About The Conference:

As the election cycle comes to a close and we enter into an unknown regulatory environment, opportunities and challenges in the specialty finance industry are in for an overhaul. At iGlobal Forum’s upcoming 7th Specialty Finance Summit taking place on January 11th and 12th in New York, we will cover all of the strategies in navigating new compliance requirements while continuing to find returns. Recent scandals have racked the sector, ushering in changes on all sides of the capital stack and pushing investors and lenders alike into new corners of the market. As the specialty finance sector is in the midst of an evolutionary process, blending new technologies with traditional strategies makes it increasingly important to stay on top of each of these new developments and network with new connections across the industry along the way. At this summit, you will network with 200+ senior level representatives from leading specialty finance companies, private equity firms, BDCs, SBICs, hedge funds, marketplace lenders, senior lenders, institutional investors and venture capital firms.

7th Specialty Finance Summit

Key topics that will be covered:

  • A macroeconomic look at the shift in opportunities for 2017
  • Understanding the long-term impacts of the presidential election on the specialty finance sector
  • Investor appetite across specialty finance sub-classes and expected risk tolerance for the year
  • Strategies from top lenders and originators in raising capital and reaching borrowers
  • New strategies and niche asset classes for continued returns in an increasingly risky market
  • The future of securitization with new compliance requirements impacting investment opportunities and the ability to lend
  • Riding the trend in whole loans and mortgage notes in the residential mortgage space
  • Evolution of marketplace lending and the future of fintech in the specialty finance industry
  • Reaching internationally: attracting the global market of borrowers

Network with leading:

  • Specialty finance companies
  • BDCs
  • SBICs
  • Private equity firms
  • Hedge funds
  • Wealth management firms
  • Marketplace lenders
  • Senior lenders
  • Asset managers
  • Venture capital firms

Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Joel Holsinger

Joel Holsinger

Managing Director

FORTRESS INVESTMENT GROUP

Joel Holsinger is a Senior Partner, MD and member of the investment committees in the Credit and Real Estate Funds at Fortress Investment Group (approximately $20B of AUM including uncalled capital).  Joel currently heads or co‐heads various internal groups that focus on direct lending, non‐control equity, sale‐leasebacks and acquiring opportunistic assets (including corporate loans, CLO/TRUPS/SLABS, CDO/CLO managers and student loans).

Prior to Fortress, Joel was a Founding Partner at Atalaya Capital Management, a $1B alternative investment firm where he co‐headed the investment committee.

Prior to joining Atalaya, Joel was a MD at Navigant Consulting, Inc., where he was the head of the Hedge Fund/Lender Services Group. Additionally, he was responsible for running Sextant Corporate Finance, Navigant’s alternative investment platform.  Prior to joining Navigant Capital Advisors, Joel was a Vice President with Wells Fargo in the Middle Market Lending group and began his career as a Credit Analyst with Citigroup.

Specialties: Direct Lending, Structured Finance, CLO/CDO/SLABS, Financial Services, Portfolio Acquisitions, Student Loans, Restaurants/Franchising, Bankruptcy/Restructuring

Eric Hanson

Eric Hanson

Senior Managing Director

MACQUARIE CAPITAL

Eric Hanson joined Macquarie Capital in 2010 as Senior Managing Director and Head of Specialty Finance. Prior to Macquarie, he was a Partner at Lazard and a member of the Financial Institutions Group for twenty-six years. Over his career, Mr. Hanson has been a leader in transportation/equipment leasing and specialty finance, focusing on leasing and finance companies, captives and banks, with particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and private capital. Mr. Hanson has recently advised on three multi-billion joint ventures structured as sidecar transactions, one for Air Lease (Blackbird Leasing Partnership) and two for Trinity Industries in railcar leasing (alliance with Element Finance and the Napier Park Rail Leasing Fund). Recent M&A transactions include: sale of Flagship Rail Services to SMBC, equity investment in life science lender Oxford Finance by Welsh Carson, equity investment in Magellan Aviation by Marubeni, sale to Huntington Bancshares of Macquarie Equipment Finance, and sale to Engine Lease Finance (MUFG) of Macquarie Engines. Prior to Lazard, Mr. Hanson arranged tax lease financing for capital equipment with Tiger Financial Services and was an officer of a publicly-traded residual guarantor. Mr. Hanson received a BA from St. Olaf College, where he serves on the Board of Regents, and an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, where he served on the Dean’s Advisory Board and as an Adjunct Professor. Mr. Hanson is a regular speaker for the Equipment Lease Finance Association at their annual CEO Forum and Executive Roundtable.

Jason Bross

Jason Bross

Chief Operating Officer

LATITUDE20 CAPITAL PARTNERS

Mr. Bross has in excess of 18 years of financial and asset management experience and in his capacity as Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for managing capital markets, finance, operations, legal and compliance, marketing, human resources, and technology. Prior to forming Latitude20, Mr. Bross served as Executive Director, Head of Strategic Projects at The International Investment Group. In this capacity, Mr. Bross was mandated to lead the organization’s strategic and capital markets initiatives and served as the primary liaison between the credit and operations team. Accomplishments include managing the largest non-bank trade finance securitization to date (2013) and structuring and managing efforts in becoming a sub-advisor for the first publically traded impact based mutual fund. Prior to joining the International Investment Group, Mr. Bross co-founded Argon Venture Partners, the first California-Western Canada technology venture capital firm in which he managed the diligence efforts on potential investments, spearheaded partnerships with universities, the Canadian government, IBM and served as the fundraising partner. Prior to forming Argon, Mr. Bross served as Head of Private Equity and Venture Capital for the National Investors Group S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Bank of Kuwait. He commenced his career in the leveraged finance group at CIBC World Markets. During his career, Mr. Bross has been part of in excess of US$4.7 Billion of transactions Mr. Bross received his B.S. in Finance and Marketing from Lehigh University and was a 2014 Recipient of The M&A Advisor 5th Annual 40 Under 40 Recognition Award.

Vladimir M. Gutin

Vladimir M. Gutin

Partner

TZP CAPITAL

Vlad Gutin began his career in 1990 as a Research Assistant at The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. After receiving his M.B.A. in 1994, he joined the Financial Institutions Group of Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he served as Managing Director and Co-Head of the Specialty Finance Group. During his 13-year career at Goldman Sachs, he served as senior execution banker on numerous M&A and IPO transactions for middle-market financial services companies. Vlad co-founded TZP Group LLC in 2007. TZP is a private equity firm currently managing over $600 million of committed capital and investing in middle market business and consumer services companies. Vlad serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Global Employment Solutions, Inc. Vlad also serves as a member of TZP’s investment committee.

Vlad received his B.A. in Economics from The Johns Hopkins University in 1989 and his M.B.A. with highest distinction from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 1994.

Mark Rambler

Mark Rambler

President & COO

CREDIBILITY CAPITAL INC.

Mark is Co-Founder, President and Chief Operating Officer of Credibility Capital. Previously Mark was a vice president with the Fortress Investment Group Credit Funds. Prior to Fortress, he was transactional counsel at another credit opportunities fund and an associate with a corporate law firm. Mark holds a B.A, cum laude, from Princeton University and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Duke University School of Law.

Gregory Keough

Gregory Keough

Chief Executive Officer

FINOVA FINANCIAL

Gregory Keough, Finova Financial CEO, is a sought-after speaker who gave the keynote address at the Mobile Money Summit and has participated in numerous prestigious conferences such as the Center for Financial Inclusion Summit in London, the Harvard Innovations in Payments Conference, and the GSMA Mobile World Conference.

Formerly with MasterCard and Telefónica Global JV, he is frequently featured as an expert source on the use of technology to increase financial inclusion among the unbanked in leading publications such as Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Bloomberg, Fortune, The Financial Times and others.

One of the few living recipients of the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA's) Intelligence Star Medal for extraordinary courage in the line of duty, Keough was also a finalist for Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year and recognized as Washington's Top Technology and International Leaders, Latin America Top Banker of the Year, and others.

Mark DeBacker

Mark DeBacker

CEO

BLUE BRIDGE FINANCIAL, LLC

Mark is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Blue Bridge Financial, LLC. Founded in 2009, Blue Bridge Financial is a specialty finance company serving the borrowing needs of businesses throughout the U.S., with products ranging from equipment and inventory financing to working capital solutions. Prior to Blue Bridge Financial, Mark held executive management positions with two financial institutions, Evans National Bank and Security Savings Bank, where he was responsible at various times for all functional areas of bank operations, with a focus on financial management and regulatory oversight. Mark started his career at Deloitte &Touche, LLP, specializing in financial institution consulting and assurance services. Mark maintains his CPA license in New York State, which he has held for over 20 years.

Rana Mookherjee

Rana Mookherjee

Head of U.S. Structured Products

FUNDING CIRCLE

Rana Mookherjee has over 25 years of structured finance experience with deep domain knowledge in asset-based, contractual cash flow financings from
institutional investors.

At Funding Circle, Rana oversees the company’s structured finance initiatives with credit-oriented funds and banks to purchase loans, provide leverage and enter into collaborative borrower referral partnerships. Rana has financed assets as diverse as plug-in hybrid vehicles, solar and wind projects, right-to-use timeshare receivables, leasing portfolios, drug royalties, sub-prime auto, manufactured housing contracts and leveraged mortgagebacked securities.

Previously, Rana worked in senior finance and deal origination roles at VF Capital, Solaria Corporation, Applied Materials, JPMorgan, Hambros Bank and Credit Suisse.

Rana began his career as a Financial Analyst in the Investment Banking Program at Morgan Stanley & Co.

George Souri

George Souri

CEO

LQD BUSINESS FINANCE

George is the Founder and C.E.O of LQD Business Finance. George has over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience, and is an expert in the areas of risk management and pricing, operational optimization, and predictive analytics. Prior to founding LQD, George was the founder and CEO of Atria Capital, a Chicago-based middle-market investment bank and consultancy focused on the acquisition, turnaround, and sale of companies in distressed, workout, and complex situations. At Atria, George oversaw over $1 billion in structured debt, equity, and M&A transactions. George is a dynamic and engaging speaker who has given numerous talks at national conferences, and who has been a repeat guest in national media outlets such as Fox Business, CNBC, and Bloomberg TV.

Brad Armstrong

Brad Armstrong

Principal

LOVELL MINNICK PARTNERS

W. Bradford Armstrong joined the Philadelphia office of LMP in 2009. Prior to joining LMP, Brad was part of the Financial Institutions Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he focused on M&A and capital raising transactions for the firm’s investment banking clients. Previously, Brad was an Assistant Vice President in Bank of America’s Finance Group. Brad began his career in a strategic advisory group within Wachovia Corporation.

Brad is currently a member of the boards of directors at Commercial Credit Inc. and LSQ Group Holding LLC, and previously served on the board of First Allied Holdings Inc. Brad received an M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance and Accounting from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Leigh Hoagland

Leigh Hoagland

CEO & Chief Credit Officer

NEW YORK PRIVATE FINANCE

Leigh Hoagland has over thirty-five years of banking experience focused on structuring innovative financings for individuals, corporate and institutional clients, in the US and globally. Prior to joining NYPF, Leigh was a Managing Partner and Chief Credit Officer of Boxwood Strategic Advisors, an advisory firm to wealthy families and entrepreneurs.

Leigh served as Managing Director and Head of Deutsche Bank’s (“DB”) US private bank lending business and a member of the Executive Management Committee of DB’s US Private Wealth Management division. He was Chairman of Deutsche Bank Private Clients Corporation and a board member of Deutsche Bank Trust Company, N.A., two private banking subsidiaries of DB. Leigh led DB’s US private bank lending business for seven years, structuring numerous financings for entrepreneurs, family business owners and other substantial private investors. In his management roles, Leigh was responsible for the creation and implementation of DB’s global private banking risk assessment and credit management procedures, as well as credit product development.

Prior to DB’s acquisition of Bankers Trust Company (“BT”) in 1999, Leigh headed BT’s Private Bank Global Lending business which had professional banking teams and loan portfolios in the US, Europe and Asia. He began his banking career at BT, and initially spent twelve years managing financing relationships with governments, institutions, and corporations in the Middle East and Africa, ultimately heading BT’s wholesale and merchant banking activities in that region. Subsequently, he managed corporate finance leveraged transaction teams in BT’s European Merchant Bank in London.

Leigh is a graduate of Princeton University and received an MBA from Harvard Business School

Dave Gilbert

Dave Gilbert

Founder & CEO

NATIONAL FUNDING

David Gilbert is the Founder and CEO of National Funding, a pioneer in alternative lending, with a 20 year successful track record helping small business owners. National Funding has provided more than $1.5 billion in capital for over 30,000 businesses since 1999. Gilbert oversees all business operations and strategic direction for the company.

Gilbert received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California in 1997. In 2007, he was recognized as a San Diego “40 Under Forty” honoree and was named the USC Marshall School of Business “Entrepreneur of the Year.” He currently serves on the board of the San Diego Bowl Games.

Rohit Arora

Rohit Arora

Co-Founder & CEO

BIZ2CREDIT

Rohit Arora, CEO of Biz2Credit, is one of America's top experts in small business lending and the use of FinTech to streamline the funding process. In 2011, he was named New York City's “Top Entrepreneur” by Crain’s New York Business, which also named Biz2Credit among NYC’s “Fast 50” of 2014. He meets regularly with top executives from the Federal Reserve and the Small Business Administration (SBA) and has updated the President's Council of Economic Advisors at The White House on matters related to small business lending.

Since its inception in 2007, Biz2Credit has arranged $1.3 billion in funding and now has over 200,000 registered small and mid-sized company clients. The platform handles more than 5,000 new loan applications each month, on average.

Rohit is a frequently quoted source on banking and technology trends, the emergence of institutional investors in small business finance, convergence in payments and funding companies, and other topics. He is often quoted by The Wall St. Journal, CNBC, Fox Business, Washington Post, NY Times, Bloomberg, Fortune, American Banker, Inc., and others. He is also a columnist writing about small business matters for Forbes, Inc., and the New York Daily News.

Rohit oversees the widely reported Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index, a monthly report that analyzes loan approval rates, as well as the Top 25 Small Business Cities in America, the Biz2Credit Latino Lending Report, and an annual Women in Small Business Study.

Previously, Rohit worked for Deloitte Consulting, Goldman Sachs, and Silkroute, a Singapore-based private equity fund. He holds a Master's Degree in International Finance from Columbia and co-authored Beyond Cost Reduction: The Risks and Rewards of Global Service Sourcing, a report funded by the Alfred Sloan Foundation and the Chazen Institute of International Business.

Chris Rentner

Chris Rentner

CEO and Founder

AKOUBA

Chris is a successful serial entrepreneur and currently is the Founder and CEO of Akouba, a cloud based technology lending platform for regulated financial institutions. Chris has overall responsibility for the vision, growth and strategy of Akouba. Furthermore, Chris maintains Akouba's relationships with organizations such as FIS, D+H, Bank Director, the ABA and government agencies including the CFPB.

Prior to Akouba, Chris was educated at the United States Merchant Marine Academy where he graduated with a BS in logistics and was commissioned in the United States Navy Reserve. After a number of years working in the oil and gas industry, Chris founded an asset management company, Full Ahead Ventures where he worked with companies to develop their ideas, build products, raise capital for growth and advise through a successful M&A process.

When Chris is not working at Akouba, he enjoys volunteering, boating and cooking for guests at his home in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago.

Danny Rodriguez

Danny Rodriguez

Principal

LEE EQUITY PARTNERS

Danny Rodriguez is a Principal at Lee Equity Partners who focuses on the financial services sector. Prior to joining Lee Equity, Mr. Rodriguez was an Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Rodriguez serves on the board of directors of WealthTrust and Skopos Financial Group. He also previously served on the board of directors of The Edelman Financial Group. Mr. Rodriguez earned a B.A. in Economics and Spanish with a minor in Managerial Studies at Vanderbilt University, with summa cum laude honors.

