Sheri Barto joined the syndication team as a paralegal in 2015. Ms. Barto supports the team’s efforts to syndicate tax credits, while maintaining relationships with tax credit buyers and investors.
Ms. Barto has over 10 years of experience with Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. Prior to joining Advantage Capital, she served as a paralegal at Sugar Creek Capital, forming and maintaining entities in multiple states, drafting operating and partnership agreements and bylaws and maintaining responsibility for many other integral functions. She also has over 15 years of experience in the title insurance industry.
Anthony H. Billings joined Advantage Capital in 2016 as an associate on the investment team, where he focuses on portfolio management and the evaluation of new investment opportunities. Mr. Billings’s primary responsibilities include monitoring the firm’s current investments, interfacing with portfolio companies to assess current and future capital needs and underwriting new opportunities to deploy firm capital effectively.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Billings served as an associate and assistant vice president in the sponsor finance division of U.S. Bank where he worked primarily with private equity firms to evaluate the financial and business risks of potential new investments, while also monitoring an existing portfolio of loans to identify any issues or capital needs.
Mr. Billings received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus on finance from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
Tom Bitting joined Advantage Capital in 2013. As a senior vice president on the Investment team, he is responsible for structuring transactions in the firm’s debt portfolio, performing due diligence, managing the firm’s current investments, and seeking new opportunities to deploy firm capital effectively. Mr. Bitting is also responsible for sourcing and evaluating commercial, municipal, and utility solar projects.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Bitting served as a vice president in the commercial credit administration division of Pulaski Bank, where he analyzed financial statements to assess risk, collaborated with loan officers to develop customized financing options to best serve customer needs and made loan approval decisions for new and existing customers. He served as a member of the bank’s Risk Management Committee and was responsible for monitoring and assessing a number of bank-wide loan portfolio and balance sheet metrics.
Mr. Bitting received his MBA from Saint Louis University and his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
Tax Compliance Analyst
Kenny Blasingame joined Advantage Capital in 2020. As a Tax Compliance Analyst, Mr. Blasingame’s responsibilities include tracking receipt of and reviewing tax returns from the firm’s partnerships and investments, ensuring the timely response to notices received from taxing authorities, managing the tax compliance calendar for outside accountants, gathering tax return information needed by outside accountants, assisting with loan reconciliations and cash management, verifying tax credits received and delivering tax credit documentation to tax credit claimants.
Mr. Blasingame has more than 7 years of experience working in the accounting and tax fields. Most recently, he worked at Mastercard as a Senior Accountant. Prior to this, he was a Global Mobility Tax Specialist at Anheuser-Busch and Boeing where he gained extensive experience managing high-level executive’s expatriate tax compliance and reviewing multi-country tax equalization calculations. In addition, he was responsible for determining the tax treatment of equity compensation and managing the outsourced tax compliance advisor for expatriate employees.Mr. Blasingame received his bachelor's degree in accounting from Lindenwood University.
Linda Clark joined Advantage Capital in 2019 as an executive assistant.
Ms. Clark plays a key role in the overall operations of the firm’s St. Louis office. Ms. Clark also provides project management support for the impact team and works directly with the firm’s chief impact officer to manage projects, timelines and deliverables. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Clark worked in the non-profit industry. For the past 10 years she was at Urban Strategies, Inc., a community revitalization company, where she was the executive assistant to the president and the office manager for the corporate office. Her expansive administrative background also includes Saint Louis University and Coro Leadership Center.
Ms. Clark holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She is a past board president for the Nursery Foundation of St. Louis and the Urban League Block Unit Initiative.
Kathy Cornell joined Advantage Capital in 2017 as a tax manager. Ms. Cornell services the firm’s leverage lending portfolio and manages income tax compliance for the firm’s entities and their associated federal and state tax filings. She has a broad base of experience working in both public accounting and private industry with companies operating in multiple business sectors. Most recently, Ms. Cornell worked at Anheuser-Busch in the tax operations group where she helped to improve tax compliance processes and procedures. Ms. Cornell holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from McKendree College.
Jeffrey W. Craver is a member of Advantage Capital’s national expansion team focused on taxation, public policy, economic development and public finance.
