Mr. Hakkak has served as co-portfolio manager and Investment Committee member of White Oak since 2007. Mr. Hakkak was previously the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Alpine Global, Inc., a multi-strategy investment management firm which focused on alternative fixed income and real estate investments. Mr. Hakkak was also the Founder and Portfolio Manager at Suisse Global Investments, an investment management firm that developed investment strategies customized to meet the risk-adjusted return requirements of bank and insurance clients in over 30 countries. He previously served at Robertson Stephens & Co. as an Investment Banker and Principal in its Investment Company Act platform. Mr. Hakkak has been a co-founder and board member of several institutional platforms that facilitate the distribution of structured investment products, and has served as a limited partner, general partner or board member of various investment funds and companies. Mr. Hakkak received a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and has held Series 7, 63, and 24 designations from FINRA since 1991.
Ms. McKee has served as co-portfolio manager and Investment Committee member of White Oak since 2007. Previously Ms. McKee was a member of the team that founded KKR Financial LLC, where she served as Senior Vice President and concurrently as General Counsel of KKR Financial Corp. (NYSE: KFN), and played a key role in structuring and implementing debt investments. Prior to KFN, Ms. McKee served as Senior Counsel and a senior member of the Securities and Investment Group at Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., which structured and implemented the debt investment platform for the Bank’s proprietary capital and investment accounts. She was previously with Deutsche Bank AG in both New York and Frankfurt as Acting Deputy General Counsel for the finance and derivatives departments; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York and Tokyo as a structured finance and bankruptcy attorney; and Sidley Austin as a finance, bankruptcy and distressed asset attorney. Ms. McKee holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. with a double major in Economics and Comparative Literature from Yale University. Ms. McKee is a member of both the California Bar and the New York State Bar.
Mr. Mozaffarian joined White Oak in May 2008, became Partner in 2010, joined the Investment Committee in 2014 and currently serves as President. His primary responsibility is to oversee the investment teams that are responsible for originating and structuring new transaction opportunities for White Oak’s private debt funds. Prior to becoming Co-President, he was Head of Originations from 2010 to 2017. Previously, Mr. Mozaffarian served at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the leveraged finance group of the investment banking division, where he worked on a myriad of sponsor and management buyouts, in- and out-of-court corporate restructurings, and rescue financings within the leveraged loan and high-yield bond market; at Telephia, Inc. (a division of Nielsen), where he consulted and advised national wireless operators on their product suite and positioning within the competitive landscape; and at Microsoft Corporation where he held a new business development role looking at acquisition targets, joint venture partnerships and licensing agreements. He received an MBA from the Haas School of Business and both a B.S. in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. While at Berkeley, he rowed on the Men’s Heavyweight Crew team from 1995-1996. Mr. Mozaffarian is currently a member of the Association for Corporate Growth and the Turnaround Management Association, as well as Series 7 and 63 designations from FINRA.
Mr. Hackett is a Partner and Head of Underwriting for White Oak, with primary responsibility for structuring and underwriting new investments. He joined White Oak in January 2008, and has been a member of the Investment Committee since June 2011. Prior to joining White Oak, Mr. Hackett served as Portfolio Co-Manager at North Point Investors, a real estate investment company investing in public real estate securities; as an Associate at Alpine Global, Inc., where he researched and recommended buy/sell opportunities; and as a Director at Redler Group, Ltd., a Geneva-based family office offering financial advisory services, where he was part of the portfolio management team. Mr. Hackett received a B.S. in Finance from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.
Mr. Ruth serves as Chief Lending Officer of White Oak Global Advisors. He has 36 years of expertise and success in the areas of debt and equity investing, financial restructuring and risk management. In addition, he has served on the boards of both traded and privately held companies. Prior to joining White Oak, he was Chief Investment Officer for Abu Dhabi based Mubadala GE Capital PJSC (MGEC), a joint venture formed between GE Capital and the Abu Dhabi Government. MGEC’s portfolio reached $6 billion with substantial investments in the healthcare, power, commercial real estate and mid-market leverage finance sectors in the Middle East, Europe and North America. Mr. Ruth chaired the Investment, Enterprise Risk Management and Operational Risk Management Committees. Mr. Ruth held a number of senior positions with GE Capital in North America and Europe, including President, Grupo Financiero GE Capital Mexico, Chief Risk Officer and Head of Asset Management for GE Capital Fleet Services (then the world’s largest lessor of car and light truck fleets) and for GE Capital, Capital Solutions Europe; a company focused on asset based lending and leasing with a $23 billion portfolio across 14 European countries. Prior to joining GE Capital, Mr. Ruth served Bank of America and over the course of 10 years held senior positions in the North American Corporate Banking Division. Mr. Ruth holds an M.B.A. with concentrations in Finance and Accounting from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.A. degree in Economics, magna cum laude, from Colorado College.