Greg Smith

Greg Smith

Managing Director

FT PARTNERS

Greg Smith is a Managing Director at FT Partners and has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining FT Partners, Greg spent the majority of his career as an award-winning equity research analyst at Merrill Lynch, J.P Morgan and other firms covering companies across the financial services and FinTech landscape. Throughout his career, Greg has played a senior role in numerous investment banking transactions spanning financings, M&A and IPOs. Greg has long been a thought leader in FinTech and has frequently been quoted in the press and appeared often on CNBC and Bloomberg TV.

Alex Gemici

Alex Gemici

Managing Director and Chief Revenue Officer

WORLD BUSINESS LENDERS

Alex Gemici is a 33-year finance industry veteran with deep vertical experience in financial products, capital placement, debt structuring, commercial and residential real estate, asset management, and business strategy.

Mr. Gemici is the Chief Revenue Officer and Managing Director of World Business Lenders.

Between 2007 and 2011, Mr. Gemici was Managing Director and the Head of Deutsche Bank’s real estate finance, mortgage origination, trading and warehouse lending businesses in the Middle East and Africa.

Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Mr. Gemici’s entrepreneurial abilities as Founder and CEO were showcased in the establishment and management of Montgomery Mortgage Capital – a New Jersey-based mortgage banking firm with origination volume exceeding $1.2 billion annually.

Between 1999 and 2001, Mr. Gemici was a Senior Vice President at MortgageIT, Inc. (a top U.S. mortgage lender later acquired by Deutsche Bank) and was responsible for new business development and M&A. During Mr. Gemici’s tenure, mortgage origination volume of the company increased from $10 million per month to over $1 billion per month.

Between 1997 and 1999, Mr. Gemici was Managing Partner of Crocker Financial Group which acquired and managed nearly 1,000 residential apartment units located in four states in the U.S.

Between 1995 and 1997, Mr. Gemici was Managing Director of the Clifford Companies and ran their $300 million multi-family property acquisition fund.

Between 1983 and 1995, Mr. Gemici had a variety of roles at the LFC Group of Companies and, in 1992, was appointed Managing Director and Head of LFC Equities, the international investment arm of the LFC Group of Companies.

Christopher Donohoe

Christopher Donohoe

Managing Director, Head of Specialty Finance Investment Banking

SANDLER O'NEILL & PARTNERS

Chris Donohoe is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Group at Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P and he leads the Specialty Finance team. He advises on a broad range of strategic issues, including capital raising for specialty finance companies, which include equipment leasing and finance, commercial finance, BDCs, consumer finance, mortgage, credit cards, solar finance and a range of other non-bank financial services, online lending and fintech companies. Mr. Donohoe has 20 years of experience as an investment banker to the specialty finance industry.Prior to joining Sandler O’Neill in 2012, Mr. Donohoe was a Managing Director and the head of the specialty finance investment banking effort at BMO Capital Markets. Prior to that, he held Managing Director roles at Bank of America and J.P. Morgan, where he also focused on the specialty finance sector. Mr. Donohoe’s recent transaction experience includes assisting solar lender Sunlight Financial in its initial $300 million debt and equity raise, advising Springstone Financial on its sale to Lending Club, and advising Prospect Capital on its acquisition of First Tower Corp. Mr. Donohoe has also worked on a number of specialty finance bond offerings including recent transactions for BDC of America, Medley Capital and other BDCs. Previous M&A transactions include the sales of KKR Financial, Infinity Franchise Holdings, TIP Capital, Veritas and Engs Commercial Finance. Mr. Donohoe has also worked on a number of landmark specialty finance transactions including the IPOs and multi-billion dollar sales of CIT and Heller Financial and the IPOs of Capital One, Santander Consumer, PennantPark and Regional Management. Mr. Donohoe holds a Masters of Business Administration with high honors from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Duke University.

 

Thomas Geisel

Thomas Geisel

EVP, President of Specialty Finance

STERLING NATIONAL BANK

Mr. Geisel was named Executive Vice President and President of Specialty Finance in March 2015. Prior to Sterling he served as Managing General Partner of Templar Ventures, a private equity growth fund focused on equity investments in the lower and middle markets. From January 2008 to December 2013 he was President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Sun Bancorp, Inc. Prior to joining Sun, Mr. Geisel held a number of positions with KeyCorp joining in July 1999 in New York City as Managing Director of Investment Banking for the East and West Regions of KeyBanc Capital Markets. In 2002, he was promoted to President of Key’s Capital Region New York District and subsequently to Regional Executive for Commercial Banking. From 2005 through 2007, he served as President for Key’s Northeast Region, which comprised eight districts across New York, New England and Florida. Mr. Geisel’s other experience includes representing the U.S. Department of Justice in various capacities domestically and as a diplomat in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has a diverse financial services background within national and regional banking organizations, to include: executive leadership, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, commercial and consumer banking, and specialty finance.

Alan Snyder

Alan Snyder

Managing Partner

SHINNECOCK PARTNERS

Alan C. Snyder is the Managing General Partner of Shinnecock Partners, a 27-year-old family office, and its investment funds, General Partner of Shinnecock Group and Chairman and Board Member of the Western Los Angeles Boy Scout Council. Alan was the Founder and non-Executive Board Chairman of Snap Insurance LLC; the Founder, CEO, President, and Chairman of the Board of Answer Financial Inc. and the Insurance Answer Center; CEO of Aurora National Life Insurance; Executive-in-Charge of Executive Life Insurance Company on behalf of the California Department of Insurance; President and COO of First Executive Corporation, a $20 billion life holding company; and Executive Vice President and member of the Board of Directors at Dean Witter Financial Services Group (a predecessor firm to Morgan Stanley). He managed most of the product areas and as part of a three-person team undertook the development of the Discover card. Mr. Snyder is a graduate of Georgetown University (WSJ Scholar) and Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar).

Dusty Wunderlich

Dusty Wunderlich

CEO and Founder

BRISTLECONE HOLDINGS

Dusty Wunderlich is an entrepreneur and CEO of Bristlecone Holdings, a fintech startup pioneering new lending models to reach underserved consumers through financing products designed for distinct industries. Dusty is a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council, was named 2015 Technology Advocate of the Year by Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, and is a 2014 recipient of the Reno Gazette Journal’s 20 Under 40 Award. Dusty founded the Bristlecone Foundation a nonprofit dedicated to the financial well-being of the average consumer and driving innovation at the community level, an evolution of his original endeavor known as the Growing Worldwide Opportunity Foundation. He currently serves as chairman of the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum and is an active board member of the Barracuda Championship.

Prior to Bristlecone Holdings, he founded Optimum Strategy Group, an institutional advisory firm and served as a Principal and Advisor at DCA Capital Partners,a leading strategic advisory firm. Bristlecone Holdings was named the 2015 Company of the Year and the 2015 Exponential Start-Up Award by Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada. Dusty’s experience in investment banking and private equity on a global scale combined with stellar ability to lead and get shit done has sparked a wildfire among data scientists and fintech investors.He recognized frustration in a marketplace hungry for innovation and is devoted to making effective change. Dusty’s broad worldview, collaborative mindset and ability to overcome drives his political activism in his home state of Nevada. Dusty builds a better business environment everywhere he goes. Follow @Dusty Wunderlich on twitter.

Gary Schwartz

Gary Schwartz

Senior Vice President

DEALNET CAPITAL CORPORTATION

Gary Schwartz is the author of The Impulse Economy and FAST SHOPPER, SLOW STORE published under Simon & Schuster’s ATRIA imprint.
He was born in Zambia and spent much of his youth in mining towns across central Africa. Gary is alumnus of Columbia University in New York and the Stanford University Center in Yokohama, where he was the recipient of the Asia and Japan Foundation Fellowship.

Chris Arnold

Chris Arnold

Senior Managing Director

CRYSTAL FINANCIAL

Chris Arnold is a Senior Managing Director with Crystal Financial and is responsible for structuring, underwriting and closing new loans and managing portfolio investments. Chris has more than 20 years of experience sourcing, structuring and managing debt and equity investments to companies in a variety of industries.

Prior to joining Crystal in 2010, he held positions at GE Capital, CapitalSource and CIT in addition to spending 5 years in private equity where he focused on distressed and turnaround investing.

Mr. Arnold received his BBA with a concentration in Finance from Northeastern University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Alex Horn

Alex Horn

Managing Partner

BRIDGEINVEST

Mr. Horn is the founder and Managing Partner of BridgeInvest, a private real estate lender focused on providing short-term, senior-secured loans to commercial real estate borrowers to help them execute on their business plans and capture timely market opportunities. Under Mr. Horn's leadership, BridgeInvest has closed hundreds of millions of dollars in commercial mortgage loans across asset classes, leading it to become one of the largest, most successful private lenders in Florida and the Southeast US. In 2016, Mr. Horn launched the BridgeInvest Specialty Credit Fund, a short-term private equity fund, to cater to growing investor demand for an institutional-quality investment platform in private mortgage loans with a focus on capital preservation and attractive risk-adjusted returns. Prior to founding BridgeInvest, Alex served on the Strategy & New Ventures team at SecondMarket (acquired by NASDAQ) where he assisted in doubling the company’s size to become the largest global trading platform for pre-IPO securities including companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Tesla. Alex graduated from Columbia University with B.A. in Economics.

Eric Rothman

Eric Rothman

President & CEO

FAST TRACK LEASING

Eric Rothman, President & CEO, Fast Track Leasing, LLC: has more than 18 years of investment and management experience. He began his career as an Corporate Finance and Bankruptcy Attorney at Kaye Scholar, LLP focusing on structured finance, asset backed securitization, corporate financings and reorganizations. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Rothman was SVP, Global Head of Structured Products for Assured Guaranty Corp., where he was responsible for developing various structured principal finance opportunities and launched their European Office in London. Following Assured, he was a Managing Director at UBS Securities, LLC where he was a Fixed Income Trader and Structurer and established four new business lines for the firm. In 2008, Mr. Rothman became President & Chief Investment Officer at The Zeus Organization, LLC a distressed debt buyer and workout group. In 2014, he founded Fast Track Leasing, LLC an Uber Car Rental and Sub-Prime Leasing company. Mr. Rothman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate, with Honors, from The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Douglas J. Bystry

Douglas J. Bystry

President/CEO

CLEARINGHOUSE CDFI

Mr. Bystry has been providing financial services to low-income communities for over 25 years. Mr. Bystry, in his professional career, has successfully raised and deployed over $1 billion for low-income communities. Much of this capital was raised by Clearinghouse CDFI, which he founded in 1996, and is now one of the largest CDFI’s in the nation. Clearinghouse CDFI was the first CDFI in the nation to be rated by Standard & Poor’s and they received an “AA STABLE” rating.

Clearinghouse CDFI embraces the concept that “community lending can and should be profitable”. This philosophy has helped attract over 50 bank and corporate investors providing both debt and equity. Clearinghouse CDFI was the first non-depository CDFI in the nation to borrow from any Federal Home Loan Bank. They currently have over $310 million in total assets. They were the first CDFI’s selected for the inaugural round of the CDFI Fund Bond Guaranty Program and the first to deploy $100 million.

Mr. Bystry previously was a Housing Commissioner for the County of Orange and a City Council member for the City of La Habra, California. He serves on the COIN (California Organized Investment Network) Advisory Board whose goal is to increase insurance industry community investments throughout California. Mr. Bystry serves on several other non-profit boards primarily benefitting affordable housing and the disadvantaged populations. He is a UCLA graduate.

Ken Rees

Ken Rees

CEO

ELEVATE CREDIT

Ken Rees is the CEO of Elevate, a fintech leader using technology and advanced analytics to disrupt the nonprime lending space. Elevate’s innovative online products have provided $3 billion in credit to 1.4 million customers and are helping them build a brighter financial future. Ken is passionate about serving the underserved and was selected as a 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young.

Brian Graham

Brian Graham

CEO

ALLIANCE PARTNERS

Brian is CEO of BancAlliance. BancAlliance is a network of more than 200 community banks that capitalizes on its collective scale to empower member banks to be successful in markets that have become dominated by the largest banks in the country. Previously, Brian held various leadership positions in financial services including at a private investment firm, a commercial banking company, Fannie Mae and Morgan Stanley. Brian has also served in government, both as the financial services aide to then Congressman Charles Schumer during the thrift crisis and as a staff member on the “Brady Commission” which investigated the causes of the 1987 stock market crash.

Joe Mantone

Joe Mantone

Senior Editor

S&P GLOBAL MARKET INTELLIGENCE

Joe Mantone is a senior editor with S&P Global Market Intelligence. Joe covers financial services and tracks capital markets trends across all sectors. In 2008, Joe joined SNL Financial LLC, which is now S&P Global Market Intelligence. Prior to SNL, Joe worked as an online editor for The Wall Street Journal. Earlier in his career, Joe was a reporter and copy editor for a Crain Communications magazine, Modern Healthcare. Joe has been working as a journalist for about 20 years.

Beth Starr

Beth Starr

Managing Director, Capital Markets

SPRUCE FINANCE

Beth Starr is a Managing Director at Spruce Finance, where she runs capital markets for Spruce’s loan business. Spruce is a technology-enabled finance company that provides homeowners with simple, affordable financing for residential solar systems and efficiency improvements. Beth has over 25 years of experience in the capital markets, including roles in research, marketing and distribution of structured finance and structured credit products. Beth spent 18 years at Lehman Brothers, where she was a Managing Director, in roles spanning research, marketing, distribution and sales. She also spent several years each at Merrill Lynch and Jefferies. Prior to joining Spruce, Beth ran capital markets at CommonBond, a fin-tech student loan lender. Beth has been active in all areas of the asset-backed, mortgage-backed and commercial real estate markets throughout her career, with emphasis on the more esoteric and complex products and structures. She has been widely published on asset-backed securities and was recognized seven times by Institutional Investor as an All-America Research Team Member for her asset-backed securities and commercial mortgage-backed securities research. Beth has a BSE in Finance and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and lives in Westchester, NY with her husband and two children.

Benjamin Bornstein

Benjamin Bornstein

Partner

INDIGO CAPITAL MARKETS

Mr. Bornstein is a Partner in Indigo Capital Markets and Indigo Global Investors, the Sponsor and Investment Manager to the Indigo Opportunities Fund US, L.P. In addition to serving as a Portfolio Manager to the Fund, Mr. Bornstein also serves as the Chief Legal Officer to the Indigo Global Investors family of companies, and sits on the Fund’s investment committee.

Mr. Bornstein has 25 years of commercial finance experience, including 18 years of asset-based loan investment experience and 8 years of investment fund management experience including servicing as founder and managing partner of Indigo Asset Management. Prior to his fund management experience, Mr. Bornstein was employed by General Electric Capital Corporation for 10 years, first as corporate counsel, then as a mergers and acquisitions executive, and finally as the head of the non-performing loan acquisition operations within GECC’s Global Restructuring Group. Prior to joining GECC, Mr. Bornstein practiced bankruptcy law and corporate finance for 7 years at Mayer Brown and at Fried Frank. Mr. Bornstein received his A.B. in Honors Economics from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Mr. Bornstein has spoken and served as a panelist at several Finance and Private Investment conferences.

  • Distressed Investments Forum, March 9, 2016 – DDC Financial Group
  • Distressed Debt & Alternative Investments Forum, September 28, 2015 – DDC Financial Group
  • Family Office and Private Wealth Management Forum, July 22, 2014 - Opal
  • 4th Global Distressed Debt Investing Summit, February 20, 2013 –iGlobal Forum
  • 3rd Annual Alternative Investments Summit, May 30, 2012 –iGlobal Forum
  • 3rd Global Distressed Debt Investing Summit, February 9, 2012 –iGlobal Forum
  • Spring 2010 Distressed & Turnaround Investment Forum, March 25-26, 2010 -- iiBig
Brett Hickey

Brett Hickey

Founder & CEO

STAR MOUNTAIN CAPITAL

Brett Hickey is the Founder & CEO of Star Mountain Capital, LLC, a specialized asset management firm focused exclusively on small and medium-sized businesses as a strategic fund and direct investor. Star Mountain and its partner fund managers represent one of the largest non-bank small and medium-sized business investment platforms in the U.S.with a portfolio of over200 companies.