Mr. Craver sits on the board of directors for the Missouri Biotechnology Association, the Missouri Institute of Biotechnology and Innovation and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Prior to joining Advantage Capital in 2006, Mr. Craver was tax counsel for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He previously served as counsel to the Missouri Senate for tax and fiscal policy and economic development. In addition, he has worked as a corporate attorney in private practice.
Mr. Craver earned a bachelor’s degree in history and French from Duke University. He earned his J.D. degree from the University of Richmond and an LL.M. degree in taxation from Washington University in St. Louis. Mr. Craver also has earned a Maîtrise des Etudes Juridiques Européennes et Internationales from the University of Paris. He is a member of the state bars in Virginia and Missouri.
Jeremy R. Degenhart joined Advantage Capital in 2001. As a principal in the St. Louis office, Mr. Degenhart has a wide range of responsibilities including screening deal flow, conducting due diligence, negotiating transactions, managing existing investments and developing exit opportunities. Mr. Degenhart is also responsible for leading efforts to source and evaluate commercial, municipal, and utility solar projects. Selected current and prior investments led by Mr. Degenhart include: Veran Medical Technologies; Singulex; Kereos; Prioria Robotics; The Lawrence Group; Stereotaxis, which held an initial public offering in 2004 (NASDAQ:STXS); and DataTrade, which sold to Goldleaf Financial in 2007. Additionally, Mr. Degenhart is responsible for designing and analyzing new fundraising structures and facilitating their implementation.
Mr. Degenhart participated in several of the first New Markets Tax Credit transactions ever closed in 2003-2004, at the inception of the program. He has continued to lead the structuring and closing of such financing transactions for Advantage Capital ever since. To date, Mr. Degenhart has been involved in providing in excess of $175 million of capital for more than 20 businesses. Mr. Degenhart was the valedictorian of his undergraduate class at the John M. Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, receiving a bachelor’s degree in finance, economics and accounting in May 2000. He has also earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Mr. Degenhart serves on the Board of Directors of the InvestMidwest Venture Capital Forum. He is a seasoned speaker, and he lectures on venture capital and private equity as an adjunct faculty member at the Olin Business School.
Dayna Drennan joined Advantage Capital in 2019 as a member of the Syndication team. Ms. Drennan is responsible for underwriting, asset management and performing due diligence.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Drennan spent the last four and a half years working in asset management and compliance at Sugar Creek Capital.
Ms. Drennan received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and holds a Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP) Certification.
Louis T. Dubuque, a managing director, board member and chief credit officer, works on formulating investment policy, identifying and closing new investments and managing the firm's debt portfolio. Mr. Dubuque also serves on the board of the government-guaranteed lending division of Advantage Capital. During his tenure with the firm, he has been instrumental in helping raise more than $800 million in capital and has been involved with more than 50 investments totaling in excess of $300 million.
Mr. Dubuque joined Advantage Capital in 2006 after nine years at U.S. Bank, where he served as senior vice president. At U.S. Bank, he created and managed a $400 million subordinated debt fund and directed the capital markets division’s middle market group. Mr. Dubuque also spent six years as a commercial loan officer for JP Morgan Chase (formerly First Chicago/NBD Bank).
Mr. Dubuque holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. He is a certified public accountant. In recognition of his professional achievements and community involvement, he was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list in 2003. Mr. Dubuque also serves on board of the CRUDEM Foundation.
Assistant Vice President
Michele Fleher is a member of the firm’s government-guaranteed lending team. Ms. Fleher works with businesses to promote job creation and economic growth. She has over 25 years of experience in small business lending and has held positions at ITT and Zions Bank.
Ms. Fleher earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Missouri.
Beth Fore joined Advantage Capital in 2016. As a senior associate, her primary focus is asset management, where she monitors and tracks portfolio’s loan performance and compliance, prepares reports for management review and assists with new fund closings.
Immediately prior to joining the firm, Ms. Fore 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. Ms. Fore 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.
Ms. Fore earned her MBA from Lindenwood University and received 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.
Trey Garland joined Advantage Capital in 2018. As a member of the investment team, he is involved in screening potential investment opportunities, performing due diligence and monitoring portfolio companies. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Garland worked as an analyst in the Valuation and Litigation Services Group at RubinBrown LLP covering a wide range of industries including construction, M&D, real estate, professional services, agriculture and renewable energy.