Mr. Felix has served as Managing Director of White Oak since 2017. Mr. Felix has been actively investing in middle market companies for over 20 years. Most recently, he founded Consortium Finance in 2013 where he invested across the capital structure of middle market businesses. Prior to his role at Consortium Finance, Mr. Felix worked at D. E. Shaw Group where he opened the San Francisco office in 2005. At D. E. Shaw, Mr. Felix was responsible for originating and managing a portfolio of direct senior debt, junior debt and equity investments across a variety of industries. He was previously a managing principal of Banc of America Mezzanine Capital LLC, where he was responsible for underwriting structured senior debt, mezzanine debt, and bridge financing across a variety of industry sectors. Additionally, Mr. Felix was a former leader of Banc of America Securities, Inc.’s debt origination efforts in Australasia. Mr. Felix holds a B.A. degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Mr. Beatty serves as White Oak’s General Counsel. In this role, he is responsible for providing legal services and advice to White Oak’s executive officers and employees throughout the organization. Mr. Beatty has over 19 years of experience dealing with corporate and securities law and compliance matters. Immediately prior to joining White Oak, he held the position of Deputy Chief Compliance Officer for a private equity fund in New York; prior to that, he worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC for over 11 years. Mr. Beatty began his legal career as a corporate and securities associate attorney at Baker & McKenzie. In these positions, he provided in-depth legal analysis for private funds, developed robust compliance policies and policies for registered investment advisers and broker-dealers, fulfilled regulatory reporting requirements, and advised on SEC enforcement actions and complex corporate transactions. He holds a J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School (BYU), Master of Arts, Kennedy Center for International Studies (BYU), and a Bachelor of Arts, International Relations (BYU).
Mr. Jacobs serves as White Oak’s Chief Compliance Officer. In this role, he is responsible for White Oak’s compliance program. Mr. Jacobs has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry, including 11 years of experience dealing with compliance matters. Immediately prior to joining White Oak, he was a Director at ACA Compliance Group. At ACA, he oversaw the Communications Surveillance Department and provided regulatory compliance advice to investment advisers and broker-dealers. Prior to joining ACA, he held other compliance and supervisory positions, including roles as a FINRA General Securities Sales Supervisor and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. Additionally, he is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). He holds a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, from the University of Pittsburgh.
Mr. Snyder serves White Oak as Chief Accounting Officer & Head of Finance. Mr. Snyder has over 28 years of experience in finance and accounting, and formerly served as Vice President at Citi Hedge Fund Services, where he managed fund administration for a variety of private equity investment funds. Prior to joining Citigroup, Mr. Snyder served as Managing Director and Controller of GSC Group, Inc., an alternative investments manager with a wide range of investment strategies and vehicles including, equity and distressed debt and mezzanine lending private equity, CDO and CLO, REIT, BDC and hedge funds; and as the Controller of AJV Computerized Data Management, Inc., a tax software manufacturer. Mr. Snyder holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Rider University, New Jersey and is a licensed CPA.
Ms. Altieri serves White Oak as Chief Operating Officer, with primary responsibility for the firm’s Technology and Operations. She was previously Founder and President of J.P. Mitchell & Company, a boutique consulting firm serving Fortune 50 Financial Services and Top 100 Financial Technology and Services firms. She has also served as a Principal in the Financial Services Practice at Ernst & Young, where she managed large-scale technology initiatives and operations strategy for Fortune 50 clients, and as a Manager of Investment Technology and Operations at American International Group. She holds a B.S. in Accounting and Computer Science from University of Dayton.
Mr. Finnigan serves White Oak as Head of Complex Credits with primary responsibility for managing complex situations and credits for White Oak’s private debt funds. He previously served at McNamee Lawrence & Company, a boutique investment bank. Mr. Finnigan received a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth.
Mr. Barrett serves White Oak as Managing Director of Marketing, primarily responsible for new business development. He has over 20 years of industry experience including capital formation, capital introduction, and entrepreneurial start-ups. Prior to joining White Oak he was a Managing Director and the Global Head of Client Relations and Business Development for ZAIS Group LLC. Prior to ZAIS he was a Managing Director and a senior member of Dyal Capital Partners where he co-headed Dyal’s Business Services platform. Previously, he was a senior member of Barclays Capital Prime Services Group from 2008 to 2012. During his tenure at Barclays he was Global Head of the Capital Solutions Group and subsequently responsible for key account coverage. He holds a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College in English and Philosophy and an M.B.A., Finance and International Marketing from Fordham University.
Mr. Pheloung serves White Oak as Managing Director of Marketing, with primary responsibility for new business development. He previously served at Deutsche Bank as head of foundation and endowment business development. Mr. Pheloung has over 25 years of sales and trading experience in New York and Australia, including at Macquarie Bank, Oppenheimer Co. and EF Hutton. He holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology in Sydney.
Mr. Ahrens serves White Oak as Managing Director of Marketing, responsible for new business development. He previously served Southfield Capital, where he was responsible for marketing their SBIC mezzanine fund, and FrontPoint Partners (Morgan Stanley), where he was responsible for marketing and communications of the direct lending strategy. He has developed marketing and communications strategies for Fortune 500 companies, and served at global advertising agencies including Lowe Worldwide, McKinney & Silver and TBWA\Chiat Day. Mr. Ahrens holds a B.A. in Business Management from Gettysburg College.