Representing some of the most sophisticated global institutional investors, Star Mountain invests (i) as a strategic fund-of-funds investor into other private equity and private credit fund managers, (ii) as a secondary fund investor helping provide liquidity to other limited and general partners and (iii) as a direct investor, often co-investing with its partner fund managers (via senior stretch / unitrancheloans, mezzanine and/or equity investments). Star Mountain and its specialized partner fund managers provide companies (generally with $10mm to 150mm of annual revenues) with unparalleled resources, capital and relationships to grow their businesses.

Previously, Mr. Hickey co-founded and ran a multi-manager platform including 4 in-state small business funds, through which he invested debt and equity capital into U.S. growing small businesses on behalf of large insurance companies. Prior to that, he was an investment banking analyst with Salomon Smith Barney (later Citigroup Global Markets) where he assisted leading financial institutions including insurance companies and asset managers, in over $20 billion of completed debt and equity capital raising, restructuring and merger & acquisition transactions.

Mr. Hickey is very involved and passionate about philanthropy and positive community impact. He is the Founder of the Star Mountain Charitable Foundation, through which he has received multiple recognitions for his efforts including the Pathfinders to Peace Award. Board memberships include the Quebec City Conference (members represent approximately $4 trillion of leading institutional investors); Board of Governors for the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA); Member and former Chairman of Networks for the NYC Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO); Board of Harvard University Entrepreneurs Alumni Association; and Board of McGill University Alumni Association of NY(recipient of the President of the Year Award).

Mr. Hickey received a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from McGill University (Finance Major and Accounting Concentration) and graduated from Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program (three year full HBS alumni status executive program for business owners). He is a frequent guest lecturer on industry panels and at academic institutions. Mr. Hickey is also a former Canadian national gold medalist and North American medalist in speed skating.

Todd R. Plotner

Todd R. Plotner

Partner

CHAPMAN AND CUTLER LLP

Todd Plotner is a Partner at Chapman and Cutler LLP specializing in securitizations, structured finance and community development finance. Todd’s practice includes the restructuring of and bankruptcy advice concerning troubled transactions. Todd represents operating companies, captive finance companies, commercial and investment banks, commercial paper conduits, and other financial institutions in a wide variety of structured financial transactions. The assets in those transactions have included student loans, mortgages, residual interest certificates, railcars, intermodal shipping containers and chassis, aircraft, auto loans and leases, equipment leases, timeshares, structured settlements, commissions, and trade receivables. Todd’s experience also includes establishing leveraged equity investments, warehouse financings and bridge loans for affordable housing, new markets tax credit and community development projects.

Andrea L. Petro

Andrea L. Petro

Executive Vice President / Division Manager, Lender Finance

WELLS FARGO CAPITAL FINANCE

Andrea Petro is an Executive Vice President and Division Manager of the Lender Finance division of Wells Fargo Capital Finance, based in Dallas, Texas. The Lender Finance division is a leading provider of credit facilities starting at $15 million to middle-market, specialty finance companies throughout North America such as factors and asset-based lenders, equipment leasing and finance companies, and other specialty finance companies. With over 20 years of experience in the asset-based lending industry, Andrea Petro established the Lender Finance division of Wells Fargo Capital Finance in 2000, which was known as Wells Fargo Foothill at the time, with the exclusive mission of providing financing for specialty finance companies. Her success with the Lender Finance division led to the expansion of her role and the formation of the Resort Finance and Supply Chain Finance units. Prior to joining Foothill, Andrea was Senior Vice President, National Marketing Manager of the Financial Services Funding Division of Transamerica Business Credit. Andrea earned her bachelor of arts degree from Kent State University and her masters of business administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She serves on the board of the Commercial Finance Association as vice president of finance. Additionally, she serves as a member of the board of directors of the Commercial Finance Association Education Foundation and a member of the Philanthropy Council of the North Texas Food Bank. Andrea and her team are also members of the International Factoring Association and the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association. The Lender Finance division is an active supporter of Habitat for Humanity, The North Texas Food Bank and over 30 other national and regional non-profits that support local communities.

Aharon Tarnavsky

Aharon Tarnavsky

Vice President, Lender Finance

WELLS FARGO CAPITAL FINANCE

Aharon Tarnavsky is a Vice President of the Lender Finance division of Wells Fargo Capital Finance, based in Dallas. The Lender Finance division is a leading provider of credit facilities starting at $15 million to specialty finance companies throughout the U.S. and Canada, including asset-based lenders, factors, equipment leasing and finance companies, and other specialty finance companies. Aharon has over 10 years of experience in the asset-based lending industry, including significant experience in lending to specialty finance companies. Aharon joined Wells Fargo Capital Finance in 2005 as a collateral analyst in the Lender Finance division. His current responsibilities include originating new lending relationships for specialty finance companies. He previously served as a Senior Relationship Manager for the Lender Finance division. Aharon has bachelor’s degree in Finance and masters in Accounting & Information Management from University of Texas at Dallas. The Lender Finance division is an active supporter of Habitat for Humanity, The North Texas Food Bank, and more than 30 other national and regional nonprofits that support local communities.

Jim Keller

Jim Keller

CFO

COLLEGE AVE STUDENT LOANS

Jim has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. He was most recently a Senior Managing Director in the Structured Products Group at Cantor Fitzgerald & Company where he was responsible for secondary trading and primary origination of structured credit products including CLOs, CDOs, insurance-linked securities, credit-linked notes and synthetic ABS. Jim was previously Managing Director and Global Co-Head of UBS Investment Bank’s Global Structured Products Group. Prior to UBS, he held various trading and syndication roles at Salomon Smith Barney and Citicorp Securities. Jim received a BA degree from Cornell University and an MBA degree from Columbia Business School.

Dom Savino

Dom Savino

Founding Partner, Co-CIO

FERRY FARM CAPITAL

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Agenda for January 12, 2017
8:00 am
REGISTRATION & NETWORKING BREAKFAST
9:00 am
CHAIRPERSON’S WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS
Andrea L. Petro

Andrea L. Petro

Executive Vice President / Division Manager, Lender Finance

WELLS FARGO CAPITAL FINANCE

Andrea Petro is an Executive Vice President and Division Manager of the Lender Finance division of Wells Fargo Capital Finance, based in Dallas, Texas. The Lender Finance division is a leading provider of credit facilities starting at $15 million to middle-market, specialty finance companies throughout North America such as factors and asset-based lenders, equipment leasing and finance companies, and other specialty finance companies. With over 20 years of experience in the asset-based lending industry, Andrea Petro established the Lender Finance division of Wells Fargo Capital Finance in 2000, which was known as Wells Fargo Foothill at the time, with the exclusive mission of providing financing for specialty finance companies. Her success with the Lender Finance division led to the expansion of her role and the formation of the Resort Finance and Supply Chain Finance units. Prior to joining Foothill, Andrea was Senior Vice President, National Marketing Manager of the Financial Services Funding Division of Transamerica Business Credit. Andrea earned her bachelor of arts degree from Kent State University and her masters of business administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She serves on the board of the Commercial Finance Association as vice president of finance. Additionally, she serves as a member of the board of directors of the Commercial Finance Association Education Foundation and a member of the Philanthropy Council of the North Texas Food Bank. Andrea and her team are also members of the International Factoring Association and the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association. The Lender Finance division is an active supporter of Habitat for Humanity, The North Texas Food Bank and over 30 other national and regional non-profits that support local communities.

9:15 am
KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: THE OUTLOOK FOR THE SPECIALTY FINANCE INDUSTRY AND FORGING NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN 2017
  • The expected impact of rising interest rates and the current state of cap rates in 2017
  • Outlook for investment opportunities throughout the year
  • Target markets for the best returns and ideal risk retention
  • Strategies for building out within middle market lending
  • Discovering new niche strategies for continuing returns while still remaining compliant
Joel Holsinger

Joel Holsinger

Managing Director

FORTRESS INVESTMENT GROUP

Joel Holsinger is a Senior Partner, MD and member of the investment committees in the Credit and Real Estate Funds at Fortress Investment Group (approximately $20B of AUM including uncalled capital).  Joel currently heads or co‐heads various internal groups that focus on direct lending, non‐control equity, sale‐leasebacks and acquiring opportunistic assets (including corporate loans, CLO/TRUPS/SLABS, CDO/CLO managers and student loans).

Prior to Fortress, Joel was a Founding Partner at Atalaya Capital Management, a $1B alternative investment firm where he co‐headed the investment committee.

Prior to joining Atalaya, Joel was a MD at Navigant Consulting, Inc., where he was the head of the Hedge Fund/Lender Services Group. Additionally, he was responsible for running Sextant Corporate Finance, Navigant’s alternative investment platform.  Prior to joining Navigant Capital Advisors, Joel was a Vice President with Wells Fargo in the Middle Market Lending group and began his career as a Credit Analyst with Citigroup.

Specialties: Direct Lending, Structured Finance, CLO/CDO/SLABS, Financial Services, Portfolio Acquisitions, Student Loans, Restaurants/Franchising, Bankruptcy/Restructuring

Joe Mantone

Interviewed by:

Joe Mantone

Senior Editor

S&P GLOBAL MARKET INTELLIGENCE

Joe Mantone is a senior editor with S&P Global Market Intelligence. Joe covers financial services and tracks capital markets trends across all sectors. In 2008, Joe joined SNL Financial LLC, which is now S&P Global Market Intelligence. Prior to SNL, Joe worked as an online editor for The Wall Street Journal. Earlier in his career, Joe was a reporter and copy editor for a Crain Communications magazine, Modern Healthcare. Joe has been working as a journalist for about 20 years.

10:00 am
SPECIALTY FINANCE PARTNERSHIP STRATEGIES FOR LENDERS & INVESTORS
  • Holding risk: the ideal balance sheet distribution for both lenders and investors
  • The process for marketplace lenders finding investors in a shifting space
  • Traditional lenders building partnerships with both senior lenders and investors
  • What investors are looking for in a specialty finance lender and sectors that have outperformed for the year
  • Working together in expanding the portfolio, creating more originations, and building out the specialty finance business on both sides of the capital stack
  • Developing mutually beneficial terms and what both sides can expect from the other
Vladimir M. Gutin

Vladimir M. Gutin

Partner

TZP CAPITAL

Vlad Gutin began his career in 1990 as a Research Assistant at The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. After receiving his M.B.A. in 1994, he joined the Financial Institutions Group of Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he served as Managing Director and Co-Head of the Specialty Finance Group. During his 13-year career at Goldman Sachs, he served as senior execution banker on numerous M&A and IPO transactions for middle-market financial services companies. Vlad co-founded TZP Group LLC in 2007. TZP is a private equity firm currently managing over $600 million of committed capital and investing in middle market business and consumer services companies. Vlad serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Global Employment Solutions, Inc. Vlad also serves as a member of TZP’s investment committee.

Vlad received his B.A. in Economics from The Johns Hopkins University in 1989 and his M.B.A. with highest distinction from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 1994.

Mark Rambler

Mark Rambler

President & COO

CREDIBILITY CAPITAL INC.

Mark is Co-Founder, President and Chief Operating Officer of Credibility Capital. Previously Mark was a vice president with the Fortress Investment Group Credit Funds. Prior to Fortress, he was transactional counsel at another credit opportunities fund and an associate with a corporate law firm. Mark holds a B.A, cum laude, from Princeton University and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Duke University School of Law.

George Souri

George Souri

CEO

LQD BUSINESS FINANCE

George is the Founder and C.E.O of LQD Business Finance. George has over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience, and is an expert in the areas of risk management and pricing, operational optimization, and predictive analytics. Prior to founding LQD, George was the founder and CEO of Atria Capital, a Chicago-based middle-market investment bank and consultancy focused on the acquisition, turnaround, and sale of companies in distressed, workout, and complex situations. At Atria, George oversaw over $1 billion in structured debt, equity, and M&A transactions. George is a dynamic and engaging speaker who has given numerous talks at national conferences, and who has been a repeat guest in national media outlets such as Fox Business, CNBC, and Bloomberg TV.

Aharon Tarnavsky

Aharon Tarnavsky

Vice President, Lender Finance

WELLS FARGO CAPITAL FINANCE

Aharon Tarnavsky is a Vice President of the Lender Finance division of Wells Fargo Capital Finance, based in Dallas. The Lender Finance division is a leading provider of credit facilities starting at $15 million to specialty finance companies throughout the U.S. and Canada, including asset-based lenders, factors, equipment leasing and finance companies, and other specialty finance companies. Aharon has over 10 years of experience in the asset-based lending industry, including significant experience in lending to specialty finance companies. Aharon joined Wells Fargo Capital Finance in 2005 as a collateral analyst in the Lender Finance division. His current responsibilities include originating new lending relationships for specialty finance companies. He previously served as a Senior Relationship Manager for the Lender Finance division. Aharon has bachelor’s degree in Finance and masters in Accounting & Information Management from University of Texas at Dallas. The Lender Finance division is an active supporter of Habitat for Humanity, The North Texas Food Bank, and more than 30 other national and regional nonprofits that support local communities.

Dom Savino

Dom Savino

Founding Partner, Co-CIO

FERRY FARM CAPITAL

Todd R. Plotner

Moderator:

Todd R. Plotner

Partner

CHAPMAN AND CUTLER LLP

Todd Plotner is a Partner at Chapman and Cutler LLP specializing in securitizations, structured finance and community development finance. Todd’s practice includes the restructuring of and bankruptcy advice concerning troubled transactions. Todd represents operating companies, captive finance companies, commercial and investment banks, commercial paper conduits, and other financial institutions in a wide variety of structured financial transactions. The assets in those transactions have included student loans, mortgages, residual interest certificates, railcars, intermodal shipping containers and chassis, aircraft, auto loans and leases, equipment leases, timeshares, structured settlements, commissions, and trade receivables. Todd’s experience also includes establishing leveraged equity investments, warehouse financings and bridge loans for affordable housing, new markets tax credit and community development projects.

10:45 am
MORNING NETWORKING BREAK

* 1-on-1 Networking Session. Alongside the networking break, we will be running a series of concise meetings, where business owners and finance providers will connect and evaluate the potential for mutual business endeavors. (Pre-registration is required to attend this session.)

11:30 am
RISK TOLERANCE, OPPORTUNITIES AND DIVERSIFICATION STRATEGIES FOR 2017
  • Unpacking opportunities in securities for the year: investor risk tolerance and target markets
  • Opportunities in NPLs and the investor appetite for riskier portfolios
  • Specialty finance sub-classes investors are looking to and new opportunities for the new year
  • Trends in originations borrowing against hard assets vs. offering equity and which is more appealing to investors
  • Investing in lending companies: has the opportunity for lenders servicing the underserved without regulatory constraints ended? 
  • Regulations limiting the number of securities for purchase and the investor response
Eric Hanson

Eric Hanson

Senior Managing Director

MACQUARIE CAPITAL

Eric Hanson joined Macquarie Capital in 2010 as Senior Managing Director and Head of Specialty Finance. Prior to Macquarie, he was a Partner at Lazard and a member of the Financial Institutions Group for twenty-six years. Over his career, Mr. Hanson has been a leader in transportation/equipment leasing and specialty finance, focusing on leasing and finance companies, captives and banks, with particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and private capital. Mr. Hanson has recently advised on three multi-billion joint ventures structured as sidecar transactions, one for Air Lease (Blackbird Leasing Partnership) and two for Trinity Industries in railcar leasing (alliance with Element Finance and the Napier Park Rail Leasing Fund). Recent M&A transactions include: sale of Flagship Rail Services to SMBC, equity investment in life science lender Oxford Finance by Welsh Carson, equity investment in Magellan Aviation by Marubeni, sale to Huntington Bancshares of Macquarie Equipment Finance, and sale to Engine Lease Finance (MUFG) of Macquarie Engines. Prior to Lazard, Mr. Hanson arranged tax lease financing for capital equipment with Tiger Financial Services and was an officer of a publicly-traded residual guarantor. Mr. Hanson received a BA from St. Olaf College, where he serves on the Board of Regents, and an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, where he served on the Dean’s Advisory Board and as an Adjunct Professor. Mr. Hanson is a regular speaker for the Equipment Lease Finance Association at their annual CEO Forum and Executive Roundtable.