Mr. Garland received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from the University of Missouri.
Jeffrey C. Gentsch serves as a venture partner for Advantage Capital and brings over 25 years of private equity investing experience to the firm. Mr. Gentsch is the founder of Gentsch Capital Partners, a middle market private equity firm. Previously, he was the partner responsible for the St. Louis office of Key Principal Partners, a middle market venture and growth capital equity firm, and a managing director of Harbour Group, a middle market buyout firm. Mr. Gentsch’s early career included leverage buyout banking at Barclays Bank in New York and Continental Illinois Bank in Chicago.
Mr. Gentsch earned a bachelor’s degree in Cellular Biology from the University of Kansas and an MBA in finance from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. His community involvement includes board roles at the Missouri Baptist Healthcare Foundation and chairman of the Washington University in St. Louis Alumni Board of Governors.
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, Mr. Goldstein 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.
He 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. Mr. Goldstein 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 bachelor’s degree from Yale and a J.D. from Washington University where he graduated first in his class.
Sherry Hartnett joined Advantage Capital in 2016 as an office manager. In that capacity, Ms. Hartnett provides support for the St. Louis team, managing office functions and scheduling resources.
Ms. Hartnett has over 20 years of experience in financial services, serving as an office manager and executive assistant at high-net-worth family offices in the St. Louis area.
She received her bachelor’s degree at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Director of Communications
Donya Hengehold joined Advantage Capital in 2018 as the director of communications. Ms. Hengehold is responsible for the firm’s integrated marketing communications efforts. Through her work at DH Communications, she was a trusted advisor for a diverse group of companies within the financial services, healthcare and technology industries.
Prior to launching her own firm, she was a vice president at Bank of America where she served as a senior media relations and communications specialist. Ms. Hengehold brings a wealth of experience in developing integrated communications programs and cultivating media and stakeholder relationships. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Creighton University.
George N. Hettich is a senior associate and a member of the firm’s syndication group. With a strong background in commercial real estate, his responsibilities include sourcing and structuring investments utilizing state-based Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) programs.
Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Mr. Hettich worked for many years at U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation, where he managed a large portfolio of LIHTC investments throughout the country and was responsible for evaluating investments. In this role, Mr. Hettich supervised a team of asset managers to ensure the overall profitability of the portfolio, as well as established development plans and activities of the team. Previously, Mr. Hettich was a co-owner of a real estate firm that performed investment services to clients on a portfolio of over 400 residential units. In this role, he negotiated and executed investment options and company mergers.
Mr. Hettich received his MBA from Lindenwold University and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Fontbonne University. Mr. Hettich is active in the community, sitting on the board of the Tennessee Williams Festival and the City of Clayton Sustainability Advisory Committee.
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.
Senior Tax Associate
Sarah Long joined Advantage Capital in 2019 as a member of the tax team. She is responsible for preparing partnership tax returns and supplementary tax schedules, as well as performing technical research.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Long worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she was responsible for preparing and reviewing consolidated federal income tax returns, state income tax returns, annual tax extension filings, and performing compliance requirements for corporations and partnerships.
Ms. Long received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Saint Louis University and master’s degree in accounting from Loyola Marymount University.
Sandra M. Moore
Managing Director/Chief Impact Officer
Sandra M. Moore
With over three decades of experience in urban planning, economic development and community revitalization efforts, Sandra M. Moore joins the Advantage Capital team as chief impact officer to guide our investments and strategies to maximize community impact. Prior to joining us in this capacity, for nearly 15 years, she was as an invaluable member of our New Markets Tax Credit Advisory Board, serving as a key advisor in our efforts to bring businesses, technologies and jobs to communities that have historically lacked access to investment capital. Most recently, Ms. Moore was the president of Urban Strategies in St. Louis, leading a team of professionals working in cities across the U.S. to help transform distressed urban core communities into vibrant residential neighborhoods.