Mr. Moll serves White Oak as Managing Director of Marketing. He has approximately 20 years of asset management experience and has held senior positions in product specialization and capital placements at PIMCO, KKR, Vector Capital, Hewitt and Morgan Creek Capital Management. Mr. Moll holds an M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper Business School where graduated with Distinction, and a B.A., summa cum laude, in Chemistry from Gettysburg College, where he was a Presidential Scholar and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Moll has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Ms. Cutter serves White Oak as Managing Director, Head of ESG & Impact with primary responsibility over White Oak’s ESG product platform. Ms. Cutter has over 20 years of experience in the investment industry and most recently worked as a Consultant at Verus Investments, a $330 billion investment consulting company advising pension funds and institutional investors in their allocations to managers. Ms. Cutter also served as an Investment Officer at California State Teachers’ Retirement System where she built out and co-managed CalSTRS’ $9 billion external manager program focusing on a broad variety of credit markets including bank loans, high yield and opportunistic credits. Her expertise is in credit, asset allocation, risk management, investment management, investment policy development, and ESG & Impact investing on behalf of family offices, foundations and large public fund clients. She holds an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of California at Davis.
Ms. Rha joins White Oak as Compliance Director & Senior Counsel, responsible for managing compliance out of the San Francisco office. She previously served as a Compliance Officer at Brookfield Asset Management, supporting compliance functions for all of their global offices. Prior to Brookfield, Ms. Rha worked as a contract attorney focusing on SEC investigations and FINRA compliance matters in New York City. Ms. Rha holds a J.D. from the University of California at Hastings and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley. She is licensed to practice law in New York.
Ms. Hart serves White Oak as Director of Human Resources and is responsible for managing the firm’s global human resources team, overseeing benefits, recruitment, relocation, compensation, policies, practices and payroll strategies. She has over 20 years of human resources and finance experience within different industries. Most recently, she was HR Manager for Alta Vista Solutions, a Bay Area engineering consulting firm. Prior to this, she spent 16 years with Hall Capital Partners, LLC as Vice President of Human Resources and Administration. Ms. Hart holds a B.A. in Management from Golden Gate University and has been awarded the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by the HR Certification Institute.
Ms. Young is a Director on the White Oak Investor Relations team. Prior to joining White Oak, she was a Senior Analyst at Wilshire Associates, where she focused on investment manager relations and operations. Ms. Young holds a B.A. in Economics/Mathematics from University of California, Santa Barbara, where she graduated with Honors.
Mr. Pierce serves White Oak as Head of Risk Management. He was previously a Partner and Head of Professional Services at Fascet, LLC, a software and consulting firm serving the investment management industry. He started his career in research sales focusing on derivative strategies for Susquehanna International Group. Mr. Pierce received his B.A. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.
Mr. Otte serves as Head of White Oak ABL and White Oak Europe, and is responsible for originating and structuring ABL opportunities with potential borrowers. He previously served as Senior Advisor and Region Manager of Presidential Financial Corporation; Founder and Managing Partner of TKO Finance Group, LLC; Managing Director of Special Situations Lending, Dune Capital Management LP; and President and Chief Operating Officer of Middle Market Lending, GE Capital. He holds an M.B.A. from DePaul University in Chicago, IL and a B.A. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana. Mr. Otte has also been an active board member and advisor to several entities, including GE Capital Mexico and GE Capital SE Asia, as well as to companies in the healthcare and telecom sectors.
Mr. Mokhtar serves White Oak ABL as Chief Financial Officer. He has over 20 years of experience in audit, tax, accounting and finance working at both a big four public accounting firm and private asset management companies. He formerly served as senior controller at PennantPark, a publically traded Business Development Company. Prior to joining PennantPark, he served as senior controller of Nomura Corporate Research and Asset Management, an investment advisor with debt vehicles including, CLO, hedge funds and managed accounts. Prior to joining Nomura, he served as Partner and CFO of CARE Advisers LLC, a hedge fund of funds. Mr. Mokhtar is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant who holds a B.S. degree in Accounting & Information Systems and Economics from the City University of Queens College. He is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Griffith serves White Oak ABL as a Managing Director. Prior to joining White Oak ABL, he spent over 12 years with GE Capital. He was most recently an Officer of GE Japan, where he was Senior Managing Director of GE Capital’s Structured Finance business (leading both the Sponsor Finance and Asset Based Lending teams). During his career at GE Capital, he held both sales and credit roles, originally starting at GE Capital headquarters in CT, in 2000, as a Risk Manager. He has also led originations on the west coast for asset based lender Encina Business Credit, as Senior Managing Director, and prior to Encina he established an asset based lending business for Hana Financial Inc. in Los Angeles.
Prior to GE, Clark spent nearly 10 years in the real estate industry, working for both American and Japanese real estate firms, including Prudential CA Realty in San Diego and Sotetsu Real Estate Co., Ltd in Yokohama, Japan (subsidiary at Sagami Railway Co). Mr. Griffith earned his Master’s Degree in International Affairs, from Columbia University, where he concentrated in International Finance and Banking, as well as an Advanced Certificate from Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute (specializing in China, Japan, and Korea). He received his undergraduate degree in Economics, with a Minor in Japanese, from San Diego State University.