Brad Armstrong

Brad Armstrong

Principal

LOVELL MINNICK PARTNERS

W. Bradford Armstrong joined the Philadelphia office of LMP in 2009. Prior to joining LMP, Brad was part of the Financial Institutions Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he focused on M&A and capital raising transactions for the firm’s investment banking clients. Previously, Brad was an Assistant Vice President in Bank of America’s Finance Group. Brad began his career in a strategic advisory group within Wachovia Corporation.

Brad is currently a member of the boards of directors at Commercial Credit Inc. and LSQ Group Holding LLC, and previously served on the board of First Allied Holdings Inc. Brad received an M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance and Accounting from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Douglas J. Bystry

Douglas J. Bystry

President/CEO

CLEARINGHOUSE CDFI

Mr. Bystry has been providing financial services to low-income communities for over 25 years. Mr. Bystry, in his professional career, has successfully raised and deployed over $1 billion for low-income communities. Much of this capital was raised by Clearinghouse CDFI, which he founded in 1996, and is now one of the largest CDFI’s in the nation. Clearinghouse CDFI was the first CDFI in the nation to be rated by Standard & Poor’s and they received an “AA STABLE” rating.

Clearinghouse CDFI embraces the concept that “community lending can and should be profitable”. This philosophy has helped attract over 50 bank and corporate investors providing both debt and equity. Clearinghouse CDFI was the first non-depository CDFI in the nation to borrow from any Federal Home Loan Bank. They currently have over $310 million in total assets. They were the first CDFI’s selected for the inaugural round of the CDFI Fund Bond Guaranty Program and the first to deploy $100 million.

Mr. Bystry previously was a Housing Commissioner for the County of Orange and a City Council member for the City of La Habra, California. He serves on the COIN (California Organized Investment Network) Advisory Board whose goal is to increase insurance industry community investments throughout California. Mr. Bystry serves on several other non-profit boards primarily benefitting affordable housing and the disadvantaged populations. He is a UCLA graduate.

Chris Arnold

Moderator:

Chris Arnold

Senior Managing Director

CRYSTAL FINANCIAL

Chris Arnold is a Senior Managing Director with Crystal Financial and is responsible for structuring, underwriting and closing new loans and managing portfolio investments. Chris has more than 20 years of experience sourcing, structuring and managing debt and equity investments to companies in a variety of industries.

Prior to joining Crystal in 2010, he held positions at GE Capital, CapitalSource and CIT in addition to spending 5 years in private equity where he focused on distressed and turnaround investing.

Mr. Arnold received his BBA with a concentration in Finance from Northeastern University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

12:15 pm
MIDDLE MARKET LENDERS: CONSUMER, COMMERCIAL AND ONLINE
  • Targeting and originating borrowers in a crowded lending space
  • The biggest opportunities in borrower subsectors for 2017 and pushing into subprime and non prime lending: finding the balance of risk with lending rates limited
  • Banks tightening on commercial and industrial loans, leaving doors open for third party lenders
  • Regulations coming into play on collections practices affecting the value of existing loans
  • The potential shift in alternative lending brought on by a tightening of lending regulations and a move to make small business loans structurally resemble consumer loans
  • Creating and selling securities and finding investors for the risk on the balance sheet 
  • The future of unsecured consumer lending
Mark DeBacker

Mark DeBacker

CEO

BLUE BRIDGE FINANCIAL, LLC

Mark is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Blue Bridge Financial, LLC. Founded in 2009, Blue Bridge Financial is a specialty finance company serving the borrowing needs of businesses throughout the U.S., with products ranging from equipment and inventory financing to working capital solutions. Prior to Blue Bridge Financial, Mark held executive management positions with two financial institutions, Evans National Bank and Security Savings Bank, where he was responsible at various times for all functional areas of bank operations, with a focus on financial management and regulatory oversight. Mark started his career at Deloitte &Touche, LLP, specializing in financial institution consulting and assurance services. Mark maintains his CPA license in New York State, which he has held for over 20 years.

Dave Gilbert

Dave Gilbert

Founder & CEO

NATIONAL FUNDING

David Gilbert is the Founder and CEO of National Funding, a pioneer in alternative lending, with a 20 year successful track record helping small business owners. National Funding has provided more than $1.5 billion in capital for over 30,000 businesses since 1999. Gilbert oversees all business operations and strategic direction for the company.

Gilbert received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California in 1997. In 2007, he was recognized as a San Diego “40 Under Forty” honoree and was named the USC Marshall School of Business “Entrepreneur of the Year.” He currently serves on the board of the San Diego Bowl Games.

Alex Gemici

Alex Gemici

Managing Director and Chief Revenue Officer

WORLD BUSINESS LENDERS

Alex Gemici is a 33-year finance industry veteran with deep vertical experience in financial products, capital placement, debt structuring, commercial and residential real estate, asset management, and business strategy.

Mr. Gemici is the Chief Revenue Officer and Managing Director of World Business Lenders.

Between 2007 and 2011, Mr. Gemici was Managing Director and the Head of Deutsche Bank’s real estate finance, mortgage origination, trading and warehouse lending businesses in the Middle East and Africa.

Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Mr. Gemici’s entrepreneurial abilities as Founder and CEO were showcased in the establishment and management of Montgomery Mortgage Capital – a New Jersey-based mortgage banking firm with origination volume exceeding $1.2 billion annually.

Between 1999 and 2001, Mr. Gemici was a Senior Vice President at MortgageIT, Inc. (a top U.S. mortgage lender later acquired by Deutsche Bank) and was responsible for new business development and M&A. During Mr. Gemici’s tenure, mortgage origination volume of the company increased from $10 million per month to over $1 billion per month.

Between 1997 and 1999, Mr. Gemici was Managing Partner of Crocker Financial Group which acquired and managed nearly 1,000 residential apartment units located in four states in the U.S.

Between 1995 and 1997, Mr. Gemici was Managing Director of the Clifford Companies and ran their $300 million multi-family property acquisition fund.

Between 1983 and 1995, Mr. Gemici had a variety of roles at the LFC Group of Companies and, in 1992, was appointed Managing Director and Head of LFC Equities, the international investment arm of the LFC Group of Companies.

Leigh Hoagland

Leigh Hoagland

CEO & Chief Credit Officer

NEW YORK PRIVATE FINANCE

Leigh Hoagland has over thirty-five years of banking experience focused on structuring innovative financings for individuals, corporate and institutional clients, in the US and globally. Prior to joining NYPF, Leigh was a Managing Partner and Chief Credit Officer of Boxwood Strategic Advisors, an advisory firm to wealthy families and entrepreneurs.

Leigh served as Managing Director and Head of Deutsche Bank’s (“DB”) US private bank lending business and a member of the Executive Management Committee of DB’s US Private Wealth Management division. He was Chairman of Deutsche Bank Private Clients Corporation and a board member of Deutsche Bank Trust Company, N.A., two private banking subsidiaries of DB. Leigh led DB’s US private bank lending business for seven years, structuring numerous financings for entrepreneurs, family business owners and other substantial private investors. In his management roles, Leigh was responsible for the creation and implementation of DB’s global private banking risk assessment and credit management procedures, as well as credit product development.

Prior to DB’s acquisition of Bankers Trust Company (“BT”) in 1999, Leigh headed BT’s Private Bank Global Lending business which had professional banking teams and loan portfolios in the US, Europe and Asia. He began his banking career at BT, and initially spent twelve years managing financing relationships with governments, institutions, and corporations in the Middle East and Africa, ultimately heading BT’s wholesale and merchant banking activities in that region. Subsequently, he managed corporate finance leveraged transaction teams in BT’s European Merchant Bank in London.

Leigh is a graduate of Princeton University and received an MBA from Harvard Business School

Thomas Geisel

Moderator:

Thomas Geisel

EVP, President of Specialty Finance

STERLING NATIONAL BANK

Mr. Geisel was named Executive Vice President and President of Specialty Finance in March 2015. Prior to Sterling he served as Managing General Partner of Templar Ventures, a private equity growth fund focused on equity investments in the lower and middle markets. From January 2008 to December 2013 he was President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Sun Bancorp, Inc. Prior to joining Sun, Mr. Geisel held a number of positions with KeyCorp joining in July 1999 in New York City as Managing Director of Investment Banking for the East and West Regions of KeyBanc Capital Markets. In 2002, he was promoted to President of Key’s Capital Region New York District and subsequently to Regional Executive for Commercial Banking. From 2005 through 2007, he served as President for Key’s Northeast Region, which comprised eight districts across New York, New England and Florida. Mr. Geisel’s other experience includes representing the U.S. Department of Justice in various capacities domestically and as a diplomat in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has a diverse financial services background within national and regional banking organizations, to include: executive leadership, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, commercial and consumer banking, and specialty finance.

1:00 pm
NETWORKING LUNCHEON
2:15 pm
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

These sessions will provide you with a unique opportunity to discuss the most pertinent business trends in the specialty finance industry with your peers. These sessions are designed to allow you to share your expertise with a small, intimate group of attendees, and directly interact with experts leading the sector. Choose between one of the following topics:

 

Roundtable 1

OPPORTUNITIES AND DEVELOPMENTS ACROSS SUBSECTORS WITHIN SPECIALTY FINANCE

  • Potential replacements for payday lending and serving the underserved consumer
  • Looking at the auto financing industry and if it looks like the subprime and non-prime bubble is about to burst
  • Strategies and opportunities looking at the risk levels for secured and unsecured consumer lending
  • New niche lending opportunities to look out for in 2017
Gregory Keough

Gregory Keough

Chief Executive Officer

FINOVA FINANCIAL

Gregory Keough, Finova Financial CEO, is a sought-after speaker who gave the keynote address at the Mobile Money Summit and has participated in numerous prestigious conferences such as the Center for Financial Inclusion Summit in London, the Harvard Innovations in Payments Conference, and the GSMA Mobile World Conference.

Formerly with MasterCard and Telefónica Global JV, he is frequently featured as an expert source on the use of technology to increase financial inclusion among the unbanked in leading publications such as Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Bloomberg, Fortune, The Financial Times and others.

One of the few living recipients of the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA's) Intelligence Star Medal for extraordinary courage in the line of duty, Keough was also a finalist for Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year and recognized as Washington's Top Technology and International Leaders, Latin America Top Banker of the Year, and others.

Eric Rothman

Eric Rothman

President & CEO

FAST TRACK LEASING

Eric Rothman, President & CEO, Fast Track Leasing, LLC: has more than 18 years of investment and management experience. He began his career as an Corporate Finance and Bankruptcy Attorney at Kaye Scholar, LLP focusing on structured finance, asset backed securitization, corporate financings and reorganizations. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Rothman was SVP, Global Head of Structured Products for Assured Guaranty Corp., where he was responsible for developing various structured principal finance opportunities and launched their European Office in London. Following Assured, he was a Managing Director at UBS Securities, LLC where he was a Fixed Income Trader and Structurer and established four new business lines for the firm. In 2008, Mr. Rothman became President & Chief Investment Officer at The Zeus Organization, LLC a distressed debt buyer and workout group. In 2014, he founded Fast Track Leasing, LLC an Uber Car Rental and Sub-Prime Leasing company. Mr. Rothman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate, with Honors, from The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Roundtable 2

NEW STRATEGIES ACROSS THE CAPITAL STACK FOR CONTINUED RETURNS

  • Most attractive specialty finance asset class qualities for equity and debt investors
  • Preparing for a downturn: looking into short-term lending vs. long-term investments 
  • Covering the capital stack: investor preference on equity vs. debt and how either scenario can help or hinder a portfolio
  • Trends among equity financing activity for specialty finance companies
  • How the tech-focused specialty finance industry is responding to challenges
  • The ability to exit specialty finance equity investments efficiently
  • Disruptive lending models and how traditional financial institutions are responding
  • Where investors will be seeking opportunities in the years ahead
Greg Smith

Greg Smith

Managing Director

FT PARTNERS

Greg Smith is a Managing Director at FT Partners and has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining FT Partners, Greg spent the majority of his career as an award-winning equity research analyst at Merrill Lynch, J.P Morgan and other firms covering companies across the financial services and FinTech landscape. Throughout his career, Greg has played a senior role in numerous investment banking transactions spanning financings, M&A and IPOs. Greg has long been a thought leader in FinTech and has frequently been quoted in the press and appeared often on CNBC and Bloomberg TV.

Danny Rodriguez

Danny Rodriguez

Principal

LEE EQUITY PARTNERS

Danny Rodriguez is a Principal at Lee Equity Partners who focuses on the financial services sector. Prior to joining Lee Equity, Mr. Rodriguez was an Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Rodriguez serves on the board of directors of WealthTrust and Skopos Financial Group. He also previously served on the board of directors of The Edelman Financial Group. Mr. Rodriguez earned a B.A. in Economics and Spanish with a minor in Managerial Studies at Vanderbilt University, with summa cum laude honors.

3:00 pm
AFTERNOON NETWORKING BREAK
3:15 pm
FINDING CONSUMER FINANCE OPPORTUNITIES IN A SHIFTING REGULATORY LANDSCAPE
  • Strategies in creating the B2C relationship: alternative lenders reaching the consumer
  • Finding the right consumer finance investment in an evolving market
  • Financing solar & renewable energy investments and other emerging asset classes
  • On-boarding strategies from top B2C lenders and originators in raising capital and reaching borrowers
  • Emerging technologies and data analytics impacting the consumer and the lender
Gary Schwartz

Gary Schwartz

Senior Vice President

DEALNET CAPITAL CORPORTATION

Gary Schwartz is the author of The Impulse Economy and FAST SHOPPER, SLOW STORE published under Simon & Schuster’s ATRIA imprint.
He was born in Zambia and spent much of his youth in mining towns across central Africa. Gary is alumnus of Columbia University in New York and the Stanford University Center in Yokohama, where he was the recipient of the Asia and Japan Foundation Fellowship.

Dusty Wunderlich

Dusty Wunderlich

CEO and Founder

BRISTLECONE HOLDINGS

Dusty Wunderlich is an entrepreneur and CEO of Bristlecone Holdings, a fintech startup pioneering new lending models to reach underserved consumers through financing products designed for distinct industries. Dusty is a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council, was named 2015 Technology Advocate of the Year by Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, and is a 2014 recipient of the Reno Gazette Journal’s 20 Under 40 Award. Dusty founded the Bristlecone Foundation a nonprofit dedicated to the financial well-being of the average consumer and driving innovation at the community level, an evolution of his original endeavor known as the Growing Worldwide Opportunity Foundation. He currently serves as chairman of the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum and is an active board member of the Barracuda Championship.

Prior to Bristlecone Holdings, he founded Optimum Strategy Group, an institutional advisory firm and served as a Principal and Advisor at DCA Capital Partners,a leading strategic advisory firm. Bristlecone Holdings was named the 2015 Company of the Year and the 2015 Exponential Start-Up Award by Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada. Dusty’s experience in investment banking and private equity on a global scale combined with stellar ability to lead and get shit done has sparked a wildfire among data scientists and fintech investors.He recognized frustration in a marketplace hungry for innovation and is devoted to making effective change. Dusty’s broad worldview, collaborative mindset and ability to overcome drives his political activism in his home state of Nevada. Dusty builds a better business environment everywhere he goes. Follow @Dusty Wunderlich on twitter.

Ken Rees

Ken Rees

CEO

ELEVATE CREDIT

Ken Rees is the CEO of Elevate, a fintech leader using technology and advanced analytics to disrupt the nonprime lending space. Elevate’s innovative online products have provided $3 billion in credit to 1.4 million customers and are helping them build a brighter financial future. Ken is passionate about serving the underserved and was selected as a 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young.