She has also served as the CEO of the Missouri Family Investment Trust, a public-private partnership entity leading Missouri’s multi-system reform efforts. Earlier in her career, Ms. Moore served in Governor Mel Carnahan’s cabinet as director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. Under her leadership, the department ensured businesses were competing on a level playing field not only through enforcement of Missouri’s labor laws, but also by educating businesses and workers through community outreach. She has served as a judge for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, adjudicating over 500 administrative complaints of employment discrimination. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, receiving her bachelor’s degree in urban studies in 1976 and her J.D. from the School of Law in 1979.
Zachary Neuner joined Advantage Capital in 2017. As an analyst on the firm’s investment team, Mr. Neuner is involved in performing due diligence, screening potential investment opportunities and monitoring portfolio companies.
Mr. Neuner previously interned with Advantage Capital, where he assisted investment team members in due diligence and underwriting efforts. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Neuner completed internships with Cramer Capital Management and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Mr. Neuner received his bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in finance and banking from the University of Missouri, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Kari Niermann previously worked at Advantage Capital from 2011 to 2014 and rejoined the firm in 2017. As a vice president on the investment team, Ms. Niermann focuses on portfolio management, seeks new investment opportunities and interacts with portfolio companies to assess their current and future capital needs.
Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Ms. Niermann served as an assistant vice president in the Leveraged Finance Group at U.S. Bank, where she was responsible for analyzing, underwriting and assisting in the structuring of syndicated leveraged senior debt transactions for business mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations and capital expenditure purchases, as well as the management of a $350 million portfolio comprised of more than 20 clients. Earlier in her career, Ms. Niermann worked as a commercial banking officer for BMO Harris, formerly Southwest Bank, where she managed a $25 million middle market portfolio of clients in a wide range of industries within the commercial and industrial sector. Ms. Niermann received her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from Saint Louis University.
Mr. Olsen is responsible for leading the underwriting and asset management functions of the syndication group. Mr. Olsen’s career has covered a wide range of responsibilities, including underwriting, asset management, workouts and transaction exits. Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Mr. Olsen was with U.S. Bancorp CDC, where he managed the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) dispositions team and was responsible for underwriting LIHTC equity investments and affordable housing loans.
He has held various positions at Kentucky Housing Corporation and PNC Multi-Family Capital. Mr. Olsen completed his undergraduate work at Transylvania University and earned his J.D. and MBA from the University of Louisville.
Senior Vice President
Anne Ott joined Advantage Capital in 2019 as a senior vice president with our capital markets team focusing on investor relations and capital formation efforts. Ms. Ott is a seasoned financial professional with over 20 years’ experience in the public and private equity markets. She was with Johnson Rice & Co. for eighteen years first as an equity research analyst and later in institutional equity sales. She also worked in corporate finance for Deloitte and Chaffe & Associates valuing privately-held companies and financial institutions for capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, and estate planning. Most recently, Ms. Ott was with DeMonte & Falgoust CPAs focusing on tax compliance and planning for corporations and individuals.
Ms. Ott holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Rhodes College and an MBA from the University of New Orleans.
Aaron Pohlmann joined Advantage Capital in 2019. As a senior associate, Mr. Pohlmann’s responsibilities include financial and compliance underwriting, analysis, structuring and closing of state and federal New Markets Tax Credit transactions, as well as supporting the firm’s business development efforts with new companies and potential partners.
Mr. Pohlmann has more than 15 years of experience in banking and commercial finance, having most recently served as a senior asset manager at US Bancorp Community Development Corporation where he managed a portfolio of New Markets and Historic Tax Credit investments. Prior to that, Mr. Pohlmann worked in commercial lending/business banking at both national and regional financial institutions including Commerce Bank, US Bank and GE Capital.
Mr. Pohlmann received his MBA with an emphasis in finance from Saint Louis University and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Southeast Missouri State University.
Vice President of Syndication
Jim Rieker joined Advantage Capital as a vice president of syndication. In that role, he is responsible for business development for the syndication team.
Mr. Rieker brings to the team extensive knowledge of affordable housing development, having led and directed business development and expansion of portfolios within the Midwest and Southeast. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Riker served as president and CEO of Midwest Housing Equity Group Inc., a regional tax credit syndicator in the Midwest. He has also served as the assistant housing director at the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority, where he specialized in affordable housing and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. Mr. Rieker has experience cultivating LIHTC loan programs and leading operations at a regional tax credit syndicator in the southeastern U.S.
