Group, which runs stock markets in 26 countries around the world as well as clearing houses and central securities depositories. He currently teaches International Business, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Business Ethics at the American University of Sharjah.

Oliver Porter 

City Management
Board Member

Oliver Porter is an expert in the field of city governance with years of experience developing innovative public-private partnerships for cities. Porter is the founder of Sandy Springs, Georgia, and has catalyzed the creation of several new cities based upon his new model of public-private partnerships around the world.
Ott Vatter 

E-governance

Ott Vatter is the managing director of Estonia’s E-residency program. Vatter has worked on Estonia’s E-residency program from years, helping create the strategic roadmap for the program and guide its product development from conception to implementation. Vatter is also a founding partner at Lakeside Investments, a real estate investment firm. Vatter is a serial entrepreneur, having founded or helped create clubs, bars, and a film industry online startup.
Shanker Singham

International Trade and Law

Shanker Singham is the Director of the International Trade and Competition Unit (ITCU) of the Institute of Economic Affairs. As one of the world’s leading international trade experts and competition lawyers, he has worked on the privatization of the UK electricity market, the transition of Central and Eastern European economies to capitalism and trade liberalization in Latin America.

Paul Critchlow 

Public Finance and Strategy

Paul Critchlow is the former Vice Chairman, Public Markets for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Over 30 years, he headed global communications & public affairs at Merrill Lynch and then became lead municipal banker with governors, treasurers and mayors around the United States. He worked directly for five CEOs.

Over the past 50 years, he’s held leadership roles in business, government and journalism. Today, he advises Fortune 100 companies through his consulting firm, Black Cat Communications. At Merrill, he helped lead the company’s response to the September 11 terrorist attacks and many financial crises. From 1978-84, he was press secretary to Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh, where he helped direct the state’s response to the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. Previously, he was chief political writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

A native Nebraskan, Paul is a decorated U.S. Army combat veteran of the Vietnam War. He holds communications degrees from Columbia University and the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Patrik Schumacher 

Urban Development and Design​

Patrik Schumacher is a Principal Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects in London. Schumacher has a PhD in philosophy as well as an architecture degree. Schumacher has been teaching at a variety of architectural schools in Britain, Continental Europe, and the USA since 1992. He also founded the “Design Research Laboratory” at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, and continues to serve as one of its co-directors.
Mark D. Scraba 

(RET. GEN) Security and Preparedness

Mark D. Scraba is a former senior advisor to President Donald Trump. He served the National Security Council and the Department of Defense for transition teams, with a focus on counter transnational threat strategy and policy. Mark served as the director of the US Joint Interagency Counter Trafficking Center (JICTC) where he built and led a new United States multi-agency enterprise to counter transitional organized crime. Scraba has previously acted as the Director of the US European Partnership Task Force as well as Director of the National Guard Bureau Strategy, Plans, Policy and International Affairs Directorate for the Pentagon.
Uwe S. Brandes 

Urban Planning and Design

Uwe S. Brandes is an urban planner and designer with over 25 years of experience in the planning, design and construction of new buildings, infrastructure and the extended urban landscape. He advises cities around the world on sustainable urban development strategies, administrative practices and the public-private partnerships necessary to turn vision into reality. Mr. Brandes is known for his work in public-private partnerships and urban design that transformed the Anacostia River in Washington, DC. catalyzed through the public-public and public-private partnerships he helped forge. Mr. Brandes serves as Professor of Practice and Faculty Director of the Urban and Regional Planning graduate program at Georgetown University, where he also serves as Faculty Director of the Georgetown Global Cities Initiative. Mr. Brandes has long been active in the Urban Land Institute where he currently serves on the global board of advisers of the ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance as well as on the Responsible Property Investment Council.
Jonathan Swanson 

Governance and Technology

Jonathan Swanson is Co-founder and President of Thumbtack, a billion-dollar online services platform. Swanson, a graduate of Yale University, worked for three years as an economic policy analyst for the White House before starting Thumbtack. Swanson brings expertise in the intersection of governance, economics, and technology to NeWay.​

Jan Michael Dieckmann 

Local Politics and Strategy

Michael Dieckmann is the Corporate Manager of Electronics and New Ventures for Inversiones La Paz SA. As Corporate Manager, Michael is responsible for Jetstereo SA the largest electronics distributor in Honduras serving both retail and B2B markets, the ALDO brand shoes stores for all of Central America, and the development of new investment opportunities for Inversiones La Paz. He also serves as the Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Michael Dieckmann is the president of Fundación Para la Educación Ricardo Ernesto Maduro Andreu FEREMA, one of the leading education NGOs in the country. FEREMA seeks to coordinate efforts with other NGOs and international aid agencies in order to ensure that governments have consistent education policies focused on long term objectives.

Michael Castle-Miller 

Special Jurisdictions and International Law

Michael Castle-Miller is the Founder and CEO of Politas Consulting, and the Founder and Executive Director of Refugee Cities and Politas Labs, a think tank that develops new market-based policies designed to overcome political obstacles to progress. Castle-Miller is a legal and public policy consultant who has advised on special jurisdictions in over 20 countries. He has consulted on numerous World Bank, UNIDO, UN HABITAT, government, and private-sector projects regarding special economic zones and cities.
Joel Bomgar 

Policy and Industry
Board Member

Joel Bomgar founded Bomgar Corporation in 2003. He is an entrepreneur, and in 2015 he was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives. He serves on the Judiciary Committee, where he has co-authored legislation that expands criminal justice reform and brings transparency to civil asset forfeiture in the state. Representative Bomgar serves as the Vice Chair of the Medicaid Committee, and he also serves on committees for Education, Drug Policy, and Corrections.