Charles Asfour was recently promoted
to principal at Victory Park Capital,
while Matthew Coad and Thomas
Welch were promoted to vice
president of business development
and vice president, respectively. In
addition, Phillip Nanney, Zachary
Nemes, and Whitney Phillips
joined the firm as associates, and
Matthew Schick and Laura Woolf
joined as back office professionals.
Asfour oversees origination, due
diligence, transaction execution, and
management of direct private debt
and equity investments into small cap
and lower middle market companies
in the transportation and logistics
sectors. He manages operational
turnarounds, value-creation initiatives,
and other strategic alternatives
for Victory Park investments.
Coad develops relationships with
service providers, business brokers,
and investment banks, as well as
attorneys, restructuring advisors,
and business owners. He also
coordinates marketing initiatives
and outgoing communication to
investors and other interested parties.
Welch is responsible for origination,
fundamental analysis, transaction
execution, and management of direct
private debt and equity investments
into small cap and lower middle
market companies in the specialty
finance and industrials sectors.
John Bartkowski has joined O’Keefe
as a managing director in the firm’s
Chicago office. Formerly a vice
president with Charles River Associates,
Bartkowski has more than 15 years
of experience in the expert services
and litigation consulting industry,
and his practice focuses primarily on
commercial disputes and damages
analyses across various industries.
He has participated in numerous
consulting assignments involving
breach of contract, patent, copyright,
trademark, trade secret, licensing,
antitrust, business interruption, dealer
termination, warranty, securities,
valuation, and fraudulent conveyance
matters, and he has participated in
several significant SEC investigations.
Bartkowski holds a bachelor’s degree in
finance from the University of Miami.
Keith Broyles has joined First Niagara
Commercial Finance, the asset-based lending arm of First Niagara
Financial Group Inc., as national
director of new business development.
In his new role, he leads a team of
new business development officers
in building the bank’s asset-based
lending (ABL) portfolio; identifying
growth opportunities; and screening
and closing out ABL transactions.
Broyles works out of First Niagara
Commercial Finance headquarters
in Dedham, Massachusetts. Broyles
has more than 23 years of ABL
experience across all disciplines of
the business, including development,
new business underwriting, portfolio
management, and field exam. Most
recently, he held a senior position
with Sovereign Bank’s ABL business.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in
accounting from the University of
Massachusetts at Dartmouth.
Salvatore (Sal) Carino has been
appointed vice president-lending
with GE Capital, Corporate Finance.
He is based in Alpharetta, Georgia,
and specializes in providing asset-based and cash flow financing for
mid-size businesses in Florida,
Louisiana, southern Georgia, and
southern Mississippi. Carino has
been with GE Capital for more
than five years, primarily serving
the capital needs of middle market
companies. He holds a bachelor’s
degree from Northeastern University
and an MBA from the Thunderbird
School of Global Management.
Cooley LLP has announced that it is
combining with Dow Lohnes PLLC’s