Mr. Rieker received his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He has been actively engaged in the National Association of State and Local Equity Funds and the National Home Builders Housing Credit Group.
Rachel Robards serves as an 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.
Ms. Robards brings more than 20 years of real estate, legal and development experience, the last 13 of which were spent working on LIHTC and Historic Tax Credit (HTC) projects. Prior to joining the firm, she worked for many years in corporate real estate departments and a law firm, where she gained a wealth of knowledge in due diligence, real estate transactions, multifamily housing and the LIHTC and HTC programs. Most recently, she served as the director of acquisitions for Bruce Development Company, where she worked on all aspects of commercial and multi-family real estate development.
Ms. Robards received her bachelor’s degree in history/political science from Webster University and earned a paralegal studies certificate.
Kelcee Sachtleben joined Advantage Capital in 2017. As an associate on the firm’s investment team, Ms. Sachtleben is responsible for screening potential investment opportunities, structuring and negotiating transactions, and managing a number of portfolio companies. Ms. Sachtleben previously interned with Advantage Capital, where she helped screen potential new investment opportunities and provided due diligence support to the firm’s agribusiness fund.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Sachtleben worked in the commercial banking division for Wells Fargo in Fort Worth, TX. Ms. Sachtleben earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Kansas and an MBA from the Olin Business School at Washington University, in St. Louis.
Senior Vice President
Greg Schwarztrauber joined Advantage Capital in 2017 as the senior vice president of tax. As part of the tax team, he focuses on tax issues facing the firm’s investment funds and performs tax and financial analysis in connection with new transactions, existing funds and exit opportunities. Mr. Schwarztrauber brings over 25 years of varied tax experience to the firm. Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Mr. Schwarztrauber served as the chief financial officer at Green Street Development, one of the largest real estate development companies in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Before Green Street, he served as the senior director, tax research and planning at Anheuser-Busch and senior manager with KPMG LLP’s tax practice.
Mr. Schwarztrauber received an MBA from Washington University’s Olin School of Business, a Master of Science in Taxation from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern Illinois University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Missouri, a member of the AICPA, and the Missouri Society of CPA’s.
Nick Smithjoined Advantage Capital in 2020 as a marketing specialist on the impact team.He focuses on marketing strategy, designing marketing collateral and works withthe sourcing team to engage key stakeholders.
Prior tojoining Advantage Capital, Mr. Smith worked at ARCO as a creative servicesspecialist where he leveraged his skills in photography, videography andgraphic design to create compelling collateral to communicate the company’svalues. Mr. Smith was also owner and manager of his own photography businessfor five years.
Mr. Smithreceived his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentrationin marketing and a minor in psychology from Illinois College.
Ruth Kelso Sorrell joined Advantage Capital in 2015. Ms. Sorrell is a Principal in the firm’s syndication team, for which she assists in closing transactions and leads the tax credit distribution efforts.
Ms. Sorrell has dedicated her career to facilitating affordable housing. Beginning as an attorney at the law firm Rosenblum Goldenhersh, she then became inside counsel at Sugar Creek Capital, a low-income housing tax credit investor based in St. Louis.
Ms. Sorrell received her LL.M. in Taxation from Washington University in St. Louis, her J.D. from Saint Louis University and her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University.
Joe Stosberg joined Advantage Capital’s impact team in 2019. As a communications specialist, he focuses on developing internal and external communications and marketing initiatives for the firm.
Prior to Advantage Capital, Mr. Stosberg worked on the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus’ communications staff before joining St. Louis marketing agency, Scorch where he focused on content creation and strategy for top brands such as Microsoft, LinkedIn and TIAA.
Mr. Stosberg holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a master’s degree in international studies from the University of San Francisco.
Renee Struckel joined Advantage Capital in 2018. As an investment coordinator, Ms. Struckel is responsible for working with members of the investment team to support both the pre and post-closing processes as well as completing various operations management tasks.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Struckel served as a customer relationship specialist/loan closing specialist at Rabo AgriFinance. She also served as a real estate coordinator and IT recruiting coordinator for Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
Ms. Struckel received her bachelor of arts in management and paralegal certificate from Webster University.