Isaac Soleimani serves White Oak as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, White Oak Healthcare Finance, with primary responsibility for building a full service middle market healthcare lending platform. He was previously the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Healthcare Finance Group, LLC. (HFG), a nationwide specialized healthcare lender, which Mr. Soleimani sold to a publicly traded company. Prior to HFG, he was a Senior Vice President at Daiwa Securities America Inc. where he headed the firm’s healthcare finance business, which he later acquired in a management buyout transaction through HFG. Mr. Soleimani has over 26 years of experience in healthcare finance, beginning in the 1980’s while he was an Investment Manager at Prudential Capital Group. Prior to his involvement with healthcare financing, Mr. Soleimani originated, structured and managed various types of asset-backed and general corporate financing transactions at Prudential. Mr. Soleimani holds an M.B.A in Finance and Marketing from Indiana University and a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from University of Connecticut.
Mr. Dufour serves White Oak as Managing Director, White Oak Healthcare Finance, with primary responsibility for leading healthcare team members in the seamless execution of all aspects of underwriting and portfolio management. He previously served Wells Fargo Capital Finances’ Healthcare Team, with primary responsibility for leading the expansion and growth of its national healthcare footprint and leading the operationalization of its 1st line credit risk underwriting and portfolio management operations. In addition, Mr. Dufour spent over 14 years at GE Capital’s Healthcare Financial Services in progressive leadership roles for portfolio management, underwriting and collateral examination, culminating in leading the credit risk management for the nationwide healthcare ABL and ABL stretch loan product footprint. His healthcare credit risk management and operational experience span all healthcare sectors and traditional healthcare loan products, with particular expertise in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Mr. Dufour received an M.B.A. from St. Bonaventure University. He has held certifications as a Certified Public Accountant and Licensed Practical Nurse. Mr. Dufour is a retired Major from the U.S. Army Reserve, Medical Services Corps.
Ms. Lersner is the Chief Financial Officer of White Oak Healthcare Finance. She has over 25 years of commercial lending experience in the areas of general, financial and operational management for growing companies. Ms. Lersner previously held the role of CEO of Advantage Funding, a specialty lender and Macquarie portfolio company. Prior to this role, Ms. Lersner held the role of Chief Financial Officer of CapitalSpring, a $1 billion AUM full stack capital provider with both a specialty finance and asset management platform. Prior to these roles Ms. Lersner was the CFO of R4 Technologies, a tech company focused in the dynamic data/AI space (founded by the founders of Priceline.com and President and COO of Golden Eagle, a specialty finance company owned by Hypercom Corporation (NYSE: HYC). She began her career in the commercial finance divisions of Citicorp North America and Chrysler Capital. Ms. Lersner received credit training through Moody’s Commercial Lending Program and holds a BS from the University of Utah.
Mr. Eldridge is Managing Director and Partner at White Oak Healthcare Finance with primary responsibility for leading all healthcare origination and capital markets activity as well as managing the team. Mr. Eldridge has been focused on healthcare since 2004 and has originated, structured, and executed over $30 billion in deal proceeds during his career and has invested across the capital structure in all subsectors of healthcare. Prior to joining White Oak, Mr. Eldridge led healthcare sponsor coverage for RBS Citizens (now NYSE: CFG). He previously served in the healthcare corporate finance and healthcare real estate groups at GE Capital’s Healthcare Financial Services and in the leveraged finance group of the investment bank at Banc of America Securities. Mr. Eldridge received an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Georgia and a B.A. in Economics from Furman University. Mr. Eldridge is a dual citizen of the US and Brazil.
Mr. Chan serves White Oak as Managing Director, White Oak Trade Finance with overall responsibility for the business. Prior to White Oak Trade Finance, Mr. Chan served as Senior Trader with the Noble Group and MET Commodities, Portfolio Manager with Cheyne Capital Management Structured Finance Group, Associate with BlackRock and Analyst with Nomura Securities Securitization and Asset Finance. Mr. Chan received a BSc (hons) Biochemistry from Royal Holloway College, University of London and an MSc International Management from Kings College, University of London.
Mr. Genise is the Chairman and Manager of White Oak Aviation. He has over 35 years of experience in International Aircraft Leasing, Engine Leasing and Trading Business. Prior to joining White Oak, he was CEO of Aergen Management Services, Inc. from 2015 until 2019. Aergen Management Services was an international aircraft leasing, engine leasing, and trading business, specializing in providing leasing and management services for mid-life (10-15 years) narrow body aircraft and engines.
Previously, Mr. Genise served as CEO of DAE Capital, the aircraft leasing division of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that, he was a founder, President and CEO of Boullioun Aviation Services, building it into one of the world’s top leasing businesses. He was originally its SVP of Marketing, responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s strategic plan and business development. He also represented Boullioun Aviation Services in its development of Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise, a joint venture with Singapore Airlines, and served as a Director for 10 years.
Prior to that, Mr. Genise served as SVP of the Chemical Business Credit Corporation at Chemical Bank, managing asset based finance and leasing business in credit, marketing and administration capabilities. In 1985, he served as Managing Director for the bank’s Special Finance Group with responsibility for Chemical Bank’s international aviation banking and leasing business.
Mr. Genise is currently on the Board of Directors for Frontier Airlines, Aloft Aero Architects, Inc. and Dimensional Mechanics. Mr. Genise is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Museum of Flight in Seattle and now Chairman Emeritus. Additionally, Mr. Genise is a member of the Advisory Board of the Albers School of Business at Seattle University.
