Jeffrey Sweeney

Chairman & CEO

Jeffrey Sweeney Jeffrey Sweeney is a lifelong entrepreneur with extensive experience in leading firms with a forward-thinking approach. Currently Chairman and CEO of US Capital Global, a full-service private financial services group headquartered in San Francisco, Mr. Sweeney is a keen supporter of technological innovations that can help to improve and grow the finance sector.

Now in its twentieth year, US Capital Global has established itself as a FinTech investment bank through deploying a successful strategy that leverages technological innovation (FinTech) and regulatory developments (RegTech). The group is a leading provider of sophisticated financing solutions and investment opportunities for lower middle market businesses. Under Mr. Sweeney's leadership, the group consistently fulfils its commitment to doing well by doing good through facilitating profitable economic development that also has a positive social and environmental impact.

Prior to being a financier, Mr. Sweeney served as a principal and CEO of Machine Works Corporation, a lower middle market aerospace manufacturing company. His experience leading a business in the highly-regulated aerospace manufacturing industry has led to his appreciation of the need to work closely with regulators while adopting technological solutions to innovate in the sector. This successful approach has been brought over to US Capital Global, where leveraging innovation and regulatory developments has been a key driver in the firm’s growth as a FinTech investment bank.

As an experienced speaker and panel chair, Mr. Sweeney brings a dynamic yet structured approach to engaging the panel and the audience. He frequently presides over and participates in a variety of finance and FinTech events, and recent speaking engagements include:

• Commercial Finance Association (CFA)
• Turnaround Management Association (TMA)
• Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA)
• Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
• Opal Group
• University of California, Santa Barbara Economics Club
• San Jose State College Economic Department

Mr. Sweeney has also authored numerous articles in leading industry journals, such as ABF Journal, ABL Advisor, The Secured Lender, and The Fintech Times. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is active in the Southern California and San Francisco chapters of ACG, TMA, CFA, and other financial organizations. He is an avid sailor, a certified yoga instructor, and a longstanding contributor to the San Francisco Food Bank and Food for Life Vrindavan, an educational nonprofit for girls based in Vrindavan, India.

Email: jsweeney@uscapglobal.com
Phone: +1 (415) 889 1010
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Charles V. Towle

Managing Partner

Charles V. Towle Since joining US Capital Global in 2006, Charles V. Towle has significantly contributed to the firm’s growth into a leading private financial group for small and medium-sized businesses globally. As Managing Partner, Mr. Towle oversees 50+ banking professionals in addition to the firm’s established affiliates and institutional investors. During his tenure, Mr. Towle has overseen the origination and closing of over $6 billion in transactions. Mr. Towle is also the Division Head and licensed principal of US Capital Global Securities, LLC, a FINRA-registered broker-dealer affiliated with US Capital Global.

A structured funding and corporate finance specialist, Mr. Towle has over 10 years of business development, asset management, corporate finance, capital markets, and general business management experience. Prior to joining US Capital Global, Mr. Towle gained extensive entrepreneurial and investment experience, serving as a limited partner, financial officer, or board member of various investment and endowment funds and small and medium-sized businesses, both in the United States and abroad.

Mr. Towle has served as a board member for Turnaround Management Association (TMA). Currently, he sits on the National Board of the Commercial Finance Association (CFA), and remains a member of TMA and Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).

Mr. Towle chairs the finance committees of two educational trusts, and serves as a board member of Bhakti Projects, Inc., an international non-profit. He actively supports a number of local and international non-profits, including The Puente Project in California and Food for Life in India. In addition, he collaborates with Cranmore Foundation , a thought leader in organizational wisdom.

Mr. Towle received a B.S. in Business Administration (emphasis in Corporate Finance and International Business) and an M.B.A. (emphasis in Sustainable Business) from San Francisco State University. He holds Series 24 and 79 registrations from FINRA.

Email: charles@uscapglobal.com
Phone: +1 (415) 889 1022
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James B. Baty, Ph.D.

