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SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM

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David Gladstone

 

Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer


Mr. Gladstone is the founder of The Gladstone Companies and has been the Chief Executive Officer since inception.

From August 1997 to August 2001, Mr. Gladstone served as Chairman or Vice Chairman of American Capital Strategies; a publicly-traded leveraged buyout fund and mezzanine debt finance company. From 1974 to February 1997, Mr. Gladstone held various positions, including Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, with Allied Capital Corporation, Allied Capital Corporation II, Allied Capital Lending Corporation, Allied Capital Commercial Corporation and Allied Capital Advisors Inc. Under his leadership at Allied, the Company grew assets from $10MM to $750MM.  During this period, the company experienced 18 consecutive years of increasing shareholder dividends with less than 1% of assets written off. The Allied companies were the largest group of publicly-traded mezzanine debt funds and were managers of two private venture capital limited partnerships. During the period from 1982-1997, shareholder IRR returns averaged 22.4%. From 1992 to 1997, Mr. Gladstone served as a Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Business Mortgage Investors, a private mortgage REIT managed by Allied Capital. Mr. Gladstone is the author of Venture Capital Investing and Venture Capital Handbook (Prentice Hall). Mr. Gladstone received a MA from American University, a BA in Government and Economics from the University of Virginia and obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School.


 
   


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Terry Brubaker

 

Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer


Mr. Brubaker has been the Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of The Gladstone Companies since May 2001. At Gladstone, Mr. Brubaker is responsible for Portfolio Management and due diligence. He is actively engaged with portfolio companies and actively collaborates with management teams, sponsors and lenders.

Beginning in March 1999, Mr. Brubaker was a founder and Chairman of Heads Up Systems, a company providing process industries with leading edge technology. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Brubaker served as Vice President of the paper group for the American Forest & Paper Association. From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Brubaker served as President of Interstate Resources, a pulp and paper company. From 1991 to 1992, Mr. Brubaker served as President of IRI, a radiation measurement equipment manufacturer. From 1981 to 1991, Mr. Brubaker held several management positions at James River Corporation, a forest and paper company, including Group Vice President of two operating units. During his tenureat the firm, Mr. Brubaker was on the team responsible for evaluating and incorporating many of James River's 35 acquisitions. From 1976 to 1981, Mr. Brubaker was Strategic Planning Manager and Marketing Manager at Boise Cascade. Previously, Mr. Brubaker was a Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company from 1972 to 1976. Mr. Brubaker received a BSE in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University and obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 
   


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David Dullum

 

Director, President and Executive Managing Director, Private Equity
McLean, VA Office


Mr. Dullum joined The Gladstone Companies in February 2008. Mr. Dullum has served as president of Gladstone Investment Corporation since April 2008 and a director since June 2005. Mr. Dullum has been a senior managing director of our Adviser since February 2008, a director of Gladstone Commercial since August 2003, and a director of Gladstone Capital since August 2001. Mr. Dullum has extensive experience in equity investing and middle market buyouts.


Prior to joining Gladstone, from 1995 to 2009, Mr. Dullum was a partner of New England Partners, a venture capital firm focused on investments in small and medium-sized business in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. From 1976 to 1990, Mr. Dullum was a managing general partner of Frontenac Company, a Chicago-based venture capital firm. Mr. Dullum holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BME from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

 
   


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Bob Cutlip

 
President and Executive Managing Director, Real Estate
McLean, VA Office


Mr. Cutlip joined The Gladstone Companies in June of 2012. He currently serves as President and Executive Managing Director of Gladstone Commercial Corporation and is responsible for all real estate acquisitions and profitable fund operations. Bob has extensive experience sourcing acquisitions and development transactions and managing portfolio operations throughout the United States.

Prior to joining Gladstone, Bob held executive level positions at three publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT): Duke Realty (NYSE:DRE); Highwoods Properties (NYSE:HIW); and First Industrial (NYSE:FR). Bob has over 27 years of experience sourcing acquisitions, underwriting, negotiating and executing development transactions and overseeing asset management plan execution. Bob is a member of the National Association of Industrial Office Properties (NAIOP). At NAIOP, he has held a number of positions including National Chairman and Chairman of the Research Foundation. Mr. Cutlip holds an MBA in Finance from University of Southern California, MS in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a BS in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy.
 
