Advantage Capital's 2020-2021 Impact Report.

Our Team

As a company, we pride ourselves on our people.  We have a dynamic team of professionals who possess diverse but extremely relevant backgrounds.
Leadership
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Al Alvarez

Director
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Al Alvarez
Director

Al Alvarez is a director at Advantage Capital leading sourcing efforts across the state of Nevada.

Al comes to Advantage with over 35 years of experience in the commercial banking and lending sector. He was most recently a director and principal market manager at Bank of the West in Las Vegas, where he oversaw the managing and servicing of mid-market companies with $25 million to $500 million in revenue. Prior to his work with Bank of the West, Al held leadership positions with other financial institutions in the Las Vegas, Nevada area, such as managing partner at Trism Business Solutions, senior vice president at Silver State Banks, president and CEO at Business Bank of Nevada and senior vice president and manager of Commercial Banking at Bank of America.

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Brian Anderson

Principal
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Brian Anderson
Principal

Brian Anderson is a principal at Advantage Capital. As a member of the firm’s investment group, he is responsible for sourcing, due diligence and valuation analysis of current and prospective investments.

Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Brian co-owned and served as lead operator of a south Texas-based trucking company. Before purchasing that company, he was a managing director at GF Capital Management & Advisors, a NYC-based private equity fund. He has also held roles with NBC Universal, RBC Capital Markets and Credit Suisse earlier in his career.  

Brian received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University.

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Kelly Ballay

Staff Accountant
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Kelly Ballay
Staff Accountant

Kelly Ballay is a member of the accounting team at Advantage Capital. As a staff accountant, Kelly is responsible for recording activity and preparing financial statements for several of the firm’s entities.

Prior to joining Advantage Capital, she served as a senior accountant at SMG-Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA.

Kelly received a master’s degree in accounting from the University of New Orleans and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Louisiana State University.

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Shannon Bartolo

Accounts Payable Manager
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Shannon Bartolo
Accounts Payable Manager

Shannon Bartolo is a member of the accounting team at Advantage Capital. As the manager of all accounts payable functions, she is a key asset in the overall management of the firm’s financial operations.

Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Shannon served as office manager for Standard Parking, where she maintained accounts payable, payroll and coordinated office operations, procedures and resources to facilitate organizational effectiveness and efficiency.

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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 Georgia, Oklahoma and South Carolina.

David brings over 21 years of commercial real estate experience, including more than 11 years of experience in sourcing state 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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Michael Bernier

Analyst
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Michael Bernier
Analyst

Michael Bernier is an analyst on the investment team where he is responsible for sourcing investments and providing due diligence support.

Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Michael was an investment analyst at Prime Bucholz where he managed and analyzed client investment portfolios. He also served as a high-net-worth brokerage associate at Fidelity Investments where he analyzed and interpreted economic and capital market data.

Michael received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Saint Anselm College and has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

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Lacey Biles

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

Lacey Biles is a vice president at InState Partners. He offers comprehensive state government affairs and strategic counsel while ensuring that his clients are positioned to be proactive and opportunistic in diverse political climates. Lacey has worked in politics for more than 15 years. His experience includes working with legislative campaigns, PACs, public affairs, and ballot initiatives.

He also has significant experience with emerging growth companies, having spent part of his career working in a successful genetics startup. As a result, Lacey understands the challenges facing emerging growth companies and the dynamic, nimble decision making required to make them successful. Lacey received his J.D. degree from the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from the University of the South.

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Anthony Billings

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

Anthony Billings is a vice president at Advantage Capital. As a member of the investment team, he focuses on portfolio management and the evaluation of new investment opportunities. Anthony’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, Anthony 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.

Anthony received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus on finance from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

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Tom Bitting

Principal
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Tom Bitting
Principal

Tom Bitting was one of the founding members of Advantage Capital’s renewable energy investment platform and currently leads the sourcing and underwriting for all of the fund’s solar project investments. In that capacity, he is responsible for structuring and underwriting transactions, performing due diligence, managing investments and seeking new opportunities to deploy fund capital effectively. Tom also serves as a member of the solar Investment Committee.

Prior to joining the firm, Tom served as a vice president in the commercial credit administration division of Pulaski Bank. In that role, he assessed investment risk, collaborated with lenders 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.

Tom received his MBA from Saint Louis University and his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bucknell University.

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Tim Blanke

Senior Special Assets Associate
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Tim Blanke
Senior Special Assets Associate

Tim Blanke is a senior special assets associate in the government-guaranteed lending team. In this capacity, he plays a key role in the team’s loan portfolio servicing, collections and collateral management.

Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Tim served as an insurance adjuster for Associate Claims and Insurance Services.

Tim received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans. Since 2013, he has been a member of a barbeque competition team that annually competes to raise funds for families suffering from pediatric brain cancer.