Partner

Dr. James B. Baty Dr. James B. Baty is a Partner at US Capital Global and a member of the Advisory Board of Directors of US Capital Global. He is recognized as an expert in the design, implementation, and management of large-scale distributed information technology. With Dr. Baty as a strategic advisor, the US Capital team is well-positioned to accelerate the market disruption the firm has already been causing in the evolving FinTech arena, with a focus on the small and lower middle market.

At Oracle Corp., Dr. Baty served as Vice President of the Global Enterprise Architecture Program, defining hybrid cloud architecture and enterprise technology strategies. Prior to Oracle, Dr. Baty was Vice President, Chief Architect, and CTO for Sun Microsystems’ Global Sales & Services division. He is renowned for his work designing key business systems for global telecommunications and financial services companies. Dr. Baty was the first person in the Sun Services division to be recognized as a Sun Distinguished Engineer.

With twenty years of practice in the industry, Dr. Baty has served as the lead architect for multiple national ISP systems with up to several million users, for a major Internet stock brokerage system, for a global messaging networks for international banks, and for the reliability design of a multi-continent international financial trading system for international financial institutions. In addition, he has provided performance and capacity consulting for some of the Internet’s highest volume transaction systems.

Dr. Baty has a Ph.D. in Management Science and Information Systems from the University of Texas (1992), and an M.P.A. from Texas A&M University (1981) with specialization in Technology Policy. Dr. Baty has served as a Visiting Professor and Research Fellow at the Erasmus University Rotterdam Institute for Decision & Information Systems, Netherlands, as well as a Member of Technical Staff and Program Administrator for the Software Technology Program at Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corp.

Email: jbaty@uscapglobal.com
Phone: +1 (415) 889 1010
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Charles Goodfellow

Partner

Charles Goodfellow Charles Goodfellow has over 30 years’ experience in the London capital markets, having worked initially in equity sales and then in corporate finance for various London investment banks and corporate finance specialists. He specializes in assisting smaller companies across a range of sectors in raising growth capital, as well as targeting industry partners capable of taking strategic stakes and control.

At Oracle Corp., Dr. Baty served as Vice President of the Global Enterprise Architecture Program, defining hybrid cloud architecture and enterprise technology strategies. Prior to Oracle, Dr. Baty was Vice President, Chief Architect, and CTO for Sun Microsystems’ Global Sales & Services division. He is renowned for his work designing key business systems for global telecommunications and financial services companies. Dr. Baty was the first person in the Sun Services division to be recognized as a Sun Distinguished Engineer.

With twenty years of practice in the industry, Dr. Baty has served as the lead architect for multiple national ISP systems with up to several million users, for a major Internet stock brokerage system, for a global messaging networks for international banks, and for the reliability design of a multi-continent international financial trading system for international financial institutions. In addition, he has provided performance and capacity consulting for some of the Internet’s highest volume transaction systems.

Dr. Baty has a Ph.D. in Management Science and Information Systems from the University of Texas (1992), and an M.P.A. from Texas A&M University (1981) with specialization in Technology Policy. Dr. Baty has served as a Visiting Professor and Research Fellow at the Erasmus University Rotterdam Institute for Decision & Information Systems, Netherlands, as well as a Member of Technical Staff and Program Administrator for the Software Technology Program at Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corp.

Email: jbaty@uscapglobal.com
Phone: +1 (415) 889 1010
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J. Alfred Ritter

Partner, Corporate Finance

J. Alfred Ritter Alfred Ritter serves on US Capital Global’s business development team. He is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s debt and equity business development, advisory services, client negotiations, and relationship management.

Prior to US Capital Global, Alfred was a Managing Director at Columbia Capital Advisors, Inc. and Columbia Capital Securities, Inc.  He brings extensive investment banking, operational, and entrepreneurial experience with emerging growth and middle market companies in the security, consumer products, and media and entertainment industries, including equity and debt financing, private placements, buy/sell side mergers and acquisitions advisory, restructuring, and strategic advisory engagements. Previously, Alfred served as a Managing Director at Angeles Capital Group, LLC, where he was an investment banker providing strategic advisory services, private placements, and M&A advisory services. He also served at Allen and Associates, LLC, a boutique corporate finance advisory firm.