   


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Bob Marcotte

 
President and Executive Managing Director, Private Finance
McLean, VA Office


Bob joined GLAD in December 2013 with extensive background in commercial finance and investment banking. Since 2002, Bob has been focused on the origination and management of middle market debt and equity investments supporting both private equity sponsors and owner operators. Prior to joining GLAD, Bob served as an Executive Vice President and Co-Head of Asset Management for MCG Capital where he was responsible for investment origination, evaluation, underwriting and portfolio management for the $500+ million publically traded business development company. Bob also served on MCG Capital’s investment committee since 2007. While at MCG Capital, Bob led more than $625 million of middle market debt and equity investments across a variety of industries, served on the board of numerous investment entities and spearheaded the successful development of sector experience and investment activities within the colocation, cable and education industries.

Prior to MCG Capital, Mr. Marcotte was Chief Financial Officer for Aleron, Inc., a wholesale internet access and network services provider and worked in the investment banking divisions of Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Merrill Lynch & Co., and in the project financing department of GE Capital and as a banking officer at Mellon Bank.

Mr. Marcotte received his B.S.B.A. in accounting and finance from Georgetown University.

 

 
     


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Buzz Cooper

 
Senior Managing Director, Real Estate
McLean, VA Office


Mr. Cooper joined The Gladstone Companies at their inception in June 2001 and operates out of the company’s corporate head quarters in McLean, VA. He currently is a Senior Managing Director of Gladstone Commercial where he is responsible for identifying, underwriting, managing, financing and servicing much of the firm's commercial real estate investment projects with a portfolio of over $450 million. He is focused on sourcing and executing net leased real estate acquisitions and sale leaseback investments in the Southeast and Texas. Buzz has over 30 years of lending and commercial real estate investment experience and in net leased real estate investing.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cooper served as a Senior Vice President or Principal of Allied Capital Corporation and its affiliate funds from 1986 - 2000. At Allied Capital, Mr. Cooper was responsible for servicing all forms of commercial real estate and loans. During his career, he has negotiated and closed all types of commercial real estate transactions and debt instruments. While at Allied Capital, Mr. Cooper also administered an investment portfolio of over $250 million. Mr. Cooper received a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Washington and Lee University.

 

 
   


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Chris Daniel

 
Managing Director, Private Equity
Los Angeles, CA Office


Mr. Daniel joined The Gladstone Companies in July 2011. He currently serves as a Managing Director in our Los Angeles, CA office focusing on debt and equity investments in privately held companies. Mr. Daniel has extensive experience in sourcing, structuring, negotiating and managing debt and equity transactions for middle market companies.

Prior to joining Gladstone, Mr. Daniel was a Managing Director of Churchill Financial Group, a $2 billion commercial finance company providing capital to middle market companies. Prior to this, Mr. Daniel was a Managing Director of Praesidian Capital, a $160 million private fund focused on mezzanine investing and was a Principal of Windjammer Capital Investors, a $800 million family of private funds focused on mezzanine and equity investing. Earlier in his career Mr. Daniel worked in the leveraged buyout finance group of Citicorp Securities and was a consultant for Kenneth Leventhal and Company (now Ernst & Young) in the management services group. Mr. Daniel has been active on numerous private company boards and is currently Chairman of a third party logistics company and a Director of an automotive emissions testing company. Mr. Daniel received a BA in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and obtained an MBA in Finance from the Anderson School at UCLA.

 
   


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John Freal

 
Managing Director, Private Finance
McLean, VA Office


Mr. Freal has been with The Gladstone Companies since February 2002. He currently serves as a Managing Director in our McLean, VA Headquarters focusing on debt and equity investments in privately held companies. Mr. Freal has extensive experience in sourcing, structuring and negotiating preferred equity and mezzanine debt transactions for small and medium sized businesses.

Prior to joining Gladstone, Mr. Freal was a Managing Director of American Capital Strategies. From 1995 through 1997 he was a private investor and financial consultant. From 1989 to 1995, Mr. Freal was President of RDS Capital Partners, a private merchant banking company that he co-founded to acquire middle-market commercial and industrial companies. Prior to founding RDS, he was employed by several Washington D.C. area and Philadelphia banks as a Loan Officer providing general corporate and buyout financing to middle-market and national companies. Mr. Freal received a BS in Business Administration and obtained an MBA from George Mason University.