Jim Keller

Jim Keller

CFO

COLLEGE AVE STUDENT LOANS

Jim has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. He was most recently a Senior Managing Director in the Structured Products Group at Cantor Fitzgerald & Company where he was responsible for secondary trading and primary origination of structured credit products including CLOs, CDOs, insurance-linked securities, credit-linked notes and synthetic ABS. Jim was previously Managing Director and Global Co-Head of UBS Investment Bank’s Global Structured Products Group. Prior to UBS, he held various trading and syndication roles at Salomon Smith Barney and Citicorp Securities. Jim received a BA degree from Cornell University and an MBA degree from Columbia Business School.

Christopher Donohoe

Moderator:

Christopher Donohoe

Managing Director, Head of Specialty Finance Investment Banking

SANDLER O'NEILL & PARTNERS

Chris Donohoe is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Group at Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P and he leads the Specialty Finance team. He advises on a broad range of strategic issues, including capital raising for specialty finance companies, which include equipment leasing and finance, commercial finance, BDCs, consumer finance, mortgage, credit cards, solar finance and a range of other non-bank financial services, online lending and fintech companies. Mr. Donohoe has 20 years of experience as an investment banker to the specialty finance industry.Prior to joining Sandler O’Neill in 2012, Mr. Donohoe was a Managing Director and the head of the specialty finance investment banking effort at BMO Capital Markets. Prior to that, he held Managing Director roles at Bank of America and J.P. Morgan, where he also focused on the specialty finance sector. Mr. Donohoe’s recent transaction experience includes assisting solar lender Sunlight Financial in its initial $300 million debt and equity raise, advising Springstone Financial on its sale to Lending Club, and advising Prospect Capital on its acquisition of First Tower Corp. Mr. Donohoe has also worked on a number of specialty finance bond offerings including recent transactions for BDC of America, Medley Capital and other BDCs. Previous M&A transactions include the sales of KKR Financial, Infinity Franchise Holdings, TIP Capital, Veritas and Engs Commercial Finance. Mr. Donohoe has also worked on a number of landmark specialty finance transactions including the IPOs and multi-billion dollar sales of CIT and Heller Financial and the IPOs of Capital One, Santander Consumer, PennantPark and Regional Management. Mr. Donohoe holds a Masters of Business Administration with high honors from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Duke University.

 

3:50 pm
ACCESSING ATTRACTIVE ALTERNATIVE CREDIT INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2017 AND BEYOND
  • Finding returns in established subsectors including equipment leasing, trade finance, real estate and SME lending
  • Gaining exposure to emerging asset classes such as solar energy, film finance, life settlements, and impact investing
  • Prudent investing across the credit cycle: critical points in evaluating alternative lenders and their portfolios 
  • Predicting how Trump’s proposed policies, if enacted, will impact the specialty finance industry—the good, the bad and the ugly
  • Open discussion on the biggest challenges facing the industry along with investment strategies for 2017 and beyond
Jason Bross

Jason Bross

Chief Operating Officer

LATITUDE20 CAPITAL PARTNERS

Mr. Bross has in excess of 18 years of financial and asset management experience and in his capacity as Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for managing capital markets, finance, operations, legal and compliance, marketing, human resources, and technology. Prior to forming Latitude20, Mr. Bross served as Executive Director, Head of Strategic Projects at The International Investment Group. In this capacity, Mr. Bross was mandated to lead the organization’s strategic and capital markets initiatives and served as the primary liaison between the credit and operations team. Accomplishments include managing the largest non-bank trade finance securitization to date (2013) and structuring and managing efforts in becoming a sub-advisor for the first publically traded impact based mutual fund. Prior to joining the International Investment Group, Mr. Bross co-founded Argon Venture Partners, the first California-Western Canada technology venture capital firm in which he managed the diligence efforts on potential investments, spearheaded partnerships with universities, the Canadian government, IBM and served as the fundraising partner. Prior to forming Argon, Mr. Bross served as Head of Private Equity and Venture Capital for the National Investors Group S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Bank of Kuwait. He commenced his career in the leveraged finance group at CIBC World Markets. During his career, Mr. Bross has been part of in excess of US$4.7 Billion of transactions Mr. Bross received his B.S. in Finance and Marketing from Lehigh University and was a 2014 Recipient of The M&A Advisor 5th Annual 40 Under 40 Recognition Award.

Beth Starr

Beth Starr

Managing Director, Capital Markets

SPRUCE FINANCE

Beth Starr is a Managing Director at Spruce Finance, where she runs capital markets for Spruce’s loan business. Spruce is a technology-enabled finance company that provides homeowners with simple, affordable financing for residential solar systems and efficiency improvements. Beth has over 25 years of experience in the capital markets, including roles in research, marketing and distribution of structured finance and structured credit products. Beth spent 18 years at Lehman Brothers, where she was a Managing Director, in roles spanning research, marketing, distribution and sales. She also spent several years each at Merrill Lynch and Jefferies. Prior to joining Spruce, Beth ran capital markets at CommonBond, a fin-tech student loan lender. Beth has been active in all areas of the asset-backed, mortgage-backed and commercial real estate markets throughout her career, with emphasis on the more esoteric and complex products and structures. She has been widely published on asset-backed securities and was recognized seven times by Institutional Investor as an All-America Research Team Member for her asset-backed securities and commercial mortgage-backed securities research. Beth has a BSE in Finance and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and lives in Westchester, NY with her husband and two children.

Brett Hickey

Brett Hickey

Founder & CEO

STAR MOUNTAIN CAPITAL

Brett Hickey is the Founder & CEO of Star Mountain Capital, LLC, a specialized asset management firm focused exclusively on small and medium-sized businesses as a strategic fund and direct investor. Star Mountain and its partner fund managers represent one of the largest non-bank small and medium-sized business investment platforms in the U.S.with a portfolio of over200 companies.

Representing some of the most sophisticated global institutional investors, Star Mountain invests (i) as a strategic fund-of-funds investor into other private equity and private credit fund managers, (ii) as a secondary fund investor helping provide liquidity to other limited and general partners and (iii) as a direct investor, often co-investing with its partner fund managers (via senior stretch / unitrancheloans, mezzanine and/or equity investments). Star Mountain and its specialized partner fund managers provide companies (generally with $10mm to 150mm of annual revenues) with unparalleled resources, capital and relationships to grow their businesses.

Previously, Mr. Hickey co-founded and ran a multi-manager platform including 4 in-state small business funds, through which he invested debt and equity capital into U.S. growing small businesses on behalf of large insurance companies. Prior to that, he was an investment banking analyst with Salomon Smith Barney (later Citigroup Global Markets) where he assisted leading financial institutions including insurance companies and asset managers, in over $20 billion of completed debt and equity capital raising, restructuring and merger & acquisition transactions.

Mr. Hickey is very involved and passionate about philanthropy and positive community impact. He is the Founder of the Star Mountain Charitable Foundation, through which he has received multiple recognitions for his efforts including the Pathfinders to Peace Award. Board memberships include the Quebec City Conference (members represent approximately $4 trillion of leading institutional investors); Board of Governors for the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA); Member and former Chairman of Networks for the NYC Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO); Board of Harvard University Entrepreneurs Alumni Association; and Board of McGill University Alumni Association of NY(recipient of the President of the Year Award).

Mr. Hickey received a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from McGill University (Finance Major and Accounting Concentration) and graduated from Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program (three year full HBS alumni status executive program for business owners). He is a frequent guest lecturer on industry panels and at academic institutions. Mr. Hickey is also a former Canadian national gold medalist and North American medalist in speed skating.

Benjamin Bornstein

Benjamin Bornstein

Partner

INDIGO CAPITAL MARKETS

Mr. Bornstein is a Partner in Indigo Capital Markets and Indigo Global Investors, the Sponsor and Investment Manager to the Indigo Opportunities Fund US, L.P. In addition to serving as a Portfolio Manager to the Fund, Mr. Bornstein also serves as the Chief Legal Officer to the Indigo Global Investors family of companies, and sits on the Fund’s investment committee.

Mr. Bornstein has 25 years of commercial finance experience, including 18 years of asset-based loan investment experience and 8 years of investment fund management experience including servicing as founder and managing partner of Indigo Asset Management. Prior to his fund management experience, Mr. Bornstein was employed by General Electric Capital Corporation for 10 years, first as corporate counsel, then as a mergers and acquisitions executive, and finally as the head of the non-performing loan acquisition operations within GECC’s Global Restructuring Group. Prior to joining GECC, Mr. Bornstein practiced bankruptcy law and corporate finance for 7 years at Mayer Brown and at Fried Frank. Mr. Bornstein received his A.B. in Honors Economics from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Mr. Bornstein has spoken and served as a panelist at several Finance and Private Investment conferences.

  • Distressed Investments Forum, March 9, 2016 – DDC Financial Group
  • Distressed Debt & Alternative Investments Forum, September 28, 2015 – DDC Financial Group
  • Family Office and Private Wealth Management Forum, July 22, 2014 - Opal
  • 4th Global Distressed Debt Investing Summit, February 20, 2013 –iGlobal Forum
  • 3rd Annual Alternative Investments Summit, May 30, 2012 –iGlobal Forum
  • 3rd Global Distressed Debt Investing Summit, February 9, 2012 –iGlobal Forum
  • Spring 2010 Distressed & Turnaround Investment Forum, March 25-26, 2010 -- iiBig
Alan Snyder

Moderator:

Alan Snyder

Managing Partner

SHINNECOCK PARTNERS

Alan C. Snyder is the Managing General Partner of Shinnecock Partners, a 27-year-old family office, and its investment funds, General Partner of Shinnecock Group and Chairman and Board Member of the Western Los Angeles Boy Scout Council. Alan was the Founder and non-Executive Board Chairman of Snap Insurance LLC; the Founder, CEO, President, and Chairman of the Board of Answer Financial Inc. and the Insurance Answer Center; CEO of Aurora National Life Insurance; Executive-in-Charge of Executive Life Insurance Company on behalf of the California Department of Insurance; President and COO of First Executive Corporation, a $20 billion life holding company; and Executive Vice President and member of the Board of Directors at Dean Witter Financial Services Group (a predecessor firm to Morgan Stanley). He managed most of the product areas and as part of a three-person team undertook the development of the Discover card. Mr. Snyder is a graduate of Georgetown University (WSJ Scholar) and Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar).

4:30 pm
CHAIRPERSON’S SUMMARY & NETWORKING RECEPTION

PRE-SUMMIT NETWORKING SESSIONS

ONE-ON-ONE STRUCTURED NETWORKING

Wednesday January 11, 2017

9:30 am to 10:30 am

Join us for our speed networking series in this exclusive part of the program. Here you will sign up for concise and focused one-on-one meetings where specialty lenders, originators, finance providers and investors will connect and evaluate the potential for mutual business endeavors.

We will provide you with information on all of the other participants to allow you to choose the most relevant and focused meetings during this time on site. This part of the program is a unique and focused way to help you establish relevant new contacts and generate fresh business opportunities.

PRE-SUMMIT WORKSHOP A:

THE EVOLUTION OF MARKETPLACE LENDING AND NEW PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Wednesday January 11, 2017

10:45 am to 12:45 pm

Marketplace lending has grown significantly within the specialty finance sector over the last several years and forced a newfound synergy in new technologies working together with existing traditional models. This workshop will cover strategies in merging these two sides of the industry for success:

  • Looking at the LendingClub scandal and how this has affected investor perception of the industry
  • Moves toward a composite lending structure, and combining the advantages of both the speed in online marketplace lending and the reliability of balance sheet lending
  • Challenges in getting some subprime consumer loans and other NPLs off the balance sheet
  • Increased risk in the marketplace, and potential regulations on lenders keeping skin in the game as well as limitations in investors purchasing securities
  • Following the trend of marketplace lenders building partnerships with brick-and-mortar banks
  • Regulatory developments for both third party lenders and increased scrutiny on fintech affecting the ability to continue originations at the current rate
  • Exploring MPLaaS and the potential for blending technologies and lenders in this way

You will leave this workshop with new strategies on bringing together the strengths of both sides of the industry here, and new contacts to put this into practice. This session will provide an intimate discussion based setting, as well as the opportunity to network directly with your peers and experts leading the sector.

Chris Rentner Chris Rentner
CEO and Founder
AKOUBA

Chris is a successful serial entrepreneur and currently is the Founder and CEO of Akouba, a cloud based technology lending platform for regulated financial institutions. Chris has overall responsibility for the vision, growth and strategy of Akouba. Furthermore, Chris maintains Akouba's relationships with organizations such as FIS, D+H, Bank Director, the ABA and government agencies including the CFPB.

Prior to Akouba, Chris was educated at the United States Merchant Marine Academy where he graduated with a BS in logistics and was commissioned in the United States Navy Reserve. After a number of years working in the oil and gas industry, Chris founded an asset management company, Full Ahead Ventures where he worked with companies to develop their ideas, build products, raise capital for growth and advise through a successful M&A process.

When Chris is not working at Akouba, he enjoys volunteering, boating and cooking for guests at his home in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago.

Brian Graham Brian Graham
CEO
ALLIANCE PARTNERS

Brian is CEO of BancAlliance. BancAlliance is a network of more than 200 community banks that capitalizes on its collective scale to empower member banks to be successful in markets that have become dominated by the largest banks in the country. Previously, Brian held various leadership positions in financial services including at a private investment firm, a commercial banking company, Fannie Mae and Morgan Stanley. Brian has also served in government, both as the financial services aide to then Congressman Charles Schumer during the thrift crisis and as a staff member on the “Brady Commission” which investigated the causes of the 1987 stock market crash.

PRE-SUMMIT WORKSHOP B:

LENDING TO INTERNATIONAL BORROWERS: REACHING A GLOBAL NETWORK ONLINE

Wednesday January 11, 2017

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

As competition continues to pile into the lending space within the US, online lenders are starting to look elsewhere to originate new loans and diversify their securitizations. This workshop will cover developments in:

  • Unpacking the move toward lending internationally through online lending
  • Looking at which geographies find the balance in providing the fewest regulatory hurdles with the greatest return prospects
  • Geopolitical challenges in the European markets limiting local bank’s reach and opening up opportunities for US lenders to reach consumers and small businesses
  • US regulations causing challenges for lenders to reach these consumer bases
  • Understanding local regulations for connecting with consumers and small businesses
  • Competing with local lenders and understanding microfinance providers
  • Doing due diligence on a borrower and understanding varying credit standards outside of the US

This session will provide you with strategies in opening up new sources of revenue outside of the traditional model, and generate contacts with experts who have found success putting it into practice. This interactive discussion will provide you with the tools you need to get started in building your lending reach further outside of the traditional model.

Rohit Arora Rohit Arora
Co-Founder & CEO
BIZ2CREDIT

Rohit Arora, CEO of Biz2Credit, is one of America's top experts in small business lending and the use of FinTech to streamline the funding process. In 2011, he was named New York City's “Top Entrepreneur” by Crain’s New York Business, which also named Biz2Credit among NYC’s “Fast 50” of 2014. He meets regularly with top executives from the Federal Reserve and the Small Business Administration (SBA) and has updated the President's Council of Economic Advisors at The White House on matters related to small business lending.

Since its inception in 2007, Biz2Credit has arranged $1.3 billion in funding and now has over 200,000 registered small and mid-sized company clients. The platform handles more than 5,000 new loan applications each month, on average.

Rohit is a frequently quoted source on banking and technology trends, the emergence of institutional investors in small business finance, convergence in payments and funding companies, and other topics. He is often quoted by The Wall St. Journal, CNBC, Fox Business, Washington Post, NY Times, Bloomberg, Fortune, American Banker, Inc., and others. He is also a columnist writing about small business matters for Forbes, Inc., and the New York Daily News.

Rohit oversees the widely reported Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index, a monthly report that analyzes loan approval rates, as well as the Top 25 Small Business Cities in America, the Biz2Credit Latino Lending Report, and an annual Women in Small Business Study.

Previously, Rohit worked for Deloitte Consulting, Goldman Sachs, and Silkroute, a Singapore-based private equity fund. He holds a Master's Degree in International Finance from Columbia and co-authored Beyond Cost Reduction: The Risks and Rewards of Global Service Sourcing, a report funded by the Alfred Sloan Foundation and the Chazen Institute of International Business.