Prior to this, Alfred held senior executive, business development, and financial analyst positions with firms in the specialty retail, media and entertainment, and manufacturing and logistics industries, during which time he also worked in Malaysia and Taiwan. Additionally, Alfred has collaborated with a charity called Operation Hope, in which he helped provide financial literacy training and volunteered for a program called “Banking on Our Future.”

Alfred received a BS in Business Administration, magna cum laude, with a minor in Economics from California State University, Los Angeles. After graduation, he studied at National Taiwan Normal University’s Mandarin Training Center.

Email: aritter@uscapglobal.com
Phone: +1 (415) 889 1033
Fax: +1 (415) 723 7158
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Ish Spencer

Partner, Corporate Finance

Ish Spencer Ish Spencer is Managing Director and Partner at US Capital Global, responsible for directing all aspects of the firm’s nationwide business origination program, business development, underwriting of commercial loans, and client relationships. Mr. Spencer brings extensive multi-disciplinary experience to the US Capital team, including special expertise in particular verticals, such as healthcare, technology, and manufacturing (including their overlap in the medical device, biotechnology, and nanotechnology industries).

Since joining US Capital in 2010, Mr. Spencer has helped grow the firm into a leading private financial group for small and medium-sized businesses in the United States. As Managing Director, Mr. Spencer oversees the US Capital ’ deal teams at the firm’s San Francisco headquarters, made up of banking professionals, business analysis, and underwriters. Mr. Spencer also oversees a robust proprietary network of 500+ business brokers and referral sources across the United States.

A serial entrepreneur and corporate finance specialist, Mr. Spencer has over 15 years of business development, asset management, private investment, asset and market evaluation, business analysis, and general business management and operations experience. Mr. Spencer runs his own family office business, Spencer Family Investments, LLC, which focuses on syndicated investments in real estate and stockholdings, as well as in other investment funds. Mr. Spencer is also co-founder and co-CEO of Ocean Travelers, a private real estate investment management firm focused on syndicated investments in emerging markets.

Prior to setting up Ocean Traveler, Mr. Spencer worked as a quality systems auditor at Reglera, a regulatory compliance and quality assurance consulting and process outsourcing company. Reglera serves the medical device and tissue banking industries, and its clients range from small start-ups to large multi-national companies. Mr. Spencer also worked at RTC Group, which serves the real-time and embedded computer market, and at Quantum Dot Corporation, a privately held business in the biotechnology industry, which deepened his insight into the healthcare and technology verticals.

Mr. Spencer supports a number of philanthropic projects including Food for Life, an international humanitarian non-profit association in India. He also serves as a financial adviser to the board of Braj Bhumi Group Inc., a registered California nonprofit. Braj Bhumi Group is a network of experienced professionals who provide a full range of pro bono financial, management, and strategic services for local and international nonprofits.

Mr. Spencer received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, his M.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego, and his M.B.A. from San Diego State University.

Email: ish@uscapglobal.com
Phone: +1 (415) 889 1023
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Patrick Steele

Partner, Asset Management

Patrick Steele Patrick Steele is a Partner at US Capital Wealth Management. He is responsible for all aspects of the division’s wealth management services, investment advisory services, and client relationship management. In addition, he serves as an advisor in US Capital Global and securities divisions.

Mr. Steele is responsible for all aspects of US Capital Global’s wealth management services, investment advisory services, and client relationship management. Mr. Steele is a financial services professional with more than 30 years of experience. Before joining US Capital Global, Mr. Steele was a Managing Director at First Republic Bank’s investment management group. He also held positions as a Senior Vice President at Bernzott Capital Advisors and as a Regional Officer at The AYCO Company, a Goldman Sachs subsidiary.