Mr. Genise holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut, a law degree from Pace University, and a BA from NYU.
Mr. Franco is Managing Director of White Oak Aviation. Mr. Franco has over 25 years, working with Sikorsky Aircraft, GE Capital Aviation Services, Gulfstream Aerospace and Guggenheim Partners in aircraft design and the aircraft finance arena. Mr. Franco was the creator of two corporate aircraft leasing companies, Guggenheim aero Finance and Global Jet Capital. Guggenheim aero was groundbreaking as it was the first private equity capital invested into corporate aircraft lending company. Mr. Franco possesses a strong credit analysis background and has negotiated aircraft debt lines of more than $1.5 billion. Mr. Franco, has structured over $4.0 billion in aircraft and engine transactions globally, negotiating transactions with clients such as the US and foreign governments, global airlines, international corporations and high net worth individuals. Mr. Franco has excellent relations with the aircraft OEMs, an in-depth knowledge of aircraft manufacturing and the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul market. Mr. Franco holds a B.S. in Aeronautical Sciences from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an M.B.A from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
Mr. Byrnes is the Chief Financial Officer of White Oak Aviation. He has over 19 years’ experience in Accounting and Aircraft Leasing. Prior to joining White Oak Aviation, Mr. Byrnes spent three years as the Chief Financial Officer of Aergen, an aircraft leasing business, where between 2016-2019 they built a fleet of 30+ aircraft, executed two ABS transactions and ultimately led the sale of the business operations in 2019. Prior to this, Mr. Byrnes was the Head of Finance of Avolon, now the third largest global leasing company, for five years where he was responsible for all areas of the finance function. Having worked for the company since inception, Mr. Byrnes led the Finance team through the initial scaling of the business, through multiple corporate transactions including IPO on the NYSE, and its eventual delisting and trade sale to the Chinese HNA group in 2016. Prior to joining Avolon, Greg worked at BDO Chartered Accountants from 2001 to 2011, where he headed up their outsourcing division after spending eight years in the audit department where he held the position of Audit Senior Manager. Greg has a Bachelor of Economics from University College Dublin and a Post Graduate diploma in Accounting from Dublin City University. He is a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland where he also obtained a Diploma in International Financial Reporting Standards. Most recently, Greg obtained an Executive MBA from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, graduating in 2015.
Ms. Pierre-Louis serves White Oak Business Capital as Head of Government Contracting Finance. Ms. Pierre-Louis has over 20 years of experience in asset based lending, commercial finance, corporate banking and business banking. Prior to joining White Oak Business Capital, she worked at HSBC in corporate banking managing a $900 million asset based lending portfolio of National and International Fortune 500, Fortune 100 and large corporate companies. At HSBC, Ms. Pierre-Louis served as Co-Chair of the Women’s Network and was selected as the 2011 Diversity Ambassador. Previously, she was Vice President of the PTA Board for her children’s elementary school and a board member of the Prince Georges County Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Pierre-Louis holds a B.A. in economics and government from Smith College.
Mr. Grbic is the President & CEO of White Oak Commercial Finance. Mr. Grbic has more than 30 years of commercial lending experience. He has been with the company and its predecessor since 2005, previously serving as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer where he was involved in creating a hands-on, best-practices credit culture, as well as helping the Company expand its client portfolio. Before that, Mr. Grbic was Managing Director at Morris Anderson & Associates LTD, a turnaround-consulting firm. He also co-founded MetSource Capital, LLC, a restructuring and corporate finance firm, working primarily with small- and medium-sized companies. In addition, Mr. Grbic has also served at GMAC Commercial Credit, LLC, BNY Financial Corp and Bankers Trust. Mr. Grbic is a member of the New York Society of Financial Analysts and the Association for Investment Management and Research. He has served as an instructor for the Finance, Tax and Law Department at the NYU School of Continuing Education. Mr. Grbic holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration from Pace University.
Mr. Fortino serves White Oak Commercial Finance as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer, responsible for managing the company’s finance, accounting, operations, information technology and human resources departments. Prior to joining WOCF, he was Chief Financial Officer of Levenger Company, a specialty retailer and provider of leather goods and fine office supplies. Mr. Fortino has more than two decades of C-level experience in retail and media. He holds both an M.B.A. and B.B.A in accounting from Temple University.
Mr. Dean serves White Oak Commercial Finance as Managing Director of Risk Management for ABL and Factoring. He is a 38+ year veteran of the ABL/commercial finance industry, having served in Credit, Underwriting and Origination in various senior management positions, helping clients, financial sponsors, junior debt providers and other intermediaries identify and deliver capital solutions. He brings significant experience in asset based lending and equipment finance/term lending among other financial products and solutions. Prior to coming out of retirement to join White Oak, Mr.Dean served as SVP at Wells Fargo Capital Finance, managing the ABL originations team in the Southeast region focused on the lower middle market. Mr. Dean holds a B.S. in Accounting from Susquehanna University. Over the years he has been an active member of the CFA, the ACG and the TMA, having served six years on the TMA Carolinas board of directors.
