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.
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
Erick started his career in private banking, working at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. He later moved to investment banking as a mergers and acquisition sell-side advisor for AG Edwards & Sons (now Wells Fargo), where he participated in transactions valued at over $1.2 billion.
After investment banking, Erick joined Ernst & Young’s London consulting practice, where he advised buy-side private equity clients as they considered acquisition targets. Soon after, he was recruited by the Borealis Group to join as CFO of Latin American operations, leading the creation of multiple business units.
When the time was right, Erick started his entrepreneurial career in the world of financial intermediation as a founder of ComparaMejor.com, which leads the online insurance brokerage market in Colombia. In late 2013 Erick sold another of his tech-companies to start NeWay Capital.
Erick Brimen is also Chairman and CEO of NeWay Capital LLC’s affiliate Honduras Próspera LLC.
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
Gabriel has created numerous successful ventures in the telecom, cryptocurrency and internet spaces. Among his most prolific are Widefense – an IT Security Managed Services Provider –and Ubiquo – an A2P and Market Research software company.
He strongly believes that self-determination and better legal systems can promote massive prosperity for all sections of the population in nations of the developing world.
Gabriel is a Trustee of Universidad Francisco Marroquin, an Aspen Institute Fellow, and a member of both the Central America Leadership Initiative and YPO’s Guatemala chapter.
As Chief Revenue Officer, Gabriel is responsible to bring world class investors and occupiers into all NeWay development projects.
Gabriel Delgado is also CRO and Board member of NeWay Capital LLC’s affiliate Honduras Próspera LLC.
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
Tom served in the EVP positions of CMO and later Global Foreign Investment Officer at Gale International. In the latter role, Tom was tasked to bring investors and occupiers to Songdo IBD, the 1,500 acre $35-billion, smart, sustainable city in Incheon, South Korea.
Tom was also a leader on the joint master plan development task force for the 1,700 acre Meixi Lake Eco-City project in Changsha, Hunan, PRC. The integrated team was captained by Gale International and featured world class partners, including: KPF, ARUP, Cisco, 3M, UTC and MIT.
Tom is a featured speaker at international conferences and events, advocating for the economic and environmental benefits of smart, sustainable development at scale.
Tom provides strategic oversight for all NeWay corporate communication platforms and development projects.
Tom Murcott is also a Board member of NeWay Capital LLC’s affiliate Honduras Próspera LLC.
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
Previously, Dranias served as President & Executive Director of Compact for America Educational Foundation where he led national efforts to organize the states to propose and ratify a federal Balanced Budget Amendment. Prior to that, Dranias was General Counsel, Policy Development Director and Constitutional Policy Director at the Goldwater Institute. Dranias led the Institute’s successful challenge to Arizona’s system of government campaign financing to the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to that, he was an attorney with the Institute for Justice for three years and an attorney in private practice in Chicago for eight years, where he served as Young Lawyers Section co-editor of the Chicago Bar Association Record and earned the Oliver Wendell Holmes Award for his service.
At the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he earned his JD, Dranias served on the Loyola University Chicago Law Review. He graduated cum laude from Boston University with a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy.
Dranias has written and published over one hundred articles in law and public policy and has also appeared as an expert in constitutional law and policy on Fox News, MSN-NBC, NPR, and many other local and regional media outlets.
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
Nick began his career as a systems engineering consultant for the MITRE corporation, providing both technical and managerial solutions to mission-critical clients within the U.S. Department of Defense. There, he was inspired by the incredible results achievable by a small group of dedicated, aligned individuals. His passion for operations was further cemented as he identified several specific organizational design flaws that created increasing inefficiency over time, and learned how to avoid them.
As Chief Operating Officer, Nick is responsible for empowering NeWay’s team of experts to work efficiently and effectively together and with global partners to achieve extraordinary results.
Nick holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, where he earned a second major in Entrepreneurship and a minor in Robotics.
Nick also serves as COO of NeWay Capital LLC’s affiliate Honduras Próspera LLC.
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
Prior to the these, he was a Capital Markets attorney in the Singapore office of Clifford Chance, where he provided legal advice on cross-border Singapore and India-related securities law matters, including initial public offerings and follow-on offerings, Rule 144A/Regulation S equity and debt offerings and private placements, for transactions in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and India. Before Clifford Chance, he was a Corporate attorney in the Los Angeles office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he worked on general corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, reorganizations and corporate governance.
His pro bono activities at Clifford Chance and Skadden included representing Nobel Laureate Paul Romer’s “Charter Cities” at the former and an Honduran boy in his asylum case in the United States at the latter.
Humberto earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School and his B.A. (Economics) and M.A. (Sociology) from Stanford University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Urban Development and Design
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.
Uwe S. Brandes
Urban Planning and Design
Policy and Industry
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.
Special Jurisdictions and International Law