 
   


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Laura Gladstone

 

Managing Director, Private Finance
New York, NY Office


Ms. Gladstone has been with The Gladstone Companies since August 2001. She serves as a Managing Director of our New York office where she works with our mezzanine debt and syndicated loan team.


Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Gladstone worked as an Associate in equity research at ING Barings, where she was responsible for covering companies in the telecommunications industries. Ms. Gladstone also worked for Salomon Smith Barney as an Assistant Analyst in equity research and HSBC as an analyst in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She received her BBA from The George Washington University. She is the co-author of two books on lending to small business: Venture Capital Handbook and Venture Capital Investing both published by Prentice Hall.

 
   


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Peter Kotz

 
Managing Director, Private Equity
Chicago, IL Office


Mr. Kotz joined The Gladstone Companies in July 2013, serving on the management team of Gladstone Investment Corporation as Managing Director in its Chicago office.

Mr. Kotz has over 18 years experience in private equity, investment banking and the futures industry. His background includes extensive experience in sourcing, structuring, negotiating and managing equity investments in middle-market companies. He was most recently a Principal at Gridiron Capital, LLC, a private equity fund in New Canaan, Connecticut, where he worked for five years. Prior to Gridiron, Mr. Kotz was at Altus Capital Partners, LLC, a private equity fund, where he was based in Lincolnshire, Illinois. His career also includes having worked at Resource Financial Corporation, an investment bank, and at Iowa Commodities, Ltd.

Mr. Kotz received an MBA with honors from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelors Degree from Boston College, Carroll School of Management. Mr. Kotz has also served as president and board member of the Chicago Private Equity Network (CPEN).

 
   


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Kyle Largent

 
Managing Director, Private Equity
McLean, VA Office


Kyle joined Gladstone in November 2006. Prior to joining Gladstone, he was a Vice President for National Capital, an investment bank providing M&A advisory services to small and mid-sized businesses. In 2003, Kyle served as an Associate Analyst in the Research group at Friedman Billings Ramsey.

Kyle received an MBA from Georgetown University and a BSBA from the University of Tulsa, and is a CFA charterholder.


 
   

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Christopher Lee

 
Managing Director, Private Equity
McLean, VA Office


Mr. Lee joined Gladstone in January 2008. Prior to joining Gladstone, he was a Vice President with MCG Capital where he was a debt and equity investor in middle-market companies across industry platforms, with a focus on telecommunications and publishing and including origination/underwriting and Board advisory roles. Prior to his work at MCG Capital, Mr. Lee worked as a Consultant with KPMG Consulting (now BearingPoint) from 1993 to 1998 where he performed cost accounting studies for state and local government clients.

Mr. Lee earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University.


 
   

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Dave Meier

 

Managing Director, Private Finance
Chicago, IL Office


Mr. Meier joined The Gladstone Companies in 2007 as a Managing Director focusing on new business development in the Media & Communications industry in our Chicago office.

Prior to joining Gladstone, Mr. Meier was a Vice President in Wells Fargo Foothill's Specialty Finance division. At Wells Fargo Foothill, Mr. Meier was responsible for originating and underwriting senior loans in the media and telecommunications sector. Prior to Wells Fargo, Mr. Meier was with Westburg Media Capital and a Vice President of FINOVA Capital Corporation, where his primary responsibility was the origination of media loans of up to $250 million.

From 1990-1994, he served as a Vice President at Heller Financial Inc. Mr. Meier began his banking and lending career at Continental National Bank in 1986. Mr. Meier received a BS in Finance from Western Illinois University, attended Washington University in St. Louis, and obtained a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois.

 
   


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Bob Pierce

 
Managing Director, Private Finance
Chicago, IL Office


Mr. Pierce has been with The Gladstone Companies since May 2004. He currently serves as a Managing Director in our Chicago office focusing on debt and equity investments in private businesses.