Mr. Brereton has served White Oak U.K. as Director of Finance since 2018, having previously held the same position at leading U.K.-based business finance providers, LDF Group since 1998. LDF Group, who were acquired by White Oak Global Advisors in July 2018, provided over £500 million in business funding to smaller U.K. businesses in 2017. Within this role, Mr. Brereton has responsibility for the wider Finance Team, alongside internal support functions including, Payouts, Collections and Customer Services. Prior to this, Mr. Brereton has held other senior positions as both, Head of Sales Support and Financial Controller at LDF Group. Mr. Brereton is an ACCA-qualified accountant.
Mr. Davies has served White Oak U.K. as Director of Sales since 2018, having previously held the same position at leading U.K.-based business finance providers, LDF Group since 2002. LDF Group, who were acquired by White Oak Global Advisors in July 2018, provided over £500 million in business funding to smaller U.K. businesses in 2017. Within this role, Mr. Davies has responsibility for the overall Sales function, alongside overseeing the development of new products and initiatives for revenue generation. Prior to this, Mr. Davies has held other senior sales management positions at LDF Group, primarily focused on sales origination.
Mr. Heeley has served White Oak U.K. as Director of Credit since 2018, having previously held the same position at leading U.K.-based business finance providers, LDF Group since 1999. LDF Group, who were acquired by White Oak Global Advisors in July 2018, provided over £500 million in business funding to smaller U.K. businesses in 2017. Within this role, Mr. Heeley has responsibility for the end-to-end credit function, including setting the Own Book lending policy, managing the own book lending portfolio and overseeing external funder relationships. Prior to this, Mr. Heeley has held other senior positions at LDF Group, primarily within the Credit Risk function. Mr. Heeley holds a bachelor’s degree in Business and Finance from Liverpool John Moores University.
Mr. Corcoran has served White Oak U.K. as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) since 2018, having previously held the same position at leading U.K.-based business finance providers, LDF Group since 2016. LDF Group, who were acquired by White Oak Global Advisors in July 2018, provided over £500 million in business funding to smaller U.K. businesses in 2017. Within this role, Mr. Corcoran has responsibility for the overall technology function including, IT Infrastructure, Development, Quality Assurance, Data and MI/BI functions. Prior to this, Mr. Corcoran has held other senior management positions within both financial services and oil and gas industries both in the U.K. and United States, with Think Money Group and Kalibrate respectively.
Mr. Pereira serves White Oak as Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for White Oak ABL with primary responsibility for delivering the full suite of White Oak products to the Australasian client base. Prior to White Oak he was founder and Executive Chairman of Recon Finance Corporation, a specialist Asset Receivable finance company with specific focus on the Australian SME sector. Mr. Pereira has over 25 years of investment banking experience heading up capital market businesses for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse and Royal Bank of Scotland in Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore and London. With a primary focus on leading a broad range of clients (including Telstra, BHP, Origin Energy, Woodside Petroleum, Qantas, CBA, Westpac and ANZ), he was successful in raising debt capital in different markets and environments. Mr. Pereira has been involved and responsible for successfully raising several billion dollars of debt for both Investment Grade and Sub Investment Grade companies via the traditional liquid and illiquid (private) capital markets. Mr. Pereira holds a B. S. in Neuroscience with honors from the University of Melbourne.
Mr. Brandano is a Vice President of Originations for White Oak Global Advisors, LLC, responsible for originating and executing new investment opportunities for White Oak’s private debt funds. Prior to joining White Oak, Mr. Brandano served in a number of credit roles at Wells Fargo Capital Finance, assisting in the underwriting, syndication, and management of asset-based credit facilities to middle market companies. Mr. Brandano received a B.S. in Finance from the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University.
Ms. Burke is a Senior Associate on the White Oak Investor Relations team. Prior to joining White Oak, she was a Research Analyst at a Swiss fund of funds in New York City focusing on various hedge fund strategies. Previously, she served as a Junior Manager at PR Consulting, a public relations firm. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in Media Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Angelina serves White Oak as a Compliance Analyst. Prior to joining White Oak, Angelina served as the Grade Change and Residence Deputy within the Office of the University Registrar at U.C. Davis. In this role she frequently analyzed new laws and new U.C. policies and regulations pertaining to residency and grade changes to keep the Office of the University Registrar compliant. She received a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Chinese and her Paralegal Certification from U.C. Davis.
Mr. Szafranski is a Vice President of Underwriting for White Oak, with primary responsibility for underwriting and servicing portfolio investments for White Oak’s private debt funds. Prior to joining White Oak, Mr. Szafranski served as an Associate at Bank of Montreal in its Sponsored Finance Group, where he focused on structuring, executing, and managing debt investments in middle market companies owned by private equity sponsors. Prior to BMO, Mr. Szafranski began his career as an Associate at PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Mr. Szafranski received a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. DeFazio serves White Oak as Treasurer and Head of Asset and Liability Management. Prior to joining White Oak, Mr. DeFazio was with KKR & Co as a member of the firm’s Global Macro, Balance Sheet, and Risk team. Mr. DeFazio holds an M.S. from the University of San Francisco, a B.A. from Sonoma State University, and is a CFA Charterholder.