Rana Mookherjee Rana Mookherjee
Head of U.S. Structured Products
FUNDING CIRCLE

Rana Mookherjee has over 25 years of structured finance experience with deep domain knowledge in asset-based, contractual cash flow financings from
institutional investors.

At Funding Circle, Rana oversees the company’s structured finance initiatives with credit-oriented funds and banks to purchase loans, provide leverage and enter into collaborative borrower referral partnerships. Rana has financed assets as diverse as plug-in hybrid vehicles, solar and wind projects, right-to-use timeshare receivables, leasing portfolios, drug royalties, sub-prime auto, manufactured housing contracts and leveraged mortgagebacked securities.

Previously, Rana worked in senior finance and deal origination roles at VF Capital, Solaria Corporation, Applied Materials, JPMorgan, Hambros Bank and Credit Suisse.

Rana began his career as a Financial Analyst in the Investment Banking Program at Morgan Stanley & Co.

LUNCHEON WORKSHOP:

NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN REAL ESTATE SPECIALTY FINANCE INCLUDING BRIDGE LOANS, MEZZANINE FINANCING AND HARD MONEY LENDING

Thursday January 12, 2017

1:15 pm to 2:15 pm

As both the real estate market and the specialty finance industry are in for a huge shift, new strategies are coming into play offering opportunities for specialty finance investors focusing on this hybrid. This workshop will give you a look at opportunities and trends promising strong returns in 2017.

  • Opportunities for specialty financing due to increased regulations for traditional lenders.
  • Understanding the risks and returns in under-served loan types including construction loans and financing for non-cash flowing properties.
  • Top geographic markets for real estate specialty financing throughout the US.
  • Discussing the business models and returns of residential versus commercial property financing, and the challenges of both.
  • Maximizing returns throughout the capital stack including senior loans, junior loans and preferred equity.

You will leave this workshop with new strategies on navigating opportunities in the real estate specialty finance industry, and insights into brand new areas for investment. This interactive group discussion will leave you with new contacts leading the way in developing these whole loan opportunities and help you dive into these new asset classes.

Alex Horn Alex Horn
Managing Partner
BRIDGEINVEST

Mr. Horn is the founder and Managing Partner of BridgeInvest, a private real estate lender focused on providing short-term, senior-secured loans to commercial real estate borrowers to help them execute on their business plans and capture timely market opportunities. Under Mr. Horn's leadership, BridgeInvest has closed hundreds of millions of dollars in commercial mortgage loans across asset classes, leading it to become one of the largest, most successful private lenders in Florida and the Southeast US. In 2016, Mr. Horn launched the BridgeInvest Specialty Credit Fund, a short-term private equity fund, to cater to growing investor demand for an institutional-quality investment platform in private mortgage loans with a focus on capital preservation and attractive risk-adjusted returns. Prior to founding BridgeInvest, Alex served on the Strategy & New Ventures team at SecondMarket (acquired by NASDAQ) where he assisted in doubling the company’s size to become the largest global trading platform for pre-IPO securities including companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Tesla. Alex graduated from Columbia University with B.A. in Economics.

PRE-SUMMIT NETWORKING SESSIONS

ONE-ON-ONE STRUCTURED NETWORKING

Wednesday January 11, 2017

9:30 am to 10:30 am

Join us for our speed networking series in this exclusive part of the program. Here you will sign up for concise and focused one-on-one meetings where specialty lenders, originators, finance providers and investors will connect and evaluate the potential for mutual business endeavors.

We will provide you with information on all of the other participants to allow you to choose the most relevant and focused meetings during this time on site. This part of the program is a unique and focused way to help you establish relevant new contacts and generate fresh business opportunities.

PRE-SUMMIT WORKSHOP A:

THE EVOLUTION OF MARKETPLACE LENDING AND NEW PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Wednesday January 11, 2017

10:45 am to 12:45 pm

Marketplace lending has grown significantly within the specialty finance sector over the last several years and forced a newfound synergy in new technologies working together with existing traditional models. This workshop will cover strategies in merging these two sides of the industry for success:

  • Looking at the LendingClub scandal and how this has affected investor perception of the industry
  • Moves toward a composite lending structure, and combining the advantages of both the speed in online marketplace lending and the reliability of balance sheet lending
  • Challenges in getting some subprime consumer loans and other NPLs off the balance sheet
  • Increased risk in the marketplace, and potential regulations on lenders keeping skin in the game as well as limitations in investors purchasing securities
  • Following the trend of marketplace lenders building partnerships with brick-and-mortar banks
  • Regulatory developments for both third party lenders and increased scrutiny on fintech affecting the ability to continue originations at the current rate
  • Exploring MPLaaS and the potential for blending technologies and lenders in this way

You will leave this workshop with new strategies on bringing together the strengths of both sides of the industry here, and new contacts to put this into practice. This session will provide an intimate discussion based setting, as well as the opportunity to network directly with your peers and experts leading the sector.

Chris Rentner Chris Rentner
CEO and Founder
AKOUBA

Chris is a successful serial entrepreneur and currently is the Founder and CEO of Akouba, a cloud based technology lending platform for regulated financial institutions. Chris has overall responsibility for the vision, growth and strategy of Akouba. Furthermore, Chris maintains Akouba's relationships with organizations such as FIS, D+H, Bank Director, the ABA and government agencies including the CFPB.

Prior to Akouba, Chris was educated at the United States Merchant Marine Academy where he graduated with a BS in logistics and was commissioned in the United States Navy Reserve. After a number of years working in the oil and gas industry, Chris founded an asset management company, Full Ahead Ventures where he worked with companies to develop their ideas, build products, raise capital for growth and advise through a successful M&A process.

When Chris is not working at Akouba, he enjoys volunteering, boating and cooking for guests at his home in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago.

Brian Graham Brian Graham
CEO
ALLIANCE PARTNERS

Brian is CEO of BancAlliance. BancAlliance is a network of more than 200 community banks that capitalizes on its collective scale to empower member banks to be successful in markets that have become dominated by the largest banks in the country. Previously, Brian held various leadership positions in financial services including at a private investment firm, a commercial banking company, Fannie Mae and Morgan Stanley. Brian has also served in government, both as the financial services aide to then Congressman Charles Schumer during the thrift crisis and as a staff member on the “Brady Commission” which investigated the causes of the 1987 stock market crash.

PRE-SUMMIT WORKSHOP B:

LENDING TO INTERNATIONAL BORROWERS: REACHING A GLOBAL NETWORK ONLINE

Wednesday January 11, 2017

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

As competition continues to pile into the lending space within the US, online lenders are starting to look elsewhere to originate new loans and diversify their securitizations. This workshop will cover developments in:

  • Unpacking the move toward lending internationally through online lending
  • Looking at which geographies find the balance in providing the fewest regulatory hurdles with the greatest return prospects
  • Geopolitical challenges in the European markets limiting local bank’s reach and opening up opportunities for US lenders to reach consumers and small businesses
  • US regulations causing challenges for lenders to reach these consumer bases
  • Understanding local regulations for connecting with consumers and small businesses
  • Competing with local lenders and understanding microfinance providers
  • Doing due diligence on a borrower and understanding varying credit standards outside of the US

This session will provide you with strategies in opening up new sources of revenue outside of the traditional model, and generate contacts with experts who have found success putting it into practice. This interactive discussion will provide you with the tools you need to get started in building your lending reach further outside of the traditional model.

Rohit Arora Rohit Arora
Co-Founder & CEO
BIZ2CREDIT

Rohit Arora, CEO of Biz2Credit, is one of America's top experts in small business lending and the use of FinTech to streamline the funding process. In 2011, he was named New York City's “Top Entrepreneur” by Crain’s New York Business, which also named Biz2Credit among NYC’s “Fast 50” of 2014. He meets regularly with top executives from the Federal Reserve and the Small Business Administration (SBA) and has updated the President's Council of Economic Advisors at The White House on matters related to small business lending.

Since its inception in 2007, Biz2Credit has arranged $1.3 billion in funding and now has over 200,000 registered small and mid-sized company clients. The platform handles more than 5,000 new loan applications each month, on average.

Rohit is a frequently quoted source on banking and technology trends, the emergence of institutional investors in small business finance, convergence in payments and funding companies, and other topics. He is often quoted by The Wall St. Journal, CNBC, Fox Business, Washington Post, NY Times, Bloomberg, Fortune, American Banker, Inc., and others. He is also a columnist writing about small business matters for Forbes, Inc., and the New York Daily News.

Rohit oversees the widely reported Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index, a monthly report that analyzes loan approval rates, as well as the Top 25 Small Business Cities in America, the Biz2Credit Latino Lending Report, and an annual Women in Small Business Study.

Previously, Rohit worked for Deloitte Consulting, Goldman Sachs, and Silkroute, a Singapore-based private equity fund. He holds a Master's Degree in International Finance from Columbia and co-authored Beyond Cost Reduction: The Risks and Rewards of Global Service Sourcing, a report funded by the Alfred Sloan Foundation and the Chazen Institute of International Business.

Rana Mookherjee Rana Mookherjee
Head of U.S. Structured Products
FUNDING CIRCLE

Rana Mookherjee has over 25 years of structured finance experience with deep domain knowledge in asset-based, contractual cash flow financings from
institutional investors.

At Funding Circle, Rana oversees the company’s structured finance initiatives with credit-oriented funds and banks to purchase loans, provide leverage and enter into collaborative borrower referral partnerships. Rana has financed assets as diverse as plug-in hybrid vehicles, solar and wind projects, right-to-use timeshare receivables, leasing portfolios, drug royalties, sub-prime auto, manufactured housing contracts and leveraged mortgagebacked securities.

Previously, Rana worked in senior finance and deal origination roles at VF Capital, Solaria Corporation, Applied Materials, JPMorgan, Hambros Bank and Credit Suisse.

Rana began his career as a Financial Analyst in the Investment Banking Program at Morgan Stanley & Co.

LUNCHEON WORKSHOP:

NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN REAL ESTATE SPECIALTY FINANCE INCLUDING BRIDGE LOANS, MEZZANINE FINANCING AND HARD MONEY LENDING

Thursday January 12, 2017

1:15 pm to 2:15 pm

As both the real estate market and the specialty finance industry are in for a huge shift, new strategies are coming into play offering opportunities for specialty finance investors focusing on this hybrid. This workshop will give you a look at opportunities and trends promising strong returns in 2017.

  • Opportunities for specialty financing due to increased regulations for traditional lenders.
  • Understanding the risks and returns in under-served loan types including construction loans and financing for non-cash flowing properties.
  • Top geographic markets for real estate specialty financing throughout the US.
  • Discussing the business models and returns of residential versus commercial property financing, and the challenges of both.
  • Maximizing returns throughout the capital stack including senior loans, junior loans and preferred equity.

You will leave this workshop with new strategies on navigating opportunities in the real estate specialty finance industry, and insights into brand new areas for investment. This interactive group discussion will leave you with new contacts leading the way in developing these whole loan opportunities and help you dive into these new asset classes.

Alex Horn Alex Horn
Managing Partner
BRIDGEINVEST

Mr. Horn is the founder and Managing Partner of BridgeInvest, a private real estate lender focused on providing short-term, senior-secured loans to commercial real estate borrowers to help them execute on their business plans and capture timely market opportunities. Under Mr. Horn's leadership, BridgeInvest has closed hundreds of millions of dollars in commercial mortgage loans across asset classes, leading it to become one of the largest, most successful private lenders in Florida and the Southeast US. In 2016, Mr. Horn launched the BridgeInvest Specialty Credit Fund, a short-term private equity fund, to cater to growing investor demand for an institutional-quality investment platform in private mortgage loans with a focus on capital preservation and attractive risk-adjusted returns. Prior to founding BridgeInvest, Alex served on the Strategy & New Ventures team at SecondMarket (acquired by NASDAQ) where he assisted in doubling the company’s size to become the largest global trading platform for pre-IPO securities including companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Tesla. Alex graduated from Columbia University with B.A. in Economics.

Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Joel Holsinger

Joel Holsinger

Managing Director

FORTRESS INVESTMENT GROUP

Joel Holsinger is a Senior Partner, MD and member of the investment committees in the Credit and Real Estate Funds at Fortress Investment Group (approximately $20B of AUM including uncalled capital).  Joel currently heads or co‐heads various internal groups that focus on direct lending, non‐control equity, sale‐leasebacks and acquiring opportunistic assets (including corporate loans, CLO/TRUPS/SLABS, CDO/CLO managers and student loans).

Prior to Fortress, Joel was a Founding Partner at Atalaya Capital Management, a $1B alternative investment firm where he co‐headed the investment committee.

Prior to joining Atalaya, Joel was a MD at Navigant Consulting, Inc., where he was the head of the Hedge Fund/Lender Services Group. Additionally, he was responsible for running Sextant Corporate Finance, Navigant’s alternative investment platform.  Prior to joining Navigant Capital Advisors, Joel was a Vice President with Wells Fargo in the Middle Market Lending group and began his career as a Credit Analyst with Citigroup.

Specialties: Direct Lending, Structured Finance, CLO/CDO/SLABS, Financial Services, Portfolio Acquisitions, Student Loans, Restaurants/Franchising, Bankruptcy/Restructuring

Eric Hanson

Eric Hanson

Senior Managing Director

MACQUARIE CAPITAL

Eric Hanson joined Macquarie Capital in 2010 as Senior Managing Director and Head of Specialty Finance. Prior to Macquarie, he was a Partner at Lazard and a member of the Financial Institutions Group for twenty-six years. Over his career, Mr. Hanson has been a leader in transportation/equipment leasing and specialty finance, focusing on leasing and finance companies, captives and banks, with particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and private capital. Mr. Hanson has recently advised on three multi-billion joint ventures structured as sidecar transactions, one for Air Lease (Blackbird Leasing Partnership) and two for Trinity Industries in railcar leasing (alliance with Element Finance and the Napier Park Rail Leasing Fund). Recent M&A transactions include: sale of Flagship Rail Services to SMBC, equity investment in life science lender Oxford Finance by Welsh Carson, equity investment in Magellan Aviation by Marubeni, sale to Huntington Bancshares of Macquarie Equipment Finance, and sale to Engine Lease Finance (MUFG) of Macquarie Engines. Prior to Lazard, Mr. Hanson arranged tax lease financing for capital equipment with Tiger Financial Services and was an officer of a publicly-traded residual guarantor. Mr. Hanson received a BA from St. Olaf College, where he serves on the Board of Regents, and an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, where he served on the Dean’s Advisory Board and as an Adjunct Professor. Mr. Hanson is a regular speaker for the Equipment Lease Finance Association at their annual CEO Forum and Executive Roundtable.

Jason Bross

Jason Bross

Chief Operating Officer

LATITUDE20 CAPITAL PARTNERS

Mr. Bross has in excess of 18 years of financial and asset management experience and in his capacity as Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for managing capital markets, finance, operations, legal and compliance, marketing, human resources, and technology. Prior to forming Latitude20, Mr. Bross served as Executive Director, Head of Strategic Projects at The International Investment Group. In this capacity, Mr. Bross was mandated to lead the organization’s strategic and capital markets initiatives and served as the primary liaison between the credit and operations team. Accomplishments include managing the largest non-bank trade finance securitization to date (2013) and structuring and managing efforts in becoming a sub-advisor for the first publically traded impact based mutual fund. Prior to joining the International Investment Group, Mr. Bross co-founded Argon Venture Partners, the first California-Western Canada technology venture capital firm in which he managed the diligence efforts on potential investments, spearheaded partnerships with universities, the Canadian government, IBM and served as the fundraising partner. Prior to forming Argon, Mr. Bross served as Head of Private Equity and Venture Capital for the National Investors Group S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Bank of Kuwait. He commenced his career in the leveraged finance group at CIBC World Markets. During his career, Mr. Bross has been part of in excess of US$4.7 Billion of transactions Mr. Bross received his B.S. in Finance and Marketing from Lehigh University and was a 2014 Recipient of The M&A Advisor 5th Annual 40 Under 40 Recognition Award.