   

Prior to joining Gladstone, Mr. Pierce was with GE Commercial Finance where he was a Senior Vice President in the Global Sponsor Finance Group. While at GE, Mr. Pierce was responsible for aggregating $1.5 billion in commitments from senior debt opportunities and private equity sponsors in the Midwest. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Pierce was Vice President with Heller Financial in Chicago, originating and underwriting transactions. From 1985 through 1996, Mr. Pierce was with Bank of America in Chicago, and its predecessor, Continental Bank, in a variety of roles, including loan workouts, asset based lending, and leveraged finance. Mr. Pierce received a BS in Accounting from Marquette University and obtained an MBA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

 
   


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John Sateri

 

Managing Director, Private Finance
McLean, VA Office


Mr. Sateri has been with The Gladstone Companies since April 2007. He currently serves as a Managing Director in our McLean, VA Headquarters focusing on debt and equity investments in privately held companies.

Prior to joining Gladstone, Mr. Sateri directed an independent consultancy providing special situation investment sourcing, underwriting, and disposition services to institutional investors across a variety of asset classes including: middle market company debt and equity; commercial, residential, healthcare and industrial real estate; and CMBS securitizations. From 1989 to 1998, Mr. Sateri worked for Wells Fargo Bank (predecessor/affiliated companies) in a variety of areas including commercial lending, special assets, and lastly capital markets where he served as Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manger overseeing a team responsible for underwriting, servicing and managing an asset based loan portfolio with half a billion dollars in commitments to highly leveraged, growth oriented, middle market companies. Mr. Sateri is active on numerous private company boards and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The University of Hawaii at Manoa and a master’s degree in Real Estate Development from the University of Maryland at College Park.

 
   

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Jennifer Simpson

 
Managing Director, Private Finance
McLean, VA Office


Ms. Simpson joined The Gladstone Companies in 2007 as a Managing Director and is focused on sourcing, evaluating and managing investments.

Prior to joining Gladstone, Ms. Simpson worked for Morgenthaler Partners arranging debt financing for their leveraged buyouts. From 1999 to 2006, Ms. Simpson worked for National City Bank, most recently as Chief Credit Officer of Small Business Banking, as well as a relationship manager for closely held and equity sponsor-owned middle-market companies. Ms. Simpson served on active duty for four years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. She received a BS in Economics and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Finance from Case Western Reserve University.

 
   

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Matt Tucker

 
Managing Director, Real Estate
McLean, VA Office


Mr. Tucker joined the Gladstone Companies in May 2005. He currently serves as a Managing Director of Gladstone Commercial Corporation in our McLean, VA Headquarters focused on sourcing and executing net leased real estate acquisitions and sale leaseback investments in the Northeast and Midwest US. Mr. Tucker has extensive experience in net leased real estate investing, real estate finance, private equity and leveraged finance.

Prior to joining Gladstone, Mr. Tucker held investment and advisory positions with Liquid Realty Partners, a real estate private equity secondaries firm, SG Capital Partners, a private equity and venture capital fund, and Chase Securities in the High Yield Finance group. Mr. Tucker earned his MBA with high distinction from the University of Michigan Business School as a member of the Beta Gamma Delta honors society and holds an AB in Psychology from Princeton University.


 
   

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Andrew White

 

Managing Director, Real Estate
Los Angeles, CA Office


Mr. White joined The Gladstone Companies in August of 2013. He currently serves as Managing Director of Gladstone Commercial Corporation in the Los Angeles office focused on real estate investment opportunities in the Western U.S. Andrew has over 25 years of commercial real estate investment experience. During his career, he has negotiated and closed over $3 billion in commercial real estate transactions and has extensive principal investing and asset management experience that includes direct equity investments, JV partnerships and distressed debt.


Prior to joining Gladstone, Andrew held senior positions with MetLife Real Estate Investments, ING Realty Partners, Berwind Property Group and MIG Real Estate. While at MetLife he was responsible for asset management, acquisitions and dispositions. When Andrew joined ING Realty Partners as a senior vice president, he was responsible for value-added and opportunistic investments in the Western US. He has structured and managed investments in all property types throughout the Western U.S. including redevelopment and construction projects with a major focus on office and industrial investments. He recently ran the West Coast office for Philadelphia-based Berwind as the company’s SVP and western regional manager and was head of office and industrial acquisitions for MIG.


Mr. White earned his MBA with a concentration in finance and real estate from the University of California and his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is a licensed real estate broker in California, holds the CCIM professional designation from the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute and is a member of NAIOP.