Senior Vice President
Adam M. Suberi joined Advantage Capital in 2008. 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, Mr. Suberi 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.
Mr. Suberi 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.
Data and Research Analyst
Houston Sudekum joined Advantage Capital in 2020 as a data and research analyst, where he focuses on data collection, analysis and reporting, system development and automation, and research to support impact strategy, performance and policy.
Mr. Sudekum comes to Advantage Capital with nearly 4 years of experience in research focused on environmental biology, natural resources and economics. In addition to undergraduate and graduate research assistant roles, he has worked in various research capacities with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, The University of Bologna in Italy, and most recently, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Switzerland.
Among the many talents he brings to Advantage Capital is a broad proficiency in programming languages, software and skills used for geospatial, statistical, and data analysis, and data management and visualization. Houston also has numerous notable publications and presentations covering relevant topics including natural resources, energy markets, manufacturing, agriculture and rural policy.
Mr. Sudekum received a B.S. in Environmental Biology and a Minor in Economics from Tulane University, and a M.S. in Natural Resources with an emphasis in Forest Resource Economics from the University of Missouri.
Matthew Switzer joined Advantage Capital in 2019 as an associate on the firm’s investment team. Mr. Switzer is responsible for underwriting new investments and monitoring portfolio companies.
Mr. Switzer is a Chartered Financial Analyst with Series 6, 7 and 63 licenses. Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Mr. Switzer spent four years at UMB Bank in Kansas City. He also served as a regional client consultant for Chiron Investment Management, LLC and was an internal wholesaler for American Century Investments.
Mr. Switzer received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri.
Brant Tagalo joined Advantage Capital in 2020 as an analyst on the investment team. He focuses on sourcing investments, supporting business development effortsand providing due diligence support. Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Mr. Tagalo held leadership positions at the Washington University Center for Experiential Learning as well as served as a marketing and public relations intern at Jennifer Behr LLC. Mr. Tagalo will receive his bachelor’s in economics and strategy and marketing from Washington University.
Senior Tax Associate
Adam Tignor joined Advantage Capital in 2017 as part of the tax team. He is responsible for preparing CAPCO partnership tax returns and supplementary tax schedules, as well as performing technical research.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Tignor worked for Stifel Financial’s corporate tax department where he was responsible for preparing federal and state tax returns, as well as handling tax compliance issues in the financial services industry.
Mr. Tignor received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Truman State University and his master’s degree in accounting with an emphasis in tax from Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville.
Benjamin T. Warning joined Advantage Capital in 2013. As a senior associate, Mr. Warning identifies and screens potential new investment opportunities, performs due diligence, and negotiates and closes transactions, in addition to managing existing investments. He is primarily focused on investments made by Advantage Capital Agribusiness Partners. Mr. Warning received his bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Banking, Economics and Real Estate from the University of Missouri—Columbia, where he graduated cum laude.
Vice President of Talent
Erika Williams joined Advantage Capital in 2020. As vice president of talent, she oversees the firm’s talent acquisition, development and retention strategy, building out world-class teams, systems and processes to capitalize on the firm’s growth prospects. Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Ms. Williams spent more than a decade with BJC Healthcare, where she served most recently as System Talent Acquisition Manager, leading HR recruitment for BJC’s professional and corporate business lines and divisions.
Ms. Williams’ focused community engagement and diversity and inclusion work includes board positions at Midwest BankCentre, Beyond Housing and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis, along with diversity leadership roles at BJC and other organizations. Earlier in her career, Ms. Williams was the Regional Talent Acquisition Manager for Darden Restaurants’ Olive Garden division. Prior to this role, she served as Regional Recruiting Manager for Applebee’s. Ms. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University and earned her MBA from Lindenwood University.
Kyle Wood joined Advantage Capital in 2020. As an associate and member of the firm’s investment team, Mr. Wood focuses on sourcing investments, performing due diligence, structuring transactions and portfolio management.
Mr. Wood brings eight years of experience originating various debt assets in a nation-wide specialty finance and leverage lending environment. Most recently, Mr. Wood was an investment associate at Pacific Western Bank where he was part of a team that generated more than $1 billion in debt assets.
Mr. Wood received his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Central Missouri where he graduated summa cum laude.