Vladimir M. Gutin

Vladimir M. Gutin

Partner

TZP CAPITAL

Vlad Gutin began his career in 1990 as a Research Assistant at The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. After receiving his M.B.A. in 1994, he joined the Financial Institutions Group of Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he served as Managing Director and Co-Head of the Specialty Finance Group. During his 13-year career at Goldman Sachs, he served as senior execution banker on numerous M&A and IPO transactions for middle-market financial services companies. Vlad co-founded TZP Group LLC in 2007. TZP is a private equity firm currently managing over $600 million of committed capital and investing in middle market business and consumer services companies. Vlad serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Global Employment Solutions, Inc. Vlad also serves as a member of TZP’s investment committee.

Vlad received his B.A. in Economics from The Johns Hopkins University in 1989 and his M.B.A. with highest distinction from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 1994.

Mark Rambler

Mark Rambler

President & COO

CREDIBILITY CAPITAL INC.

Mark is Co-Founder, President and Chief Operating Officer of Credibility Capital. Previously Mark was a vice president with the Fortress Investment Group Credit Funds. Prior to Fortress, he was transactional counsel at another credit opportunities fund and an associate with a corporate law firm. Mark holds a B.A, cum laude, from Princeton University and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Duke University School of Law.

Gregory Keough

Gregory Keough

Chief Executive Officer

FINOVA FINANCIAL

Gregory Keough, Finova Financial CEO, is a sought-after speaker who gave the keynote address at the Mobile Money Summit and has participated in numerous prestigious conferences such as the Center for Financial Inclusion Summit in London, the Harvard Innovations in Payments Conference, and the GSMA Mobile World Conference.

Formerly with MasterCard and Telefónica Global JV, he is frequently featured as an expert source on the use of technology to increase financial inclusion among the unbanked in leading publications such as Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Bloomberg, Fortune, The Financial Times and others.

One of the few living recipients of the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA's) Intelligence Star Medal for extraordinary courage in the line of duty, Keough was also a finalist for Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year and recognized as Washington's Top Technology and International Leaders, Latin America Top Banker of the Year, and others.

Mark DeBacker

Mark DeBacker

CEO

BLUE BRIDGE FINANCIAL, LLC

Mark is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Blue Bridge Financial, LLC. Founded in 2009, Blue Bridge Financial is a specialty finance company serving the borrowing needs of businesses throughout the U.S., with products ranging from equipment and inventory financing to working capital solutions. Prior to Blue Bridge Financial, Mark held executive management positions with two financial institutions, Evans National Bank and Security Savings Bank, where he was responsible at various times for all functional areas of bank operations, with a focus on financial management and regulatory oversight. Mark started his career at Deloitte &Touche, LLP, specializing in financial institution consulting and assurance services. Mark maintains his CPA license in New York State, which he has held for over 20 years.

Rana Mookherjee

Rana Mookherjee

Head of U.S. Structured Products

FUNDING CIRCLE

Rana Mookherjee has over 25 years of structured finance experience with deep domain knowledge in asset-based, contractual cash flow financings from
institutional investors.

At Funding Circle, Rana oversees the company’s structured finance initiatives with credit-oriented funds and banks to purchase loans, provide leverage and enter into collaborative borrower referral partnerships. Rana has financed assets as diverse as plug-in hybrid vehicles, solar and wind projects, right-to-use timeshare receivables, leasing portfolios, drug royalties, sub-prime auto, manufactured housing contracts and leveraged mortgagebacked securities.

Previously, Rana worked in senior finance and deal origination roles at VF Capital, Solaria Corporation, Applied Materials, JPMorgan, Hambros Bank and Credit Suisse.

Rana began his career as a Financial Analyst in the Investment Banking Program at Morgan Stanley & Co.

George Souri

George Souri

CEO

LQD BUSINESS FINANCE

George is the Founder and C.E.O of LQD Business Finance. George has over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience, and is an expert in the areas of risk management and pricing, operational optimization, and predictive analytics. Prior to founding LQD, George was the founder and CEO of Atria Capital, a Chicago-based middle-market investment bank and consultancy focused on the acquisition, turnaround, and sale of companies in distressed, workout, and complex situations. At Atria, George oversaw over $1 billion in structured debt, equity, and M&A transactions. George is a dynamic and engaging speaker who has given numerous talks at national conferences, and who has been a repeat guest in national media outlets such as Fox Business, CNBC, and Bloomberg TV.

Brad Armstrong

Brad Armstrong

Principal

LOVELL MINNICK PARTNERS

W. Bradford Armstrong joined the Philadelphia office of LMP in 2009. Prior to joining LMP, Brad was part of the Financial Institutions Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he focused on M&A and capital raising transactions for the firm’s investment banking clients. Previously, Brad was an Assistant Vice President in Bank of America’s Finance Group. Brad began his career in a strategic advisory group within Wachovia Corporation.

Brad is currently a member of the boards of directors at Commercial Credit Inc. and LSQ Group Holding LLC, and previously served on the board of First Allied Holdings Inc. Brad received an M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance and Accounting from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Leigh Hoagland

Leigh Hoagland

CEO & Chief Credit Officer

NEW YORK PRIVATE FINANCE

Leigh Hoagland has over thirty-five years of banking experience focused on structuring innovative financings for individuals, corporate and institutional clients, in the US and globally. Prior to joining NYPF, Leigh was a Managing Partner and Chief Credit Officer of Boxwood Strategic Advisors, an advisory firm to wealthy families and entrepreneurs.

Leigh served as Managing Director and Head of Deutsche Bank’s (“DB”) US private bank lending business and a member of the Executive Management Committee of DB’s US Private Wealth Management division. He was Chairman of Deutsche Bank Private Clients Corporation and a board member of Deutsche Bank Trust Company, N.A., two private banking subsidiaries of DB. Leigh led DB’s US private bank lending business for seven years, structuring numerous financings for entrepreneurs, family business owners and other substantial private investors. In his management roles, Leigh was responsible for the creation and implementation of DB’s global private banking risk assessment and credit management procedures, as well as credit product development.

Prior to DB’s acquisition of Bankers Trust Company (“BT”) in 1999, Leigh headed BT’s Private Bank Global Lending business which had professional banking teams and loan portfolios in the US, Europe and Asia. He began his banking career at BT, and initially spent twelve years managing financing relationships with governments, institutions, and corporations in the Middle East and Africa, ultimately heading BT’s wholesale and merchant banking activities in that region. Subsequently, he managed corporate finance leveraged transaction teams in BT’s European Merchant Bank in London.

Leigh is a graduate of Princeton University and received an MBA from Harvard Business School

Dave Gilbert

Dave Gilbert

Founder & CEO

NATIONAL FUNDING

David Gilbert is the Founder and CEO of National Funding, a pioneer in alternative lending, with a 20 year successful track record helping small business owners. National Funding has provided more than $1.5 billion in capital for over 30,000 businesses since 1999. Gilbert oversees all business operations and strategic direction for the company.

Gilbert received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California in 1997. In 2007, he was recognized as a San Diego “40 Under Forty” honoree and was named the USC Marshall School of Business “Entrepreneur of the Year.” He currently serves on the board of the San Diego Bowl Games.

Rohit Arora

Rohit Arora

Co-Founder & CEO

BIZ2CREDIT

Rohit Arora, CEO of Biz2Credit, is one of America's top experts in small business lending and the use of FinTech to streamline the funding process. In 2011, he was named New York City's “Top Entrepreneur” by Crain’s New York Business, which also named Biz2Credit among NYC’s “Fast 50” of 2014. He meets regularly with top executives from the Federal Reserve and the Small Business Administration (SBA) and has updated the President's Council of Economic Advisors at The White House on matters related to small business lending.

Since its inception in 2007, Biz2Credit has arranged $1.3 billion in funding and now has over 200,000 registered small and mid-sized company clients. The platform handles more than 5,000 new loan applications each month, on average.

Rohit is a frequently quoted source on banking and technology trends, the emergence of institutional investors in small business finance, convergence in payments and funding companies, and other topics. He is often quoted by The Wall St. Journal, CNBC, Fox Business, Washington Post, NY Times, Bloomberg, Fortune, American Banker, Inc., and others. He is also a columnist writing about small business matters for Forbes, Inc., and the New York Daily News.

Rohit oversees the widely reported Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index, a monthly report that analyzes loan approval rates, as well as the Top 25 Small Business Cities in America, the Biz2Credit Latino Lending Report, and an annual Women in Small Business Study.

Previously, Rohit worked for Deloitte Consulting, Goldman Sachs, and Silkroute, a Singapore-based private equity fund. He holds a Master's Degree in International Finance from Columbia and co-authored Beyond Cost Reduction: The Risks and Rewards of Global Service Sourcing, a report funded by the Alfred Sloan Foundation and the Chazen Institute of International Business.

Chris Rentner

Chris Rentner

CEO and Founder

AKOUBA

Chris is a successful serial entrepreneur and currently is the Founder and CEO of Akouba, a cloud based technology lending platform for regulated financial institutions. Chris has overall responsibility for the vision, growth and strategy of Akouba. Furthermore, Chris maintains Akouba's relationships with organizations such as FIS, D+H, Bank Director, the ABA and government agencies including the CFPB.

Prior to Akouba, Chris was educated at the United States Merchant Marine Academy where he graduated with a BS in logistics and was commissioned in the United States Navy Reserve. After a number of years working in the oil and gas industry, Chris founded an asset management company, Full Ahead Ventures where he worked with companies to develop their ideas, build products, raise capital for growth and advise through a successful M&A process.

When Chris is not working at Akouba, he enjoys volunteering, boating and cooking for guests at his home in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago.

Danny Rodriguez

Danny Rodriguez

Principal

LEE EQUITY PARTNERS

Danny Rodriguez is a Principal at Lee Equity Partners who focuses on the financial services sector. Prior to joining Lee Equity, Mr. Rodriguez was an Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Rodriguez serves on the board of directors of WealthTrust and Skopos Financial Group. He also previously served on the board of directors of The Edelman Financial Group. Mr. Rodriguez earned a B.A. in Economics and Spanish with a minor in Managerial Studies at Vanderbilt University, with summa cum laude honors.

Greg Smith

Greg Smith

Managing Director

FT PARTNERS

Greg Smith is a Managing Director at FT Partners and has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining FT Partners, Greg spent the majority of his career as an award-winning equity research analyst at Merrill Lynch, J.P Morgan and other firms covering companies across the financial services and FinTech landscape. Throughout his career, Greg has played a senior role in numerous investment banking transactions spanning financings, M&A and IPOs. Greg has long been a thought leader in FinTech and has frequently been quoted in the press and appeared often on CNBC and Bloomberg TV.

Alex Gemici

Alex Gemici

Managing Director and Chief Revenue Officer

WORLD BUSINESS LENDERS

Alex Gemici is a 33-year finance industry veteran with deep vertical experience in financial products, capital placement, debt structuring, commercial and residential real estate, asset management, and business strategy.

Mr. Gemici is the Chief Revenue Officer and Managing Director of World Business Lenders.

Between 2007 and 2011, Mr. Gemici was Managing Director and the Head of Deutsche Bank’s real estate finance, mortgage origination, trading and warehouse lending businesses in the Middle East and Africa.

Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Mr. Gemici’s entrepreneurial abilities as Founder and CEO were showcased in the establishment and management of Montgomery Mortgage Capital – a New Jersey-based mortgage banking firm with origination volume exceeding $1.2 billion annually.

Between 1999 and 2001, Mr. Gemici was a Senior Vice President at MortgageIT, Inc. (a top U.S. mortgage lender later acquired by Deutsche Bank) and was responsible for new business development and M&A. During Mr. Gemici’s tenure, mortgage origination volume of the company increased from $10 million per month to over $1 billion per month.

Between 1997 and 1999, Mr. Gemici was Managing Partner of Crocker Financial Group which acquired and managed nearly 1,000 residential apartment units located in four states in the U.S.

Between 1995 and 1997, Mr. Gemici was Managing Director of the Clifford Companies and ran their $300 million multi-family property acquisition fund.

Between 1983 and 1995, Mr. Gemici had a variety of roles at the LFC Group of Companies and, in 1992, was appointed Managing Director and Head of LFC Equities, the international investment arm of the LFC Group of Companies.

Christopher Donohoe

Christopher Donohoe

Managing Director, Head of Specialty Finance Investment Banking

SANDLER O'NEILL & PARTNERS

Chris Donohoe is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Group at Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P and he leads the Specialty Finance team. He advises on a broad range of strategic issues, including capital raising for specialty finance companies, which include equipment leasing and finance, commercial finance, BDCs, consumer finance, mortgage, credit cards, solar finance and a range of other non-bank financial services, online lending and fintech companies. Mr. Donohoe has 20 years of experience as an investment banker to the specialty finance industry.Prior to joining Sandler O’Neill in 2012, Mr. Donohoe was a Managing Director and the head of the specialty finance investment banking effort at BMO Capital Markets. Prior to that, he held Managing Director roles at Bank of America and J.P. Morgan, where he also focused on the specialty finance sector. Mr. Donohoe’s recent transaction experience includes assisting solar lender Sunlight Financial in its initial $300 million debt and equity raise, advising Springstone Financial on its sale to Lending Club, and advising Prospect Capital on its acquisition of First Tower Corp. Mr. Donohoe has also worked on a number of specialty finance bond offerings including recent transactions for BDC of America, Medley Capital and other BDCs. Previous M&A transactions include the sales of KKR Financial, Infinity Franchise Holdings, TIP Capital, Veritas and Engs Commercial Finance. Mr. Donohoe has also worked on a number of landmark specialty finance transactions including the IPOs and multi-billion dollar sales of CIT and Heller Financial and the IPOs of Capital One, Santander Consumer, PennantPark and Regional Management. Mr. Donohoe holds a Masters of Business Administration with high honors from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Duke University.

 

Thomas Geisel

Thomas Geisel

EVP, President of Specialty Finance

STERLING NATIONAL BANK

Mr. Geisel was named Executive Vice President and President of Specialty Finance in March 2015. Prior to Sterling he served as Managing General Partner of Templar Ventures, a private equity growth fund focused on equity investments in the lower and middle markets. From January 2008 to December 2013 he was President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Sun Bancorp, Inc. Prior to joining Sun, Mr. Geisel held a number of positions with KeyCorp joining in July 1999 in New York City as Managing Director of Investment Banking for the East and West Regions of KeyBanc Capital Markets. In 2002, he was promoted to President of Key’s Capital Region New York District and subsequently to Regional Executive for Commercial Banking. From 2005 through 2007, he served as President for Key’s Northeast Region, which comprised eight districts across New York, New England and Florida. Mr. Geisel’s other experience includes representing the U.S. Department of Justice in various capacities domestically and as a diplomat in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has a diverse financial services background within national and regional banking organizations, to include: executive leadership, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, commercial and consumer banking, and specialty finance.

Alan Snyder

Alan Snyder

Managing Partner

SHINNECOCK PARTNERS

Alan C. Snyder is the Managing General Partner of Shinnecock Partners, a 27-year-old family office, and its investment funds, General Partner of Shinnecock Group and Chairman and Board Member of the Western Los Angeles Boy Scout Council. Alan was the Founder and non-Executive Board Chairman of Snap Insurance LLC; the Founder, CEO, President, and Chairman of the Board of Answer Financial Inc. and the Insurance Answer Center; CEO of Aurora National Life Insurance; Executive-in-Charge of Executive Life Insurance Company on behalf of the California Department of Insurance; President and COO of First Executive Corporation, a $20 billion life holding company; and Executive Vice President and member of the Board of Directors at Dean Witter Financial Services Group (a predecessor firm to Morgan Stanley). He managed most of the product areas and as part of a three-person team undertook the development of the Discover card. Mr. Snyder is a graduate of Georgetown University (WSJ Scholar) and Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar).

