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Beth Fore

Senior Associate
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Beth Fore
Senior Associate

Beth Fore is a senior associate at Advantage Capital. In this role, her primary focus is asset management, where she monitors and tracks portfolios’ loan performance and compliance, prepares reports for management review and assists with new fund closings.

Immediately prior to joining the firm, Beth was a senior financial analyst for renewable energy projects at U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation. In this role, she managed and monitored over $1 billion of tax credit exposure. Beth designed policies, procedures and reporting methods to identify warning signs of potential nonperformance and presented findings to senior leadership. Prior to her five-year tenure at U.S. Bancorp, she was a commercial underwriter for Ally Bank.

Beth earned her MBA from Lindenwood University and her bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Central Missouri. She is a Big Sister through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri and a council member of Sweet Celebrations.

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Jonathan Goldstein

Managing Director
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Jonathan Goldstein
Managing Director

Jonathan Goldstein is an experienced investment executive with a background in venture capital, renewable energy and urban investing. He serves as a member of Advantage Capital’s investment committee and leads the firm’s tax credit syndication group. He is also a member of both the firm’s strategy council and the clean energy investment team. Prior to joining Advantage Capital in 2010, Jonathan served on the board at McCormack Baron Salazar, the leading urban revitalization firm in the country, overseeing the Project Finance group, the various private, governmental and community funding sources. He also oversaw MBS’s New Markets Tax Credit practice, including $210 million in allocations from the U.S. Treasury.

Jonathan founded Sunwheel Energy Partners, an affiliated firm specializing in solar energy programs. Since beginning his career as an attorney, clerking for a federal appellate judge and serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Justice Department, he also helped found Taproot Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, where he sourced and structured investments in technology companies. He serves on the boards of Advantage Capital portfolio companies Nextility and SDBIC. He is a member of the Board and Executive Committee for the New Markets Tax Credit Coalition and on the board of Rise, a regional nonprofit dedicated to housing and urban revitalization. In 2012, he was named to the “Who’s Who in Energy List” by a coalition of regional Business Journals. He holds a J.D. from Washington University, where he graduated first in his class, and a bachelor’s degree from Yale.

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Stephanie Hiatt

Senior Vice President
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Stephanie Hiatt
Senior Vice President

Stephanie Hiatt joined Advantage Capital in 2018 as senior vice president. Ms. Hiatt focuses on origination, compliance and asset management of the firm’s Partner Services portfolio, which includes federal and state New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) loan funds and standalone transactions. Ms. Hiatt is a seasoned financial professional with more than 15 years of banking, investment, and finance experience, including 11 years facilitating investments in low-income communities, low-income housing, historic preservation and renewable energy.

Most recently, she was Director of Advisory Services at Dudley Ventures in Phoenix, AZ, where she led a team focused on raising and deploying capital utilizing federal tax credit programs, such as the NMTC Program, among others. During her tenure with Dudley, Ms. Hiatt was responsible for closing more than $750 million in NMTC investments in over 150 low-income community businesses. Ms. Hiatt also worked in the banking industry for Wells Fargo Bank and First Security Bank.

Ms. Hiatt received her bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Rochester, with a minor concentration in Italian language and culture.

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Franchesca Lorio

Principal/Controller
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Franchesca Lorio
Principal/Controller

Franchesca Lorio provides leadership in all aspects of the firm’s accounting and financial management. As a principal and controller of all Advantage Capital entities, she is responsible for the preparation of the firm’s financial statements and numerous other periodic reports to investors, lenders and various regulatory authorities. Franchesca is also responsible for cash management as well as the implementation and supervision of the firm’s reporting and compliance systems. In addition, she works closely with the firm’s independent public accountants in connection with the completion of the annual audits of more than 70 Advantage Capital entities.

Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Franchesca practiced public accounting for five years with several leading CPA firms, where she focused on tax and financial accounting matters.

Franchesca graduated cum laude from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, the American Society of Women Accountants and the Young Leadership Council.

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Mary Beth Maygarden

Compliance Manager
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Mary Beth Maygarden
Compliance Manager

Mary Beth Maygarden is compliance manager at Advantage Capital. In this capacity, she maintains compliance with all federal and state statutes and regulations applicable to the firm’s investment operations.

Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Mary Beth served as a paralegal for Deutsch, Kerrigan and Stiles, LLP in New Orleans, where she provided litigation support in both federal and state jurisdictions. She also assisted clients with economic redevelopment matters in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Mary Beth received her master’s degree in humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas and her bachelor’s degree in medieval studies and history from Newcomb College-Tulane University, where she graduated cum laude.

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Nicole Pilié

Director of Program Compliance
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Nicole Pilié
Director of Program Compliance

Nicole Pilié is the director of program compliance at Advantage Capital. As a member of the government-guaranteed lending team, she primarily focuses on the determination, management and reporting of New Market Tax Credit compliance guidelines.

Prior to joining the firm, Nicole served as a third-party liability adjuster with Hanover Insurance Group.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in psychology from the University of New Orleans.

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Talmadge Singer

Managing Director
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Talmadge Singer
Managing Director

Talmadge Singer is a managing director at Advantage Capital. He has extensive experience raising capital for and structuring tax credit equity incentivized funds, closing both levered and unlevered funds in excess of $1.4 billion. Talmadge has also syndicated more than $1.35 billion of state and federal tax credits. In addition to his fundraising functions, he supports Advantage Capital’s national expansion efforts, focusing on government relations at the federal level.

Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Talmadge was an associate in the Corporate and Securities practice group at Thompson & Knight LLP where he focused on fund formation, securities law and mergers and acquisitions.

Talmadge earned his J.D. from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University and was a member of the SMU Law Review Association. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Louisiana State University.

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Debbie Singer

Senior Vice President/Head of QALICB Consulting
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Debbie Singer
Senior Vice President/Head of QALICB Consulting

Debbie Singer is a Senior Vice President and Head of Qualified Active Low-Income Community Business (QALICB) Consulting at Advantage Capital. With nearly 15 years of experience in New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC), public-private partnerships, the negotiation of credits and incentives, Tax Increment Finance (TIF), and various structured finance transactions, Debbie is a seasoned real estate, legal and financial executive. As a member of the Partner Services team, Debbie leads consulting efforts for NMTC standalone transactions.

Most recently, Debbie was the Leader of the Great Lakes Credits & Incentives practice at RSM in Chicago, IL, where she was responsible for all public-private partnership projects—including tax credits and negotiated incentives—for the firm’s Great Lakes clients and for all NMTC projects across the country. Debbie received her J.D. and master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin and her bachelor’s in Economics and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis.

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