Mr. Odhav serves White Oak as an Analyst, Portfolio Management team, reporting to Kyle Landau. He previously worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Equity Research covering the alternative energy and clean tech sector. Mr. Odhav received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds Series 7, 63, 86, and 87 FINRA Certifications.
Ms. Reintjes serves White Oak as a Senior Associate, Portfolio Management, with primary responsibility for managing and servicing White Oak’s private debt portfolio investments. She previously served PNC Financial Services Group, where she was a sales and trading analyst on the foreign exchange desk. Ms. Reintjes started her career in PNC’s credit training program focusing on institutional clients in the healthcare and public finance space. Ms. Reintjes received a B.A. in Economics from Wake Forest University, where she graduated cum laude.
Mr. Fuller serves White Oak as an Analyst, Portfolio Management team, with primary responsibility for managing and servicing White Oak’s private debt portfolio investments. He previously served at Silicon Valley Bank providing valuation services to the technology and life science venture backed ecosystem. Mr. Fuller received a B.B.A. in Finance and Real Estate from The University of Georgia.
Mr. Stilson serves White Oak as Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of White Oak’s cash management desk. He previously served as head of cash management at Pacific Growth Equities LLC and at Hambrecht & Quist LLC, and managed fixed income portfolios at JPMorgan Institutional Investments, Inc. and Citigroup Global Markets Institutional Fixed Income Group; he began his career on the sell side with Dean Witter Reynolds, LLC. Mr. Stilson holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as Series 7, 53 and 63 designations from FINRA.
Ms. Vuong joins White Oak Global Advisors, LLC as an Associate within Underwriting. Ms. Vuong previously worked as an Analyst for Oak Hill Advisors. She previously held roles at KAUST Investment Management Company and Dodge & Cox. She earned her MBA from the Yale School of Management and her B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Finance and Statistics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Schapiro is a Senior Associate of Underwriting for White Oak ABL with primary responsibility for underwriting and servicing portfolio investments for White Oak’s private debt funds. Prior to joining White Oak, Mr. Schapiro served at Hamilton Lane, where he focused on the evaluation and due diligence of direct credit investment opportunities on behalf of the firm’s SMAs and dedicated commingled vehicles. Mr. Schapiro began his career at Citigroup Global Markets. He received a B.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.
Mr. Gram serves White Oak as a Senior Analyst on the Portfolio Management team. He previously worked at Barclays as a Credit Research Analyst in New York, covering the High Yield Technology and Telecommunications sectors. Mr. Gram received his B.S. from the University of Oregon, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with the top departmental honor in Finance. He holds Series 7 and 63 FINRA certifications.
Mr. Yates serves the White Oak ABL team as an Associate. Previously, he served as a strategic consultant at General Electric, working across various industries in more than a dozen countries. His prior experience includes work in Sales & Trading at Wells Fargo. Mr. Yates received a B.S in Finance from Wake Forest University.
Mr. Jeffrey Habicht serves White Oak as Director of Underwriting. He previously served Origami Capital Partners, Neuberger Berman Group’s Distressed Debt Team, and Piper Jaffray & Co. in its Healthcare Investment Banking Division. Mr. Habicht received a B.B.A. with distinction in Finance, Investments and Banking from the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mr. Setiabrata serves White Oak as Manager, Investor Relations, with primary responsibility for investor servicing, public relations and marketing. He previously served as a Fixed Income Analyst at J.P. Morgan, where he was a member of the client portfolio management team. Mr. Setiabrata holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Yale University, where he graduated with Honors.
Joshua serves White Oak as an Associate in Portfolio Management. Prior to joining White Oak, he worked at Spray Rock Capital evaluating equity and distressed credit transactions. Previously, he worked in sell side equity research and performed oil and gas property transactions. He holds a master’s degree in economics from Duke University and bachelor’s degrees in finance and economics from SMU.
Mr. Berry serves White Oak as an Associate, Portfolio Management, with primary responsibility for managing and servicing White Oak’s private debt investments. He also serves as a board member of DemKota Ranch Beef. Previously, Mr. Berry worked at Asenti Diligence Partners, a national consulting firm focused on providing quality of earnings reports to private equity firms, mezzanine debt providers, and cash flow lenders in North America and Europe. Mr. Berry received a B.S. in Accounting, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Dayton. Mr. Berry has passed the Uniform CPA Examination and is currently a Certified Public Accountant. He also serves as a Board Member and Treasurer of the Northern California Commercial Finance Association (CFA).
Mr. Landau serves White Oak as a Vice President, Portfolio Management, with primary responsibility of overseeing the team managing White Oak’s private debt portfolio investments and reporting to the Chief Credit Officer. Prior to joining White Oak in 2015, Kyle was at U.S Capital Advisors, LLC, where he covered public equities in the exploration and production industry as a sell-side research analyst. Mr. Landau started his career at Phillips 66 after he received a B.S. in Finance, Accounting, and Marketing from Kansas State University.
Mr. Burke is a Director within White Oak’s Complex Credit Group, overseeing the fund’s more tactical credit investments. He previously held roles at both Ares Management and Medley Management, where he focused on credit investing and restructuring. Mr. Burke received a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of Richmond.
