President & CEO
Mark Curry is the President and CEO of Sol Partners. An original founder of the Online Lenders Alliance, Mr. Curry is committed to furthering the mission of the Alliance and actively serves on its Board of Directors.
Mr. Curry, together with Sol Partners’ Kristian Riefkohl, founded De la Mesa a la Calle or “From the Table to the Streets,” a non-profit organization conceived from the urgent need to feed the hungry, particularly among Puerto Rico’s homeless population. Their mission is to engage Puerto Ricans in the fight against hunger through a fundraising engine that provides financial relief to the many non-profit institutions struggling to serve the homeless population’s complex needs.
Prior to establishing Sol Partners, Mark helped usher in the era of online consumer finance as a partner in one of the industry’s pioneering Web-based finance destinations. Throughout the 1990s he founded several businesses in the technology and litigation support sectors.
Mark received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Rockhurst University and his MBA from Baker University. He devotes his time to various community charitable organizations including The Shade Tree, Child Focus, Camp To Belong, Red Cross, Hope House and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Vice President and COO
Kristian Riefkohl is the Vice President of Business Development at Sol Partners. Prior to joining our team, Mr. Riefkohl was the CFO of a distressed debt fund in Puerto Rico where he managed a portfolio of assets in excess of $3.1 billion. Previously, Mr. Riefkohl managed two portfolio of assets valued at over $700 million for a private equity fund in Boston. He started his career with Ernst & Young as an auditor and consultant.
Mr. Riefkohl received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Curry College and his master’s in international commerce from Boston University. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Puerto Rico and an active member of the Asociación Fraternal de Amigos.
Mr. Riefkohl co-founded De la Mesa a la Calle, a non-profit organization based in Puerto Rico, with Sol Partners’ President and CEO, Mark Curry. In his free time, Mr. Riefkohl enjoys cooking, watching sports and entertaining his friends and family.
Heriberto Torres, C.P.A.
Heriberto Torres is the Chief Financial Officer at Sol Partners. He provides strategic financial leadership for the company by establishing long-range goals, plans and policies in the areas of finance and accounting.
Prior to joining Sol Partners, Mr. Torres was the President of Supermercados Econo, the main supermarket chain in Puerto Rico. While at Supermercados Econo, he reorganized and developed a proficient management team and increased revenues by 300 percent. Previously, Mr. Torres was with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., nationally and internationally, for nine years.
Mr. Torres received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Boston College and his Master of Business Administration from Indiana University. He also received his Juris Doctor from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law. When not in the office, you can usually find Mr. Torres enjoying the beaches of Puerto Rico or spending time with his family.
Call Center Manager
As Call Center Manager for Sol Partners, Mr. Figueroa is responsible for ensuring conversion, productivity and quality customer service. He manages the lending call center at Sol’s headquarters, including team leads and all agents. Prior to joining Sol Partners, Mr. Figueroa managed a dispatch call center for the Puerto Rico Telephone Company, Inc.
Mr. Figueroa received his bachelor’s degree from Bayamon Central University in Puerto Rico where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He is currently pursuing his Master of Science in Information Systems from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. When not working, Mr. Figueroa enjoys running, cycling and spending time with his family.
As Executive Assistant for Sol Partners, Ms. Ayala provides support to the CEO, human resources, public relations and facilities teams in Puerto Rico. She also oversees and coordinates all administrative tasks. Prior to joining Sol Partners, she was an Executive Assistant for Ann Inc. in New York City where she worked closely with the Executive Vice President and e-commerce department.
Karina graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts. She spends her free time experimenting with recipes, using her skills as a freelance makeup artist and relaxing on the beach with family and friends.