Dusty Wunderlich

Dusty Wunderlich

CEO and Founder

BRISTLECONE HOLDINGS

Dusty Wunderlich is an entrepreneur and CEO of Bristlecone Holdings, a fintech startup pioneering new lending models to reach underserved consumers through financing products designed for distinct industries. Dusty is a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council, was named 2015 Technology Advocate of the Year by Nevada’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, and is a 2014 recipient of the Reno Gazette Journal’s 20 Under 40 Award. Dusty founded the Bristlecone Foundation a nonprofit dedicated to the financial well-being of the average consumer and driving innovation at the community level, an evolution of his original endeavor known as the Growing Worldwide Opportunity Foundation. He currently serves as chairman of the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum and is an active board member of the Barracuda Championship.

Prior to Bristlecone Holdings, he founded Optimum Strategy Group, an institutional advisory firm and served as a Principal and Advisor at DCA Capital Partners,a leading strategic advisory firm. Bristlecone Holdings was named the 2015 Company of the Year and the 2015 Exponential Start-Up Award by Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada. Dusty’s experience in investment banking and private equity on a global scale combined with stellar ability to lead and get shit done has sparked a wildfire among data scientists and fintech investors.He recognized frustration in a marketplace hungry for innovation and is devoted to making effective change. Dusty’s broad worldview, collaborative mindset and ability to overcome drives his political activism in his home state of Nevada. Dusty builds a better business environment everywhere he goes. Follow @Dusty Wunderlich on twitter.

Gary Schwartz

Gary Schwartz

Senior Vice President

DEALNET CAPITAL CORPORTATION

Gary Schwartz is the author of The Impulse Economy and FAST SHOPPER, SLOW STORE published under Simon & Schuster’s ATRIA imprint.
He was born in Zambia and spent much of his youth in mining towns across central Africa. Gary is alumnus of Columbia University in New York and the Stanford University Center in Yokohama, where he was the recipient of the Asia and Japan Foundation Fellowship.

Chris Arnold

Chris Arnold

Senior Managing Director

CRYSTAL FINANCIAL

Chris Arnold is a Senior Managing Director with Crystal Financial and is responsible for structuring, underwriting and closing new loans and managing portfolio investments. Chris has more than 20 years of experience sourcing, structuring and managing debt and equity investments to companies in a variety of industries.

Prior to joining Crystal in 2010, he held positions at GE Capital, CapitalSource and CIT in addition to spending 5 years in private equity where he focused on distressed and turnaround investing.

Mr. Arnold received his BBA with a concentration in Finance from Northeastern University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Alex Horn

Alex Horn

Managing Partner

BRIDGEINVEST

Mr. Horn is the founder and Managing Partner of BridgeInvest, a private real estate lender focused on providing short-term, senior-secured loans to commercial real estate borrowers to help them execute on their business plans and capture timely market opportunities. Under Mr. Horn's leadership, BridgeInvest has closed hundreds of millions of dollars in commercial mortgage loans across asset classes, leading it to become one of the largest, most successful private lenders in Florida and the Southeast US. In 2016, Mr. Horn launched the BridgeInvest Specialty Credit Fund, a short-term private equity fund, to cater to growing investor demand for an institutional-quality investment platform in private mortgage loans with a focus on capital preservation and attractive risk-adjusted returns. Prior to founding BridgeInvest, Alex served on the Strategy & New Ventures team at SecondMarket (acquired by NASDAQ) where he assisted in doubling the company’s size to become the largest global trading platform for pre-IPO securities including companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Tesla. Alex graduated from Columbia University with B.A. in Economics.

Eric Rothman

Eric Rothman

President & CEO

FAST TRACK LEASING

Eric Rothman, President & CEO, Fast Track Leasing, LLC: has more than 18 years of investment and management experience. He began his career as an Corporate Finance and Bankruptcy Attorney at Kaye Scholar, LLP focusing on structured finance, asset backed securitization, corporate financings and reorganizations. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Rothman was SVP, Global Head of Structured Products for Assured Guaranty Corp., where he was responsible for developing various structured principal finance opportunities and launched their European Office in London. Following Assured, he was a Managing Director at UBS Securities, LLC where he was a Fixed Income Trader and Structurer and established four new business lines for the firm. In 2008, Mr. Rothman became President & Chief Investment Officer at The Zeus Organization, LLC a distressed debt buyer and workout group. In 2014, he founded Fast Track Leasing, LLC an Uber Car Rental and Sub-Prime Leasing company. Mr. Rothman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate, with Honors, from The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Douglas J. Bystry

Douglas J. Bystry

President/CEO

CLEARINGHOUSE CDFI

Mr. Bystry has been providing financial services to low-income communities for over 25 years. Mr. Bystry, in his professional career, has successfully raised and deployed over $1 billion for low-income communities. Much of this capital was raised by Clearinghouse CDFI, which he founded in 1996, and is now one of the largest CDFI’s in the nation. Clearinghouse CDFI was the first CDFI in the nation to be rated by Standard & Poor’s and they received an “AA STABLE” rating.

Clearinghouse CDFI embraces the concept that “community lending can and should be profitable”. This philosophy has helped attract over 50 bank and corporate investors providing both debt and equity. Clearinghouse CDFI was the first non-depository CDFI in the nation to borrow from any Federal Home Loan Bank. They currently have over $310 million in total assets. They were the first CDFI’s selected for the inaugural round of the CDFI Fund Bond Guaranty Program and the first to deploy $100 million.

Mr. Bystry previously was a Housing Commissioner for the County of Orange and a City Council member for the City of La Habra, California. He serves on the COIN (California Organized Investment Network) Advisory Board whose goal is to increase insurance industry community investments throughout California. Mr. Bystry serves on several other non-profit boards primarily benefitting affordable housing and the disadvantaged populations. He is a UCLA graduate.

Ken Rees

Ken Rees

CEO

ELEVATE CREDIT

Ken Rees is the CEO of Elevate, a fintech leader using technology and advanced analytics to disrupt the nonprime lending space. Elevate’s innovative online products have provided $3 billion in credit to 1.4 million customers and are helping them build a brighter financial future. Ken is passionate about serving the underserved and was selected as a 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young.

Brian Graham

Brian Graham

CEO

ALLIANCE PARTNERS

Brian is CEO of BancAlliance. BancAlliance is a network of more than 200 community banks that capitalizes on its collective scale to empower member banks to be successful in markets that have become dominated by the largest banks in the country. Previously, Brian held various leadership positions in financial services including at a private investment firm, a commercial banking company, Fannie Mae and Morgan Stanley. Brian has also served in government, both as the financial services aide to then Congressman Charles Schumer during the thrift crisis and as a staff member on the “Brady Commission” which investigated the causes of the 1987 stock market crash.

Joe Mantone

Joe Mantone

Senior Editor

S&P GLOBAL MARKET INTELLIGENCE

Joe Mantone is a senior editor with S&P Global Market Intelligence. Joe covers financial services and tracks capital markets trends across all sectors. In 2008, Joe joined SNL Financial LLC, which is now S&P Global Market Intelligence. Prior to SNL, Joe worked as an online editor for The Wall Street Journal. Earlier in his career, Joe was a reporter and copy editor for a Crain Communications magazine, Modern Healthcare. Joe has been working as a journalist for about 20 years.

Beth Starr

Beth Starr

Managing Director, Capital Markets

SPRUCE FINANCE

Beth Starr is a Managing Director at Spruce Finance, where she runs capital markets for Spruce’s loan business. Spruce is a technology-enabled finance company that provides homeowners with simple, affordable financing for residential solar systems and efficiency improvements. Beth has over 25 years of experience in the capital markets, including roles in research, marketing and distribution of structured finance and structured credit products. Beth spent 18 years at Lehman Brothers, where she was a Managing Director, in roles spanning research, marketing, distribution and sales. She also spent several years each at Merrill Lynch and Jefferies. Prior to joining Spruce, Beth ran capital markets at CommonBond, a fin-tech student loan lender. Beth has been active in all areas of the asset-backed, mortgage-backed and commercial real estate markets throughout her career, with emphasis on the more esoteric and complex products and structures. She has been widely published on asset-backed securities and was recognized seven times by Institutional Investor as an All-America Research Team Member for her asset-backed securities and commercial mortgage-backed securities research. Beth has a BSE in Finance and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and lives in Westchester, NY with her husband and two children.

Benjamin Bornstein

Benjamin Bornstein

Partner

INDIGO CAPITAL MARKETS

Mr. Bornstein is a Partner in Indigo Capital Markets and Indigo Global Investors, the Sponsor and Investment Manager to the Indigo Opportunities Fund US, L.P. In addition to serving as a Portfolio Manager to the Fund, Mr. Bornstein also serves as the Chief Legal Officer to the Indigo Global Investors family of companies, and sits on the Fund’s investment committee.

Mr. Bornstein has 25 years of commercial finance experience, including 18 years of asset-based loan investment experience and 8 years of investment fund management experience including servicing as founder and managing partner of Indigo Asset Management. Prior to his fund management experience, Mr. Bornstein was employed by General Electric Capital Corporation for 10 years, first as corporate counsel, then as a mergers and acquisitions executive, and finally as the head of the non-performing loan acquisition operations within GECC’s Global Restructuring Group. Prior to joining GECC, Mr. Bornstein practiced bankruptcy law and corporate finance for 7 years at Mayer Brown and at Fried Frank. Mr. Bornstein received his A.B. in Honors Economics from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Mr. Bornstein has spoken and served as a panelist at several Finance and Private Investment conferences.

  • Distressed Investments Forum, March 9, 2016 – DDC Financial Group
  • Distressed Debt & Alternative Investments Forum, September 28, 2015 – DDC Financial Group
  • Family Office and Private Wealth Management Forum, July 22, 2014 - Opal
  • 4th Global Distressed Debt Investing Summit, February 20, 2013 –iGlobal Forum
  • 3rd Annual Alternative Investments Summit, May 30, 2012 –iGlobal Forum
  • 3rd Global Distressed Debt Investing Summit, February 9, 2012 –iGlobal Forum
  • Spring 2010 Distressed & Turnaround Investment Forum, March 25-26, 2010 -- iiBig
Brett Hickey

Brett Hickey

Founder & CEO

STAR MOUNTAIN CAPITAL

Brett Hickey is the Founder & CEO of Star Mountain Capital, LLC, a specialized asset management firm focused exclusively on small and medium-sized businesses as a strategic fund and direct investor. Star Mountain and its partner fund managers represent one of the largest non-bank small and medium-sized business investment platforms in the U.S.with a portfolio of over200 companies.

Representing some of the most sophisticated global institutional investors, Star Mountain invests (i) as a strategic fund-of-funds investor into other private equity and private credit fund managers, (ii) as a secondary fund investor helping provide liquidity to other limited and general partners and (iii) as a direct investor, often co-investing with its partner fund managers (via senior stretch / unitrancheloans, mezzanine and/or equity investments). Star Mountain and its specialized partner fund managers provide companies (generally with $10mm to 150mm of annual revenues) with unparalleled resources, capital and relationships to grow their businesses.

Previously, Mr. Hickey co-founded and ran a multi-manager platform including 4 in-state small business funds, through which he invested debt and equity capital into U.S. growing small businesses on behalf of large insurance companies. Prior to that, he was an investment banking analyst with Salomon Smith Barney (later Citigroup Global Markets) where he assisted leading financial institutions including insurance companies and asset managers, in over $20 billion of completed debt and equity capital raising, restructuring and merger & acquisition transactions.

Mr. Hickey is very involved and passionate about philanthropy and positive community impact. He is the Founder of the Star Mountain Charitable Foundation, through which he has received multiple recognitions for his efforts including the Pathfinders to Peace Award. Board memberships include the Quebec City Conference (members represent approximately $4 trillion of leading institutional investors); Board of Governors for the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA); Member and former Chairman of Networks for the NYC Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO); Board of Harvard University Entrepreneurs Alumni Association; and Board of McGill University Alumni Association of NY(recipient of the President of the Year Award).

Mr. Hickey received a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from McGill University (Finance Major and Accounting Concentration) and graduated from Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program (three year full HBS alumni status executive program for business owners). He is a frequent guest lecturer on industry panels and at academic institutions. Mr. Hickey is also a former Canadian national gold medalist and North American medalist in speed skating.

Todd R. Plotner

Todd R. Plotner

Partner

CHAPMAN AND CUTLER LLP

Todd Plotner is a Partner at Chapman and Cutler LLP specializing in securitizations, structured finance and community development finance. Todd’s practice includes the restructuring of and bankruptcy advice concerning troubled transactions. Todd represents operating companies, captive finance companies, commercial and investment banks, commercial paper conduits, and other financial institutions in a wide variety of structured financial transactions. The assets in those transactions have included student loans, mortgages, residual interest certificates, railcars, intermodal shipping containers and chassis, aircraft, auto loans and leases, equipment leases, timeshares, structured settlements, commissions, and trade receivables. Todd’s experience also includes establishing leveraged equity investments, warehouse financings and bridge loans for affordable housing, new markets tax credit and community development projects.

Andrea L. Petro

Andrea L. Petro

Executive Vice President / Division Manager, Lender Finance

WELLS FARGO CAPITAL FINANCE

Andrea Petro is an Executive Vice President and Division Manager of the Lender Finance division of Wells Fargo Capital Finance, based in Dallas, Texas. The Lender Finance division is a leading provider of credit facilities starting at $15 million to middle-market, specialty finance companies throughout North America such as factors and asset-based lenders, equipment leasing and finance companies, and other specialty finance companies. With over 20 years of experience in the asset-based lending industry, Andrea Petro established the Lender Finance division of Wells Fargo Capital Finance in 2000, which was known as Wells Fargo Foothill at the time, with the exclusive mission of providing financing for specialty finance companies. Her success with the Lender Finance division led to the expansion of her role and the formation of the Resort Finance and Supply Chain Finance units. Prior to joining Foothill, Andrea was Senior Vice President, National Marketing Manager of the Financial Services Funding Division of Transamerica Business Credit. Andrea earned her bachelor of arts degree from Kent State University and her masters of business administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She serves on the board of the Commercial Finance Association as vice president of finance. Additionally, she serves as a member of the board of directors of the Commercial Finance Association Education Foundation and a member of the Philanthropy Council of the North Texas Food Bank. Andrea and her team are also members of the International Factoring Association and the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association. The Lender Finance division is an active supporter of Habitat for Humanity, The North Texas Food Bank and over 30 other national and regional non-profits that support local communities.

Aharon Tarnavsky

Aharon Tarnavsky

Vice President, Lender Finance

WELLS FARGO CAPITAL FINANCE

Aharon Tarnavsky is a Vice President of the Lender Finance division of Wells Fargo Capital Finance, based in Dallas. The Lender Finance division is a leading provider of credit facilities starting at $15 million to specialty finance companies throughout the U.S. and Canada, including asset-based lenders, factors, equipment leasing and finance companies, and other specialty finance companies. Aharon has over 10 years of experience in the asset-based lending industry, including significant experience in lending to specialty finance companies. Aharon joined Wells Fargo Capital Finance in 2005 as a collateral analyst in the Lender Finance division. His current responsibilities include originating new lending relationships for specialty finance companies. He previously served as a Senior Relationship Manager for the Lender Finance division. Aharon has bachelor’s degree in Finance and masters in Accounting & Information Management from University of Texas at Dallas. The Lender Finance division is an active supporter of Habitat for Humanity, The North Texas Food Bank, and more than 30 other national and regional nonprofits that support local communities.

Jim Keller

Jim Keller

CFO

COLLEGE AVE STUDENT LOANS

Jim has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. He was most recently a Senior Managing Director in the Structured Products Group at Cantor Fitzgerald & Company where he was responsible for secondary trading and primary origination of structured credit products including CLOs, CDOs, insurance-linked securities, credit-linked notes and synthetic ABS. Jim was previously Managing Director and Global Co-Head of UBS Investment Bank’s Global Structured Products Group. Prior to UBS, he held various trading and syndication roles at Salomon Smith Barney and Citicorp Securities. Jim received a BA degree from Cornell University and an MBA degree from Columbia Business School.

Dom Savino

Dom Savino

Founding Partner, Co-CIO

FERRY FARM CAPITAL

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