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Maurice Doyle

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

Maurice Doyle has extensive experience in the capital markets and investment banking industry. In his role as managing director, he has chief responsibility for the firm’s fundraising and investor relations activities and serves as the principal contact for many of the firm’s insurance industry investors.

Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Maurice was a senior vice president at UBS Securities, a vice president of Credit Suisse First Boston and a vice president with Winthrop Securities, where he was involved in financing large multiphase real estate development projects.

Maurice received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame.

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Keith Freeman

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

Keith Freeman is a principal at Advantage Capital where he identifies and screens potential new investment opportunities, performs due diligence, negotiates and closes transactions and manages existing investments. He is primarily focused on investments made by Advantage Capital Agribusiness Partners.

Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Keith served as a managing director for AGR Partners Inc, a California-based investment firm that focuses on providing capital to leading agribusinesses and food companies. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing the company’s deal originations, investment analysis procedures and transaction negotiations.

Keith received his MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and his bachelor’s degree in finance from Miami University.

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Naomi Baruch

Vice President
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Naomi Baruch
Vice President

Naomi Baruch is Vice President at Advantage Capital. A member of the firm’s partner services team, Naomi primarily works with CDE partners to support preparation of their NMTC allocation applications, as well as structuring and closing transactions for qualified NMTC businesses.

Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Naomi worked for quasi-state agency MassDevelopment in Boston, Massachusetts for over 15 years, working in all aspects of the NMTC program for 12 of those years. During her time at MassDevelopment, Naomi focused on sourcing qualified, impactful NTMC transactions, and raising and deploying capital. She closed $52 million in NMTC investments, managed a $341 million NMTC portfolio, and wrote and reviewed NMTC allocation applications, securing $125 million in allocation authority over a six-year period. She has nearly 25 years’ experience in finance and business management.

Naomi was enlisted in the United States Navy from 1994-1997, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from University at Albany, State University of NY with a bachelor’s in psychology-honors. She grew up in Israel and speaks fluent Hebrew.

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David Beidler

Vice President of Business Development
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
David Beidler
Vice President of Business Development

David Beidler is vice president of business development at Advantage Capital. In his role, David primarily focuses on sourcing state and federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit investments for affordable housing projects concentrated in Colorado and Georgia.

David brings over 23 years of commercial real estate experience, including more than 13 years of experience in sourcing Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits and federal New Markets Tax Credit investments to the Advantage Capital team. Most recently, he was a tax credit Acquisitions Manager at Foss and Company and prior to that with the National Trust Community Investment Corporation in a similar role.

David received his MBA and master’s degree in regional and urban planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of St. Thomas.

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Pete Byford

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

Pete Byford is a Senior Vice President on the firm’s Partner Services team. In his role, he helps lead the growth of the overall line of business and focuses on origination of New Markets Tax Credit financing transactions.

Byford is a veteran attorney and former equity finance consultant. Over the past eight years, he has been involved in NMTC transactions delivering more than $1.1 billion in total investment to underserved areas.

Before joining Advantage Capital, Byford was a director at one of the largest regional accounting firms in the U.S. In a previous role as Executive Vice President and General Counsel, S.B. Phillips Co., Inc., he served as legal counsel, oversaw financial departments, and worked closely with top executives to define business strategies while providing legal advice on specific issues. For more than thirteen years, he led his own law firm, Byford Law LLC.

Byford holds a B.A. from The Citadel along with a J.D. from University of South Carolina and a L.L.M, Taxation from University of Denver.

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Ryan Dressler

Principal
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Ryan Dressler
Principal

Ryan Dressler is a principal at Advantage Capital where he is a member of the expansion and fundraising teams.

Prior to joining the firm, Ryan was director of new site development for a national nonprofit leadership organization based in Richmond, Virginia. He has a varied background in sales, strategic growth and early-stage business formation.

Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.

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Michael Dubansky

Vice President of Business Development
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Michael Dubansky
Vice President of Business Development

Michael Dubansky is vice president of business development at Advantage Capital, where he primarily focuses on the origination of state and federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit investments located in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Indiana.

Michael brings over two decades of tax equity investment experience to Advantage Capital. Most recently, he served as business director of MCM Company, Inc., where he developed multifamily assets throughout the midwest that utilized federal and state historic tax credits. Prior to that, he spent nine years at National Trust Community Investment Corporation where he facilitated and sourced tax equity investments largely concentrated in federal and state Historic and New Markets Tax Credits.

Michael graduated from Towson University with a bachelor of science in business administration.

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William Fiederlein

Vice President of Business Development
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
William Fiederlein
Vice President of Business Development

William Fiederlein is Vice President of Business Development at Advantage Capital where he primarily focuses on the origination of state and federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Investments located in South Carolina, Virginia, Nebraska and Arizona.

William brings nearly a decade of tax equity investment experience to Advantage. Most recently, he held several roles at National Trust Community Investment Corporation where he facilitated over $180MM of tax equity investments largely concentrated in federal and state Historic and New Markets Tax Credits.  Prior to this, he worked for a boutique tax credit syndication and consulting firm where he assisted project sponsors in securing equity through various federal and state tax credit programs.

William graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

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Peter Manning

Vice President
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Peter Manning
Vice President

Peter Manning is a vice president on Advantage Capital's renewable energy team, where he focuses on fundraising, due diligence and structuring.

Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Peter led a team in consulting and advisory services at Novogradac. In that role, he advised many of the large institutional investors and sponsors in the sector on the structuring and modeling of over $1 billion of renewable energy investments.

Earlier in his career, Peter worked as vice president at Michel Associates where he was responsible for bringing private equity investment into the firm and for identifying and evaluating acquisitions on behalf of the company.

Peter holds a degree in computational and mathematical finance from Babson College.

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Jessie Marquardt

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

Jessie Marquardt serves as a senior associate on the firm’s syndication group, for which she is responsible for due diligence and transaction work for our state-based Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) investments.  

Jessie brings more than 12 years of real estate and banking experience, the last 5 of which were spent working on LIHTC and affordable housing projects.  Most recently, she served as a senior multi-family portfolio analyst for Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, where she worked on all aspects of their affordable housing program from underwriting to asset management for the development of affordable housing projects which included federal and state LIHTC Tax Credits among other funding sources. Previously she was a part of the underwriting team at Wells Fargo where her duties included loan modifications and managing a team of real estate underwriters.

Jessie received her bachelor’s degree in secondary education with social studies and English endorsements from Eastern Washington University.

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Tim Perusek

Principal
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Tim Perusek
Principal

Tim Perusek is a principal at Advantage Capital. As a member of the Investment group, he is responsible for sourcing, due diligence and valuation analysis of current and prospective investments. Tim supports the firm’s Southeast investment footprint.

Tim joins us most recently from SunTrust, where he served as a senior vice president in the Corporate Finance Specialty Group. Prior to SunTrust, he spent 27 years at GE Capital, working in a variety of corporate finance roles including regional management, business development and underwriting and credit.

Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Florida.

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Leslie Powell

Vice President
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Leslie Powell
Vice President

Leslie Powell is vice president of the syndication asset management team. With a strong background in affordable housing financing, his responsibilities include overseeing the asset management function and managing the syndication asset portfolio to ensure activities align with the firm's and business unit's risk appetite and risk management framework.

Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Leslie held positions in underwriting and asset management within PNC Bank's Real Estate Tax Credit Solutions division. In his asset management roles, Leslie managed a large portfolio of LIHTC investments throughout the country and was responsible for the continuous evaluation of investments. In his underwriting roles, Leslie was responsible for understanding complex financial and tax issues related to Section 42 of the IRS Tax Code as well as analyzed transaction structures and key principles of affordable housing projects to make recommendations regarding the suitability of projects for syndication or acquisition by the bank.

Leslie holds an MBA from Bellarmine University and bachelor's degree in finance from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. In addition, Leslie earned a certificate in accounting from the University of Louisville.

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Moniqua Spencer

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

Moniqua Spencer is an experienced banking and finance professional. As a senior vice president on the investment team, she helps mid-sized companies access capital to facilitate growth and create and retain jobs.

Moniqua most recently served as vice president and banking business sales manager for central Ohio at U.S. Bank. There, she led a team of business banking professionals focused on the lending, depository and treasury management needs for companies up to $25M in annual revenue.

Her defining moment in realizing her passion for working in underserved markets came when she served on the leadership team of Ohio Community Development Finance Fund, a statewide CDFI, CDE and SBA Community Advantage Lender. As executive vice president of lending and programs, she was responsible for the administration, management and deployment of multiple lending and grant programs. She further gained significant expertise with the New Markets Tax Credit program, having been directly responsible for closing over $125M in NMTC loans during her tenure.

Moniqua has also served on multiple boards primarily focused on underserved businesses and youth. Currently, she served as past-chair of the board of directors for Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI), board of directors for Communities in Schools of Ohio, and was most recently appointed to the board of directors for The Women's Center for Economic Opportunity (WCEO).

Moniqua is a graduate of the The Ohio State University, where she received a bachelors of science in business administration with a major in marketing. She has continues studies through the Harvard Kennedy School's Executive Education series.

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Gregory Hulecki

Venture Partner
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Gregory Hulecki
Venture Partner

Gregory Hulecki serves as a venture partner for Advantage Capital and brings more than 30 years of private equity investing experience to the firm. Mr. Hulecki was a partner and founder of FA Technology Ventures, an independent, established venture capital firm that invests in early stage technology companies in targeted emerging technology sectors. Previously, he was a managing director and founder of Seacoast Capital, a growth equity fund. Prior to founding Seacoast, Greg managed the investment portfolio of Signal Capital. Mr. Hulecki also worked as a principal at Capital Growth Partners, a middle market private equity firm, and Venture Founders, an early stage technology venture capital firm.

Mr. Hulecki earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Kettering University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. His community involvement includes recruiting and screening entrepreneurs for Springboard Enterprises, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to accelerating women’s access to the venture capital markets. In addition, he has worked with mentors from the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, comprised of successful entrepreneurs and investors who assist technologies and startups in spinning out of the University.

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Adam Suberi

Director of Financial Planning and Analysis
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Adam Suberi
Director of Financial Planning and Analysis

Adam Suberi is director of financial planning and analysis at Advantage Capital. As a member of the firm’s investment group, he is responsible for analyzing investments and portfolio companies in Missouri.

Prior to joining the firm, Adam worked as an associate at A.G. Edwards & Sons in the Investment Banking Capital Markets Group. He also worked for three years as a member of the Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities Group at Fitch Ratings, Inc., where he assessed the financial risk of bonds structured by investment banks.

Adam earned his MBA from the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University.

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