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Kenny Blasingame

Senior Analyst
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Kenny Blasingame
Senior Analyst

Kenny Blasingame joined Advantage Capital in 2020. As a senior 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.

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Ryan Michael Brennan

Managing Director
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Ryan Michael Brennan
Managing Director

Ryan Brennan is a Managing Director at Advantage Capital. Mr. Brennan leads the firm’s efforts to foster access to capital and economic development in underserved communities. He is a leader on the firm's fundraising team and spearheads initiatives to strengthen and develop internal talent and assets.  

Ryan was most recently the Chief Operating Officer of the United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), the development finance arm of the U.S. government. While at DFC, he drove the creation and adoption of the Impact Quotient (IQ), an innovative method of measuring and improving impact in projects around the world. Ryan was a member of the DFC Investment Committee and led business development across the Western Hemisphere that facilitated billions in direct investment to Central America’s Northern Triangle. Prior to COO, Ryan led the DFC Office of Investment Policy, implementing environmental, social and governance standards across the $23 billion DFC portfolio.

Ryan serves on the Providence Queen of the Valley Hospital Community Board, is the former President of the Boys and Girls Club of Napa Valley Board and served on the Truman State University Foundation Board of Directors. He received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Truman State University.

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Liz Carter

Director of Legislative Affairs
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Liz Carter
Director of Legislative Affairs

Liz Carter is Director of Legislative Affairs at Advantage Capital, coordinating the firm’s advocacy efforts and acting as a liaison with other Advantage departments and industry partners.  

Previously, Liz was Director of Outreach for the Partnership for Job Creation, an industry coalition of New Market Tax Credit practitioners advocating for Congress to strengthen the NMTC as well as make it a permanent part of the federal tax code. In December 2020, Congress granted the NMTC the largest-ever extension in program history, $25 billion over five years. Before that, she worked for the Historic Tax Credit Coalition, which played an integral role in preserving the HTC in the federal tax code during Congress’ tax reform effort in 2017.

Liz received her master’s in History of American Decorative Arts from Parsons School of Design and her bachelor’s in English and Art History from Smith College.

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Linda Clark

Executive Assistant
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Linda Clark
Executive Assistant

Linda Clark is an executive assistant at Advantage Capital.

Linda plays a key role in the overall operations of the firm’s St. Louis office. She 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, Linda 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.  

Linda 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.

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Chloe Coniaris

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

Chloe Coniaris is a senior associate at Advantage Capital. As a member of the national expansion team, she focuses on the firm’s economic development, public policy and public finance initiatives at the state and local level.

Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Chloe clerked with the Honorable William P. Doyle of the Federal Maritime Commission and served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Leo M. Gordon at the U.S. Court of International Trade. During law school, she was a research assistant to John Marshall Harlan II, Professor of Law, and the first woman national President of the American Civil Liberties Union, Nadine Strossen. She also competed in the prestigious Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria, and the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Chloe received her J.D. from New York Law School, where she was awarded the School’s Public Service Certificate in recognition of her significant pro bono service and public interest work with the school’s Legislative Advocacy Clinic and the New York Civil Liberties Union. She earned her joint bachelor’s degree with honors in international relations and art history from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Chloe is licensed to practice law in the State of New York.

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Adam Constantinides

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

Adam Constantinides is a senior associate at Advantage Capital. As a member of the solar investment team, Adam focuses on sourcing investments, performing due diligence, structuring transactions and portfolio management.

Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Adam worked for Altus Power America, a renewable energy investment firm, where he was responsible for the development, underwriting and execution of solar investments. He also previously held a position at Regional Plan Association where he evaluated financial impacts of climate change in the New York metropolitan area.

Adam received his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies with a minor in social innovation/entrepreneurship from Tulane University where he graduated cum laude.

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Kathy Cornell

Tax Manager
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Kathy Cornell
Tax Manager

Kathy Cornell is a tax manager at Advantage Capital. She 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, Kathy worked at Anheuser-Busch in the tax operations group where she helped to improve tax compliance processes and procedures. Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from McKendree College.

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LaRae Crawford

Assistant Controller
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
LaRae Crawford
Assistant Controller

As an assistant controller, LaRae Crawford manages the preparation and issuance of many of the firm’s financial statements and participates in the completion of year-end audits. She also maintains responsibility for the quarterly valuation analysis of portfolio investments, while supporting other regulatory compliance matters.

Prior to joining the firm, LaRae worked in public accounting for Ernst & Young LLP, conducting audits focused primarily in the manufacturing and health care industries.

LaRae holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in accountancy, both from Auburn University. She is a certified public accountant.

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Susan Crockett

Assistant Accounting Manager
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Susan Crockett
Assistant Accounting Manager

Susan Crockett is an assistant accounting manager at Advantage Capital. First servicing the debt portfolio, she moved into an accounting role in 2011, preparing many of the firm’s financial statements and assisting with quarterly transactions and reporting.

Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Susan worked in the banking and mortgage industries, processing and underwriting mortgage loans.

Susan is a certified public accountant and completed the CPA preparation program at the University of New Orleans. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colorado State University.

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Anaëlle Croteau

Associate
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Anaëlle Croteau
Associate

Anaëlle Croteau is an associate at Advantage Capital. As a member of the solar investment team, Ms. Croteau is responsible for performing due diligence efforts, screening potential investment opportunities and monitoring portfolio companies. Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Anaëlle held positions with the ArcelorMittal Treasury in Paris, France, Meridiam in Dakar, Senegal and the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg.

Ms. Croteau received her MSc in Financial Markets and Management from the EDHEC Business School in France.

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Jeremy Degenhart

Senior Advisor
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Jeremy Degenhart
Senior Advisor

Jeremy Degenhart is a senior advisor at Advantage Capital. Based in the St. Louis office, Jeremy has a wide range of responsibilities including screening deal flow, conducting due diligence, negotiating transactions, managing existing investments and developing exit opportunities. He is also responsible for leading efforts to source and evaluate commercial, municipal and utility solar projects. Selected current and prior investments led by Jeremy 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, he is responsible for designing and analyzing new fundraising structures and facilitating their implementation.

Jeremy 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, Jeremy has been involved in providing in excess of $175 million of capital for more than 20 businesses. He 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. Jeremy 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.

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Patrick Doherty

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

Patrick Doherty is a senior associate at Advantage Capital. As a member of the investment team, he is responsible for sourcing investments and providing due diligence support.

Patrick received his bachelor’s degree in math and economics with a minor in statistics from St. Lawrence University. While attending St. Lawrence, he was a member of the men’s ice hockey team and continued to play professionally in Europe after graduation.

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Brent Douglas

Credit Analyst
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Brent Douglas
Credit Analyst

Brent Douglas is a credit analyst at Advantage Capital. As a member of the firm’s government-guaranteed lending team, he evaluates potential borrowers based on creditworthiness and program eligibility.  

Prior to joining the firm, Brent was an asset manager for HRI Properties, where he managed a financial portfolio of 25 multifamily and hospitality properties. Prior to this role, he served as a banking officer for First NBC Bank. Brent began his career at Whitney Bank as a commercial portfolio manager.

Brent received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law. He earned a master’s degree in economics and bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Alabama. He is a licensed member of the Louisiana State Bar Association.

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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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Dayna Drennan

Compliance Analyst
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Dayna Drennan
Compliance Analyst

Dayna Drennan is a compliance analyst at Advantage. As a member of the Syndication team, she is responsible for underwriting, asset management and performing due diligence.

Prior to joining the firm, Dayna spent the last four and a half years working in asset management and compliance at Sugar Creek Capital.

Dayna received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and holds a Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP) Certification.

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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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Louis Dubuque

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

Louis 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. He 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.

Louis joined Advantage Capital 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. Louis also spent six years as a commercial loan officer for JP Morgan Chase (formerly First Chicago/NBD Bank).

Louis 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.

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John Eumont

Analyst
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
John Eumont
Analyst

John Eumont is an analyst at Advantage Capital. He is responsible for recording activity and preparing financial statements for several of the firm’s entities as well as providing due diligence support to the accounting team. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of New Orleans.

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Carolyn Exnicios

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

Carolyn Exnicios is a senior associate at Advantage Capital in 2020. As a member of the firm’s structuring team, she focuses primarily on fundraising transactions, tax, compliance and expansion efforts.  

Prior to joining the firm, Carolyn was an associate in the Tax-ECB practice group at Vinson and Elkins LLP in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, she advised public and private companies on a wide variety of executive compensation and benefits matters. She began her professional career as an associate in the Corporate and Securities practice group at Andrews Kurth LLP in Houston, Texas.

Carolyn received her J.D. from Tulane University Law School and her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Louisiana State University, graduating summa cum laude.

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Art Florez

Executive Assistant
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Advantage Capital - Investment Capital for Small Businesses - United States, Finance, Capital, Investment, wealth, local community
Art Florez
Executive Assistant

Art Florez is an executive assistant at Advantage Capital. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Florez worked in administration for the New Orleans Saints, where he was executive assistant to the owner and executive vice president.

Art holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of New Orleans. He is also a past board member for the Jefferson Ballet Theatre.

Who we are

At Advantage Capital, we believe in creating a work environment where our employees feel supported, valued, and can thrive. We are smart, innovative and entrepreneurially minded. We bring the best and the brightest talent together with a standout culture, highly autonomous yet collaborative environment, and outstanding benefits.

We fundamentally believe that capital can change lives, and we hire those with the passion and drive to help us do so.

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Advantage Capital's 2020-2021 Impact Report.