Thomas M. Dean
Co-Founder and President, spent twenty-six years associated as an officer or partner with investment banking firms including Kidder Peabody; L.F. Rothchild; and Cowen & Co. Known for his short sale recommendations, Mr. Dean developed and cultivated numerous contacts in corporate finance, research and sales at firms throughout "The Street". In 1990, he joined Alaris Corp. as Senior Vice President, Investor Relations. In 1992 he, formed Innovative Research Associates, which is now a subsidiary of Murdock Capital Partners.
Luis J. Mejia
Co- Founder and Managing Partner, brings extensive international marketing and financial services experience. In 1980 Mr.Mejia joined Trans Ocean Leasing & Finance, and in 1985 subsequently joined Triton International. In 1989 Mr. Mejia co-founded Geneva Capital Resources, Inc. and has been active in the investment banking field. Consecutively, he was Senior Vice President with Yorkville Corporation, an investment portfolio management company specializing in derivative products and managed futures. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School – AB/BBA
David J. Karlin
Managing Director, has 26 years of investment banking and corporate advisory experience. Mr. Karlin has worked with a broad range of small and middle market companies assisting them in meeting their capital needs by accessing the equity and debt capital markets. Mr. Karlin also has extensive experience advising companies regarding business development and strategy, corporate governance, capital markets and both buy and sell side mergers and acquisitions.
Charles Athle Nelson
Managing Director - ASEAN, has been active in the capital markets for the past 35 years. He began his financial career as a market representative with American International Group and in 1978 joined Dean Witter Reynolds as a Financial Advisor, working with high net worth and institutional clients. In 1980, he joined Drexel Burnham and Lambert, and subsequently, at Ladenberg, Thalmann, Auerbach Pollack and Richardson originating equity and investment banking transactions. Mr. Nelson is responsible for advisory, merchant banking and general business developments for the Pacific Basin and Austral Asian markets. He holds a BA from Villanova University and an MBA from Rutgers University.
Managing Director - ASIA, bilingual (Bahasa Indonesia/English), based in Singapore, has worked in the financial industry for more than 12 years. He started his career with the wealth management unit of Citibank Indonesia in 2002 with the main focus on offshore structured MTN/Funds. In 2005, Mr. Kienata joined Standard Chartered Bank and was responsible for the management of offshore investment products and from 2007 to 2011 he was with Prudential Asset Management Singapore (now Eastspring Investments) as Regional Business Development Manager for South East Asia. In 2011, he joined Boston based CTA Manager/hedge fund, P/E Investments, tasked with expanding the business and maintaining relationships with institutional investors and investment consultants across Asia. Mr. Kienata joined Bank Danamon in 2013 as EVP Head of Investor Relations and Subsidiaries Support in charge of IR and corporate finance of the Bank and its subsidiaries (Adira Finance, Adira Insurance and Adira Kredit), including over-sight and monitoring responsibility for the Bank's portfolio of venture capital investments. At Danamon, his responsibilities included evaluation and advice to the Board of Directors and Board of Commissioners on corporate actions, including strategic partnerships, M&A, share buy backs and rights issues. Mr. Kienata holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Deakin University Australia and an MBA from Monash University Australia.
Raymond H. Todd
Managing Director, has been active in capital markets and corporate finance for over 30 years. Ray’s focus has been primarily in commercial real estate, where he has worked on the lending side with money-center banks and investment banks. He also served as the CFO for two regional development companies spanning a period of 12 years, during which time he originated loans, structured joint ventures, and managed acquisitions and divestitures. Ray has been active in the CMBS market where he has underwritten or performed due diligence on well over $5 billion of commercial loans, and his commercial real estate experience also includes assisting the FDIC in the workout of two failed bank portfolios. Ray is an undergraduate from The Wharton School and holds an M.B.A. from The Darden School, University of Virginia.
Jay Allen Giardina
Managing Director, brings a wide range of international and domestic experience in law and finance in senior executive and consulting/advisory capacities. He has consulted in the areas of private equity and UCITS investment funds and their operations in Singapore; foreign investment in mining joint ventures; and has acted as principal legal and financial adviser on a variety of major resort development projects in Bali, Indonesia. He acted as consultant to Asian Development Bank on the introduction of a financial leasing industry in Nepal and as a consultant to United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Nepal’s finance industry and the legal reforms and enactments necessary to establish a regulatory, fiscal, and legislative framework to support the development of a financial leasing industry in Nepal. At Manufacturers Hanover Leasing Corporation, he served as a senior executive, managing and directing the international legal staff, including responsibilities for major international project and asset based financing transactions, global corporate expansion of the company, and for developing legal and business strategies to address a variety of non-performing loans. He holds a B.A. from Bucknell University and a J.D. from Cornell Law School, where he served on the Board of Editors of the Cornell Law Review.
Managing Director, has had an extensive career on Wall Street which included money markets at Dominion Securities, fixed income at Salomon Brothers, and equities at Morgan Stanley. In 2000 Kit became one of the early adopters of Wall Street’s embrace of “Corporate Access”, connecting institutional investors with corporate managements at both Prudential Securities and later at Knight Capital. In 2011 Kit joined Duluth Metals Ltd as Sr VP, Business Development to help finance the Twin Metals project located in northern Minnesota. Kit is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.
Bilingual (Mandarin/English) MIT/INSEAD alumni with eight years of experience defining strategy, leading scientific research and guiding international business development initiatives for the healthcare industry. Engaged in business development consulting, with strong emphasis on biotechnology, medical devices, and related healthcare initiatives. Well documented research writing abilities.