Michael joins White Oak Global Advisors as a Credit Analyst on the Portfolio Management team. He previously worked at Comerica Bank as a Credit Analyst, underwriting leveraged and syndicated loans for the Middle Market and Environmental Services groups. Mr. Boezio received his B.S. from Auburn University with a degree in Business Administration. He holds Series 7 and 63 FINRA Certifications and passed Level III of the CFA Exam in June 2018.
Mr. Islam is a Senior Associate of Underwriting at White Oak. Previously, he served as an Investment Banking Analyst at Duff & Phelps Securities, LLC. Mr. Islam received a B.A. in Political Economics, and a certificate in Markets and Management Studies from Duke University in 2016. He holds the Series 62, 63 and 79.
Mr. Stevenson serves White Oak Global Advisors, LLC as a Credit Analyst on the Portfolio Management Team. Prior to joining White Oak, Oscar worked at KPMG as an Assurance Associate. Oscar graduated from the University of Oregon, Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Business.
Mr. Neal is a Vice President of Underwriting for White Oak ABL with primary responsibility for underwriting and servicing portfolio investments for White Oak’s private debt funds. He previously served at Lampert Debt Advisors, a boutique investment bank where he focused on evaluating, structuring and executing middle market debt financing transactions and began his career at Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Mr. Neal received a B.S. in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Accounting and a Master of Accountancy from Kansas State University.
Mr. Chabbewal is a Vice President of Underwriting for White Oak and is responsible for assisting in the underwriting and servicing portfolio investments for White Oak’s private debt funds. Mr. Chabbewal joined White Oak in August of 2012. Previously, he was an Investment Banking Analyst at Moelis & Company, where he focused on executing M&A, equity and debt transactions across a variety of sectors. Mr. Chabbewal received his B.S. in Finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University of Bloomington.
Mr. Petrucci serves White Oak Equipment Finance as Managing Director. He has approximately 30 years of experience in equipment leasing and the leveraged finance credit space. He was part of Heller Financial’s equipment finance group until GE Capital’s acquisition of Heller in 2001. He was part of a team which started RBS Asset Finance in 2002 and then part of a team which started NXT Capital’s equipment finance business in 2013.He was also a credit officer in the technology vendor finance business at Bank of the West and began his career at bank in Miami in 1989 where he focused on investments in and restructuring of high yield corporate bonds and broadly syndicated loans. Mr. Petrucci earned his M.B.A. from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL.
Mr. Friedman serves as a Portfolio Manager and Operations Specialist for White Oak’s Fixed Income Group. He previously served on the sell side for Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan Chase in market segments including High Yield, Muni and Corporate debt and well as Alternative Investments and SMAs. Mr. Friedman received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley as well as an M.B.A. with a Finance emphasis from San Francisco State University.
Mr. Baxter is an Associate within Underwriting at White Oak. Previously, he served as an Analyst at Mizuho Bank and at Houlihan Lokey. Mr. Baxter received a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor in Mathematics from the University of Southern California in 2016. He holds the Series 63 and 79.
Mr. Shohat serves as a Senior Quantitative Analyst for White Oak Trade Finance and is responsible for assisting in the underwriting, execution and servicing of portfolio investments. Prior to White Oak Trade Finance, Mr. Shohat served as a research analyst for BlackRock in their Securities Lending Trading team, where he was responsible for providing analytical support and driving research initiatives within electronic trading. Mr. Shohat received a B.A. in Economics and Statistics from Tufts University.
Mr. Hui serves White Oak Global Advisors, LLC as an Associate on the Underwriting Team. Prior to joining White Oak, Spencer was an Associate at THL Credit, the credit affiliate of Thomas H. Lee Partners. As a member of the investment team, Spencer was responsible for evaluating new investment opportunities, executing transitions and managing portfolio investments. Prior to THL Credit, Spencer worked at Colony Capital and Credit Suisse specializing in debt and equity transactions covering a variety of sectors. Spencer earned his B.A. in Economics with a minor in Film, Television and Digital Media from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mr. Biggs joins White Oak Global Advisors as a Senior Analyst on the Portfolio Management team. Mr. Biggs joined White Oak from Square 1 Bank, where he was responsible for underwriting and monitoring a portfolio of venture-backed technology companies. Mr. Biggs received his B.A. in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Biggs is a 2019 Level II CFA candidate.
Ms. Shih serves as a Senior Associate for White Oak Trade Finance and is responsible for assisting in the underwriting, execution and monitoring of portfolio investments. Prior to White Oak Trade Finance, Ms. Shih served as a Senior Analyst for Prudential Private Capital, where she helped originate, execute, and manage privately placed debt, mezzanine, and equity investments in the Western United States. Ms. Shih received a B.A in Public Health and B.S in Business Administration from the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Ms. Ma joins White Oak Global Advisors, LLC as an Associate on the Marketing Team. Prior to joining White Oak, Waihan was with Menlo Equities (a Silicon Valley Based PERE Fund) where she was responsible for fundraising and general LP engagement. She began her career at Preqin, where she fostered relationships with clients in the private capital space. She holds a MSc in Finance from Villanova University and a BSBA in Finance with minors in Chinese Language and Agricultural & Natural Resource Law from the University of Florida.