 
   

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Michael Beckett

 

Director, Private Finance
McLean, VA Office


Michael joined Gladstone in March 2005 as an Associate. Prior to joining Gladstone, he was an Analyst for MCG Capital from June 2001 to March 2005. Mr. Beckett earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business in 2001 and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Syracuse University in 1993. Mr. Beckett is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the AICPA and of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs.


 
   

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Greg Bowie

 
Director, Private Equity
McLean, VA Office


Mr. Bowie joined The Gladstone Companies in October 2004.  He currently serves as a Director in our McLean, VA Headquarters focusing his efforts on debt and equity investments in aerospace and defense, energy, business services, and industrial products and services.

Prior to joining Gladstone, Mr. Bowie worked for Citigroup Global Markets, Inc, in New York City underwriting corporate loan and debt financings to clients of Citigroup’s Consumer and Healthcare group. While at Citigroup, he served as an associate responsible for underwriting Citigroup’s loan and debt investments with new and existing corporate clients as well monitoring the performance of these clients. Prior to working at Citigroup, Mr. Bowie served in the United States Navy as a Naval Flight Officer flying the S-3B Viking.   While in the Navy, he deployed twice the Western Pacific / Arabian Gulf and was subsequently a flight instructor at the S-3B Viking’s fleet replacement squadron preparing replacement pilots and flight officers for aircraft carrier based operations.  Mr. Bowie earned a BA from George Washington University and received his MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.


 
   

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Marshall Earl

 
Director, Private Equity
McLean, VA Office


Mr. Earl joined Gladstone in December 2005 and serves as a Director in McLean, VA. He currently focuses on transaction origination and portfolio management for Gladstone Investment, the firm’s equity buyout fund. Mr. Earl has experience in structuring and negotiating equity and debt transactions, and is a board member of several of Gladstone portfolio companies.

Mr. Earl received his BA from The College of William and Mary and his MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University in his hometown of Richmond, VA where he received numerous honors including the Beta Gamma Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Scholarship Winner, and the VCU Merit Scholarship in Business.

 

 
   


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Blair Gertmenian

 
Director, Private Equity
New York, NY Office


Mr. Gertmenian joined Gladstone in July 2005. Prior to joining Gladstone, Mr. Gertmenian worked as a financial Analyst in J.P. Morgan's Global Mergers & Acquisitions Group from 2003 to 2005, where he provided advisory services to both public and private companies. In 2002, he joined J.P. Morgan's Middle Market Financial Sponsors Group.

Mr. Gertmenian holds a BSBA with a concentration in finance from Georgetown University where he graduated Cum Laude.

 
   


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Erika Highland

 
Director, Private Equity
McLean, VA Office


Ms. Highland joined Gladstone in August 2005. She currently serves as a Director of Gladstone Investment Corporation. During her time at Gladstone she has been involved with evaluating and managing numerous debt and equity investments across the Gladstone Investment and Gladstone Capital portfolios. Prior to joining Gladstone, she was an Account Executive at Wells Fargo Retail Finance where she was responsible for monitoring and underwriting senior secured loans to national and regional retail chains. Before joining Wells Fargo, she was a financial Analyst in A.G. Edwards' Investment Banking Division focusing on capital raising and M&A transactions for middle market companies.

Ms. Highland holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Boston College.

 
   


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Kipp Kranbuhl

 
Director, Private Equity
McLean, VA Office


Mr. Kranbuhl joined The Gladstone Companies in March 2005.  He currently serves as a Director in our McLean, VA Headquarters focusing his efforts on debt and equity investments in healthcare services, business services, and industrial products and services companies for the Gladstone Investment and Gladstone Capital funds.   

Prior to joining Gladstone, Mr. Kranbuhl worked for Petra Capital Partners in Nashville, TN providing private equity and debt capital to growth companies throughout the United States. While at Petra, he served as an associate responsible for initiating and negotiating new investments, and for monitoring Petra's outstanding debt and equity positions. Prior to working at Petra, Mr. Kranbuhl worked for Wheat First Butcher Singer in Richmond, VA as an analyst in the investment banking division, where he structured and completed mergers and acquisitions as well as equity and convertible debt offerings. Mr. Kranbuhl also served as a summer associate for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation where he worked in the project finance group providing debt capital for global expansion projects of United States-based corporations. 

Mr. Kranbuhl earned a BA from Duke University and received his MBA from the University of Michigan Business School.

 
   


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