Connect Mind - Madeira Management, Lda is born from the shared vision between the following owners:
Zacarias da Silva, Gabinete de Contabilidade Lda., a company whose origin dates back to 1964, when it was founded by António Zacarias Gomes da Silva, as the first accountancy and tax firm in Madeira. With a qualified team of 18 people to provide services in the sectors of accountancy, finance, management, economical-financial consultancy, human resources management, audit and investments consultancy; it has a wide client portfolio from all several economic sectors, some of which since 1964.
The founding partner`s daughter, acts as the company`s manager since 1990. With a degree in Business Management, a Chartered Accountant, with a postgraduate course in Tax, she joined the project in 1979.
The founding partner`s grandson, with a degree in Environmental Engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon), joined the corporation as external consultant in 2003. He remained connected to the university and to research as a PhD student of Environmental Engineering. Subsequently and as other companies’ employee, he performed in logistics, internal control and procurement for industries and construction industry areas. In October 2014, aiming Zacarias da Silva’s business diversification, he became Chief Operating Officer for the international market.
Lawyer, with a postgraduate course in Management, started early it's political activity, began his professional career as a legal adviser in the public administration of the autonomous region of Madeira (RAM). He was then Director of the Legal Office of the Housing Bureau of the RAM, from which he was Member of the Board of Directors of 1994 to 1997, and President of the Board of Directors from 1997 to 2000. From 2000 to 2015, he was Regional Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources, for RAM, responsible for the areas of Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries.
Graduated in law from Portuguese Catholic University, lawyer with postgraduate courses
in Management and European Studies, is a founding partner of the law firm
DCS Sociedade de Advogados RL.
Over the last 24 years, has combined her legal
expertise in corporate law, tourism law, real estate law and immigration law, assisting
many national and international clients, both private and corporate, in outbound and
inbound investments, including in the context of Madeira`s International Business Centre;
with being a member of the board of both national and international companies, namely in
the tourism/hotels sector. Sandra Jardim Fernandes is a member of
an international professional service firm network, providing legal, accountancy and
financial advice across 150 jurisdictions. Sandra`s fluency in languages (English,
French and Spanish) and large network of personal and professional relationships has
proved to be inestimable when presenting global entrepreneurial solutions.
Graduated in law from Portuguese Catholic University, lawyer with a
postgraduate course in Communication Law, founding partner of the law
firm DCS Sociedade de Advogados RL,
specialized in the following practice areas: litigation; labour law; public law;
banking and insurance law; and intellectual property law.