Over the past 30 years, Mr. Steele has served on the Executive Committee or Board of Directors of a half dozen charitable foundations, including United Way, Family Service Agency, and The Westmont College Foundation.

Mr. Steele earned his B.A. from the University of Southern California. He holds Series 63, 65, and 82 registrations from FINRA.

Email: psteele@uscapglobal.com
Phone: +1 (415) 889 1025
Fax: +1 (415) 358 5665
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Teresa Grobecker

Partner, Real Estate
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Teresa Grobecker Teresa Grobecker is a Partner at US Capital Global. Coming to the firm with a wealth of financial and real estate expertise, Ms. Grobecker has brokered hundreds of transactions for her clients and agents, which have included traditional, probate, bankruptcy, short sales, and foreclosure situations.

Deeply interested in real estate, FinTech, investments, and leadership in every form, Ms. Grobecker skillfully navigates the challenges of the industry to support both her clients and her team in achieving successful transactions and the fulfillment of personal goals.

Ms. Grobecker launched her career in financial services, and aside from her extensive work with the non-profit futurist think tank DaVinci Institute, Ms. Grobecker is the Founder and CEO of Grobecker Holland International, the first escrow company in California to seamlessly convert Bitcoin into real estate. Ms. Grobecker runs her company and all her client relationships on a foundation of trust, ethics, and a firm belief that putting the client’s needs first will yield the best possible results for all parties involved. Ms. Grobecker is also the CEO of her second FinTech company, Real Estate Consortia.

Ms. Grobecker graduated from Dominican University of California with a B.A. in Politics, International Studies and Pre-Law. She went on to complete her M.B.A. in Global Strategic Management, graduating cum laude after only one year, while serving as a board member and founder of several student, governing, and non-profit bodies. Ms. Grobecker also supports the non-profit organization Rebuilding Together San Francisco, which mobilizes civic engagement in the renovation and rejuvenation of low-income homes and communities.

Ms. Grobecker is a registered Chartered Retirement Planning Counsellor (CRPC) and holds the following financial credentials: CA BRE 01908507, NMLS 1286612, CA INS 0F41063.

Email: tgrobecker@uscapglobal.com
Phone: +1 (415) 889 1028
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Bruce Canvasser, ND

Senior Vice President

Dr. Bruce Canvasser Dr. Bruce Canvasser is a Senior Vice President and a member of the Advisory Board of Directors at US Capital Global. Dr. Canvasser is a highly experienced healthcare professional, with more than 35 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He has served as Instructor of Botanical Medicine, Clinic Director, and Board of Trustee member at National College of Naturopathic Medical School in Portland, Oregon, now called National College of Natural Medicine. Dr. Canvasser was appointed by two Governors of the State of Oregon to serve for two three-year terms on the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners.

Dr. Canvasser specializes in botanical medicine, and currently serves on the Medical Advisory Board of Integrative Therapeutics, LLC. Until 2002, Dr. Canvasser served as Executive Vice President of Doctors at Integrative Therapeutics. Integrative Therapeutics develops unique formulations that safely and effectively integrate with diet and lifestyle recommendations for improved patient health.

Dr. Canvasser was co-founder of NF Formulas Inc., one of the first dietary supplement companies to serve naturopathic and other health care professionals. He served as President and CEO of NF Formulas between 1978 and 2000, until it was purchased by North Castle Partners and became part of Enzymatic Therapy. At NF Formulas, Dr. Canvasser developed many unique herbal-based nutritional formulas that continue to be widely used today.

Dr. Canvasser holds a B.S. in Education from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He also holds a B.S. in Human Biology from Kansas Newman College in Wichita, Kansas, and completed his Pre-medical Studies at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan. He received his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree in 1978 from National College of Natural Medicine (now National University of Natural Medicine).

