ROK engages The Americas Group to market RHS across Latin America

ROK engages The Americas Group to market RHS across Latin America

The Americas Group to market ROK Homeland Security service in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean

Ticker Symbol: RKG

8th November 2011

ROK Global PLC, the mobile and web technology development company, has today announced the appointment of high-level consulting, marketing and merchant banking firm, The Americas Group, to market its ROK Homeland Security (RHS) service across Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Commenting, Jonathan Kendrick, Chairman and CEO of ROK said “The Americas Group is an extremely well connected, proven and successful company in the delivery of international products, services and technologies into Latin America and, as such, we are very pleased to be working with such a high-powered company on the deployment of RHS into this potentially massive territory for us.”

ROK Homeland Security is a mobile phone-based service, developed by ROK, which provides real-time, secure technologies to assist law enforcement officers in the gathering and management of information in a variety of formats including encrypted data based communications and improved spatial awareness capabilities.

RHS has been specifically designed for use in counter-terrorism operations, criminal investigations, counter-narcotic operations, physical security, evidence-gathering and field communications.

“ROK Homeland Security is a fantastically effective product which we know will be of enormous benefit to law enforcement agencies.” Said Howard Glicken, Chairman of The Americas Group. “We are delighted to be showcasing the full range of its capabilities to a broad range of potential customers across Latin America.”

Listed on the Open Market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, ROK Global PLC was co-founded by US Billionaire John Paul DeJoria and UK-based serial technology-specialist entrepreneur, Jonathan Kendrick.

In addition to being co-founder of ROK, John Paul DeJoria is Chairman and CEO of John Paul Mitchell Systems, the producer and manufacturer of Paul Mitchell hair care products which achieves in-salon retail sales of approximately US $900m annually through more than 100,000 salons worldwide. John Paul is also co-founder of Patron Tequila, the world’s leading premium tequila brand.

ROK has pioneered many new and innovative technologies in the rapidly-evolving mobile and web space, including high quality mass-market Mobile TV (which can be streamed, live and on-demand, over mass-market 2.5G as well as 3G and Wi-Fi) as well as multi-language text-to-speech technologies amongst others.

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November 15, 2011

Frank C. Weed Becomes Chairman of The Americas Group's Real Estate Division

We are proud to announce and welcome Frank C. Weed as a Partner and Chairman and COO of The Americas Group Real Estate LLC.  
Frank was formerly the President and COO of Medalist Development, Inc. , a global real estate development company owned by the golfer and businessman Greg Norman and Macquarie Bank, the largest investment bank in Australia. He was also the former President and COO of Fisher Island, one of the world’s premier exclusive clubs and developments and has held several other important posts during his real estate career.  “Frank brings a unique set of experience and skills that make him one of the very best in his area of expertise”, says Howard Glicken , Chairman of The Americas Group.
Frank will help guide The Americas Group into real estate related opportunities especially in Latin America for our own account and those of our clients, as we continue to add to our capabilities in the Real Estate Sector. His outstanding reputation and track record is well known. His experience and outstanding capabilities will be a powerful complement to the current and planned activities of The Americas Group, especially in Latin America.
Frank Weed says, “ I look forward to helping us address the new global real estate environment and trends for our clients and partners. I believe we will have many opportunities. I have worked with Howard and The Americas Group for over 15 years in Latin America and am pleased to finally work together as a partner”.
We look forward to introducing you to Frank and to demonstrating our additional Real Estate capabilities.  Please give us a call or email us if you would like  more information on Frank Weed and our capabilities and services.
Thank you for your continued friendship, confidence and support!
August 15, 2010



Business Leader is Founding Benefactor of Southern Florida Chapter’s Hotel InterContinental Ball Fort Lauderdale, FL – Howard M. Glicken, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Coral Gables-based Americas Group, has been elected chair of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida’s Advisory Board. In this role, he will support the foundation’s fundraising endeavors, specifically focusing on securing major gifts.

Glicken, a former member of the foundation’s Board of Directors, has been instrumental to the success of the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, the nonprofit organization’s ( largest annual event. “We are privileged to have someone the caliber of Howard Glicken accept this important position,” said Norman Wedderburn, president and chief executive officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida. “His influence throughout the region and commitment to our mission will position us to grant more wishes and positively impact more lives.” Glicken has more than 35 years business and political experience in Latin America and currently heads The Americas Group (, an advisory and merchant banking firm. He has served as a private sector advisor in the Clinton Administration and been an early promoter of bringing U.S. business and investments to the region. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida annually grants more than 500 wishes and has made more than 7,000 dreams come true in its history. The nonprofit organization brings hope, strength, and joy to children and families in Broward, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie counties. The average cost to fulfill a wish is $5,000.