Email: bcanvasser@uscapglobal.com
Phone: +1 (415) 889 1010
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Frank Villarreal

Vice President

Frank Villarreal Frank Villarreal is a Vice President at US Capital Global. He brings 24 years of experience in the financial services industry to the firm’s Investment Banking group. Mr. Villarreal’s responsibilities at the US Capital team include sourcing and vetting alternative asset funds and capital raises for the firm’s Wealth Management division, with a focus on the high net worth client, family office, and independent wealth advisor channels.

With 24 years of asset management and client relationship experience, Mr. Villarreal has a strong and distinguished track record at industry leaders such as Merrill Lynch, Hambrecht & Quist (Executive Financial Services), Credit Suisse (US Private Banking), J.P. Morgan Securities (Private Wealth Services), and Stifel Financial Corp. (Private Client Group).

Most recently at Stifel in San Francisco, Mr. Villarreal was responsible primarily for portfolio management for the firm’s private and corporate clients, and for developing the firm’s international clientele for domestic public and private investments. At Credit Suisse, he provided US private banking services for domestic and international clients, and at J.P. Morgan he provided asset management and credit solutions to targeted high net worth clients, while assisting private wealth clients with retirement plan strategies.

Mr. Villarreal graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration (Finance) at San Francisco State University.

Email: fvillarreal@uscapglobal.com
Phone: +1 (415) 889 1047
Mobile: +1 (415) 350 4092
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Donald Doungpanya

Vice President

Donald Doungpanya Donald Doungpanya is a Vice President at US Capital Global. He represents US Capital Global Securities and US Capital Wealth Management in the Southern Californian market. Mr. Doungpanya is responsible for business and executive investment advisory services, wealth management services, investment banking, and private placements in the region.

Prior to joining US Capital Global, Mr. Doungpanya ran a registered investment advisory service based in San Diego. As a partner at Salt Capital Management, Mr. Doungpanya also previously managed a tactical principal-protected hedge fund. As a licensed commodity trading advisor, he utilized equity index futures and commodity contracts as part of a risk-adjusted management style.  Mr. Doungpanya began his career in the financial advisory arena in 2003 as a financial advisor for American Express.

Mr. Doungpanya received his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego, and his M.B.A. from Webster University in Missouri. He holds Series 3, 7, 63, 66, and 82 licenses with FINRA.

Email: ddoungpanya@uscapglobal.com
Phone: +1 (619) 869 4017
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Pankaj Vashisth

Vice President

Pankaj Vashisth Pankaj Vashisth brings over 20 years of experience managing global teams at Fortune 500 companies. Having previously worked for Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Swiss Re, First Data, and Deutsche Bank, he has significant experience in M&A, debt financing, real estate investment, asset management, and risk management. At US Capital Global, Mr. Vashisth is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s debt and equity business development, advisory services, and client relationship management.

Mr. Vashisth holds an extensive, proven record of combining insightful business analysis with in-depth knowledge of strategic planning and executive leadership to improve team operations and increase company revenue. Leading cross-functional teams in the development of high-tech products and working to develop new business relations with multinational companies, Mr. Vashisth has significantly increased business revenue for multiple enterprises.

With a strong background in innovative healthcare and IT, Mr. Vashisth has developed, implemented, and managed a notable range of national healthcare programs in various markets, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and ACA for leading insurance companies. Serving as Project Director and Program Manager, Mr. Vashisth has worked closely with State and Federal healthcare agencies and regulatory organizations, developed business plans for Duke University Hospital, and practiced as a researcher of microbial genome sequences at leading universities.

Mr. Vashisth has many years of entrepreneurial and business management experience, having partnered with and sold several successful manufacturing companies in the early 1990s that supplied leading international brands. Working alongside Suzuki, GM, Hyundai, Gap, and Disney, among others, his businesses spanned automobile engineering, aviation lighting engineering, fashion, and film and television.

Mr. Vashisth completed his Master of Business Administration at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. Prior to this, he graduated from University of Texas with a Master of Science in Health Information Science, and Bangalore University in India, with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering.

Email: pvashisth@uscapglobal.com
Phone: +1 (415) 889-1034
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