To learn more, refer a child, volunteer, or make a donation, call 888-773-WISH (9474) or visit

July 26, 2010

Merida Announcement


The Americas Group Real Estate LLC has acquired 1,290 acres of land in Merida, Mexico in the Yucatan region to develop a health care/wellness oriented, popularly priced retirement community in partnership with Pedro Aspe, the former Finance Minister of Mexico and two of the largest community developers in the country. This development will be used as a prototype for other proprietary retirement communities in different regions of Mexico to address the approximately 78 million U.S. baby boomers who are approaching retirement.

We believe that with the recent decline in the value of personal assets and net worth coupled with spiraling U.S. healthcare costs and the high price of living expenses that a considerable percentage of this population group will consider moving and retiring to a hospitable country like Mexico which can provide a quality of life and services at a much reduced cost. We intend to target the moderate fixed income segment and make it user friendly for them to test the lifestyle change by offering rental opportunities which leave them with the option of returning to the U.S. if they are not satisfied or in the case of being satisfied they will be offered an opportunity to buy.

This project is an example of The Americas Group’s creative and practical solution to the difficult challenges of living in today’s new economic environment.

July 1, 2009

Howard Glicken is Proud to Announce that Violy & Company wins Deal of the Year For Argentina

Violy & Company wins Deal of the Year for Argentina

The Financial Times & Mergermarket

 M&A Awards Americas 2008

On October 30th, 2008, the Financial Times and Mergermarketannounced its M&A Awards Americasto recognize corporate, private equity, banking and legal excellence and expertise in M&A in Latin America. 

Violy & Company won one of the 3 coveted Corporate / M&A Deal of the Year Awards for Latin America. V&Co advised the Lopez family in the sale of a majority stake in their company, and executed the creation of Navios South American Logisitcs [NSAL] by combining Navios Maritime Holdings with with Horamar’s, River Plate and maritime operations. NASL is the largest integrated river logistics platform in South America combining inland and maritime ports, leading barge operations, storage facilities and maritime transportation. NASAL is based in Argentina and covers the 5 countries that comprise the Hidrovia.

There were 1,309 disclosed M&A transactions in Latin America from July 2007 through July 2008. Only 3 of these deals were honored by the Financial Times and Mergermarket as Deals of the Year. Violy & Co. is proud to have been the advisor on one of them.

“We created the company 30 years ago and Violy & Co. created the strategy to transform it into the leading player in the region”, says Claudio Lopez, now CEO of Navios South American Logistics. “Violy & Co. worked in earnest to create a deal that made sense to our family and our partner.

“In light of the recent financial crisis,” Lopez added, “Violy & Co.’s approach demonstrates that one cannot create a deal only through leverage or financial engineering. Indeed, the passage of time has proven the value of Violy & Co.’s innovative and forward thinking. Their insightful understanding of both Horamar’s needs and Navios’ businesses, and their relentless pursuit of creative solutions to bridge and optimize both parties’ interests, achieved a “win-win” for everyone. This approach is uniquely Violy & Co. and places them at a level where there are no equals.”

The Deal of the Year Awards used both empirical M&A transaction data and independent experts’ opinions to identify the winners in each category. Mergermarket is a leader in providing M&A deal information and intelligence worldwide. The Financial Times is a premier global publication with an unrivaled editorial reputation and understanding of the world's most influential decision-makers in global business and politics.


About Violy & Company

Violy & Co. (V&Co.) is a multi-service Investment Banking boutique providing Strategic Advisory Services, including M&A, Capital Markets, Restructuring and Reorganization, and Management Consulting Services.

V&Co is the only boutique that for the last 12 years has served the Latin-American and Iberian Peninsula markets with impeccable service and track record. V&Co partners combined have over 60 years of experience and over US$120 billion in completed transactions, Violy & Co. prides itself on its philosophy of “clients first and foremost”. The Company’s objective standards and total commitment to its clients are measured by its willingness not to recommend a transaction if it is not in the client’s best interest.

Violy & Co.’s collaborative local - global approach involves its clients, itsble Advisory Board members, its professionals and its network of Affiliates in each and every project and transaction, and its 360 degree thinking identifies challenges and risks and creates unique solutions that other financial institutions have not considered possible thus exemplifying the company’s motto: THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE

Violy & Co. has offices in New York, USA and Bogota, Colombia, Affiliates located in Chile, Peru and the Caribbean, and an Advisory Board that includes members from throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and the Iberian Peninsula.

Since 1995, regardless of economic cycles, Violy & Co. has continued to attract new and recurring clients due to its high level of performance and success.

“She’s [Violy] a person that knows her clients profoundly, and shares with Cemex’s senior management the Company’s objectives.”
Lorenzo Zambrano CEO, Cemex

“She knows Bacardi better than I do.”

Manuel Jorge Cutillas, Chairman, Bacardi International

March 23, 2009